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Enter The Boardroom: Principles of Corporate Governance

Next Session: Thursdays - November 2nd, 9th & 16th 2023

Unlock the secrets of corporate governance across our three-day intensive. Explore the intricacies of how boards operate in both public and private firms, learn the qualifications sought in a new director, and master the skill of crafting persuasive executive presentations to a board. Equip yourself with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the complexities of boardroom dynamics today.

Prepare to Step Into The Boardroom

Curious about corporate governance at your firm? Since both public and private companies have boards of directors, this course provides three full days of a deep dive into what you need to know about how boards work at both public and private firms.

You’ll also learn what a board is looking for in a new director and how to make an executive presentation to a board.

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Delve into the Intricacies of Corporate Governance

  • Sharpen your skills, increase your understanding of Corporate Governance (public and private) and develop your personal board readiness.
  • Learn the nuances of material information and what/how to disclose publicly.
  • Become conversant in CEO Selection, Compensation, and Succession.
  • Understand how ESG factors affects your company’s ability to manage its information, strategy and risks.
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How You'll Learn in this Program

The highly interactive program is delivered in 3 weekly, full-day and in-person sessions at Bentley University.

Employing dynamic group exercises, expert-driven discussions and in-depth case studies, the program aims to deliver both a holistic and strategic toolset to leaders looking to step into board room governance rolls. 

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Program Overview:

Day 1 Courses

Board Fundamentals

  • Perspectives of Corporate Governance
  • Values, Culture and the Human Element of Boards
  • The board's Role in Strategy and Risk Management

Board Committees and Qualities

  • Board Committees and Structure
  • Independent Director Qualities
  • CEO Director Separation
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Board Challenge Case
  • Shareholder Activism

Day 2 Courses

 Board Nomination and Composition

  • Leading Practices in Board Composition
  • Director Selection Process
  • Board Challenge Case #2

CEO Selection, Compensation & Succession

  • Board's Role in Succession
  • Board Challenge #3
  • Leading Practices in Compensation
  • Evaluation and Mentoring
  • Board Challenge #4

Day 3 Courses

Materiality - the Cornerstone of Governance

  • What is an Obligation to Disclose?
  • Materiality Definitions, Matrices and Frameworks
  • Local Jurisdiction and International Disclosure
  • Frameworks, "Comply or Explain' Principles
  • Climate-Related Disclosures (IFRS, TCFD, SASB)
  • Board Challenge #5 (Grupo, Co.)

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Issues

  • What is ESG?
  • How is it Assessed? By Whom? How to Use ESG as a
  • Strategy (Improving Cost of Capital and Financial
  • Performance)
  • Sustainable Stock Exchanges, Sustainable
  • Development Goals (SDGs)
Who Should Attend?

Emerging and mid-career leaders from all industries and functions who are seeking opportunities to accelerate their growth as board-ready executives. The program is particularly well suited for public or private company managers, directors or similar roles as they prepare to move into greater levels of responsibility.


Program Requirements

Participants should have approximately 3-5 years of progressively responsible experience within a corporate or professional organization.


Meet Your Instructor

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Cynthia E. Clark

Cynthia is the author of two books - Giving Voice to Values in the Boardroom and Business & Society: Ethical, Legal and Digital Environments. She regularly conducts training sessions on ethical decision-making, shareholder activism and optimal nominating and governance procedures for senior management teams and boards of directors. She has been widely cited in the media on governance issues including The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, CNN, Forbes and Reuters with multiple appearances on Bloomberg Radio and various governance podcasts. Prior to joining Bentley, Cynthia was a member of the faculty at Boston University, following a career in the banking and securities industry. She holds a PhD from the honors program at Boston University and a Master's degree from Northwestern University.

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Nest Session: Thursdays - November 2nd, 9th & 16th 2023

Program Cost: $4,875

  • Program fee includes tuition, meals, lab fees and instructional materials.
  • Register 30 days in advance to receive a 10% discount automatically.
  • Bentley Alumni receive a 50% enrollment discount.

For information regarding the alumni discount, contact:

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Bentley Refund Policy

Bentley University will grant a full refund for cancellations received at least 30 days before the program start date. A 50% refund will be given for those cancellations made prior to fourteen days of the program start date. No refund will be granted for those cancellations received after that time.

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