Challenges of Corporate Governance: The Ultimate Challenge: What Makes a Corporate Board Effective and What Does Not

Join the Business and Finance Law Program and the GW School of Business Institute for Corporate Responsibility for a panel on positive characteristics of effective boards and red flags of less effective boards. 

The panel will focus on the key characteristics of effective Boards and the red flags of ineffective ones. While Boards do not manage the company, they play an important role in setting the tone at the top, hiring and firing the CEO, and overseeing strategy, compliance, risk management, and reporting. The panel will discuss and share insights on Board qualities and practices that have promoted successful companies and improved the performance of companies that were struggling. All panelists all have deep expertise in what makes for corporate governance from different perspectives. The program should be of interest to students of securities law and business management and accounting.


  • Hon. Cynthia A. Glassman

Senior Research Scholar, ICR
Board Member of Discover Financial Services and formerly of Navigant Consulting
Member, Dow Jones Special Committee
Former Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


  • Herman Bulls

Vice Chm. Americas of JLL
Board Member of USAA, Comfort Systems, USA American Red Cross and Military Bowl
Founding member of African American Real Estate Professionals
Retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves    

Henry St. George Tucker III Research Professor of Law, GW Law
Vice Chm. of the Board of Constellation Software, Inc.  
Author, The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America 
Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) 

  • Ted Dysart

Vice Chm. and Leader in the Global Board of Directors Practice, Heidrick & Struggles 
Recognized by multiple organizations, including Directorship and Business Week, as one of the most influential people in corporate governance  
Board member of OX Building Products, AUSL, Economic Club of Chicago, and American Red Cross of Chicago 

  • Pam Parizek

Managing Director and Leader of the Corporate and Regulatory  Investigations Practice at Treliant LLC 
Formerly served in the SEC Enforcement Division 
Formerly led Washington, DC, forensic practice of a Big Four Accounting firm  
Board member and audit committee chair of a private foundation and several non-profits 

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