Thanks to all who supported and participated in Directors Forum 2018!

You can find articles on the forum by via the following links:

Earning It: Joann Lublin at Corporate Directors Forum 2018

Culture Impact: Directors Forum 2018

Shareholder Hot Topics: Corporate Directors Forum 2018

Be sure to reserve January 13-15, 2019 for Directors Forum 2019.

Directors Forum 2018, the 13th annual conference, had a special focus on the escalating issue of “culture” and its effects on business, from all perspectives. Participants – which include a unique gathering of investors, directors and management – engage in open, “off-the-record” dialogue about the topics affecting governance.

Keynote Speakers
Bruce E. Aust

Vice Chairman, Nasdaq & President, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Sharon Garrett

Director, Ross Stores; Fmr CIO, Walt Disney Co. ; Fmr EVP, American Medical Response

William D. Jones

Director, Sempra Energy; fmr Director, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; President, CEO & Director, CityLink Investment Corp. & City Scene Management Co.

Joann Lublin

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist & Management News Editor, The Wall Street Journal; Author, Earning It

Attendees say

"For the past 11 years The Directors Forum Conference has been an invaluable opportunity for my management team and my board to learn from and interact with some of the nation’s leading governance and business thought leaders. The experience has had an immediate and positive impact challenging our thinking and enhancing our learning."
- Garry Ridge, President & CEO, WD-40 Company
"The collaborative structure and spirit of the Forum leverages its diverse industrial representatives to surface a comprehensive set of issues Directors may face, and finds common ground in ways to work through these challenges"
- Mark Sopp, Former CFO, Leidos Holdings, Inc., SAIC
"As a large shareholder, we find great value in the constructive dialogue and discussions that take place between directors, management and shareholders at this conference."
- Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTRS
"The Directors Forum is a must-attend for investors and companies focused on corporate governance. In a space filled with a variety of conferences, Directors Forum is reliably the best gathering point for investors, public company executives and directors to all come together in constructive and sensible dialogue on current issues in governance."
- Abe Friedman, Founder and Managing Partner, CamberView Partners
"It’s one of my favorite board education events with a great mix of speakers and attendees."
- David Chun, Founder & CEO, Equilar, Inc.
"San Diego Corporate Directors Forum – one of the top directors groups in the country for education, relevance and timeliness.  This group has my wholehearted endorsement!"
- David Schlotterbeck, retired Chairman and CEO, CareFusion
"When subjects such as activist investors, risk management and regulatory enforcement are the focus of C suite and board room conversations, this conference provides participants a rare opportunity to learn, share insights and experiences, and actively engage with experts in the field."
- Donald Rosenberg, General Counsel, QUALCOMM Inc.
"The Directors Forum brings together great keynote speakers and panels of experts to discuss timely governance issues. They also provide plenty of time for Q & A so that the audience can really get engaged in the discussions. I highly recommend it."
- Janet M. Dolan, Director, Travelers Companies, Inc. and Wenger Corporation
"I have attended Directors Forum for many years, and encourage my fellow board members to be there, too. It is really top of the line. There are lots of conferences, but this is one I make sure is on my calendar every year!"
- Les Howe, Director, Jamba, Inc., NuVasive, Inc.
"Our company always finds Directors Forum to be an environment that fosters productive collaboration on a range of issues facing public companies and investors."
- Mark Preisinger, Director of Corporate Governance, The Coca-Cola Company
Join us in 2018 and help shape the conversation!
  • Hear from and communicate directly with major shareholders and stakeholders
  • Bring your fellow directors and management team for a unique learning experience
  • Attendance is limited to allow for high-quality interaction and personalized networking
  • Discuss the issues that matter most to you — in San Diego in January!


Who Should Attend?
  • CEOs and CFOs
  • Academia
  • Board Candidates
  • General Counsel
  • Corporate Secretaries
  • Board Chairs
  • Corporate Directors
  • Institutional Investors
  • Senior Corporate Officers
  • Advisors to the Board


Who Else is Speaking

Please visit our agenda to see all speakers!

Keynote Sponsors

Affiliate Sponsors

For questions about the Directors Forum conference or 2018 sponsorship details, please contact Corporate Directors Forum at 858/455-7930, or via email at

Corporate Directors Forum is a  San Diego-based, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization founded in 1991. Its purpose is to help directors, and those who support them, build more effective boards through continuous learning and peer-networking.  We believe that boards of directors are strategic assets of corporations, education makes better directors, better directors make boards more effective, and more effective boards make better corporations.

Please contact Corporate Directors Forum at 858/455-7930 or for more information on membership and events.