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 only includes cost of program. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included in the participant fee. The participant fee of $6,000 is due by September 1.

Please contact Anne Lewis at or 312.288.4921 if you have any questions related to our September program plans. Program materials will be sent to all participants in early-September.


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 of $6,000 is due by September 1. Please contact Anne Lewis at or 312.288.4921 if you have any questions related to our September program plans.

+ Program materials will be sent to all participants in early-September.


Thursday, September 21

7:45 AM Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Program Overview and Introductions
9:15 AM Director Duties, Responsibilities and Rights
10:00 AM Break
10:15 AM Board Committees – Their Work and Impact

– Nominating and Governance Committee

– Management Development and Rewards      Committee

12:15 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Guest Speaker
2:00 PM Board Committees – Their Work and Impact, continued

Audit/Finance/Risk Committee

3:00 PM Break
3:15 PM Board Case
4:30 PM Faculty Discussion – Board Case Issues
6:00 PM Networking/Cocktails
7:00 PM Dinner and First Board Experience Panel

Friday, September 22

7:45 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 – Board Leader’s Perspective
11:45 AM Lunch
12:30 PM Class Member One-on-One Meetings with Board Leaders and Personal Board Value Proposition Video Session
2:30 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 an Executive Committee member. Mr. Deignan has significant experience in the areas of corporate governance and board training.

Timothy Flynn – Mr. Flynn served as Chairman of KPMG International from 2007 to 2011 and Chairman and CEO of KPMG LLP from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Flynn held a number of key leadership positions throughout his 32 year tenure at the firm. He is currently a director of Alcoa Corporation, JPMorgan Chase & Company and Wal-Mart. Mr. Flynn served as a director of Chubb Corporation until its merger with ACE Group.

Robert Glauber – Mr. Glauber is a Lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He served as Chairman and CEO 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 chairman of Northeast Bancorp, and a director of XL Group Ltd. and Pioneer Global Asset Management S.p.A.

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 also recently accepted the position of Deputy Director, Solutions, Post Secondary 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, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Ms. Hiles is a founding Board Member of the Directors Academy.

Kathryn Marinello – Ms. Marinello was named President and CEO of Hertz Global Holdings in January 2017. Ms. Marinello served as Chairman and CEO of Stream Global Services, Inc. from 2010 to 2014. Prior to Stream Global, she was Chairman and CEO of Ceridian. She previously held senior leadership positions at General Electric. Ms. Marinello is a director of AB Volvo, Nielsen Holdings N.V. RealPage and Thrivent Financial. She was previously a Director of General Motors.

Keith Meyer – Mr. Meyer is the President of the Directors Academy and Global Practice Leader 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. During the past 20 years, Mr. Meyer has helped build high-performing boards and recruited diverse directors to Fortune 500, mid-cap and national not-for-profit organizations. Earlier in his career, 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.

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, Hershey Trust Company, WestRock Company, and MMG Insurance Company. Previously, Mr. Nevels was the Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Tracy Porter – Mr. Porter is the Executive Director of the NextGen Directors Program and the President/CEO of Premiere Solutions, LLC, a fleet management and equipment procurement services firm. Mr. Porter is a Trustee at 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 where he Chairs the Ethics Committee.

Lisa Wardell – Ms. Wardell is Chief Executive Officer of DeVry Education Group Inc. Previously she was Chief Operating Officer of RLJ Companies, a diversified holding company spanning financial services, asset management, real estate, hospitality, professional sports, film production and gaming industries. Prior to RLJ, Ms. Wardell was a Principal at Katalyst Venture Partners. She is currently a director of DeVry Education Group Inc. and previously served as the Board Chair for Christopher and Banks Corporation.

James D. White – Mr. White is the Chairman of the Board of the Directors Academy. He was Chairman, President and CEO of Jamba Inc. from 2008 until his retirement earlier this year. Previously, Mr. White held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White is Chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of CallidusCloud, DeVry Education Group and Panera Bread Company. He also served on the board of Hillshire Brands prior to the company’s acquisition by Tyson Foods.


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