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Corporate Governance: Effectiveness and Accountability in the Boardroom

Become A More Effective Board Member

Professor LysWith top faculty from the Kellogg School of Management in collaboration with Ernst & Young governance experts, you’ll improve your understanding of the responsibilities of board membership and develop the skills and strategic insight needed to become a more effective director. You’ll orient yourself to the shareholders’ perspective and gain an understanding of the interests of multiple constituencies.

You’ll also learn frameworks that can move the board beyond compliance to the creation of opportunities for long-term value. Optional pre- and post-program tutorials heighten your financial literacy and increase your understanding of mergers and acquisitions.
Upcoming Sessions (Fee includes lodging and most meals)
Session Date Cost
December 7-10, 2014 $8,000 Apply
May 31 - June 3, 2015 $8,000 Apply
December 6-9, 2015 $8,000 Apply

Program Materials

Attendance is limited to:

  1. Board members in public and private companies and nonprofit organizations
  2. Individuals expecting to be named to a board in the immediate future
During this program, you will:
  1. Master the tools to be a more effective director in the post-Sarbanes-Oxley environment
  2. Respond strategically to boardroom dynamics
  3. Analyze the role of the board vis-à-vis management, internal auditors and external auditors
  4. Develop a deeper understanding of board governance
  5. Study the legal and ethical challenges faced by today’s boards
  6. Engage in a “board in crisis” case simulation

Looking for Financial Trouble in All the Right Places
  1. Interpret financial statements and fulfilling the duties of the audit committee
  2. Deal with internal and external auditors, directors and corporate management
  3. Participate in an audit committee case simulation

Becoming an Influential, Trusted and Respected Board Member
  1. Improve your influence and effectiveness in getting your voice heard
  2. Choose board members to maximize effective decision making

Assessing, Anticipating and Responding to Different Forms of Risk
  1. Understand fiduciary responsibilities and monitoring and managing risk
  2. Learn about directors’ and officers’ insurance
  3. Explore management of stakeholders, public officials, public opinion and media relations
  4. Assess business practices for political and social risk
  5. Integrate crisis management into overall business strategy

Best Practices in Board Structure, Operations and Responsibilities
  1. Explore committee organization and policy development
  2. Participate in a case analysis of board operations, functions and organizations
  3. Collaborate on an executive compensation case analysis

Pre-Program Tutorial on Financial Literacy (optional)

Post-Program Tutorial on Mergers and Acquisitions (optional)

Program fee includes membership in the Kellogg Corporate Governance Network, with access to publications and webcasts on emerging governance issues such as executive compensation, directors’ liabilities and economic development in the global capital markets. Kellogg Corporate Governance Network members may attend an upcoming Kellogg School conference on corporate governance.
Thomas Lys - Academic Director; Eric L. Kohler Chair in Accounting; Professor of Accounting Information & Management

Daniel Diermeier - IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice; Professor of Managerial Economics & Decision Sciences; Director of the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship

Tom Hough - Partner, Americas Vice Chair Assurance Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Harry M. Kraemer - Clinical Professor of Strategy

Dennis Chookaszian - Chairman, Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council

Donald Delves - President and Founder, The Delves Group

Michael E. Lavin - Director of Integrys Energy Group, Inc., SPSS Inc. and Tellabs, Inc.

Charles W. Mulaney, Jr - Corporate Partner with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

David S. Ruder - Former Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; William W. Gurley Memorial Professor of Law Emeritus, Northwestern University

Featured Faculty Video

  •   Professor Tom Lys: The changing roles of board members

What Past Participants Say

  • "It's a program every director should attend, regardless of experience."
    Board Member, Kimberly Clark Corporation

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