23rd Annual Stanford Directors’ College

June 25-27, 2017

Registration Closed


Directors’ College is the nation’s premier executive education program for directors and senior executives of publicly traded firms. Now in its twenty-third year, Directors’ College brings together leading CEOs, directors, regulators, jurists, and scholars for a rigorous and balanced examination of corporate governance, strategy, and compliance. The program addresses a broad range of problems that confront modern boards, including the board’s role in setting business strategy, CEO and board succession, crisis management, techniques for controlling legal liability, challenges posed by activist investors, boardroom dynamics, international trade issues, the global economy, and cybersecurity threats.

Directors’ College Program Timeline:

Sunday, June 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday, June 26, 2017, 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All sessions are held at Stanford Law School on the Stanford University Campus


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2017 Confirmed Keynotes:

Aida Alvarez
Director, HP Inc., Oportun, and Zoosk

Brian Cornell
Chairman and CEO, Target Corporation, Director, Yum! Brands

Marissa Mayer
CEO and President, Yahoo! Inc.; Director, Walmart

Condoleezza Rice
Former U.S. Secretary of State; Professor and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Stanford University; Founding Partner, RiceHadleyGates LLC

Robert E. Rubin
Counselor Centerview Partners; Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Patricia Russo
Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Director, General Motors, Merck & Co., and ALCOA, Inc.

Timothy J. Sloan
CEO and President, Wells Fargo & Company

John W. Thompson
Chairman, Microsoft

Anticipated 2017 Sessions include:

  • Accounting Fundamentals for Directors
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work
  • Board Composition, Evaluation, and Refreshment
  • The Board’s Role in Patent and IP Strategy
  • CEO and Board Psychology
  • Compensation Strategy: Paying CEOs and Boards
  • Corporate Behavior and the New Sustainability Regime
  • Corporate Governance and Proxy Trends
  • Corruption, the FCPA, and Globalization
  • Culture, Ethics, and Compliance
  • Cybersecurity and the Board
  • Defend Your Company, Defend Yourself: Private Litigation Strategies
  • The Global Economy and Corporate Strategy
  • Hot Topics for Boards in 2017
  • Innovation at War with Regulation?
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, and Spinoffs
  • The New Realities of International Trade
  • The New World of Corporate Tax Reform
  • Responding the Government Investigations
  • Shareholder Activism and Engagement
  • When Disaster Strikes … From VW, to BP, to GM, to WF, and Beyond


Attendance at Directors’ College 2017 is limited to directors, executives, attorneys, and corporate governance professionals. Acceptance of registration is at the discretion of the program directors. Historically, this event has filled at least one month in advance with little capacity for registration after that time. We advise registering early to ensure your participation.

Tuition covers admission to all panels and keynotes; attendance at the opening reception; daily breakfasts, lunches, and dinners; access to the 2017 Directors’ College supplemental reading materials; and a formal certificate of completion. Please note that travel and lodging costs are the responsibility of each participant

General Tuition Rates:
$6,950 on or before November 15, 2016
$7,950 after Nov. 15, 2016 and through February 28, 2017
$8,450 after February 28, 2017

Group Tuition Discounts are available to boards that wish to send 3 or more of their members to the program. For more information, please call (650) 723-5905 or email apackel@stanford.edu.

Payment and Cancellation Policies: Full payment must be received within 30 days of registration or by June 1, 2017, whichever is earlier. Failure to submit payment will result in cancellation of your registration. Cancellations prior to March 1, 2017 are subject to a $850 processing fee; cancellations between March 1 and May 15, 2017, will receive a credit voucher for the next year’s program, less the $850 processing fee; and cancellations after May 15, 2017, will result in forfeiture of the entire program fee.

CONTACT US: For questions about Directors’ College 2017, please email Amanda Packel at apackel@stanford.edu or call (650) 736-9770.

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