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2016 Equilar Summit - Agenda


Monday, June 20


Noon - 8:00 PM

Summit Registration


7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Golf Outing at Granite Links (meet in hotel lobby)

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Granite Links is an award-winning private membership club, welcoming visitors to play the course and use the range. Conveniently located just 7 miles south of Boston, Granite Links features 27 challenging and beautifully maintained holes of links style golf with some of the most inspiring scenery around including breathtaking views of Boston’s skyline to the North, the Harbor Islands to the East, and the densely forested backdrop of the Blue Hills Reservation to the West.

Roundtrip transportation will be provided from the hotel. Space is limited to 40 participants.


11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Lunch and Sailing on the Adirondack III (meet in hotel lobby)

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Adirondack III was designed and constructed specifically for carrying passengers comfortably, which is uncommon for historic schooners. Due to the modern and innovative design of Adirondack III, guests will have room to sit and move around the boat.

Adirondack III measures 80 feet in length overall with a 16-foot beam. Her lines are modeled after 1890s style pilot schooners. Adirondack III is long and lean with a spoon bow, which helps her ply through the waters more effortlessly than the average schooner. An all-wooden vessel with a white glass overlay haul, Adirondack III is quite easy to pick out amongst her fellow schooners with her smooth clean lines. When you step aboard Adirondack III you’ll notice her clean teak decks and brilliantly varnished mahogany rails. When your focus takes to the sky above you, you will find two towering Douglas Fir masts and nearly 2,000 square feet of sail stretching to the sky. Adirondack III is sure to amaze you and your guests with her majestic beauty.

Sail Boston Harbor aboard this beautiful schooner and take in the sights of Boston in style. Lunch will be hosted at Bostonia Public House prior to sailing. Transportation will be provided from the Westin Copley .Place. Space is limited to 40 participants.


5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Partner Showcase Opening and Cocktail Reception


7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Entertainment

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Tuesday, June 21


7:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Exhibit Hall Open


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall


7:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Barista Stand

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8:00 AM – 8:15 AM

Welcome Remarks
David Chun, Chief Executive Officer, Equilar, Inc.


8:15 AM – 9:05 AM

Keynote: Inside the SEC
Dan Gallagher, Former Commissioner, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission


9:05 AM – 9:45 AM

Point Counterpoint: Debating Compensation Practices

  • Irv Becker, National Practice Leader, Executive Compensation, Hay Group

  • Gregg Passin, Senior Partner & North America Executive Rewards Practice Leader, Mercer

  • Michael Sirkin, Senior Partner, Proskauer

  • Amy Wood, Partner, Cooley LLP

  • Moderator: Linda Chen, EVP Governance Strategy & Marketing, Equilar, Inc.


9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Refreshments & Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

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10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

Mergers and Acquisitions and Spinoffs, Oh My! Key Lessons for Navigating the Yellow Brick Road of Executive Compensation in a Successful Transaction

Reviewing Compensation Plan Design to Address Shareholder Concerns

Shareholder Engagement Behind the Scenes – Exploring the Practicalities


11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Developing Great Leaders: The Human Element in Compensation Philosophy

Balancing the Tension Between Shareholder Interests and Fairly Rewarding Executives: A Boardroom and Executive Perspective

An Advanced Course on Pay Ratio


12:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Power Lunch

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Keynote: Rational Consensus Building: From Individual Intelligence to Group Wisdom
Ren Y. Cheng, Senior Research Advisor, Fidelity Investments

Imagine you are sitting in a meeting with your peers, trying to make some really important strategic decision among a couple of well thought out alternatives. There are significant pros and cons, trade-offs between each of them, and the members of your group, being highly intelligent, experienced, independent thinking professionals, have different views. How do we form the best consensus based on the experience and information from this valuable pool of knowledge? Cutting edge science proved, to everyone’s’ surprise, that there is a definite method for Rational, Full Information Consensus Building, and this talk is about the story and method of this most important scientific advancement.


1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Exploring Current Issues in Compensation for Global Companies

Executive Compensation -- Gen X and Millennial Style

CD&A Trends -- Telling Your Best Compensation Story


2:45 PM – 3:15 PM

Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall

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3:15 PM – 4:05 PM

Supporting the Compensation Committee: What, When, Why & How

Gain firsthand perspectives from experienced compensation committee members to help you establish more productive interactions with your board. Topics will include developing the compensation committee calendar and preparing the most relevant materials to help the compensation committee plan for their meetings, best processes for coordinating annual compensation reviews and feedback to the board, coordinating with the compensation committee on the CD&A and shareholder engagement needs, and other practical guidance to ensure that your HR and compensation team is an indispensable, strategic resource for your board.

