Thanks to all who supported and participated in Directors Forum 2017!
Read the coverage of the 2017 Conference: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 , Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6

Be sure to reserve January 21–23, 2018 for “Directors Forum 2018: Directors, Management & Shareholders in Dialogue.”

Now in its 12th year, Directors Forum: Directors, Management & Shareholders in Dialogue, is the premier conference that uniquely brings together investors, management, and directors—constituents who often have different opinions. We’re “agnostic” and seek only to assemble leaders with diverse viewpoints to engage in candid discussions about the most pressing topics impacting business and to facilitate an “off-the-record” dialogue among all attendees. This transparent discussion is what sets this conference apart from all others.

Keynote Speakers
Stephen Moore

Trump Campaign Economic Advisor; Fox News Contributor; Heritage Foundation Fellow

Clifton S. Robbins

Founder & CEO, Blue Harbour Group, L.P.

David L. Sokol

chair & CEO Teton Capital LLC; fmr Berkshire Hathaway: chair & CEO, NetJets; chair, Mid-America Energy Holding Co.

The Hon. Karen Valihura

Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware

Political winds are changing. We bring you the policy makers, and the thought leaders in business and corporate governance, to help  you navigate. The business environment continues to get more volatile and complex—this year may top all others! In a highly charged political environment, with increasing shareholder and stakeholder activism, expanding regulations, and rapid-fire technology advances, boards must be at the leading edge.

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 2017 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

The Aspen Institute
The Capital Group
Charles Schwab
Chevron Corporation
Council of Institutional Investors
Golden Living
Joele Frank

Medidata Solutions, Inc.
MSCI ESG Research
NuVasive, Inc.
Pearl Meyer
Prudential Financial, Inc.
Qualcomm, Inc.
Real Clear Politics
Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd
Sempra Energy

Society for Corporate Governance
University of San Diego, School of Law
U. S. Chamber of Commerce
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Waste Management, Inc.
… and others!
Keynote Sponsors

Affiliate Sponsors

For questions about the Directors Forum conference or 2017 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.