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.

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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Archived webcasts

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 offers directors various seminars to address the many critical issues that board members encounter while performing their roles. These events provide insight on current activities in Washington, the focus of the SEC and other regulators, significant governance topics, leading practices, and emerging director issues, among other matters.

Women in the boardroom April 30, 2014 New York, NY
Northern California Board of Directors Forum TBD TBD
The Players Championship May 8-11, 2014 Ponte Verde Beach, FL

Audit committee member events

PwC offers audit committee members programs to address their unique role and challenges. Events often include our top SEC, financial reporting, and policy leaders addressing key regulatory, accounting and auditing developments, providing insight on risk management practices, and sharing our perspective on the future direction of standard-setting, among other topics.

Northeast Audit Committee Member Network Forum June 10, 2014 Boston, MA
Washington Metro Audit Committee Member Network Forum May 2014 Tysons Corner, VA

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. Events are currently held for the energy sector, with additional sector events to be announced.

Financial Services Audit Committee Forum September 30, 2014 New York, NY

PwC participates in a number of third-party events for boards and audit committees. Below is a listing of these events:

2014
Corporate Board Member and NYSE Euronext: West Coast Summit March 4-5, 2014 Scottsdale, AZ
NACD 2020 Directorship March 18, 2014
July 15, 2014
September 10, 2014
New York, NY
Denver, CO
Los Angeles, CA
Corporate Board Member and NYSE Euronext: Chairman & CEO Peer Forum April 9, 2014 New York, NY
CII Spring Conference May 7-9, 2014 Washington, DC
Corporate Board Member and NYSE Euronext: Cyber Risk Conference June 10, 2014 New York, NY
Corporate Board Member and NYSE Euronext: Awards Dinner June 19, 2014 New York, NY
Society for Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals: National Conference June 25-28, 2014 Boston, MA
Society for Corporate Secretaries & Governance Fall Essentials September 17-18, 2014 Minneapolis, MN
Corporate Board Member and NYSE Euronext: Peer Exchange and Boardroom Summit September 29, 2014 New York, NY
Corporate Board Member and NYSE Euronext: Audit Committee Bootcamp September 2014 Chicago, IL
NACD: Board Leadership Conference October 12– 14, 2014 National Harbor, MD

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.

Click here to access PwC Open University

What do 934 directors think about board composition and behavior?
 
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Annual Corporate Directors
Survey
webcast replay to find out.