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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 2017  
   
Type/Time/Location Program/Sponsor
   
Committee Meetings  

9:45 - 10:45 am

(Foothill D)

Educational Programs Committee Meeting (by invitation)

   

9:45 - 10:45 am

(Foothill E)

Membership Committee Meeting (by invitation)
   

Registration & CLE Desk

11:30 am - 6:30 pm

 
   
Pre-Conference Workshops  

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

(Golden Gate B)

Ethics Workshop I: Current Issues in Legal Ethics: Avoiding Common Pitfalls

This program will explore various ethical issues common to corporate representation. Particular attention will be paid to issues that can arise in the context of internal investigations, multiple representations of entities and individuals, conflicts of interest, asserting and maintaining privilege, and reporting obligations.

· Cathernine Moreno, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

   

1:00 - 4:00 pm

(Golden Gate C)


Investor Forum (by invitation)

Sponsored by:
 

 

Investor representatives include:

· Glenn Booraem, Principal & Investment Stewardship Officer, Vanguard Group, Inc.

· Eileen R. Cohen, Managing Director, US Equity, JPMorgan Asset Management

· Benjamin Colton, Ownership Strategies, Norges Bank Investment Management    

· Jacqueline Q. Condron, Senior Operations & Research Analyst, Proxy Voting & Governance Committee, BNY Mellon

· Michael I. Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Bureau of Asset Management

· Mohani Maharaj, Assistant Vice President - Stewardship & Corporate Governance, Nuveen

· Aeisha Mastagni, Portfolio Manager, CalSTRS

· Meredith A. Miller, Chief Corporate Governance Officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust

· Yumi Narita, Vice President, BlackRock Investment Stewardship

· Zach Oleksiuk, Director, Head of Americas Investment Stewardship, BlackRock Investment Stewardship

· Damon T. Oshita, Senior Analyst, Governance & Proxy, Capital Research and Management Company

· Ryan O'Toole, Senior Proxy Analyst, Fidelity Investments

· Margriet Stavast, Advisor, Responsible Investment, PGGM Investments 

   

1:30 - 2:30 pm

(Golden Gate B)

Ethics Workshop II: Using Technology Ethically

Data security and legal ethics practitioners will lead a conversation on the intersection of legal ethics and tech us in the corporate governance sphere:

  • The threats presented by data breach of a legal department or outside counsel
  • Ethics rules requirements of in-house and outside counsel
  • Conversations and retention agreement provisions to consider
  • Options when the worst comes to pass

· Adrienne E. Fowler, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

· Thomas B. Mason, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

   
Committee Meetings
 

4:00 - 5:00 pm

(Golden Gate A)

Corporate Practices Committee Meeting (by invitation)

   

5:00 - 6:00 pm

(Golden Gate A)

Securities Law Committee Meeting (by invitation)

   
Social Program  

6:00 - 7:45 pm

(Golden Gate B)


Opening Reception

Sponsored by:
 
   

6:15 - 6:45 pm

(Golden Gate C1)

Reception for Society Leaders & First Time Attendees (by invitation)

   

7:45 - 10:00 pm

(Waterbar Restaurant)

Board of Directors Dinner (by invitation)

Bus departs from Mission Street (outside hotel) at 7:30 pm


THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2017  
   
Type/Time/Location  Program/Sponsor
   
Social Program
 

6:30 - 7:15 am

(Foothill F)

Pilates

   
7:30 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

   

Registration & CLE Desk

8:00 am - 6:30 pm

 

Exhibit Hall Hours

7:30 am - 12:45 pm

2:45 pm - 6:00 pm


   
Committee/Meeting
 

7:00 - 8:15 am

(Foothill D)

Policy Advisory Committee Breakfast Meeting (by invitation)

7:00 - 8:15 am 

(Foothill E)

Chapter Officers' Breakfast Meeting (by invitation)

   
Business Program  

8:30 - 9:00 am

(Salon 7-8)

Welcome & Introductions

· Shelley J. Dropkin, Board Chair, Society for Corporate Governance, Deputy Corporate Secretary & General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Citigroup Inc.

