Conference Agenda


As of 6/20/2018
Agenda is subject to changes and revisions.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018                         
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Educational Programs Committee Meeting

Membership Committee Meeting

11:30 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration & CLE Desk 
12:30 – 2:30 pm

Legal Ethics Workshop: Identifying & Interrupting Unconscious Bias:
Improving the Legal Profession

This program is part of the conference diversity initiative co-sponsored by AIG, CT, Equilar, Reed Smith LLP and Skadden Arps.

This interactive session will explore the concept of unconscious or implicit bias and how it can impact policies, practices and procedures, including day-to-day interactions. Participants will increase awareness of how bias shows up and develop tools and techniques to identify and interrupt bias. The workshop is designed to:

  • Provide a definition of both conscious and unconscious bias;
  • Explore how assumptions and expectations can impact behavior;
  • Review studies and data from the Implicit Association Test;
  • Explore ways bias can impact everything from recruitment and hiring to development and retention; and
  • Provide tools and techniques to interrupt/reduce bias.


» Mitchell Karp, Partner, Vallot Karp Consulting

» Angela Vallot, Partner, Vallot Karp Consulting

1:45 - 4:30 pm

Tour: National Museum of African American History & Culture (with guide)

Offsite – meet at hotel bell stand
2:30 - 3:05 pm

Corporate Practices Committee Meeting

3:05 - 3:25 pm E&S Working Group Meeting
3:25 - 4:30 pm Securities Law Committee Meeting
3:30 - 4:30 pm Service Provider Meeting 
4:00 - 6:00 pm

Investor Forum (Issuers Only)

Investor representatives include:

» Eileen Cohen, Retired Managing Director US Equity, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

» Jacqueline Q. Condron, Vice President Proxy Voting & Governance Research, BNY Mellon

» Marc Lindsay, Senior Strategist, Vanguard

» Yumi Narita, Vice President of Investment Stewardship, BlackRock

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

» Ryan O’Toole, Senior Proxy Analyst, Fidelity Investments

» Lyndon Park, Head of Corporate Governance, Dimensional Fund Advisors

» Brandon Rees, Deputy Director Office of Investment, AFL-CIO

4:30 - 6:00 pm

A Case for Governance: Governance 101 Training & Networking for Washington DC Area Diverse Summer Associates & Law Students (by invitation)

This program is part of the conference diversity initiative co-sponsored by AIG, CT, Equilar, Reed Smith LLP and Skadden Arps.

6:00 - 6:30 pm

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

6:00 - 7:45 pm

Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Co-sponsored by Donnelley Financial Solutions and Mediant

7:30 - 10:00 pm

Board of Directors Dinner (by invitation)

Fiola Mare restaurant (offsite)

Bus departs from K Street Entrance at 7:30 pm


Thursday, June 21, 2018                                                           

All day coffee in the Exhibit Hall is sponsored by Morgan Stanley.

7:15 - 8:00 am  Pilates
7:30 - 8:45 am

Policy Advisory Committee

7:45 - 8:45 am Chapter Officers' Meeting
7:45 - 9:15 pm Continental Breakfast
7:45 am - 12:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:45 am - 6:30 pm Conference Registration & CLE Desk
8:45 - 9:00 am

Welcome & Introduction

Arden T. Phillips, 2018 National Conference Committee Co-Chair, Senior Business & Legal Counsel, 2engage Financial Media

Christina M. Ibrahim, 2018 National Conference Committee Co-Chair, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Weatherford plc

Virginia K. Fogg, General Counsel, Norfolk Southern Corporation

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

9:00 - 10:00 am

Opening Address

Sponsored by Diligent

Robert J. Jackson, Jr., Commissioner, US Securities & Exchange Commission

9:00 - 10:00 am Private Company Roundtables
9:45 am - 12:30 pm

Tour: National Building Museum (with guide)

Offsite – meet at hotel bell stand

10:00 - 11:00 am

General Session I: The Board's Role in Corporate Culture

Sponsored by PwC

  • What can the board do?
  • Board visibility into the company and management
  • Oversight role vs. management
  • Business case for culture


» Colleen Birdnow Brown, Founder, Marca Global LLC, and director, Spark Network, True Blue Inc., Port Blakely, Datasphere Technologies Inc.

