Governance Training and Consulting

Education and Training

Combining an extensive background in corporate law with a deep understanding of your industry, INCompliance consultants are uniquely able to advise public, private, and non-profit organizations of all types on how to operate legally, ethically, and efficiently in the current economic and legal environment.

Our consultants provide experienced counsel and services for board education, succession planning, strategic planning, and compliance issues, as well as post-merger or acquisition integration of the governance structure.  In addition, our seasoned health care governance consultants offer specialized programs to help boards and executives of organizations meet the requirements of their Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA).   

Although we design and conduct the standard "Corporate Governance and the Role of the Board and Management," our reputation is designing and conducting customized simulation exercises for boards and management based upon a particular factual scenario. 


  • Penn State:  We re-enact a scenario based upon the day-by-day the events faced by the Penn State board over the five-day period of Saturday, November 5, 2011, through Wednesday, November 9, 2011, having the audience consider, and vote as a board upon, each issue considered by the Penn State board during that period.  The learning objective of this simulation exercise is the importance of protecting your organization's most valuable asset: its reputation.
  • Adolph Icon:  A letter is received by the board from an Adolph Icon on the evening prior to a board meeting demanding a meeting with the board at that board meeting.  Icon has a biography that includes getting himself elected to boards and their compensation committees, replacing other members of the compensation committee with colleagues and family members, and eventually firing management and assuming control.  The learning objective of simulation exercise is the role of the board and of management in dealing with an unexpected solicitation that can have a draconian result.
  • Mass Board Resignation.  At the beginning of a board meeting, the CEO announces that a majority of the board had resigned prior to meeting, and legal counsel has advised that the board needs to fill the vacancies.  The board is guided in a discussion of what skill sets it wants in new board members and is gently pushed toward building an "expertise" board composed of persons with competencies needed for the future success of the organization rather than a "constituency" board such as Congress.  The learning objective of this simulation exercise is succession planning of the board.
  • Unexpected CEO Resignation:  At the beginning of a board meeting, the board chair  announces that the organization's CEO tendered his or her resignation effective yesterday and the board will need to determine what skill sets the board wants in a future CEO and how it will find such a person.  The learning objective of this simulation exercise is CEO succession planning.
  • New Board Member Nightmare.  Using stick character cartoon figures, a young person is solicited, and agrees, to become a new board member of a non-profit organization which turns into a nightmare with the new board member's becoming an ERISA fiduciary, treasurer where the organization failed to file and report employment taxes, and being imposed with Intermediate Sanctions.  The learning objective is identifying what questions should be asked, and what red flags should be warnings, before becoming a non-profit board member.

We have had experience with publicly-held and privately-held companies; tax-exempt organizations, such as hospitals, colleges and universities, regulated companies such as insurance companies and banks.

Managers and executives actually pay attention in INCompliance training programs, both because the content is fully customized to be substantive and relevant to the specific organization, and because our presentations, including simulations and participatory exercises, are so engaging.

Additional Services

Our experienced governance consultants provide the following services:

  • Audits of governance practices
  • Board orientation and training
  • Board training on Corporate Integrity Agreements
  • Board and senior management self-evaluations
  • Executive compensation review
  • CEO professional development and coaching
  • Audits of compliance practices
  • Tailored subject matter support for specific compliance requirements, including:
    • The Dodd-Frank Act
    • Mergers and Affiliations
    • Intermediate sanctions and remediation

For more information contact John Beavers by phone at (614) 227-2361 or by e-mail at; Michael Gire by phone at (614) 227-2318 or by e-mail at or any of our other consultants.