Corporate Directors Forum’s Governance Academy presents “The Essentials of Corporate Directorship”, last held May 16 & 17, 2016.  As directorship is an increasingly complex endeavor with ever–expanding responsibilities, this comprehensive, 2–day director training course is designed to expand your boardroom competencies, confidence and personal network.


COURSE CURRICULUM – Governance Academy 2016

Corporate Directors Forum’s Governance Academy presented “The Essentials of Corporate Directorship”: Monday, May 16 – Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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For more information, please contact Corporate Directors Forum at 858/455-7930 or


Monday, May 16, 2016

7:30 8:00am

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 8:30am
Welcome & Introduction

Linda Sweeney, Executive Director, Corporate Directors Forum
Michael J. Berthelot, CEO, Mission Manager, Inc.; director, Fresh Del Monte Produce Company, Mtelligence, Inc.— Full Bio
Julia R. Brown, Chair, Corporate Directors Forum; director, Biodel; former director, Targacept, Tanox, and others. — Full Bio

8:30 9:45am
“Why we are here” – The Board’s Role in Strategy

The most important service directors offer, yet we don’t think we do enough of it.

9:45 10:00am
Refreshment and Networking Break

10:00 11:00am
“Why are we here?” – The Role of the Director

A primer in fiduciary duties, the role of the director in a public company, the proper relationship between the board and management (NIFO: Noses In Fingers Out)

11:00 12:00pm
“How does the board get its work done?” – Board Operations & Statistics

A discussion of the nuts and bolts of how boards work — meetings, minutes and minutiae of the board in its daily work

12:00 1:00pm
Networking Lunch

1:00 2:30pm
“What do I do when someone comes calling?” – The Board’s Role in Mergers & Acquisitions

What should the board do when selling their company or when buying another company?

With Expert Guest Instructor: Scott Stanton, partner, Morrison & Foerster LLC

2:30 2:45pm
“What are the rules?” – The Director and Securities Law

How federal and state securities laws impact directors

3:30 4:30pm
“What is my personal exposure?” – A Director’s D&O Primer

What is D&O insurance and what should every director know about it, and other forms of insurance, in order to sleep better?

 Jack Yelverton, Senior Vice President, Aon Corporation

4:30 4:45pm
“What do we do with the CEO?” – The Board’s Role in CEO Succession Planning

A discussion of the board’s role in evaluating and planning for planned or unplanned succession of the CEO.

5:30 6:30pm
Cocktail Reception & Networking:

Relax with your colleagues, enjoy an end-of-the-day libation & take in the beautiful sunset!

Sponsored by Aon Corporation

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

7:30 8:00am

Sponsored by PwC

8:00 9:45am
“Who is keeping an eye on our financial reporting?” – The work of the Audit Committee

How does the audit committee meet all those responsibilities? Who really is a financial expert? Is there extra liability for serving on the audit committee?

– Richard F. Kalenka, Assurance Partner, PwC
– Sara Hyzer, Assurance Partner, PwC

9:45 10:00am
Refreshment Break

10:00 11:30am
“Who decides how much is enough?” – The Compensation Committee

How does CEO pay get set & what is the role of the committee, the board, the compensation consultant and the CEO? What is the right peer group?

 – Ken Wechsler, Associate Partner – Radford, an Aon Company
– David Eaton, Associate Partner, Governance Services – Aon Corporation

11:30 12:15pm
“Where do directors come from and who sets the rules for the board?” – The Governance and Nominating Committee

How are director candidates identified and recruited? Who sets the corporate governance guidelines?

12:15 12:45pm

Working Lunch in the Boardroom—Case Study Prep

12:45 2:45pm
“Bringing It All Together”

A video reenactment and interactive discussion about a dysfunctional board of directors entrenched in prolonged crisis, stringing together a number of critical missteps, starting with CEO selection.

2:45 3:00pm
Executive Session & Course Evaluations

Wrap up the course by providing your feedback on the course and instructors during a brief closing and certification ceremony.

Corporate Directors Forum is a  San Diego-based, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization founded in 1991. Its purpose is to help directors, and those who support them, build more effective boards through continuous learning and peer-networking.  We believe that boards of directors are strategic assets of corporations, education makes better directors, better directors make boards more effective, and more effective boards make better corporations.

Please contact Corporate Directors Forum at 858/455.7930 or for more information on membership, our other annual programs, and monthly events.