My fellow NACD members and corporate directors,
I am humbled and honored to have been elected as the NACD New England Chapter President. I have served on our Chapter’s board for several years now and have seen the growth of the Chapter first hand, especially under the leadership of our immediate past President Robert Popeo. I’m proud of the excellent programming our Chapter offers; we continue to attract some of the top speakers in the field of corporate governance, which will continue at our September 13th season kick-off breakfast featuring Joseph “Jay” Hooley, Chair and CEO of State Street Corporation; Marcy Reed, President of National Grid; and Niraj Shah, Co-Chairman, CEO and co-founder of Wayfair. I thank the Program Committee, and especially our Program Committee Chair Ellen Richstone, for their incredible commitment to our Chapter. Our NACD brand continues to expand in our regional business community, and we look forward to partnering with some of the most prominent business organizations in New England to expand our profile within the director community. As we look ahead to the 2016-17 season, we are particularly excited about the newest members of our board of directors, who will be announced shortly and will join us in September. Our dedicated, diverse, and engaged board of directors hail from a variety of backgrounds including business, education, financial services, legal, senior executive search, and nonprofit leadership.
For the past several years, our Chapter has been led by President Bob Popeo, and Chair, Bill Earon. Bob and Bill have provided transformative leadership during their tenures and thanks to them, we are well-positioned for future growth, in membership and brand recognition.
Our Program Committee is hard at work on our upcoming calendar and I believe that our NACD chapter members will find this to be a compelling slate of events. We will continue to focus on timely issues facing all directors and we will feature top-notch expert speakers, as well as currently serving directors, to share their glimpses into their boardrooms. We are exploring additional programming opportunities, including our popular Director Bootcamp events.
The growth of our Chapter is thanks to you, our members, who attend our forums and provide critical feedback. Our appreciation also extends to our Chapter Sponsors, who support the Chapter on so many levels. They provide financial support; they advise our Program Committee; they provide expert content for our forums; and many of them serve on our board of directors. We deeply appreciate their involvement in our Chapter.
Planning has already begun for our Eleventh Annual Director of the Year Awards, being held on May 3, 2017. If you would like to nominate a candidate for an award, please contact our Executive Director, Julie Conroy. Awards will be presented to Honorees in the categories of Lifetime Achievement, Non-profit Governance, Leadership in Public Company Governance, and Public and Private Company Boards of the Year.
View the 2016 – 2017 event calendar here. Please do not hesitate to contact me or other NACD New England Chapter leaders with any questions or ideas about our work in the year ahead. Thank you – I look forward to seeing you at an event soon.
Beth I Z Boland
NACDNE 2017 Chapter President