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  • October 12
    Mainstage Programming
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    1:00PM - 1:15PM CEO/Chair Welcome
    Welcoming remarks

    1:15PM - 2:15PM Prosperity and Purpose: Capitalism, Philanthropy, and the American Dream
    "We're all in this together" has become an oft-repeated trope symbolic of the commiseration we are all feeling during this time of social isolation, economic distress, and fear for our health and livelihoods. But is it true? The systems we've built around ourselves support and ensure an uneven distribution of wealth and inequitable access to resources and opportunities. These inequalities, which have always existed, are more visible and tangible in a time of widespread crisis. How can we use this time to reflect, reevaluate, and rebuild? What role, if any, do corporations play in solving the world's problems? Hear from two experts as they discuss the pros and cons of "philanthrocapitalism" and "capitalism," and debate whether an altered version of capitalism would be beneficial, or even possible, for the United States to implement.

    2:15PM - 2:25PM NACD Directorship 100 Spotlight

    2:25PM - 2:35PM BREAK

    2:35PM - 3:20PM "Now What?" - Thoughts on Foreign Policy and Leadership With Amb. Susan E. Rice
    The first year of the new decade has proven explosive, to say the least, and it has left our nation wondering what the future holds. How might a shifting world order, upended by the pandemic, impact America's security, prosperity, and global standing, and what are the implications for the public and private sectors? Ambassador Susan E. Rice brings nearly 25 years of experience that includes national security policy making alongside two US presidents, complex diplomacy and high-stakes negotiation as ambassador to the United Nations, and a range of board experience that includes a current seat on the board of Netflix to this candid interview led by NACD CEO Peter Gleason. Drawing from her New York Times best-selling book, Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For (2019), Ambassador Rice openly shares her personal story and the lessons she has learned on the keys to successful leadership of teams and complex organizations, the challenges faced by women and minorities in professional leadership positions, and the importance of diversity to American society.

    3:20PM - 3:30PM BREAK

    3:30PM - 3:45PM In Conversation with Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.
    NACD board member and former SEC Commissioner Dan Gallagher interviews Maryland's 62nd Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. in this intimate discussion on leadership in extraordinary times

    3:45 PM - 4:30 PM The Intersection of the Arcs: Social Justice Movements and Corporate Oversight
    While the inclination of the arc of justice over the past five decades or so has indeed bent toward justice, equity, and inclusion for all, some of the social movements that have emerged or advanced in the past 10 years show just how much more work there is to do. Our panel will discuss the intersecting and diverging paths of movements like Black Lives Matter and #MeToo, and the slow progress toward de jure protections for LGBTQ people in the workplace and in society, focusing on what these movements mean for business, for workplace culture, and for your work in the boardroom.

    We’ll be joined today by the following speakers:
    R. Glenn Hubbard
    Dean Emeritus, Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics, Columbia Business School
    Gillian Tett
    Chair, US Editorial Board and America Editor-at-Large, Financial Times
    Viviana Hurtado
    Presenter, Journalist, Bloomberg Television
    Ambassador Susan Rice
    United States National Security Advisor (2013-2017); U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (2009-2013)
    Peter Gleason
    Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr.
    62nd Governor of Maryland
    Dan Gallagher
    Director, NACD; Former SEC Commissioner; Chief Legal Officer, Robinhood
    Lauren Araiza
    Associate Professor of History and Black Studies, Denison University; Author, To March for Others: The Black Freedom Struggle and the United Farm Workers
    Dr. Tony Coles
    Co-Chair, Black Economic Alliance, Chair & CEO, Cerevel Therapeutics
    Sarah Kate Ellis
    President and CEO, GLAAD
    Tina Tchen
    President and CEO, TIME'S UP
    Anand Giridharadas
    Author, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World; Editor-at-Large, TIME
    William E. McCracken
    Chair, NACD
  • October 13
    Mainstage Programming
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    1:00PM - 1:45PM Make It Better: Sustainability and Profit
    Climate-caused disasters such as floods, droughts, wildfires, and heatwaves threaten business operations, supply chains, and property sites around the world, and investors have taken notice. Based on the massive increase that investing in ESG funds has seen in 2019, experts estimate that there will be more than $20 trillion of asset growth in funds that address climate risk over the next 20 years. The push for climate-conscious business practices does not only affect the public sector, as consumer behavior echoes the sentiments of environmentally conscious investors across sectors. But what does impact investing really mean and look like? Is it here to stay, or is it a flash in the pan? And how can companies that operate in high-environmental-impact industries adjust to this demand? In this honest discussion, hear from impactful CEOs who have faced this challenge head-on, and gain an understanding of what companies need to do to disclose and decrease their carbon footprint, ensure sustainability of their supply chains and customer base, and avoid getting left behind in the push for impact investing.

