Program Experience

Highlights and Key Outcomes

In Corporate Governance: Essentials for a New Business Era, you will:

  • Explore board opportunities for C-suite officers in areas including technology, human resources, and sustainability
  • Grasp how a director’s role is changing in today’s social, legal, and business environment
  • Learn to present yourself as an attractive candidate for boards
  • Look inside the process for nominating, selecting, and onboarding directors

Experience and Impact

Traditional board governance is a thing of the past. Today’s directors must be ready and able to handle a wide range of enterprise risks that could impact a large company. Led by top Wharton management faculty, Corporate Governance: Essentials for a New Business Era offers those aspiring to be on boards, recently appointed to a board, or experienced directors and company executives a wide-ranging look at what constitutes successful board service in the current environment. The specific content of the program will also be informed by the year’s most pressing issues. The focus in 2020 will include company and legal issues related to diversity and inclusion; environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics; and leading in the boardroom.

Participants will explore how to present themselves as candidates for boards against the backdrop of social and legislative efforts to make boards more ethnically diverse and gender inclusive. You will also learn about the functional capabilities that are valued on boards, including strategy, technology, human resources, sustainability, and international experience. You will acquire strategies for marketing yourself to recruiters and come to recognize the value you can bring to a boardroom setting.

Individuals already on boards will gain new insights into managing emerging sources of enterprise risk and how best to diversify their board to address new regulations and investor expectations.

In addition to the outstanding faculty, selected guest speakers will enhance the program’s practical, real-world approach. Speakers may include veteran board chairs and lead directors; a federal prosecutor who has conducted internal investigations for major telecommunications and financial firms; and an executive-search partner experienced in board recruitment and onboarding.

A valuable benefit of this program is the substantial networking opportunity. You will have time to interact with seasoned and board-ready individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, providing for an expanded peer group. The need has never been greater for board members with new perspectives and experience. Timely and unique, Corporate Governance helps you take full advantage of the rapidly changing environment for both board selection and director responsibilities.

Session topics include:

  • Enterprise challenges and risks including climate change, job displacement, global trade, disease epidemics, and social responsibility
  • Creating opportunities for those who have been underrepresented in the boardroom
  • Characteristics of successful board leaders
  • Overseeing management
  • Building diversity, equity, and inclusion in the boardroom
  • Leading boards through legal issues and other crises
  • Succession planning
  • Bringing environmental and social issues into the boardroom
  • Designing political and social strategies
  • Shareholder activism

Wharton LIVE Programming

Real-time, synchronous peer learning

The live, virtual version of Corporate Governance: Essentials for a New Business Era will be delivered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for two consecutive weeks. It will be taught by the same Wharton faculty who teach in our on-campus classes. This program offers, and requires, a high level of participant engagement through class discussion and case studies.

Participants will have direct access to Wharton faculty throughout the program and engage in dynamic group work that helps reinforce the learning and enable networking among the peer community.

This timely program will explore many of the hot button issues facing corporate boards today. By attending this program, you will come away better equipped to face the challenges of being a board member both now and in the future.

Guest Speakers

Board Agility: Janet Foutty, chair of the board for deloitte, talks about the key principles.

Janet Foutty
Chair of the Board, Deloitte

Janet Foutty is chair of the board at Deloitte. She leads the board in providing governance and oversight on critical business matters including strategy, brand positioning, risk mitigation, talent development, and leadership succession. Janet is also a member of Deloitte’s Global Board of Directors and chair of Deloitte Foundation, the 90-year-old not-for-profit organization that helps develop future talent and promote excellence in teaching, research, and curriculum innovation.

Janet’s leadership experience includes most recently serving as chair and chief executive officer for Deloitte Consulting LLP, where she led a $10B business comprised of over 50,000 professionals in helping Fortune 500 companies and government agencies translate complex issues into opportunity. She previously led Deloitte’s federal practice dedicated to improving the efficacy and efficiency of U.S. government agencies: as well as Deloitte Consulting LLP’s technology practice, which achieved exponential growth through acquisitions and the launch of businesses including Deloitte Digital. She has also held leadership roles on client programs that span retail, technology, government, energy, and financial services industries.

