Boardroom Summit & Peer Exchange


Thursday, September 23

9:45 am – 1:00 pm ET

Board Committee Peer Exchange

Corporate Board Member’s Board Committee Peer Exchange provides an exclusive setting for directors and general counsel to share insights and solutions with their peers while discussing critical governance challenges and opportunities facing their organizations.

There will be no press present at any of the Peer Exchange sessions, and there will be no record of session proceedings, ensuring a forum for candid, in-depth discussion. Participants are divided into peer groups of 10 to 12 based on their board position and company’s annual revenue. Prior to the event, Corporate Board Member will solicit input from confirmed participants to develop the most relevant agenda for each committee session.

1:00 – 1:10 pm ET

Boardroom Summit kick-off

1:10 – 2:00 pm ET

The SEC’s Enforcement Road Ahead, and What It Means for Your Board

The SPAC boom, diversity and inclusion, climate disclosure, proxy advisor regulation, ESG ratings, executive pay clawbacks, market infrastructure, cryptocurrency policies … there are no shortage of policy matters for the SEC to address. Under a new Administration and with a new Chair of the Commission in place, how will priorities shift? And how is the Commission adjusting its course to tackle enforcement in the year ahead? We’ll sit down with Commissioner Caroline Crenshaw, one year into her position, to explore the SEC’s priorities and enforcement strategy and how boards should be prepared to respond.

Keynote Speaker:

  • Caroline Crenshaw, Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Unpacking Board Culture: How to Overcome the Most Common Biases

No boardroom has a perfect culture. Derailed discussions, dismissed opinions, side conversations, and dominating personalities pop up in every boardroom. Each director brings his or her own habits, preferences, past experiences, and individual biases that all impact the board’s culture and decision-making. In this interactive session led by PwC’s Governance Insights team will lay out how boards can spot the issues that may be holding them back. Join your peers to learn how to overcome authority bias, groupthink, status quo bias and confirmation bias.

Featured Speakers:

  • Paul DeNicola, Principal, PwC’s Governance Insights Center
  • Leah Malone, Director, PwC’s Governance Insights Center
  • Maria Moats, Leader, PwC’s Governance Insights Center

3:00 – 3:30 pm ET


3:30 – 4:00 pm ET

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Board Leadership Awards presentation

Our Board Leadership Awards recognize exemplary companies and individuals who go beyond the basic requirements of governance, regulation and compliance and serve as models for other companies and individuals to emulate. After a year of unprecedented challenges, the 2021 Awards seek to shine a light on those boards who are making a positive impact serving all of their stakeholders—shareholders, employees, customers, partners and communities.
  • Independent Director of Year
  • Courage in the Boardroom
  • Greatest Impact on Corporate Boards
  • Lifetime Achievement

4:00 – 4:45 pm ET

Looking Back to Look Forward: The Art of Board Leadership in Times of Disruption

It is the board’s role to understand the risks and opportunities of disruption, make sure the company’s vision for both the near and long term is sound, and monitor strategy execution. We’ll sit down to unpack some of the key lessons from the past 18 months to help you confidently lead your organizations through the changes yet to come.

Featured Speakers:

  • Pamela Arway, Chairman of the Board, DaVita Inc.
  • Ben Fowke, Executive Chairman & Former CEO, Xcel Energy
  • Anne Mulcahy, Lead Director, Johnson & Johnson; Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corp.

Moderators: Joseph Shalleck, Senior Managing Director, Galt and Company and Dan Bigman, Chief Content Officer, Corporate Bord Member

Friday, September 24

9:00 – 9:10 am ET

Day 2 Welcome

9:10 – 9:30 am ET

How Bullish are Directors?

A look at Corporate Board Member and Diligent Institute’s Directors Confidence Index trends over the last 12 months, with comparisons to Chief Executive and StrategicCFO360 Confidence Indexes.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director, Diligent Institute
  • Melanie Nolen, Research Director, Corporate Board Member | Chief Executive Group

9:30 – 10:10 am ET

Strengthening Your Board’s Role in Strategy

One of the key responsibilities of a board is to approve corporate strategy and monitor management’s execution of strategic plans. Easier said than done perhaps? With the development of strategy, by its nature, largely in the hands of management, how can boards add significant value to the strategic planning process? Hear veteran directors’ advice on how you can “think like an activist” to question the status quo, challenge management assumptions, anticipate investor criticism, and help drive innovation.

Featured Speaker:

  • Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director, Diligent Institute
  • Maryann Bruce, Board Member, Amalgamated Bank
  • Ralph de la Vega, Board Member, American Express, Amdocs Corp. and New York Life Insurance; Former Vice Chair, AT&T Inc.
  • Dorlisa Flur, Board Member, Sally Beauty Holdings and Hibbett Sports

10:10 – 11:00 am ET

ESG Oversight: How to Shift from a Compliance to a Strategic Mindset

The ESG topic has largely dominated much of the discourse around corporate governance in the past year, with near-continuous market-driven and regulatory developments accelerating the pace of change and shaping stakeholder expectations. This context has created a steep learning curve for directors, executives, investors and other stakeholders who are navigating this new landscape. This panel will share strategies to enhance your board’s oversight of ESG to help guide your companies through these dynamic, disruptive times.

Featured Speaker:

  • Steve Klemash, Americas Leader, EY Center for Board Matters
  • Jamie Smith, Associate Director, EY Center for Board Matters

11:00 – 11:20 am ET


11:20 am – 12:10 pm ET

Concurrent Breakouts

Attendees will select one to participate in live

At its best, corporate culture supports a company in delivering on its strategy. But a bad corporate culture can seriously upend a company’s brand—and bottom line. Join this breakout to learn how your board can assess, track and monitor something that can seem quite intangible. Gain tips to avoid common pitfalls in board oversight of culture and what to do instead.

