NextGen Directors Program

Our Objective

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

NOVEMBER 14-15, 2019

Baker McKenzie
452 Fifth Ave

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
202.292.1840 if you have any questions related to our program plans.


The Directors Academy provides corporate governance education and training for future corporate board members from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented on boards of directors via a NextGen Directors program to better prepare themselves for their first corporate board experience.  The program is practitioner-led with a faculty of experienced board leaders from a wide variety of public and private companies.  The two day program covers a full range of corporate director duties and responsibilities, the work of the full board and each board committee, an interactive board case and governance best practice exchange.  In addition, the class participants refine their board value propositions and meet with board leaders to broaden their network and sharpen their ability to connect with key decision makers.  As part of the program, each class member is provided an opportunity to build one-on-one mentoring relationships with existing 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 202.292.1840 if you have any questions related to our November program plans.


Thursday, November 14

8:00 AM Breakfast Baker McKenzie Office, 452 5th Avenue at 40th Street
8:30 AM Program Overview & Introductions Keith Meyer / James White
9:30 AM Director Duties, Responsibilities and Rights Bob Deignan / Patricia Diaz Dennis / Mark Mandel
10:15 AM Break  
Board Committees – Their Work & Impact  
10:30 AM Human Resources and Compensation Committee Patricia Diaz Dennis / Marc Baranski / Lynn Tetrault 
11:30 AM Audit / Risk / Finance Committees Billie Williamson / Dan Goelzer / Danita Ostling
12:30 PM Lunch  
1:30 PM Board Committees – Their Work & Impact, continued
  Governance and Nominating Committee James White / Sandy Beach Lin / Mike Millegan 
2:30 PM Board Priorities Rani Doyle
3:30 PM Break  
3:45 PM Board Case & Discussion Bob Glauber
5:45 PM Networking / Cocktails Langham Hotel, 400 5th Avenue (between 37th and 36th) (Living Room & Murray Hill Dining Room, 3rd Floor)
6:30 PM Dinner / Making the Transition From the C-Suite to the Boardroom Keith Meyer / Carol Melton / Mike Millegan

Friday, November 15

8:00 AM Breakfast Baker McKenzie Office, 452 5th Avenue at 40th Street
8:30 AM The Role of the Board – Investor Perspective Panel Heather Wolf / Heather Redman / Jonathan Mariner / Bob McCormick / Chris Anselmo
9:30 AM The Role of the Board – CEO’s Perspective Panel Keith Meyer / Wayne Hewett / Ed Page / Denny Post
10:30 AM Break  
10:45 AM Director Selection Process – Insider’s Perspective Keith Meyer
11:45 PM Lunch / Landing Your First Board Theresa Boyce / Ty Heath
12:30 PM One-on-One Meetings with Faculty  
2:15 PM Wrap Up  


Chris Anselmo – Mr. Anselmo is a director in NASDAQ’s Corporate Solutions group where he works with investor relations leaders and senior management teams to optimize capital allocation strategies, risk mitigation measures and valuation plans.  During the past 15 years, Mr. Anselmo has advised over 150 companies across technology, healthcare, financial services and real estate investment trust sectors with market capitalization of $50 million to over $500 billion.  He has in-depth knowledge of buy-side institutions, investor targeting and the evolving capital markets landscape.

Marc Baranski – Mr. Baranski is a managing director at Semler Brossy, a leading independent executive compensation consulting firm.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Baranski was a principal at Mercer and the investment management segment leader for their human capital business.  He previously was at Sibson where he was the leader of the financial services industry practice and managed their London and Princeton offices.

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 national association for CEOs and Board Directors based in NYC. Prior to CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce managed start-ups and business unit ramp-ups in a spectrum of companies from entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar businesses. She started her career as a CPA 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 CH Briggs and Sealink International.

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.

