Diligent Institute is growing

November 15, 2022

Eric Shor

In 2018 we decided to launch Diligent Institute, Diligent’s corporate governance research arm and think tank, to give back to our global network of more than 700,000 board directors and governance professionals through original cutting-edge research, certifications and educational programs.

Fast forward to 2022, I am thrilled by all Diligent Institute has accomplished, under the leadership of Executive Director Dottie Schindlinger, to empower forward-thinking leadership and governance practices. The Institute has published more than 60 reports and thought leadership pieces on corporate governance; produced its AI-powered Corporate Sentiment Tracker and monthly Director Confidence Index with Corporate Board Member; launched the Climate Leadership Certificate Program; and partnered with FORTUNE to create the Modern Board 25 – recognizing the 25 most innovative boards of public companies.

Now, I am excited to share that Diligent Institute is building on this success with a new expanded vision to inform, educate and connect leaders to champion modern governance. As part of this shift, Lisa Edwards will take on a new role as Executive Chair of Diligent Institute, after more than two years of serving as Diligent’s President & COO. In addition, the Institute welcomes Eric Shor as the new SVP, Head of Diligent Forum. Lisa and Eric will work together with Dottie and the wider team to build on the Institute’s success and reinforce its position as the leading authority on governance, risk, compliance, audit and ESG trends and insights.

As 2023 unfolds, Diligent Institute will:

  • Inform leaders with original, cutting-edge, data-driven global research and thought leadership on governance excellence, and through our director-focused podcasts.
  • Educate corporate leaders with the knowledge and credentials needed to navigate today’s most pressing issues.
  • Connect directors and executives through Diligent Forum, a new peer-to-peer network for Fortune 250 directors and executives; the Next Gen Board Leadership program; and the Director Network initiative to facilitate networking and share best practices and insights.
  • Champion modern governance through new awards and luminary programs recognizing governance excellence.

About the author

SVP, Global Head of Diligent Forum

Eric Shor is a senior vice president in the Diligent Institute and head of the Diligent Forum. In his role, Eric oversees a range of programs that bring public company board members and other stakeholders together to convene, connect, share, and learn.

Prior to joining Diligent, Eric spent nearly a decade at Tapestry Networks. In that role, he ran programs for hundreds of directors across the United States and Europe, including networks of audit committee chairs, compensation committee chairs, and lead directors/non-executive chairs. Eric led discussions for directors with regulators, investors, and subject matter experts on a wide range of topics, including corporate reporting, talent management, risk oversight, cybersecurity, executive compensation, CEO succession, and broader ESG issues. He also organized sessions for directors to better understand emerging technology through visits to numerous innovation labs and incubators.

Earlier in his career, Eric was a litigator at Nutter, McClennen & Fish, where he represented businesses in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies in commercial litigation, product liability and employment matters.

Eric received his JD, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law, where he was an editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine and served as a fellow through the Rappaport Honors Program in law and public policy. He also holds a BA in political science from Emory University. He and his wife Mari live in Needham, Massachusetts with their three children.

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