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Jesse Rhodes

Jesse Rhodes is the associate editor of NACD Directorship magazine.


Entries by Jesse Rhodes

Dive Into the Best Letters to Shareholders

July 21, 2017

Select shareholder letters chart the currents of corporate progress.

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James Lam

July 21, 2017

Risk Expert. Engaged Director. Diversity Advocate.

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Small Talk

July 21, 2017

Rethinking retirement, hedge fund communities, and the bond between an entrepreneur and his company.

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Colleen Birdnow Brown

June 5, 2017

Crisis Manager. Team Builder. Engaged Leader.

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How Boards Can Swiftly Rise to the Challenge of Overseeing a Crisis

June 5, 2017

Directors discussed insights and best practices for how a board can function effectively as a company’s rapid response team in the event of a crisis.

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Building a Future, Pleased to Meet?, But Wait—There’s More!

June 5, 2017

Conversation starters to delight and break the ice.

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Getting a Clear Board’s-Eye View of Company Performance

March 27, 2017

A look at using financial metrics to describe value creation and how each measure has its share of upsides and pitfalls.

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Cynthia Todd Jamison

March 27, 2017

Meet Cynthia Todd Jamison, a change agent, independent thinker, and board builder.

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Exploring the Latest Trends In Board Composition and Talent Oversight

March 27, 2017

Experts examine the ways in which directors can evaluate talent around the boardroom table and in the C-suite, and determine how to keep a life force of talent flowing throughout all levels of the organization.

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Flower Power, Panda-nomics, More

March 27, 2017

A quirky look at how flowers, cows, and pandas are reshaping business.

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The Hon. Michael Montelongo

January 24, 2017

Meet the Hon. Michael Montelongo, a boardroom professional, tri-sector leader, and public servant.

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How Risk Oversight Boosts Fast-Growing Companies

January 24, 2017

Leading companies understand that risk oversight must balance controls with flexible, entrepreneurial operations.

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Setting the Gold Standard

November 15, 2016

Explore the directors and governance professionals who set the model for exemplary service in 2016.

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Surveying the Regulatory Landscape

November 15, 2016

As the pace of mounting regulations grows in speed, so do the concerns of directors who must navigate their implications.

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Incubating Innovators, Pet Perks, More

November 15, 2016

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: an intergalactic long-term investment, incubating innovators, and more.

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Architects of Change

September 12, 2016

NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Co-chairs Bonnie G. Hill and Richard H. Koppes on why and how boards need to reposition themselves as a strategic asset to the corporations they oversee.

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Pattye L. Moore

September 12, 2016

Meet NACD Board Leadership Fellow Pattye L. Moore, an interdisciplinary leader, team player, and exploratory learner.

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Playing Catch-Up, Messaging Wars, More

September 12, 2016

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: fighting terrorism with ad-buys, Olympic disruptions, and more.

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Leading Summer Reading

July 11, 2016

Recommended books, an assessment of the writings of “a joyous investor,” and a bevy of shareholder letters from lead directors round out our summer reading issue.

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Tom Sager on How to Win at War

July 11, 2016

Insights from DuPont’s former GC on what it takes to be effective, both in and out of the boardroom.

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Dona Young

July 11, 2016

Meet NACD Board Leadership Fellow Dona Young, a mentor, integrative thinker, and devoted learner.

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On Being Green, Working Vacations, More

July 11, 2016

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: greening the Australian desert, digital disruptions on vacations, and how a tech executive got hacked.

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The Voice of the Retail Investor

May 23, 2016

When retail investors vote, they can be quite influential. Plan ahead.

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How to Keep Executive Pay Balanced and Investors Satisfied

May 23, 2016

A panel of experts and compensation committee members discuss the nuances of attracting and retaining talent while satisfying shareholder scrutiny.

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Sheila Hooda

May 23, 2016

Meet NACD Fellow Sheila Hooda, a strategic leader, collaborative director, and engaged learner.

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Accounting for Culture

May 23, 2016

An NYU professor demystifies the risks of going global.

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Rise of the Machines, Dollars and Sense, More

May 23, 2016

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: robot charm in the hospitality industry, why women are flocking to businesses that place importance on family values, and more.

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Paula Ann Sneed

March 28, 2016

An interview with Board Leadership Fellow Paula Ann Sneed, a global marketer, trend watcher, and boardroom leader.

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Hail to the Chief Knowledge Officer

March 28, 2016

Forevermore, Alexandra R. Lajoux will be NACD chief knowledge officer emeritus.

