Accelerate Your Board Journey Easily, Confidently, and Successfully.
Tissa Richards’ "My Board Blueprint™" course demystifies what boards are looking for and equips you with actionable tools and a provable process to kickstart your board journey and activate your network to rapidly land your first (and second, and third...) board role.
My Board Blueprint™ guides you to develop and implement your successful board plan in just 6 weeks.
Enrollment OPEN - Enroll in a cohort below!
January 2023 (Starts January 12)
February 2023 (Starts February 6)
Activate your network to scale your search and line up board interviews.
Learn how to ace interviews and bring immediate value to board opportunities.
Have you just started exploring the path to the boardroom and don’t know where to start to maximize your success and impact?
Serious Board Seekers
Have you been pursuing a board seat for a while and need an actionable plan? Are you ready to leave a legacy and help the next generation of companies succeed?
Directors Ready to Level Up
Do you love your current board work and want to add one or two more? Do you need a jumpstart for that success?
The Promise of the Course
You will learn a proven method to identify the exact value you bring to the boardroom so you can activate your board search and successfully land your first (or second, or third!) board roles with clarity, speed and confidence.
Tissa has directly helped me secure board director roles with this blueprint and her coaching.
"This course is different from any other you’ll find out there. Tissa jump starts your board journey by sharing materials and insights that otherwise take many months or years to learn. She has directly helped me secure board director roles with this blueprint and her coaching."
Board Director, Audit Committee Chair, Nom/Gov Committee Member, Adit EdTech (NYSE: ADEX.U); Board Member, Foundation Credit Opportunities Hedge Fund; COO, NASDAQ Asset Owners Group
Instrumental in my journey to the boardroom.
"Tissa was instrumental in my journey to the boardroom: articulating my board value proposition, coaching me for interviews, and being a constant cheerleader on the journey."
Board Member, McAfee (NASDAQ: MCFE), Board Member, Dolby (NYSE: DLB); Board Member & Audit Committee Chair, Xometry (NASDAQ: XMTR); Board Member & Audit Committee Chair, Dwolla; Board Member, Science 37; Retired Audit & Assurance Partner, Deloitte
The most relevant and most effective in this space.
Vice Admiral, US Navy (Ret); Board Director, Pacific Architects & Engineers (NASDAQ: PAE)
Accelerated my board journey significantly
"Tissa has been invaluable in helping me articulate my board value proposition and identify and secure my next board opportunity. She demystified what can otherwise be a daunting process and streamlined the creation of board documents. This accelerated my board journey significantly. I am especially grateful for the personal attention, guidance and encouragement that Tissa provided throughout the course, which has positioned me to approach the next phase of my explorations with optimism and confidence."
- Katherine Davisson
Board Member and Member of the Audit & Compliance Committee, Select Medical Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SEM)
The secret sauce to landing my public board seat
"Tissa's insightful, brilliant, and soulful coaching was the secret sauce to landing my public board seat. She helped me break out of limiting beliefs and find the right board where I can add value and have a blast. Tissa is a super gifted coach, and I am so grateful to have worked with her."
- Manisha Thakor
Founder, MoneyZen, Trustee, Lincoln Financial Board of Directors
Absolutely worth it
"This course is absolutely worth the time and money you will be investing. Whether you’re looking to land your first board role, or looking to expand your board portfolios, everyone gets equal value out of the course. You’ll be glad you made the investment in your message, your materials, your confidence and your skills in interviewing when you get to that board interview. And you’ll get more interviews because Tissa helps you understand that roles come through networking, and how to do it. As a bonus, you’ll meet a great network of people who stay connected each month long afterwards."
- Lorraine Hendrickson
Board Member Audit Chair, Creatd (NYSE: CRTD)
An exceptional program
"The Board Blueprint program combined Tissa’s unique blend of wisdom, insight and in-your-face, blunt force encouragement with the extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with other senior, seasoned, board-ready executives in a small group setting. The discussions with the cohort, led by Tissa and her keen insights, made this program invaluable. Truly an exceptional program that helped us hone our board stories and create top-quality board materials."
