Boards That Lead: Corporate Governance That Builds Value

The Wharton School

The Wharton School

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Who should attend

Boards that Lead: Corporate Governance that Builds Value is designed for current and prospective directors, corporate secretaries, general counsels of a corporation, institutional investors or executives who work for hedge funds or private equity funds, and securities regulators and equity analysts. It is also beneficial for senior-level executives who want to gain an understanding of how directors move beyond monitoring and help lead a publicly traded company.

Participants leave the program with a richer peer network, enhanced understanding of corporate governance, and proven strategic principles that they can apply to enhance their own boards.

About the course

Chief executives today face a number of challenges in the boardroom, among them, increased regulation, pressure from activist shareholders, and corporate governance reforms. Boards that Lead: Corporate Governance that Builds Value is a corporate governance program that provides practical steps that directors and executives of publicly traded companies can take to make their corporate performance most effective through collaborative leadership.

The program provides intriguing insights into corporate governance, giving directors and C-suite executives the knowledge they need to be a high-performing board that adds significant value to the company. Executives who attend this program gain a new perspective on corporate board governance and what constitutes a strong board while acquiring the skills to more easily collaborate, lead, and motivate each other and management.

Program Highlights & Benefits

In Boards That Lead, you will:

  • Understand how the role of a board of directors has changed in today’s increasingly regulated business environment
  • Gain an insider’s view of some of the world’s most dynamic boardrooms from the executives who lead them
  • Acquire the proven roadmap for designing and leading an effective board
  • Uncover the best methods to recruit and select the most qualified directors
  • Collaborate more effectively as a board director, chairman, or chief executive

Experience & Impact

Based on the book Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way, this program provides the latest thinking from some of the world’s most knowledgeable boardroom veterans on how directors can best make a leadership difference.

It will examine the changing role of boards with some of the world’s most pre-eminent thought leaders on the subject. Participants who currently serve on a board will learn how to improve their leadership and decision-making effectiveness. Aspiring board members and those whose roles involve extensive contact with directors will get fresh insights on how to partner with boards and build boards that add new value to the company.

Classroom sessions will be led by faculty and distinguished practitioners including Ram Charan, a trusted advisor to some of the world’s most successful CEOs and consultant to such companies as GE, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, Home Depot, and Verizon. In addition, Boards that Lead will give participants an insider’s view of some of today’s most notable executive offices and boardrooms. An evening panel of prominent, highly experienced executives and directors will share their insights and discuss specific strategies and approaches.

In sum, this program provides board directors and chief executives with insights and proven strategies to build and lead boards more effectively.

Session topics include:

  • The New Role of the Board
  • CEO and Director Selection
  • Designing Effective Boards
  • How to Succeed in the Boardroom
  • Board Principles

Through practitioner-led lectures and first-rate networking with other boardroom leaders, participants will discover their own pathway for leadership success.

Specifically, you will learn:

  • What a company should look for when recruiting new directors
  • How a board can effectively engage and motivate corporate management
  • How a board determines suitability when hiring a new CEO
  • How an institutional investor or private equity or hedge fund should evaluate a board before investing in a company

Experts

Michael Useem

Education: PhD, Harvard University; MA, Harvard University; BS, University of Michigan. Academic Appointment: William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management, 1997. Director, Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management, 1996. Recent Consulting: Numerous programs on leadership, decision m...

Harbir Singh

Education PhD, University of Michigan, 1984; MBA, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1978; BTech, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 1975 Academic Positions Held Wharton: 1984present (Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, 2008present; Acting Chairperson, Management Department, 20072008; n...

Dennis Carey

Dennis is Vice Chairman of Korn/Ferry International. He specializes in the recruitment of chief executives and corporate directors. He has conducted searches for the CEOs of 3M, Tyco International, MCI, American Standard, and many other companies; assisted numerous boards in CEO succession projec...

Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata G...

Emilie Feldman

Emilie R. Feldman is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she studied Economics and French Literature, and she received her MBA and DBA in Strategy from the Harvard Business School. ...

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