NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

Overview

NACD’s world-renowned Director Professionalism® foundation course in boardroom fundamentals will convene new and aspiring public company directors on Southern California’s seaside.

Through panel discussions, case studies, and keynote presentations with experienced directors, you’ll benefit from real-world and real-time insights into board effectiveness and the evolving role of key committees in today's dynamic business environment. 

Small-group peer exchanges will offer dynamic Q&A on the unique governance challenges and emerging issues facing public, private, and nonprofit boards—and ample time for networking.

Attending NACD Director Professionalism makes a strong statement to stakeholders about your dedication to the highest standards of director professionalism and begins your path toward NACD Governance FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®.

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Agenda & Speakers

The in-depth agenda topics provide practical knowledge of the board’s core responsibilities and critical areas of director competency established in the NACD Director Education Framework—the standard for director education.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Board Member


 

The Board's Operating Model


 

Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards


 

Advanced Finance: The Board's Role in Utilizing Financial Statements to Drive Long-Term Value Creation


 

Intermediate Finance: Identifying Issues in Financial Statements


 

Positioning Yourself for Boardroom Service


 

Private Company Governance: Developing Effective Boards


 

Nonprofit Governance: Notable Trends and Best Practices


 

Board Dynamics


 

The Nominating and Governance Committee: New Challenges and Opportunities in Board Composition


 

Compensation Committees: Navigating the Six Seas


 

Public Company Audit Commitee


 

Audit Oversight for Private Companies


 

Strategy From a Board Perspective


 

Risk Oversight


 

Future Casting Disruption


 

Corporate Transformation


 

Talent Oversight


 

Best Practices for Investor and Shareholder Engagement


 

New Era Case Study


 

Tying it All Together: Habits of Highly Effective Boards


Breakout Sessions

Finance: Advanced and Intermediate

Governance: Private Company and Nonprofit 

Audit Committee: Public and Private Company

Thomas Bakewell

Thomas Bakewell

CEO and Board Counsel, Bakewell & Co.

Thomas Bakewell has served on private company (retail and manufacturing) and nonprofit boards (education and healthcare) including Bethesda Health Group, Grandpa's Retail, Roto Metrics Rotary Dies, and Friendship Villages. Bakewell has led major engagements for boards and presidents nationwide in strategy, organizational transformation, and effective governance. He regularly provides financial and legal counsel to CEOs. Bakewell is the author of the book Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table: The Essential Handbook for Excellence in Governance and Effective Directorship (McGraw-Hill October 2014).

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Thomas Bakewell has served on private company (retail and manufacturing) and nonprofit boards (education and healthcare) including Bethesda Health Group, Grandpa's Retail, Roto Metrics Rotary Dies, and Friendship Villages. Bakewell has led major engagements for boards and presidents nationwide in strategy, organizational transformation, and effective governance. He regularly provides financial and legal counsel to CEOs. Bakewell is the author of the book Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table: The Essential Handbook for Excellence in Governance and Effective Directorship (McGraw-Hill October 2014).
D'Anne Hurd

D'Anne Hurd

CEO, Crawford Consulting

D’Anne Hurd is an SEC audit committee financial expert and ESG/Sustainability authority with more than two decades of experience serving on and consulting to boards of public, private, and family-owned companies. She currently chairs the board of Monzite Corp. (defense electronics); sits on the board of Pax World Funds (environmental, social, and governance mutual funds); chairs the audit committee of Peckham Industries Inc. (road and bridge construction); and sits on the advisory board of Myomo Inc. (medical devices). She was lead independent director for Hiperos LLC—a cloud-based software-as-a-service supply chain and third-party governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions provider. Hurd previously served on the boards of public companies in the technology, pharma and defense industries. Her business background includes roles as COO, CFO, and general counsel for six rapidly growing, Boston-based technology companies.