    1:45PM - 1:55PM NACD NXT Awards Spotlight

    1:55PM - 2:05PM BREAK

    2:05PM - 2:20PM Short Take: The Future of Privacy, Surveillance, and Consumer Autonomy
    Advances in artificial intelligence that can facilitate profiling, personalization technology, mobile connectedness, privacy violations, and Cold War-era intelligence techniques all came together in an explosive way in the 2016 election. As we approach the 2020 election, little has changed to prevent the suspicious behavior we last saw four years ago, but technology has continued to advance, expanding the threats and opportunities. At the same time, governments and health care institutions are now collecting consumer data to track the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But can data collected from phones, apps, computers, and credit cards be used during this time of crisis without deploying mass surveillance into much-less-critical spaces in the future? What will be the parameters for data gathering, surveillance, and personalization in the future? Data expert Jennifer Golbeck discusses how companies and institutions can avoid privacy infringement and unconstitutional influence operations without sacrificing crisis preparedness.

    2:20PM - 3:10PM Health and Safety in the New Normal: In Conversation with Dr. Sanjay Gupta
    Dr. Sanjay Gupta is no stranger to crises. He has performed life-saving brain surgery in desert operating rooms in war-torn Baghdad and has reported from post-9/11 New York City, the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In 2020, the largest-scale crisis of our time (COVID-19) has plunged the world into a chasm of uncertainty. Now, more than ever before, true experts are invaluable assets and allies to the public in navigating and understanding a new normal. Gupta is uniquely well equipped—as both a physician and a reporter—to examine this infectious disease outbreak and lend insight to its trajectory, the role that media plays, and the path forward for business leaders and individuals. This engaging conversation will be moderated by journalist & CEO Alexis Glick.

    3:10PM - 3:20PM BREAK

    3:20PM - 4:15PM Facing Frictions: A Conversation With Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
    As the nation approaches the road to the 2020 presidential and congressional election, its people are ideologically divided, straining to stay safe amid piecemeal responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and facing the stark social realities of racism and economic inequalities laid bare by the pandemic. Right now, our world needs the wisdom of experienced leaders. Few are as well equipped to navigate the challenges facing corporations and society as Gen. Colin L. Powell, US Army (Ret.). Powell will address the audience in a keynote, and then will discuss the challenges facing our nation, illustrating what needs to come next based on his firsthand experiences as a celebrated secretary of state, public company board member, and coalition builder.
    We’ll be joined today by the following speakers:
    Marisol Angelini
    Director, Bush Brothers & Company
    Beth Ford
    President & CEO, Land O'Lakes, Inc.
    Chip Bergh
    President and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.
    Jennifer Golbeck
    Director, Social Intelligence Lab, University of Maryland
    Alexis Glick
    CEO, GENYOUth Foundation
    Dr. Sanjay Gupta
    Chief Medical Correspondent, CNN; Award-Winning Journalist, Author and Neurosurgeon
    Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
    Secretary of State (2001-2005)
    Mellody Hobson
    Co-CEO & President, Ariel Investments; Director, Starbucks Corp., JP Morgan Chase & Co
  • October 15
    11:00am - 2:00pm - Audit Committee Forum
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    NACD's annual surveys confirm that for many boards, audit committees are responsible for a wide range of topics ranging from compliance and enterprise risk to cybersecurity. This year has seen changes in both the topics on audit committee agendas and the ways that the committee meets and determines its agenda. In this forum, presented in partnership with KPMG, explore the key issues for audit committees today—from virtual meetings and remote audits to audit committee effectiveness in this rapidly changing operating environment. Session topics include:

    • How the audit committee's role has changed, and what continued changes audit committee members and chairs should expect going forward.

    • A fireside chat from a prominent CFO about where the world, and audit oversight, may be headed in the months to come.

    • Interactive small group discussions on how audit committees are playing a role in ESG oversight.

    Marcel Bucsescu
    Director, Credentialing and Strategic Content, NACD
    Scott Flynn
    Vice Chair–Audit, KPMG LLP
    John Rodi
    Leader, KPMG Audit Committee Institute
    Bert Alfonso
    Audit Committee Chair, Eastman Chemical Co.
    Julie Bell Lindsay
    Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality (CAQ)
    Adé Heyliger
    Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
    Matthew DiGuiseppe
    Vice President and Head of Americas Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors
    Maura Hodge
    National ESG Assurance Leader, KPMG LLP
    Anne Bramman
    Chief Financial Officer, Nordstrom Inc.; Director, McCormick & Co. Inc.
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Environmental Risk Oversight
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    COVID-19 has impacted all facets of business, including how investors are thinking about ESG. This has been a landmark year for investment in ESG funds: there have been more than $15 billion in investments in ESG funds during the first half of 2020. As companies move into the "new normal," investors are looking at how environmental risks are being incorporated into a company's overall strategy, and in particular the board's role in oversight. Join this session to learn how fellow directors are navigating the E in ESG oversight, from identifying material environmental risks and utilizing metrics to evaluating management's reporting and addressing investor expectations about board oversight.
    Lizabeth Ardisana
    Director, Huntington National Bank, Clean Energy Fuels Corp.; Owner and CEO, ASG Renaissance LLC
    Kurt Kuehn
    Director, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), NCR Corp, Henry Schein
    Paul DeNicola
    Principal, Governance Insights Center, PwC
    Julie Bell Lindsay
    Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality (CAQ)
    Veena Ramani
    Program Director, Capital Market Systems, Ceres
  • October 20
    11:00am - 2:00pm - Private Company Leadership Symposium
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    Last year, directors at private companies ranked growing business-model disruption as the top trend most likely to impact their organizations this year. Such disruptions have only intensified across 2020. Private boards face unique challenges as they try to help their organizations to navigate the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial justice movement. In this symposium presented in partnership with EY, learn from seasoned private company board directors as they discuss challenges specific to directors on private company boards. Session topics include:

    • How to effectively position private companies for future growth in an uncertain business climate with changing and unpredictable customer preferences.

