Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM @Clayton Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE : 


Colleges and universities around the country are uniquely open and inclusive communities. As such, the coronavirus presents particular challenges to institutions like the University of Delaware. As the national response to this situation evolves, the University has responded with guidance about conferences, celebrations, and other non-essential events planned for this spring. 

In light of this and in light of the COVID-19 travel restrictions affecting many of our participants and registrants, the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Delaware has decided to cancel this year’s Weinberg Center Corporate Governance Symposium which was to have been held on March 17, 2020.


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Approved for 5.4 DE CLE credits

The Weinberg Center is excited about its upcoming 2020 Corporate Governance Symposium that will be held on March 17, 2020.  The Center will be celebrating its 20th anniversary and it is also the inaugural year for the John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Award competition. 

The focus of the 2020 Corporate Governance Symposium will be “Governance Issues of Critical Importance to Boards and Investors in 2020.”  

The symposium will begin with an address by our John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker – Steve Miller, Chairman of the Board of Purdue Pharma L.P. Mr. Miller has previously served on numerous Boards, including U.S. Bank, United Airlines, Dow DuPont, and was Chairman of AIG (2010-2015).  He was CEO of Hawker Beechcraft and International Automotive Components, and CEO and Executive Chairman of Delphi Corporation.

Mr. Miller will be followed by a panel who will focus on the most critical governance issues for boards and investors in 2020. The confirmed panelists are:

  • Glenn Booraem, Investment Stewardship Officer and a principal, Vanguard
  • The Honorable J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery
  • Aeisha Mastagni, Portfolio Manager, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
  • Patrick McGurn, Special Counsel and Head of Strategic Research and Analysis, ISS
  • Gloria Santona, Of Counsel, Baker  & McKenzie LLP; Retired Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, McDonald’s Corporation; and Director, Aon PLC

Moderator: Charles M. Elson, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair of Corporate Governance; Director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance; and Professor of Finance

The panel will be followed by acomplimentary lunch.After lunch will be the keynote speaker, The Honorable J. Travis Laster, Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery, who wil talk about “The Concept of Coercion in Delaware Corporate Law.”

The keynote address will be follwed by the presentation of the two research papers that were selected as the winners of the first John L. Weinberg/IRRCi Research Award Competition will be facilitated by the Weinberg Center’s Co-Directors of Academic Research – Yaron Nili, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School, and Sanjai Bhagat, Provost Professor, Division Chair of the Professional Effectiveness Division, University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business.  The research paper award winners being presented are:

  • “Corporate Culture: Evidence from the Field,” by John R. Graham, Duke University & NBER; Jillian Grennan, Duke University (Presenter); Campbell R. Harvey, Duke University & NBER; Shivaram Rajgopal, Columbia University

    Allen Ferrell, Harvard Law School

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  • “Does Revlon Matter? An Empirical and Theoretical Study,” by Matthew D. Cain, Berkeley Center for Law and Business; Sean J. Griffith, Fordham Law School (Presenter); Robert J. Jackson, Jr., New York University School of Law; Steven Davidoff Solomon, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

    Jill E. Fisch, University of Pennsylvania Law School

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The special research papers being presented after the research paper competition winners are:

  • “Corporate Governance and Firm Performance,” Dr. Sanjai Bhagat

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  • “The Giant Shadow of Corporate Gadflies,” Yaron Nili

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DE CLE/CPE: The Symposium has been approved for 5.4 DECLE credits. CPE credits will be provided by our event partner, Sallie Mae*. 3 credit hours of CPE in the field of “Business Management & Organization” will be offered.

*Sallie Mae Bank is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have the final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org. Due to this program being offered free of charge, there will be no refunds issued.

There is no charge for the program, which includes a complimentary lunch. Materials will be sent in advance of the program.

Weinberg Center/IRRCi Research Award CompetitionCall for Papers