· William J. O'Shaughnessy, 2017 National Conference Committee Chair, Society for Corporate Governance; Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Quest Diagnostics

·Darla C. Stuckey, President & CEO, Society for Corporate Governance                       

   

9:00 - 10:00 am

(Salon 7-8)


Opening Address

· Michael S. Piwowar, Commissioner, United States Securities & Exchange Commission

Sponsored by:
 
   

10:00 - 10:30 am

(Salon 9-15)

Networking Break

» Cutting Edge Session A: Introducing Graphic Disclosure Database: A Creative Tool for Proxy Statements, Hosted By Argyle (Exhibit Hall)

» Cutting Edge Session B: What To Do When You Are Expecting ( A Negative Recommendation, hosted by AON Governance (Yerba Buena Foyer)

   

Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

10:30 - 11:30 am

(Salon 1-4)

1. Board Composition in a Changing Environment

  • Refreshment (including tenure/retirement age) and evaluations
  • New director characteristics; gender, ethnic and age diversity
  • Special skills directors
  • Activist/Access directors

Panelists:

· Moderator: Aaron Briggs, Executive Counsel, Corporate, Securities & Finance, General Electric Company

· Glenn Booraem, Principal & Investment Stewardship Officer, Vanguard Group, Inc.

· Evelyn Dilsaver, Board Director, Tempur Sealy International, Inc.

· Aeisha Mastagni, Portfolio Manager, CalSTRS

Sponsored by:
 

 

   

10:30 - 11:30 am

(Salon 5-6)

2. Records Management Compliance in the Digital Age: Think Before You Write

  • Protecting and minimizing email communications
  • Board portal usage protected or not
  • Director to director communications
  • Best practices for board materials
  • Information flow implications with an activist shareholder

Panelists:

· Moderator: Christina M. Ibrahim, Executive Vice president, General Counsel & Secretary, Weatherford International plc

· Barry I. Medintz, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Rubicon Global

· Alex Shukhman, Director, Legal Department, Lam Research

· Jaime D. Sneider, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

   

10:30 - 11:30 am

(Nob Hill D)

3. Managing the Family Owned or Controlled Company 

  • Blending public company governance and family governance
  • Family governance practices
  • Independent boards and succession planning
  • Committee delegation
  • Family cultural issues in a competitive environment

Panelists:

· Moderator: Robert B. Lamm, Co-Chair, Securities and Corporate Governance Practice, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

· David Jedrzejek, Associate General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Levi Strauss & Co.

· Mark Majewski, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Liguria Foods

   

10:30 - 11:30 am

(Nob Hill A-C)

4. Investor Outreach 2.0 - Alternative Ways to Engage

  • Targeted approaches to those underweight in your stock
  • Rotating visits to your top investors
  • Multi-investor/company events
  • Leveraging your website and proxy statement
  • Blogs and top 10 lists

Panelists:

· Moderator: Suzan (Sam) A. Miller, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Intel Corporation

· Jacqueline Q. Condron, Senior Operations & Research Analyst, Proxy Voting & Governance Committee, BNY Mellon

· Philip L. Rothenberg, Deputy General Counsel, Tesla Motors

· William M. Ultan, Senior Managing Director, Morrow Sodali Global LLC

   

Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

11:40 am - 12:40 pm

(Salon 1-4)

1. Onboarding a First-Time Public Company Director

  • Administrative (e.g. 8-K, Form 3, Edgar Codes, Release, D&O, retainer/grants)
  • Governance orientation v. company orientation
  • Materials
  • Process
  • Education: Director Fiduciary Duties
  • Key points

Panelists:

· Moderator: Carol J. Ward, Vice President & Corporate Secretary, Mondelēz International, Inc.

· Kathleen Hogenson, CEO & President, Zone Oil & Gas, LLC

· Maura A. Markus, Independent Director, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

· William J. O'Shaughnessy, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Quest Diagnostics

   

11:40 am - 12:40 pm

(Nob Hill A-C)

2. ESG Reporting: What Matters

  • Who is your audience?
  • Assessing SASB Standards
  • Internal and external disclosure controls
  • Integration with financial or governance report
  • Are CSR reports a thing of the past?    

