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12:00 -12:30 PM
Lunch and Networking, Registration Opens
Lunch and Networking, Registration Opens
12:30-12:40 PM
Welcome Remarks
Welcome Remarks
12:40-1:30 PM
The Board’s #1 Responsibility - The CEO’s Seat
Being prepared for a change in C-Suite leadership, whether planned or sudden, is not a new topic of discussion, but the way in which human capital and talent development have become integral parts of the succession discussion is new.
1:35 - 2:25 PM
Management, Be Nimble
As companies grow, they seek to find ways to maintain nimbleness. In the quest for agility, companies are taking a deeper look at how they manage human capital and nurture talent. This panel will discuss the main components of company culture, what drives it forward, and what holds it back.
2:30 - 3:00 PM 1:1 Interview
Moderator: Steven Borden, Founder & President, Borden Media Consulting
1:1 Keynote Interview
3:00- 3:30 PM
Networking Break
Networking Break
3:35 - 4:25 PM
Rooted in the Past; Looking to the Future: Board Succession
With increased scrutiny on board composition, boards must be focused on the present while simultaneously planning for the future. Board diversity, director tenure, and turnover are all top of mind for investors and boards alike. This panel will discuss how boards can prepare for the next generation of leadership by incorporating succession planning into the culture of the organization itself.
4:30 - 5:20 PM
Strategic Shareholder Engagement
A hot topic for many years, shareholder engagement continues to be an important tool for companies and investors. Recently, the spotlight has been on the board, specifically independent directors and chairs of nom/gov and comp committees, to engage with investors directly. This panel will showcase several specific examples of robust engagement campaigns.
5:20 - 5:30 PM
Closing Remarks
Closing Remarks
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Networking Dinner Reception
Networking Dinner Reception


Nasdaq MarketSite

4 Times Square,
New York, NY
Nasdaq MarketSite

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 - $747.50 | Standard Registration Rate - $1,495 | Service Provider Rate - $2,495

Discounted rates may apply with valid promo codes.


Joan Amble

Corporate Board Director
Zurich Insurance Group
Booz Allen Hamilton
Sirius XM
Barbara Berlin

Director, Governance Insights Center
Steven Borden

Founder & President
Borden Media Consulting
Irene Chang Britt

Corporate Board Director
Dunkin Brands Group, Inc.
Tailored Brands, Inc.
Brighthouse Financial, Inc.
BayBridge Seniors Housing, Inc.
Adam Bryant

Managing Director
Merryck & Co.
Pamela Craig

Corporate Board Director
Akamai Technologies
Merck & Co.
Progressive Insurance
Paul DeNicola

Principal, Governance Insights Center
Sarah Dunn

Global Human Resources Officer
Janice Ellig

Ellig Group
Drew Hambly

Executive Director, Global Stewardship
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Candace Hewitt

Senior Analyst, Responsible Investing
Tom Johnson

Abernathy MacGregor
Thomas Kloet

Corporate Board Director
Anne Meyer

Associate General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary
Frontier Communications
Yumi Narita

Global Head of Corporate Governance
Cynthia Nastanski

Senior Vice President
Corporate Law & Deputy Corporate Secretary
PepsiCo, Inc.
Ron Schneider

Director, Corporate Governance Services
Lisa Shalett

Head of Strategic Innovation
Brookfield Asset Management

Corporate Board Director
Bully Pulpit Interactive
Darla Stuckey

President & CEO
Society for Corporate Governance
Mark Thompson

President & CEO
The New York Times Company
Marc Ullman

Meridian Compensation Partners
Jennifer Wisinski

Partner, Chair of Business Transactions Dept
Haynes & Boone

More Speakers To Be Announced Soon

Why Attend

The role of the board of directors has evolved dramatically over the past few decades and has taken on new meaning in this era of increased transparency and shareholder engagement.This forum brings together directors, senior executives and corporate governance experts in an effort to address some of the most pressing issues facing boards today. We’ll discuss board leadership and culture, succession planning (both CEO and board) and shareholder engagement.

The breadth of our panelists’ experience provides a wealth of information for board members and senior executives, as well as the investors who engage with them.

Come for the expertise. Stay for the conversation.

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