Cynthia Clark

Sustainability, Leadership

Cynthia E. Clark, PhD, is a corporate governance and business ethics expert focusing on shareholder activism; environmental, sustainability, and governance (ESG); proxy disclosures; and data privacy. She has conducted multiple training sessions on ethical decision-making, activism, and optimal nominating and governance procedures to senior management or boards of directors. Dr. Clark has been widely cited on governance issues in The Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor, The Boston Globe, CNN, Forbes, Reuters, Bloomberg Radio, and more.

Dr. Clark, a Professor of Management at Bentley University, is the founding Director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance. She is responsible for conducting large-scale research and delivering thought leadership symposia. She is a governance fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), a member of the Society for Governance Professionals, and is active in 50/50 Women on Boards. Dr. Clark is author of Giving Voice to Values in the Boardroom; Business & Society: Ethical, Legal, Digital Environments; and Trust Diffusion: How Creating Climates of Trust Influence Organizational Effectiveness. Her recent work has been published in MIT Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Business Horizons, Strategic Management Journal, Business Ethics Quarterly, and Journal of Business Ethics. Dr. Clark’s work received the McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics in 2019, the Emerald Publishing Citations of Excellence Award in 2015, and Best Article at the Strategic Management Society in 2013. She also presents internationally.

Dr. Clark is the 2017 recipient of the J. William Fulbright Scholar award sponsored by the US Department of State. As a Fulbright Scholar, while working in Spain, she researched best practices in international governance, specifically the influence of culture and government regulation on board composition and dynamics. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a master’s degree from Northwestern University, and a PhD from Boston University. She can be reached at and