Panelists:

· Moderator: Mike Wallace, Managing Director, BrownFlynn

· Jared Brandman, Securities Counsel, Office of the Secretary, The Coca-Cola Company

· Janine Guillot, Director of Capital Markets Policy and Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

· Veena Ramani, Program Director, Capital Markets Systems, Ceres

· Lori Zyskowski, partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP              

   

11:40 am - 12:40 pm

(Nob Hill D)

3. Whistleblowing: Are the Rules Changing?

  • Attorney-client privilege v. attorney as whistleblower
  • Recent case law
  • SEC enforcement actions
  • Amending your agreements; confidentiality, CIC, severance   

Panelists:

· Moderator: Katherine R. Kelly, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb

· Rebecca C. Martin, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

· Sean X. McKessy, Partner, Phillips & Cohen LLP

· James Wagstaffe, partner, Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP     

   

11:40 am - 12:40 pm

(Salon 7-8)

4. Deep Dive on Nominating and Governance Committees

  • Process and calendar
  • Working with consultants/search firms
  • Board evaluations
  • Nom & Gov Committee reports
  • Process to identify diverse candidates
  • Engagement with shareholders    

Panelists:

· Moderator: Bronwen L. Mantlo, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Eli Lilly and Company

· Annell R. Bay, Independent Director of the Boards of Apache Corporation, Hunting PLC, and Verisk Analytics

· Douglas K. Chia, Executive Director, Governance Center, The Conference Board, Inc.

· Holly J. Gregory, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP    

· Douglas A. Stewart, Vice President, Securities Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Visa Inc.      

Sponsored by:
 

11:40 am - 12:40 pm

(Salon 5-6)

 

5. Governance & Compliance Issues for Private Companies

  • Contract compliance with customer or lender requirements
  • Federal/State regulation
  • Privacy laws
  • When public company rules apply to your company    

Panelists:

· Angie M. Hankins, Senior Director of Strategy, Senior Investment & IP Counsel, Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center

· Joanne R. Soslow, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

· Patricia Wyrod, Founder, Think Create Group     

   

12:45 - 2:30 pm

(Golden Gate Ballroom)


Annual Conference Luncheon and Address followed by book signing

· Bryan Stevenson, Founder & Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative; Author, Just Mercy

Sponsored by:
 
   

2:00 - 3:00 pm

(Mission Tunnel Foyer)

 Book signing with Bryan Stevenson


Concurrent Breakout Sessions III

2:30 - 3:30 pm

(Salon 7-8)

1. Shareholder Proposal Process: Engagement, Trends, and Thresholds

  • Interacting with proponents
  • Communicating with shareholders
  • Educating internal stakeholders
  • 14a-8 threshold reform efforts

Panelists:

· Moderator: Ning Chiu, Counsel, Davis Polk Wardwell LLP

· William L. Horton, Jr., Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Verizon Communications, Inc.

· Kern McPherson, Senior Director, North American Research, Glass Lewis & Co., LLC

· Brandon J. Rees, Deputy Director, Office of Investment, AFL-CIO

   

2:30 - 3:30 pm

(Nob Hill A-C)

2. New Wave: Technology and Software Solutions for the Board and Corporate Secretary

  • Newest board portal functionality
  • Director to director communications
  • Shareholder communication tools
  • Technology solutions for D&O questionnaires or board evaluations      

Panelists:

· Moderator: Stacey K. Geer, Executive Vice President, Chief Governance Officer, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Primerica, Inc.

· Amanda Carty, Chief Marketing Officer, Diligent Corporation

· David Chun, CEO and Founder, Equilar, Inc.

· Joan C. Conley, Senior Vice President & Secretary, Nasdaq

· Phil Neiswender, President & Chief Legal Officer, Center for Board Excellence  

· Eric Lurie, Director of Strategic Accounts, Passageways

· Russ Maher, President, QDiligence LLC

· Brian C. Matt, Director, Global Head of Strategy & Innovation, Ipreo    

· Rebecca Perry, Director of Professional Services, Jordan Lawrence    

· Tom Racicot, Senior Vice President, Gobal Sales, Computershare

· Jeffrey Tha, Chief Executive Officer, Meetyl   

   

2:30 - 3:30 pm

(Salon 1-4)

3. Switching Sides: New Opportunities in Governance

  • Do companies need investor perspective in-house and vice-versa
  • What can we learn from each other
  • Investors as directors
  • The expanding governance industry

Panelists:

· Moderator: Linda E. Scott, Senior Vice President & Associate Corporate Secretary, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

· Miranda Hubbs, Corporate Director, Agrium Inc.

