Today's institutional and activist shareholders have expanded far beyond a focus on underperforming companies. There is an evolving need for the boards of public companies to be aware of, and responsive to, their shareholders requests for engagement. Increasing shareholder value is no longer sufficient. Today's shareholders are interested in governance, social and environmental trends as well as financial returns and want to know where the companies they have invested in stand on these issues. Furthermore, they are interested in influencing these companies in the area of capital deployment and long-term strategy. Come hear from the most influential institutional investors and an experienced board member on these important topics.
In association with The Boston Club, 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.
The governance of non-profits has increasingly evolved to the levels of sophistication and complexity similar to those at public companies. Our panel will discuss issues facing non-profits and their boards today - from the selection and recruitment of board members to the expectations of the role boards play in such areas as strategy and fundraising. We expect a lively and timely discussion. An important dimension will be representation from the Attorney General's office.
Each year, NACD New England Chapter recognizes independent directors of public, private, and non-profit boards who have made valuable contributions to the boards on which they serve, as well as entire boards that have significantly protected or enhanced stakeholder value.
Our panel will discuss the role of the board in establishing, building and maintaining a company's culture, how to best work with management leadership and how to recognize when the culture may look and sound good on paper but may be losing its relevance. The panel will also discuss the linkages of the corporate culture to the reward and recognition systems, its business strategy as well the company's operating style and reputation - internally and externally.
Technology is no longer sitting in the back office. Regardless of your business, employees and customers are demanding a better, more digital business experience. New technologies are creating new markets, products, and expectations. Digital transformation is imperative to a company's success.
Our program will cover enterprise risk management, from risk identification to management and mitigation, from appropriate frameworks for ERM to communication plans. Equally important, panelists and you, the audience, will have a chance to explore the interplay between corporate strategy and enterprise risk, where to ask questions about risk balance, how to deal with disruption to the business, and how to ensure that you are adding value and perspective to the strategic planning process.
Each year we arm directors for the difficult issues that might arise at your annual meetings, typically, as the result of legal, accounting and governance changes or shareholder concerns. This year in addition to addressing the inevitable administrative changes, we will focus some attention on sustainability.
The compensation committee's role has grown more complex in the face of regulatory and compliance requirements and increasing pressure to demonstrate pay for performance. Join the conversation as we discuss the trends that will matter most to help guide your strategic priorities for 2018:
1. Getting your CEO pay ratio disclosure right
2. The pros and cons of TSR
3. How to establish the right incentive plan metrics
4. The evolving role of the compensation committee
Our panel will discuss how to balance the compensation committee's annual calendar of activities with its emerging new charter to have oversight of leadership and talent development and to establish a link between incentives and innovation.
The NACD New England Chapter and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable are pleased to present a timely discussion on Building an Effective Board.
Why do some boards stand out and are often recognized for their sustained effectiveness? At the October 17th session you will hear first hand from experienced board members about the process and challenges of making a board effective and outstanding.
Join us at our annual September Kickoff Event, NE Business Visionaries Speak. Tom Kennedy, Chair and CEO of Raytheon, Dr. Susan Hockfield, director of General Electric and President Emerita of MIT, and Dick DeWolfe, Executive Chair of Manulife Financial (parent of John Hancock) will share a glimpse into their boardrooms as they discuss the outlook for 2018 and beyond. Robert Popeo, Chairman of Mintz Levin and Co-Chair of NACD New England chapter will moderate.
Today's activists and active shareholders have expanded far beyond a focus on underperforming companies. There is an evolving need for the boards of public companies to be aware of, and responsive to, their shareholders. Increasing, shareholder value is no longer sufficient. Today's shareholders are interested in governance, social and environmental trends as well as financial returns and want to know where the companies in which they are invested stand on these issues. Furthermore, they are interested in influencing these companies. What is the board supposed to do?
This program will cover what directors need to know, how they might go about it, when they should be engaging directly with their shareholders and what happens when a shareholder is not only on the doorstep but sitting in the Boardroom.
In association with The Boston Club, the NACD New England Chapter presents the Aspiring Public Company Director Boot Camp. 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 of the agenda topics will be led by public company directors, or industry experts. The program will run from registration, beginning at 7:30 am through a networking reception, concluding at 6:30 pm. Continental breakfast, and lunch, will be served.
This Boot Camp is designed for currently serving directors of public companies, or larger private companies, who want to hone and update their board leadership skills. Each segment of the Agenda will be led by a public company director, or an industry expert. Attendance will be capped at 25 participants. You MUST be currently serving on a public, or large private company, board to attend this session.
Join us as we learn from our panelists about how to proactively prevent a crisis, how to protect your company's reputation, how to explicitly manage the crisis, and how to define the roles of management and the board in preparing for, and responding to, crises. Our panelists are public company directors who will speak from their personal experiences in dealing with crises, and who will share their war stories.
The 11th 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 20 years.
Please join the NACD New England Chapter and Pearl Meyer for a webinar panel discussion on how many of these changes may impact incentive compensation programs and how to best address any such impact within the context of your company's overall business strategy. Hear from our experienced panelists who have been down the path and learn what to watch for and what works.
Serving as a director of a nonprofit can be a very fulfilling experience-providing the opportunity to combine one's expertise with a passion for the mission of the organization. And increasingly, the governance of nonprofits has evolved to levels of sophistication and complexity similar to those at public companies. Our panel will discuss issues facing nonprofits and their boards today. From selection and recruitment of board members, to expectations and the role boards play in areas such as strategy and fundraising, we expect a lively and timely conversation.
In partnership with the Massachusetts High Tech Council and the New England Venture Capital Association, NACD New England presents a panel discussion on the issues facing growing companies as they move to their "exit"; either a strategic sale or an IPO. What are the governance needs of a start up? How do these needs change as the company grows? What is an effective board enhancement strategy to deal with the evolving role of the board to maximize the company's value pre-exit? Our speakers are directors and C-Suite executives with experience in early start-ups, through the exit process. They will share their experiences in positioning their companies for growth, then for sale or IPO. You will learn the steps necessary to successfully complete an IPO, and in evaluating a strategic sale for maximum benefit to the founders and stakeholders.