Event Overview

Agenda & Venue


1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
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.
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
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

Event Highlights

Thank you to everyone who attended the sold out Board Leadership Forum, San Francisco. Please download highlights from the event below, and we look forward to seeing you at the Compensation Committee Forum, New York in March.

Board Leadership Forum Highlights
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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.


Barbara Berlin

PwC’s Governance Insights Center
Steven Borden

Founder & President
Borden Media Consulting
Karla Bos

Corporate Governance Consulting
Amy Chang

Founder & CEO
Board Member
Cisco and P&G
David Chun

CEO & Founder
Ron Codd

Board Member
FireEye, Veeva Systems, ServiceNow
Walter Delph

Partner and Managing Director
BCG Digital Ventures
Karen Francis

Board Member
AutoNation and Telenav
Mary Francis

Corporate Secretary and Chief Governance Officer
Chevron Corporation
John Gibbons

Deckers Outdoor Corporation
Matthew Isakson

Meridian Compensation Partners
Tom Johnson

Abernathy MacGregor
Michelle Lee

Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
US Patent and Trademark Office
Paula Loop

PwC's Governance Insights Center
Liane Pelletier

Board Member
ATN International and Expeditors International
Ronald Schneider

Governance Services
Donnelley Financial Solutions
Anne Sheehan

Director of Corporate Governance
Karen Simon

Vice Chairman, Head Director Advisory Services, Investment Banking
J.P. Morgan
John Thompson

Vice Chairman, Global CEO & Board of Directors Practice
Heidrick & Struggles

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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