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 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.

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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 of Executive Education; Managing Director of Executive Education

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

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

Sharad Jain - Partner, Governance Insights Center, PwC

Terry Ward - Partner, Governance Insights Center, PwC

Jeff Zilka - Executive Vice President, 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 847-467-7000.

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

Personal Consultation

Please contact us to schedule an advising session

2019 Sessions

November 17-20, 2019

Start: November 17 at 1:00 PM

End: November 20 at 3:15 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

2020 Sessions

March 16-19, 2020

Start: March 16 at 1:00 PM

End: March 19 at 4:15 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

November 2-5, 2020

Start: November 2 at 1:00 PM

End: November 5 at 4:15 PM

Evanston campus


Fee includes lodging and most meals

Kellogg School of Management

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