  • Peter Browning, Board Member, Acuity Brands and ScanSource Inc.; Co-Author, The Director’s Manual: A Framework for Board Governance

  • James Clark, Head of Total Rewards, Shutterfly

  • Stuart Finkelstein, Senior Vice President, Total Rewards MasterCard

  • Dan Phelan, Independent Board Director, TE Connectivity

  • Moderator: Annette Leckie, Partner & Senior Consultant, Meridian Compensation Partners


4:05 PM – 4:55 PM

Looking Ahead to Future Compensation & Governance Trends

A distinguished panel will look at key takeaways from the 2016 proxy season and provide valuable guidance on how companies should be preparing for SEC rules and investor recommendations impacting executive compensation design, shareholder engagement, and corporate governance practices in the year ahead.

  • Diane Lerner, Managing Partner, Pay Governance

  • Bob McCormick, Chief Policy Officer, Glass Lewis & Co.

  • Dan Ryterband, Chief Executive Officer, Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.

  • Steve Van Putten, Managing Director, Pearl Meyer

  • Moderator: Shelly Carlin, Executive Vice President, Center On Executive Compensation


4:55 PM – 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks


5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

Dinner on own.


Wednesday, June 22


7:00 AM – 8:00 AM

Breakfast in Exhibit Hall


7:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Barista Stand

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8:00 AM – 8:10 AM

Welcome Remarks


8:10 AM – 9:00 AM

The Investors Perspective: Key Compensation Considerations

  • Jeff Barbieri, Assistant Vice President, Wellington Management Company

  • Candace Hewitt, Governance Analyst, TIAA-Cref

  • Maureen O’Brien, Director, Corporate Governance, The Marco Consulting Group

  • Moderator: Steven Pantina, Senior Managing Director, Georgeson


9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Industry Roundtables and Product Training

Attendees can choose to attend industry peer group discussions or a product training session with Equilar product experts who will walk thorugh the different features and capabilities of Equilar’s award-winning executive compensation benchmarking and shareholder engagement platform.

  1. Financial Services & Insurance - facilitated Meridian Compensation Partners

  2. Technology - facilitated Semler Brossy

  3. Industrials - facilitated by Pearl Meyer

  4. Healthcare - facilitated by Mercer

  5. Energy - facilitated by Pay Governance

  6. Regulated Utilities - facilitated by Pay Governance

  7. Retail & Leisure - facilitated by Pay Governance

  8. Consumer Products - facilitated by Compensation Advisory Partners


10:30 AM – 10:50 AM

Refreshments & Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

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10:50 AM – Noon

Industry Roundtables and Product Training Reconvene


Noon – 1:00 PM

Lunch Buffet in Exhibit Hall

Hosted by


1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Effective Design of Pay Programs & Pay Ratio Update

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Join us for an in-depth and engaging discussion about the effective design – and real world challenges – of executive pay programs. In the second part of our program, you’ll hear what a variety of organizations are doing to prepare their pay ratio calculations.

WorldatWork has assembled a panel of experts in the field of executive compensation to share their experiences and insights. Together you will explore the challenges and triumphs in designing executive pay programs that meet the challenges of today’s business and regulatory environments. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Part 1

    • Proxy analysis: Proxies have become so important, inspiring many sensational headlines. How can they be so different while still meeting the minimum requirements? What is the rationale behind what organizations report? Join us as we explore some effective design via proxy statements.

    • Short-term incentive design: Short-term incentive design and the challenges in choosing the right robust goals and timeframes for measurement that will result in sustained shareholder value over time.

      • Irv Becker, National Practice Leader, Executive Compensation, Korn Ferry Hay Group

      • Stephen Eliseo, Director, Executive Compensation, Johnson & Johnson

      • Blair Jones, Managing Director, Semler Brossy

      • Britt Wittman, Director, Executive Compensation, Intel Corp.

  • Part 2

    • The latest update regarding WorldatWork’s Pay Ratio Workgroup. The workgroup comprises representatives from more than a dozen companies who meet to discuss, collaborate and innovate with others who are calculating pay ratio, and to share how their companies are thinking about this work.

      • Cheryl Bierwagen, Senior Director, Executive Compensation, Nike Inc.

      • Stephen Eliseo, Director, Executive Compensation, Johnson & Johnson

      • Blair Jones, Managing Director, Semler Brossy

      • Brian Ruff, Director, Global Compensation and HR M&A, Eli Lilly and Company

      • Britt Wittman, Director, Executive Compensation, Intel Corp.

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