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D’Anne Hurd is an SEC audit committee financial expert and ESG/Sustainability authority with more than two decades of experience serving on and consulting to boards of public, private, and family-owned companies. She currently chairs the board of Monzite Corp. (defense electronics); sits on the board of Pax World Funds (environmental, social, and governance mutual funds); chairs the audit committee of Peckham Industries Inc. (road and bridge construction); and sits on the advisory board of Myomo Inc. (medical devices). She was lead independent director for Hiperos LLC—a cloud-based software-as-a-service supply chain and third-party governance, risk and compliance (GRC) solutions provider. Hurd previously served on the boards of public companies in the technology, pharma and defense industries. Her business background includes roles as COO, CFO, and general counsel for six rapidly growing, Boston-based technology companies.
Erin Essenmacher

Erin Essenmacher

Chief Programming Officer, National Association of Corporate Directors

Erin Essenmacher serves as the chief programming officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), responsible for oversight and execution of more than 60 education programs and events a year. Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with nearly 20 years of experience in writing, research, outreach, and broadcast and non-broadcast production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV. She serves on the boards of Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C. and Reach for College! and is co-chair of the board of Gandhi Brigade.

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Erin Essenmacher serves as the chief programming officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), responsible for oversight and execution of more than 60 education programs and events a year. Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with nearly 20 years of experience in writing, research, outreach, and broadcast and non-broadcast production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV. She serves on the boards of Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C. and Reach for College! and is co-chair of the board of Gandhi Brigade.
Michele Hooper

Michele Hooper

President and CEO, The Directors' Council

Michele J. Hooper is president and CEO of the The Directors' Council and a senior advisor at CamberView Partners. She is a director of PPG Industries and of the UnitedHealth Group Inc. and recently retired from the board of the Center for Audit Quality, for which she chaired the working group on financial reporting fraud. She has formerly served on the boards of Target Corp., Seagram Co., AstraZeneca PLC, Warner Music Group, DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., and NACD. She is also the former president of NACD's Chicago Chapter. Hooper is a member of the Smithsonian National Board, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Commercial Club, the Executive Leadership Council, the Chicago Network, and the Committee of 200.

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Michele J. Hooper is president and CEO of the The Directors' Council and a senior advisor at CamberView Partners. She is a director of PPG Industries and of the UnitedHealth Group Inc. and recently retired from the board of the Center for Audit Quality, for which she chaired the working group on financial reporting fraud. She has formerly served on the boards of Target Corp., Seagram Co., AstraZeneca PLC, Warner Music Group, DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc., and NACD. She is also the former president of NACD's Chicago Chapter. Hooper is a member of the Smithsonian National Board, the Economic Club of Chicago, the Commercial Club, the Executive Leadership Council, the Chicago Network, and the Committee of 200.
Charles M. Elson

Charles M. Elson

Professor of Finance, University System of Georgia

Charles Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard Jr. chair in corporate governance and the director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is vice chairman of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section's committee on corporate governance. Elson is also a member of the board of HealthSouth Corp., Bob Evans Farms Inc., a trustee at the Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Museum of American Finance. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications.

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Charles Elson is the Edgar S. Woolard Jr. chair in corporate governance and the director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. He is vice chairman of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section's committee on corporate governance. Elson is also a member of the board of HealthSouth Corp., Bob Evans Farms Inc., a trustee at the Hagley Museum and Library, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Museum of American Finance. He is a frequent contributor on corporate governance issues to various scholarly and popular publications.
Robert Howell

Robert Howell

Senior Partner, The Howell Group LLC

Dr. Robert A. Howell is a faculty member for NACD, responsible for financial statement analysis instruction. He is a senior partner of The Howell Group LLC, and the former David T. McLaughlin D'54, T’55 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth. Dr. Howell previously held appointments at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland, The Thunderbird School of Global Management, New York University, and Harvard Business School.

