NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Board Refreshment

April 12, 2016
Waltham, MA



How do you "refresh" your Board in a productive and effective manner? Our panelists will share their experiences of what to do/ what not to do. Board Refreshment is key for any Company. As a Company grows and evolves - its needs change not only at the Management level but also at the Board level. So - how do you refresh the board on which you serve in a way to make the current Board more effective? Some examples might include: how do you assess the needs of the Board vis a vis the current members? How do you make needed changes - which might include: diversity of thought, gender, race, background? How do you promote continuing Board governance - in a way that is constructive for the entire board?

About our Panel

George Davis

George DavisGeorge L. Davis, Jr. leads Egon Zehnder’s Global CEO Practice and is a former leader of the firm’s Global Board Practice. For more than two decades, he has been a trusted advisor to multinational, public sector and private-equity backed organizations seeking guidance on critical boardroom issues including CEO search and succession planning, director succession planning and board effectiveness. Having helped select more than 500 board directors across a range of industries, George is an established expert on effective corporate governance and is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Forbes and the FT\'s Agenda on issues including CEO search, leadership and succession planning, as well as board diversity and digital board leadership. He is also the publisher of the Egon Zehnder Global Board Index.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, George held senior management roles with The Walt Disney Company, Time Inc., and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. 

Based in Boston, George holds a BA from Hamilton College and an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University. George serves as a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) New England Chapter, and as a board director at a privately held fund of funds. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the National Stroke Association and is active in several global and national civic organizations.

Willow Shire

Willow ShireMs. Willow B. Shire founded Orchard Consulting Group in 1994 and has specialized in leadership development and strategic problem solving. Prior to consulting, she spent 20 years in the computer industry and was featured on the cover of Fortune magazine for her work in business transformation. Ms. Shire was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation in various positions in the marketing and human resources departments. As Vice President and Officer for their Health Industries Business Unit, she managed a $1B global business dealing with pharmaceutical companies, regulators, insurers, and healthcare providers.  She has been an Independent Director of The TJX Companies, Inc. since 1995 where she is a member of the Compensation Committee and chairs the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee.  She also served as an Independent Director of Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. from 2007 to 2009.  Additionally, she has been involved with director education for several director organization including Board Leaders, Women Corporate Directors and the National Association for Corporate Directors. Ms. Shire holds a BS Degree from Boston University's School of Education and a Master's Degree from Harvard School of Education.

Clay Deutsch

Clay DeutschClayton G. Deutsch is Chief Executive Officer of Boston Private Financial Holdings, responsible for overseeing the strategic management of the company and its affiliates. Boston Private Financial Holdings owns a number of Wealth Management and Private Banking affiliates in Boston, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Florida.  The Company has a $7 billion Private Banking balance sheet, and manages over $30 billion of client assets.  Clay is a member of the Company’s Executive Leadership Team, the BPFH Board, and the Board of Boston Private Bank and Trust Company.  Clay became CEO August 2, 2010, and has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry.  Clay began his career in banking in the 1970s before joining McKinsey & Company in 1980.  He was a Director at McKinsey, served on the Shareholders Council which manages the Firm worldwide, and was Global Leader of the firm’s Merger Management Practice. During his time at McKinsey he developed deep experience working with many leading financial institutions, with a particular focus in the private banking, wealth advisory, and wealth management sectors, as he helped establish and build McKinsey's Financial Services practice globally.  Before joining McKinsey, Clay began his career at Society Corporation, the predecessor to Key Corp. Clay holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.Clay is a Trustee of the New York Yacht Club, on the boards of the Courageous Sailing Center and the International Yacht Restoration School, the Board of Overseers of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and the Massachusetts Insight Financial Services Leadership Council.

About Our Moderator

Gloria Larson

Gloria LarsonGloria Cordes Larson, JD, was elected to the presidency of Bentley University in 2007 after a distinguished career as an attorney, public policy expert, and business leader. She was drawn to Bentley because of its inventive approach to redefining business education—by fully integrating its core business curriculum with the arts and sciences, and its strong focus on ethics and social responsibility.  During her tenure, the institution has reached a number of milestones centered around the content and value of a business education in the 21st Century marketplace. President Larson also launched the Center for Women and Business at Bentley in 2011, with a mission to advance shared leadership among women and men in the corporate world and to develop women as business leaders. Currently, she serves on the boards of directors of two public companies, Unum Group and Boston Private, as well as a number of non-profit boards.  Before joining Bentley, Larson was co-chair of the Government Strategies Group at Foley Hoag LLP.  She led a business advisory cabinet for Massachusetts Democratic Governor Deval Patrick and served as Secretary of Economic Affairs under Massachusetts Republican Governor William Weld. Larson also oversaw business and regulatory issues as Deputy Director of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington.  President Larson has been named among Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People” in 2015; the Boston Business Journal’s “Power 50: Influential Bostonians;” Boston Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Boston;” and is the recipient of the International Women’s Forum “Women Who Make a Difference” Award (2015) and Associated Industries of MA “Next Century” Award (2015), as well as the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural “Collaborative Leadership Award” and "Academy of Distinguished Bostonians Award."


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Location and Time


Embassy Suites Waltham
550 Winter St
Waltham, MA 02451

Program: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.



2 NACD collaborative credits

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