Featured Speakers:

  • Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management
  • Kathleen Camilli, Board Member, Unifirst and AGF Investments
  • Susan Fleming, Board Member, RLI Corp. and Virtus Investment Partners 

Join fellow directors for an interactive workshop in which we will review sample board evaluation results and discuss the outcomes and process improvements. Learn ways to create more effective action items from your board evaluation results and how to use the results to improve the process in future years. Share ideas with your peers to help you address difficult scenarios that may come out of the board evaluation process, and take away new ideas to raise the bar on your board’s performance and individual directors’ contributions.

Featured Speakers:

  • Kaley Childs Karaffa, Director of Board Engagement, Nasdaq
  • Barbara Lopez Kunz, Board Member, Aptevo Therapeutics
  • Philip Neiswender, Head of Board Engagement for the Americas and Asia Pacific Region, Nasdaq

Featured Speakers:

  • Ray Cameron, Head of Investment Stewardship – the Americas, BlackRock
  • Diana Lee, Director, Corporate Governance; ESG Analyst, Responsible Investing, AllianceBernstein
  • Kathryn Neel, Managing Director, Semler Brossy

12:10 – 1:00 pm ET

Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:50 pm ET

Ask the Experts: Getting Ahead of Regulatory and Shareholder Trends for 2022

From Say on Climate and Say on Pay to board refreshment, DE&I disclosures and company performance, this panel will weigh in on regulatory and shareholder trends for the year ahead. Where are we seeing the most activist activity, and how should your board be assessing your potential vulnerabilities? What will be the key message for the largest institutional investors in 2022? How are the rules of shareholder engagement between issuers and investors evolving? Don’t miss this opportunity to ask a respected panel of veteran board advisers your biggest questions about hot-button issues.

Featured Speakers:

  • Jared Berman, Partner, Meridian Compensation Partners
  • Doug Chia, President, Soundboard Governance LLC; Fellow, Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance
  • David Lynn, Co-Chair, Corporate Finance | Capital Markets practice, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Former Chief Counsel, U.S. SEC Division of Corporation Finance

1:50 – 2:05 pm ET


2:05 – 2:55 pm ET

Concurrent Breakouts

Attendees will select one to participate in live

The panel will discuss how directors should provide oversight and guidance to management in acquisitions and divestiture transactions. Oversight is important both to have a “check” on valuation, deal process and plans for post-closing integration and also to comply with the board’s fiduciary duties. The panel will also discuss how directors should approach sensitive transactions where one of the directors or a major shareholder may have a conflict in a proposed M&A transaction.

Featured Speakers:

  • George Casey, Global Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling
  • Alan Goudiss, Litigation Partner, Shearman & Sterling
  • Derrick Lott, M&A Partner, Shearman & Sterling
  • Emily Peterson Alva, Board Member, Alkermes, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Atlanta Life Insurance Company

Preparing for CEO and C-suite succession is one of every board’s most critical duties, yet many boards approach the topic informally, leaving them highly vulnerable to risk. Based on the experience of board members and experts who have led this process successfully, learn how to apply a powerful framework we call the “Anatomy of C-suite Succession” to build your succession strategy.

Featured Speakers:

  • Susan Chambers, Board Member, Berlin Packaging, Lead Bank and USA Truck; Former Chief People Officer, Walmart Stores
  • Matt Paese, Senior Vice President, DDI
  • Paula Meyer, Board Member, Mutual of Omaha, Diamond Hill Investment Group and First Command Financial

Stakeholders increasingly expect companies to incorporate ESG into incentive plans, but how a company incorporates ESG should reflect where it is on its ESG “journey.” Join this roundtable with your peers and a subject matter expert to discuss how to design ESG metrics that align with a Company’s bespoke ESG strategy.

Featured Speaker:

  • Eric Henken, Principal, FW Cook

2:55 – 3:05 pm ET


3:05 – 4:00 pm ET

Concurrent Breakouts

Attendees will select one to participate in live

The harm caused by ransomware in 2019 was measured at 11.5 billion USD worldwide and is expected to grow to 20 trillion USD in 2021. This breakout will offer valuable lessons learned and tips for organizations to combat increasingly sophisticated ransomware attacks. Learn the key questions your board should be asking your security team about their strategy to create a cyber-aware culture.

Featured Speakers:

  • Brock Dahl, Counsel, Freshfields
  • Niloo Howe, Board Member, Dragos and Recorded Future; Senior Fellow of Cybersecurity Initiative at New America

ESG reporting standards have primarily focused on financial and accounting variables. While these are essential standards, subjective cultural elements are missing. The voice of the employee is missing. Join this interactive session to learn how the voice of the employee can drive ESG initiatives. 

Featured Speakers:

  • Ed O’Boyle, Global Practice Leader, Gallup

Discover how proper onboarding mapped out as a continuous process can ensure that a new director is in critical alignment with management, the board, and stakeholders. Learn how the initial orientation event and comprehensive multi-year onboarding program can indoctrinate a new director into every aspect of the company’s business, culture, and the competitive environment it operates in, thereby facilitating meaningful contributions from directors and growth in long-term value for shareholders. Exchange ideas on the key components of your company’s onboarding process and how they help a new director shorten the learning curve and quickly become a meaningful contributor to the work of the board.

Featured Speaker:

  • Joan Conley, Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance & ESG Programs and Former SVP and Corporate Secretary, Nasdaq

4:00 pm ET

Event Conclusion