NextGen Directors Program

Our Objective

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

SEPTEMBER 27-28, 2018

Baker McKenzie
700 Louisiana Street, Suite 3000
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 September program plans.


Thursday, September 27

7:45 AM Breakfast Baker McKenzie Office, 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 3000
8:15 AM Program Overview & Introductions Keith Meyer
8:45 AM Director Duties, Responsibilities & Rights  Bob Deignan
9:45 AM Break
Board Committees – Their Work and Impact
10:00 AM Audit /Risk / Finance Deborah Byers / Jonathan Mariner / Billie Williamson
11:00 AM Management Development & Rewards  Sandy Beach Lin / Matt Quarles / Dennis Zeleny
12:00 PM Lunch & Personal Journey Discussion Heather Wolf & Billie Williamson
Board Committees – Their Work & Impact, continued
1:15 PM Nominating & Governance Paul Williams / Jennifer Vogel / James White
2:15 PM Board Priorities Deborah Byers
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Board Case & Group Discussion Robert Glauber
5:45 PM Networking/Cocktails Houstonian Hotel, Manor House, 111 North Post Oak Lane
6:30 PM Dinner & CEO Fireside Chat Keith Meyer / James White, Manor House

Friday, September 28

8:00 AM Breakfast Baker McKenzie Office, 700 Louisiana Street, Suite 3000
8:30 AM The Role of the Board – CEO’s Perspective Panel Keith Meyer / Sandy Beach Lin / Wayne Hewett / Glen Messina / James White
9:30 AM The Role of the Board – Investor’s Perspective Panel Heather Wolf / Peter da Silva Vint / Chris Stevens / Rob Zivnuska
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Director Selection Process – Insider’s Perspective Keith Meyer
11:45 AM Lunch
12:15 PM One-on-One Meetings with Faculty
2:30 PM Wrap Up Keith Meyer


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.

Deborah Byers – Ms. Byers is the Americas Sector & Solutions leader at EY. She previously served as the U.S. Oil and Gas leader, managing partner of the firm’s Houston office, and also the Southwest region’s energy market transaction leader and managing partner. Ms. Byers has more than 30 years of experience serving multinationals with in-depth expertise on structuring and financing corporate expansions and joint ventures.

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 LusoInvest 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 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.

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.

Wayne Hewett – Mr. Hewett is chairman of DiversiTech Corporation and the former chief executive officer of Klockner Pentaplast Group.  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.

Jonathan Mariner – Mr. Mariner served as chief financial officer of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2002 to 2014 when he was named chief investment officer of the $1.5 billion pension plan and the league’s strategic investment fund.  Mr. Mariner retired last year and launched a new app, TaxDay, that tracks the time you spend working or living in different states to facilitate accurate residency reporting when individuals file their tax forms.  Prior to his tenure at MLB, he was the chief financial officer of the Florida Marlins and the chief operating officer of Charter Schools USA.  Mr. Mariner currently serves on the boards of McGraw-Hill Education, IEX Group and Ultimate Software.

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.

Glen Messina – Mr. Messina, is the former CEO and president of PHH Corporation and will become the CEO and president of Ocwen Financial concurrent with the closing of their acquisition 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.

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, Matt was a principal with Compensia, a consulting firm he joined in 2009. Prior to Compensia, Matt’s experience includes approximately 10 years with Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) in Los Angeles, California and Boston, Massachusetts.

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 America, American Science and Engineering, Inc. and Clearwire.  She also served on the national board of directors of the General Counsel Forum and is the founder of InVista Advisors.

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, CSRA, Cushman & Wakefield, Energy Future Holdings, ITT Exelis, Janus Capital Group, Pentair plc and XL Group Ltd.

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 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.

Rob Zivnuska – Mr. Zivnuska is a partner at CamberView Partners, the leading investor-led 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 a corporate attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.


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