    • Board oversight of human capital including equity in the workplace, minority representation in the organization, and oversight of safely returning to work.

    Bart Edgerton
    Associate Director, Governance Analytics, NACD
    Stephen Klemash
    Leader, EY Americas Center for Board Matters
    David Motley
    Director, First National Bank, Koppers, Armada Supply Chain Solutions, ALung Inc., Forest Devices; Co-founder, African American Directors Forum
    James Bly
    Managing Director, US EY Private Family Enterprise Business Services
    Kathryn Swintek
    Managing Partner, Golden Seeds Fund; Director, ABI Bank, Open Road Integrated Media Inc., Turtle & Hughes Inc., Oculogica Inc.
    Becky Burke
    EY Americas Assurance Talent Leader, Ernst & Young
    Hilda Pinnix-Ragland
    Managing Director, CFO, AHK Global Resources LLC; Director, RTI International
    Meg Paschall
    Principal, People Advisory Services, EY
    Anthony Sgammato
    Americas EY Private Assurance Leader
    Gail Lieberman
    Managing Partner, Rudder Capital; Director, WL Gore & Associates Inc., Thesys Group, ICTS International, NV
    Craig MacKay
    Managing Director, England & Co LLC; Director, Carver Bancorp Inc, Carver Federal Savings Bank
    Justo Villasmil
    Principal, Partner, EY
    Kandy Anand
    CEO, Igniting Business Growth LLC; Director, Empower LTD, Wingstop Inc., Folium Biosciences Inc.
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: CEO Succession Planning
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    One of the board's most important functions is to ensure a rigorous and thoughtful CEO succession process. Operating under the utmost scrutiny from shareholders, directors must deliver exceptional CEO candidates that align with the firm's long-term strategy and ensure effective onboarding of the new CEO. In addition, the board must engage in continual assessments of those in line for succession. CEO turnover reached an all-time high in 2019, and this trend is expected to continue into 2021. What are the key competencies that the board should look for when building a candidate list? What can the board do to ensure a seamless and effective CEO transition? Join our panel of distinguished experts as they uncover the best practices and talk about what to avoid during the process.
    Johnny C. Taylor Jr.
    President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM); Chair, President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Director, White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, American Red Cross
    Mary Beth Vitale
    Chair, Risk and Technology Committee, GEHA; Director, Luna Innovations Inc, Pareteum Corp.; Co-Chair, Women Corporate Directors: Colorado Chapter
    Dick Patton
    Co-head, Global CEO Practice, Egon Zehnder
    Claudia Allen
    Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
    Ruby Chandy
    CEO, Lumina Advisory Services; Director, Ametek, Flowserve, DuPont
  • October 21
    11:00am - 2:00pm - Strategy and Risk Committee Forum
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    This forum, presented in partnership with Marsh & McLennan Companies, will be valuable to both strategy committee and risk committee members. This session is designed to provide insights and tools to help overcome the challenges these committees may face in an increasingly complex environment. Strategy committee members will be equipped with tools to strengthen strategy development, and risk committee members will receive tools they can use to mitigate the risks facing their organization. Both strategy development and risk mitigation are complex, challenging topics; this forum will discuss a number of the leading practices in this space to help directors cut through some of that complexity. Session topics include:

    • The future of the workforce and how accelerating trends impact talent oversight and require renewed oversight in the boardroom

    • The board's role in overseeing climate-related risks and opportunities

    • How boards can apply lessons learned from 2020 to better govern through overlapping crises and improve decision-making

    • Evolving issues in D&O liability govern through overlapping crises and improve decision-making


