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 near sunny Malibu.

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

Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards

Futurecasting Disruption

Advanced Finance

Intermediate Finance

The Board's Operating Model

Concurrent Governance Breakouts:

  • Private Company: Developing Effective Boards
  • Nonprofit Governance: Notable Trends and Best Practices

Best Practices for Investor and Shareholder Engagement

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

Adding Value through the Compensation Committee

Concurrent Audit Committee Breakouts:

  • Public Company Audit Committee
  • Audit Oversight for Private Companies

Talent Oversight

Cyber-Risk Oversight

Risk Oversight

Corporate Transformations

Strategy From a Board Perspective

Deborah DeHaas

Deborah DeHaas

Vice Chair, Chief Inclusion Officer and National Managing Partner, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte & Touche LLP

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.
Thomas Bakewell

Thomas Bakewell

CEO and Board Counsel, Bakewell & Co.; Author, Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table: The Essential Handbook for Excellence in Governance and Effective Directorship

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). Bakewell is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

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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). Bakewell is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
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.
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.
Deborah Cannon

Deborah Cannon

Director, Bancorp South Inc., Memorial Hermann Health System, Deltic Timber Co.; Former President & CEO, Houston Zoo Inc.

Deborah M. Cannon is the former president and CEO of Houston Zoo Inc. Previously she was EVP and president, Houston Region, of Bank of America. She started her career in banking at Republic National Bank of Dallas. Cannon is a director of Bancorp South, where she serves on the audit, risk, and loan committees. Cannon also has served on a REIT board as an outside director, where she chaired the compensation committee. Cannon has been a director of a number of nonprofit boards. She was chairman of five of these boards and chaired the finance committee of four others, as well as serving on several governance committees and strategic planning committees. Cannon is currently the chair-elect of Memorial Hermann Health System. She is a past chair—and the first woman chair—of the Greater Houston Partnership.

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Deborah M. Cannon is the former president and CEO of Houston Zoo Inc. Previously she was EVP and president, Houston Region, of Bank of America. She started her career in banking at Republic National Bank of Dallas. Cannon is a director of Bancorp South, where she serves on the audit, risk, and loan committees. Cannon also has served on a REIT board as an outside director, where she chaired the compensation committee. Cannon has been a director of a number of nonprofit boards. She was chairman of five of these boards and chaired the finance committee of four others, as well as serving on several governance committees and strategic planning committees. Cannon is currently the chair-elect of Memorial Hermann Health System. She is a past chair—and the first woman chair—of the Greater Houston Partnership.
Charles M. Elson

Charles M. Elson

Professor and Director, Encompass Health Corporation, Bob Evans Farms, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware

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 Encompass Health 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. Elson is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

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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 Encompass Health 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. Elson is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
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 is chair emeritus of Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C.’s board, and serves on 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 is chair emeritus of Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C.’s board, and serves on the board of Gandhi Brigade.
John Fletcher

John Fletcher

Managing Director, Delta Control Group LLC; Director, Headquarters Consulting Group LLC, Zenia Business Services; Former Commissioner Mayor Pro Tem and Audit Committee Chair, Town of Holden Beach, NC

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. Fletcher is an NACD Governance Fellow.

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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. Fletcher is an NACD Governance Fellow.
Robert Galford

Robert Galford

Lead Independent Director, Forrester Research Inc.; Director, Sakonnet Point Club; Managing Partner, Center for Leading Organizations

Robert Galford is the lead independent director of Forrester Research Inc., where he chairs the compensation and nominating committee. He is also on the board of directors of the Sakonnet Point Club and is 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 the lead independent director of Forrester Research Inc., where he chairs the compensation and nominating committee. He is also on the board of directors of the Sakonnet Point Club and is 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.
Michele Hooper

Michele Hooper

Director, PPG Industries, UnitedHealth Group, United Continental Holdings; President & 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, UnitedHealth Group Inc., and United Continental Holdings. She is a former director of the Center for Audit Quality, for which she chaired the working group on financial reporting fraud. She has also 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 Chicago Network, and the Committee of 200. Hooper was named “NACD Director of the Year” in 2017. Hooper is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

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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, UnitedHealth Group Inc., and United Continental Holdings. She is a former director of the Center for Audit Quality, for which she chaired the working group on financial reporting fraud. She has also 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 Chicago Network, and the Committee of 200. Hooper was named “NACD Director of the Year” in 2017. Hooper is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Robert Howell

Robert Howell

Director, Spectra Group Ltd.; 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.
D'Anne Hurd

D'Anne Hurd

Director, Peckham Industries, EILEEN FISHER, Inc.; Independent Trustee, Pax World Funds, Pax Ellevate; Chair, Monzite Corp.

