The American College of Corporate Directors presented its annual “Distinguished Director Award" at their Director Forum in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Blythe J. McGarvie was honored by the American College of Corporate Directors and received the annual Distinguished Director Award on March 25, 2015. Ms. McGarvie serves on the boards of Accenture, Viacom Inc., Sonoco Products Co. and LKQ Corporation. She taught accounting at Harvard Business School in the full-time M.B.A. program from 2012 to 2014. Previously for ten years, she was chief executive officer of LIF Group, a firm offering a global perspective for clients seeking profitable growth and providing leadership seminars for corporate and academic groups. At LIF, Ms. McGarvie specialized in delivering keynote speeches and moderating company and association meetings. She is the author of two books: Shaking the Globe: Courageous Decision-Making in a Changing World and Fit In, Stand Out: Mastering the FISO Factor for Leadership Effectiveness in Business and Life.

Prior to founding LIF, Ms. McGarvie was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Bic Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of convenient disposable products. For five years prior to joining Bic, Ms. McGarvie was senior vice-president and chief financial officer of Hannaford Bros. Co., a supermarket retailer, which was acquired by the Delhaize Group in 1999. She has also held senior financial positions at Sara Lee Corporation and Kraft Foods.

A Certified Public Accountant, Ms. McGarvie holds an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She served on the university's board of trustees from 1985 to 1987 and also received the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Schaffner Award, which honors alumni who are pre-Sceminent in their field and who provide outstanding service to Kellogg. Old Dominion University granted her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in December 2009. In addition, in 2008, 2010 and 2012, Ms. McGarvie was named to the NACD/Directorship list of the "100 Most Influential People on Corporate Governance and in the Boardroom."

The American College of Corporate Directors, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is an organization of almost 2000 public company directors. The ACCD is the originator and sponsor of the Professional Director Certification, the “Gold Standard” public company director credential.

Continuing Education for Public Company Directors from The American College of Corporate Directors

Boston, April 16, 2015 PRNEWSWIRE…. Founded in Boston in 2004, The American College of Corporate Directors, formerly the Corporate Directors Group, is a member based, continuing education organization for public company directors as well as selected C Suite executives looking to serve on a public board. The ACCD currently has almost 1900 members. As the originators, and administrators of the Professional Director Certification, widely regarded as the " Gold Standard" public company director credential, the ACCD oversees the curriculum and confers the Certifications.

Earning one of the four levels of Professional Director Certification requires a rigorous and challenging commitment. The first level Certification requires 40 Credit Hours and two, day and a half education Forums taught by professors from the country’s top business and law schools including, Kellogg, Stanford, Harvard, Tuck and Yale. The top level, Executive Masters Certification, the “PhD” of the program, requires 150 Credit Hours and ten, day and a half director education forums. Over 700 directors are currently in the Certification program and 34 credentials were conferred at the most recent Director Forum in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Additional Forums are held in Boston and Phoenix, Arizona annually.

Shareholders and regulators alike expect directors to have a high level of knowledge and experience. Continuing education is looked upon favorably and an American College of Corporate Directors Certification demonstrates that a director has taken the time, and made the effort, to stay current with fast changing governance directives.

Membership in the American College of Corporate Directors is free of charge for directors, as are most of their education venues, the exception being the three Director Forums. The ACCD invites all directors to join and they may do so by visiting;