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Audit Committees in a New Era of Governance

Jul 24—26, 2019
3 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
USD 6700
USD 2233 per day

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As the focus on corporate governance and oversight has grown, so has the complexity of regulatory challenges facing audit committees. This corporate governance strategy program explores the best practices that your audit committee can use to fulfill its mandate and increase its strategic contribution. You will acquire the frameworks to align corporate strategy with financial reporting—and help your company operate more effectively in today's rigorous market and regulatory environment.

Key Benefits

This audit committee training program prepares you to manage the creative tension between the compliance and strategic roles of the audit committee. While improving your ability to ensure compliance, transparency, and accountability, you will learn how to move your company beyond a compliance mentality toward strategic financial reporting and effective risk management.


Enable the audit committee to play a more strategic role

  • Align financial reporting, compliance, and risk management functions with the company's growth and profit objectives
  • Ensure the integrity of financial information
  • Foster the right culture regarding compliance and risk
  • Develop a financial reporting strategy

Improve audit committee effectiveness

  • Develop better tools to manage cybersecurity and other risks
  • Enhance oversight of the finance, accounting, and risk management functions
  • Improve transparency and the quality of audit and financial reporting
  • Oversee legal and regulatory compliance more effectively
  • Strengthen collaboration with corporate management and auditors
  • Ensure optimal communication with investors on financial reporting and disclosure

Expand your personal and professional network

  • Extend your network by living and working with accomplished executives from various backgrounds, industries, and countries across the globe
  • Build relationships with a diverse group of peers who can provide wide-ranging insights into your business challenges and career decisions

Who should attend

  • Current or potential audit committee members on boards of publicly listed companies, board chairs, and chief executive officers
  • Chief financial officers, general counsels, and risk officers who work closely with audit committees
  • Also appropriate for: Audit firm partners, investor relations professionals, legal advisors, and nonprofit board members


Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration KRISHNA G. PALEPU joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School in 1983, and he is currently the Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration. In addition to his academic position, Professor Palepu is Senior Advisor to the P...
Paul Healy is the James R. Williston Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the Harvard Business School. His research covers a broad range of topics, including financial analysis, Wall Street research, corruption, governance, mergers and acquisitions, and business ethics. ...
Lynn Sharp Paine is John G. McLean Professor and Senior Associate Dean of International Development at Harvard Business School. A member and former chair of the General Management unit, she co-founded the School’s required course on Leadership and Corporate Accountability and currently teaches Bo...
Suraj Srinivasan is a Professor in the Accounting and Management area at Harvard Business School. He is currently the course-head for the HBS required course Financial Reporting and Control. He also teaches to executives, Strategic Financial Analysis for Business Evaluation, and in corporate gove...
Jay W. Lorsch is the Louis Kirstein Professor of Human Relations at the Harvard Business School. He is editor of The Future of Boards: Meeting the Governance Challenges of the Twenty-First Century(2012) He is the author of over a dozen books, the most recent of which are Back to the Drawing Board...

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Jul 24—26, 2019
3 days
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
USD 6700
USD 2233 per day

How it works

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