Postponed until Spring 2022
Nasdaq MarketSite, NYC

The Board Leadership Forum has been postponed until Spring 2022. Please contact for any questions.

Featured Speakers

Additional Speakers to Be Added Soon

Barbara Berlin

Managing Director Governance Insights Center

Steven Borden

Founder & President
Borden Media Consulting

Herman Bulls

Board Member
Host Hotels & Resorts, American Campus Communities, and Comfort Systems

Ray Cameron

Head of Investment Stewardship, The Americas

JoEllen Dillon

Board Member
Viatris, Inc.

Gail Harris

Lead Director

Tom Johnson

Abernathy MacGregor

Katie Lawler

SVP, Chief HR Officer
Illinois Tool Works

Yumi Narita

Executive Director of Corporate Governance
New York City Office of the Comptroller

Jonathan Salzberger

Senior Director
Innisfree M&A Incorporated

Ron Schneider

Director, Corporate Governance Solutions

Mary Thompson

Managing Director
G100 BoardExcellence

Jennifer Wisinski

Haynes & Boone


12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Lunch & Networking, Registration Opens

12:30 PM – 12:40 PM

Welcome Remarks

12:40 PM – 1:30 PM

Effectively Driving ESG Strategy

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) continues to be a hot-button topic for boards. More than ever, boards face pressure from investors to implement measures to achieve progressive goals. This panel will discuss approaches to fit modern ESG initiatives into long-term strategy and the risks boards should consider in an effort to protect the organization’s reputation.

1:35 PM – 2:25 PM

Human Capital Management: Strategies and Opportunities

Boards are responsible for overseeing broad human capital objectives and ensuring achievable goals are measured for success. In this discussion, panelists will assess how boards can best promote a culture steeped in talent development, engagement, and grit within their organizations to drive optimal output and enhance business performance.

2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

One-on-One Keynote Interview

3:20 PM - 3:40 PM

Networking Break

3:40 PM – 4:30 PM

Top of the Leaderboard: Tying Board Composition to Performance

As the governing board for an organization, shareholders seek directors that represent their best interests and provide strategic oversight. Honest dialogue about underperformance, assessing performance of individual board members, and evaluation of strategic goals may be a difficult conversation to initiate, but necessary. This panel will discuss strategies for effective communication and transparency for board evaluation, including refreshment and assessment of performance.

4:35 PM – 5:25 PM

Acting on Activism: Collaborating With an Activist

Shareholders take interest in the companies they invest in. At times shareholders may seek transformational change within an organization in the form of activism. Directors must find a way to drive strategic initiatives in accordance with shareholders to ensure that collaboration on the most pressing issues is sound. Panelists will converse on strategies to best approach activist shareholders in the short- and long-term, as well as tactics to enhance collaboration with an activist.

5:25 PM – 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Dinner Reception

Event Overview

Equilar and Nasdaq are excited to offer a half-day program to help public company board members and senior executives drive success in their organizations. Boards today face a new set of challenges, as investors place a greater importance on board transparency and accountability.
The Board Leadership Forum aims to encourage participants to adopt effective techniques and strategies for implementing ESG initiatives, organizing human capital management, dealing with activism, and balancing board composition. This event is a great opportunity to network with industry professionals and stay up to date on the corporate governance landscape.

Why Attend?

As shareholders move toward increased communication and transparency with the board of directors, the board’s role in strategy, communication, and human capital management has gradually evolved. As a result, there are a host of new topics on the boardroom agenda. The Board Leadership Forum brings together directors, senior executives, investors and corporate governance experts to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing boards today. Our panelists come from a variety of companies, positions, and sectors, which allows for a robust discussion with a wealth of information for directors, executives, and investors. Come for the expertise. Stay for the conversation.

Nasdaq COVID-19 Venue Policy

We are taking all precautions as advised by the CDC and following Nasdaq event protocol to promote the health and safety of our attendees. You can read more about the in-person event policies at the Nasdaq MarketSite below.

“I always meet the most interesting people at Equilar events. They reflect the excellent content: focused, topical and smart!”

2019 Board Leadership Forum Attendee

Cost of Attendance

Equilar Corporate Client Rate $747.50
Standard Registration Rate $1,495
Service Provider Rate $2,495

Equilar clients please contact us at to receive your client rate discount code.

Event Venue

Nasdaq MarketSite - 4 Times Square, New York


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