October 31 - November 1, 2017
Westin Copley Place
Boston, MA

Seminar Agenda (subject to change)

ESSENTIALS Express - Tuesday, October 31, 2017
7:30 - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

7:30 am - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall
7:30 am - 5:30 pm Registration
8:15 - 8:30 am

Welcome & Introductions

Darla C. Stuckey
President & CEO
Society for Corporate Governance

Margaret Shukur (Seminar Chair)
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc.

8:30 - 9:30 am

General Session: Fundamentals of Corporate Governance & Sources of Authority

»What is "corporate governance?"

»Overview of relevant state (Delaware) and federal laws

»Board fiduciary duties and business judgment rule

»Overview of significant case law

»What constitutes "good governance"

»Articles of incorporation, by-laws, delegations of authority and charters

»Policies, codes of conduct and governance principles

Brian V. Breheny (Leader), Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Stacey K. Geer, Executive Vice President, Chief Governance Officer, Deputy General Counsel, Primerica


9:30 - 10:30 am

General Session: Internal Sources of and Limits on Governance Authority

»Articles of Incorporation


»Delegations of Authority

»Committee Charters

»Resolutions and Consents

»Corporate Governance Principles

»Corporate Policies

»Code of Business Conduct

Lori I. Zyskowski (Leader), Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Raj B. Dave, Chief Securities Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Newell Brands

10:30 - 10:45 am Refreshment Break
10:45 - 11:45 am

General Session: Board & Committee Meetings: Best Practices

»Number of meetings

»Forward looking schedules

»Agenda development


»Logistical support (travel, lodging, food)

»Scripts and follow-up

»Strategy retreats

Kerri Riley Ansello (Leader), Assistant Vice President & Senior Counsel, Sun Life Financial Inc.
Shelley J. Dropkin, Deputy Corporate Secretary & General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Citigroup Inc.
Jeffrey Pochowicz, Director & Senior Counsel, Discover Financial Services
David G. Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Chief Securities Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Sotheby's

11:45 am- 1:30 pm

Luncheon & Address: "My Life as a Corporate Secretary"

Douglas M. Hagerman, Retired Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Rockwell Automation, Inc. 

1:30 - 2:15 pm

General Session: Board Materials and Preparation

»Timeline for materials preparation

»Review and approval of board materials

»Executive summaries

»Mailing and/or uploading to your portal

»Evolution of portals, and best use now

Lori B. Marino (Leader), Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, ITT Inc.
Kevin Williams, Vice President, Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, AutoZone, Inc.


2:15 - 3:30 pm

General Session: Taking Minutes


»Required elements


»Protecting privilege

»Executive sessions

»Draft and review process

»Special situations

»Post-approval changes

»Review by auditors or regulators

Michelle L. Potter (Leader), Corporate Secretary, Santander Holdings USA, Inc.
Virginia Fogg, General Counsel, Norfolk Southern Corporation
Timothy Ring, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, MetLife, Inc.

3:30 - 4:00 pm Refreshment Break
4:00 - 4:45 pm

General Session: Annual Meetings I

» Proxy statement drafting, schedule & logistics

» Notice and Access and mailing

» Dealing with management and shareholder proposals

» Reviewing proxy advisory firm recommendations

Mary Lou Weber (Leader), Assistant General Counsel, Verizon Communications Inc.
Craig Brown, Assistant Corporate Secretary, Senior Managing Counsel, MasterCard Incorporated
Hagen J. Ganem, Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

4:45 - 5:30 pm

General Session: Annual Meetings II

» Scripts, agendas, briefing books, logistics

» Soliciting proxies, tabulating and reporting the vote

» Virtual meetings

Courtney S. Kamlet (Leader), Senior Corporate Counsel, INC Research, LLC
Katherine R. Kelly, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Adam R. Kokas, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Human Resources Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. 



5:30 - 6:30 pm Networking Reception
for Essentials attendees & faculty
sponsored by Diligent
7:15 - 8:15 am Continental Breakfast
7:15 am - 5:30 pm Exhibit Hall
7:15 am - 5:30 pm Registration
8:00 - 8:15 am Welcome & Introductions
8:15 - 9:00 am

Concurrent Sessions:

Public Company Track: Shareholder Engagement

»How to identify your shareholders (retail v. institutional)

» Shareholder voting policies

»How to be effective in talking to your shareholders

» How shares are voted by institutional investors

»Board involvement

»Proactive v. reactive approaches

»Shareholder proposals

Katherine A. Smith (Leader), Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Exelon Corporation
John S. Kim, Counsel, General Motors Company
Christina Maguire, Vice President, Proxy Voting & Governance Research, BNY Mellon

