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
You MUST be a currently serving Public Company Director to attend this event. Seating is limited.
The need to innovate and respond to disruption are constant in business now. What role should Boards play in evaluating the company's ability to innovate? To respond to disruption? How does the Board assess the culture of an organization to respond to these challenges? Does the company have the strategy and leadership to deliver?
The second Thought Leadership program has a powerhouse panel with broad experience in evaluating, leading and implementing innovation and change in a variety of cultures. This program is designed to provide thought provoking conversation for experienced public company directors.
Private Equity can play a large role in growth strategies and exit planning for private companies. But what role does the private company's board - and specifically private directors - play before, during and after Private Equity gains control? Hear from Partners of leading Private Equity firms, Investment Bankers, as well as from Directors and C-level executives of private companies that have been through the process.
Expected to be as transformative as the internet was for communication, Blockchain will change the way businesses work globally. Why is knowing about Blockchain important for Board Directors? Directors need to understand and consider applications of the disruptive nature of blockchain technology, and boards need to be sure that their Companies (Technology, Life Sciences, Industrial, Healthcare, Financial Services, Retail and many others) all are incorporating it into its strategic thinking.
In its first ever director event in Maine, the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors announces a panel discussion on 'Lessons Learned in the Board Room'. Bringing together some of the most seasoned directors across Maine and Northern New England.
This event is now sold out. Join us at our annual September Kickoff Event, Visionary New England CEOs Speak. Jeff Leiden, CEO, Vertex, Roger Crandall, CEO, MassMutual, and Sheila Marcelo, CEO, Care.com will share a glimpse into their boardrooms as they discuss the outlook for 2019 and beyond.
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.