Council of Institutional Investors

Member Education

Part of CII's mission is to educate members about best corporate governance practices. With that goal in mind, CII staff hosts classes covering various corporate governance topics in conjunction with conferences. Current Offerings:

IN-PERSON COURSES
 
CII is offering two courses immediately preceding CII's upcoming 2017 Winter Conference in Washington, DC. Separate registrations are required for the conference and education courses.
 
Master Class: Executive Compensation 201
Date: February 27, 2016
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 PM  ET
Pension Fund Trustee Training
Date: February 27, 2016
Time: 9:00 - 11:30 AM and 12:30 - 3:00 PM  ET

ONLINE COURSES

Executive Compensation 101
Originally offered in conjunction with CII's 2015 Fall Conference, Executive Compensation 101 provides a practical introduction to how public companies and their shareholders resolve the question of how management should be paid. Led by practitioners, the class recordings involve a combination of lecture, panel discussion and audience Q&A covering:

  • How to comprehend SEC reporting on compensation practices;
  • Understanding board members’ role and process for determining compensation practices;
  • Funds’ approaches to evaluating executive pay, and finally,
  • Proxy advisers’ analysis of executive compensation practices
The total time commitment is approximately three hours. The cost is $295/person. Please contact Michael Miller for more information.

Master Class: Analyzing Proxy Contests
Originally offered in conjunction with CII's 2016 Spring Conference, this master class features a trio of corporate governance practitioners using the case-study method to discuss how they evaluated recent proxy contests. This course provides a lens into the factors that drive voting decisions on contests, arguably the most challenging and consequential votes shareholders face. The class covers related issues such as fruitful approaches to pre-vote engagement; understanding the nature of funds' internal co-ordination between proxy voting staff and investment staff; and emerging trends influencing voting decisions. Speakers:
  • Chris Cernich, head of M&A research, ISS 
  • Zach Oleksiuk, director, head of Americas, investment stewardship, BlackRock
  • Tracy Stewart, senior corporate governance analyst, Florida State Board of Administration
The total time commitment is approximately two hours.The cost is $195/person. Please contact Michael Miller for more information.

Master Class: Engaging Effectively
Originally offered in conjunction with CII's 2016 Fall Conference, this master class explored effective shareholder engagement with portfolio companies. This class centers on how to make ESG engagement productive from the shareholder standpoint, with a particular focus on dialog on governance and executive compensation. 

The total time commitment is approximately two hours.The cost is $195/person. Please contact Michael Miller for more information.