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11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration Opens, Lunch and Networking
12:00 PM - 12:10 PM
Welcome Remarks
12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
The Board's Number One 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.
1:10 PM - 2:10 PM
ESG: How Corporations are Telling their Stories
ESG issues are now front and center as part of a company's overall strategic plan. As investors look for increased transparency and disclosure around ESG, it is critical that companies look to the future about the incorporation of socially responsible business practices into everyday business operations.
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM
Fireside Chat With Maggie Wilderotter
Maggie Wilderotter is a seasoned executive who, as CEO, has led both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in her career. In addition, she has extensive Board leadership serving on over 35 public company and 14 private company Boards of Directors.
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Building a Pipeline for the Board
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.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Shareholder Engagement from the Issuer Perspective
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.
5:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Closing Remarks
5:10 PM - 6:30 PM
Cocktail Reception

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

Discounted rates may apply with valid promo codes.

Fireside Chat With Maggie Wilderotter

Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO, Grand Reserve Inn and former CEO Frontier Communications.

Board Member: DocuSign (Chair), Cadence Design Systems, Costco, Hewlett Packard, Lyft and Tanium

Senior Advisor: Okta, the Blackstone Group and Atairos Private Equity
Maggie Wilderotter is a seasoned executive who, as CEO, has led both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in her career. In addition, she has extensive Board leadership serving on over 35 public company and 14 private company Boards of Directors.


Lanny Baker

Chief Financial Officer
Barbara Berlin

Managing Director, Governance Insights Center
Steven Borden

Founder & President
Borden Media Consulting
Rob Chess

Chairman of the Board, Nektar Therapeutics
Board Member, Twist Biosciences
Suzanne Fallender

Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
Julie Fletcher

Chief Talent Officer
AMN Healthcare
Catie Hall

Director, Governance Insights Center
Matthew Isakson

Meridian Compensation Partners
Bala Iyer

Board Member
Power Integrations, Skyworks Solutions and Clarivate Analytics
Michele Lau

Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Associate GC
McKesson Corporation
Cathy Lego

Board Member
Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, IPG Photonics and Lam Research
Steve Lippman

ESG Engagement Director, Office of the Corporate Secretary
Denny Post

Former Chief Executive Officer
Red Robin

Board Member
Wyndham Destinations
Ryan Resch

Managing Director, Executive Compensation
Willis Towers Watson
Michael Rubio

General Manager
ESG Engagement
Ron Schneider

Director, Corporate Governance
Elisa Steele

Chairman of the Board, Cornerstone and Namely

Board Member, Splunk
Christopher Stevens

VP, Governance Services

Lex Suvanto

Global Managing Director, Financial Communications & Capital Markets

Wendy Webb

Board Member
American Homes 4 Rent, ABM Industries and Wynn Resorts

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, investors 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, ES&G, 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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