NextGen Directors Program

Our Objective

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

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 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 November program plans.


Day One

8:00 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM Program Overview and Introductions
9:15 AM Director Duties, Responsibilities and Rights
10:15 AM Board Committees – Their Work and Impact
– Nominating and Governance
11:15 AM Break
11:30 AM Finding and Onboarding First Time Directors –Panel Discussion with Outstanding Directors Exchange
12:30 PM Lunch with Outstanding Directors Exchange
1:30 PM Board Committees – Their work and Impact, continued
– Audit/Finance/Risk
2:30 PM – Management Development and Rewards
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Board Case
4:45 PM Faculty Discussion – Board Case Issues
5:45 PM Networking/Cocktails
6:30 PM Dinner and First Board Experience Discussion

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 – Insiders Perspective
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM One-on-One Meetings with Faculty
2:00 PM Wrap Up


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.

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, XL Group plc and Pioneer Global Asset Management S.P.A. Mr. Glauber has also served on the boards of Freddie Mac and Moody’s.  Mr. Glauber is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Daniel Goelzer – Mr. Goelzer is senior counsel at Baker McKenzie and has extensive experience in the areas of corporate governance, compliance with SEC disclosure and financial reporting requirements and financial institution regulatory issues.  He became partner in 1990 after seven years as General Counsel of the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The SEC appointed Mr. Goelzer as a founding member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).  The PCAOB is responsible for oversight and regulation of the auditors of U.S. public companies and securities broker-dealers.  He was acting chairman from August 2009 through January 2011 and then left the PCAOB at the end of his term in 2012 and returned to Baker McKenzie.

Wayne Hewett – Mr. Hewett is chief executive officer of Klockner Pentaplast Group, a leading supplier of plastic films.  He previously was chief executive officer of Arysta LifeScience Corporation prior to the sale of the company to Platform Specialty Products Corporation.  Mr. Hewett’s early career included over 20 years with General Electric where he was chief executive officer of GE Advance Materials; president of GE Plastics Pacific and Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations and a member of the company’s Corporate Executive Council.  Mr. Hewett currently serves on the board of The Home Depot and previously was a director at Ingredion.

Heather Hiles – Ms. Hiles has founded six ventures over the past two decades, including Pathbrite, a leading digital portfolio platform that was acquired by Cengage in 2015.  Pathbrite is the largest digital portfolio platform in the market and serves more than five million users.  Ms. Hiles is currently deputy director, solutions, post secondary success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  She has an extensive track record of raising capital and holds the distinction of having raised most venture capital funding for any African American woman founder.  After receiving her MBA from Yale University, she worked in the financial services sector in M&A roles.  Ms. Hiles has served on over a dozen boards including Liberty & Justice, a clothing company. Ms. Hiles is a Directors Academy board member.

Robert Maricich – Mr. Maricich is chief executive officer of International Market Centers (IMC) the leading owner and operator of showroom space for furnishing, home décor and gift industries.  Mr. Maricich led the formation of IMC in 2011 through over $1 billion of funding from Bain Capital Partners, Oaktree Capital Management, Related Companies, Bassett Furniture Industries and other entities.  Previously, Mr. Maricich was chief executive officer of Century Furniture Industries and American Drew Furniture.  He serves on the board of Flexsteel Industries and is a past chair of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association board of directors executive committee.

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 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.

James Nevels – Mr. Nevels is chairman of The Swarthmore Group, an investment advisory firm which he founded in 1991. He has more than thirty years of experience in the securities and investment industry.  Mr. Nevels is a director of Alcoa Corporation, First Data Corporation and WestRock Company. Previously, Mr. Nevels was the chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and Lead Director of the board of The Hershey Company.  Mr. Nevels is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

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.

Tracy Porter – Mr. Porter is Executive Director of the NextGen Director program and president and chief executive officer of Premiere Solutions LLC, a fleet management and equipment procurement services firm. Mr. Porter is a Trustee of the University of San Francisco where he is Vice Chair of the Audit Committee.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Football League Alumni Association.

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 last year. Before Jamba, he held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White was previously chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of Panera Bread Company. He is currently Executive Chairman of Bradshaw International and serves on the boards of Adtelem Global Education and CallidusCloud.  He also served on the board of Hillshire Brands prior to the company’s acquisition by Tyson Foods. Mr. White is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Heather Wolf – Ms. Wolf is 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.

Paul Williams – Mr. Williams is the co-leader of the North America CEO & Board Practice of Allegis Partners. He has been a member of the board of directors for Essendant, Bob Evans Farms and Compass Minerals.  He currently is the Compensation Committee chairman for Compass Minerals. 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 and sat on numerous charitable and educational boards.  Mr. Williams served for several years as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health. 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.


Our Advisors advance the Directors Academy mission through the sponsorship and participation of high-performing senior executive talent and access to future board opportunities.

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