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Directors' College

Directors’ College, now in its twenty-ninth year, is the nation’s premier executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms.

At Directors’ College, participants engage with leading CEOs, directors, regulators, jurists, and scholars on a rigorous and balanced examination of a broad range of issues that confront modern boards, including the board’s role in business strategy, ESG, CEO succession, techniques for controlling legal liability, challenges posed by activist investors, boardroom dynamics, the state of the macroeconomy, the politicization of the corporation, and emerging ransomware and cybersecurity threats.

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Directors' Consortium

The Directors’ Consortium offers corporate board members the benefit of a research-based, comprehensive approach to the complex decisions they face. Faculty members from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School harness their knowledge, research, and expertise to provide a dynamic, cross-disciplinary executive program.

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Stanford/NVCA Venture Capital Symposium

This Symposium ran from 2018 to 2020 as the premier governance program for members of the venture capital community. Investors, startup executives and directors of venture-backed companies gained the skills needed to respond effectively to real-world governance challenges that commonly arise at VC firms and their portfolio companies, including conflicts of interest, culture and inclusion, board-founder relationships and boardroom mechanics. Participants also explored best practices in fund management and limited partner relationships, as well as policy issues that can affect their funds and investments. Speakers included leading venture capitalists, limited partners, CEOs, regulators, attorneys, and scholars.

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Stanford Institutional Investors Forum (SIIF)

SIIF provides an opportunity for its members, who are many of the nation’s largest and most sophisticated institutional investors, to meet in a confidential setting, closed to the press and public, to discuss current policy issues of concern to the institutional investor community.

Rock Center Program for Journalists: A Primer in Corporate Governance

This program brings together a group of Media Fellows, selected from leading writers in business and finance, to attend an educational and networking event in New York City or on the Stanford campus. The program focuses on corporate governance fundamentals, financial services reform, executive compensation, succession planning, corporate finance, and accounting.

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