Corporate governance: Director education

Given the significant changes in regulations and corporate governance, continuing education programs are important components of board or audit committee effectiveness. These programs can help directors further understand their roles and develop the technical knowledge needed to discharge their responsibilities effectively. Contact Karen Bissell for more information regarding our director education offerings.

PwC offers a number of educational programs and participates in a number of third-party events for boards and audit committee members. Click here to download the Director Education brochure and see below for a listing of these events:


Center for Board Governance Quarterly Webcast Series
PwC's Center for Board Governance invites you to attend the next Center for Board Governance Quarterly Webcast Series, designed to help audit committee and board members more effectively meet the challenges of their critical roles.

Key considerations for board and audit committee members
Mary Ann Cloyd, Leader of PwC’s Center for Board Governance, Mike Gallagher Managing Partner of Assurance Quality, PwC and Wayne Carnall, Partner, SEC Services, PwC and former Chief Accountant of the Division of Corporation Finance, SEC will discuss the SEC’s active agenda, the current enforcement environment, and leading practices when responding to investigations. They will also discuss the ins and outs of the new standard on revenue recognition and its implications for companies, as well as other significant FASB standard setting activities. The PCAOB’s key priorities and rulemaking, including proposed changes to the auditor’s reporting model, are also on the webcast’s agenda.

Webcast date and time:
Thursday, February 19, 2015
2:00pm – 3:00pm EST

Speakers included:

  • Mary Ann Cloyd, Leader, Center for Board Governance
  • Wayne Carnall, Partner, SEC Services, PwC and former Chief Accountant of the Division of Corporation Finance, SEC
  • Mike Gallagher, Managing Partner, Assurance Quality

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Previous webcasts

Perspectives from the board and investors
Significant changes in the economic, political, and business environment have necessitated that corporate directors evolve and adapt now more than ever. Drawing on insights from PwC's 2014 Annual Corporate Directors Survey and PwC's 2014 Investor Survey, PwC leaders will discuss the survey findings in the context of an increasingly active regulatory environment, the need for heightened transparency and a deeper understanding of investor concerns, and other critical issues impacting the boardroom.

Webcast date and time:
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Speakers included:

  • Mary Ann Cloyd, Leader, Center for Board Governance
  • Paul DeNicola, Managing Director, Center for Board Governance
  • Kayla Gillan, Leader, Investor Resource Institute

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ProxyPulse webcast: Developments in the 2014 proxy season
This special ProxyPulse webcast, presented in conjunction with Broadridge, looked at developments in the 2014 proxy season. Speakers included Leader of the Center for Board Governance, Mary Ann Cloyd, Center for Board Governance director, Paul DeNicola, and Vice President of Business Strategy and Development at Broadridge, Michelle Jackson.

Original air date:
Thursday, July 17, 2014
2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Speakers included:

  • Mary Ann Cloyd, Leader, Center for Board Governance
  • Paul DeNicola, Director, Center for Board Governance
  • Michelle Jackson, Vice President of Business Strategy and Development, Broadridge

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The latest on cyber security
During this webcast, Mary Ann Cloyd, Leader of PwC's Center for Board Governance, discussed the increasing demands of cybersecurity with The Honorable Tom Ridge and Charles Beard. Tom Ridge was named the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security following the events of September 11, 2001 and appointed the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003. He is also the former Governor of Pennsylvania, President and CEO of Ridge Global, Co-founder of the strategic advisory firm Ridge Schmidt Cyber, and serves as a Director of The Hershey Company, Chart Acquisition Corporation, Lifelock and TaaSera, Inc. Charles Beard is a Principal with PwC in the Forensic Services practice. Before joining the firm, he was Former Corporate CIO and General Manager Cyber Security, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Original air date:
Thursday, March 27, 2014
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

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Key considerations for board and audit committee members
The webcast focused on the issues top of mind for board and audit committee members and addressed the regulatory environment, financial reporting developments, cybercrime and board leadership.

Original air date:
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
2:00 - 3:00pm ET

PwC featured speakers included:

  • Mary Ann Cloyd - Leader, Center for Board Governance
  • John May - SEC Services Leader, PwC
  • Tim Ryan - Vice Chair, Markets, Strategy and Stakeholders Leader, PwC
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2013 Annual Corporate Directors Survey Results webcast
On this webcast, speakers provided insight and analysis on the results of PwC's 2013 Annual Corporate Directors Survey. Highlights included directors' views on board composition, stakeholder communications, executive compensation, the regulatory environment, strategy and risk and IT oversight.

Original air date:
Webcast date and time
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

PwC featured speakers included:

  • Mary Ann Cloyd - Leader, Center for Board Governance
  • Catherine Bromilow - Partner, Center for Board Governance
  • Paul De Nicola - Director, Center for Board Governance
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ProxyPulse webcast: Proxy season voting update
A special ProxyPulse webcast, presented in conjunction with Broadridge and the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, analyzing proxy season voting data. Speakers included President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, Kenneth A. Bertsch, Center for Board Governance director, Paul DeNicola, and Vice President of Business Strategy and Development at Broadridge, Michelle Jackson.

