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OFFLINE MASTERCLASS: Boardroom Readiness For Tech Executives FALL 2021 DATE TBD (20 Max)

12 Oct 2021
8:00am - 5:00pm EDT
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DDN QTE Masterclass And Certification 12 Oct 2021 $1495.00
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Qualified Technology Experts (QTEs) are boardroom ready technology executives who have the skills, competencies, and experiences to work in the corporate boardroom. 

The QTE Boardroom Readiness Masterclass is designed to give technology executives the education they need to understand corporate governance, the emerging practice of digital and cybersecurity risk oversight and their expanding role in the boardroom. 

This is a business school learning experience for CIOs, CISOs and other technology executives taught by the leading expert in digital and cybersecurity risk oversight. It is not an industry event. 

The class is from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm if sitting for the QTE exam. Otherwise, the class will finish at 3:45 pm. Dress is business casual. 


"My compliments on the quality of the course, DDN and the instruction style. For me personally, the timing could not have been better as this has already been extremely helpful for work with my own Board Cyber Committee." 

– Gary Cantrell, CIO, Jabil Corp. #159 Fortune 500 (JBL: NYSE)

"DDN’s QTE Boardroom Readiness executive education program fills a critical gap to prepare technologists for board service like no other course that I’ve seen." 

– Daphne Jones, Corporate Director, (AMN: NYSE, B: NYSE, DOOR: NYSE) and former SVP and CIO GE Healthcare 


This class is designed and taught to business school standards and has three key learning objectives targeted at the technology executive: 

1. Improving the ability of any technology executive to work with their own corporate board.

2. Developing technology executives to become effective corporate directors.

3. Establishing core competencies in digital and cybersecurity risk oversight and an understanding of systemic risk in complex digital systems.

Upon completion of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the role of the corporate board and director.
  • Improve their ability to convey complex technical issues to corporate directors.
  • Have a basic understanding of systemic risk in digital and cybersecurity oversight.
  • Know what boardroom service entails, pays, and how to pursue a board seat.
  • Be informed of the trends shaping the future of the corporation, the board and the role and responsibilities of the corporate director.   


  • The foundations of corporate governance and the role of the corporate director
  • Key trends and current issues in corporate governance
  • Introduction to DiRECTORTM the leading framework in digital and cybersecurity systemic risk oversight
  • Communicating complex technical and cybersecurity risk information in the boardroom
  • Trends in digital and cyber governance regulation and legal issues
  • Boardroom compensation and resumes   
  • The path to the boardroom and directorship


QTE Boardroom Readiness is the only program designed and taught by leading academics and practitioners in digital transformation, cybersecurity, and corporate governance.  

The lead instructor for the curriculum is Bob Zukis, USC Marshall School of Business Adjunct Professor, DDN CEO/Founder and former PwC Advisory Partner. Bob brings over thirty years of management consulting experience and academic rigor to the QTE learning experience. 

He is a Senior Fellow in The Conference Board's Governance Center, a board member for the NACD PSW chapter and a prolific author and speaker on digital leadership, governance, and disruption. As a PwC Advisory partner Bob led their IT strategy/operations and data management practices.   


This course is taught to leading business school standards. It is not a panel focused industry event. Participants will participate in lectures, peer interactions and case reviews that focus on the key knowledge, skills, and practical tools to be effective as a digital director in the corporate boardroom. 


Participants can decide to sit for QTE Certification upon completion of the class. Participation in the class is a pre-requisite for taking the QTE certification exam. 

The QTE Certification exam is based upon content covered in the pre-reading and also key concepts that will be discussed in class. The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions and requires a 70% passing score. Exams can only be taken in our classroom environment.

This class earns 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and 2 units are required over a two-year period to maintain QTE Certification. We follow the IACET standard of one (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) equaling ten (10) contact hours of learner interaction with the content of the learning activity, which includes classroom, self-paced instruction, pre/post assignments, and/or homework in support of a learning outcome.


Classes are held at leading academic institutions, executive development centers, and QTE Alliance member offices. Upon registration, participants will be sent their course textbook and all other materials to the address that they provide during on-line registration.

We estimate that 2-3 hours of pre-reading is required to prepare for class.

We keep classes small to facilitate engagement for all participants and it is difficult to fill seats that are canceled on short notice. Cancellations 15 working days in advance will be able to reschedule their class and/or exam during the next six months. No-shows or late cancellations can re-register for a future class and/or exam and will receive a credit equal to 50% of their original tuition and/or exam fee. 

12 Oct 2021
8:00am - 5:00pm EDT

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