Private Equity Portfolio Company Governance Course

This primer is designed for private equity (PE) partners and managers, portfolio company executives, and independent directors who work together in boardrooms. Learn more here.

ESOP Governance Essentials Course 

This rigorous course is designed to present a realistic look at the responsibilities of serving on an ESOP board.

This course is ideal for:

  • Aspiring ESOP directors
  • Directors new to ESOP boardrooms
  • Owners considering an ESOP model

Discover more information on our ESOP Governance Course here

Certificate in Private Company Governance Course

This virtual and self-paced course provides a baseline education coupled with a mentor program where participants are paired with experienced private company directors. 

Discover more information on our Certificate in Private Company Governance Course here 

Shine | Governance Illuminated Podcast

The Private Directors Association® believes great governance creates value in private companies, increasing stakeholder confidence and ensuring competitive advantage. In this series of 15-20-minute podcasts you will hear PDA members –owners, executives, independent directors and service providers–share their passion for governance based on healthy accountability, respect for process and collaborative behavior.  To the PDA community, governance is so much more than compliance with regulation and legislation. It creates value through: 
  • improving sustainability
  • managing risk
  • evaluating opportunities
  • providing advice and counsel to the CEO
  • evaluating and enhancing the strategic plan
  • ensuring the executive team are the right people to execute the plan
  • aligning compensation and management incentives with shareholder objectives 

Find our Shine podcast series here. 

ESG | Podcast

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices are becoming essential strategic and operational priorities, with ESG outcomes increasingly core to company valuation calculations. Privately held and family-owned enterprises have sound business reasons to establish an ESG platform to keep them competitive. But boards must find new ways of working to meet rising expectations for successful performance on ESG indicators.


A five-part podcast series where private company directors explore new options and imperatives with a long-time expert in corporate integrity practices. Learn more here. 


PDA Membership Benefits:

Individual Membership includes the Podcasts and the Private Governance Certification Course.

Corporate Membership includes all education and courses.

Please contact [email protected] if you have difficulty enrolling in a course.