Directors’ Consortium

Learn leading-edge strategies, frameworks, and best practices for making complex and crucial board decisions in uncertain times.

You will benefit from an academic partnership between Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School — and a uniquely interactive learning experience.

Big data, shareholder activism, cybersecurity, financial literacy, liability risk: The list of issues and responsibilities for board members is ever-increasing and ever-changing. Drawing on cutting-edge research, current governance issues, emerging topics, and practical knowledge, Directors’ Consortium goes beyond compliance to explore how directors can best represent shareholders and other stakeholders.

You’ll learn about financial reporting, compensation, fiduciary duties, CEO succession, and more. You’ll develop a greater understanding of a board’s oversight and advisory roles. And you’ll examine real-world scenarios and formulate action plans with a set of people who confront similar problems.

Key Benefits

Understand your fiduciary, legal, and ethical oversight responsibilities, and develop strategies to best represent shareholders and stakeholders.
  • Benchmark against best practices in corporate governance.
  • Evaluate the role of the board in strategy development, evaluation, and evolution.
  • Develop frameworks for prudent legal strategies to navigate litigious environments.
  • Formulate strategies for managing CEO succession and evaluating executive compensation.

Who Should Attend

  • Current board members of public companies
  • Board members of companies that may be taken public in the near future
  • Board members of foreign corporations that are or may be listed on U.S. exchanges

14 Mar 2021 – 19 Mar 2021


In-person|Stanford GSB

Qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis. Early applications are encouraged.


29 Jan 2021

Program Fee

US $14,000

The program fee includes tuition, private accommodations, course materials, and meals.

Payment is due upon admission. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment.

Optional Session

Finance and Accounting Refresher

Whether you have a limited financial background or are seeking to update and refresh your finance knowledge, this optional online and on-campus content provides an excellent, essential foundation in finance and accounting from a boardlevel perspective.

Date TBD


Certificate of completion


Akniet Rysbek
Associate Director, Programs
Executive Education
​Video Introduction
byStanford Graduate School of Business
Learn how this unique academic collaboration addresses corporate governance fundamentals and the emerging topics that directors confront in their jobs.

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Application Requirements

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Participant Profile

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Faculty Leadership

Amit Seru
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
  • Co-Director, Directors’ Consortium
  • Co-Director, The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Program
Maureen McNichols
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Co-Director, Directors’ Consortium

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