Corporate Governance Program: Developing Exceptional Board Leaders

Jan 25–29, 2021 $6,550 (Live Online)
Sep 22–24, 2021 $7,250 (In Person)
Questions? Contact Us:
Yoon Lee
Director, Learning Solutions
+1 212-854-3390
[email protected]

Format: Five consecutive days with live sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. View the live online schedule.
Certificate Credits: 3
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Preferred pricing is available for groups of two or more. To inquire, email [email protected].

“Columbia offers a unique meeting ground of best-in-class academic thinking and practical boardroom experience to provide participants with frameworks, strategies, and best practices to lead their companies in today’s constantly evolving environment.”
– Faculty Director Shiva Rajgopal

Hear from Shiva Rajgopal, the program's faculty director, as he introduces the program.

PLEASE NOTE: The upcoming iteration of this program will take place in a live, virtual setting. See the agenda

The Corporate Governance Program equips executives and professionals who currently serve or are interested in serving on corporate boards with the knowledge required to excel as stewards of shareholders that promote long-term and sustainable value creation.

Drawing on thought leadership from world-renowned experts at Columbia Business School and leading practicing directors, this program integrates academic research with a deep understanding of the emerging issues that boardrooms face.

A unique aspect of the program is that one day is entirely devoted to emerging issues in the field of corporate governance, such as CEO succession plans, shareholder activism, the disruptive impact of technology and cyber risk, and the topic of diversity and inclusion. Program participants interact with round tables of top US directors, moderated by a Columbia Business School faculty expert in an engaging format.

Fast paced, dynamic, and practical, this interactive program is a must-attend for current and aspiring corporate directors and chief executives. Those attending gain valuable insight from fellow board members while also having the opportunity to share their own best practices. Whether a seasoned director or new to the boardroom, participants emerge from this three-day experience with new insights and the sharpened skillset needed to serve effectively.

For a complete program schedule download the agenda.

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Please contact our Learning Solutions Specialists at +1 212-854-3395 for a personal conversation to learn more.


Board leaders are an undervalued resource in many organizations. Our Corporate Governance Program equips aspiring and existing board members and directors with the insights needed to ensure high performance and value creation in the long and short term.

The program uniquely combines two days of cutting-edge classroom learning with a one-day, action-packed symposium about emerging issues that boardrooms are facing.

During the classroom portion, participants learn from world-renowned Columbia Business School faculty and guest speakers to gain insights needed to ensure high performance in the long and short term, including:

  • Appreciating value creation via financial statements
  • Harnessing finance to realize the company’s strategy
  • Minimizing financial reporting risks as a member of the audit committee
  • Minimizing the threat of litigation for you and your company
  • Incentivizing the CEO to create long-term sustainable value as a member of the compensation committee
  • Planning for the succession of the CEO
  • Benchmark against best practices of corporate governance
  • Implementing best practices for private and early-stage boards

During the symposium, participants interact with round tables of top US directors on emerging topics the boardroom is facing like:

  • Anticipating and prepare for the next activist challenge
  • Increasing the board’s visibility into disruptive technologies and business models
  • Leveraging diversity and inclusion to create long-term value

NACD Directorship Certification®

This program awards 10 recertification credits for directors working toward maintaining their NACD Directorship Certification®.


Upon completion of this program, you will also earn three credits towards a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School, granting select alumni and tuition benefits. Learn more.


PLEASE NOTE: The upcoming iteration of this program will take place in a live, virtual setting. See the agenda. You may also view the in-person program schedule for when our in-person programming resumes.

The program features a combination of lectures and and panel discussions.

The academic lectures feature interactive exercises and case studies involving real-world scenarios. Sample session titles include:

  • Setting Management Compensation
  • The Stewardship Function of the Board
  • Private and Early-Stage Boards
  • Understanding the Oversight Function of the Board
  • Getting the Best From Your Investment Banker

The panelist discussions feature experienced directors and focus on emerging issues in the field of corporate governance. Sample panelist discussion titles include:

  • What If an Activist Attacks?
  • Inclusive Capitalism
  • Disruptive Technologies
  • Getting on Boards and Saying Yes

For a complete program schedule, please download the agenda.


This program is ideal for:

  • Current board members of US public companies
  • Board members of foreign corporations
  • Board members of private, family-owned, or nonprofit organizations, although the specific regulations of public companies may not apply to such institutions
  • Executives looking to develop the skills needed to get on corporate and non-profit boards

Typical Participant Mix

Geographic Spread

Years of Management Experience

Job Function



Columbia Business School alumni and up to four of their colleagues are eligible for a 25 percent tuition benefit for this program. More on the Alumni Tuition Benefit.

Hear from Past Participants

"Excellent program. The content and speakers were amazing. Very good panel discussion with realistic advice and perspectives. I would recommend this program without reservation."
— Karen Fang, Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director at Fiduciary Trust Co., Int'l

"Loved this program. Great diversity and a great balance of practice and theory."
— Rebecca Kerr, Founder and CEO of Global Creative Solutions Group, LLC


Shiva Rajgopal, Faculty Director
Roy Bernard Kester and T.W. Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing

Shiva Rajgopal is the Kester and Byrnes Professor at Columbia Business School. A highly regarded academic, Shiva is one of the world’s leading experts on measuring how well managers serve as responsible stewards of the corporation’s resources. He is perhaps best known for his finding that around 40 percent of Chief Financial Officers would sacrifice a positive net present value project to meet quarterly analyst consensus earnings estimate. Apart from conducting pioneering research on short-termism, Shiva's extensive body of academic and practitioner focused work covers a wide range of contemporary issues in financial reporting and governance such as accounting restatements, frauds, SEC enforcement actions, efficacy of board and executive compensation schemes in delivering shareholder value, whistle blowing, and the paramount importance of corporate culture as an under-appreciated economic asset of the firm. He has wide-ranging experience in solving applied business problems with global private equity funds, leading insurance companies, financial services firms, hedge funds, and cyber security ratings agencies. His work has been featured extensively in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Barrons, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes and The Economist.

Along with Professor Rajgopal, additional Columbia Business School faculty contribute to and teach in the program.


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