- Christianne Kerns
Managing Partner, Hahn & Hahn
Took my materials to a new level
"I had board materials, but this course took them to a new level. I have a clearer view of the ways that my executive experience drives revenue growth and stakeholder value for the boards on which I serve."
- Dr. Joanna Dodd Massey
Lead Director, Nominations & Governance Chair and Audit Committee member, KULR Technology Group (NYSE:KULR); Board Member, Nominations & Governance Chair and Audit Committee member, TessPay (NASDAQ Ticker TBD); Board Member and member of the Special Committee on M&A, Hollywood Foreign Press Association; Advisory Board member, 8B Education Investments.
Powerful advice, tips and tools
"I highly recommend Tissa's My Board Blueprint Cohort for current and potential board members seeking to increase their opportunities to land a board seat. Tissa provides participants with sound and powerful advice, tips and tools that will energize your journey to landing a board seat. The content is valuable for first time board seat seekers and current board members looking to add another seat to their portfolio. As a bonus, you will expand your network with board seat candidates sharing the same journey and who provide valuable insight from their board search experience."
- Keith Kahl
Retired Chief Audit Executive, President & CEO Kahl Professional Services
Clarity and confidence
"Tissa's process works! Her tools identify the unique value you bring to a board and establish a focused action plan for maximizing your potential as a board member. She gets you to the essence of what you need to know in your pursuit of board opportunities and prepares you to meet those opportunities with clarity and confidence."
- Michael Norton
Creative & Strategic Director, MJN BR & Consulting
U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
Central Texas Region Manager, JPMorgan Chase (Ret.)
6 Weekly, 75-minute Live Sessions Led by Tissa Richards
Plus lifetime access to your cohort even after the course and private invite to our cohort-only membership.
Access to replays of the course sessions in your private cohort members area.
Curated Reports and Materials
Hand-selected reports about the skills boards are seeking in directors.
Board Toolkit Templates
Automated templates that guide you through completion of your Board Bio, Board CV, and Board Profile for maximum impact. Developed for and used with the biggest firms in the world.
Step-by-step guide to optimize your LinkedIn profile with your value proposition and board skills to get seen and build your credibility.
Community Networking and Breakout Sessions
Real-time breakout sessions and networking with other leaders to test your value proposition and your network activation plan.
Ask Me Anything!
Access to Tissa for Q&A and feedback on your materials and value proposition.
Tissa’s Board Ecosystem
Upload your final board toolkit to Tissa’s database of board candidates, a large, curated ecosystem connecting opportunities and candidates.
Here's what else you get (BONUSES!)
Board Profile Template
A board profile template that I use with the biggest private equity and F1000 board clients. It will become a key part of your board toolkit. ($2200 value)
Interview Success Guide
A board interview success guide showing the questions you might be asked, the questions you should ask, and what's behind all of them. How to prepare for - and secure success in your board interviews! ($750 value)
Tissa Richards is a bold, trusted, authentic technology founder, speaker and executive coach. She has founded, invested in, and run software companies in Silicon Valley, and holds over a dozen software patents. She has won awards for her innovative software products from some of the world’s largest companies. Tissa has navigated the tough worlds of entrepreneurship, executive leadership, and fundraising. Today, Tissa works with the world’s largest private equity and investment firms and corporations as well as innovative startups. She prepares boardroom candidates, coaches leadership teams and executives, and facilitates corporate workshops. She speaks globally on topics affecting executives and leaders.
Attend the first session, and if you don’t see value, you can request a complete refund.
(We highly doubt this will happen, but we believe you should be totally comfortable making this investment!)
Get reimbursed by your employer
Many companies cover all or part of the cost of My Board Blueprint™ as part of leadership and professional development or diversity initiatives. If you need help getting reimbursed by your employer, you can click here to download a proposal template. Or, reach out to us for personalized assistance. Questions? Email us.
Tissa's Commitment To You
Build a legacy of impact and contribution through board service.
I’ve charged between $5,000 and $11,000 to privately coach executives from the world’s biggest companies (like the ones above) to secure board seats at private and public companies. I’m passionate about making sure that everyone can access the information and insights they need to fulfill their dream of board service.
