June 7-8, 2022 | Boston, MA

Video recordings now available on-demand!

Engage with some of the smartest minds in corporate governance and collaborate with other directors to tackle today’s greatest boardroom challenges.

The Directors Forum provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to debate critical boardroom issues and develop new strategies to lead your organization with clarity and confidence. Executives from diverse industries and backgrounds, and with assorted personalities—all analyzing board challenges and opportunities through different lenses—will offer you new perspectives on ways to overcome the specific challenges in your boardroom.


Strengthen your board oversight capabilities with insights and lessons from seasoned board directors

Expand your network by making new connections with a cross-industry group of executives and board members

Examine the lessons learned from recent board crises and ensure your board is equipped to avoid these same mistakes

Achieve one of the foundational requirements for earning your Professional Director Credentials

Reconnect with old friends you haven’t seen since pre-pandemic, and meet new directors to expand your network.

Catch up with friends and make new acquaintances through a variety of networking and social events including:

  • A pre-event Golf outing
  • Coffee and mentoring for new Directors
  • Networking Lunches
  • Awards Celebration & Networking Reception
  • Networking Breakfast
  • Peer-to-peer Learning Experiences
  • and more…


Krishna Palepu

Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Senior Advisor to the President of Harvard University; Board Member, Brooks Automation

Willy Shih

Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Board Member, FLEX Inc.

Cyrus Taraporevala

President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors


9:30 - 11:00 am

New Director Coffee & Mentoring

We invite executives seeking their first public company board to gain advice from a panel of veteran directors, followed by 1-on-1 discussions.

11:00 am - Noon

Welcome Networking Lunch


Forum Opening

12:10 - 12:50 pm

Keynote: The Board's Role in Accelerating

Cyrus Taraporevala, President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors

12:50 - 4:30 pm

Director's Perspectives Panels

Featured Sessions:

4:30 - 5:15 pm

Excellence in the Boardroom: An Interview with Jack O'Brien, 20+ years public company board service

Presentation of the Clint Allen Award | Recognition of all Professional Director Credential Recipients

Following the awards presentation we will interview this year’s honoree on lessons learned and advice for leading in and out of the boardroom.

5:15 - 6:45 pm

Award Celebration and Networking Reception

8:00 - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 11:00 am

Case Study: Connecting Profit to Purpose

Krishna Palepu, Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Board Member, Brooks Automation

11:00 - 11:30 am

Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Rethinking Your Supply Chains: Key Questions Boards Should Ask Management

Willy Shih, Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Management Practice in Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Board Member, Flex

12:30 - 1:30 pm

Directors' Perspectives: The Board's Role in Strategy

1:15 - 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:00 pm

Forum Concludes


$ 1,295
  • Video Recordings of General Sessions
  • Searchable Video Library + Transcripts
  • Credits Toward Your Professional Director Credentials


“The two day executive training forums are wonderful for coming together and covering topical subjects, superbly presented by professionals at the pinnacle of their fields.”
Gregory Quinlan, Director and CEO, Ansett Aircraft Spares & Services, Inc.
“The presentations were delivered by the leading educators and top professionals in their field. The challenging breakout sessions always hone my strategy skills and often surprise me during the critique period with the actual case studies.”
David Hurley, Chairman Emeritus Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum | Director, Aviation Partners Boeing, Inc
“You always have the best speakers, and the Forum leaders, all Professors at prestigious business schools, really challenge the group. I never come away from an ACCD event without learning something important.”
W. Dabaghi, Managing Member, Maxima International

Earn Professional Director Credits

Since 2008, the American College of Corporate Directors credentials have represented the “Gold standard” in corporate director education, and those executives who earn them are highly valued in the board community. To earn American College of Corporate Directors Professional Director status, a director must accumulate a set number of credits.

The Directors Forum serves as the foundation of your Professional Director Credential pathway. Whether you are seeking your first Professional Director credential or your Executive Masters Professional Director Credential, the Directors Forum is a foundational requirement for every level, earning you 10 credits.

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