The Corporate Executive Board Company is one of the largest executive networking organizations in the world.
If you own a small business, this is not the peer advisory group you've been looking for. You'd be better off exploring Inner Circle or Vistage.
However, if you are an owner or executive leader at a middle market company, The Corporate Executive Board can be a great resource for you.
Many middle market executives may not be aware of this excellent resource. That's because the Corporate Executive Board used to only work with executives at very large corporations. In 2006, they expanded their offerings to include services for middle market companies.
The Corporate Executive Board is a quiet giant in the business world. Their offerings have been embraced by over 200,000 business leaders worldwide as an enabler for faster, smarter business decision-making .
In a nutshell, they provide their members with best practices research and analysis. Members can tap into benchmarking datasets, decision-support tools, research briefs, and case studies, as well as executive forums and peer networking opportunities.
Members join a specific executive network, based on their functional focus.
For example, The Corporate Executive Board has practice areas for Corporate Leadership; Finance and Strategy; Financial Services; Government; Information Technology; Legal and Compliance; and Sales, Marketing, and Communications.
Each of these practice areas has its own subgroups that members join. For example, within the Finance and Strategy practice, a financial executive at a large company could join a CFO Executive Board, an Investor Relations Board, an Audit Director Roundtable or any one of about 15 niche areas.
A CFO who joins the CFO Executive Board will receive insights on how to be a great CFO and will be given networking opportunities that allow them to trade notes with other CFOs. So, for example, a CFO at Microsoft might trade notes with a CFO at Kraft Foods. It's power networking at its best.
Midsized companies will have fewer options. In the Finance and Strategy area, for example, a midsized company's financial executive has one option: the Financial Leadership Exchange. This makes sense since financial leaders at middle market companies cover more ground than their peers at larger companies.
How much does it cost to join The Corporate Executive Board? It depends. Members pay an annual subscription to join a program geared toward their specific corporate function. Prices range based on various options.
Based on their high-powered membership, it's clear that the benefits of Corporate Executive Board membership are worth the costs. Members get access to authoritative data and tools, best practice research, and peer insight to the leaders of the world's great enterprises.
For career networking and business development opportunities, there may not be a better venue.