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Directors’ College is the nation’s premier executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms. The program addresses a broad range of problems that confront modern boards, including the board’s role in setting business strategy, CEO succession, techniques for controlling legal liability, challenges posed by activist investors, boardroom dynamics, and contemporary challenges including the state of the macroeconomy and emerging cyber security threats.
Now in its twentieth year, Directors’ College brings together leading CEOs, directors, regulators, jurists, and scholars for a rigorous and balanced examination of corporate governance, strategy, and compliance.
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Professor Joseph A. Grundfest talks about Directors’ College.
Lydia Beebe, Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer, Chevron, talks about Directors’ College.
LED BY Professor Joseph A. Grundfest ’78, Professor F. Daniel Siciliano, and Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer of Millennium Management, Simon M. Lorne, Directors’ College helps develop pragmatic best-practice advice on a range of critical boardroom issues, from Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and compensation to audit committee practices and strategic planning.
W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School; Senior Faculty, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Co-founder and Director, Financial Engines; Co-director, Stanford Directors’ College 2014
Joseph A. Grundfest ’78 is a nationally prominent expert on capital markets, corporate governance, and securities litigation. His scholarship has been published in the Harvard, Yale, and Stanford law reviews, and he has been recognized as one of the most influential attorneys in the United States. Professor Grundfest founded the award-winning Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, which provides detailed, online information about the prosecution, defense, and settlement of federal class action securities fraud litigation. He also launched Stanford Law School’s executive education programs and continues to co-direct Directors’ College, the nation’s leading venue for the continuing professional education of directors of publicly traded corporations. In addition, he is a senior affiliated faculty member with the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance.
Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1990, Professor Grundfest was a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as counsel and senior economist for legal and regulatory matters, and was an associate at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. Early in his career he was a research associate at the Brookings Institution and an economist and consultant with the RAND Corporation.
Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer, Millennium Management LLC; Director, Teledyne Technologies, Inc.; Co-director, Stanford Directors’ College 2014
Simon M. Lorne is vice chairman and chief legal officer of Millennium Management LLC, a New York-based multi-strategy hedge fund manager, with primary responsibility for the development, enhancement and oversight of the internal control environment as well as preparation for and attention to the evolving regulatory environment for hedge funds.
Prior to joining Millennium, he was at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, Los Angeles, from 1970 to 1993 and again from 1999 to 2004, serving as partner from 1972. Mr. Lorne’s practice focused on corporate transactions (mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, etc.) and corporate governance issues, particularly special committee and audit committee reviews and examinations.
From 1993 to 1996 he was general counsel for the United States Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). The general counsel is the SEC’s principal legal officer. The office advises the Chairman and Commissioners on all aspects of the Commission’s activities, including adoption of corporate finance, mutual fund, securities exchange and broker-dealer rules and regulations; prosecution of enforcement cases; relations with the Congress; etc.
Between 1996 – 1999, Mr. Lorne was managing director , Salomon Brothers and Salomon Smith Barney, New York and held a series of positions within the Salomon entities, beginning with Salomon Brothers, then with Travelers Group after its acquisition of Salomon, then with Citigroup after the Travelers- Citicorp merger to form what is now Citigroup. Activities included serving as head of global internal audit (with reporting to the Audit Committee of the Board); member of the Investment Banking screening committee; and organization of the global Citigroup compliance function.
Mr. Lorne received a J.D. (magna cum laude) from the University of Michigan Law School at Ann Arbor and an A.B. (cum laude) from Occidental College, Los Angeles, California. He is the author of one multivolume treatise, Acquisitions and Mergers: Negotiated and Contested Transactions in the West Securities Law Series, one handbook for corporate directors, A Director’s Handbook of Cases, published by CCH Incorporated, and a number of articles in the popular and legal press. He is also a frequent speaker and lecturer, and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, and New York University law schools.
