NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

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NACD’s world-renowned Director Professionalism® foundation course in boardroom fundamentals will convene new and aspiring public company directors in Buckhead Atlanta.

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.

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).

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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).
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.
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.
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.
Gerald M. Czarnecki

Gerald M. Czarnecki

Chair and CEO, Deltennium Group Inc.

Gerald M. Czarnecki is chair and CEO of The Deltennium Group Inc. Previously, Czarnecki led UNC, an aviation company. Prior to UNC, he was SVP of Human Resources and Administration for IBM. Czarnecki began his career in banking and held various c-suite jobs including CEO of two banks. He currently serves on the boards of Jack Cooper Enterprises Inc., where he chairs the audit committee; Nura Health SPC; RFD Associates, Inc., where he chairs both the audit and compensation committees; BookKeeping Express Inc.; and ECO Building Products Inc., where he is board chair. Additionally, Czarnecki chairs the board of trustees of National University. He is founder and chairman of the nonprofit National Leadership Institute. Czarnecki is a faculty member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and chair emeritus of NACD’s Florida Chapter. He is the author of seven books on leadership and governance.

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Gerald M. Czarnecki is chair and CEO of The Deltennium Group Inc. Previously, Czarnecki led UNC, an aviation company. Prior to UNC, he was SVP of Human Resources and Administration for IBM. Czarnecki began his career in banking and held various c-suite jobs including CEO of two banks. He currently serves on the boards of Jack Cooper Enterprises Inc., where he chairs the audit committee; Nura Health SPC; RFD Associates, Inc., where he chairs both the audit and compensation committees; BookKeeping Express Inc.; and ECO Building Products Inc., where he is board chair. Additionally, Czarnecki chairs the board of trustees of National University. He is founder and chairman of the nonprofit National Leadership Institute. Czarnecki is a faculty member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and chair emeritus of NACD’s Florida Chapter. He is the author of seven books on leadership and governance.
Ken Daly

Ken Daly

Director, Powerlytics, Reinvestment Fund, Lutheran Services in America; Former CEO, NACD

Ken Daly is the former CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is a recognized expert on corporate governance, executive compensation, and corporate board transformation. Prior to joining NACD in 2007, Daly served as the partner-in-charge of KPMG's national risk-management practice. Retiring in 2005, he assumed the role of executive director of KPMG's Audit Committee Institute. He is a frequent speaker and writer on many timely issues confronting today's corporate board. He regularly appears in media and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reuters, AP Radio, and Fox News Radio, among others. Daly serves on the boards of Lutheran Services in America, Powerlytics, and Reinvestment Fund.

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Ken Daly is the former CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is a recognized expert on corporate governance, executive compensation, and corporate board transformation. Prior to joining NACD in 2007, Daly served as the partner-in-charge of KPMG's national risk-management practice. Retiring in 2005, he assumed the role of executive director of KPMG's Audit Committee Institute. He is a frequent speaker and writer on many timely issues confronting today's corporate board. He regularly appears in media and he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Reuters, AP Radio, and Fox News Radio, among others. Daly serves on the boards of Lutheran Services in America, Powerlytics, and Reinvestment Fund.
Casey Fleming

Casey Fleming

Chair and CEO, BLACKOPS Partners Corp.

Casey Fleming is chair and CEO of BLACKOPS Partners Corp. Prior to BLACKOPS, Fleming was chair and CEO of Strategic Security Partners, and also served as SVP and general manager of Good Technology; EVP of SevenSpace Inc.; was a managing director for both IBM Global Services and Deloitte Consulting; and was founding managing director for IBM’s highly successful Cyber division. Early in his career he held senior management positions with both Oracle and IBM. Fleming served as a member of The White House Office of Presidential Advance, is a past director of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association, and an executive advisor to several leading cybersecurity organizations. He was named Cybersecurity Professional of the Year by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Fleming regularly contributes his time to nonprofits dedicated to national security and to veterans’ and children’s causes. He is a member of—and a regular speaker for—NACD.

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Casey Fleming is chair and CEO of BLACKOPS Partners Corp. Prior to BLACKOPS, Fleming was chair and CEO of Strategic Security Partners, and also served as SVP and general manager of Good Technology; EVP of SevenSpace Inc.; was a managing director for both IBM Global Services and Deloitte Consulting; and was founding managing director for IBM’s highly successful Cyber division. Early in his career he held senior management positions with both Oracle and IBM. Fleming served as a member of The White House Office of Presidential Advance, is a past director of the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association, and an executive advisor to several leading cybersecurity organizations. He was named Cybersecurity Professional of the Year by the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. Fleming regularly contributes his time to nonprofits dedicated to national security and to veterans’ and children’s causes. He is a member of—and a regular speaker for—NACD.
John Fletcher

John Fletcher

Mayor Pro-Tem/Audit Chair, 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.
Robert Galford

Robert Galford

Managing Partner, The Center for Leading Organizations; Lead Independent Director, Forrester Research Inc.; Director, Sakkonet Point Club; Board Advisor, Shepley Bullfinch

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.
John J. Gorman

John J. Gorman

Compensation Committee Chair, Assure Holding Corp.; Partner, Luse Gorman Pomerenk & Schick

John J. Gorman is a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Luse Gorman PC. He is a former special counsel to the chief counsel for the Corporation Finance Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Since leaving the SEC in 1984, Gorman has specialized in advising public companies on both transactional and general corporate and securities law. Gorman is a director of Assure Holding Corp., where he serves on the audit committee and chairs the compensation committee. Previously, he was a director of SmartPros Ltd., where he was a member of its audit committee and chair of its compensation committee. Gorman served as a commissioner on the National Association of Corporate Director’s 2016 Blue Ribbon Commission on Building the Strategic-Asset Board and on its 2004 Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Leadership.

