NextGen Directors Program

Our Objective

Accelerate shareholder value creation through the development and proactive placement of the next generation of diverse directors.

JUNE 21-22, 2018

Baker McKenzie
2 Embarcadero Center
Participant Fee – $6,000

*Participant fee of $6,000 only includes the cost of the program.
Travel and hotel accommodations are not included in the participant fee.

Please contact Keith Meyer at or
312.288.4907 if you have any questions related to our program plans.


The NextGen Directors Program is designed to accelerate the development and placement of the next generation of corporate board members. A diverse group of high-performing board leaders from both public and private companies comprise the program faculty. Each program will focus on creating an intimate peer-to-peer learning environment where the case method will be utilized to explore critical board issues and the key challenges facing newly appointed directors. Each class member will have the opportunity to build personal relationships with current board leaders via one-on-one introductory discussions followed by local networking sessions over the course of the next year. Class members will be invited back to participate in future NextGen Programs to stay abreast of emerging corporate governance issues while expanding their personal networks at the board level. Concurrently, participants will have the opportunity to develop long-term mentoring relationships with high-performing board leaders.


+ Please send a copy of your resume/CV with accurate details of your career progression, including current title and key responsibilities/accomplishments, prior board service, plus education with graduation year(s). (Your LinkedIn bio is fine, as long as it is up-to-date and includes all the information listed.)

+ We need your current contact information, including the best email address and phone number to reach you on.

+ Please confirm you have the support of your board/CEO to participate in the program.

+ The participant fee is $6,000. Please contact Keith Meyer at or 312.288.4907 if you have any questions related to our June program plans.


Day One

8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Program Overview and Introductions
8:45 AM Director Duties, Responsibilities and Rights
9:45 AM Break
Board Committees – Their Work and Impact
10:00 AM – Audit / Risk / Finance
11:00 AM – Management Development and Rewards
12:00 PM Lunch and Personal Journey
Board Committees – Their work and Impact, continued
1:15 PM – Nominating and Governance
2:15 PM Board Case and Group Discussion
3:45 PM Break
4:00 PM Board Priorities
5:30 PM Networking / Cocktails
6:15 PM Dinner and CEO Fireside Chat

Day Two

8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM The Role of the Board – CEO’s Perspective Panel
9:30 AM The Role of the Board – Investor’s Perspective Panel
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Director Selection Process – Insider’s Perspective
11:45 AM Lunch
12:15 PM One-on-One Meetings with Faculty
2:30 PM Wrap Up


Dr. Homa Bahrami – Dr. Bahrami is a senior lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, a faculty director at the Haas Center for Executive Education, and on the board of the Haas Center for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Bahrami has served on the board of directors of three public technology companies, including Fabrinet, where she is the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Chair. She is active in executive education and executive development in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Dr. Bahrami works with boards and executive teams on strategic alignment, enterprise transformation, leadership development, complex re-organizations, acquisition integration and governance challenges.

Sandra Beach Lin – Ms. Lin served as chief executive officer of Calisolar, Inc., a solar silicon company, until her retirement in 2011. Previously, she held senior leadership roles at Celanese Corporation, Avery Dennison and Alcoa. Ms. Lin currently serves on the boards of American Electric Power (AEP), Interface Biologics, PolyOne Corporation and WESCO, is the co-chair of Paradigm for Parity and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Nominating and Governance Committee Chair Advisory Council.

Peter da Silva Vint – Mr. da Silva Vint is vice president, Investment Stewardship at BlackRock. He previously worked in the Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan and was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and Linklaters LLP. Mr. da Silva Vint was the founder of Lusolnvest LLC and is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the University of Michigan Law School and the Yale School of Management.

Robert Deignan – Mr. Deignan is senior counsel at Baker McKenzie and has held various management positions at the firm for over 40 years, including serving as an Executive Committee member. Mr. Deignan has significant experience in the areas of corporate governance and board training. He has served on numerous not-for-profit, privately held and reporting company boards.  Mr. Deignan is a Directors Academy board member.

Lee Dutra – Mr. Dutra has been the San Francisco Office managing partner for EY since 2010 and a firm member since 1983. He has provided assurance services to multinational clients across a variety of industries and also held a number of firm leadership roles, including managing partner of EY’s Pacific Northwest Advisory Services and managing partner of the Walnut Creek Office. Additionally, he provided assurance and transaction advisory services to multinational clients in Germany for eight years.

Christine Heckart – Ms. Heckart is senior vice president and marketing leader at Cisco and previously chief marketing officer of Brocade. Prior to joining Brocade, Ms. Heckart served as executive vice president of strategy, marketing, people, and IT at ServiceSource, a provider of cloud applications and services for managing recurring revenue. Previously, she was chief marketing officer at NetApp and Juniper Networks. She was also general manager of Microsoft’s TV, video, and music business and president of TeleChoice. Ms. Heckart is a member of the board of directors at Lam Research and 6sense.

Beatriz Infante – Ms. Infante is the chief executive officer of BusinessExcelleration a strategic consulting firm focused on corporate transformation and renewal. She is a director on the boards of Liquidity Services and Sonus Networks along with the advisory boards of Guardian Analytics, Infrascale, Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Shoe Lovers. Ms. Infante was previously chief executive officer of ENXSuite (acquired by Infor), VoiceObjects (acquired by Voxeo), and Aspect Communications. Ms. Infante’s prior board service includes Ultatech, Emulex, 1010Data, RNA Networks, Netli and Sychron (including interim CEO role).

Terese Kemble – Ms. Kemble is the former senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Juniper Networks. Previously, Ms. Kemble served as senior vice president of human resources at Lam Research, where she guided strategy across all aspects of compensation, benefits, employee development, staffing and systems while the company underwent major growth. Prior to that, she held senior executive roles with TE Connectivity and Applied Materials. Ms. Kemble currently serves on the advisory board of Mezzetta.