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Dr. Robert A. Howell is a faculty member for NACD, responsible for financial statement analysis instruction. He is a senior partner of The Howell Group LLC, and the former David T. McLaughlin D'54, T’55 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth. Dr. Howell previously held appointments at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland, The Thunderbird School of Global Management, New York University, and Harvard Business School.
John Fletcher

John Fletcher

Managing Director, Delta Control Group LLC

John Fletcher is managing director of Delta Control Group, an international consortium of board and management consultants. He serves on the boards of directors of Headquarters Consulting Group LLC, Delta Control Group, and Zenia Business Services. He was elected to the board of commissioners for Holden Beach, North Carolina—where he is mayor pro-tem of the board and chairs the audit committee—in 2015. Fletcher has served on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy as a professor of economics and management. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service medals for military service in Vietnam. Fletcher retired as academic dean at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1988.

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John Fletcher is managing director of Delta Control Group, an international consortium of board and management consultants. He serves on the boards of directors of Headquarters Consulting Group LLC, Delta Control Group, and Zenia Business Services. He was elected to the board of commissioners for Holden Beach, North Carolina—where he is mayor pro-tem of the board and chairs the audit committee—in 2015. Fletcher has served on the faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy as a professor of economics and management. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service medals for military service in Vietnam. Fletcher retired as academic dean at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1988.
Rochelle Campbell

Rochelle Campbell

Senior Manager, Board Recruitment Services, National Association of Corporate Directors

Rochelle Campbell leads the National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Board Recruitment practice. She has placed directors on corporate boards ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies and spanning a breadth of industries including construction, technology, energy, insurance, financial services, and global manufacturing. Eighty percent of NACD's placements in 2015 were diversity candidates. Campbell has advised more than 3,000 boards on leading governance practices and board composition. She also coaches more than 270 military flag and one- to four-star general officers, helping them to successfully transition their military experience into the private sector. Rochelle is a director of Child Steps International, an international nonprofit supporting children and communities in Liberia. She chairs their communications committee.

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Rochelle Campbell leads the National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Board Recruitment practice. She has placed directors on corporate boards ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies and spanning a breadth of industries including construction, technology, energy, insurance, financial services, and global manufacturing. Eighty percent of NACD's placements in 2015 were diversity candidates. Campbell has advised more than 3,000 boards on leading governance practices and board composition. She also coaches more than 270 military flag and one- to four-star general officers, helping them to successfully transition their military experience into the private sector. Rochelle is a director of Child Steps International, an international nonprofit supporting children and communities in Liberia. She chairs their communications committee.
Robert Galford

Robert Galford

Managing Partner, The Center for Leading Organizations

Robert Galford is a member of the board of directors of Forrester Research Inc., where he chairs the compensation and nominating committee. He is also an Outside Board Advisor at Shepley Bulfinch, an architectural firm. Galford is a managing partner of the Center for Leading Organizations and a Leadership Fellow in Executive Education at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the co-author of four books, The Trusted Advisor, The Trusted Leader, Your Leadership Legacy, and Simple Sabotage, along with numerous articles in Harvard Business Review.

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Robert Galford is a member of the board of directors of Forrester Research Inc., where he chairs the compensation and nominating committee. He is also an Outside Board Advisor at Shepley Bulfinch, an architectural firm. Galford is a managing partner of the Center for Leading Organizations and a Leadership Fellow in Executive Education at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the co-author of four books, The Trusted Advisor, The Trusted Leader, Your Leadership Legacy, and Simple Sabotage, along with numerous articles in Harvard Business Review.
James Lam

James Lam

President, James Lam & Associates, Inc.

James Lam is the founder and president of James Lam & Associates and a director of E*TRADE Financial Corp., where he chairs the risk oversight committee and serves on the audit committee. Lam is also a member of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission’s advisory council. He previously served as founder and president of ERisk, as a partner of Oliver Wyman, the chief risk officer of Fidelity Investments, and chief risk officer of GE Capital Markets Services. Lam was named Risk Manager of the Year by the Global Association of Risk Professionals in 1997 and one of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance" by Treasury & Risk magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2008. Lam is the author of Enterprise Risk Management: From Incentives to Controls, which has been translated into Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean.

