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GWSB To Train More Women for Executive Leadership

Linda Rabbitt

Through a gift from GWSB Trustee and Rand Construction founder and CEO Linda Rabbitt, the School is launching a fellowship program to train more women for executive roles in business – including wielding greater influence on corporate boards.

The “On Board” program plans to enroll up to 20 fellows annually. They will be selected based on their records of leadership, achievement and mentoring, as well as for their potential for advancement in corporate leadership.

Women currently account for about 17 percent of corporate board memberships in the United States.

The fellows will be trained in corporate strategy, crisis management, ethical decision-making, corporate finance, risk assessment and other board-level leadership skills. They will receive peer mentoring and coaching.

Rand – founded by Rabbitt in 1989 – is the largest woman-owned construction company in the United States.

Rabbitt was honored by the Washington Business Journal as a “2012 Outstanding Director” for her service as lead director of the board of Towers Watson, the global professional services company. She addressed GWSB’s 2012 graduating class at the May commencement ceremony. In 2011, Rabbitt was named one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in DC” by Washingtonian magazine.


Posted by gwsb on July 17, 2012 | Filed under: GWSB News.


  1. Where does one learn more about the OnBoard programand the selection process?

    Comment by CH — July 18, 2012 @ 10:22 am
  2. I am interested in learning more about the new OnBoard fellowship program. Who should I contact?

    Thank you,
    Erin Soto

    Comment by Erin Soto — July 18, 2012 @ 1:23 pm
  3. My alternate email is
    Here is a possible candidate for your new program — new board member of ConocoPhillips, a Harvard law professor and former Obama Whitehouse appointee.
    (Or, are self nominations also possible?! Might not be the right league, but I’m a former energy trade association VP, who has just joined corporate operations of Exxon.)


    ConocoPhillips Announces Election of Ms. Jody Freeman to its Board of Directors

    HOUSTON, July 10, 2012 – The board of directors of ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has elected Ms. Jody Freeman as a new outside director. The election of Professor Freeman increases the total number of ConocoPhillips directors to 10, of which nine are outside directors. She will serve on the Public Policy Committee of the ConocoPhillips board.

    Professor Freeman, 48, is the Archibald Cox Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is a leading scholar of administrative and environmental law and is the founding director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law and Policy Program. She joined the Harvard Law faculty in 2005 and was previously professor of Law at UCLA School of Law from 1995 to 2005.

    In making the announcement, ConocoPhillips Chairman and CEO Ryan Lance said, “Our company is strongly committed to the highest standards for health, safety and environmental stewardship. Jody’s presence on the board will add a unique and valuable perspective, and help to advance our commitment to operational excellence around the world.”

    Professor Freeman served as Counselor for Energy and Climate Change in the White House in 2009-2010, contributing to a variety of policy initiatives, including greenhouse gas regulation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, transmission policy, oil and gas drilling, and comprehensive energy and climate legislation. In 2010, after leaving the administration, she served as an independent consultant to the National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. A prominent thinker on collaborative and contractual approaches to governance, Professor Freeman was appointed in 2010 to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the government think tank for improving the administrative and regulatory process. She was elected to the American College of Environmental Lawyers in 2011.

    Professor Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard Law School.

    Comment by Sara Banaszak — July 22, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

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