· Robert McCormick, Partner, CamberView Partners, LLC

· Daniel K. Oh, Senior Vice President, Investor Engagement & Governance, Investor Relations, Barrick Gold Corporation

· Ann Yerger, Independent Director, Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.

   

2:30 - 3:30 pm

(Salon 5-6)

4. How to Find Diverse Board Candidates: Resources for the Corporate Secretary

  • Databases
  • Word of mouth
  • Other organizations     

Panelists:

· Moderator: Lydia I. Beebe, Senior of Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

· The Honorable Aida M. Alvarez, Chair, Latino Community Foundation

· Wesley Hom, Vice President of External Affairs & National Board Member, Ascend Pinnacle

· Kathryn C. Turner, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Standard Technology, Inc.        

   

2:30 - 3:30 pm

(Nob Hill D)

5. Private Companies: Issues With Unique Complications

  • Conflicts of interest/related party transactions
  • Potential conflicts for outside counsel
  • Privilege issues 

Panelists:

· Robert J. Wild, Partner, Krieg DeVault LLP

   
3:30 - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

» Cutting Edge Session A: A Practical Guide to Choosing, Setting Up and Running a Virtual Shareholder Meeting, Hosted by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (Exhibit Hall)

» Cutting Edge Session B: Secrets for Attracting and Engaging Board Members from Across Generations, Hosted by Passageways, (Yerba Buena Foyer)

» Exhibitor Raffle Prize Drawing

   

4:00 - 5:00 pm

(Salon 7-8) 


Keynote Address: A Company of Owners

· John Thornton, Executive Chairman, Barrick Gold

Sponsored by:
 
   

5:00 - 6:15 pm

(Salon 7-8)



General Session: Investor Stewardship: The Golden Age?

  • ISG Principles
  • Major investor initiatives and what is driving them
  • Impact/Effect on proxy advisory services
  • Multiple share class structures
  • Common Sense Principles/BRT Principles

Panelists:

· Moderator: Anne T. Chapman, Vice President, Investment Operations, Capital Group

· Donald W. Cassidy, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Corporate Strategy, Georgeson

· Joseph A. Grundfest, Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School

· David A. Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

· Zach Oleksiuk, Director, head of America's Investment Stewardship, BlackRock Investment Stewardship

Sponsored by:
 
   

5:15 - 6:15 pm

(Nob Hill AB)

Private Company Roundtables

   

6:15 - 7:00 pm

(Foothill G)

Diversity Networking Reception

   
Social Program  
7:00 pm Service Partner & Client Dinners

FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2017  
   
Type/Time/Location  Program/Sponsor
   
Social Program
 

6:30 - 7:15 am

(Foothill F)

Pilates

   
7:00 - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

   

Registration & CLE Desk

8:00 am - 5:30 pm


   

Exhibit Hall Hours

7:30 am - 4:00 pm

 
   
Committee Meeting  
7:15 - 8:15 am (Foothill D)                                         

Small & Mid-Cap Companies Committee Meeting

   
Business Program  

8:15 - 8:30 am

(Salon 7-8)

Annual Meeting of Members and Recognition of Outgoing Board Members, Officers and Committee Chairs

   

8:30 - 9:30 am

(Salon 7-8)




General Session: Activism in the Golden Age

  • Are hedge fund activists and PE investors converging?
  • Where do mainstream investors fit in?
  • What about family offices?
  • CJ Strine's view: human investors v. wolf packs
  • Activists' long term impact on target companies
  • Proxy fights v. settlements
  • Policy developments: 13D/Brokaw Act      

Panelists:

· Roy J. Katzovicz, Chairman, Saddle Point Group LLC

· Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTRS    

Sponsored by:

 

   

Concurrent Breakout Sessions IV

9:45 - 10:45 am

(Salon 5-6)

1. Diversity & Inclusion in the Corporate Secretary/General Counsel's Office   

  • Overview of Company, Roles and Composition of GC/CS Office
  • Why diversity and inclusion
  • Board oversight
  • What can you do - opportunities to enhance diversity

Panelists:

· Moderator: Gina Merritt-Epps, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, South Jersey Industries, Inc.