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James Lam is the founder and president of James Lam & Associates and a director of E*TRADE Financial Corp., where he chairs the risk oversight committee and serves on the audit committee. Lam is also a member of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission’s advisory council. He previously served as founder and president of ERisk, as a partner of Oliver Wyman, the chief risk officer of Fidelity Investments, and chief risk officer of GE Capital Markets Services. Lam was named Risk Manager of the Year by the Global Association of Risk Professionals in 1997 and one of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance" by Treasury & Risk magazine in 2005, 2006, and 2008. Lam is the author of Enterprise Risk Management: From Incentives to Controls, which has been translated into Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean.
Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe

Founder & CEO, Dot Brand 360

Jennifer Wolfe is CEO of Dot Brand 360. She founded IP law firm Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby. Wolfe was the first female president of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Capital Association. Her highly acclaimed books—Digital in the Boardroom (2016), Domain Names Rewired (2013), and Brand Rewired (2010)—have been endorsed by senior executives from Microsoft and Uber. She has written a regular column in ClickZ and Search Engine Watch about the impact of the new generic top-level domains on digital marketing and SEO. Wolfe was repeatedly named one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM magazine. She held leadership roles in ICANN and is part of the DirectWomen Institute. Wolfe completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, issued by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

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Jennifer Wolfe is CEO of Dot Brand 360. She founded IP law firm Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby. Wolfe was the first female president of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Capital Association. Her highly acclaimed books—Digital in the Boardroom (2016), Domain Names Rewired (2013), and Brand Rewired (2010)—have been endorsed by senior executives from Microsoft and Uber. She has written a regular column in ClickZ and Search Engine Watch about the impact of the new generic top-level domains on digital marketing and SEO. Wolfe was repeatedly named one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM magazine. She held leadership roles in ICANN and is part of the DirectWomen Institute. Wolfe completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, issued by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.
Howard Brod Brownstein

Howard Brod Brownstein

President, The Brownstein Corp.

Howard Brod Brownstein is president and founder of The Brownstein Corp., a nationally-known turnaround-management firm. Brownstein regularly serves as an independent director. He currently chairs the nominating and governance and the strategic planning and risk assessment committees of P&F Industries Inc., and serves on the board of A.M. Castle. He also serves on the board of NHS Human Services. Previously, he was the audit chair of PICO Holdings Inc., and also sole board member of Betsey Johnson LLC. He chaired the audit committees of LMG2 LLC and Special Metals Corp., and served on the board of Magnatrax Corp. He has chaired the National Philanthropic Trust and a United Way agency, and was a director of a regional bank and a retail department store. He has published more than 80 articles, books, and chapters on turnaround management and corporate governance. Brownstein is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and president of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter.

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Howard Brod Brownstein is president and founder of The Brownstein Corp., a nationally-known turnaround-management firm. Brownstein regularly serves as an independent director. He currently chairs the nominating and governance and the strategic planning and risk assessment committees of P&F Industries Inc., and serves on the board of A.M. Castle. He also serves on the board of NHS Human Services. Previously, he was the audit chair of PICO Holdings Inc., and also sole board member of Betsey Johnson LLC. He chaired the audit committees of LMG2 LLC and Special Metals Corp., and served on the board of Magnatrax Corp. He has chaired the National Philanthropic Trust and a United Way agency, and was a director of a regional bank and a retail department store. He has published more than 80 articles, books, and chapters on turnaround management and corporate governance. Brownstein is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and president of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter.
Steven Walker

Steven Walker

General Counsel, Managing Director of Board Advisory and Recruitment Services, NACD; Director, ContractRoom, Objective Interface Systems

Steven R. Walker is general counsel of NACD and managing director of NACD's Board Services Group. He leads the Board Advisory Services faculty in providing counsel to board leaders and C-suite executives on a wide range of strategic governance matters. Walker has served as a senior executive or general counsel to entities ranging from private equity backed corporations to the Fortune 100. Steve also served as an Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2001 to 2004. Walker is a frequent public speaker on the topics of board governance, performance, composition, and strategic influence. He currently sits on the boards of Objective Interface Systems Inc. and ContractRoom. He has served on the Orange Bowl Committee, the Association of Corporate Counsel–Michigan Chapter, and the Friends of the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts–Miami. Walker has been designated a Board Leadership and Governance Fellow by NACD.

