NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

Boardroom Excellence Webinar Series

Sponsored by Broadridge Financial Solutions

Join your peers for this complimentary webinar series designed to demonstrate how you and your board can use the NACD Key Agreed Principles to strengthen your own governance model. Tune in to inform your own practices and to stay on top of changes in the boardroom environment—your shareowners, management and boardroom colleagues will thank you.

*Please note that on-demand webinars are not eligible for NACD credit at this time.

Boardroom Excellence Upcoming Webinars

Blockchain and the Age of Digital Currency
Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 2 p.m.—3 p.m. (EDT)

Blockchain—a technology which serves as the backbone of the digital currency, Bitcoin—has become a very hot topic in its own right within the tech community. Silicon Valley start-ups and venture capitalists are flocking to the technology, which provides a way to record transactions in a completely decentralized and transparent manner, to disrupt entire industries and services. Even if your company is unlikely to be directly impacted by this rapidly expanding innovation, how can your board and management best prepare for the numerous effects blockchain will have on your company's strategy and business model? In this webinar, technology and financial experts will explore the complexities of blockchain technology and provide leading insights into how your organization can best assess and utilize this technology for smart growth and sustainable long-term value creation. This webinar was originally scheduled for Thursday, October 19, 2017. If you already registered for the October 19 Boardroom Excellence Series webinar, your registration will be transferred and you will not need to re-register for this program.


Boardroom Excellence Archived Webinars

Shareholder Engagement and Corporate Stewardship in the New Environment
Date: January 19, 2017

Given the new administration in Washington and the impending changes to the SEC, some corporate governance rules and disclosure requirements are unlikely to have the same support. We have already seen some requirements under review and potential repeal-- such as those requiring CEO pay ratio disclosure.

However, even if regulations change, shareholders are likely to continue to encourage companies to provide substantive disclosure on issues such as company efforts to promote positive social and environmental changes. For example, in his annual letter to S&P 500 CEOs, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink emphasized the importance of corporate stewardship at this time of uncertainty. Fink called on corporations to craft long-term strategies that address the changing global environment, including pay inequity, environmental and social issues, and retirement insecurity for an aging population. State Street also put a spotlight on corporate stewardship in its annual letter to companies in which it invests, urging boards to increase disclosure on their strategic approach to climate change and other key social issues and risk. Most recently, State Street threatened to vote against directors at companies that lack a woman on their board.

Join us for this important discussion about how this environment will impact how companies do business, and how their boards need to balance the pressure from shareholders with the changing rules coming out of Washington, and the impact on overall strategy going forward.

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Director Liability and Its Challenges: What You Need To Know
Date: June 9, 2016

An important document called the "Yates Memo" was released in 2015 by the federal government; explaining its intent to prosecute directors and officers who have committed wrongdoings in 2015. This, along with efforts by the SEC to collaborate with the DOJ and more closely investigate alleged wrongdoing might have some people in the director community more concerned about how they can empower themselves through the clarification of liability and regulations that could impact their duties. Ensuring that cybersecurity preparedness is seen as an enterprise risk management priority, involving both management and the board. Reporting by management and communication to the board is essential to effective cybersecurity oversight.

Join NACD and Broadridge Financial Solutions for an informative discussion. This installment of the Boardroom Excellence series will help to prepare your board for enhanced cybersecurity conversations both inside and outside of the boardroom.

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Cyber-Risk Oversight: A Focus on ERM and C-Suite to Boardroom Collaboration
Date: April 14, 2016

Gone are the days when cybersecurity was considered just an IT issue. Now, cybersecurity requires a multi-disciplinary approach, both for preparedness, oversight, and execution. The NACD Cyber Risk Oversight Handbook includes four principles to guide a board’s actions regarding cybersecurity. During this webinar, we will highlight two of those principles: Ensuring that cybersecurity preparedness is seen as an enterprise risk management priority, involving both management and the board. Reporting by management and communication to the board is essential to effective cybersecurity oversight. Join NACD and Broadridge Financial Solutions for an informative discussion. This installment of the Boardroom Excellence series will help to prepare your board for enhanced cybersecurity conversations both inside and outside of the boardroom.

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Preview of the Regulatory Environment for 2016
Date: January 14, 2016

Get key insights on current developments on regulatory forces impacting the boardroom and a look ahead at how companies are beginning to prepare for CEO pay ratio disclosure and an update on the proposed clawback listing standards rule, the pay versus performance disclosure rule, and the hedging disclosure rule. Hear perspectives from leading experts in the field on what board members should be thinking about and the impact of regulatory changes on the 2016 proxy season and beyond.