· Jung-Kyu McCann, Principal Corporate & Governance Counsel, Apple Inc.

· Arden T. Phillips, Corporate Secretary & Associate General Counsel, United States Steel Corporation           

   

9:45 - 10:45 am

(Nob Hill D)

2. Building an ERM Program at Your Private Company

  • Designing the Process
  • Developing Risk Categories
  • Getting management buy-in
  • Priorities when you have budget constraints

Panelists:

· Moderator: Scott D. Thayer, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Dawn Food Products, Inc.

· Maureen Bujno, Managing Director, Deloitte LLP

· Lucy Nottingham, Director, Global Risk Center, Marsh & McLennan Companies

   

9:45 - 10:45 am

(Salon 7-8)

3. SEC and Legislative Update: Expectations in the Current Administration

  • Executive orders/CRA
  • Financial Choice Act
  • Brokaw Act
  • Disclosure reform
  • Impact on SEC Divisions
  • Impacts in other areas of regulation
  • Role of private ordering

Panelists:

· Moderator: Joseph B. Amsbary, Jr., Assistant Secretary, United Parcel Service, Inc.

· Keir D. Gumbs, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

· Keith F. Higgins, Chair, Securities & Governance Practices, Ropes & Gray LLP; Former Director of Corporation Finance, United States Securities and Exchange Commission

· Hope M. Jarkowski, Senior Counsel, Government Affairs, ICE           

   

9:45 - 10:45 am

(Nob Hill A-C)

4. Current Issues for Audit Committees

  • PCAOB adopts expanded auditor's reports: Getting ready!
  • Non-GAAP oversight
  • Preparing for new GAAP: Board's Role
  • New risk factors based on actions taken by the Administration
  • Two enforcement actions to ponder
  • New Form AP (and your engagement partner)

Panelists:

· Moderator: John White, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP

· Loretta V. Cangialosi, Senior Vice President and Controller, Pfizer Inc.

· Raj B. Dave, Vice President, Corporate Law & Assistant Secretary, Owens Corning

· Paula Loop, Partner, Governance Insights Center, PricewaterhouseCoopers                

   

10:45 - 11:15 am

(Salon 9-15)

Networking Break

» Cutting Edge Session A: Jeopardy: The Governance Championship, Hosted by Center for Board Excellence, (Exhibit Hall)

» Cutting Edge Session B: Understand the Methodology Behind ISS Governance QualityScore to Benchmark Risk, Hosed by ISS Corporate Solutions (Yerba Buena Foyer)


Concurrent Breakout Sessions V

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

(Salon 1-4)

1. Managing Your Compensation Committee

  • Board oversight of compensation risk
  • Pay for performance
  • Guidance on pay ration & income inequality
  • Director engagement
  • Clawback policies and disclosure practices
  • Non-financial/non-quantitative performance
  • Metrics - how management is evaluated

Panelists:

· Moderator: Mary A. Francis, Corporate Secretary & Chief Governance Officer, Chevron Corporation

· Michelle A. Carlin, Vice President, Center on Executive Compensation

· Vicky Gregg, Partner, Guidon Partners

· Damon Oshita, Senior Analyst, Governance & Proxy, Capital Research and Management Company

   

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

(Nob Hill A-C)

2. Building Your Executive Presence

  • Learn "how to" tips for increasing influence
  • Increase trust and credibility with board members
  • Build rapport with key stakeholders
  • Navigate the unexpected

Panelists:

· Karen Laos, Senior Manager - Program Delivery, Decker Communications

   

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

(Salon 5-6)

3. Sustainability Ratings: Who is Using Them?

  • Who uses ratings and why
  • How are they being used
  • Where does the data come from
  • How the ratings differ
  • What do to if they are not accurate
  • Does your board know

Panelists:

· Moderator: Granville Martin, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Society for Corporate Governance

· Hernando Cortina, Senior Analyst, JUST Capital

· Noel Friedman, Executive Director, ESG Ratings, MSCI Inc.

