Is Corporate Governance Common Sense?

Join the Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR) and the Center for Law, Economics and Finance for the next program in their ongoing series on Challenges in Corporate Governance.

The program will focus on the Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles that were issued in July 2016 by a group of prominent CEOs and investment managers, including Mary Barra of General Motors Company, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway. The recommendations cover 8 categories:

  1. Board of Directors - Composition and Internal Governance
  2. Board of Directors' Responsibilities
  3. Shareholder Rights
  4. Public Reporting
  5. Board Leadership
  6. Management Succession Planning
  7. Compensation of Management
  8. Asset Managers' Role in Corporate Governance

In their release of these principles, the group stated that "We offer these principles, which can be found at, in the hope that they will promote further conversation on corporate governance."

The panel will include corporate directors and advisors to them. It will address the recommendations laid out in the principles from the perspective of how Boards are reacting to and dealing with them. The discussion will focus especially on the recommendations that may be more controversial than others. This program should be of particular interest to students of general business and of corporate and securities law.

The event will be followed by a reception.


  • Hon. Cynthia A. Glassman, Senior Research Scholar, ICR; Board Member of Discover Financial Services and Navigant Consulting; Former Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission 


  • Stephen M. Cutler, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase, Former Director of Enforcement at the SEC
  • Tonya Mitchem Grindon, Shareholder and Board Member of Baker Donelson; Chair of the Corporate Finance and Securities Group
  • Linda Livingstone, Dean of the GWU School of Business; Board Member of Capital Southwest Industrials
  • Lynne Miller, Environmental Consultant; Board Member of the SCANA corporation

The Denit Trust Challenges in Corporate Governance Series is made possible through the generous support of The Helen Pumphrey Denit Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes. The Denit Trust was established in 1988 in memory of her husband, L.M. Denit, a graduate of the GW Law School in 1920, to support charitable organizations that promote quality education, culture, human service, health service and arts opportunities.