Why you should attend
In the past year, new expectations were placed on boards in critical areas of governance, including corporate social responsibility, board governance, audit committee oversight of financial reporting and independent auditors, shareholder activism, and executive compensation. In addition, the Dodd-Frank Act will continue to put new requirements on companies and boards, and boards need to remain mindful of the implications of said requirements, as well as the heightened expectations of shareholders. At this renowned Institute
, leading corporate governance experts - directors, government officials, corporate counsel, and academics - will share their perspectives on the fast-changing regulatory environment, the new expectations for board oversight, and needed steps boards will want to consider.
What you will learn
- The new expectations facing boards of directors in the arena of social responsibility
- How to address particularly difficult issues, including compensation, audit committee and audit firm oversight, board governance, and shareholder activism
- The latest thinking on where boards of directors may be most vulnerable
- What’s on the government’s agenda
- Challenges for the future as financial reporting and oversight continues to evolve
- Considerations for directors arising out of the governance and executive compensation provisions of the Dodd-Frank legislation
- Board responsibilities in the annual meeting and proxy statement process
Who should attend
Corporate directors, board members, corporate and securities attorneys, corporate committee members, general counsel, CEOs, CFOs, CGOs, COOs, investment bankers, consultants, accountants and other professionals who need to know the latest developments affecting directors and corporate governance standards.
Please plan to arrive with enough time to register before the conference begins. A networking breakfast will be available upon your arrival.
Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
9:00 Keynote Address: Addressing Issues of Trust: The Board’s Role
Ira M. Millstein
9:30 Compensation Committee
- Say-on-pay - responding to last year’s vote
- Management succession - oversight, evaluation
- Role of consultants
- The perils of escalation: how high is too high?
Moderator: Charles M. Nathan
Speakers: Linda E. Rappaport, Daniel J. Ryterband, Ann L. Yerger
10:30 Networking Break
10:45 Nominating and Governance Committee
- A better board self-evaluation
- Shareholder activism
- Short slates/“vote no” campaigns
Moderator: Holly J. Gregory
Speakers: Stephen L. Brown, Martha L. Carter, William H. Gray, III
11:45 Corporate Social Responsibility
- SEC disclosure requirements
- Expanding expectations
- Political contributions - shareholder proposals
- Name and shame - the role of NGOs
- Socially responsible disclosures - building trust
Moderator: Jeffrey D. Karpf
Speakers: Meredith B. Cross, Donna C. Dabney, Charles M. Elson, Timothy Smith
Luncheon Address: Leslie M. Turner
, The Hershey Company
Afternoon Session: 1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:45 Nuts and Bolts of Proxy Statement and Annual Meeting Preparation
- Private ordering/proxy access - binding and non-binding/majority voting
- Practical tips for proxy statement drafting, engaging (or not) with proxy advisory firms, and engaging with shareholders . . . Who? What? When? How?
- Supplemental soliciting material: pros and cons
- Role of the committee in shareholder communications on compensation: what works?
Moderator: Margaret M. Foran
Speakers: Francis H. Byrd, Shelley J. Dropkin, Paul F. Washington
2:45 Networking Break
3:00 Audit Committee
- SOX - ten years later
- Auditor communications and rotation
- Audit and risk management
- Audit firm networks
- Audit report modifications
Moderator: Michael R. Young
Speakers: Michele J. Hooper, Robert E. Lewis, Joseph B. Ucuzoglu, John W. White
4:00 Enforcement and Compliance
- The latest on whistleblower activity
- The U.S. FCPA and the U.K. Bribery Act
- Insider trading and compliance
- The impact of Dodd-Frank
Moderator: Michael R. Young
Speakers: Gregory S. Bruch, Robert S Khuzami, Breon S. Peace, Linda Chatman Thomsen
Ira M. Millstein
~ Senior Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Co-Chair, Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School
Stephen L. Brown
~ Senior Director of Corporate Governance & Associate General Counsel, TIAA-CREF
Francis H. Byrd
~ Senior Vice President/Corporate Governance Practice Leader, Laurel Hill Advisory Group
~ Executive Director of the Governance Center, The Conference Board, Inc.
Shelley J. Dropkin
~ Managing Director, Deputy Corporate Secretary and General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Citigroup Inc.
Charles M. Elson
~ Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corp. Governance, Dir. of the John L. Weinberg Cntr for Corp. Gov., Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, University of Delaware
Margaret M. Foran
~ Chief Governance Officer, VP and Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Robert S Khuzami
~ Former Director, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
~ Senior Vice President, Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement, Walden Asset Management, a division of Boston Trust & Investment Management
Leslie M. Turner
~ Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Hershey Company
Joseph B. Ucuzoglu
~ National Managing Partner, Regulatory and Public Policy, Deloitte LLP
Paul F. Washington
~ Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Time Warner, Inc.
Ann L. Yerger
~ Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors
New York City Seminar Location
PLI New York Center, 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street (21st floor), New York, New York 10019. Message Center, program days only: (212) 824-5733.
New York City Hotel Accommodations
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