» Eric H. Holder, Jr., Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

11:00 - 11:30 am

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by WilmerHale

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions I

1. Shareholder Proposals & Engagement

Sponsored by Glass Lewis

  • SLB 14I: Board implications & future application
  • Investor engagement priorities
  • Prospects for change
  • DOL ERISA guidance on ESG


» Moderator: Lillian Brown, Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr

» Evan Barth, Senior Counsel, IBM

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

» Beverly O’Toole, Managing Director & General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC

» Brandon Rees, Deputy Director of Corporations and Capital Markets, AFL-CIO


2. Director Composition & Recruitment for Small & Mid-Cap Companies

Sponsored by EY

  • Strategy and process of planning the composition of a board
  • Influence of the Corporate Secretary
  • Role of the Nom & Gov Committee
  • Diversity considerations and pool of candidates
  • What is the ideal target of composition
  • How to determine what is right for your board


» Moderator: Beth Stewart, Founder & CEO, Trewstar Corporate Board Services

» Merrie S. Frankel, President, Minerva Realty Consultants, LLC

» Adam R. Kokas, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Human Resources Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.


3. Recent Trends in Private Company Governance

  • Unicorns
  • PE backed companies
  • Board composition & diversity
  • Governance policies & practices
  • Compliance practices


» Moderator: Ann Marie Plubell, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, EMPEA

» Keir D. Gumbs, Partner, Covington & Burlington

» Monica Sherer, General Counsel, MicoVest

» Brian Stafford, CEO, Diligent


4. Service Provider Panel I: Technology and Software Solutions for the Board and the Corporate Secretary

  • Enterprise governance management
  • Board portals/software
  • Board evaluations & education
  • Shareholder engagement
  • CSR research
  • 10b5-1 and 144 services
  • Virtual meetings


» Moderator: Keith J. Larson, Senior Attorney & Assistant Secretary, Edison International

» David M. Bobker, Managing Director, Governance, ESG & Board Evaluation, Rivel Research Group

» Christopher Burke, Senior Relationship Manager, Agenda

» Simon Bryan, Virtual Meeting Technology Specialist, Lumi Global (Computershare|Georgeson)

» Joan Conley - Senior Vice President & Corporate Secretary, Nasdaq

» Cathy H. Conlon, Vice President, Corporate Issuer Product Management & Strategy, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

» Wesley Crowder, Sales Executive, Convene, Inc.

» Paul Lockhart, Vice President of Sales, Passageways

» Russell Maher, President, QDiligence

» Scott Mallery, Senior Director of Sales, Diligent Corporation

» Maria A. Robins, Vice President, Morgan Stanley


5. Not-for-Profit Session I: What Not-for-Profit Boards Should Know About Tax Reform


» Alexander L. Reid, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

» Helen Morrison, Director, Potomac Conservancy & Principal, EY

12:30 - 2:30pm

Annual Conference Luncheon & Address

Sponsored by Deloitte

JD Vance, New York Times best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy

Bracebridge H. Young Distinguished Service Award Presentation

This year the Society’s highest honor will be presented to:

Carol V. Schwartz, Former Secretary & Chief Governance Officer, American Express Company

2:30 - 3:30 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions II

1. Proxy Advisory Firms: Prospects for Change

  • One size/policy fits all
  • Proxy advisory firm business model
  • Is there a role for regulation?
  • Proxy advisors & ESG


» Moderator: Stacy Ingram, Associate General Counsel & Deputy Corporate Secretary, The Home Depot, Inc.

» Hope Jarkowski, Co-Head of Government Affairs, IntercontinentalExchange

» Frank M. Placenti, Chair, Governance Practice, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

» Katherine H. Rabin, CEO, Glass Lewis & Co, Inc.


2. Issues Facing Newly IPO'd Companies

Sponsored by Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Role of PE firms
  • View of the institutional investor
  • Ownership structures
  • Formalizing operating structures
  • Establishing SEC reporting and disclosure processes


» Moderator: Julie M. Allen, Partner, Co-Head, Capital Markets, Proskauer Rose LLP

» Kenneth A. Bertsch, Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors

» Kathryn Holahan, Associate General Counsel, US Foods Holding Corp.

» Zachary M. Oleksiuk, Managing Director, Evercore


3. Private vs. Public Company Governance

Sponsored by Allen Matkins

  • Understanding the difference between governance requirements
  • What rules/regulations apply universally?
  • What governance/compliance is mandatory vs. what is best practice?
  • Financing issues
  • Equity awards and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act


» Moderator: Jared Brandman, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, National Vision, Inc.

