SPEAKERS

Featured Director & Executive Speakers

Timothy Bernlohr

Board Member, Atlas Air Worldwide, West Rock Company, International Seaway, Inc. and Skyline Champion Corp.

Timothy Bernlohr, age 64, is the founder and managing member of TJB Management Consulting, LLC, which specializes in providing project specific consulting services to businesses in transformation, including in and out of court restructurings, wind downs, interim executive management, and strategic planning services. He founded the consultancy in 2004. Additionally, Mr. Bernlohr is a recognized expert in executive compensation and corporate governance and has served as Chairman of over 40 compensation committees. He has served as a guest lecturer on the subjects at numerous venues including the Financial Times Outstanding Director Exchange, NYSE Governance Services Events, and the Stern School of Business at New York University.  

10:40 – 11:30 am

Steps to Upgrade Your CEO Evaluation Process

Paula Cholmondeley

Paula Cholmondeley

Board Member, Terex Corporation, Bank of the Ozarks and Lexeo Therapeutics

Paula Cholmondeley is a member of the Board of Directors of Terex Corporation (NYSE), the Bank of the Ozarks (NASDAQ) and Lexeo Therapeutics, a private gene therapy company. In her role as an independent director, she has chaired 5 audit committees, as well as a governance, and a strategy and corporate social responsibility committee. She has served on compensation and investment committees.

12:30 – 1:15 pm

Avoiding Blind Spots: A Forward-Looking Approach to Succession Planning

James Hale

Board Member, ACI Worldwide, Mitek and Bank of Marin

Jim Hale is a recognized thought leader, investor, and pioneer in the financial services industry with extensive training and experience within the risk management and cyber security sectors. He has launched and grown multiple businesses that have leveraged his vision of both the evolving financial services marketplace as well as the disruption of emerging financial technologies. As an investor, Jim has advised scores of public and private companies on growth and innovation. Jim leverages his global network of leaders within the financial service industry that he has built over several decades investing in the space.

10:40 – 11:30 am

M&A Rules of Engagement for the Board

John Lundgren

John Lundgren

Chairman, Topgolf Callaway Brands and Lead Director, Visa

Mr. Lundgren, 70, was appointed to the Callaway Golf’s Board of Directors in March 2009 and was appointed Chairman in May 2020. Mr. Lundgren is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of VISA, Inc., where he severs as lead independent director. Prior to 2017 he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., the successor entity following the merger of The Stanley Works and Black and Decker in March 2010. Prior to the merger, Mr. Lundgren served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Stanley Works, a worldwide supplier of consumer products, industrial tools and security solutions for professional, industrial and consumer use. 

4:30 – 5:30 pm

The Art of Maintaining Long-Term Focus in a Short-Term World

Alissa Lynch

Board Member, Pulmonx;
Former Executive, Johnson & Johnson and Google

Alissa is an Entrepreneur in Residence at DigitalDx Ventures and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Her career encompasses 25 years in healthcare, technology, and CPG at companies including Google and Johnson & Johnson. Her global experience includes living and working in the U.S., China, and Europe. Alissa serves on the Board of Directors of Pulmonx (NASDAQ: LUNG) and on the Board of Trustees of American Ballet Theatre. She was recognized by Fierce Healthcare as one of the most influential minority healthcare executives in 2022 and was named to the Agenda Diversity 100 in 2021. Before her business career, Alissa lived her childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer, performing internationally for 6 years at some of the world’s most prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, and the Cannes Dance Festival. She earned an A.B. in English at Princeton University and her M.B.A. at Columbia Business School.

3:15 – 4:00 pm

How AI and ChatGPT Will Upend Your Next Board Meeting

Peter May

Peter May

Founding Partner and President, Trian Fund Management; Non-Executive Senior Vice Chair, The Wendy’s Company

Peter W. May is President and a founding partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P. (“Trian”). Mr. May, along with Nelson Peltz and Ed Garden, founded Trian in November 2005. Trian invests in under-performing and undervalued public companies and looks to work constructively with the management and Board of Directorsto create lasting shareholder value.

8:35 – 9:20 am

When an Activist Knocks, How Do You Answer?

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Sandi Peterson

Lead Director, Microsoft

Sandra (Sandi) E. Peterson joined the Microsoft board in December 2015, and is the lead independent director. Peterson is an operating partner at Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, a private investment firm. She works closely with the firm’s investment team and corporate leaders to source and evaluate transactions as well as support portfolio company management teams as they execute their value creation plans. 