· Yumi Narita, Vice President, BlackRock Investment Stewardship

· Lee O'Dwyer, Equity Application Specialist, Bloomberg L.P.

   

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

(Nob Hill D)

4. The White House, Twitter and Your Company

  • The President tweets about your company
  • Risks and how to mitigate or prevent unwanted attention
  • When and how to involve the board
  • Investor reaction and your response time
  • Updating your social media policy and crisis response plan   

Panelists:

· Moderator: Rick E. Hansen, Lead Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, General Motors Company

· Brian V. Breheny, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

· Sofia Mata-Lecierc, Director, Brunswick Group

· Alap Shah, CEO, Sentieo              

   

12:15 - 1:30 pm

(Salon 9-15)

Lunch with the Exhibitors

   

1:00 - 1:30 pm

(Salon 7-8)

Interview with William H. Hinman, Director, Division of Corporate Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Interviewed by Shelley J. Dropkin, Deputy Corporate Secretary & General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Citigroup Inc.

   

Concurrent Breakout Sessions VI

1:45 - 2:45 pm

(Nob Hill D)

1. Activists at the Gate? Lessons for Small and Mid-Cap Companies     

  • Has shareholder activism replaced the hostile takeover?
  • Is it a threat for your company?
  • Leading defense practices: what you should do

Panelists:

· Moderator: Kai Haakon E. Liekefett, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

· Chris Cernich, Founding Partner, Strategic Governance Advisors

· Scarlett May, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Brinker International, Inc.

· Edward T. McCarthy, Senior Vice President, D.F. King & Co., Inc.               

   

1:45 - 2:45 pm

(Salon 5-6)

2. Delaware Corporate Law Developments

  • New case law
  • Private Company Litigation
  • DGCL Blockchain 

Panelists:

· Moderator: Melissa K. Caen, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Southern Company Services, Inc.

· Rolin P. Bissell, Partner, Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor LLP

· John Mark Zeberkiewicz, Director, Richards, Layton & Finger

   

1:45 - 2:45 pm

(Salon 1-4)

3. Modernizing Your Proxy Statement: The Medium and the Message

  • Written, drawn, spoken or filmed
  • On paper, on website, or on an app
  • Buzzwords and passive-voiced legalese or gripping prose
  • Communicating to multiple audiences
  • Conveying leadership
  • How NOT to sound like the 50 other proxies your proxy voters are reading

Panelists:

· Moderator: Sarah A.B. Teslik, Of Counsel, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

· Troy E. McHenry, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, HCP, Inc.

· Sarah Mock, Director, Corporate Governance & Securities, T-Mobile

· Mary M. (Meg) VanDeWeghe, CEO & President, Forte Consulting Inc.

   

1:45 - 2:45 pm

(Nob Hill A-C)

4. Cybersecurity Basics for the Corporate Secretary

  • What constitutes adequate board oversight
  • Reporting to the board
  • What you need to know to help your board

Panelists:

· Moderator: Margaret M. Madden, Senior Vice President & Corporate Secretary, Pfizer Inc.

· Yafit Cohn, Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

· Carter Leuty, Vice President, Law, Target Corporation

· Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President and Governance Technology Evangelist, Diligent Corporation

   

2:45 - 3:15 pm

(Salon 9-15)

Networking Break

» Exhibitor Raffle and Bingo Prize Drawings

   

Concurrent Breakout Sessions VII

3:15 - 4:15 pm

(Salon 5-6)

1. Proxy Access: If You Haven't Yet, Here's What To Do

  • Pros and cons of adopting
  • Lessons learned from early adopters
  • Communication with your board
  • Specific provisions to include in your bylaw  

Panelists:

· Moderator: Sophie Hager Hume, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Starbucks Coffee Company

· Michael I. Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, Office of New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, Bureau of Asset Management

· Stephen T. Giove, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP

· Robert Zivnuska, Partner, CamberView Partners, LLC      

   

3:15 - 4:15 pm

(Nob Hill D)

2. International Subsidiary Governance

  • Centralize or regionalize?
  • Outsource or in-house?
  • Practical issues (cross-over D&Os, piercing the veil)    

Panelists:

· Moderator: Kari H. Endries, Assistant Secretary & Managing Counsel, Chevron Corporation

· Chris Allingham, Senior Corporate Paralegal & Assistant Corporate Secretary, TwentyEighty, Inc.