    Shelby Hawker
    Senior Partner, Brand Strategy, Lippincott
    Martine Ferland
    President and CEO, Mercer
    Sarah Downey
    Managing Director, D&O Product Leader, Marsh
    Scott McDonald
    President & CEO, Oliver Wyman Group
    Reid Sawyer
    Managing Director, Head, Emerging Risks Group, Marsh Risk Consulting
    Susan Kudzman
    Director, Yellow Pages Limited, Nomad Royalty, Transat Inc.
    Orlando Ashford
    Director, ITT Inc., Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.
    Friso van der Oord
    Senior Vice President, Content, NACD
    Lindsey Baker
    Associate Director, Partner Relations, NACD
    Joan Amble
    Director Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., Sirius XM; Zurich Insurance Group
    Craig Jimenez
    Director, Air Tractor
    Jay Willoughby
    Chief Investment Officer, TIFF Investment Management; Director, American Homes 4 Rent
    Candace Rothermel
    Cienna Breen
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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    The data overwhelmingly show that including diverse voices in decision making yields better results. While the first step to achieve these desirable outcomes is having diverse voices present, the second step is ensuring effective inclusion of those voices. The third step is equity, or ensuring that each of these voices is given an equal opportunity to be heard. Inequity, especially, has risen to the forefront in the United States in recent months. The advent of COVID-19 has exposed the vast disparity in security and resources available to US citizens, and the murders of George Floyd and others have sparked widespread protests and a national call to action to address ongoing systemic racial injustices in our economic and judicial systems. In this panel, directors and subject-matter experts work through the most effective ways in which you can confront the challenges of ensuring diversity, inclusion, and equity for the companies you serve, so that your board can capitalize on the proven advantages of an empowered, diverse workforce.
    Stephanie Creary
    Assistant Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    Anna Catalano
    Director, Frontdoor Inc., Hollyfrontier Corp., Kraton Corp., Willis Towers Watson PLC, Kraton Polymers LLC
    Denice Torres
    CEO & Founder, The Ignited Company; Director, Bluebird Bio Inc, Rochester Midland Corp.
    Terri Cooper
    Chief Inclusion Officer, Deloitte
  • October 23
    1:00pm - 2:00pm - Fostering Entrepreneurial Mindset in the Boardroom
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    This is a time that has been defined by the accelerating pace of digital transformation, disruption, and growing uncertainty—all trends that now seem more like norms. In the current business environment, the entrepreneurial skills of agility, resilience, and ingenuity are talents to which many organizations aspire. In this session, directors will have an opportunity to engage in conversation with Amy Wilkinson, one of the nation’s premier thought leaders on entrepreneurial leadership, about how directors can—and should—adapt to encourage agility, resilience, and ingenuity within themselves, their boards, and their organizations.

    This session is exclusive to members who are NACD Directorship Certified™ or NACD Fellows. An email invitation will be sent out when registration for this session becomes available.
    Amy Wilkinson
    CEO, Ingenuity; Lecturer, Stanford GSB; Author, The Creator's Code
    Susan Angele
    Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
    Anna Fieler
    Director, QuinStreet, Inc., Shake Shack Inc.
    Harold Mills
    Director, Florida Blue, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation
    Marisol Angelini
    Director, Bush Brothers & Company
    Cienna Breen
  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm - Voice at the Table: The Changing Role of the Board
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    Arguably, serving as a director has never been more demanding or complex. The pandemic has both magnified the importance and accelerated the consequences of governance issues ranging from ESG to human capital and digital transformation. The current business environment has required boards to place more of their focus on these areas of oversight while continuing to provide effective oversight of the short- and long-term effects of the pandemic and related economic crisis. At the same time, an increased focus on race and social justice in society—long overdue, to be sure—creates new conversations and brings new people, dynamics, and areas of focus to the boardroom, forcing directors to confront unconscious and often systemic biases and assumptions. As NACD Fellows and NACD Certified Directors, you have demonstrated a commitment to excellence as board leaders, and you can be catalysts for change in this pivotal and historic moment. Join us as we reflect on the past year and begin planning for 2021—and beyond—during this insightful panel discussion with three NACD Directorship Certified™ individuals, presented in partnership with KPMG.

    This session is exclusive to members who are NACD Directorship Certified™ or NACD Fellows. An email invitation will be sent out when registration for this session becomes available.
    Amy Wilkinson
    CEO, Ingenuity; Lecturer, Stanford GSB; Author, The Creator's Code
    Susan Angele
    Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
    Anna Fieler
    Director, QuinStreet, Inc., Shake Shack Inc.
    Harold Mills
    Director, Florida Blue, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation
    Marisol Angelini
    Director, Bush Brothers & Company
    Cienna Breen
  • 4:05pm - 4:45pm - Small Group Networking
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    Join us for an interactive networking experience presented in partnership with KPMG. Engage in peer-to-peer dialogue with NACD Certified Directors and NACD Fellows in small group discussions (hosted in Zoom Meetings).

    This session is exclusive to members who are NACD Directorship Certified™ or NACD Fellows. An email invitation will be sent out when registration for this session becomes available.
    Amy Wilkinson
    CEO, Ingenuity; Lecturer, Stanford GSB; Author, The Creator's Code
    Susan Angele
    Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
    Anna Fieler
    Director, QuinStreet, Inc., Shake Shack Inc.
    Harold Mills
    Director, Florida Blue, GuideWell Mutual Holding Corporation
    Marisol Angelini
    Director, Bush Brothers & Company
    Cienna Breen
  • October 28
    11:00am - 2:00pm - Small Cap Leadership Symposium
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    The myriad issues facing directors of smaller-cap boards have been accentuated by events in 2020. This symposium, presented in partnership with BDO, joins subject-matter experts and experienced directors in a three-part discussion on how small-cap directors are (1) reflecting on strategy by embracing knowledge gained via crisis risk management; (2) pivoting in real time around unfolding events, opportunities, and challenges amid resource demands; and (3) helping their organizations to anticipate the future as the nature of business and the workplace continues to be reimagined and redefined. Attendees will receive valuable insights they can use to help solve the unique challenges that face small-cap company boards. Session topics include:

    • How small-cap directors have responded to the hard-hitting and time-sensitive challenges they’ve experienced in 2020

    • How to pivot the board's oversight focus in real time, from crisis management to strategic oversight

    • How to leverage board members in critical areas anticipating the future as small-cap businesses and their workplaces are reimagined and redefined.