4:30 – 5:30 pm

The Art of Maintaining Long-Term Focus in a Short-Term World

Fred Reichheld

Fred Reichheld

Author, Winning on Purpose, Net Promoter 3.0 and The Loyalty Effect; Founder of Bain & Company’s Loyalty practice

Fred Reichheld is a Bain Fellow and founder of our Loyalty practice, which helps companies achieve results through customer and employee loyalty. He is the creator of the Net Promoter® system of management. His work in the area of customer and employee retention has quantified the link between loyalty and profits. Fred’s books, The Loyalty Effect: The Hidden Force Behind Growth, Profits, and Lasting Value (HBSP 1996); Loyalty Rules! How Today’s Leaders Build Lasting Relationships (HBSP 2001); The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth (HBSP, 2006) and The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer Driven World (HBR Press) have each become best sellers. 

2:10 – 3:00 pm

The Loyalty Effect: How a Customer Focus Will Help You Beat the Market

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Fred Reynolds

Board Member, Raytheon Technologies Corp. and Pinterest; Former Board Member, AOL, Hess Corporation and Mondelēz International, Inc.; Retired EVP and CFO, CBS Corp.

Fredric G. Reynolds retired in 2009 from CBS Corporation, where he served since 1994 as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for CBS Corporation and its predecessor companies, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and Viacom, Inc.  As the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, he was responsible for all financial operations of the company including treasury, accounting, internal audit, insurance, risk management, tax, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, financial and strategic planning, and business analysis. He was initially elected Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Westinghouse Electric Corporation in February 1994.

8:35 – 9:20 am

When an Activist Knocks, How Do You Answer?

Gaby Sulzberger

Board Member, MasterCard, Eli Lilly, Warby Parker and Cerevel Therapeutics, Former Chairman of the Board, Whole Foods

Until August of 2017, Gaby served as Chairman of the Board of Whole Foods, where for 13 years she also served as Chair of the company’s audit committee. She currently serves on the boards of MasterCard, Eli Lilly, Warby Parker, where she chairs the governance committee, and Cerevel Therapeutics, where she chairs the audit committee. She also serves on several private company boards, including Auxmoney and True Food Kitchen, where she is Chairman of the Board.  Previously, Gaby served on five other public company boards, including Brixmor Property Group, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Stage Stores, IndyMac Bank and Bright Horizons.

12:30 – 1:15 pm

Avoiding Blind Spots: A Forward-Looking Approach to Succession Planning

Jeff Sonnenfeld

Jeff Sonnenfeld

Founder and CEO, Chief Executive Leadership Institute, Yale School of Management

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld served as full tenured professor at Emory’s Goizueta Business School for a decade and a professor at the Harvard Business School for a decade, and is currently the senior associate dean of leadership programs as well as the Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management for the Yale School of Management, as well as founder and president of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a nonprofit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance.  

4:15 – 4:30 pm

5th Annual Board Leadership Awards

Nigel Travis

Nigel Travis

Former CEO & Executive Chairman, Dunkin; Board Member, Abercrombie & Fitch and Advance Auto Parts

Mr. Travis served as the Executive Chairman of the Board for Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc., a quick-service restaurant franchisor from July 2018 to January 2019 when he transitioned to Chairman until December 2020. Previously he served as Chief Executive Officer at Dunkin’ Brands from January 2009 to July 2018 and assumed the additional responsibility of Chairman of the Board in May 2013. Mr. Travis has also served in executive leadership roles at various companies within the retail and restaurant industries including Burgert King, Blockbuster and Papa John’s wher he served as CEO. He has served as a director of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., a global multi-brand specialty retailer, since January 2019 and Advance Auto Parts, an auto parts distributor since 2018.

3:00 – 3:50 pm

(re)Designing the Boardroom for Perpetual Uncertainty

Kellye Walker

Kellye Walker

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Eastman Chemical Company; Board Member, Lincoln Electric Company and T. Rowe Price Funds

Kellye Walker, EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Eastman Chemical Company (EMN), is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience helping public companies increase value through forward thinking, strategic discipline and a focus on continuous improvement. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Lincoln Electric Company (NASDAQ: LECO), where she chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance committee; on the T. Rowe Price Funds board and the board of National Association of Manufacturers. 

