The Berkeley Corporate Board Workshop

Please indicate your interest by completing the enroll form to the right.

For Board Members who wish to become more effective directors, The Berkeley Corporate Board Workshop is a two-day program to help you think about your board role(s) in broader terms, and to generate lasting value for the shareholders you represent. Unlike the majority of board programs that focus on governance and compliance, The Berkeley Corporate Board Workshop provides a broader and (partly) case-based approach to challenge traditional thinking and expand your mindset through candid discourse among an elite cohort.

Overview of the Board Workshop

In an increasingly complex world defined by the need to scale rapidly, companies face leadership challenges on how to balance the need to scale with other strategic objectives. The state of the markets and the amount of private capital has led to historic high valuations for private companies. This in turn has led to increased media scrutiny on companies and leadership. The issue of diversity on boards and leadership teams is now squarely in the public eye. Today’s board challenges go well beyond basic governance and compliance issues. There is a clear and demonstrated need to identify fresh thinking to address these complex board challenges. 

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The Berkeley Corporate Board Workshop aims to equip current and aspiring board members with renowned Berkeley Haas thought leadership to effectively move their agenda forward for the benefit of their fellow board members, shareholders, and stakeholder organizations. The workshop is an outstanding opportunity to experience a highly relevant board curriculum with top Berkeley faculty and prominent speakers from technology, healthcare, life sciences, psychology, business and law.

Led by top thought leader in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship and Berkeley Haas Professor, Toby Stuart, The Berkeley Corporate Board Workshop will provide an intensive blend of theory, practice and case method to challenge conventional thinking and address today’s board challenges. Participants will explore how to balance ethics in executive development, navigate Venture Capital investment, and execute M&A transactions while avoiding the pitfalls of bias in board decision making. 

By investing in your board effectiveness you increase your chance of surviving and thriving as a leader in a volatile world. Join Professor Toby Stuart and an elite cohort of speakers, panelists, and board members June 4-5 and go beyond board governance.

Sample Topics 

  • Balance ethics in executive development 
  • Navigate Venture Capital Investment 
  • Executive M&A transactions 
  • Explore the complexity of a shifting regulatory landscape from legal experts
  • Understand the influence of bias on board diversity and decision making 


  • Jeremy Green - Redmile Group 
  • Patrick Pohlen - Partner Latham & Watkins 
  • Technology and Healthcare industry speakers 

Please indicate your interest by completing the enroll form.


Key Takeaways

This two-day program is designed to help board members and aspiring board members increase their effectiveness, develop a fresh mindset, think about their board roles in more general terms, and address critical board challenges in a way that creates value for the board and the corporation.

  • Berkeley Faculty insights from Toby Stuart 
  • Stories from the frontlines of board governance 
  • Board best practices and pitfalls 
  • High-profile panelists from legal and hedge fund investor perspectives 
  • A fresh mindset and approach to addressing board challenges
  • Networking dinner 


Who Should Attend

The workshop is designed for current and aspiring board members and directors - institutional investors and executives from hedge funds, venture capital and private equity funds, and executives considering a director role. 



Dates and Registration

Fee: $4,375
Program Length: 2 days
Location: Berkeley, CA


Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to speak to Mike Rielly, CEO of UC Berkeley Executive Education, please contact


Program Director
Toby E. Stuart
Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Haas School of Business
Toby E. Stuart is the Helzel Chair in Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Innovation; Faculty Director of the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship; Dean, External Affairs; and Chair of the Department of...
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Program Director
Dean Rich Lyons
Dean, Haas School of Business
Richard K. Lyons became the Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, in July 2008. He is a graduate of the school’s undergraduate business program....
Program Director
Dana Carney
Associate Professor, Management of Organizations
Professor Dana R. Carney is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and an affiliate of the Psychology Department. She was a Hellman Faculty...
Program Director
Homa Bahrami
Senior Lecturer, Haas School of Business
Dr. Homa Bahrami is the Faculty Director for the New Manager Boot Camp, Boot Camp for Experienced Leaders, and several custom programs for leading global and technology companies including Adobe,...