The St.Gallen Board Academy is a joint initiative by the University of St.Gallen and Egon Zehnder. It has been designed to support participants in preparing for their first non-executive mandate at a large company by bringing them together with incumbent non-executive board members from prominent European companies.
At the St.Gallen Board Academy, chairs and senior board members of Europe’s largest companies will share their experiences, perspectives and best practices with the next generation of Europe’s leading board members. The aim of the programme is to learn from each other and to equip prospective board members with insights and conclusions from decades of real-life boardroom experiences held by the Academy’s Board Faculty.
Note: If you already are a long-serving chair or senior board member of a large, listed company please consider the Academy’s sister programme, the St.Gallen Board Retreat.
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The St.Gallen Board Academy is aimed at the following participants who wish to prepare themselves for taking up a non-executive mandate at a large company:
All participants will be assessed prior to the programme in order to ensure that relevant peers will meet at the Board Academy. All industries, geographies, and functional backgrounds are welcome.
Today’s board members are expected to think more strategic and transformational than ever while having to fit into a governance context of increasing compliance and accountability. Developing into an effective board member requires to rethink one’s role in the organisation which means to embrace a new and often unfamiliar mindset: How to formulate the right questions rather than to make all the decisions? How to let go of your executive persona and transition into a non-executive mindset? How to know when to switch from supportive to interventionist mode in the boardroom?
The highly experienced Board Faculty of the St.Gallen Board Academy will share key learnings from their board tenures and support participants in growing into a non-executive role. The Academy will start with a virtual kick-off followed by an extended on-campus weekend from 22-24 September 2023 at the University of St.Gallen. A mix of plenary sessions and elective break-out discussions will cover both critical governance topics and offer in-depth reflections on focused questions.
The St.Gallen Board Effectiveness Framework will provide structure and conceptual clarity by laying out the critical topics that will be covered during the Board Academy:
Board Faculty who have contributed to the St.Gallen Board Academy include:
How to apply
Please click on the registration button on this page to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis within 10 business days. After you have been admitted we will schedule a short pre-programme interview where you can indicate your priorities and preferences.
Why University of St.Gallen
At the University of St. Gallen (HSG), you can choose from one of the largest executive education portfolios in the German speaking region – the right programme for your needs and career objectives. The renowned quality and practical relevance of the learning experience convinces more than 6000 participants per year. Profit from an Executive Degree from St.Gallen – the best business school in the German-speaking world – and get ahead in your career!