» Maureen Bujno, Managing Director, Deloitte LLP

» Thomas J. Kim, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

»Troy Paredes, Founder, Paredes Strategies LLC


4. Legal Ethics: Internal Investigations/SEC Enforcements (Ethics)

  • Dodd Frank "whistleblowers"
  • Attorney client privilege
  • Board escalation & oversight
  • Enforcement Trends


» Moderator: Thomas E. Spahn, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

» Pierre G. Armand, Assistant US Attorney, US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York Assistant US Atty

» Lucy Fato, AIG

» Shannon Kinney, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, ConocoPhillips

5. Not-for-Profit Session II: Not-for-Profit Director Liability

  • D&O Insurance
  • Indemnification
  • Director risk under tax law & state law
  • Enforcement trends


» Abby E. Brown, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP

» Thomas R. Herendeen, Non-Profit D&O Product Manager, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

2:30 - 5:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
3:30 - 4:00 pm

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by Morrow Sodali

3:45 - 5:30 pm

Investor Forum (Issuers Only)

Investor representatives include:

» Glenn Booraem, Investment Stewardship Officer, Vanguard

» Jacqueline Q. Condron, Vice President, Proxy Voting & Governance Research, BNY Mellon

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

» Ryan O’Toole, Senior Proxy Analyst, Fidelity Investments

» Lyndon Park, Head of Corporate Governance, Dimensional Fund Advisors

» Brandon Rees, Deputy Director Office of Investment, AFL-CIO

4:00 - 5:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions III

1. Evolving Approaches to ESG Standards for Large Cap Companies

  • Industry based and industry created benchmarks
  • SASB collaboration
  • Investor priorities
  • Integrated disclosure: Is it necessary? 


» Moderator: Barbara Pomfret, Managing Director, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

» Panelist: Sophie Hager Hume, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Starbucks Coffee Company

» Panelist: Yumi Narita, Vice President of Investment Stewardship, BlackRock

» Panelist: David Post, Director of Research, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board


2. Related Party Transactions for Small & Mid-Cap Companies

  • How to deal with close relationships
  • Employment of family
  • Processes to track or flag related party transactions


» Moderator: Joshua Westerman, Assistant General Counsel, Southwest Gas Holdings Corporation

» Sundance Banks, Senior Corporate Counsel, Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

» Scott Lesmes, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP


3. Professional Development: Understanding Reporters & Journalists

  • How your message is everything
  • Journalism codes of conduct
  • Freelancers, bloggers & fake news sources
  • How the public regards journalists today
  • The importance of a strong free press


» Fiona Conway Nolan, O’ F Advisors

» Kate O’Brian, O’ F Advisors

4. Not-For-Profit Session III: Not For Profit Board Oversight of Risk Management

  • Financial oversight
  • Succession planning for CEO & Board
  • PR risk


» Moderator: Leah Malone, Director, Governance Insights Center, PwC

» Roger O. Goldman, Chairman of the Executive Committee, American Express National Bank; Lead Director, Seacoast National Bank; & Managing Director, Berkshire Opportunity Fund    

» Cindy Lott, Academic Director, Master of Science Non-Profit Management Program, Columbia University

5:00 - 5:30 pm

Not-for-Profit Session IV: Not-for-Profit Board Composition & Removal

  • How are Boards appointed?
  • How to police your Board
  • State law differences
  • Removal of directors


» Matthew R. Elkin, Partner, Morgan Lewis

5:00 - 6:00 pm

General Session II: Financial Impact of ESG

  • Creation of ESG-linked ETFs/mutual funds
  • ESG impact on capital allocation
  • Potential exclusion from ESG ETFs/mutual funds
  • Implication of DOL ESG guidance


» Moderator: Carlos Tornero, Senior Reporter, Responsible Investor

» Eileen R. Cohen, Retire Managing Director, US Equity, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

» Jeffrey Neuman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Tronox Limited

» Evan Van Hook, Corporate Vice President for Health, Safety, Environment, Product Stewardship & Sustainability Honeywell International, Inc.

