Corporate Governance

Effectiveness and accountability in the boardroom

This highly interactive and engaging program will prepare you to claim your seat on the board with confidence and to deal effectively with those difficult, often unpredictable situations that all directors inevitably must face.

You'll be guided by top Kellogg faculty in collaboration with recognized corporate governance experts, to deepen your understanding of your responsibilities as a board member, develop the essential skills and strategic insight needed to serve effectively and learn how to apply them in practice. You’ll orient yourself to the shareholders’ perspective, gain an understanding of the interests of multiple constituencies and learn frameworks that can move the board beyond ensuring compliance to identifying opportunities for long-term value creation.

Incentives available for groups and teams of four or more attending open enrollment programs. Learn more

Faculty Office Hours

  • During the program, all participants will have the opportunity to schedule one-on-one discussion time with faculty
  • Office hours are the perfect opportunity for participants to raise specific questions about how program learning and content may apply to their organizations and responsibilities

Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

Who Should Attend

  • New board members or senior executives who expect to be on a board in the near future
  • Experienced board members who are in need of a "refresher"
  • Executives from outside North America who wish to learn about North American governance practices

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Key Benefits

  • Develop a deeper understanding of board governance models
  • Analyze the role of the board vis-à-vis management, internal and external auditors, and other outside advisors
  • Understand how to navigate boardroom conflicts
  • Engage in a “board in crisis” case simulation
  • Study the legal and ethical challenges faced by today’s boards in areas such as executive compensation
  • Become conversant in current boardroom topics such as cyber security and activist investors

Program Content

Understanding the Role of the Board
  • Different models of governance
  • Board and committee responsibilities
  • The board’s role in a crisis
Understanding the role of the Committees
  • Executive compensation issues and trends
  • Audit committee issues
  • Recruiting new board members
Current Issues
  • Legal issues
  • Activist investors
  • Cyber security


Robert Apatoff - Academic Director; Clinical Professor, Executive Director of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute Former Chief Executive Officer, FTD Companies, Inc., Former Chief Executive Officer, Rand McNally & Company

Timothy Feddersen - Wendell Hobbs Professor of Managerial Politics; Professor of Managerial; Economics & Decision Sciences; Chair of Personnel Committee

Harry M. Kraemer - Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations; Former Chairman & CEO, Baxter Intl.; Executive Partner, Madison Dearborn Partners

Jim Woodrum - Clinical Professor—Executive Education, Board Consultant for more than 30 years, Public Company Board Member and Compensation Committee Chair

Edward Zajac - James F. Bere Professor of Management & Organizations


Beth Berg - Partner in Chicago, M&A, Corporate Governance and disclosure matters, shareholder activism and takeover defense, Sidley Austin

Andrea Reed - Sr. Counsel at Sidley Austin. Corporate Governance- legal issues

Robbie Higgins - Partner Cyber Security, PWC

Stephen Parker - Partner PWC. Tracey-Lee Brown- Director, PwC - Addressing Audit Issues

Jeff Zilka - Sr. Counselor, Edelman

What Participants Say

“It is the perfect program for directors to sharpen their knowledge.”
Corporate Governance Officer, CMA

“A perfect collaboration of faculty, industry experts and program attendees! I was so impressed by the Corporate Governance program that I decided to enroll in the Kellogg Executive Scholar Program.”
Director, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

“This program includes all critical topics necessary to effectively perform as a director in a boardroom, and the people who attended it enriched the program due to their worldwide experience. It is highly recommended experience.”
Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP

2024 Sessions

November 4-7, 2024

Start: November 4 at 1:00 PM

End: November 7 at 3:30 PM

Format: In-Person at Allen Center on Evanston Campus

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$ 11,500

Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208