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Steven R. Walker is general counsel of NACD and managing director of NACD's Board Services Group. He leads the Board Advisory Services faculty in providing counsel to board leaders and C-suite executives on a wide range of strategic governance matters. Walker has served as a senior executive or general counsel to entities ranging from private equity backed corporations to the Fortune 100. Steve also served as an Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2001 to 2004. Walker is a frequent public speaker on the topics of board governance, performance, composition, and strategic influence. He currently sits on the boards of Objective Interface Systems Inc. and ContractRoom. He has served on the Orange Bowl Committee, the Association of Corporate Counsel–Michigan Chapter, and the Friends of the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts–Miami. Walker has been designated a Board Leadership and Governance Fellow by NACD.
Paula Cholmondeley H.J.

Paula Cholmondeley H.J.

Director, Terex Corp., Bank of the Ozarks, Kapstone Paper and Packaging Corporation, Nationwide Mutual Funds; CEO, The Sorrel Group

Paula H. J. Cholmondeley is a director of Terex Corp., Bank of the Ozarks, and KapStone Paper and Packaging. She is an independent trustee of the Nationwide Mutual Funds were she currently chairs the audit committee and is a member of the investment committee. Her previous public company boards include Ultra Life Inc., Armco Steel Inc., Albany International, Dentsply International, and Minerals Technologies. During her business career, Cholmondeley has led divisions with revenues up to $750 million and served as chief financial officer of companies with revenues up to $2 billion. She is member of the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors In-Board Room and Board Advisory Services where she teaches board governance and facilitates board evaluations. She is also a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She was elected to the NACD Directorship 100 in 2015.

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Paula H. J. Cholmondeley is a director of Terex Corp., Bank of the Ozarks, and KapStone Paper and Packaging. She is an independent trustee of the Nationwide Mutual Funds were she currently chairs the audit committee and is a member of the investment committee. Her previous public company boards include Ultra Life Inc., Armco Steel Inc., Albany International, Dentsply International, and Minerals Technologies. During her business career, Cholmondeley has led divisions with revenues up to $750 million and served as chief financial officer of companies with revenues up to $2 billion. She is member of the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors In-Board Room and Board Advisory Services where she teaches board governance and facilitates board evaluations. She is also a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She was elected to the NACD Directorship 100 in 2015.
Deborah DeHaas

Deborah DeHaas

Vice Chairman, Chief Inclusion Officer and National Managing Partner, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte US

Deborah L. DeHaas is vice chair, chief inclusion officer, and national managing partner of the Center for Board Effectiveness for Deloitte. DeHaas is a member of the Deloitte U.S. Executive Committee and has served as a director of Deloitte and as the U.S. firms' representative on the Deloitte Canada board of directors. She chairs the board of the Civic Consulting Alliance, is vice chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and a director of the Executives' Club of Chicago and the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, among others. She was named to Accounting Today's “Top 100 Most Influential” list in 2013 and 2014. DeHaas is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. She was included in the 2015 and the 2016 NACD Directorship 100, which recognizes influential leaders in corporate governance.

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Deborah L. DeHaas is vice chair, chief inclusion officer, and national managing partner of the Center for Board Effectiveness for Deloitte. DeHaas is a member of the Deloitte U.S. Executive Committee and has served as a director of Deloitte and as the U.S. firms' representative on the Deloitte Canada board of directors. She chairs the board of the Civic Consulting Alliance, is vice chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, and a director of the Executives' Club of Chicago and the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, among others. She was named to Accounting Today's “Top 100 Most Influential” list in 2013 and 2014. DeHaas is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. She was included in the 2015 and the 2016 NACD Directorship 100, which recognizes influential leaders in corporate governance.
Wendi Wasik

Wendi Wasik

Chair, Beyond Celiac; President, Wasik Consulting LLC

Wendi L. Wasik is board chair of Beyond Celiac (formerly the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness). Wasik is also president of Wasik Consulting, which provides executive coaching and leadership development programs and consulting to senior executives and organizations across a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from entrepreneurial firms to multinational companies. Previously, she was VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development for a leading retail merchandising company. Wasik has been a senior leadership advisor for the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Small Business Development Center, advising students on client projects. She also has served as a guest professor for Temple University's EMBA program in Cali, Colombia, and for California State University's Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.