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John J. Gorman is a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Luse Gorman PC. He is a former special counsel to the chief counsel for the Corporation Finance Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Since leaving the SEC in 1984, Gorman has specialized in advising public companies on both transactional and general corporate and securities law. Gorman is a director of Assure Holding Corp., where he serves on the audit committee and chairs the compensation committee. Previously, he was a director of SmartPros Ltd., where he was a member of its audit committee and chair of its compensation committee. Gorman served as a commissioner on the National Association of Corporate Director’s 2016 Blue Ribbon Commission on Building the Strategic-Asset Board and on its 2004 Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Leadership.
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. Hooper was named “NACD Director of the Year” in 2017.

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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. Hooper was named “NACD Director of the Year” in 2017.
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.
D'Anne Hurd

D'Anne Hurd

Chair, Monzite Corp.; Audit Committee Chair, Peckham Industries Inc.; Nominating and Governance Committee Chair, EILEEN FISHER, Inc.; Director, Pax World Funds, Pax Ellevate Funds, Camp Dudley; CEO, Crawford Consulting

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.

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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.
James Lam

James Lam

President, James Lam & Associates, Inc.; Chair, Risk Oversight Committee, E*TRADE Financial Corp.

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.
Joe Mallin

Joe Mallin

Partner, Pay Governance LLC

Joe Mallin is a partner at Pay Governance. Mallin has more than 30 years of experience working with public and private companies on a wide range of executive-compensation issues, including pay-for-performance analyses, incentive-plan design, advising on regulatory issues, and other key features of the current executive-pay landscape. Mallin’s clients include major companies in the manufacturing, insurance, staffing. and other service industries. In addition, he has experience working with companies in a variety of situations, including mergers, divestitures, IPOs, and other events involving significant change. Prior to joining Pay Governance in 2016, Mallin was the office head/managing director for Pearl Meyer & Partners in Atlanta for 13 years, and also held senior roles at Arthur Andersen, Mercer, and Towers Watson. Mallin has been a director for NACD chapters in both Atlanta and Florida. He has been a frequent presenter on executive-compensation issues at both chapters as well as in other forums.

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Joe Mallin is a partner at Pay Governance. Mallin has more than 30 years of experience working with public and private companies on a wide range of executive-compensation issues, including pay-for-performance analyses, incentive-plan design, advising on regulatory issues, and other key features of the current executive-pay landscape. Mallin’s clients include major companies in the manufacturing, insurance, staffing. and other service industries. In addition, he has experience working with companies in a variety of situations, including mergers, divestitures, IPOs, and other events involving significant change. Prior to joining Pay Governance in 2016, Mallin was the office head/managing director for Pearl Meyer & Partners in Atlanta for 13 years, and also held senior roles at Arthur Andersen, Mercer, and Towers Watson. Mallin has been a director for NACD chapters in both Atlanta and Florida. He has been a frequent presenter on executive-compensation issues at both chapters as well as in other forums.
Cheryl Martel

Cheryl Martel

Senior Manager, Education Content, National Association of Corporate Directors

Cheryl Soltis Martel is the senior content manager for education programming at NACD. She began her time with NACD as an editor for NACD Directorship magazine in 2012. Martel is an experienced writer and editor and her work has been published on four continents through The Wall Street Journal. She has written and edited articles for the oldest legal newspaper in the country The Legal Intelligencer. In addition to her journalistic endeavors, Martel has a background in public relations and served as a communications specialist for Drexel University College of Medicine. Martel serves on the board of a nonprofit education institution.

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Cheryl Soltis Martel is the senior content manager for education programming at NACD. She began her time with NACD as an editor for NACD Directorship magazine in 2012. Martel is an experienced writer and editor and her work has been published on four continents through The Wall Street Journal. She has written and edited articles for the oldest legal newspaper in the country The Legal Intelligencer. In addition to her journalistic endeavors, Martel has a background in public relations and served as a communications specialist for Drexel University College of Medicine. Martel serves on the board of a nonprofit education institution.
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 governance 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 governance 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.
Andrew J. Sherman

Andrew J. Sherman

Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Andrew J. Sherman is a partner and chair of the Corporate Department in the Washington, DC, office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is the author of 26 books; his latest book is The Crisis of Disengagement (2017). He has appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch, CNN’s Day Watch, CNNfn’s For Entrepreneurs Only, USA Network’s First Business, and Bloomberg’s Small Business Weekly. Sherman has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland for 26 years and at Georgetown University for 17 years. He has served as general counsel to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (formerly YEO) since 1987. In 2003, Fortune magazine named him one of the Top Ten Minds in Entrepreneurship, and in February of 2006, Inc. magazine named him one of the all-time champions and supporters of entrepreneurship and business growth. NACD named him to the D100 in 2013, and in 2014, IAM magazine named him to the global IAM 300.