3:00 – 3:50 pm

(re)Designing the Boardroom for Perpetual Uncertainty

Subject Matter Expert Speakers

Metin Aksoy

Metin Aksoy

Managing Director, FW Cook

Metin Aksoy has fifteen years of consulting experience. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, he worked in the Rewards practice of Towers Watson. He works with clients across a wide range of industries and at various stages of the company life cycle. His clients range from large publicly traded organizations to smaller publicly traded or privately held companies, including a number of private equity portfolio companies.

7:30 – 8:15 am

Long-Term Incentive Design and Goal-Setting

Elizabeth Bieber

Partner & Head of Shareholder Engagement and Activism Defense, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Elizabeth is partner and head of shareholder engagement and activism defense in New York. Leza focuses on activism and takeover defense preparedness and corporate governance matters. She also advises on debt and equity capital markets transactions, including IPOs, SPACs and de-SPACs.

1:15 – 2:00 pm

Looking Ahead: How Boards Should Be Preparing for Proxy Season 2024, Now

George Casey

George Casey

Global Managing Partner and Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group Leader, Shearman & Sterling

George Casey is Global Managing Partner of the firm and also serves as Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Head of the Corporate Business Unit, while continuing his full-time practice. He has extensive experience in U.S. domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, ranging from public company acquisitions to complex carve-out sales, strategic investments and joint venture transactions, representing many of the largest U.S. and non-U.S. corporate and investment banking clients. 

10:40 – 11:30 am

M&A Rules of Engagement for the Board

Joan Conley

Joan Conley

Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance and ESG Programs, Nasdaq

Joan C. Conley is currently a Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance and ESG Programs at Nasdaq, a role she assumed in January 2021, and a member of several boards. In February 2021, Joan was elected to the board of EJF Acquisition Corp., where she also serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. In July 2021, Joan was elected to the board of Tigo Energy, a private company providing smart module technology for the solar industry.

7:30 – 8:15 am

Onboarding New Directors on Emerging Governance Issues

Yelena Dunaevsky

SVP & Partner, Transactional Insurance, Woodruff Sawyer

Yelena has over 20 years of experience in insurance and legal sectors. She advises clients on M&A- and IPO-related insurance solutions, including representations and warranties insurance and D&O insurance for SPACs. Yelena is a frequent speaker and author. She serves as the M&A managing editor of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today and is the executive editor of the SPAC Notebook, a blog series that covers SPACs and SPAC risks. In 2022, Yelena was named in Insurance Business America’s “Hot 100,” which lists top professionals whose contributions have helped shape the insurance industry. Prior to Woodruff Sawyer, Yelena oversaw the development of Bloomberg Law’s practical guidance, reference and analysis content, covering capital markets, M&A, and securities law. Yelena practiced as a senior capital markets associate at Clifford Chance and a corporate associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae (later Dewey & LeBoeuf) and earned her BS in Economics from Cornell University and her JD from Fordham University School of Law.

7:30 – 8:15 am

Avoiding Significant Liability During Financially Uncertain Times

Adam Echter

Adam Echter

Partner Simon-Kucher & Partners

Adam Echter is a Partner based in Simon-Kucher’s Silicon Valley office. He brings two decades of B2B sales & pricing experience across manufactured goods, industrial equipment and technology industries. Adam has built pricing & sales organizations throughout North America, Europe & Asia with an emphasis on transitioning transactional businesses toward recurring revenue models. Serving firms across America from base of operations in Silicon Valley provides a unique perspective for bringing SaaS-pioneered monetization models to legacy, industrial firms. 

7:30 – 8:15 am

Breakfast Ask-the-Expert Roundtables

Barton Edgerton

Barton Edgerton

Associate Director, EY Center for Board Matters

Bio coming soon

3:00 – 3:50 pm

(re)Designing the Boardroom for Perpetual Uncertainty

Simon Freakley

Simon Freakley

Chief Executive Officer, AlixPartners

Simon is the chief executive officer of AlixPartners. He is based in New York and, with his team, provides transformative leadership to businesses and stakeholders, responding quickly and decisively to their most complex and critical challenges. Simon became CEO of AlixPartners in 2015. In his more than 30 years of experience, Simon has combined his skills in business turnaround, strategic consulting, and stakeholder management in the development of performance improvement and accelerated transformation projects for many large and high-profile businesses.