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Wendi L. Wasik is board chair of Beyond Celiac (formerly the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness). Wasik is also president of Wasik Consulting, which provides executive coaching and leadership development programs and consulting to senior executives and organizations across a broad spectrum of industries, ranging from entrepreneurial firms to multinational companies. Previously, she was VP of Human Resources and Organizational Development for a leading retail merchandising company. Wasik has been a senior leadership advisor for the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Small Business Development Center, advising students on client projects. She also has served as a guest professor for Temple University's EMBA program in Cali, Colombia, and for California State University's Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership.
Linda Steffen

Linda Steffen

Lead Consultant, Meridian Compensation Partners LLC

Linda Steffen is a lead consultant with Meridian Compensation Partners LLC. She is a recognized thought leader in areas of performance measures and cash and equity incentive design; having spoken on these topics at annual conferences held by the Global Equity Organization, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, the National Center for Employee Ownership, WorldatWork, and The Conference Board. Prior to joining Meridian, Steffen held senior consulting roles with Compensia Inc., Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt), Deloitte Consulting, and iQuantic. Steffen is the former head of the compensation department for Amazon.com, and a former vice president of Farient Advisors.

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Linda Steffen is a lead consultant with Meridian Compensation Partners LLC. She is a recognized thought leader in areas of performance measures and cash and equity incentive design; having spoken on these topics at annual conferences held by the Global Equity Organization, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, the National Center for Employee Ownership, WorldatWork, and The Conference Board. Prior to joining Meridian, Steffen held senior consulting roles with Compensia Inc., Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt), Deloitte Consulting, and iQuantic. Steffen is the former head of the compensation department for Amazon.com, and a former vice president of Farient Advisors.
Robyn Bew

Robyn Bew

Director of Strategic Content Development, National Association of Corporate Directors

Robyn Bew is director of Strategic Content Development for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She focuses on driving innovation in NACD's thought leadership, including NACD's Blue Ribbon Commission reports, Director's Handbooks, and other proprietary research workstreams. Bew also leads NACD's Advisory Councils and other multistakeholder dialogues on governance topics. Before joining NACD, Bew was a principal at Tapestry Networks, where she was a leader of the firm's work on corporate governance and board-shareholder engagement issues. Earlier in her career, she was a senior director at the Corporate Executive Board and a management consultant at Monitor Group. Bew has been a featured presenter at conferences, including for such organizations as the International Corporate Governance Network, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the International Financial Risk Institute.

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Robyn Bew is director of Strategic Content Development for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She focuses on driving innovation in NACD's thought leadership, including NACD's Blue Ribbon Commission reports, Director's Handbooks, and other proprietary research workstreams. Bew also leads NACD's Advisory Councils and other multistakeholder dialogues on governance topics. Before joining NACD, Bew was a principal at Tapestry Networks, where she was a leader of the firm's work on corporate governance and board-shareholder engagement issues. Earlier in her career, she was a senior director at the Corporate Executive Board and a management consultant at Monitor Group. Bew has been a featured presenter at conferences, including for such organizations as the International Corporate Governance Network, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the International Financial Risk Institute.
Courtney B. Spaeth

Courtney B. Spaeth

Director, Momentum Aviation Group, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Hope for the Warriors; CEO, growth [period]

Courtney B. Spaeth is CEO of growth[period]. Previously, Spaeth was corporate vice president of Homeland Security for Raytheon Co. and served as director of Homeland Systems Solutions for Lockheed Martin. In 2000, President Clinton appointed Spaeth to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict, where she was the assistant in charge of global terrorism issues. Spaeth has worked in the Office of Chief Counsel to the President in the White House. Spaeth has extensive experience as a corporate board member, and serves on the boards of private companies, nonprofits, and professional associations. Spaeth received the Vigiano Family 2015 Hope and Courage Award for Service to the Veteran Community, the 2014 Angel Outreach Award from the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, and the 2010 “Heroines in Technology” Award. Spaeth is an NACD Governance Fellow.