Janet is a frequent author and popular public speaker. She regularly communicates with executive-level audiences about the changing business landscape, technology disruption, and leadership. Janet is a passionate advocate for inclusion in the workplace; women in technology; and the need for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. She has founded Women in Technology groups in India and the United States.

Janet serves on the board of directors of Bright Pink, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s health, and Catalyst, a global nonprofit working to build more inclusive workplaces. She serves on the advisory boards of NYU Stern’s Tech MBA program, Columbia Law School’s Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership, and the executive committee for the Council on Competitiveness. Janet holds a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is an inductee of the Kelley School of Business Academy of Alumni Fellows and a member of the Kelley School of Business Dean’s Council.


Bill McNabbF. William McNabb III, WG’83
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vanguard; Senior Fellow, Center for Leadership and Change Management, The Wharton School

F. William McNabb III is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Vanguard. He joined Vanguard in 1986. In 2008, he became chief executive officer; in 2010, he became chairman of the board of directors and the board of trustees. He stepped down as chief executive officer at the end of 2017 and as chairman at the end of 2018. Earlier in his career, he led each of Vanguard’s client-facing business divisions.

Mr. McNabb is active in the investment management industry and served as the chairman of the Investment Company Institute’s board of governors from 2013 to 2016. A board member of UnitedHealth Group and the chairman of Ernst & Young’s Independent Audit Committee, he is also chairman of the board of the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, a board member of CECP: The CEO Force for Good, and a board member of the Philadelphia School Partnership.

In addition, Mr. McNabb is the executive in residence at the Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute at the Le Bow College of Business and a member of the Advisory Board of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. He is a member of the Wharton Leadership Advisory Board of the Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management and a member of The Wharton School’s Graduate Executive Board. He also serves on the Dartmouth Athletic Advisory Board.

Mr. McNabb earned an AB at Dartmouth College and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Who Should Attend

Corporate Governance: Essentials for a New Business Era prepares executives with diverse backgrounds who aspire to join a board or wish to enhance their knowledge for ongoing board service. This program offers a wide-ranging look at what constitutes successful board service in the current climate with a focus on the fiduciary duties of directors, strategies for filling and seeking board seats, and navigating the politics of board service.

This program is ideal for:

  • Senior-level women or minority executives who aspire to board service or have recently joined a board
  • C-suite executives including general counsels, chief technology officers, chief financial officers, chief human resource officers, chief risk officers, and chief sustainability officers
  • Partner-level attorneys in law firms with experience in corporate investigations, mergers/acquisitions, and compliance
  • Leaders of major nonprofit organizations and academic institutions
  • Board members who wish to become better informed and more productive in their role
  • Members of governance and nominations committees seeking to diversify their boards
  • Corporate secretaries
  • Institutional investors

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.

Faculty


Michael Useem

Michael Useem, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Co-Academic Director

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


Mary-Hunter McDonnell

Mary-Hunter McDonnell, JD, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Co-Academic Director

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Organizational theory (political sociology, institutional theory); nonmarket strategy; corporate governance; corporate misconduct and punishment


Peter Cappelli

Peter Cappelli, DPhilSee Faculty Bio

George W. Taylor Professor of Management; Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Human-resource practices, public policy related to employment, talent and performance management


Emilie Feldman

Emilie Feldman, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Corporate governance, corporate strategy, diversification, divestitures, firm scope, spinoffs


Witold Henisz

Witold Henisz, PhDSee Faculty Bio

Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management; Director, Wharton Political Risk Lab; Founder, Wharton ESG Analytics Lab, the Wharton School

Research Interests: Political and social risk management; project management; ESG integration; stakeholder engagement


Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard, PhDSee Faculty Bio

David Pottruck Professor; Professor of Management; Chairperson, Management Department, The Wharton School

Research Interests: Emotion and identity, work motivation and engagement, work-life and career development

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