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Governance Success: Effective Private Company Boards and Directors© Certification Program

Privately-held and family–owned businesses share special needs for corporate governance success.

BoardWise provides a 4-day professional certification program which addresses the key issues to successfully prepares directors in corporate governance from the special viewpoint of private and closely-held companies. This engaging, dynamic program includes two modules of two days each, available quarterly. Participants who complete the two sessions (4 days) receive a certification endorsed by two organizations: the United Nations UNITAR training and certification organization and BoardWise.

Who Should Attend?

Board directors and C-level executives who report to boards of privately or closely-held companies will benefit from this program.

What to Expect

The program is highly interactive and uses the popular methods of case-based learning and role-playing simulations. Contemporary cases and actual situations are used to stimulate group discussions. The program includes a test at the end of each module. Participants must receive 80% or better to qualify for the certification.

Program Outline

Our fundamental program includes:

Module One: Introduction to Corporate Governance

Module Two: The Board’s Role in Strategy and Innovation

Module Three: The CEO, Board and Shareholder Dynamics

Module Four: Boards and Big Decisions

Customization to meet special company and industry needs is available as well.

Why This Program?

Taught by world-class global experts in corporate governance, you will:

  • Understand and improve the value and effectiveness of your board;
  • Learn the latest in governance issues and how to manage them;
  • Prioritize board roles and responsibilities;
  • Understand the economic, legal, reputation and fiduciary responsibilities of directors;
  • Learn about best practices for evaluating company financial and strategic performance;
  • Improve committee effectiveness and personal director contributions;
  • Consider ways to improve board mix, meeting effectiveness, relationships with shareholders and stakeholders and increase overall corporate reputation;
  • Compare practices and ideas with director colleagues from other companies who participate;
  • Become a more effective, knowledgeable leader in corporate governance.

Please refer to our website for locations and dates of our certification programs.

Class offering dates and locations will expand as warranted, so please check the website for current updates on offerings at


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