Corporate Governance: Leadership for Today’s Boardrooms


Stanford Law School

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Corporate Governance: Leadership for Today’s Boardrooms


Effective board directors understand that corporate governance policies can do so much more than ensure that a publicly-traded company meets legal compliance.  Sound governing principles can add value that translates to a stronger bottom line, while improving sustainability and company health.

In this new program, you’ll learn how you can help guide your board’s strategic initiatives. You’ll learn from Stanford faculty with deep experience in Silicon Valley board rooms, in a unique online environment that allows you flexibility as well as group collaboration and networking.

What you will learn

You’ll study the inner workings of corporate boards, and how the most successful boards are able to manage risk, make better decisions, and build shareholder wealth. You will learn:

  • Core principles of good corporate governance, including accountability, fairness and transparency
  • Practical steps to be an effective and collaborative member of a board
  • Tools that will prepare you to face modern corporate challenges, such as sustainability and privacy


Topics include

Introduction to Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance deals with the complex set of relationships between an organization’s board of directors, management, shareholders, and other stakeholders. In this course, you will learn how key legal, policy and practical business considerations factor into smooth-running relationships. You will study critical regulatory issues - especially those that US public companies face - such as corporate law, director liability, and public company listing standards, that drive better company performance.

Accounting Essentials for Board Members

With knowledge of assets and liabilities, SEC regulations, and other critical accounting issues and policies, you will be able to measure the financial health of your organization and can avoid running afoul of regulatory issues. In this course, you will become familiar with often-misunderstood concepts and terms, and will learn to define key financial metrics, and to decipher essential reporting, so you can monitor your organization’s accounting issues from your board member position.

Finance Essentials for Board Members

By learning to interpret critical financial information, you can better evaluate risk. In this course, you will examine the management of cash flow, and how variables such as the time value of money, discounted cash flows, compounding, and probability, should impact plans for future growth. Armed with practical skills, you will return to the board room comfortable posing questions to financial experts and engaging in financial discussions.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals for Board Members

By understanding the fundamentals of protecting your organization’s data, you can ensure that best practices are being deployed to prevent unauthorized access, and to minimize damage once a breach has been discovered. In this course, you will learn to recognize susceptibilities in your information systems and understand common hacker techniques. You will review cyber-insurance options, when and how companies might cooperate with relevant government agencies, and how to take advantage of “white hat” hackers and other industry trends.

Intellectual Property for Board Members

In this course, you will learn the basics of intellectual property, including patent, copyright, and trademark regulations. You will discuss key best practices used in managing IP strategy, review the impact of certain “game-changing” cases, and study recent trends in IP management in order to understand why mishandled IP issues can be extremely costly. With this knowledge, you can develop your own IP strategy, so you can anticipate problems and take immediate action should issues arise.


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001 Winter 2019-20 Online

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Dates:March 23 - October 23, 2020
Days: Mon
Delivery Option:
Online Course $4,250.00 ?


Course Access
Access to the online course starts upon payment.

Course Materials
Course materials are available for download from the online videos page. All materials are available for printing and review upon enrollment.

Final Exam
Online participants are asked to complete a final exam at the end of each course to maintain the integrity of the program. A score of 85% must be achieved to successfully pass the exam. A digital record of completion will be emailed to participants when they pass the exam.

Course Evaluation
It is required that participants complete the course evaluation once they have passed the final exam.

This course may not currently be available to learners in some states and territories.