Breakout Session: Successful Board Meetings: Tricks of the Trade

The details of boardroom management – how you write minutes, how you set board agendas, the cadence of “critical item” review, how to decide on what goes in the deck and what stays out, even the email addresses that independent directors use – are more important than ever before. This session will offer a deep […]

Breakout Session: ESG and Sustainability

An increasing number of institutional investors, employees, and consumers are expressing interest in ESG (environmental, social, and governance) factors. President Biden has made tackling climate change an administration priority, and the pandemic and widespread racial justice movements have helped push social issues such human rights, labor and equality, and health and safety into the spotlight. […]

Breakout Session: Current Issues in Compensation

This session will review the latest trends in executive compensation, including the current practices on tying pay to performance; the shifting focus of incentive pay from traditional performance metrics to emphasize other key strategic initiatives, such as meeting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) or other environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives; best practices for compensation […]

Breakout Session: Defend Your Company, Defend Yourself: Modern Litigation Strategies

Litigation risks facing directors, officers, and corporations are inevitable and increasingly complex. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have stated their intention to pursue, punish, and deter the individuals who are responsible for corporate misconduct, and both agencies are increasingly focused on cooperation and self-reporting from target companies. Private securities […]

Breakout Session: Human Capital Management and Workplace Culture in a Pandemic Era

Human capital is a critically important value driver for corporations in today’s economy, where a corporation’s most significant assets walk out the door each evening. In response, boardroom attention has begun to focus on “human capital management,” which includes topics ranging from employee health and safety to workplace diversity to employee recruitment, training, development, and […]

Breakout Session: Accounting Fundamentals for Directors

This session is designed to provide “ordinary” and/or newly appointed board members with concrete suggestions to monitor potential issues related to financial reporting. The classroom-style presentation seeks to improve directors’ understanding of accounting principles in a way that cuts to the chase and de-emphasizes “traditional practices” in favor of more practical strategies. The session will […]

Breakout Session: Shareholder Activism

Shareholder activism is not going away, but it is evolving in directions that demand high level boardroom attention. This session will review the state of the art in aggressive activist techniques and best practices for effective corporate defense.  The panelists will pay particular attention to the unprecedented proxy battle at Exxon, where an insurgent activist […]