5:30 - 6:30 pm

Not-for-Profit Attendee Reception

5:30 - 6:45 pm

Celebrating Diversity Reception

This program is part of the conference diversity initiative co-sponsored by AIG, CT, Equilar, Reed Smith LLP and Skadden Arps.

7:00 pm Vendor & Client Dinners (by invitation)


Friday, June 22, 2018
 All day coffee in the Exhibit Hall is sponsored by PwC. 
7:15 - 8:00 am  Pilates
7:30 - 8:15 am

Small & Mid-Cap Companies Committee Meeting

Private Companies Committee Meeting

7:45 - 9:15 am

Continental Breakfast


7:45 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

7:45 am - 6:00 pm Registration & CLE Desk Open
8:15 - 8:45 am

Annual Meeting of Members

Recognition of Outgoing Board Members, Officers & Committee Chairs

8:45 - 9:45 am

General Session III: How to Handle a Crisis

Sponsored by PwC

  • Do crisis management plans work
  • Notification and communications process
  • Stakeholder messaging
  • Lessons learned from recent crises


» Robert Bostrom, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

» Rose McKinney-James, Director, MGM Resorts International

» Sydney A. Neuhaus, Partner, Finsbury

9:45 - 10:45 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions IV

1. Proxy Plumbing: Issues in a Contest

  • Who really owns/votes your shares?
  • Share lending
  • Universal ballot implications
  • Barriers to change?


» Moderator: Brian V. Breheny, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

» Jacqueline Q. Condron, Vice President, Proxy Voting & Governance Research, BNY Mellon

» Dorothy Flynn, Vice President & General Manager, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

» Richard H. Grubaugh, Senior Vice President, D.F. King & Co., Inc.

» Jonathan E. Salzberger, Senior Director, Innisfree M&A Incorporated


2. Compensation Pitfalls for Small & Mid-Cap Companies

  • Best practices
  • Board perspective
  • Comp post-tax reform
  • Comp & ESG


» Moderator: Janice G. Brunner, Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

» Herman Bulls, Vice Chairman, Americas, JLL

» Stacey K. Geer, Executive Vice President, Chief Governance Officer, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Primerica

» Ken Hugessen, Partner, Hugessen Consulting Inc.


3. Private Company Director Recruitment/Selection

  • When to add outside directors
  • Impact of varying ownership structures and/or company maturity
  • How can you encourage Board adoption of best practice?
  • Changing skill sets


» Moderator: Kenneth B. Hoganson, Founder & Chairman, The Private Directors Association

» Lakeeta M. Hill, Director of Executive Administration & Corporate Governance, Cargill, Incorporated

» Jon Weber, Head of Portfolio Company Management, BlueMountain Capital Management, LLC


4. Service Provider Panel II: Software Solutions to Improve Productivity

  • Benchmarking trends in E&S, governance, compensation & more
  • Board nomination process & evaluations
  • Proxy do's & don’ts
  • Financial print & design
  • Entity management


» Moderator: Gina Merritt-Epps, Former Senior Vice President, Chief Governance Officer, & Corporate Secretary, South Jersey Industries, Inc.

» Rich Andrews, CEO, EZOnlineDocuments, LLC

» Michael Jakubik, Director, ActiveDisclosure, Donnelley Financial Solutions

» David Jefferis, Market Manager and Senior Sales Engineer, CSC

» Peter Kimball, Executive Director, ISS Corporate Solutions

» Byron Loflin, CEO & Founder, Center for Board Excellence (CBE)

» Teresa McCreight, Director of U.S. Sales, Labrador

» Mike Schlanger, Vice President, Merrill Corporation

» Timothy Stark, Director, Equilar, Inc.

» Ganesh Rajappan, CEO, MyLogIQ

» Mark Zinna, Vice President Capital Markets, The Nuvo Group Inc. 


5. Political Spending: Contrasting Perspectives

  • State of disclosure
  • How the debate is changing
  • The importance of trade association disclosure
  • Is advertising political?


» Moderator: Margaret M. Foran, Chief Governance Officer, Senior Vice President & Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc.

