NextGen Directors Program

Our Objective

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

NEW YORK CITY, NY
NOVEMBER 13-14, 2018

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 kmeyer@directorsacademy.com or
312.288.4907 if you have any questions related to our program plans.

NEXTGEN DIRECTORS PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.

PARTICIPANT INFORMATION

+ 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 kmeyer@directorsacademy.com or 312.288.4907 if you have any questions related to our November program plans.

PROGRAM AGENDA

Day One

8:00 AM Breakfast New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South, Olympic Suite 1, 10th floor
8:30 AM Program Overview & Introductions Keith Meyer
9:00 AM Director Duties, Responsibilities & Rights Bob Deignan
Board Committees – Their Work & Impact
10:00 AM Audit / Risk / Finance Committees Billie Williamson / Danita Ostling
11:00 AM Break
Board Committees – Their Work & Impact
11:15 AM Management Development & Rewards Committee Christine Heckart / Rajive Johri / Lynn Tetrault
12:15 PM Lunch & Personal Journey Discussion Keith Meyer / Patricia Diaz Dennis
Board Committees – Their Work & Impact, continued
1:15 PM Nominating & Governance Committee Paul Williams / Patricia Diaz Dennis / James White
2:15 PM Board Priorities Steve Klemash 
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Board Case & Faculty Discussion Bob Glauber 
5:30 PM Networking/Cocktails New York Athletic Club, Olympic Suite 2-3, 10th Floor
6:15 PM Dinner & Transitioning From the C-Suite to the Boardroom Discussion Keith Meyer / Denio Alvarado / Christine Heckart / James White / Dennis Zeleny

Day Two

8:00 AM Breakfast Metropolitan Club, 1 East 60th Street, Governor’s Room
8:30 AM The Role of the Board – CEO’s Perspective Panel Keith Meyer / Sandy Beach Lin / Rajive Johri / Glen Messina
9:30 AM The Role of the Board – Emerging Investor Issues Christine Heckart / Martyn Chapman / Bob McCormick 
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Director Selection Process – Insider’s Perspective Keith Meyer 
11:40 AM Who’s Remaking Your Board Outstanding Director’s Exchange (ODX) Panel Discussion
12:30 PM Lunch & Landing Your First Board Discussion Theresa Boyce
1:30 PM One-on-One Meetings with Faculty
3:00 PM Wrap Up

PROGRAM FACULTY

Denio Alvarado – Mr. Alvarado is the chief operating officer, and a board member, of Universal Weather and Aviation (UWA). UWA is a privately held company providing products and services to the business and general aviation industry. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Alvarado was the vice president global aviation security for International SOS and Control Risks. Mr. Alvarado began his career with the U.S. Air Force and served as a pilot, division chief, director, operations, and lastly as director, acquisitions and requirements for the Presidential Airlift Group.

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.

Theresa Boyce – Ms. Boyce is founder, chair and CEO of the CEO Trust, a group of associations for top executives based in New York. Prior to the CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce managed start-ups, business unit ramp-ups, and turnarounds across a number of entrepreneurial ventures and multi-billion dollar companies.  She started her career at KPMG and obtained her initial marketing and sales training with P&G. In addition to leading the CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce is active in various for-profit and non-profit boards, including Chippenhook Corporation and Hodak Value Advisors.

Martyn Chapman – Mr. Chapman serves as head of strategy for Nasdaq Governance Solutions, supporting product development and commercial strategies for Nasdaq’s flagship governance offering, Nasdaq Boardvantage. He has over 15 years of governance industry experience serving boards of FTSE100 and Fortune 500 companies with a focus on innovating corporate governance practices through technology. Prior to joining NASDAQ, he was principal, governance strategy and innovation for GRC Technology Limited. He spent six years with ICSA Software, between 2011 to 2017 he was executive management for the software division of ICSA, The Governance Institute and in 2017 he was the integration lead, ICSA Software and ICSA Boardroom Apps into Diligent Corporation.

Robert Deignan – Mr. Deignan is a retired Baker McKenzie partner and 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.

Patricia Diaz Dennis – Ms. Diaz Dennis joined SBC Communications in 1995 as a Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel and she served in a variety of positions for the company, which later became AT&T.  Prior to SBC/AT&T, Ms. Diaz Dennis served as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in 1992-1993.  She was also appointed to the National Labor Relations Board in 1983, and as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission three years later.  Ms. Diaz Dennis is currently a director of Amalgamated Bank, Entravision Communications Corporation and U.S. Steel.  She is also a member of the NHP Foundation and LBJ Family Wealth Advisors boards.