Rani Doyle – Ms. Doyle is Executive Director in EY’s Center for Board Matters and has over 20 years of experience working with public companies and their regulators, investment banks and investors.  Prior to joining EY, Ms. Doyle was a partner with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and was managing director and general counsel at Och-Ziff Capital Management Group.  Ms. Doyle also served as special counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Office of International Corporate Finance.

Daniel Goelzer – Mr. Goelzer is a retired Baker McKenzie partner 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.  He is currently a board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).

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.

Ty Heath – Ms. Heath is the global lead at LinkedIn’s B2B Institute and is based in their New York office.  Previously, Ms. Heath worked at IBM developing social media strategies for key company executives and at Google as a program manager in their learning and development organization.  She is also the founder of Spectacled Marketer an inbound marketing education consulting firm.

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 Home Depot and Wells Fargo.  He previously was a director at Ingredion.

Mark Mandel – Mr. Mandel is a partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice of Baker McKenzie’s New York office.  Mr. Mandel advises public and private companies with investments, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, unsolicited and friendly tender offers, joint ventures, public offerings and private placements, and restructurings.  He also advises boards of directors on corporate governance and fiduciary duties.

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 from the MLB in 2016 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 Tyson Foods.

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.

Carol Melton – Ms. Melton is the founder and CEO of Adeft Capital LLC, a venture capital firm advising and investing in early stage and growth companies.  Ms. Melton launched Adeft after more than 20 years in senior management roles at Viacom-CBS and Time Warner prior to the merger with AT&T last year where she was executive vice president, global public policy.  Ms. Melton currently is a member of the JBG Smith board and chairs their compensation committee.  JBG Smith is now developing National Landing, the future second headquarters for Amazon.

Keith Meyer – Mr. Meyer is the co-founder and president of the Directors Academy, and also the 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.

Mike MilleganMr. Millegan served as president of Verizon Global Wholesale group, a business unit of Verizon Communications, where he focused on global carrier, wireless and cable company network requirements from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Millegan was senior vice president/market president for Verizon’s Midwest Operations and senior vice president Enterprise/Wholesale business unit. Mr. Millegan also led the Logistics/Supply Chain business unit as the senior vice president from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Millegan served on the advisory board of FINSPHERE, a leader in mobile identity authentication. In addition, he is an advisor/investor in WINDPACT, an innovative sports technology company. Mr. Millegan is a member of the Portland General Electric and Wireless Telecom Group board of directors, and is a NextGen Directors program alum.

Danita OstlingMs. 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

Ed Page – Mr. Page is the president of Relation Insurance Services and was previously chief financial and operating officer for the company.  Previously, Mr. Page served in senior executive roles at EDC/Passbox, The Piedmont Group, Clark Sustainable Resource Developments and CareAssured.

Denny Post – Ms. Post is the former chief executive officer of Red Robin, a chain of casual dining restaurants, and previously the chief marketing officer of T-Mobile USA; senior vice president, global food and beverage at Starbucks; senior vice president, chief concept officer at Burger King; and chief innovation officer at Yum Brands.  Ms. Post currently serves on the board of Wyndham Destinations and has prior private company board experience.

Heather Redman – Ms. Redman is the co-founder and managing partner of Flying Fish Partners and a member of the boards of Coldstream Wealth Management, Yesler, Beneficial State Bank and Washington State University.  She was most recently a senior executive at Summit Power and previously co-COO at Atom Entertainment, and general counsel at Getty Images and Photodisc.

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 Laboratories 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 and is the founder of Anahata Leadership.

James D. WhiteMr. 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 in 2016. Before Jamba, he held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White is currently serves on the Adtalem Global Education, Panera Bread, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Schnuck Markets and Simply Good Foods boards.  He was previously chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of CallidusCloud and Hillshire Brands.  He also currently chairs the Fair Trade USA board.  Mr. White is a co-founder of the Directors Academy and a current 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.

Heather Wolf – Ms. Wolf is a managing director in the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners and the former program director for the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a Financial Times (FT) conference series for public company directors.  She also ran 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.


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