» Patrick Doherty, Director of Corporate Governance, NYS Office of the State Comptroller

» Bruce Freed, President & Co-Founder, Center for Political Accountability

» Edward Ingle, General Manager for Government Affairs, Microsoft

9:45 am - 12:30 pm

Tour: National Museum of African American History & Culture (on your own)

Offsite – meet at hotel bell stand to obtain tickets for 10:15 am entry

10:45 - 11:15 am

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

11:15 am - 12:15 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions V

1. Board & Executive Compensation for Large Cap Companies

  • New ISS executive compensation guidelines
  • Litigation update on director compensation
  • Equilar report on perks
  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act implications
  • CEO/executive health as a risk factor


» Moderator: David A. Katz, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

» Glenn Booraem, Principal & Investment Stewardship Officer, Vanguard

» Martha Carter, Senior Managing Director, Teneo Governance

» Richard Gluckselig, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

» Blair Jones, Managing Director, Semler Brossy Consulting Group LLC


2. Building Your Proxy Statement

  • Project management
  • Staff management
  • Skills matrix – check the box
  • Investor view
  • Software offerings to improve productivity


» Moderator: Lori Zyskowski, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

» Jenarae N. Garland, Senior Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

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

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


3. Shareholder Engagement for Small & Mid-Cap Companies

  • Inclusion of shareholder activist discussion
  • Know your shareholders
  • Consideration of short sellers
  • ESG joins the discussion


» Moderator: Sarah A.B. Teslik, Of Counsel, Joele Frank

» Waheed Hassan, Senior Managing Director, Alliance Advisors LLC

» Jane W. McCahon, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations & Corporate Secretary, Telephone & Data Systems, Inc.

» Tonia L. Pankopf, Managing Partner, Pareto Advisors, LLC


4. Board Committees for Private Companies

  • Do they function like public companies?
  • When/why committees are formed
  • Committees & the Board: What role?
  • Committees for unique companies


» Moderator: Amber Hall, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Cox Enterprises, Inc.

» Roger O. Goldman; Chairman of the Executive Committee, American Express National Bank; Lead Director, Seacoast National Bank; and Managing Director, Berkshire Opportunity Fund

» Barbara Matthews, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Hagerty

» Yanira G. Wong, Associate General Counsel, DocuSign, Inc.

12:15 - 1:45 pm

Lunch with the Exhibitors

1:45 - 2:45 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions VI

1. Audit Committee Agendas for 2018

  • Form AP
  • FASB standards
  • PCAOB developments
  • Tax & spending legislation
  • Supreme Court developments


» Moderator: Carolyn Frantz, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Microsoft

» Christine Davine, Deputy Managing Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

» Kimberley Drexler, Senior Attorney, Corporate, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

» Karen Wiedemann, Associate Counsel to the Chief Auditor, Office of the Chief Auditor, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board


2. International Subsidiary Governance

  • Centralize or regional management
  • Outsource or in house?
  • Other Issues: (Director indemnification, piercing the veil, legal entity reduction)


» Moderator: Thomas E. Moran, Senior Vice President, Eaton Corporation plc

» Nicole Napolitano, Group Company Secretary & General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Willis Towers Watson Company

» Hendrik-Jan Witsenburg, Business Unit Director Legal, Intertrust

» Holly K. Youngwood, Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co.


3. The Effective Small & Mid-Cap Company Board

  • How to get your board more focused on strategy
  • Role of corporate secretary
  • Integrating culture
  • Board size & workload


» Moderator: Brian F. Doran, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Investors Bank

» Chris Cernich, Managing Director, Strategic Governance Advisors

» Mary Winston, President, WinsCo Enterprise, & Director, Domtar, Dover & SUPERVALU


4. Human Capital Management

Sponsored by Willis Towers Watson

  • What is it?
  • Proponents & their objectives
  • Do Boards/companies currently track responsive metrics?
  • Barriers to disclosure of responsive information


» Moderator: Shelley J. Dropkin, Deputy Corporate Secretary & General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Citigroup Inc.

» Ning Chiu, Counsel, Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP

» Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, BlackRock Inc.

» Adam Kanzer, Managing Director of Corporate Engagement, Domini Impact Investments LLC


5.  Owner & Stakeholder Engagement as a Private Company

  • Differing levels of engagement from different ownership types
  • Private-specific strategies
  • Investor expectations


» Moderator: Eric Sherbet, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, IQVIA Holdings

» Barbara Matthews, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Hagerty

» Jennifer Wolfe, CEO, Dot Brand 360

1:45 - 4:30 pm

Tour: National Gallery of Art (with guide)

Offsite – meet at hotel bell stand

2:45 - 3:15 pm

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

Exhibitor Raffle Prize Drawing

3:15 - 4:15 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions VII

1. Enhancing the Role of the Corporate Secretary/Governance Officer

  • How to obtain buy-in and get the resources you need
  • How to identify value-add of the governance role
  • Demonstrate the value of shareholder relationships
  • Maintaining a corporate governance profile
  • Benchmarking peers


» Moderator: Jane R. Lewis-Raymond, Partner, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP

» Mary A. Francis, Corporate Secretary & Chief Governance Officer, Chevron Corporation

» Douglas Hagerman, Retired General Counsel & Secretary, Rockwell Automation, Inc.