Steve Klemash – Mr. Klemash is the Americas leader for EY’s Center for Board Matters where he regularly engages with board and committee members to understand their views, exchange ideas and discuss best practices. Prior to his current role, he served as the managing partner-accounts for the Central Region of EY where he managed $2.4 billion revenue stream that integrated the firm’s Assurance, Tax, Transaction Advisory Services and Advisory service lines. Mr. Klemash serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees at Robert Morris University and was a past board member of the United Way of Allegheny County, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Corporate Growth.

Glen Messina – Mr. Messina, is the former CEO and president of PHH Corporation. His previous leadership roles included serving as CFO of GE’s equipment services business; CEO of GE’s mortgage services business and CEO of GE Chemical and Monitoring Solutions.  Mr. Messina also served as CFO of GE Capital Mortgage and had prior financial leadership roles at Bell Atlantic.

Keith Meyer – Mr. Meyer is the president of the Directors Academy and global head of the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners. Mr. Meyer was founder and managing partner of Park Avenue Advisors and previously was vice chairman and managing partner of the Global Board Consulting Practice and co-leader of the North America CEO & Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Meyer held a variety of operations, corporate development and finance leadership roles with Exxon and PepsiCo. He was also a member of McKinsey’s global Energy Practice.  He has previously been named to the D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance.  Mr. Meyer is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Matt Quarles – Mr. Quarles is a partner with Pay Governance with nearly 20 years of executive compensation consulting experience. Prior to joining Pay Governance in 2016, Mr. Quarles was a principal with Compensia, a consulting firm he joined in 2009. Prior to Compensia, Mr. Quarles experience includes approximately 10 years with Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) in Los Angeles, California and Boston, Massachusetts.

Barbara Scherer – Ms. Scherer is the former senior vice president and chief financial officer of Plantronics and the former vice president and chief financial officer of StreamLogic. She currently serves on the boards of NetGear, Ansys and Ultra Clean with Audit Committee Chair experience on each board. Previously, Ms. Scherer served on the board of Keithley Instruments where she also was the Audit Committee Chair.

Eric Stang – Mr. Stang is chairman, president, and CEO of Ooma, a leading provider of cloud based telecommunications and other connected service for small business, home, and mobile users. Mr. Stang joined Ooma from Reliant Technologies, a medical technology company, where he served as president and CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Reliant Technologies, he was chairman, president, and CEO at Lexar, no subsidiary of Micron. Eric has also held senior roles Raychem (now a division of Tyco), Monitor Company, and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Stang also serves on the board of directors of Rambus, InvenSense, and other private companies.

Chris Stevens – Mr. Stevens is vice president, corporate services at NASDAQ. Previously, he was vice president and global head of sales and account management, GCS at NASDAQ. Prior to NASDAQ, Mr. Stevens was global director and head of sales, value added services for Gfk, a boutique research firm. Earlier in his career, Mr. Stevens worked for First Coverage in institutional sales roles.

Jennifer Vogel – Ms. Vogel has 25 years of leadership experience in the airline and energy industries, and has served on four public company boards. She is the former senior vice president, general counsel, secretary and chief compliance officer of Continental Airlines. Ms. Vogel serves on the board of AAR and was previously a director of Virgin Airlines, American Science and Engineerings, Inc. and Clearwire. She also served on the national board of directors of the General Counsel Forum and is the founder of InVista Advisors.

Paul Williams – Mr. Williams is the co-leader of the North America Board Practice of Allegis Partners. He is a member of the board of directors for Essendant and Compass Minerals.  He currently is the Compensation Committee chairman for Compass Minerals and the Nominating and Governance Committee chairman for Essendant. Mr. Williams is also the president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He has served as the lead independent director of State Auto Financial Corporation, as well as the Compensation Committee chairman and CEO Search Committee chairman for Bob Evans Restaurants.  Mr. Williams served for several years as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 company. His career began as a corporate and securities associate with the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease.  Mr. Williams is a Directors Academy board member.

Heather Wolf – Ms. Wolf is a managing director in the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners and the program director for the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a Financial Times conference series for public company directors. In her role, she works with FT journalists, governance experts and sitting board leaders to set the agenda and engage speakers for ODX events in the US, Europe and Asia. She also runs the Outstanding Directors awards program, which has recognized exemplary independent board members annually since 1998. Prior to joining the FT in 2004, Ms. Wolf spent 15 years in management consulting, including eight as a principal at Capgemini. She began her career at Aon Hewitt.  Ms. Wolf is a Directors Academy board member.

Dennis Zeleny – Mr. Zeleny is founder of Zeleny Consultants LLC and works closely with senior C-suite leaders including CEOs, boards, chief human resources officers and their teams. Mr. Zeleny was senior vice president, administration and chief human resources officer for Sunoco and concurrently serves as senior vice president human resources fur Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. Mr Zeleny served as a member of the board of directors of Sunoco Logistics and of SunCoke Energy during its IPO. Mr. Zeleny also held several human resources leadership positions at PepsiCo and later global head of human resources roles at Honeywell, DuPont, and Caremark Rx.

Rob Zivnuska – Mr. Zivnuska is a partner at CamberView Partners, the leading investor-;ed advisor to public companies on shareholder engagement, activism, contested situations and other complex governance matters. Mr. Zivnuska previously served as head of the Americas Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at BlackRock where he managed all aspects of the corporate governance function for the firm’s equity investment in over 5,000 companies based in North America and South America. Prior to BlackRock, he was a corporate attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.


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