Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration Begins 30 minutes prior.
The 2020 Proxy Season represents more than just a concentrated period in the spring when public companies host annual meetings for shareholders. These meetings, combined with issuance of the annual proxy statement, represent a significant opportunity for those charged with governance to transparently share the overall outlook of the company and increase confidence of current and would be investors, along with other stakeholders. With shifting definitions of corporate governance impacting how corporations need to communicate with a broader group of stakeholders, all eyes will be turning to this Proxy Season.
Join us as we elicit perspectives on key issues that may be the focus during the 2020 Proxy Season from a variety of participants in the capital market system: Amy Rojik, who heads BDO’s Center for Corporate Governance at BDO will moderate the session that will include Courteney Keatinge, a corporate researcher with Glass Lewis, who will provide a proxy advisory perspective and key points of focus. Mary Hartman Morris, an investment officer of the California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS)will provide thoughts in terms of what are prevalent areas of focus of investors. Megan Gates, a partner with Mintz will provide legal considerations to be mindful off. Additionally, Melissa Means with Pearl Meyer will provide commentary on the alignment of compensation and strategy in driving longer term value.
We are looking forward to engaging dialogue among our panel and our audience, so come with your questions!
Courteney Keatinge - Senior Director, Environmental, Social & Governance Research
Courteney Keatinge is the director of Glass Lewis' environmental, social and governance research, and covers shareholder proposals across a range of markets. She has authored Shareholder Activism Issue Reports on topics such as political contributions, sustainability reporting, proxy access and hydraulic fracturing. Courteney authored the 2011-2015 editions of Greening the Green: Linking Executive Compensation and Sustainability and Mind the Gap: Board Gender Diversity and she drafted the first version of, and collected case studies for, Guidance for Integrating Environmental, Social and Governance Issues to Executive Pay for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment.
Megan Gates – Partner and Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets Practice, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Megan Gates is a prominent corporate and securities attorney who deftly steers public companies through capital-raising transactions, SEC reporting obligations, and mergers and acquisitions. She applies knowledge she gained during an earlier in-house role with a laboratory and analytical instrument maker to ably advise life sciences and other clients on corporate governance and SEC compliance matters.
Timothy Smith – Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement, Boston Trust Walden
Tim Smith leads the firm's shareholder engagement program to promote greater corporate leadership on ESG issues. This includes company dialogues, shareholder proposals, proxy voting, and public policy advocacy. He is actively involved in representing the firm at public events and in fostering long-term client relationships. He is Chair of the ESG Research & Engagement Committee and a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.
Melissa Means – Managing Director, Pearl Meyer
Melissa Means is a managing director in Pearl Meyer’s Boston office with over 20 years of experience. Melissa’s areas of expertise include executive and non-employee director compensation, designing, implementing, and communicating total compensation strategies, pay for performance alignment, and short- and long-term incentive compensation programs. Melissa works closely with boards and management teams in addressing issues including governance practices, executive transitions, succession planning, and aligning pay with business strategies. Our Moderator:
Amy Rojik – National Assurance Partner and Director of BDO’s Center for Corporate Governance & Financial Reporting, BDO USA LLP
Amy Rojik directs BDO’s Center for Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting, overseeing the firm’s communications and governance efforts. She leads a collaborative effort in providing continual thought leadership and educations opportunities for those charged with corporate governance and financial reporting responsibilities. This includes webinar programming, in-person board of director forums and presentations, as well as the development of practice aids, surveys, publications, and alerts on a broad variety of emerging governance topics.
Amy has more than 25 years of experience in the auditing profession, engaging with financial reporting executives, audit committees, and board members.