Private Company Track: Going Public or Staying Private

» JOBS Act Relief

» Private Equity activity

» Acquisitions

» Emerging Growth Companies and Unicorns

Annemarie Tierney (Leader), Vice President - Head of Strategy & New Markets, Nasdaq
Jeff Stein, Partner, WilmerHale


9:00 - 10:15 am

Concurrent Sessions:

Public Company Track: Regulation & Disclosure

»Regulators: Overview of SEC and stock exchanges

»Compliance with SEC regulations

»Forms 3, 4, and 5 and Form 144

»Compliance with listing standards

»Basics of disclosure

»Periodic reports (Forms 10-Q and 10-K), current reports (Form 8-K)

»Proxy statement

Jacob Bernstein (Leader), Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary, Booz Allen Hamilton
Bryan K. Brown, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Colleen M. McIntosh, Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Assistant General Counsel - Corporate Services, CVS Health Corporation

Private Company Track: Private Company Governance: Best Practices

»Defining the board's role

» Compliance

» Conflicts of Interest

» Board Composition and refreshment

» Entity/subsidiary governance

» Compensation disclosures

» Corporate governance disclosure act

» Risk Oversight

Marla G. Zwas (Leader), General Counsel, Truck Hero, Inc.
Eric Sherbet, General Counsel, Pharma Services Group of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.


10:15 - 10:30 am Refreshment Break
10:30 - 11:30 am

General Session: Corporate Entity Management

»Important legal significance

»Different types of and impact on the company


»Selection of directors and officers

»Maintenance, annual filings


»Systems for support


Melinda J. Brown (Leader), Former General Counsel, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.
Jesse R. Moore, Associate General Counsel, Corporate, inVentiv Health, Inc.
Maggie Palen, Director, Office of the Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc.

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

General Session: The ABCs of ESG Investing: An Interview

» What is SRI & ESG?
» Sustainable investing growth
» Climate change
» Board diversity
» Investor Engagement

Granville Martin (Interviewer), Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Society for Corporate Governance
Timothy Smith, Director of ESG, Shareowner Engagement, Boston Trust & Investment Management Company


12:15 - 1:30 pm

Luncheon & Address
Essentials & Eastern New England Chapter Program Attendees invited to participate

“Proactive Governance in a Volatile World”
           • Brackett B. Denniston
, Senior Counsel, Litigation, Goodwin Procter LLP


1:25 pm Essentials Seminar concludes

Eastern New England Chapter Conference Agenda - Wednesday, November 1, 2017
11:00 am - 5:30 pm Registration
12:15 - 1:30 pm

Luncheon & Address
Essentials& Eastern New England Chapter Conference Attendees invited to participate

1:45 - 2:45 pm

SEC Update with former Directors of SEC Division of Corporation Finance

Meredith Cross, Partner, WilmerHale

Keith Higgins, Chair, Securities & Governance Practice, Ropes and Gray LLP

2:45 - 3:45 pm

Panel 1: Board Recruitment: What do Investors Want?

» Trends in Board Tenure, gender and diversity requirements of investors

» Board Refreshment: recruitment, assessment, gap analysis

» How to conduct/manage a search for new board members


Arthur Meyers, Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP (Moderator)

Laurie Cerveny, Partner, Morgan Lewis

Matt DiGuiseppe, Vice President, Head of America, Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors

Anthony Goodman, Consultant, Board & CEO Advisory Group, Russell Reynolds Associates

Brian T. Sandstrom, Counsel - Corporate, Securities & Finance, General Electric Company

 3:45 - 4:00 pm Refreshment Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Panel 2: Crisis Management, Crisis Communications & Board Responsibilities

» Typical scenarios: a bad quarter, a bad outcome (loss of a major contract, denial of antitrust approval in a merger, FCPA or sexual harassment investigation), a crisis (loss/unexpected departure/death of key executive; produce recall; terrorism (Marathon bombing)

» Board communications: how often, how much

» External communications

» Readiness


Joseph J. Basile, Partner, Co-Chair, Business Department, Foley Hoag LLP (Moderator)

Geri Denterlein, Founder & CEO, Denterlein Communications

Cristina Gonzalez, VP, Deputy General Counsel, Staples, Inc.

Thomas Grilk, Chief Executive Officer, Boston Athletic Association

Mark L. Krotoski, Partner, Morgan Lewis

5:00 pm

Reception hosted by Ropes and Gray LLP