Directors Forum


Wednesday, March 6

1:00 pm

Optional Golf Outing

6:00 – 7:00 pm

Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 7

10:00 – 11:30 am

New Director Coffee and Mentoring Workshop

We invite executives seeking their first public company board to gain advice from veteran directors, followed by 1-on-1 discussions.

  • Gain tips for your board search and finding the right opportunity for you
  • Understand the differences between serving on a public company versus private company board
  • Learn how to prepare yourself to contribute immediately once you join a board

11:30 – 12:30 pm

Welcome Networking Lunch

12:30 – 3:00 pm

Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

The peer-driven format of these sessions encourages active dialogue among participants. Don’t miss the opportunity to engage with director peers in a private, off-the-record setting to share challenges and solutions. No Powerpoint presentations! Participants help develop the discussion outline to ensure the most relevant conversation with actionable takeaways to improve your board committee’s effectiveness in the year ahead. Select from the following concurrent session based on your board role and interests:

  • Audit Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • Nominating/Governance Committee
  • Private Company Boards

For qualified executives not yet on a board, participate in the concurrent

Prospective Directors Board Resume Workshop You’re up against 22,500 other qualified board candidates. So, it’s important that your communication documents (Resume, Bio, Cover Letter, LinkedIn Profile), look every bit as good as you are. This session will take you through the simple points to make this happen and review the essential elements of leveraging LinkedIn. You’ll have the opportunity to finetune your cover letter and board bio and share it with other participants for feedback. Led by Tate Pursell, veteran directly currently serving on the boards of Support Systems Association and Weiler Abrasives Group.

3:00 – 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 – 3:35 pm

Forum Welcome

3:35 – 4:25 pm

GenAI: Game Changer and Risk Maker – What Boards Need to Know About Responsible AI Implementation

The power of Generative AI to accelerate nearly every business function is unfolding at unnerving speed. Is your company keeping pace? And, as importantly, is your board?

From enhancing product offerings and expanding product functionality to monetizing data and improving customer service, your company’s functional leaders have the ability to implement breakthrough techniques to solve age-old business problems – some of which we’ll demonstrate live together for you to experience firsthand.

At the same time, certain guardrails need to be put in place to minimize the risks of bias, hallucinations, data poisoning, privacy concerns and internal control weaknesses. In the second half of our session, we’ll arm you with the questions you need to challenge management and help your organization chart a course for effective AI governance and risk oversight—and avoid an AI crisis.


4:25 – 5:30 pm

Beat the Hacker: A Cyber Security Simulation

A hacker has managed to take over your servers and lock your company data files. What do you do? This immersive session will guide attendees through a simulated cyber attack to test your crisis management plan and how to react in real time.

From automation, product development and remote workforces to ransomware, identity management and social engineering, this session will help you think through your organizations potential weaknesses and gaps in your security posture in order to minimize the risks of an incident becoming your company’s greatest downfall.

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

Friday, March 8

7:30 – 8:15 am

Networking Breakfast and Optional Peer Roundtables

Start your day with peer-to-peer discussions with subject matter experts on the board topics keeping you up at night.

8:30 – 8:35 am

Day 2 Welcome

8:35 – 9:35 am

The Board’s Role in Corporate Citizenship During Turbulent Times

As Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and Chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery, Leo E. Strine Jr. issued many influential corporate law decisions and is also one of the most cited scholarly writers on corporate governance and the role of corporations in society.   In this exclusive fireside chat, Mr. Strine will share his thoughts on how boards of directors can better navigate today’s turbulent cross-currents and encourage not only their corporations’ sustainable profitability, but also their reputations as good corporate citizens who respect all their stakeholders and the diversity of belief that is essential to a free society.

Featured Speaker:

  • Leo E. Strine Jr., Former Delaware Chancery Court Justice

9:35 – 10:45 am

Case Study: Handling Board Director Dilemmas

Together, participants will work through a series of vignettes that capture different dilemmas faced by directors – from the amount of information and level of detail provided by management and required prep work pre-meeting to struggling with inappropriate behavior of otherwise competent board members, from balancing the “noses in, fingers out” of board oversight to addressing back channels in the boardroom. Learn how to establish clear rules of engagement to ensure a high-functioning board.

Featured Speaker:

  • Amy Rojik, BDO

10:45 – 11:10 am

Networking Break

11:10 – Noon

Coaching Your CEO to Greatness

Leadership is tough—and the CEO needs support. Helping to improve your CEO’s performance can’t help but have positive outcomes across the organization. Priorities are easier to reconcile. The CEO’s direct reports begin to execute more efficiently. There is increased trust—which means less board micro-managing required. We’ll explore scenarios where many CEOs, especially new ones, struggle so your board can help your CEO avoid common pitfalls.

Noon – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 pm

Rules of Engagement: How Your Board Can Drive M&A Success

While M&A stalled in 2023 with high interest rates, many boards are revisiting the prospect of strategic acquisitions. The best-prepared buyers and sellers will resume dealmaking faster when the logjam breaks in terms of price expectations. How can your board prepare for potential green shoots?

We’ll compare two case studies of hypothetical companies who get M&A right—and wrong. From preemptive due diligence and tech checks to post-deal human capital considerations, learn how to create competitive advantage by executing deals with stronger board processes.

1:50 – 2:40 pm

How Climate Resilient Is Your Company – A Scenario Analysis to Drive Financial Growth

Action on climate change is no longer just a matter of altruism. With business models at potential risk of financial exposures and disruption, boards—public and private company alike—play an important role in helping their companies address the physical and economic transition risks driven by climate change. We’ll evaluate the 5 forces of change – competitors, supply chain, customers, investors and local/national/international regulators – to explore the board’s role in realizing commercial opportunities from climate change, as well as how boards should adapt to meet the new challenges climate change presents.


In this interactive climate scenario analysis, we’ll help you advance the board-management conversation on climate considerations related to value creation and risk. Learn how to define responsibilities within the board and senior management, ensure sufficient resourcing, understand data needs, weigh scenario assumptions and build a road map for more effective oversight of financial performance and long-term growth.

2:40 - 3:00 pm

24 Take-aways for 2024

Attendees will break down the key ideas and action items – leave with a to-do list of questions for your management team and discussion points for your next board meeting.

3:00 pm

Event Concludes

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