Board Governance Excellence-Part I | CSU Pro Dev


Board Governance Excellence-Part I

Course Description

Board Governance Excellence I is an interactive course in which current and prospective board members and senior executives explore the respective roles of the board and senior management. The course explores ways to fulfill the legal requirements and the functional realities of boards. It shares dozens of best practices of excellent boards and engages participants in several activities to consider the relevance of these practices within their own organization.

Real-World Application

Many boards are unclear on their role. Often board members are developing their skills by trial and error and stumbling through the work presented to them. When board members and senior executives expand their awareness and understanding of governance best practices they can adopt approaches that overcome frustrating challenges and improve their behaviors before potential pitfalls become serious problems.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the relative roles of board members and senior staff within the organization
    • State 3 types of boards and when each is appropriate
    • State the type of board their organization has and the type that would be most appropriate
  • Explain the 7 aspects of the board’s role from The Governance Excellence Model (GEM)™
  • Explain the respective roles of different groups within an organization according to The Secret Formula of Organizational Effectiveness™
  • Explain the 10 Key Success Factors for Effective Boards
  • List 5 practices that enable board meetings to be highly effective

Course Content

  • Purpose of boards

  • 3 types of boards

  • Respective roles of board and staff

  • Effective organizational chart – The Secret Formula for Organizational Effectiveness™

  • The role of the board in detail – The GEM (Governance Excellence Model)™

  • Key success factors for governance excellence

  • Principles and practices for highly effective board meetings


March 13, 2018
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


CSU's Monte Ahuja College of Business, 1860 E. 18th St., Cleveland, OH 44115 (map)


Fee: $350

To receive the EARLY BIRD RATE, you must register at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the course. Corporate, CSU Student, Alumni and Organization membership discounts available!

Course Benefits

Competency-Based Professional Development: Our programs increase learner retention through application, which results in a more productive workforce.  Students demonstrate their competence by successfully completing a course assessment.

All Inclusive: Each course delivered at CSU includes materials, pre-test and post-test, coffee, snacks, lunch and convenient, on-site parking.

Educated and Experienced Instructors: Our instructors bring years of real-world, classroom and CPA, CFA, SHRM, PhD and MBA experience. Many hold leadership positions in northeast Ohio organizations and have taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Cost-Effective: The course is designed to minimize travel expenses and time away from work.

Convenient: Flexible schedules are not only an attractive option, but a necessary for busy professionals.

Networking Opportunities: Learn from instructors and colleagues who have a variety of industry experiences to share.

Audit option: Students have the option to audit a course they have already attended at no charge within one academic year. Interested students must notify the ProDev office requesting to audit a course a minimum of 10 business days prior to the course start date to ensure there is enough seating. Audit students are responsible for their own parking and lunches. New materials will not be provided.

Corporate, Custom Availability: Can be custom-tailored to the needs of your organization to provide skills your workforce can apply immediately as a corporate training if requested.

Refund Policy

No refunds will be issued if notification is not received seven business days prior to the first day of class. Registrants who cancel will receive a refund, less a $50 processing fee, if we receive written notification a minimum of seven business days prior to the first day of class.