Original air date:
Monday, June 10, 2013
3:30pm - 4:30pm ET

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Today's IPO environment: changing market conditions, new expectations for board members, and what you need to know about MLPs
Live webcast date and time: April 25, 2013 1-2PM EST

In today’s environment, many businesses are looking to support growth strategies, take advantage of new opportunities and pro-actively manage their capital structures. Such objectives often require accessing capital markets in the form of a public offering (IPO). Done properly, a public offering - either through equity, debt or a spin off - not only supports a company’s corporate strategy, but also transforms the lives of everyone involved (owners, board, employees and investors).

Companies that want to go public often find the process is more complex and takes longer than they anticipated. When planning an IPO one essential element to keep in mind is the governance policies and practices you’ll need to implement or upgrade. There are new rules to apply and best practices to follow. At a minimum, you will have new shareholders with diverse or sometimes conflicting expectations for the company’s and the board’s practices.

Master limited partnerships (MLPs) continue to be a structure worth exploring for certain companies who are considering an IPO. The formation of an MLP involves a number of accounting, financial reporting, legal, tax, and organizational considerations. Employing an MLP structure can be complex, and in order to make an informed decision, companies must carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of an MLP structure early in the Going Public process.

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Topics included:

  • Current US IPO market activity and pipeline
  • Governance issues
  • The use of master limited partnerships

The Board's role in the oversight of strategic growth through capital projects and other significant transactions
PwC senior partners engaged in a discussion of the board's role in the oversight of strategic growth through capital projects and other significant transactions. Speakers included Center for Board Governance leader, Mary Ann Cloyd, and Peter Raymond, U.S. Capital Projects and Infrastructure practice leader.

Original air date:
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

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Key questions for audit committees
This webcast focused on the issues we expect audit committees to face as they prepare for their year-end oversight responsibilities as well as current activities in Washington, key financial reporting developments, IT oversight, and tax proposals.

Original air date:
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

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2012 Annual Corporate Directors Survey Results webcast:
On this webcast, PwC provided insight and analysis on the results of PwC's 2012 Annual Corporate Directors Survey. Highlights included directors' view on board composition, proxy advisory firms, the board's role in crisis and risk management, executive compensation and more.

Original air date:
Thursday, September 13, 2012
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

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Proxy season insights and trends webcast:
On this webcast, senior PwC partners provided insights and analysis on the trends we are seeing from the most recent proxy season. Including:

  • The most up-to-date analysis on proxy voting results
  • Insights and analysis on the significant trends in shareholder proposals and activism
  • A closer look at the compensation issues raised during the 2012 proxy season

Original air date:
Thursday, June 28, 2012
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

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Board member events

PwC hosts seminars that cover the critical issues that directors face. These events provide insights on a range of topics from current activities in Washington, the focus of the SEC and other regulators, significant governance developments, leading practices, and emerging shareholder issues, among other matters.

Northern California Board of Directors Forum Future dates TBD TBD
Southern California Board of Directors Forum Future dates TBD TBD
Washington Metro Board Member Network Forum Spring 2015 Washington, DC
Board Governance Session at the PwC Executive Forum at The PLAYERS Championship May 7-10, 2015 Ponte Verde Beach, FL

Audit committee member events

PwC offers audit committee members programs to address their unique role. Events often include our top SEC, financial reporting, and policy leaders who address key regulatory, accounting, and auditing developments, and provide insights on risk and the future direction of standard-setting.

Northeast Audit Committee Forum May 12, 2015 Boston, MA

Industry-focused events

Directors gather with their peers to discuss and exchange information on business and regulatory changes, industry-specific challenges, and broader governance issues at these events, as well as hear from our experienced specialists.

Financial Service Audit Committee Forum September 28, 2015 New York, NY

PwC participates as a featured speaker and sponsor at numerous events for boards and audit committees.

2014
NYSE Governance Services: West Coast Boardroom Summit & Peer Exchange February 25-26, 2015 Westlake Village, CA
NACD Directorship 2020 March 3, 2015
April 13, 2015
July 17, 2015
New York, NY
Atlanta, GA
Seattle, WA
NYSE Governance Services: Cyber Risks and the Boardroom April 21, 2015 New York, NY
NYSE Governance Services: Chairman & CEO Peer Forum April 22, 2015 New York, NY
NYSE Governance Services: Governance, Risk & Compliance Leadership Awards June 18, 2015 New York, NY
Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals 2015 National Conference June 24-27, 2015 Chicago, IL
NYSE Governance Services: Audit Committee Bootcamp Date TBD TBD
NACD: Global Board Leaders’ Conference September 26-29, 2015 Washington, DC
NYSE Governance Services: Peer Exchange and Boardroom Summit October 2015 New York, NY

PwC's Open University offers free and open access to a selection of PwC-developed courses, many of which offer CPE credit. Browse through the available options by topic or delivery method. Topics covered include deals, energy, financial services, governance, health industries, IFRS, industrial products, tax, technology and more. CPE credit is only available when participating on live webcasts. Archives are available for all courses.

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