4:30 – 5:30 pm

The Art of Maintaining Long-Term Focus in a Short-Term World

Patrick Gillespie

Partner, Audit Services, RSM US LLP

Patrick has over 20 years of experience of accounting experience. He works with the senior management and Boards of public, private, multistate and multinational clients in professional services, technology, life sciences and private equity. His engagements include extensive work for companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Patrick provides clients with services involving financing through public offerings and private placements, mergers and acquisitions structuring and initial public offerings. Patrick also advises clients on their relations with financial institutions.

Peer Exchange Adviser

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Matt Gorham

Leader, PwC’s Cyber & Privacy Innovation Institute

Matt Gorham joined PwC after serving over 25 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). His last FBI role was as the assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division. There, he led all of the FBI’s national security and criminal cyber investigations as well as the development and implementation of a new cyber strategy. Matt regularly engaged with his inter-agency partners in the law enforcement, intelligence, and defense communities as well as policymakers. He brings a unique and current perspective on how governments both in the United States and around the world are dealing with the cyber threat. His experience spans all FBI investigative and response programs. Another assignment was as the deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group where he led all FBI response assets including crisis management, crisis negotiations and organizations such as the Hostage Rescue Team and the Behavioral Analysis Unit profilers. His experience leading numerous national critical incidents brings a unique lens to responding to critical incidents.

9:20 – 10:20 am

Serving as a Cyber Steward: A Live Cyber Threat Simulation

Alan Goudiss

Alan Goudiss

Partner, Shearman & Sterling

Mr. Goudiss, a partner in the Litigation practice, joined the firm in 1987 and became a partner in 1996. His practice includes a wide range of commercial, securities, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions litigation and advice. With a wealth of experience, Alan has counseled multinational corporations across a variety of industries such as healthcare, technology, media, telecommunications, financial services, and industrials. 

10:40 – 11:30 am

M&A Rules of Engagement for the Board

Catie Hall

Director, PwC’s Governance Insights Center

Catie Hall is a director in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape.  With 20 years of experience at PwC, Catie brings significant experience in risk management, governance risks and controls.  Catie authors PwC governance publications and speaks to a variety of board and executive audiences on governance trends, including risk oversight and cybersecurity oversight.   

9:20 – 10:20 am

Serving as a Cyber Steward: A Live Cyber Threat Simulation

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Melba Hughes

Partner, Executive Director & National In-House Diversity Practice Leader Major, Lindsey & Africa Board Services

Melba Hughes is a Partner, Executive Director of In-House Counsel Recruiting and the National In-House Diversity Practice Leader. She works collaboratively with her counterparts across the U.S. to develop strategy and implement process improvements for business development and relationship building. She coaches, mentors and guides recruiters, providing leadership, counseling and motivation needed to help them succeed and thrive.

9:45 am – 12:45 pm

Nominating/Governance Committee Peer Exchange

Kaley Karaffa

Kaley Karaffa

Head of Board Advisory for the Americas, Nasdaq

Kaley is the Director of Board Engagement at Nasdaq. Prior to Nasdaq’s acquisition of Center of Board Excellence (CBE) in October 2019, Kaley was CBE’s Vice President, Client Services, Business Development & Legal from September 2015 through 2019. In her current role, and under her role at CBE, Kaley advises boards and CEOs on corporate governance matters, board and director effectiveness, CEO and leadership evaluation and performance, board and management alignment, and compliance and risk matters.

10:40 – 11:30 am

Steps to Upgrade Your CEO Evaluation Process

Kai Liekefett

Kai Liekefett

Co-Chair, Shareholder Activism and Corporate Defense practice, Sidley Austin

KAI H. E. LIEKEFETT is a partner in New York and co-chairs Sidley’s Shareholder Activism and Corporate Defense practice. He has 20 years of experience in corporate law in New York, London, Germany, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He spends 100% of his time on activism campaigns, proxy fights and hostile takeovers. In the last five years, Kai has been involved in over 80 proxy contests, more than any other defense attorney in the world, and 25% of all U.S. proxy fights that went all the way.

Session coming soon

Lenin Lopez

Lenin Lopez

Corporate Securities Attorney, Woodruff Sawyer

An attorney specializing in corporate governance and securities law, Lenin helps clients to better understand their directors & officers liability and take action to mitigate their risk. He has deep experience in providing legal counsel to public company boards and executive management, helping them to navigate a range of legal and business matters including corporate governance, securities law compliance, capital markets transactions, executive compensation, and other general corporate matters. 

