The Best Executive Advisory Board Experience in Idaho

Hone Your Edge

Whetstone Executive Advisory Board is a program for business owners and executive leaders in the Treasure Valley of Southwest Idaho including Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Eagle.

How would you like to collaborate with other business owners and executive leaders to take your business to the next level? 

How would your business be different if you could:
Turn to other business owners for feedback on your products, services, and employee issues
Make decisions quicker with validated feedback
Have an instant Board of Directors to help fast-track your business success
Break through the plateau of your current revenue

If you’re outside our region, check out our virtual program, Whetstone High Performance Mastermind.

We welcome participants from all business sectors so long as you share our bias for action, learning and results.

Whetstone is a great fit for leaders who:

  • Know they have something bigger to offer
  • Identify as lifelong learners and are always curious
  • Can play both a student and teacher
  • Crave honest and candid counsel from peers
  • Thrive in a community of authenticity and trust
  • Want to see the forest through the trees
  • Would rather be interested than interesting
  • Yearn to get the most out of life

What Clients Are Saying

Hear from Our Members

If you are an emerging leader seeking to disrupt old systems and maximize your impact, we’ve got a place for you.

We Come Together in 3 Ways

Mentor Forums

Whetstone members spend time together in small cohorts focusing on professional development and personal growth. Consider it your personal board of directors, helping you lead a more purposeful and impactful life at work, home, and in the community.


Every quarter, Whetstone cohorts join to serve our community through a local nonprofit or service organization.

Elevation Retreats

Once a year, members will have the chance to disconnect from work and technology and escape to the Idaho mountains to set a clear vision.

Membership Overview


8-10 Changemaking Leaders


Twice a Month, 90 Minutes Each


12 Month Engagement

Structured Sessions

Focus on Personal and Professional Growth

Why Whetstone?

We believe each person has the potential to lead a life of meaning, potential, and impact

We help change-makers of all kinds hone in on their higher purpose, talents and leadership skills for good in business, our communities, and our own families.

We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with.

Whetstone Benefits

Professional & Personal Development

Whetstone is designed to develop the skills you need to succeed both professionally and personally. Your business grows only to the extent that you do. Example focus areas include: business leadership, emotional intelligence, public speaking, negotiation & mediation, and mindfulness.

Business Best Practices

No matter what profession or industry you’re in, we all share a desire to use innovative – yet proven - strategies that give us that unmatched ‘edge’. Learn best practices around how to: lead and develop effective teams, establish your marketing presence, balance work life demands, or even launch a new business.

Peer Mentoring

The strength of every Whetstone session rests in the diverse expertise, backgrounds, and perspectives of your peers. Leverage the collective wisdom of the group as we guide and mentor one another through whatever obstacles lie between you and your goals.

Growth Accountability

It takes more than a great idea and the best of intentions to get results. Sometimes, we need a trusted group of peers to hold us accountable. Each month you’ll identify one area of growth you’d like to pursue, and your cohort will be there to support and encourage action.

One-on-One Session

As matters arise, members are welcome to schedule a private session with your facilitator once a quarter to focus on individual needs that may call for special attention.

General Conditions

1. Confidentially is critical to the honesty, candor, and overall success of Whetstone. Any breach of confidentiality – including what is shared during and/or after a Whetstone event. In addition, no members may actively solicit other members to the service or product of their company. All business dealings must occur organically and at the request of the buyer. Soliciting business or a breach of confidentiality is grounds for immediate dismissal.

2. The strength of Whetstone rests in the group’s collective wisdom, perspective and expertise. For the sake of fellow cohort members, it’s important that we make every attempt to attend the monthly forums. If circumstances prevent you from attending a session, any materials or content covered will be made available to you.

3. Some materials you receive may be confidential and proprietary to Deliberate Directions, Whetstone or guest presenters. These materials may not be reproduced for distribution or use outside of the scope of this agreement.

4. When appropriate, your Whetstone facilitator will be providing you with guidance, direction, program materials, and the agreed upon level of accountability; yet, his/ her role is primarily advisory and should not extend to actually doing the activity itself. You will be primarily accountable for producing the results in the program.

5. If your monthly investment is not received on time, when due, your Facilitator reserves the right to suspend your services and impose a late fee (not to exceed 5% of the outstanding balance, per month, until paid).

6. Your Facilitator will (in addition to regular session feedback) be offering you the opportunity to evaluate the overall program (and his/her) performance under this agreement on a quarterly basis. If you are not fully satisfied with the services you have received – at any stage – we ask that you let us know so we can work with you to rectify any concerns.

7. You or your Facilitator may terminate this agreement at any time upon 45 days’ notice in writing.

8. This agreement is the entire agreement between you and your Facilitator, all prior agreements, promises or representations being merged herein.

9. This agreement shall be governed by and construed and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Idaho.