Over many years and thousands of hours speaking, coaching and facilitating, I’ve developed this course. It includes the best of what I’ve delivered to successful board seekers – and now board directors – in a focused, actionable 6-week program.
In this course, you’ll learn the same actionable process and insights I share with my 1:1 clients. You’ll have access to a small group of people in the same place on their board journey, to network with and get immediate feedback from. And you’ll get it all for a fraction of the price, so you can get on your way to the boardroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
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My Board Blueprint is a no-nonsense blueprint to equip you with actionable tools and a proven process to kickstart your board journey and activate your network to rapidly land your first or next board position.
Week 1: Introduction & Surfacing Your Board Story
- Board skills: Trends in board challenges and what they need
- How to align your experience with board needs
- Shift from operational to strategic experience
- Value creation and risk navigation stories
- Learn Tissa’s proven “so what” method of telling your story so it really matters
Week 2: Creating Your Value Proposition
- The heart of your success: Why you?
- Learn the components of a powerful value proposition
- Learn why it matters: succinct, memorable and scalable
- Breakout session: apply the so-what method to your value proposition
Week 3: Your Board Toolkit
- Learn the tools you need for your board journey (and why)
- Optimize your online presence, written assets, and your spoken value proposition
- How to get started creating your board toolkit (download your automated templates!)
- Breakout session: real-time feedback on your value proposition
- Challenge: update your LinkedIn and get group feedback
Week 4: Activating Your Network
- Learn how to be seen early in the decision cycle to maximize your success
- Assess the best networking opportunities and groups for your target boards
- Create an intentional networking strategy to activate and scale your search
- Breakout session: practice your networking pitch with peers and get real-time feedback
- Challenge: Get feedback from your network and fine-tune your value proposition
Week 5: Finalizing Your Toolkit & Strategizing For Interviews
- Finalize your board story and materials
- Breakout session and feedback from Tissa: is your network activation plan ready and clear?
- Who can your peers immediately introduce you to based on your board story?
- Exchange board toolkits and assess!
- Challenge: Deliver your value proposition in under 1 minute
- Prepare for interviews: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Learn the interview arc!
Week 6: Acing Your Interviews & Activating Your Blueprint
- Board interview success tips: how to be memorable and assess culture fit
- Breakout: Mock interviews and handling challenging questions
- Share your network activation plan
- Commit to a blueprint for success
- Put it all together to secure your first (and second, and third!) board seat
A Message From Tissa:
I’m so excited about the transformation that happens whenever someone goes through this course. You gain clarity, confidence, and the ability to say clearly: “[This] is the exact value I bring to [this] kind of board looking to do [this]. [This] is how I help guide companies needing [this] or facing [this] kind of challenge.”
Having that laser focus and succinct story makes you stand out. Your value is clear and compelling. People immediately understand, “why you?” They immediately start thinking about who they should introduce you to. They advocate for you. They scale and amplify your board search for you. This maximizes and accelerates your success.
This approach isn’t theoretical. It works, over and over again. My clients secure private and public board seats. They are confident going into – and coming out of – interviews. They know how to activate their networks. They tap into the tens of thousands of board opportunities available each year and become successful, impactful board directors.
Many people tell me they don’t have a board story or a value proposition. They tell me it’s hard to come up with something that is crisp, concise and compelling. I know it’s hard, and I promise you, you have one. The same people who tell me how hard it is go through the exercises and the discovery process and they are excited to see theirs come to life. I’ve never had someone not discover theirs.
You have a compelling board story. I’m here to help you surface and tell it. And I’m here to help you cut through the frustration and the feeling that this is hard. It doesn’t have to be. Nothing makes my day more than someone calling or texting me to announce, “I got it! I got the board role!”
This is my approach to executive and board coaching. Pragmatic, practical, and actionable. (And empathetic.) I want you to leave not just with inspiration but also with transformation. With a clear plan. With a robust set of board materials that make you stand out. And, with the confidence to tell your board story in any situation, memorably and concisely.
I want to help as many people as possible do this. Let’s transform the boardroom. Let’s bring new perspectives, skills and voices to the boardroom. Let’s bring your voice to the boardroom. Let’s do it now. Let me show you how. It would be an honor.
See you inside!