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Darrell R. Tukua

January 29, 2016

An interview with Board Leadership Fellow Darrell R. Tukua, a critical thinker, engaged director, and continuous learner.

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Five Tales Cast a Basketful of Troubles In New Light

January 29, 2016

These five books uncover unexpected consequences of innovation, climate change, and other disruptive business trends.

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Blast Off, A Movable Feast, More

January 29, 2016

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: corporations fire up a new space race, streamlining the inventory process at essential food banks, the true cost of the penny, and more.

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Out of Gas, Long Live the Brand, More

November 24, 2015

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: breakfast all day, big beer, more.

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Jeannine Strandjord

September 17, 2015

An interview with Board Leadership Fellow Jeannine Strandjord, a proven Chief Integration Officer, strategist, and boardroom leader.

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Taking the Lead, The Sound of Music, More

September 17, 2015

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: decentralizing traditional corporate leadership structure, small changes to a comfy old favorite, and bandwidth takes on Broadway.

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Renée J. Hornbaker

July 30, 2015

An interview with Renée Hornbaker, a seasoned CFO, a boardroom leader, and a prodigious learner.

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Attacking Executive Compensation

July 30, 2015

Directors discuss how and why compensation practices spur activist engagements.

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Back to the Floor, Tightening the Borscht Belt, More

July 30, 2015

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: Directors spend a day waiting tables, a look at how soup can be a barometer for inflation, and more.

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Liability Risks Specific to Cybersecurity, M&A Activity Are on the Rise

June 3, 2015

A by-the-numbers look at the dramatic changes in litigation patterns noted in Cornerstone, PwC reports.

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Howard A. Bain III

June 3, 2015

Meet Howard A. Bain III, a former CFO, an IT ace, and a governance leader.

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The Last Laugh: Slave to the Algorithm

June 3, 2015

A few conversation starters to leave you with a smile. THIS MONTH: A study in algorithm bias, lemonade stand entrepreneurs, corporate art collections, and more.

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Directors Under Age 40

April 10, 2015

A look at the Millennials and Gen Xers with notable board service.

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Results of Public Company Governance Survey

April 10, 2015

NACD Directorship takes a look at the major findings of the 2014-2015 NACD Public Company Governance Survey.

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Wendy Watson

April 10, 2015

Meet Wendy Watson, a financial services leader, independent director, and an avid learner.

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The Last Laugh: What's in a Name?

April 10, 2015

Stories to leave you with a smile and a few conversation starters. THIS MONTH: rising interest in green investing, innovations in medical technology, and the TV show that played a joke on an SEC official.

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Thaddeus Arroyo

February 2, 2015

Thaddeus Arroyo on the value of mentorship and his advice to fellow directors.

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Beyond Compliance

February 2, 2015

Directors discuss how to find opportunity in potential liabilities.

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What's Next on Board Committees' Agendas

November 24, 2014

Common to all committee work is the great need for informed insight.

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Coping With the Challenges of Small Companies

September 25, 2014

A slate of experts discusses how boards can actively manage the resolute governance issues facing companies below $500 million in market capitalization.

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Highlights in Global Leadership

July 18, 2014

With business undergoing rapid transformations, industry experts discuss today's burning issues of leadership, including culture, risk, and talent.

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Managing the New Wave of Risk

July 18, 2014

Cybersecurity experts share their best advice for how directors can grapple with this invasive new risk.

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The Hon. Carlos C. Campbell

June 18, 2014

NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Naval officer. Strategist. Boardroom leader.

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Performance, Discretion Rise in Executive Pay

May 21, 2014

An expert panel of pay consultants at New York’s Metropolitan Club address the most pressing issues concerning executive compensation.

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Virginia Gambale

May 21, 2014

NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Technologist. Strategic Advisor. Board Director.

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Historic Norms Return to Board Pay

March 29, 2014

The 2013–2014 NACD Director Compensation Report, produced in collaboration with Pearl Meyer & Partners using survey data provided in part by Equilar, affirms that despite an initial spike in pay as the economy emerged from recession, increases in median director pay have since moderated. All the details are here for companies of all sizes and sectors.

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Striking the Right Tone for Activist and Overseas Engagement

March 29, 2014

On investors and M&A

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The Culture Issue

What can the board do to address a question that no one will have the last word on? A look at this year’s Blue Ribbon Commission report, how to define culture, and more.

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Lynn Schenk

Lawyer. Politician. Socially conscious director. Supporter of women.

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A Wellspring of Innovative Ideas

B. P. Agrawal proves that social enterprises are good business.

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Small Talk

Arbitrary Scores, Youth Culture, Boardroom Zombies, and More

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