D’Anne Hurd is a qualified 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 recently joined the board of EILEEN FISHER Inc. as its first independent director and chairs its nominating and governance committee. Hurd also chairs the board of Monzite Corp., sits on the audit committee of Pax World Funds and Pax Ellevate Funds, chairs the audit committee of Peckham Industries Inc., and is serving a second term on the board of Camp Dudley. She was lead independent director for Hiperos, a cloud-based, software-as-a-service supply chain and third-party governance, risk, and compliance solutions provider. Hurd previously served on the boards of public companies in the technology, pharmaceuticals, and defense industries. Her business background includes roles as COO, CFO, and general counsel for six rapidly growing, Boston-based technology companies. Hurd is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

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D’Anne Hurd is a qualified 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 recently joined the board of EILEEN FISHER Inc. as its first independent director and chairs its nominating and governance committee. Hurd also chairs the board of Monzite Corp., sits on the audit committee of Pax World Funds and Pax Ellevate Funds, chairs the audit committee of Peckham Industries Inc., and is serving a second term on the board of Camp Dudley. She was lead independent director for Hiperos, a cloud-based, software-as-a-service supply chain and third-party governance, risk, and compliance solutions provider. Hurd previously served on the boards of public companies in the technology, pharmaceuticals, and defense industries. Her business background includes roles as COO, CFO, and general counsel for six rapidly growing, Boston-based technology companies. Hurd is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
James Lam

James Lam

Chair, Risk Oversight Committee, E*TRADE Financial Corp.; Director, RiskLens

James Lam is the 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 an independent director of RiskLens. He previously served as founder and president of ERisk, partner of Oliver Wyman, chief risk officer of Fidelity Investments, and chief risk officer of GE Capital Markets Services. Lam has been named the inaugural Risk Manager of the Year by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (1997), to the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk magazine (2005, 2006, and 2008), and to the NACD Directorship 100 (2017). He is the author of several best-selling books. Lam’s latest book is Implementing Enterprise Risk Management (2017). In addition to serving on NACD’s faculty, Lam is on the Carnegie Mellon University faculty for their Chief Risk Officer Executive Certification Program. Lam is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

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James Lam is the 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 an independent director of RiskLens. He previously served as founder and president of ERisk, partner of Oliver Wyman, chief risk officer of Fidelity Investments, and chief risk officer of GE Capital Markets Services. Lam has been named the inaugural Risk Manager of the Year by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (1997), to the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk magazine (2005, 2006, and 2008), and to the NACD Directorship 100 (2017). He is the author of several best-selling books. Lam’s latest book is Implementing Enterprise Risk Management (2017). In addition to serving on NACD’s faculty, Lam is on the Carnegie Mellon University faculty for their Chief Risk Officer Executive Certification Program. Lam is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Sharon Rossmark

Sharon Rossmark

CEO & Founder, Women and Drones; Vice Chair, Special Olympics Illinois; Audit Committee Chair, BoardSource; Director, National Children's Center Inc.

From corporate executive of a Fortune 100 company to a start up in the drone industry, Sharon Rossmark has an extensive and diverse business background. Rossmark is the CEO and Founder of Women And Drones, the premier global platform featuring women who are disrupting, innovating and shaping the future of the UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) industry. Rossmark also serves in leadership roles on various boards, including vice chair of Special Olympics Illinois as well as the Washington DC based organizations treasurer of Board Source and past board chair of the National Children's Center. Recently, Rossmark was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the board of trustees at Illinois State University. She is a frequent speaker, panelist and panel moderator within the UAS, board governance and health care arenas.