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Courtney B. Spaeth is CEO of growth[period]. Previously, Spaeth was corporate vice president of Homeland Security for Raytheon Co. and served as director of Homeland Systems Solutions for Lockheed Martin. In 2000, President Clinton appointed Spaeth to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations / Low Intensity Conflict, where she was the assistant in charge of global terrorism issues. Spaeth has worked in the Office of Chief Counsel to the President in the White House. Spaeth has extensive experience as a corporate board member, and serves on the boards of private companies, nonprofits, and professional associations. Spaeth received the Vigiano Family 2015 Hope and Courage Award for Service to the Veteran Community, the 2014 Angel Outreach Award from the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, and the 2010 “Heroines in Technology” Award. Spaeth is an NACD Governance Fellow.
Mark S. Davis

Mark S. Davis

National Managing Partner, Deloitte Private, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Mark Davis is the national managing partner of Deloitte Private Enterprises. Previously, Davis served as the managing partner of Deloitte's Jericho, Long Island, location and as leader of Deloitte's East Coast middle market audit practice. Davis is a trustee of Winthrop University Hospital and serves on the finance committee. He is vice chair of the American Heart Association of Long Island and a director of the Long Island Association. He is a founding member of the Executive Council of New York. Davis has been a frequent speaker at NASDAQ- and industry-sponsored events on topics that include “The Key to Completing an IPO” and “How to Successfully Transition to a Public Company.” Davis has received the Long Island Business News’s “40 Under 40” Award and he received the American Heart Association of Long Island's Corporate Leadership Award in June 2017.

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Mark Davis is the national managing partner of Deloitte Private Enterprises. Previously, Davis served as the managing partner of Deloitte's Jericho, Long Island, location and as leader of Deloitte's East Coast middle market audit practice. Davis is a trustee of Winthrop University Hospital and serves on the finance committee. He is vice chair of the American Heart Association of Long Island and a director of the Long Island Association. He is a founding member of the Executive Council of New York. Davis has been a frequent speaker at NASDAQ- and industry-sponsored events on topics that include “The Key to Completing an IPO” and “How to Successfully Transition to a Public Company.” Davis has received the Long Island Business News’s “40 Under 40” Award and he received the American Heart Association of Long Island's Corporate Leadership Award in June 2017.

Venue

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 715-6000

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Accreditation

NACD Governance Fellowship®: Foundation Course

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CPE credits: up to 22

CPE Credits

The National Association of Corporate Directors is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Concerns regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.learningmarket.org.

Program Level: Intermediate
Delivery Method: Group-Live 
Prerequisites: Attendees must have an NACD membership and an in-depth understanding of corporate governance.
Advanced Preparation: Materials will be sent to all participants to read before the course.

Contact

Register by phone: 202-572-2088

Register by e-mail: Registration@NACDonline.org

Payment, Cancellation, and Transfer Policy

Event registrations are not guaranteed until payment is received. Each cancelled registration will be assessed a $500 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing no fewer than 30 calendar days before the event start date in order to qualify for a partial refund. If written notice is given within 29 calendar days of the event start date, registrants will forfeit the entire program fee unless it is transferred to another NACD program pursuant to the following transfer policy.

Application for transfer credit must be received within 30 calendar days of the date on which NACD receives written notice of cancellation. Transferred credit (less the $500 cancellation fee) will apply only to eligible NACD programs that occur within 12 months of a cancellation. Please submit all cancellations and transfer requests via e-mail to registration@NACDonline.org or via fax to 866-536-9044.