    Amy Rojik
    Partner, Center for Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting, BDO USA LLP
    Timothy Barabe
    Director, Selecta Biosciences, Veeva Systems, Vigilant Biosciences
    Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado
    Vice President & Head of Strategy, Macy's; Director, Umpqua Bank
    Cindy Fornelli
    Director, Triplepoint Venture Growth BDC Corp.
    Karen Baum
    National Market Leader, Advisory Services, BDO USA LLP
    Hitesh Shah
    Business Development & Director, BDO; Director, Parents Helping Parents
    Bonny Simi
    President, JetBlue Technology Ventures; Director, Pebblebrook Hotel Trust
    Ana Dutra
    CEO, Mandala Global Advisors; Director, CME Group, Eletrobras, Harvest Inc., First Internet Bank
    Pat Wadors
    Chief Talent Officer, ServiceNow; Director, Accolade, Zenefits
    Rochelle Campbell
    Director, Board Recruitment & Special Projects, NACD
    Nora Denzel
    Director, AMD, Ericsson, NortonLifeLock, SUSE Linux
    Lowell Robinson
    Chair, ACM Holdings Ltd; Director, Starboard Value Acquisition Corp, Barnes and Noble Education Inc, Medley Capital Corp.
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Business Transformation & Restructurings
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    A key part of board responsibility is overseeing strategy and risk. Perhaps nowhere are these two responsibilities more intertwined than in corporate transformation and restructurings. Boards may need to consider the possibility of growth through acquisition, whether the company should engage in a joint venture, and even the sale of the enterprise. Moreover, businesses constantly have to reinvent themselves digitally; there may be a need for restructuring and transformation of business platforms as a whole, rather than just implementing new digital processes. In this session, participants will discuss the role of the board in business transformation and restructurings, and discover the best ways to evaluate various strategies at different points in the company's life cycle.
    Abhishek Khandelwal
    Vice President, Broadridge
    Chris Smith
    National Managing Principal, Strategy & Transformation, Grant Thornton LLP
    Kim Box
    Director, McGrath RentCorp, American River Bank, NACD Northern California Chapter
    Felicia Thornton
    Director, 99 Cents Only Stores, Floor & Decor, Convergint Technologies, PactivEvergreen
    Eric Kelly
    "Chair and CEO, Overland Tandberg Inc.; Chair, Silicon Valley Technology Partners Inc. "
  • October 29
    11:00am - 2:00pm - Compensation Committee Forum
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    This forum, presented in partnership with Pearl Meyer, addresses new challenges facing the compensation committee; it will consider (for example) the impacts of the current global disruption and civil unrest through the end of 2020 and beyond. Almost 30 percent of employee and director respondents reported that their companies have reduced or frozen base salaries for executives thus far through the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Pearl Meyer survey conducted in late May. This forum will touch on the points where diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives may fit into compensation plans, as well as examining the effects of the coronavirus on compensation trends, to ensure the compensation committee's continued effectiveness through turbulent times. Session topics include:

    • The current and future state of executive compensation including the use of discretion and goal setting for 2021.

    • The broadening mandate of the compensation committee.

    • How boards are contending with scope creep Interactive small group discussions between fellow compensation committee members.

    Jannice Koors
    Senior Managing Director and Western Region President, Pearl Meyer
    Edna Morris
    Director, Tractor Supply Company, Black Box Intelligence; Senior Advisor, PJ Solomon
    Kapila Anand
    Director, Elanco, Extended Stay America, Omega Healthcare Investors
    Jessica McDougall
    Vice President, BlackRock Investment Stewardship and Corporate Governance
    Vanessa C.L. Chang
    Director, Edison International, Transocean, Sykes Enterprises
    Roy Dunbar
    Director, Johnson Controls International plc, SiteOne Landscape Supply Inc.
    Andrea Weiss
    Director, O’Reilly Automotive Inc., Bed, Bath and Beyond Inc., RPT Realty, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc.
    Celeste Coruzzi
    Co-Founder, Veritas Partners
    Leah Rozin
    Senior Manager, Research, NACD
    Greg Stoeckel
    Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
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    Should board members look at data privacy and cybersecurity oversight through the same lens, or are they best viewed separately? What challenges can companies expect to see in 2021 as they wade through the risks posed by a virtual workforce? Join a panel of experts for a lively discussion about these questions and others.
    Jamil Farshchi
    Chief Information Security Officer, Equifax
    Manisha Shah
    Managing Director, Protiviti
    Henry Jiang
    Chief Information Security Officer, Diligent
    Ray Rothrock
    Executive Chair, RedSeal; Director, Check Point Software Technologies, CTERA Networks, Team8, ROKU
    Merline Saintil
    Former COO, R&D, Change Healthcare Corp.; Director, Lightspeed, Shotspotter, Banner Corp.
  • November 2
    11:00am - 2:00pm - Lead Director and Chair Leadership Symposium
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    The role of the nonexecutive chair or the lead director—who is tasked with leading the work of the independent directors—is perhaps more vital now than ever before. In these tumultuous times, leadership is paramount, and demands on the board are at an all-time high. So, who's leading the leaders? Join this deep dive into board leadership from the chair or lead director's seat, presented in partnership with KPMG, which will address the unique challenges facing this director cohort and uncover ways to maximize your effectiveness as a lead director. Session topics include:

    • How lead directors and chairs should work with management to rethink strategy in a post-COVID-19 world—from managing remote workforces and accelerating digital transformation, to building more resilient supply chains.

    • The role of the lead director/chair in overseeing the company’s response to demands for more transparent and higher quality ESG reporting and disclosures.

    • An interactive and intimate peer exchange where attendees can network virtually and dialogue candidly on unique challenges that face lead directors and chairs

    Claudia Allen
    Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG
    Andrea Bonime-Blanc
    Founder & CEO, GEC Risk Advisory; Chair Emeritus, Ethics and Compliance Association
    Annalisa Barrett
    Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG
    Tanuja Dehne
    President & CEO, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Director, Advanced Disposal Services Inc., Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc.
    Suzanne Fallender
    Director, Corporate Responsibility, Intel Corp.
    Chelsea Lewis
    Senior Manager, Board Recruitment and Special Projects, NACD
    D'Anne Hurd
    Director, Peckham Industries, EILEEN FISHER, Inc., Martin Engineering; Independent Trustee, Pax World Funds, Pax Ellevate
    Hon. Walter C. Jones
    Founder & CEO, Daana Technologies, Inc.; Director, FTAC Olympus (NASDAQ); Former U.S. Ambassador & Senior Diplomat
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Understanding the Board’s Role in the 'S' of ESG
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    While many think of the E (for environmental topics) when hearing the term ESG, 2020's myriad of crises have thrust the S (for social issues) into the spotlight due to a current focus on employee health and safety. As companies move into the new operating environment, S factors that might not previously have risen to the level of the boardroom agenda should now have the board's attention—among them, the human rights practices of new suppliers and manufacturers, pay equity and transparency across the workforce, corporate political contributions, and lobbying. Investors and stakeholders expect to be able to understand how companies are identifying and tackling these risks, despite how notoriously hard these risks are to measure. Join this session to discover ways to quantify social metrics, uncover investors' expectations for the board, and understand the board's roles and responsibilities in overseeing the S factors.
    Daniel Leckburg
    Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, CACI
    Stephen Brown
    Senior Advisor, KPMG LLP
    Tanuja Dehne
    President & CEO, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Director, Advanced Disposal Services Inc., Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc.
  • November 4
    11:00am - 12:15pm - Expert Insights: Nonprofit Governance
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    Nonprofit organizations face governance challenges that are very similar to those of their corporate counterparts: establishing the right boardroom composition and culture, keeping the channels for information flow between the C-suite and the board open, and mitigating an ever-changing array of risks. Nonprofit boards, however, have unique structures and resources, and in an increasingly volatile environment, face different challenges. The advent of COVID-19 and an ensuing economic downturn have led to declines in donations and pressures to operate effectively in a digital environment for many nonprofits, making it difficult for them to fulfill their organizations' missions. Join seasoned nonprofit board leaders for a candid discussion about how you as a director can best navigate your organization through adversity and steer the nonprofits you serve toward resiliency.
    Luis Ubinas
    Former President, The Ford Foundation; Lead Independent Director, Electronic Arts; Vice Chair, Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
    Dan Cardinali
    President and CEO, Independent Sector
    Ronnie Hagerty
    Assistant Vice President, Community Relations, United Way of Greater Houston
    Hope Mason
    Director, Ryan Health Network; Trustee, One Brooklyn Health System
  • 1:00pm - 2:15pm - Expert Insights: Public Policy & Regulatory Risk
    (Times Noted In EDT)