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The Role of the Board in M&A
Date: October 22, 2015

For the first half of 2015, M&A deal value hit $2.28 trillion, its highest number since the global financial crisis. And total global deal value for July 2015 alone was $549.7 billion, entering record books as the second highest monthly total since April 2007. With these record-setting transactions, come high stakes and heightened responsibilities for the boards which govern the organizations involved. There are questions that should be asked, and actions that should be taken, all of which may not be apparent. Following a recent FAQ blog on M&A published by the NACD research department, we partner with Broadridge Financial Solutions to have a conversation about extent of the board’s involvement in M&A. We will cover:

  • Current M&A trends
  • The duties of care and loyalty applied in the M&A context
  • The roles of the boards of the acquiring and acquired company, and their integration post M&A
  • Dividing lines between the board and management in deal strategy, due diligence, deal making and post-M&A integration

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Proxy Season Update and A Look Ahead to 2016
Date: September 10, 2015

As we approach the 2015 “mini” proxy season, this webinar will explore recent trends and learnings from the first half of the year, including the role of shareholder activism, the surge in proxy access proposals, and the impact of SEC regulation on executive compensation disclosure. Additionally, we will discuss highlights from the newest installment of ProxyPulse--a barometer of shareholder trends based on statistics derived from aggregated analysis of proxy voting, including:

• Share ownership composition

• Voting rates

• Director elections

• Shareholder proposals

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Diversity in the Boardroom
Date: June 18, 2015

Ask five different directors how they would define diversity, and you are likely to receive five different answers. Some may define it by skills and experience; others by race, gender, age, or in another manner. Adding to the lack of clarity on a singular definition, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission updated its proxy disclosure requirements to include the board’s consideration of diversity in the recruitment of new directors, but has largely left the decision of defining diversity up to companies. In this webinar, we will delve into the topic of diversity, and what it means for boards, companies, and stakeholders. More importantly, we will discuss what boards can due to strategize the implementation of diversity policies. Please join NACD and Broadridge Financial Solutions for this important discussion on diversity.

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Trends in Shareholder Activism
Date: February 26, 2015

The 2014 edition of ProxyPulse™ revealed that the shareholder activism environment has intensified over the past year, and that trend is unlikely to subside. As a result, all Directors need to prepare themselves by understanding the trends that are emerging among shareholder activist campaigns. A panel of experts and Directors will discuss these trends, including:

  • Activist focus on corporate governance vs. strategic, operational, and management changes
  • The impact of activism on board-shareholder communications
  • What steps can directors take to prepare?
  • How should directors respond?
  • Proxy access developments

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A Preview of the Regulatory Environment in 2015
Date: December 18, 2014

In preparation for the 2015 proxy season, get key insights on current developments on regulatory forces impacting the boardroom -including pending rules on CEO pay ratio disclosure and claw backs, say-on-pay voting, and more. Hear perspectives from leading experts in the field on what board members should be thinking about, and the impact of regulatory changes on the 2015 proxy season and beyond.

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Finding and Leveraging Talent to Drive Shareholder Results
Date: November 6, 2014

As new technologies, competitors, and markets emerge, it's critical that your management team is appropriately structured to guide, adapt and implement the company's strategy. Whether it's a leader with experience in big data, emerging technology, industry insights, change management or another critical area, it is imperative that your company's management team has the appropriate knowledge and skills. How can the board best utilize a company's human resources leadership as a strategic asset to identify potential opportunities to strengthen senior leadership? Further, how can the human resource team leverage their expertise to support the CEO and the board through appropriate succession planning, recruitment of talent and potential cultural changes? Learn from leading experts on how companies can retain, identify and attract the right talent for the future and ensure that the right leadership skill sets are in place.

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2014 Proxy Season Recap
Date: July 24, 2014

With the close of the 2014 proxy season, several new trends in shareholder activism have emerged, ranging from shareholder proposals on pay ratios to increased investor focus on board composition. Learn more about these and other 2014 proxy season hot topics, including insights from ProxyPulse—a barometer of shareholder trends based on statistics derived from this proxy season.

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Boards and Shareholders: The Case for Engagement
Date: June 6, 2014

Boards and Shareholders - the Case for Engagement"…the board of directors is - or ought to be - a central player in shareholder engagement." (SEC Chair Mary Jo White, 10th Annual Transatlantic Corporate Governance Dialogue; December 3, 2013).

In the past, many boards have been reluctant to engage shareholders directly, except in reaction to shareholder challenges or crisis. Investor relations activities have largely been management directed and executed, and tracking of the shareholder base has been limited to the top 25 or so largest shareholders. But regulatory changes and evolving investor practices have placed greater demands on boards to start to engage with more shareholders.

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What Directors Need to Know About Big Data
Date: February 25, 2014

Big data comes with big risks—and big opportunities. Companies can gather and analyze more data about their customers than ever before—but they also must take steps to keep that sensitive information safe. What is the board’s role in overseeing how big data is being used in their organization? Learn how some companies are securely and appropriately using data to create new opportunities and connect with key constituents and how their boards are monitoring these systems.

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Responsibility and Reality for Directors
Date: June 6, 2012

In today’s fast-paced economic climate, it is of critical importance that directors be familiar with the heart of the company—the operations. This webinar will discuss processes from improving communications with senior management to gaining first-hand product knowledge that directors can utilize to facilitate a thorough understanding of operations.

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The Board and Management: Making It Work
Date: September 2, 2009

NACD’s White Papers Series I: Risk Oversight, Transparency, Strategy and Executive Compensation offer fresh thinking from directors around the country on board/management relations and the important dynamics required to achieve clearly defined roles. How can directors and executives walk the fine line between oversight and management of corporate strategy so that together they ensure a well-balanced company, best able to respond to both opportunities and risks?

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