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Andrew J. Sherman is a partner and chair of the Corporate Department in the Washington, DC, office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He is the author of 26 books; his latest book is The Crisis of Disengagement (2017). He has appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch, CNN’s Day Watch, CNNfn’s For Entrepreneurs Only, USA Network’s First Business, and Bloomberg’s Small Business Weekly. Sherman has been an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland for 26 years and at Georgetown University for 17 years. He has served as general counsel to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (formerly YEO) since 1987. In 2003, Fortune magazine named him one of the Top Ten Minds in Entrepreneurship, and in February of 2006, Inc. magazine named him one of the all-time champions and supporters of entrepreneurship and business growth. NACD named him to the D100 in 2013, and in 2014, IAM magazine named him to the global IAM 300.
Sheila Stamps

Sheila Stamps

Director, CIT Group Inc., CIT Bank, N.A., NACD New York Chapter, IES Abroad; Audit Committee Chair, New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF)

Sheila A. Stamps is a finance executive with substantial experience working with both corporations and financial institutions. Stamps has served as EVP of DBI LLC and as director of Fixed Income and Cash Management for the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Stamps also held management roles with Bank of America and Bank One London, where she was on the Management Committee. Stamps is a director of CIT Group Inc. and of CIT Bank NA, where she serves on the risk management and nominating and governance committees. She chairs the New York State Insurance Fund's audit committee and is a member of its business operations committee. She is a director of the NACD New York Chapter. Stamps has been recognized as one of “2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors” by Savoy Magazine. She is an NACD Board Advisory Services faculty member and an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

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Sheila A. Stamps is a finance executive with substantial experience working with both corporations and financial institutions. Stamps has served as EVP of DBI LLC and as director of Fixed Income and Cash Management for the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Stamps also held management roles with Bank of America and Bank One London, where she was on the Management Committee. Stamps is a director of CIT Group Inc. and of CIT Bank NA, where she serves on the risk management and nominating and governance committees. She chairs the New York State Insurance Fund's audit committee and is a member of its business operations committee. She is a director of the NACD New York Chapter. Stamps has been recognized as one of “2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors” by Savoy Magazine. She is an NACD Board Advisory Services faculty member and an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
David Strandberg

David Strandberg

Chief Counsel, Listing Qualifications, Nasdaq, Inc.

David Strandberg is chief counsel in Nasdaq’s Listing Qualifications department. He manages the teams responsible for ensuring that listed companies meet applicable listing standards and also leads the effort to identify and investigate companies that pose the highest risk to investor protection and market integrity. Strandberg provides advice and guidance to listed companies and their advisors, as well as within Nasdaq, on a wide range of matters related to listing rules and policies and actively participates in listings-related rule-making and policy-setting initiatives. He is a member of Nasdaq’s Ethics team. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Strandberg worked in private legal practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; in government at the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division; and in consulting on several projects funded by the US Agency for International Development, assisting in the development of well-regulated capital markets in emerging market countries, including Russia, Ukraine, India, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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David Strandberg is chief counsel in Nasdaq’s Listing Qualifications department. He manages the teams responsible for ensuring that listed companies meet applicable listing standards and also leads the effort to identify and investigate companies that pose the highest risk to investor protection and market integrity. Strandberg provides advice and guidance to listed companies and their advisors, as well as within Nasdaq, on a wide range of matters related to listing rules and policies and actively participates in listings-related rule-making and policy-setting initiatives. He is a member of Nasdaq’s Ethics team. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Strandberg worked in private legal practice at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; in government at the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s Enforcement Division; and in consulting on several projects funded by the US Agency for International Development, assisting in the development of well-regulated capital markets in emerging market countries, including Russia, Ukraine, India, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Nader Tavakoli

Nader Tavakoli

Chair and CEO, EagleRock Capital Management; Director, Ambac Financial Group Inc., MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation

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Mary Beth Vitale

Mary Beth Vitale

Director, Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee, CoBiz Financial Inc.; Director, 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.

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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.
Steven Walker

Steven Walker

General Counsel and 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.

Venue

The St. Regis Atlanta
88 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305

The St. Regis is currently sold out during the dates of Director Professionalism. Below are accommodations within a short distance of the St. Regis and booking options:

AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza
3600 Wieuca Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
+1 (470) 231-3030
$297 and up/night
30-minute walk from the St. Regis

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
3
300 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
+1 (404) 237-1234
$249/night
20-minute walk from the St. Regis

Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
3376 Peachtree Rd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
+1 (404) 995-7500
$339/night
25-minute walk from the St. Regis

Accreditation

NACD Fellowship® Credits: 8 Skill and 8 Collaborative

8 Skill Credits 8 Skill Credits

This program offers Fellowship Credits for NACD members working toward attaining or maintaining NACD Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®.

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.

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.