    The election year brings with it the specter of shifting attitudes about regulation and policy in the United States. While many companies do not like being heavily regulated, the time line in which to comply with a set of regulations can last about as long as an election cycle—and regulations can be upended just as soon as a new party takes power. What changes have been made during the past year to policies that affect your businesses, and what might your board expect to see change in the year to come? Our panel of experts reads the policy and regulatory tea leaves and provides practical guidance on what to watch out for in 2021.
    Lucy Fato
    Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AIG
    Alan Crain
    Chair, Arbitrator Intelligence, LLC
    Linda Griego
    Director, ViacomCBS Corp., American Funds
    Tom Riesenberg
    Director of Legal & Regulatory Policy, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Shareholder Activism
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    Year-round shareholder activism has become the new norm in the American boardroom, especially during these unprecedented times. Directors must be prepared for and ready to respond to possible unsolicited offers and challenges. During this session, NACD speakers will talk about the board's role in preparing for and responding to a challenge and discuss the trends in activist campaigns that have emerged over the last year, including volume, value, and sectors targeted. The 2021 business landscape will also be discussed, including how to prepare for next year's proxy season.
    Kai Liekefett
    Partner, Chair of Shareholder Activism Practice, Sidley Austin LLP
    Jason Frankl
    Senior Managing Director, Activism & M&A Solutions, FTI Consulting
    Sara Mathew
    Chair, Freddie Mac; Director, NextGen SPAC, Reckitt Benckiser Group, State Street Corp.
    Evelyn D'An
    President & Director; D'An Financial Services; Director, Enochian Biosciences, Summer Infant Inc, GHD Group Pty Ltd
  • November 9
    11:00am - 2:00pm - Nominating and Governance Committee Forum
    (Times Noted In EDT)

    How should the nominating and governance committee go about recruiting and onboarding new directors in a virtual environment? In light of COVID-19—and the possibility of leaders getting sick, retiring early, or leaving the organization for other reasons—what are the best practices that you should consider instituting to plan for CEO and board member succession? What can and should the committee do when certain board members or the CEO show themselves to be unfit for their roles? How can the committee better support diversity of leadership, equity, and practices that encourage inclusion across the organization? With these questions and more swirling in the minds of nominating and governance committee members, this forum, presented in partnership with Heidrick & Struggles, will help directors to proactively meet evolving board responsibilities with new governance insights that strengthen the board and the company. Session topics include:

    • How directors can best work with the CEO and the C-suite to carry companies through crises.

    • New best practices in CEO succession planning.

    • The role of the nom/gov committee in creating trust within the boardroom.

    Ron Lumbra
    Managing Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
    Michael Nieset
    Partner, Heidrick & Struggles
    John T. Cahill
    Vice Chair, Kraft Heinz Co.; Director, American Airlines Group, Colgate-Palmolive Co.
    Ted Dysart
    Vice Chair, Heidrick & Struggles
    Kimberly Simpson
    COO, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, NACD
    Dawn Zier
    Director, Hain Celestial Group, Prestige Consumer Healthcare, Spirit Airlines
    Donna Zarcone
    Director, CDW Corp., Cigna Corp., Duchossois Group
    Suzanne M. Vautrinot
    President, Kilovolt Consulting; Director, Battelle Memorial Institute, CSX Corp., Ecolab, Parsons Corp., Wells Fargo & Co.
    Anne Sheehan
    Director, L Brands Inc., Cohn Robbins Holding Corp.
    Kathryn Marinello
    Director, Volvo, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; Former President and CEO, Hertz Corp.
    Terri L. Kelly
    Vice Chair, University of Delaware; Director, ASML Holding, United Rentals
    Stuart Taylor
    CEO, The Taylor Group; Lead Independent Director, Ball Corp.; Director, Hillenbrand, Wabash National Corp.
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Human Capital & Talent Oversight
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    Human capital differs from any other kind of capital—you won't find it on a balance sheet, yet it arguably is the best indicator of a company's value. We truly are “people who need people,” and talent attraction, retention, and utilization are perhaps the most important keys to any enterprise's success. This area of oversight has become significantly more challenging in the pandemic environment, as salary reductions and layoffs have become necessary evils for many companies. Concurrently, the push for racial justice and diversity advancement, which has gained momentum in recent months, cannot be ignored or pushed to a back burner. How can your board effectively oversee the company's strategy for talent development amid rapid transformation and unforeseen challenges? Join this diverse panel of experts and directors as they reveal the best practices for the new normal.
    Libby Sartain
    Director, ManpowerGroup Inc, Society for Human Resource Management Foundation, AARP Inc.; Former CHRO, Yahoo! Inc., Southwest Airlines
    David Swinford
    President and CEO, Pearl Meyer
    Annalisa Barrett
    Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG
    Susan Sandlund
    Co-Founder, Veritas Partners; Compensation Committee Chair, Peckham Industries
    Michael Millegan
    Founder-CEO, Millegan Advisory Group-3LLC; Director, Portland General Electric, Wireless Technology Group
    Hon. Cari Dominguez
    Vice Chair, Triple-S Management Corp.; Director, ManpowerGroup, NACD; Former Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • November 10
    11:00am - 12:15pm - Expert Insights: M&A
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    Many companies attempt to create additional shareholder value by means of significant mergers or acquisitions. Historically, however, these transactions have a low success rate, with more than two-thirds failing to increase the company's stock value. What opportunities exist for companies that have the cash to make moves right now? How might struggling companies make the best of the situation by seeking to be a target? Using recent high-profile transactions as discussion starters, this session will consider both the strategic and financial arguments for mergers and acquisitions, and will provide board members with a step-by-step process for thinking through such mega transactions. Participants will learn how to ask the right questions, how to make sure the right team is in place, and how to follow up during integration in ways that will ensure overall success.
    Lee Reichert
    Chief Legal and Government Affairs Officer, Molson Coors Brewing Company
    David Kistenbroker
    Global Co-Head, White Collar and Securities Litigation, Dechert LLP
    Trevear Thomas
    Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP
    Chelsea Grayson
    Director, Spark Networks SE, Vireo Health International Inc.; Former CEO, True Religion Apparel, Inc., American Apparel Inc.
    Adela Cepeda
    President & Founder, AC Advisory Inc.; Director, Fort Dearborn Income Securities Inc., BMO Financial Corp.
    Christopher Clark
    Senior Director, Partner Relations & Publisher, NACD
  • 1:00pm - 2:15pm - Expert Insights: Compensation Hot Topics
    (Times Noted In EDT)