7:30 – 8:15 am

Avoiding Significant Liability During Financially Uncertain Times

Keith Meyer

Global Practice Leader Major, Lindsey & Africa Board Services

Paul Washington is a recognized leader with a distinguished career in the ESG space. Before joining The Conference Board ESG Center, he served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc. He also served as Chief of Staff for the company’s Chairman and CEO, after holding positions of Assistant General Counsel and Litigation Counsel.

9:45 am – 12:45 pm

Nominating/Governance Committee Peer Exchange

Darren Moskovitz

Darren Moskovitz

Lead Consultant, Meridian Compensation Partners

Darren Moskovitz is a Lead Consultant at Meridian Compensation Partners and has over 20 years of consulting and financial industry experience. Darren’s primary roles have been advisory consulting, incentive plan design and helping firms develop policies and governance procedures to conform to regulatory guidance and changes.

1:15 – 2:00 pm

Looking Ahead: How Boards Should Be Preparing for Proxy Season 2024, Now

Dan Moore

Dan Moore

Partner, Collected Strategies

Dan Moore has been a crisis communications advisor for the last 15 years, during which time he has counseled hundreds of companies around proxy fights, short attacks, friendly and hostile M&A and balance sheet restructurings. As it relates to shareholder activism defense, Dan has advised numerous companies facing some of the most prominent activist investors, including Carl Icahn, Elliott Management, JANA, Starboard, Third Point, Trian, ValueAct, among many others. He also advises clients in situations where an activist agitates privately and develop preparedness plans around escalating scenarios, including public attack. He has significant crisis and issues management experience and has advised companies in connection with regulatory inquiries, facility disasters, workforce reductions, financial restatements, high-profile litigation and unplanned leadership changes. He thrives in the intense, high-profile situations that change the fabric of companies and their leadership teams. Dan has also worked with a number of clients on an ongoing basis to develop and execute their investor and public relations programs, including 3M, GE, Teradata, RingCentral, Box, among dozens of others.

He started his career at FTI Consulting in the special situations and strategy consulting practices. He worked at Joele Frank for 12 years, and was a partner there until 2023. Dan graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

2:20 – 3:05 pm

Preparing for a Proxy Fight

Phil Neiswender

Phil Neiswender

Head of Board Advisory for the Americas and APAC, Nasdaq

Phil is the Head of Board Engagement for the Americas and Asia Pacific Region at Nasdaq. Prior to Nasdaq’s acquisition of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE), Phil was a founding investor and advisor to CBE and was the President and a member of the Board of Directors. Phil advises the board of directors and senior management at public, private, and not for profit entities. Phil’s clients are primarily in North America, APAC, and EMEA.  

10:40 – 11:30 am

Steps to Upgrade Your CEO Evaluation Process

Matt Paese

Matt Paese, Ph.D.

SVP, Board and C-Suite Services, DDI

Dr. Matt Paese is a globally recognized author, CEO coach, C-suite consultant, keynote speaker, and pioneer of many of today’s leading approaches for helping leaders succeed at the top. He is the lead author of Leaders Ready Now: Accelerating Growth in a Faster World (2016) and co-author of its award-winning predecessor, Grow Your Own Leaders (2002), which have shaped over two decades of impact in growing leaders into skilled, self-aware, compassionate enterprise executives.

12:30 – 1:15 pm

Avoiding Blind Spots: A Forward-Looking Approach to Succession Planning

Kris Pederson

Kris Pedereson

Americas Leader, EY Center for Board Matters

In this time of accelerated change, having effective governance and oversight processes in place is paramount. As the leader of the Americas EY Center for Board Matters, Kris Pederson directs the firm’s engagement with boards, committees, and directors to help them address an increasingly complex and global environment. 

3:00 – 3:50 pm

(re)Designing the Boardroom for Perpetual Uncertainty

Alfredo Porretti

Managing Director and Head of Shareholder Engagement, J.P. Morgan

Alfredo leads J.P. Morgan’s North America team focused on Shareholder Engagement and M&A Capital Markets (“SEAMAC”). Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Alfredo was a Managing Director and Head of the Greenhill’s Shareholder Advisory Group and a senior member of Morgan Stanley’s Shareholder Activism and Corporate Defense Team in New York. During his tenure, Morgan Stanley became the leading shareholder advisory team on Wall Street.