Robert Glauber – Mr. Glauber is a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of NASD (now FINRA), from 2000 to 2006. Previously he was under secretary of the Treasury for Finance from 1989 to 1992 and a professor of finance at the Harvard Business School for 25 years. Mr. Glauber is director at Northeast Bancorp. He has also served on the boards of Freddie Mac, Moody’s, Pioneer Global Asset Management and XL Group.  Mr. Glauber is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Christine Heckart – Ms. Heckart most recently was 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.

Rajive Johri – Mr. Johri is the former president of First National Bank of Omaha and executive vice president, marketing, Chase Cardmember Services at JPMorgan Chase.  He began his career with IBM in India and joined Citibank in 1985 as the Eastern India Area Director charged with launching their local consumer banking business. Mr. Johri later started Citi’s credit card business in Asia Pacific and then led the company’s regional card products organization.  Today Mr. Johri is a member of the Conagra Brands board and previously a member of the boards of Charter Communications and First National of Nebraska, Inc.  He is the former chair of the board of Semantifi Inc. and chair emeritus of Boys Town USA.

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 a $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 for Corporate Growth.

Robert McCormick – Mr. McCormick is a partner with CamberView Partners and previously served as chief policy officer of Glass Lewis where for over a decade he oversaw the analysis, voting recommendations and report writing on management and shareholder proposals on over 20,000 shareholder meetings of public companies in more than 100 countries.  He also led the firm’s engagement efforts and was responsible for developing Glass Lewis’ proxy voting guidelines.  Prior, to Glass Lewis, Mr. McCormick was director of Investment Policy Research at Fidelity Investments where he managed the proxy voting of 700 mutual funds and accounts holding 5,000 securities worth $1 trillion.

Glen Messina – Mr. Messina is the CEO and president of Ocwen Financial and the former CEO 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.

Danita Ostling – Ms. Ostling is a partner and the Professional Practice Director for EY’s Northeast Region where she is responsible for consultations on accounting and auditing matters as well as risk management for the assurance practice in the Northeast. Previously, Danita was the Americas IFRS Technical Leader and a co-director of EY’s Assurance Professional Practice – Accounting where she led the Business Combinations / Consolidation team. Prior her appointment as Americas IFRS Leader, Danita served eight years in London as the Deputy Director of EY’s Global Assurance Professional Practice.  From 1993 to 1999, Danita was a vice president in the Corporate Accounting Policy and Advisory Group of Citigroup, and before joining Citigroup she was a project manager at the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Prior to that, Danita was a senior manager in EY’s National Accounting Services department in New York and an audit manager in the Dallas office.

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.

Lynn Tetrault – Ms. Tetrault is the former executive vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at AstraZeneca plc.  Previously, she served as vice president of Corporate Affairs and vice president of Human Resources and Global Drug Development for AstraZeneca U.S., a subsidiary of AstraZeneca plc.  Ms. Tetrault joined Astra USA as associate general counsel and was previously in private law practice specializing in general corporate and health care law.  She currently serves on the boards of Neogenomics and Women’s Way.  She is active in the development of the Paradigm for Parity initiative focused on achieving corporate leadership gender parity by 2030.

James D. White – Mr. White is the chairman of the board of the Directors Academy. He was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jamba Inc. from 2008 until his retirement. Before Jamba, he held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White is currently chairman of the board of Adtelem Global Education, executive chairman of Bradshaw International and a director of Panera Bread Company.  He was previously chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of CallidusCloud and Hillshire Brands.  Mr. White is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

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.

Billie Williamson – Ms. Williamson has over three decades of experience auditing public companies as a partner of Ernst & Young.  In addition, she served as senior vice president, finance and corporate controller of Marriott International and chief financial officer of AMX Corporation.  While at Ernst & Young, Ms. Williamson served as the Americas Inclusiveness Officer, a member of its Americas Executive Board and head of the Center for Strategic Transactions in the southwest region.  Ms. Williamson has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Annies, Beneficient Company Group LP, CSRA, Cushman & Wakefield, Energy Future Holdings, ITT Exelis, Janus Capital Group, Pentair plc and XL Group Ltd.  Ms. Williamson 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 served as senior vice president human resources for 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.

NEXTGEN PROGRAM TEAM

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