    In this session, participants will look at evolving issues of executive and director compensation that include current challenges and trends; how a committee should develop its principles for making executive-compensation decisions; considerations when determining CEO pay, including pay for performance; and how the stock market is informing pay (when business performance might differ). This discussion will also explore incentives and risk-taking initiatives (especially given the current economic environment) to help a board determine if the company's incentive structure could inadvertently create or exacerbate risks.
    Gregg Passin
    Senior Partner, North America Executive Rewards Practice Leader, Mercer LLC
    Robin Ferracone
    Founder and CEO, Farient Advisors; Director, Trupanion Inc.
    Jocelyn Carter-Miller
    Director, NETGEAR Inc., Principal Financial Group Inc., Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.
    Margaret Preston
    Director, McCormick & Co., Otis Elevator Co.
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Technology & Innovation
    (Times Noted In EDT)

    For many decades, the date 2020 has evoked an image of a far-off time filled with buzzing gadgets and exotic technologies that have ended up revolutionizing society. The reality is that while 2020 has been peppered with neat and useful innovations, this year will be remembered most for the speed with which businesses have adopted technology in order to survive and thrive amid the pandemic. What have the unique experiences of this year taught our companies about technology and innovation initiatives? What can boards learn from the successes and failures of the past year that they can carry into the future? Join us to learn what's around the corner for technology and innovation at your companies.
    Mark Schlesinger
    Senior Technical Fellow, Broadridge
    Kim Bozzella
    Managing Director, Protiviti
    Linda Hill
    Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Co-author, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation
    Anna Fieler
    Director, QuinStreet, Inc., Shake Shack Inc.
    Corey Thomas
    Chair and CEO, Rapid7; Director, LPL Financial, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, NACD New England Chapter
  • November 12
    11:00am - 2:00pm - Cybersecurity Leadership Symposium
    (Times Noted In EDT)

    Offered this year for the first time, the Cybersecurity Leadership Symposium, presented in partnership with Accenture and Moody's Corp., will help you to review the concepts and practices board directors need to oversee cyber risk effectively. Join us on November 12 for three hours of expert-led commentary, practical tips that you can take back to your own boardroom, and a sense of what it will take in the coming business cycles to ensure that the enterprise is secured, but not stifled. Session topics include:

    • What it takes to lead in cyber-risk resiliency and embed cyber-resilient approaches into your company’s strategy.

    • How to decide which metrics to use to assess and monitor cyber-risk.

    • The risks and benefits of establishing a cyber-risk oversight committee on your board.

    Lisa O'Connor
    Managing Director, Accenture Security
    Bob Zukis
    CEO, Digital Directors Network
    Derek Vadala
    CEO, Visible Risk
    Michael Krauss
    Co-Founder, Market Strategy Group
    Jack Freund
    Head of Cyber-Risk Methodology, Visible Risk
    Jim Hempstead
    Managing Director, Moody's Investor Services
    Bob Kress
    Managing Director, Accenture
    Homaira Akbari
    Chair, WorkFusion; Director, Banco Santandar, Landstar Systems; President and CEO, AKnowledge Partners
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm - Expert Insights: Geopolitical Risk
    (Times Noted In EDT)

    On this panel, mere days after the 2020 US general election, experts discuss how the paradigm shifts happening across the world will impact the oversight of business risks at your company. While our experts are likely to focus time and attention on how the US presidential and congressional election results may roil markets, attendees can also expect a broader focus on the interconnectivity of the globe's economies and the trends that will affect all of your companies in the quarters and years ahead.
    Ron Low
    Managing Director, Sard Verbinnen & Co
    Jamie Gorelick
    Director, Inc., VeriSign Inc.; Partner, WilmerHale; Former Deputy Attorney General of the United States
    Rocío Summers
    Founder and Principal Consultant, RS International Business Consulting LLC; Founder and President, Now Impact LLC; Director, NACD Utah Chapter
    Francisco Sanchez
    Partner, Holland & Knight; Former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Trade
    DJ Peterson
    President, Longview Global Advisors; Board President, Theodore Payne Foundation Inc.