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.
CEO compensation is very high profile, and determining the amount and structure is arguably one of the key responsibilities of the Compensation Committee. In an extremely tight labor market with accelerating executive pay, it can be challenging for Boards to attract, retain and motivate highly talented C-suite executives. Using a case study format, we will co-facilitate discussions on how to motivate and deliver competitive compensation in a complex Say on Pay world where shareholders expect strong pay and performance alignment.
What Public Company Directors should be talking about now in board meetings on this enterprise risk and opportunity.
An expert panel will discuss the impact of technological change on the workforce, on management and managers, and on the investment community's view of each company's preparedness. Learn what several preeminent global leaders are doing to address this topic and create competitive advantages. Come with your questions and concerns - this will be an interactive process.
Mixing family dynamics and business ownership is a fraught endeavor, even more so when the added ingredients include complicated family structures, complex business structures, and diffuse ownership. Join the author of the NACD study and other panel members as they offer insights into the priorities, challenges, and composition of private and family-owned company governance, including advisory boards, fiduciary boards, family councils, ownership councils, and other structures.
On October 8, 2019, NACD New England will showcase four New England-based companies whose products and services are changing the world. The leaders of these organizations will share their company's mission and vision, while virtually opening the doors to their labs and thought leadership centers. Inquiring minds are encouraged to take part in an expanded Q&A session, moderated by Corey Thomas, CEO, Rapid7.
Please join us at our September Kickoff Event: a Conversation with four of the top CEOs in our region: Mohamad Ali, IDG, Marianne Harrison, John Hancock, Mike Mahoney, Boston Scientific and Ron O'Hanley, State Street Corp. The panel will discuss their perspectives on key business issues such as the state of the U.S. economy, the impact of international trade, talent recruitment and retention in a volatile landscape, and disruptive technologies, among others. Ample time will be scheduled for audience questions so come prepared to ask the experts.
In its second director event in Maine, the NACD New England Chapter announces a panel discussion on Boardroom Lessons: Risk & Succession. Bringing together among the most seasoned directors across Maine and Northern New England, the panel will address a diverse set of questions many boards struggle with as they grow.
The panel, moderated by James Cash, consists of three world-class directors. Collectively, they have served on more than 50 public and private boards during periods of digital transformation and disruption. The panelists and some of the boards on which they have served are former Accenture CFO Pamela Craig (The Progressive Corporation, Merck, Akamai, Walmart); former Young & Rubicam Brands CEO Ann Fudge (Novartis, Northrup Grumman, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Liz Claiborne, Allied Signal, Honeywell, Marriott International, GE, Infosys); and Iron Mountain President, CEO, and board member William Meaney (State Street Corporation, Qantas Airways). William is the former CEO of The Zuellig Group.
In association with The Boston Club, and the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association New England Region, the NACD New England Chapter presents the Aspiring Public Company Director Daylong Program. This program is designed for individuals who currently sit on large nonprofit boards or private corporate boards; and/or are "C-Suite level", who wish to take the next step toward securing a public company board seat. The discussions will be led by public company directors, or industry experts.
Yes, another program on cybersecurity. But this one is different; this program is designed to advise what boards should be doing now, in the face of changing cyber threats. Specific takeaways will guide directors in how to stop worrying about their cyber roles and to start being part of the solution.
The 13th Annual Director of the Year Awards recognizes leadership and accomplishment of directors in New England. This event is conducted by the only not-for-profit membership organization founded by and for corporate directors. Through a national presence in Washington, D.C. and over 20 active regional chapters across the country, the NACD is the leading organization dedicated to enhancing corporate governance in the United States. The NACD Director of the Year Award has been presented nationally for over 23 years.
During this panel conversation, you will hear from Private Company Board Members and Private Company executives about the transition that Technology Companies Boards manage as their companies grow.
This event is designed for private company business owners and management, private equity and venture capital firm management, board members, prospective board members, and those who work directly with private boards.
Shareholder activism poses a significant threat to your company's vision and strategy. No company is immune. But by keeping pace with current trends in shareholder activism and proxy defense strategies, you gain an edge that allows you to effectively prepare for the threat.
Please join us for Episode Two of the NACD New England Chapter Private Company Governance and Leadership Series. Our panelists include currently serving Directors and C-Suite executives, who will discuss issues unique to private companies, and their decision to remain private.
Topics will include the patient capital, corporate culture, control, freedom from quarterly financial pressure, less regulation and other aspects of the allure of being a private company. Speakers include Elizabeth Boland, CFO from Bright Horizons which went from Public to Private and back again; and Directors and Executives of several private companies. Our moderator, Jim Wood, is from the EY Family Enterprise Business Services Group.
The U.S. economic outlook is healthy, but market reactions and some economic indicators have led to speculation about how long this strong economy will last. Board directors need to understand today's regional, national, and global economic conditions and how they affect their organizations. While we don't know yet which of many "economic forces" will be "hot" in March, we do know that we live in an ever-changing world and understanding the factors driving the economy and economic policy are key.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 5 for a presentation by Eric Rosengren, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. President Rosengren will offer his analysis of the current economic landscape, both in the U.S. and abroad. He will welcome questions from the audience.
What practice can boards and management apply to overcome their systemic decision biases and reduce the likelihood and the impacts of catastrophic risks? Hear this overview of what works based on research of 100 companies by Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center.
Inevitably the annual meeting season rolls around each year in March accompanied, also inevitably, by a number of hotly debated issues that often pit one of the firm's stakeholders against another placing board directors directly in the middle. Each January we convene a meeting of governance, legal, accounting and shareholder experts to educate us on the current issues prior to the season.
There is increasing evidence that diversity in the boardroom is essential for the long-term financial success of both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. However, some organizations believe that board diversity is important for more than financial reasons - that board diversity is necessary for any socially responsible organization seeking to contribute to a just and fair community.
Join us for a session looking at the role of the Compensation Committee working with CHROs to vet, reward and retain executive talent as a driver of business innovation
The session will focus on:
Sourcing talent - identifying what companies need
Management development - Selecting and developing leaders
Leadership - Assessing leaders and succession planning
Rewards - bringing it to the bottom line of the company and the executives