Directors Forum 2017 Agenda

Sunday, January 22, 2017
5:00 6:00pm
Opening Cocktail Reception

– Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego

Dinner and Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Karen Valihura, Justice, Supreme Court of Delaware
(Includes After-Dinner Social in the Rotunda)

Monday, January 23, 2017
Breakfast & Registration
8:00 8:15am
Welcome & Introductions:

Linda Sweeney, Executive Director, Corporate Directors Forum
Larry G. Stambaugh and Michael J. Berthelot, Conference Program Co-Chairs

Conference Open:
Aeisha Mastagni and Margaret Foran, Meeting Co-Chairs

8:15 9:30am
Plenary Session: "Shareholder Hot Topics"

What’s on their radar for 2017?


Aeisha Mastagni, portfolio manager, corporate governance, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)


Allison Bennington, Partner, General Counsel, ValueAct Capital
Kenneth A. Bertsch, Executive Director, Council of Institutional Investors
Gwen Le Berre, Director, Proxy & Governance, Charles Schwab Investment Management
Darren Robbins, Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

9:30 9:45am
Networking Break
9:45 11:00am
Plenary Session: "Boardroom Issues of the Future: Arriving Today!"

With shareholders and regulators proposing and mandating more and more disclosures such as: ESG, board and employee diversity, pay ratio, term limits–are you ready?


Darla Stuckey, President & CEO, Society for Corporate Governance


Mary Francis, Corporate Secretary & Chief Governance Officer, Chevron Corporation
Paula Loop,
Partner, Leader, Center for Board Governance, PwC
Martha Wyrsch, EVP & General Counsel, Sempra Energy; Director, Spectris (SXS:LSE)
Matt DiGuiseppe , Director, Stewardship & Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF

11:00 11:15am
Networking Break
11:15 12:30pm
Plenary Session: "Can We Really Govern for the Long-Term vs the Quarterly Fixation?”

We say we want freedom to think/act for the long haul; yet investors, companies, analysts and the public seem to be “hard-wired” to focus on the short-term. A look at progress made, and enduring challenges.


Frank Partnoy, George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance; Director, University of San Diego Center for Corporate and Securities Law


Robert J. Jackson, Jr., Professor of Law; Director, Program on Corporate Law & Policy, Columbia Law School
Yumi Narita,
VP, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, BlackRock
Devina Rankin, Vice President & Treasurer, Waste Management, Inc.
Judith Samuelson, Founder & Executive Director for Business & Society Program, The Aspen Institute

12:30 2:00pm
Keynote Speaker:
David L. Sokol, Chair & CEO Teton Capital LLC; Former Berkshire Hathaway: Chair & CEO,  NetJets; Chair, Mid-America Energy Holding Co.
2:00 2:15pm
Networking Break
2:15 3:30pm
Plenary Session: "Evolving Ways of Shareholder Engagement (because they can’t take most of your calls…)"

Shareholders want more engagement. The question is HOW to get in front of them? What do investors expect from boards, and what do boards need from investors?


Sarah Teslik, Of Counsel, Joele Frank; Former SVP Public Affairs, Communications & Governance, Apache Corporation


Anne Chapman, VP, Fund Business Management, The Capital Group
John Cummings, SVP, Investor Relations,
Margaret M. Foran, Chief Governance Officer, VP & Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial Inc.
Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)

3:30 3:45pm
Networking Break
3:45 5:00pm
Plenary Session: "Two Days In: The Political Landscape in 2017, and What it Portends for Business"

Just 2 days into the new Administration, it’s anyone’s guess about what will happen to Dodd Frank, regulation, tax code, healthcare, etc. Political affairs experts will share their predictions!


Linda Sweeney, Executive Director, Corporate Directors Forum


Rebecca Berg, National Political Reporter, RealClearPolitics
Thomas Quaadman, EVP, Chamber Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness, US Chamber of Commerce

Cocktail Reception

– Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego

Dinner and Keynote Speaker:
Clifton S. Robbins, Founder & CEO, Blue Harbour Group, in a “fireside chat” with Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTRS
(Includes After-Dinner Social in the Rotunda)
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Breakfast & Registration
8:00 9:15am
Plenary Session: “Are We Paying CEOs Too Much?”

Executive comp is front and center on the minds of shareholders, regulators—and politicians. What IS pay? What IS performance? What are the right time frames for measuring performance? And what to do about the perception that pay is not tied to performance?


David Chun, Founder & CEO, Equilar, Inc.


Ric Marshall, Executive Director & Senior Research Analyst of Corporate Governance, MSCI | ESG Research
David Swinford, President and CEO, Pearl Meyer & Partners
Neil Kurtz, MD, Compensation Chair, Medidata Solutions, Inc.; President & CEO, Golden Living; Director, TeamHealth

9:15 9:30am
Networking Break
9:30 10:45am
Plenary Session: “Bureaucracy vs Business: What to DO about Regulation Escalation and Overreach”

With 600 new rules at a cost of $734 Billion and counting; directors, management & shareholders agree that too much regulation can stifle growth, and the number of public companies continues to shrink. What can we DO about it?


Dennis McCuistion, Executive Director, Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, University of Texas at Dallas


Theodore Mirvis, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Brandon Rees, Deputy Director, Office of Investment, AFL-CIO
Donald J. Rosenberg, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Qualcomm, Inc.; Director, NuVasive, Inc.

10:45 11:00am
Networking Break
11:00 12:00
Keynote Speaker:
Stephen Moore, Trump Campaign Economic Advisor; Fox News Contributor; Heritage Foundation Fellow
12:00 12:15pm
Closing Remarks & Box Lunches

Margaret Foran and Aeisha Mastagni, Meeting Co-Chairs

Keynote Sponsors

Affiliate Sponsors

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