Board of Directors Center of Excellence

The Board of Directors Center of Excellence is a non-profit organization providing business leaders the forum and expertise needed to meet the ever-changing challenges of corporate governance.

We are focused on connecting, educating and enabling our members to: 

(A) Prepare for and be hired as qualified professional board members, and

(B) Learn industry best practices, access best in class content and develop relevant relationships to serve their respective boards. 

Our Mission is to promote Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Environmental & Social Governance (ESG) in corporate boardrooms across the USA.

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Board of Directors Center of Excellence



Diversity in the boardroom goes further than gender and race.

          Sharon Garrett

Board Member-Ross Stores


Sponsoring and participating in the Board of Directors Center of Excellence Summits has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to help executives with incredible backgrounds who are looking for board and advisory opportunities.  Playing a role in that process has been an absolute privilege.

                      Greg Hughes
                     Vice President
POMS & Associates Insurance Brokers

Upcoming Events

Boardroom Readiness & Governance 101

 April 21st 2021 

Virtual Zoom Event

“The Role of the Board in Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)”

 May 19th 2021 

Virtual Zoom Event

“Negotiating the Politics of the Boardroom”

 September 22nd 2021 

Virtual Zoom Event

“Artificial Intelligence in the Boardroom”

 October 27th 2021 

Virtual Zoom Event

“The State of the Biotech Industry – Perspectives from the C-Suite & Boardroom”

 November 10th 2021 

Virtual Zoom Event

Sponsors & Donors

Meet The Founders

Paul Gurrola

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Paul Gurrola is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Board of Directors Center of Excellence. Mr. Gurrola brings over 20 years of experience working in investment banking primarily assisting public and large private companies on engagements including merger and acquisition services, capital raising, strategic planning and transaction support services.


Paul was actively involved in the Association for  Corporate Growth (ACG) Los Angeles chapter starting in 2005 and served as a board member from 2010 to 2017 including being the founding committee member of the Annual Awards Dinner. Paul is also very passionate about his involvement with the SEAL Future Foundation where he mentors Navy SEALS that are transitioning into the corporate world.


Mr. Gurrola has an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in business both from the University of Southern California.

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Rahul Merani

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Rahul is the CEO and Co-Founder for CFO's Domain - an Accounting & Finance, Consulting & Recruiting firm that provides and serves CFOs and their stakeholders with full-time employees and consultants for special projects and to backfill open roles. 

CFO's Domain focusses on Accounting, Finance, Financial Systems and Business Intelligence professionals with deep domain/industry experience throughout Northern and Southern California for early-stage, middle-market to Fortune 500 companies. 

Since 2005, Rahul was actively involved in the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Los Angeles chapter serving as a board member from 2010 to 2017 including on several committees; the Private Equity Roundtable and as a founding committee member of the Corporate Executive Forum and Annual Awards Dinner. 

In 2017 Rahul was appointed as a Trustee for the Conservation Society of California (Oakland Zoo) and is an Angel/Venture investor holding active investments with Amalfi Capital and Mentors Fund (where Rahul serves as a Founding Partner and Advisor). 

Rahul is a Business graduate with dual majors in Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology in Sydney (UTS) and has his Masters in Applied Finance & Investment from the Financial Securities Institute of Australia (FINSIA). Rahul began his career with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) in their Corporate Finance & Recovery group in Sydney, Australia.



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