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Bryant University partners with ICGN to offer Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability certificate
Mar 09, 2023, by Staff Writer

SMITHFIELD, RI: Bryant University is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with International Corporate Governance Network to offer ICGN’s flagship training program, Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability (GSS) as an accredited certificate designed to provide training and guidance in corporate governance, sustainability and investor stewardship for governance professionals beginning Summer 2023 via Bryant's Executive Education and Career Accelerator.

To celebrate this partnership, Bryant will host a launch event on Tuesday, March 28 from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., featuring a keynote address and panels on corporate governance and sustainability matters. The event runs concurrently online and in person at the Academic Innovation Center on Bryant University’s Smithfield, RI campus. The event is free and open to the public; registration is required. To register, visit

In recent years environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors have become part of the lexicon and integrated into company governance practices and investor decision-making. Yet, at the same time, there is increased debate about the merits relating to the consideration of ESG factors by institutional investors. This event offers investment professionals and policy makers a highly sought after, global perspective on ESG and corporate governance. 

Bryant University President Ross Gittell, Ph.D. will deliver the opening remarks. George Dallas, ICGN’s Education and Policy Advisor, will deliver the keynote address on Investor Impact through Systemic Stewardship and Changing Paradigms of Corporate Governance.


The panel discussions feature:

How important are governance, stewardship & sustainability for companies, governments, and investors?

With panelists:

Scott Voss, Managing Director, HarbourVest

Joshua Paton, Senior Analyst, Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors

James A. Diossa, Treasurer, State of Rhode Island

Moderator: Rupendra Paliwal, Ph.D., Provost, Bryant University


The role of Higher Education in cultivating governance, stewardship & sustainability talent.

With panelists:

Carol Nolan Drake, Governance & Stewardship Policy Manager, ICGN

Asli Ascioglu Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Finance, Bryant University

Scott Tibert, Associate Investment Director, Cambridge Associates

Moderator: Peter Nigro, Ph.D., Professor of Finance, Bryant University


About ICGN

ICGN was stablished in 1995 and led by investors responsible for assets under management of around US$70 trillion, ICGN advances the highest standards of corporate governance and investor stewardship worldwide in pursuit of long-term value creation, contributing to sustainable economies, societies, and the environment.


About Bryant University 

For 160 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. The university delivers a uniquely integrated academic and student life experience with nationally recognized academic programs at the intersection of business, liberal arts, and health and behavioral sciences. 

Located on a 428-acre contemporary campus in Smithfield, R.I., Bryant enrolls approximately 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from 38 states and 49 countries. Bryant is recognized as a top 1% national leader in student education outcomes and ROI and regularly receives high rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, College Factual and Barron’s. 

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