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From corporate executive of a Fortune 100 company to a start up in the drone industry, Sharon Rossmark has an extensive and diverse business background. Rossmark is the CEO and Founder of Women And Drones, the premier global platform featuring women who are disrupting, innovating and shaping the future of the UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) industry. Rossmark also serves in leadership roles on various boards, including vice chair of Special Olympics Illinois as well as the Washington DC based organizations treasurer of Board Source and past board chair of the National Children's Center. Recently, Rossmark was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the board of trustees at Illinois State University. She is a frequent speaker, panelist and panel moderator within the UAS, board governance and health care arenas.
Courtney B. Spaeth

Courtney B. Spaeth

CEO, growth [period]; Director, Momentum Aerospace Group, Campaign Partners, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Hope for the Warriors, The Stimson Center, Marymount University, University of Pennsylvania Trustees’ Council of Penn Women

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.
Mary Beth Vitale

Mary Beth Vitale

Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee, CoBiz Financial Inc.; Chair, Risk and Technology Committee, GEHA; Co-Chair, Women Corporate Directors: Colorado Chapter

Mary Beth Vitale is a director of CoBiz Financial Inc. and GEHA Inc. Vitale chairs CoBiz’ nominating and governance committee and also oversees the organization’s IT and cyber-security processes and policies. She also chairs GEHA’s risk and technology committee, and serves on the executive committee. Previously, Vitale was lead director for Eye-Ris Inc. and on the board of Zynex Inc. She chaired Zynex’ compensation committee and served on its audit committee. Vitale is a former chair and CEO of Westwind Media Inc. and a past director of both Intrado Inc. and RMI. She is a faculty member for NACD’s Board Advisory Services. She is a past president and corporate officer of AT&T Inc. Vitale is a founding commissioner of the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology; a past president and COO of Rocky Mountain Internet; a past chair of NACD’s Colorado Chapter; and a founding co-chair of the Greater Colorado Chapter of Women Corporate Directors. Vitale is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

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Mary Beth Vitale is a director of CoBiz Financial Inc. and GEHA Inc. Vitale chairs CoBiz’ nominating and governance committee and also oversees the organization’s IT and cyber-security processes and policies. She also chairs GEHA’s risk and technology committee, and serves on the executive committee. Previously, Vitale was lead director for Eye-Ris Inc. and on the board of Zynex Inc. She chaired Zynex’ compensation committee and served on its audit committee. Vitale is a former chair and CEO of Westwind Media Inc. and a past director of both Intrado Inc. and RMI. She is a faculty member for NACD’s Board Advisory Services. She is a past president and corporate officer of AT&T Inc. Vitale is a founding commissioner of the Colorado Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology; a past president and COO of Rocky Mountain Internet; a past chair of NACD’s Colorado Chapter; and a founding co-chair of the Greater Colorado Chapter of Women Corporate Directors. Vitale is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Steven Walker

Steven Walker

General Counsel, Managing Director of Board Services Group, National Association of Corporate Directors

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.
Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe

Founder & CEO, Dot Brand 360

Jennifer Wolfe is CEO of Dot Brand 360, a digital agency and registrar, and principal of Wolfe Board Advisors, where she consults with boards and C-suite executives on digital and cybersecurity trends. She was previously the managing partner of patent law firm, Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby, and 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, Uber, Procter & Gamble, and the Motion Picture Association of America. She has written a regular column in Click Z and Search Engine Watch about future digital trends and was named one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM magazine. She held leadership roles in ICANN, is part of the Direct Women Institute, and was an investor and director in technology start-ups. Wolfe is an NACD Governance Fellow.

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Jennifer Wolfe is CEO of Dot Brand 360, a digital agency and registrar, and principal of Wolfe Board Advisors, where she consults with boards and C-suite executives on digital and cybersecurity trends. She was previously the managing partner of patent law firm, Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby, and 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, Uber, Procter & Gamble, and the Motion Picture Association of America. She has written a regular column in Click Z and Search Engine Watch about future digital trends and was named one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM magazine. She held leadership roles in ICANN, is part of the Direct Women Institute, and was an investor and director in technology start-ups. Wolfe is an NACD Governance Fellow.

Venue

Four Seasons Westlake Village
2 Dole Drive
Westlake Village, CA 91362

NACD has reserved a block of guestrooms at the Four Seasons Westlake at the group rate of $239/night, plus applicable taxes.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 818-575-3000 and reference “NACD” to receive the discounted rate. The rate will be available until July 24, 2018, or until sold out.

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.

NACD Governance Fellowship®: Foundation Course

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 your NACD Membership Advisor.

Phone: 571-367-3822
MembershipAdvisor@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.