Event Overview

Agenda & Venue


1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
David Chun, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Equilar, will kick off the Board Leadership Forum.
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Embracing Innovation: The Growing Role of Technology in the Boardroom
The rapid pace at which technology changes and renders yesterday’s solutions obsolete is unprecedented. Boards are now assessing the impact and opportunities created by the most recent technological advancements in big data, artificial intelligence, and the sharing economy to name a few. During this session, a panel of experts will discuss how boards can take this opportunity to rethink their role in shaping corporate innovation in the digital age.
2:35 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
CEO Succession Planning: A Comprehensive Framework
As a primary responsibility, boards are tasked with developing a comprehensive succession plan to ensure smooth CEO transitions. Companies and their boards should not be waiting for potential crises to think through CEO succession planning. Increased scrutiny and calls for greater transparency mandates greater focus and preparation from boards to maintain investor confidence. This panel will cover a complete framework for planning and evaluating a CEO succession strategy.
3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Attendee networking is an integral part of the Board Leadership Forum with opportunities to build relationships and engage with other influential business leaders to obtain intelligence, connections and innovative solutions to build a higher performing board.
3:40 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.
Board Succession: Setting Expectations, Director Evaluations, and Uncomfortable Conversations
Board composition changes are inevitable. Yet, there is plenty of research to show that many directors believe their current board composition is static and sub-optimal. External pressures for increased diversity, accountability, and fresh perspectives only add more complexity to this topic. This expert panel will share a holistic approach to board succession in an ever changing business context, as well as taking a data-driven approach to address underperforming directors.
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Strategies for Effective Shareholder Engagement: Key Issues for the 2018 Proxy Season
Effective and proactive shareholder engagement can go a long way toward establishing open lines of communication and positive rapport with investors. During this session, governance experts will discuss best practices for engagement and specific case studies on today’s hot topics. They will share their insights on how best to facilitate a robust communications strategy, set the tone for shareholder discussions, and avoid potential pitfalls.
5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
The day will conclude with closing remarks followed by a cocktail reception.
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Reception & Networking Dinner
Reception & Networking Dinner


The Mid-America Club, located in the AON Center

200 East Randolph Drive,
80th Floor,
Chicago, IL 60601
Mid America Club

Event Highlights

Thank you to everyone who attended the Board Leadership Forum, Chicago event. Please download highlights from the event below, and we look forward to seeing you at the Board Leadership Forum, New York in October.

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Event Overview

Equilar and Nasdaq are excited to offer a half-day program to help public company board members, general counsel and corporate secretaries drive success in their organizations. Investors’ emphasis on board transparency, accountability and independence is intensifying, and as a result today’s boards face a seemingly never-ending set of risks, governance decisions and strategic initiatives. The goal of the Board Leadership Forum is to empower participants to build higher performing boards through improved processes, strengthened director evaluations and recruitment efforts, and more effective shareholder engagement.

Cost of Attendance

Equilar Corporate Client Rate - $795 | Standard Registration Rate - $1,495 | Service Provider Rate - $2,495

Discounted rates may apply with valid promo codes.


Barbara Berlin

PwC’s Governance Insights Center
Herman Bulls

Vice Chairman, Americas
Board Member
Comfort Systems USA
Anna Catalano

Board Member
Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation
Jennifer Christensen

Managing Partner
JWC Partners
Madeleine Condit

Founder & CEO
Madeleine Condit & Associates
Brian Denney

Senior Strategist
Vanguard Investment Stewardship
Deborah Golden

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
GATX Corporation
Board Member
Midland States Bancorp
Jan Fields

Former President of McDonald’s USA
Board Member Buffalo Wild Wings, Chico’s FAS, and Monsanto Company
Pamela Forbes Lieberman

Board Member
Standard Motor Products, Inc.
Doreen Lilienfeld

Partner and Global Head of the Governance & Advisory Group
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Leah Malone

PwC’s Governance Insights Center
Neil Novich

Board Member
Beacon Roofing Supply, Hillenbrand, Analog Devices and W.W. Grainger
Bob Romanchek

Senior Partner
Meridian Compensation Partners
Ron Schneider

Director, Governance Services
Donnelley Financial Solutions
John Sinkular

Pay Governance
Michael Smith

Chairman of the Board
Zebra Technologies

Why Attend

Join influential business leaders to obtain intelligence, connections and innovative solutions to build a higher performing board.

Expert advice and solutions. Gain valuable insights from industry experts and experienced board members and executives to objectively evaluate board strategy and risk, along with tools to ensure constructive interaction with key shareholders and advisors.

Collaborative education. Engage with peers through in-depth, discussion-based sessions, and exchange business challenges, ideas and practical solutions to reach your business goals.

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