Larry Cunningham delivered the 2024 Weinberg Distinguished Lecture last week at the University of Delaware. His topic was: “Speaking Out on Hot Button Topics: How Boards Can Steer CEOs and Companies in Choppy Waters.”  Following are excerpts from the lecture, which reviews the data on this topic and the forces at work, discusses the board’s role and provides a sample CEO-Board framework and reviews the background debates over corporate purpose and Delaware’s preeminence in corporate law.  Please note the views expressed are Larry’s professional views, not necessarily those of Mayer Brown LLP or its clients.

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