2:20 – 3:05 pm

Preparing for a Proxy Fight

Amy Rojik

Amy Rojik

National Managing Partner – Governance, Emerging Issues and External Communications, BDO

Amy has spent over 16 years with BDO as part of the National Assurance practice office. She founded and directs BDO’s Center for Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting, designed for financial executives and those charged with governance of both public and private companies. She is responsible for the development and presentation of a significant volume of BDO’s continuing professional education (CPE)-worthy webinar, on-demand and podcast programs and thought leadership pieces on a variety of matters related to corporate governance, including cybersecurity, fraud, succession planning, and audit quality. 

1:15 – 2:00 pm

Looking Ahead: How Boards Should Be Preparing for Proxy Season 2024, Now

Florin Rotar

Chief AI Officer, Avanade

Chief Technology Officer Florin Rotar leads the strategic development of a portfolio of solutions and services that position Avanade to be a market maker and category leader, emphasizing our commitment to emerging technology and innovation.

Florin previously led Avanade’s global Modern Workplace business, where we reimagine and redefine the workplace as a creator of sustainable business value, and Accenture’s Microsoft Business Group (AMBG) business in the areas of Digital Workplace and Workplace Experience.

Curious by nature and a technologist by trade ever since he wrote his first program on a Commodore 64 as a child, Florin was the company’s first Chief Technology Innovation Officer. He has had key roles leading Avanade’s Digital Market Unit globally, and establishing and growing Avanade’s business in the UK and the Nordic region, both as a senior practitioner and as a leader. His early career was with Accenture, Procter & Gamble and as a start-up entrepreneur.

Florin is a world citizen, having spent most of his adult life working in five European capitals. He and his family now call Seattle home.

3:15 – 4:00 pm

How AI Will Upend Your Next Board Meeting

Paul Washington

Paul Washington

Executive Director, The Conference Board ESG Center

Paul Washington is a recognized leader with a distinguished career in the ESG space. Before joining The Conference Board ESG Center, he served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc. He also served as Chief of Staff for the company’s Chairman and CEO, after holding positions of Assistant General Counsel and Litigation Counsel.

1:15 – 2:00 pm

Looking Ahead: How Boards Should Be Preparing for Proxy Season 2024, Now

Natalia Weaver

Natalia Weaver

Managing Director, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Natalia Weaver is a Managing Director at Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher. Natalia has over 15 years of experience in corporate reputation management, shareholder engagement, corporate governance and executive compensation.

Prior to joining Joele Frank, Natalia held corporate roles in ESG and Total Rewards at Booz Allen Hamilton where she managed the company’s ESG profile and development of an ESG enhancements roadmap, HR M&A due diligence, executive and variable compensation, and total rewards change management. She joined Booz Allen in 2019 from Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where she focused on executive and equity compensation programs, board reporting and M&A integration

1:15 – 2:00 pm

Looking Ahead: How Boards Should Be Preparing for Proxy Season 2024, Now

Lenka Wiles

Partner, Audit Services, RSM US LLP

Lenka has over 20 years of public accounting experience, servicing both public and private organizations. Lenka leads engagements covering a broad spectrum of clients involved in the service industries, as well as manufacturing and distribution. In the public practice, she oversees engagements from the financial statement audit as well as audit of internal controls perspectives.

Peer Exchange Adviser

Eugenia Ulasewicz

Board Member, Signet Jewelers and Vince Holding Corp., Dufry, AG

A respected global leader, seasoned executive, and FTSE 100 board member, Eugenia Ulasewicz is a strong business strategist and operator, with a record of developing innovative solutions for driving growth and profit. She is a visionary thinker with experience managing a billion dollar retail, wholesale, licensed and franchise business and has expertise in multiple areas, including global retail, the business of luxury, brand management, technology, digital and social media marketing.  

2:20 – 3:05 pm

Attracting & Retaining Tech Talent to Drive Your Transformation Strategy

Austin Vanbastelaer

Austin Vanbastelaer

Principal, Semler Brossy

Austin Vanbastelaer is a founding member of Semler Brossy’s New York Office and is now located in North Carolina. He advises clients on strategic compensation issues, including during periods of transformative change. As a result, Austin’s client base covers a variety of industries–including fintech, biotech, and retail–and company performance contexts. 

2:20 – 3:05 pm

Attracting & Retaining Tech Talent to Drive Your Transformation Strategy