Instructor for this course

This course is for people who serve (or are considering serving) on a board as a director or board member. The focus of this course is to make sure you stay out of trouble by knowing your rights, obligations and duties as a board member.

Board Directors (or members) need to understand governance to do their job correctly

This course covers the most important issues that come with serving on a board, whether corporate, non-profit or as a volunteer. In my 20+ years of speaking professionally on governance to a variety of boards, I continue to see examples of what not to do. With this course I want to give you the necessary information to avoid mistakes and not get in trouble. Important things like members' legal responsibilities is not common knowledge to most. You may do something completely ordinary and not realize you are failing in your duty as a board member. For example, a 'parking lot meeting.'

This course teaches you how to be a better board member and what it takes to stay out of trouble.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the basics of board governance
  • Discover who stakeholders are and why they are important
  • Identify your rights as a board member or director
  • Identify the actions that make you liable
Last updated/reviewed: May 19, 2022

9 Reviews (32 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
I want to start my volunteer experience with organizations that I am interested in and support. I may only be able to start as a member, or a committee member...still, this course taught me what to look for and how to prepare even as just a member or committee member.
Member's Profile
Debi has a very interesting presentation technique that holds the focus and attention of the watcher. Great basic overview of Board functions and the Board members rights and responsibilities. thank you, well done.
Anonymous Author
This course provides great insight into the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors. Helpful for those on boards, seeking to be on boards, and those working with boards.
Anonymous Author
Overall this was pretty good overview of corporate governance. I would recommend to anyone wanting a beginner course.
Anonymous Author
Excellent course. Very well developed, prepared and presented with practical examples and insights.
Member's Profile
Good overview of Board Governance with insight into how to stay out of trouble as a board member.
Member's Profile
Good explanation of the basic duties of a board member. Good pace to the class
Anonymous Author
Well organized overview of board governance for business and non profits.
Member's Profile
Engaging lecturer, perfect pace (most move too slowly), well organized.


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
Course Syllabus
  1:11Introduction to Basic Governance for Board Members
  7:06What is Governance and Why Do You Care?
  8:44An Introduction to Boards
  4:17Stakeholders. Who Are These People?
  4:51What Could Go Wrong?
  6:07Duty of Care, Loyalty, and Diligence
  4:03Duty of Knowledge
  3:58Duty of Skill
  2:18Fiduciary Duty
  6:47Duty to Manage
  2:10Directors' Rights
  3:16Individual Board Members
Continuous Play
  54:48Basic Governance for Board Members
  PDFSlides: Basic Governance for Board Members
  PDFBasic Governance for Board Members Glossary/Index
  PDFBasic Governance for Board Members: Workbook