» Colleen M. McIntosh, Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Assistant General Counsel – Corporate Services, CVS Health Services


2. Pay Ratio Update

  • The process & costs
  • What was disclosed & why
  • Reactions from constituents
  • Lessons learned


» Moderator: Stephen T. Giove, Partner, Shearman & Sterling

» Gregory S. Belliston, Assistant General Counsel, Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

» Maureen O’Brien, Vice President & Corporate Governance Director, Segal Marco Advisors

» Tangela Richter, Deputy Corporate Secretary, American Express Company


3. Disclosure Committees (Small & Mid Cap)

  • Composition
  • Training members
  • Appropriate processes and procedures
  • What issues should disclosure committees consider and how?


» Moderator: Pamela L. Marcogliese, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

» Raj B. Dave, Chief Securities Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Newell Brands

» Sharad P. Jain, Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers 

» J. Scott Melton, Assistant General Counsel, Corporate Governance Officer & Secretary, Denny’s Corporation


4. Private Company Lessons Learned

  • Recent failures/scandals and how to prevent them
  • Compensation missteps
  • Required disclosures for option exercises


» Eileen Kamerick, Board Director, Associated Banc Corp

» James F. Reda Managing Director and Practice Leader, Executive Compensation, Gallagher HRCC

4:15 - 5:15 pm

General Session IV: SEC Update

Sponsored by QDiligence


» Moderator: Brian J. Lane, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

» Shelley E. Parratt, Deputy Director, Disclosure Operations, US Securities & Exchange Commission

5:15 - 6:00 pm

General Session V: Truth Decay: Exploring the Role of Facts in American Life


» Interviewer: Granville Martin, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Society for Corporate Governance

» Jennifer Kavanagh, Associate Director, Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program, RAND Arroyo Center

6:30 - 10:00 pm                                               

Society's Closing "Ball" at National Museum of American History

Offsite -  buses depart from K Street entrance

Sponsored by Broadridge (entertainment) and MacKenzie Partners (beverages).

Come have a ball with your fellow attendees and enjoy a relaxing evening of museum exhibits, music, dancing, food and drink.  In celebration of our favorite ball sports, we encourage you to show your hometown/alma mater pride and wear your favorite team jersey.

Saturday, June 23, 2018
7:15 - 8:00 am  Pilates
8:00 am - 1:30 pm Conference Registration & CLE Desk 
8:00 am - 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 am

General Session VI: Minutes: For Drafters, by Drafters

  • Purpose
  • Required elements
  • Form/style
  • Protecting privilege
  • Draft & review process
  • Draft destruction/director's notes & copies


» Moderator: Courtney Schuster Kamlet, Senior Corporate Counsel, Syneos Health, Inc.

» James J. Killerlane, Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, AIG

» Wendy C. Skjerven, Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Group General Counsel – Legal, The Travelers Companies, Inc.

9:30 - 10:15 am

Supreme Predictions with SCOTUS blog Founder Thomas Goldstein

  • Current term prognostication
  • Retirement rumors
  • The Court's role in politics


»  Thomas C. Goldstein, Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.

10:15 - 11:00 am

General Session VII: Troubles in the Beautiful Game: Soccer's Governance Problems Here & Abroad


» Steven A. Bank, Paul Hastings Professor of Business Law, UCLA School of Law

» Holly J. Gregory, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

11:00 - 11:45 am

Delaware Law Update

  • Appraisal cases
  • M&A litigation
  • Settlements


» The Honorable Karen L. Valihura, Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware

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

11:55 am - 1:15 pm

Closing Address & Lunch

Kate Andersen Brower, author, The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

1:15 - 1:45 pm Book Signing with Kate Andersen Brower
1:30 - 3:30pm Board of Directors Meeting (by invitation)