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Directors' Program on Corporate Governance Gears Up for Second Year

june 20, 2012

Boston College Law School and the Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Center for Corporate Citizenship are once again collaborating to present the second annual Directors’ Intensive Program on Corporate Governance, with a keynote by Frank Partnoy, author of the forthcoming book WAIT: The Art and Science of Delay.

To be held on June 20, 2012, the program will once again highlight current issues board directors need to consider to fulfill their oversight duties and lead with integrity. The program will provide corporate directors and senior executives, including legal and financial experts, with instruction from top academics and practitioners through intensive, interactive lectures, panel presentations, and a capstone application of the day’s themes and issues through “board dilemmas” analyzed in both small-group breakouts and full-group discussion. The program will demand engagement and preparation from its faculty and attendees to ensure that participants leave more prepared and better able to perform their duties in the boardroom.

View a photo slideshow from the 2011 inaugural Directors' Program on Corporate Governance, featuring George Canellos, Regional Director, Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Regional Office; and Robert C. Pozen, Chairman Emeritus, MFS Investment Management.


The program originally evolved from discussions with members of the Boston College Law School Business Advisory Council (BAC), which was formed in 2007 in part to create synergy between legal academia and alumni and friends who are business leaders. The Center for Corporate Citizenship was a natural partner.

The full day conference is unique in the field of other board director education programs. One of the few programs hosted by a law school, the collaboration with the Carroll School’s Center for Corporate Citizenship emphasizes the Boston College Jesuit focus on both excellence and ethics.

The Directors’ Program will offer valuable support to those corporate leaders who recognize that the best companies achieve a reputation for excellence, effectively manage risk, and create sustained value over the long-term by aligning business strategies with fundamental business values that are informed by broader societal interests.


Topics for 2012 include:

  • Emerging regulation of directors’ duties, especially under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Protection Act of 2010 and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Managing intellectual property rights in the U.S. and across international borders
  • Anticipating, Discovering, and Dealing with "Hidden Risks"
  • Benefits and risks of pursuing corporate interests through participation in the political process post the Citizens United Supreme Court decision

Attendance for the Directors’ Intensive Program on Corporate Governance will be limited to 100 registrants in order to ensure an atmosphere of active discussion and candor. A full agenda and list of speakers will be announced shortly. For more information or to register, visit the program's website.