· Cathy Cartieri, Compliance Manager, Verbatim Global Compliance              

   

3:15 - 4:15 pm

(Salon 1-4)

3. Board Evaluations: Third Party Facilitators, Peer-to-Peer, or In-House

  • Technology Interfaces
  • Frequency
  • Aligning company strategy with evaluations
  • Discoverability of materials
  • Investor Outreach and disclosure

Panelists:

· Moderator: Pamela Coe, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Liberty Media Corporation

· Elizabeth Ising, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

· Amanda McMillian, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

· Dr. Deborah Rubin, Senior Partner, RHR International

· Jeffrey M. Taylor, Chief SEC & Corporate Governance Counsel and Assistant Secretary, American Water Works Company, Inc.

   

3:15 - 4:15 pm

(Nob Hill A-C)

4. Minutes/Privilege Issues for the Corporate Secretary/General Counsel

  • Wearing both hats
  • Giving legal advice      

Panelists:

· Moderator: Carrie Darling, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Yahoo!

· Francis J. Aquila, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

· Virginia K. Fogg, General Counsel, Norfolk Southern Corporation

· Curt Kramer, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Navistar Internationl Corporation   

   

4:15 - 5:45 pm

(Salon 7-8)

General Session: A Conversation with Andy Fastow: Ethics, Rationalization, and the Law

​Mr. Fastow will discuss the rationalizations made by executives to justify their decisions and provide examples of how these decisions can cause great harm to stakeholders. Professor Siciliano will lead a discussion on the events at Enron as they relate to legal ethics.

Panelists:

· Andrew S. Fastow, Former CFO, Enron Corporation

· F. Daniel Siciliano, Professor, Associate Dean for Executive Education and Special Programs, Stanford Law School 

   
6:30 - 10:00 pm
                             
                 

The Groovy State of Governance

Closing Night Event at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (offsite)

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SATURDAY, JULY 1, 2017  
   
Type/Time/Location 
Program/Sponsor 
   
Social Program
 
7:30 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast

   

7:00 - 9:00 am

(Foothill E)

Board of Directors Meeting and Breakfast (invitation only)

   

Registration & CLE Desk

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

 
   
Business Program  

9:15 - 10:15 am

(Salon 7-8)



General Session: Governance in a Changing and Uncertain World

· Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Corporate Director and Global Economist

Sponsored by:

   

Concurrent Breakout Sessions VIII                                

10:15 - 11:15 am

(Salon 1-3)

 

1. Executive Compensation: Current Trends & Practices   

  • Can executive compensation be simpler, and should it be
  • How have institutional investor perspectives on executive compensation changed
  • How do companies engage with investors over executive compensation
  • What works and does not work when discussing executive compensation with proxy advisory firms

Panelists:

· Moderator: Ronald O. Mueller, Partner, Gibson, Dunn,& Crutcher LLP

· Aaron Bertinetti, Senior Vice President, Research and Engagement, Glass Lewis & Co., LLC

· Sarah Dods, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Salesforce

· Robin A. Ferracone, Chief Executive Officer, Farient Advisors LLC

   

10:15 - 11:15 am

(Salon 4-6)

2. Blockchain: Why it Matters

  • What is blockchain
  • What is a hash
  • What is a distributed ledger
  • What is mining and a miner
  • Private v. public blockchain

Panelists:

· Moderator: Christoph A. Pereira, Vice President, Chief Corporate, Securities & Finance Counsel and General Counsel Business Innovations, General Electric Company

· Lyell Dampeer, President, Investor Communications Services, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

· Brad Peterson, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President Nasdaq


 

11:15 - 12:45 pm

(Salon 7-8)

Closing Address & Brunch

· Preet Bharara, Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York