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Directors' Institute

Directors' Institute

Keynote Speaker: Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and Smith Alumna

THE DIRECTORS’ INSTITUTE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND’S SMITH SCHOOL OF BUSINESS will bring together board chairs, corporate directors, and senior executive officers to address the critical issues facing Boards today. This program will offer participants a framework for making informed board decisions and exercising sound business judgment through timely insight from leading executives, corporate directors, policy-makers, legal and financial services experts, as well as academic authorities. Through an examination of topical issues – such as enterprise risk management, strategy, compensation, shareholder rights, IT and data risks, and crisis management – The Directors’ Institute will provide substantive instruction to participants and an opportunity to engage and network with peers to develop best boardroom practices.

Program Objectives

  • Explore and learn how to build and use the board to achieve substantive business success
  • Gain knowledge about creating an effective ERM framework and guiding companies through crises
  • Analyze the key questions that board members need to ask management, internal auditors and outside experts
  • Understand the role of the board in strategic planning, organizational development and risk management
  • Explore and develop strategies for evaluating executive compensation
  • Gain insight into new regulations and policies regarding shareholder rights
  • Understand how to identify and proactively manage IT risks

Key Topics

Role of the Board in Strategic Planning and Risk Management

  • Risk oversight of governance
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • IT and Data Risks

Board Leadership in a Crisis Situation

  • Plan templates for unanticipated crises
  • HSE (health, safety, and environmental) issues
  • Credit and capital problems

Current Developments in Shareholder Rights

  • Executive compensation
  • Proxy access
  • Role of proxy advisory firms