New Wharton Executive Education Program Shows Corporate Directors When to Lead—and When to Stay out of the Way

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“Boards that Lead: Corporate Governance that Builds Value” features Ram Charan, trusted advisor to some of the world’s most successful CEOs.

The Aresty Institute of Executive Education of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is bringing three of the world’s leading corporate governance experts together to help current and aspiring directors learn how to create value and competitive advantage. As corporate governance goes through what Ram Charan calls a “revolutionary change,” boards can no longer function in a strictly ceremonial or even a monitoring role. “Today, the ultimate accountability of a company’s progress is with the board, not with the CEO alone," Charan explains. "Directors must learn how to lead, when to lead, when to partner, and when to get out of the way.”

Boards that Lead: Corporate Governance that Builds Value will give participants an insider’s view of some of today’s most notable executive offices and boardrooms. Based on the new book, “Boards that Lead,” the program will be led by Wharton Management Professor Michael Useem, who will be joined by his coauthors Charan and Dennis Carey, vice chairman of Korn/Ferry Intl. As frequent advisors to many of the world’s leading companies, Charan, Carey and Useem have viewed the transformation of today’s boards from the frontlines.

This highly practical Wharton Executive Education program, which will be held June 16-17 in Philadelphia, will offer actionable steps executives can take to lead more effectively when elevated to a company’s boardroom. In addition to classroom sessions, an evening panel of prominent and widely experienced executives and directors will share their insights and discuss specific strategies for working both on and with a board – and how to bring out the best in boardroom leadership.

Specifically, participants will learn what to look for when recruiting new directors, how to effectively engage and partner with corporate management, how to determine suitability when hiring a new CEO, and how an institutional investor or private equity or hedge fund should evaluate a board before investing in a company. The program will also provide strategies for handling activist shareholders. In addition to current and prospective directors, Boards that Lead is designed for corporate secretaries and general counsels of a corporation, institutional investors or executives who work for hedge funds and/or private-equity funds, and securities regulators and equity analysts.

For more information about Boards that Lead: Corporate Governance that Builds Value, please call +1.215.898.1776 or visit

About the Wharton School
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates ongoing economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduates, MBA, Executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 annual participants in executive education programs; and a powerful alumni network of 92,000 graduates.

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Aresty Institute of Executive Education
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
Telephone: +1.215.898.7239
E-mail: execed-pr[at]wharton[dot]upenn[dot]edu

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