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CEO Connection: Effective Corporate Boards for Mid-Market Companies

Program Overview

At a time when companies face increased regulation, shareholder pressures, and corporate governance reforms, CEOs and boards must work together as never before. Boards no longer just monitor performance; they are expected to lead.

Mid-market CEOs, like their large-cap peers, are responsible for their boards to thrive — or fail. Effective Corporate Boards for Mid-Market Companies shows CEOs how to let their boards lead, tapping into the collective brain power of their directors to accelerate business strategy. Wharton offers the program on the eve of CEO Connection, the annual convention for mid-market CEOs.

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CEO Connection Program Highlights & Benefits

  • What a mid-market company should look for when recruiting new directors
  • The best way to optimize your board so it can function as a high-performing team
  • How a board can effectively engage and motivate corporate management
  • How you can bring value as an outside director on other boards

Contact Us

For more information and to register, visit the CEO Mid-Market Convention website.

CEO Connection is the only membership organization in the world reserved exclusively for CEOs of companies with between $100 million and $3 billion in annual revenue. Through private in-person events, specialized online and offline communications, and personal, individualized attention, the organization connects thousands of mid-market CEOs to the people, information, and resources that can make them more successful.

CEO Connection

Dates TBD

This program will run the day before the start of the CEO Connection Mid-Market Convention.

Tuition for this one-day program includes meals. Prices are subject to change.

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Experience & Impact

Mid-market CEOs today lead organizations that collectively account for $10 trillion or one-third of all gross receipts in the United States each year and more than 30 million jobs. These leaders face many of the same challenges as large-cap companies, but they have the added pressure to execute strategy with less capital and other resources. One of their most vital sources of business knowledge is often under-utilized — their board of directors. It’s not surprising that board governance and getting it right has never been more top-of-mind, especially among mid-market CEOs.

Wharton’s Effective Corporate Boards for Mid-Market Companies provides insights for working with your own board or serving as an outside director. You will interact with peers from around the world as you learn how to attract diverse, strong leaders to serve on your board. Based on the book, Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way, this one-day program provides the latest thinking from some of the world’s most knowledgeable boardroom veterans on how directors can best make a leadership difference and how CEOs can help their boards function like a mission-critical team.

Wharton faculty member Mike Useem, a world-renowned expert on corporate leadership and governance, joins Rebecca Thornton, senior associate in the Board & CEO Practice of Spencer Stuart, to present this one-day program. The program faculty members apply their field-based research and the latest strategic insights to help you take your board to the next level.

Effective Corporate Boards for Mid-Market Companies will examine the changing role of mid-market 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.

Session topics include:

  • Designing Effective Boards
  • Boards that Lead

Overall, Effective Corporate Boards for Mid-Market Companies will help you learn how to:

  • Expand your view of the role of your board beyond one of simply monitoring business performance and regulatory compliance
  • Determine what qualities and skill sets are missing on your current board make up, with insights on how to attract the ideal mix of leadership
  • Learn how to effectively tap into the strengths of directors individually and collectively and ensure they are vital contributors to your company’s strategy roadmap
  • Apply this learning to your own role on other boards

Who Should Attend

Effective Corporate Boards for Mid-Market Companies is designed for mid-market CEOs from all industries. The mid-market is defined as firms that generate between $100 million and $3 billion per year in revenue.

Participants in this program are a diverse group of CEOs from the mid-market. They come from varied industries, backgrounds, and geographies who share their biggest challenges with the class. Faculty tailor the program content to address these issues, so participants enjoy a learning experience that truly resonates with them and meets their learning needs.

Group Enrollment

To further leverage the value and impact of this program, we encourage companies to send cross-functional teams of executives to Wharton. We offer group enrollment benefits to companies sending four or more participants.


Michael Useem, PhD   See Faculty Bio

William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management; Professor of Management; Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management; Editor, Wharton Leadership Digest

Research Interests: Catastrophic and enterprise risk management, corporate change and restructuring, leadership, decision making, governance


I really enjoyed the Mid-Market Convention. The networking opportunities were excellent and I walked away with great new contacts. I also thought there were some fantastic outside speakers both from the political environment and the faculty of the Wharton business school.”

Michael MacDonald

Chairman and CEO, Medifast

The convention created a fantastic forum for C-Suite level executives to share hurdles, experiences, and solutions in a collaborative environment. The combination of the academic venue of Wharton with the quality of the participants drew out powerful learning. The awards dinner within the museum was spectacular.”

John Meyer

Chairman and CEO, Arise Virtual Solutions

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