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.

This program will be offered in a live virtual format for fall 2020 and spring 2021. Our live virtual programs are built to deliver a rich experience that’s comparable to our in-person programs. You will have the opportunity to engage with our faculty and your peers in live discussions and lecture sessions. You will come away with the tools to navigate and succeed in the new business landscape.

Kellogg Executive
Leadership Institute

Information Session

Learn more about Corporate Governance with this half-hour long information 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

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


Jim Woodrum - Academic Director; Clinical Professor, Executive Education

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

Harry M. Kraemer - Clinical Professor of Strategy, Kellogg School of Management

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


Tom Desmond - Co-Chair, Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits Group, Vedder Price

Scott Dillman - Retired COO of Cybersecurity & Privacy Practice, PwC

Paula Loop - Leader of PwC Governance Insights Center

Jeff Zilka - Sr. Counselor, Edelman

CPE Credits

Continuing Education Credit
This program is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy and is recommended for 22.50 CPE credits.

Continuing Professional Education Information
The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

All Kellogg programs that qualify for CPE credits do not have pre-requisites. Advanced readings and case preparation is required. A packet of course materials is emailed to all participants before the program begins.

All Kellogg programs are group-live or internet-based. Program level: Advanced. For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaints and refunds, please contact our office at 847-467-6018.

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


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Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

2020 Session

November 2-13, 2020

Start: November 2 at 8:00 AM

End: November 13 at 11:15 AM

Live Virtual Program

Download the Topic Overview


2021 Sessions

May 23-26, 2021

Start: May 23 at 1:00 PM

End: May 26 at 4:15 PM

Live Virtual Program

Download the Topic Overview


November 1-4, 2021

Start: November 1 at 1:00 PM

End: November 4 at 4:15 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

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