Professor and Associate Dean for Executive Education and Special Programs, Stanford Law School; Faculty Director, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Co-director, Stanford Directors’ College 2014
F. Daniel Siciliano is a legal scholar and entrepreneur with expertise in corporate governance, corporate finance, and immigration law. He is the faculty director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, associate dean for executive education and special programs and co-director of Stanford’s Directors’ College. He is the senior research fellow with the Immigration Policy Center and a frequent commentator on the long-term economic impact of immigration policy and reform. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Prior to joining Stanford Law School, Siciliano co-founded and led LawLogix Group—named three times to the Inc. 500/5000 list. Siciliano serves as a governance consultant and trainer to board directors of several Fortune 500 companies and is a member of the Academic Council of Corporate Board Member magazine.
Corporate Governance has become one of the signature issues of our times – in the financial markets, in the boardroom, and in the courtroom. Yet there is little agreement about what constitutes good corporate governance or how to measure it. The Rock Center for Corporate Governance was founded at Stanford University in 2006 with a generous donation from Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock, with the belief that by examining these issues in new and more rigorous ways, we could shape the future of corporate governance.
For more information about the Rock Center, please visit the Rock Center website.
Executive Director, The Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Evan is in charge of planning, coordinating, and executing all aspects of Rock Center activities, including its operations, programs, research projects and events under the direction of, and in conjunction with, Rock Center Faculty. In the past few years he has also led the international expansion of Rock Center programs and partnerships, particularly in Asia and the Americas. He teaches classes on corporate governance, venture capital and new financial regulations and is a Co-Director of the Stanford Directors’ College for Venture-Backed Company Directors (VCDC).
Prior to his position at Stanford, Evan was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at a high–tech business incubator and consulting firm, facilitating the transfer, development and commercialization of technologies and fostering the growth of early–stage high–tech companies.
Prior, Evan was a Silicon Valley research analyst with a UK–based venture capital and private equity research and analytics start–up company. Previously, he was an associate at a leading Chilean corporate law firm (2002–2004) and a trainee with Allen & Overy’s Latin America Projects Group in Paris, France (2001).
Evan holds a law degree (JD) (cum laude, 2002) from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree in Corporate Governance and Practice from Stanford Law School (2005). In addition, he was part of the exchange program “Cycle du Diplome” at Sciences–Po, Paris, France (2001).
Evan is a member of the State Bar of California and the Chilean Bar.
Deputy Director, Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance
As the Deputy Director, Amanda serves as one of the senior academic staff in charge of planning, coordinating, and executing center programs and research projects.
Prior to joining the Rock Center, Amanda served as the Executive Director of the Stanford Center on the Legal Profession, where she conducted research on diversity on corporate boards, ethics in nonprofits, leadership, and the changing dynamics of the legal profession. Amanda recently co-authored a text specifically designed for teaching leadership in law schools (Deborah L. Rhode & Amanda K. Packel, Leadership: Law, Policy, and Management (Aspen, 2011)). Amanda is also an advisory board member of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX).
Amanda joined Stanford Law School in 2008 after practicing white collar criminal defense and conducting corporate investigations as an associate at Covington & Burling and a senior associate at Orrick. Her experience includes defending individuals and companies against SEC enforcement actions and federal criminal investigations in the areas of antitrust, securities fraud, stock options backdating, public corruption, and off-label promotion. She has also represented audit committees and conducted internal investigations into allegations including securities fraud, the Bank Bribery Act, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Prior to law school, Amanda did empirical research and analysis in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution. She received her A.B. in Economics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University and a J.D., order of the coif, from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor of the California Law Review. After graduating from law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Marsha S. Berzon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Amanda is a member of the State Bar of California.
The Rock Center Affiliates contribute through sponsorship and program input on an annual basis and support sustained scholarship, policy, relevant research and teaching, and program development that bridges the gap between academia and the real world. In return, affiliates and their clients have access to the Law School’s established series of high value, leading edge executive programs, exclusive roundtables, working groups and special events.
As a direct result of affiliate support, Stanford Law School is today a nationally recognized leader in the field of law and business, and has the preeminent law school program for senior executive, director and institutional investor education.
You can find more information about current Rock Center Affiliates and the Affiliate Program here on the Rock Center website.
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