NextGen Directors Program

Our Objective

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

SEPTEMBER 21–22, 2017

Baker McKenzie Offices
2 Embarcadero Center, 11th Floor
San Francisco Participant Fee – $6,000

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

Please contact Anne Lewis at or 312.288.4921 if you have any questions related to our September 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.

+ Please contact Anne Lewis at or 312.288.4921 if you have any questions related to our September program plans.


Thursday, September 21


8:00 AM Breakfast Baker McKenzie Office, 2 Embarcadero Center, 11th Floor
8:30 AM Program Overview and Introductions Tracy Porter/ Keith Meyer
9:15 AM Director Duties, Responsibilities and Rights Bob Deignan
10:00 AM Break  
10:15 AM Board Committees – Their Work and Impact

– Audit/Risk/Finance

– Management Development and Rewards Committee


Billie Williamson/ Lee Dutra

Christine Heckart/ Terese Kemble

12:15 PM Lunch and Personal Journey Discussion Heather Wolf/ Bonnie Hill
1:15 PM Board Committees – Their Work and Impact, continued

– Nominating and Governance


Paul Williams/ Sandy Beach Lin/ Jim Nevels

2:15 PM Board Case – Home Depot    Bob Glauber
3:30 PM Break  
3:45 PM Faculty Discussion – Home Depot Case Issues Faculty Panel led by Bob Glauber
5:30 PM Networking/ Cocktails Le Meridien Hotel, 333 Battery St.
6:15 PM Diner and First Board Experience/Expectations Panel Mike Millegan/ Tracy Porter/ Merline Saintil

Friday, September 22


8:00 AM Breakfast Baker McKenzie Office, 2 Embarcadero Center, 11th Floor
8:30 AM The Role of the Board – CEO’s Perspective Panel Keith Meyer/ Heather Hiles/ Beatriz Infante/ Bob Maricich/ James D. White
9:30 AM The Role of the Board – Investor’s Perspective Panel Bob Glauber/ Aeisha Mastagni/ 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.

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.

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.

Christine Heckart – Ms. Heckart is senior vice president and 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.

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.

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 senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Juniper Netowrks.  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.

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.

Aeisha Mastagni –  Ms. Mastagni is an investment officer in the Corporate Governance Unit of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), the nation’s largest teacher retirement fund.  Her main areas of focus corporate engagement, executive compensation, and selecting and monitoring managers in the activist manager portfolio.  Ms. Mastagni is a board member at the Golden 1 Credit Union, the seventh largest credit union in the U.S., and she is a member of the Board of Governors for the International Corporate Governance Network, whose mission is to promote effective standards of corporate governance world-wide. Before joining CalSTRS, Ms. Mastagni worked in the Corporate Governance Unit of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) overseeing the proxy voting program and the corporate governance manager portfolio. Prior to CalPERS, she worked in the operations department of Salomon Smith Barney before moving to Morgan Stanley as a financial advisor and assistant operations manager.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Paul Williams – Mr. Williams is the co-leader of the North America 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.

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 serves on the boards of CSRA, Energy Future Holdings and Pentair plc.

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.

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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