ESG Oversight Continuous Learning Cohort

ESG Oversight Continuous Learning Cohort

2021-03-24 12:00 - 2021-03-25 17:00



Profile - Veena Ramani Veena Ramani Senior Program Director Capital Market Systems Veena Ramani is senior program director, Capital Market Systems, for Ceres. Ramani is the author of the 2020 Ceres report, Addressing Climate as a Systemic Risk: A call to action for US Financial Regulators, which makes the case that climate change poses systemic risk to US financial markets, and outlines over 50 action steps that financial market regulators can take to address this risk. Prior to Ceres, Ramani worked as a management consultant with CDM, an environmental consulting firm. Ramani also spent three years with Integrative Strategies Forum, a nonprofit organization working on developing national and international policy solutions on sustainable development. Before that, Ramani practiced law in India. Ramani was interviewed for the cover story of the 2017 fall edition of C-Suite Magazine, and her work has been featured by NACD, Ethical Boardroom, GreenBiz, the Huffington Post, Environmental Leader, and Responsible Investor.
Profile - Andrea Weiss Andrea Weiss Founder The O Alliance; CEO, Retail Consulting Inc.; Director, O’Reilly Automotive Inc., Bed Bath and Beyond Inc, RPT Realty, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. Andrea M. Weiss is the founder of The O Alliance LLC and CEO of Retail Consulting Inc. Prior to establishing her own consulting business, Weiss was president of the multichannel teen retailer, dELiA*s Inc., president of GUESS, and executive vice president, chief stores officer of L Brands Inc. Earlier in her career, she was senior vice president at Ann Taylor and director of Merchandising for The Walt Disney Co. She serves on the boards of O'Reilly Auto Parts, Cracker Barrel, Bed Bath & Beyond, and RPT Realty. Weiss is also a trustee of Hampton University. She has been named to Crain's New York Business' "40 Under 40" list and in 2016 Weiss was named to the National Association of Corporate Director's Directorship 100.
Profile - Margaret Foran Margaret Foran Chief Governance Officer, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary Prudential Financial Inc. Margaret Foran is chief governance officer, senior vice president, and corporate secretary of Prudential Financial Inc. Her role at Prudential also includes oversight of the company’s Shareholder Services and Sustainability divisions. She has been a corporate governance leader throughout her career at Sara Lee Corp., Pfizer, and J.P. Morgan & Co. Foran is a director on the board of Orion Group Holdings and serves on its compensation and nominating committee and its corporate governance committee. She has been recognized as one of the Most Influential People in Corporate Governance by NACD Directorship magazine for five consecutive years. In 2015, Foran received both the Linda Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award from, and Corporate Secretary Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, Corporate Secretary magazine named Foran “Governance Professional of the Year.” In 2011, she was identified by Treasury and Risk magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Finance.
Profile - Andrea Bonime-Blanc Andrea Bonime-Blanc CEO and Founder GEC Risk Advisory Andrea Bonime-Blanc is the CEO and founder of GEC Risk Advisory. She has held senior executive roles at Bertelsmann, PSEG, and Verint Systems and has held numerous board seats. In 2017, she was appointed ethics advisor to the Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico. She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, a member of the NACD governance faculty, holds the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, and sits on the advisory boards of Crisp Thinking, Ethical Intelligence, and Greenward Partners. She was named the inaugural Directors and Chief Risk Officers Exemplar (2018). The Ethisphere Institute recognized her as among the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in both 2014 and 2015. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the New York University cyber faculty, and has published widely. Her latest book is Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk Into Resilience and Value>/em> (2019).
Profile - Sandra Beach Lin Sandra Beach Lin Director American Electric Power Co Inc, Trinseo SA, Avient Corp, Interface Biologics Inc, Ripple Therapeutics Sandra Beach Lin is a board member of American Electric Power, a Fortune 200 electric utility; Avient Corp. (PolyOne Corp Prior to 07/2020); and Trinseo SA. Beach Lin also serves on the board of Interface Biologics, a privately held company developing transformative biomedical polymer technology for medical devices. She also serves on the board of privately held Ripple Therapeutics, a precision-engineered drug delivery developer. Beach Lin is the retired president, CEO, and board member of Calisolar Inc. (now Silicor Materials). She also served as corporate executive vice president at Celanese, as group vice president of Specialty Materials & Converting with Avery Dennison, and as president of Alcoa Closure Systems International. She also held roles with Honeywell and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. She began her career in sales and marketing leadership roles at Smith & Nephew, Crest Ultrasonics, and American Cyanamid. Beach Lin is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, and she was named to the NACD Directorship 100 in 2013. She received the Dallas Business Journal’s Outstanding Directors Award in 2014.
Profile - Rebecca Henderson Rebecca Henderson Professor Harvard University; Director, IDEXX Laboratories Rebecca Henderson is one of 25 university professors at Harvard. She is a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy. Henderson sits on the boards of IDEXX Laboratories and of Ceres. Her most recent publication is Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire (2020) which has just been short-listed for the Financial Times and McKinsey 2020 Business Book of the Year Award.
Profile - Blair Jones Blair Jones Managing Director Semler Brossy Blair Jones is a managing director with Semler Brossy. Jones has 30 years of experience in executive compensation consulting, primarily in advising public company boards but also in advising private and pre-IPO companies. She began her career at Bain & Company. Prior to joining Semler Brossy, Jones was practice leader in Leadership Performance and Rewards at Sibson Consulting. Jones regularly speaks at leading boards of directors and executive forums and is a prominent author in the executive compensation space. Her articles have been featured in many media outlets including NACD Directorship, Directors & Boards, Harvard Business Review, Workspan, Corporate Board Member, and Bloomberg. Jones was a many-year member of the Executive Rewards Advisory Council for WorldatWork and cofounded WorldatWork’s Women in Executive Compensation and Regional Executive Compensation Roundtables. Jones participates in broader governance dialogue at the steering committee of the US 30% Club and Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Roundtables.
Profile - Larry Taylor Larry Taylor President and CEO NACD Pacific Southwest Chapter; Chair, The Creighton Group Inc Larry Taylor is the president and executive board member of the NACD Pacific Southwest Chapter and advisory board chair of the Creighton Group Inc. Additionally, he is a trustee of Claremont Graduate University (including the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management). He was the chief financial officer and board member of a small-cap public consumer-products firm and the CEO of an international management-consulting firm and held roles with EY, Deloitte & Touche, and General Motors. He was an adjunct professor of management at California State University and the Asian Institute of Technology. He is the author of three books and has published numerous articles on corporate governance in various periodicals, including NACD Directorship magazine.
Profile - Susan Gray Susan Gray Global Head of Corporate & Infrastructure Ratings S&P Global Ratings; Director, Lower East Side Tenement Museum Susan Gray is global head of Sustainable Finance Business and Innovation at S&P Global Ratings. Gray has held a number of leadership positions at S&P Global, including global head of the Corporate and Infrastructure Ratings practice, where she also led the analytical development of S&P Global Ratings’ ESG and Sustainable Finance Products. Gray’s diverse experience includes 20 years of investment banking focused on development of major infrastructure transactions at Macquarie Capital and four years as a senior policy advisor to the Australian Government. Gray has built businesses for Macquarie in Australia, Asia, and North America, most recently as head of Infrastructure Client Coverage for the Americas. She has lived in New York for the last 14 years. Gray has been an active nonprofit board director for almost 20 years and has been an NACD Board Leadership Fellow since 2012.
Profile - Karthik Krishnan Karthik Krishnan CEO Britannica Group; NACD Certified Director Karthik Krishnan is the global CEO of Britannica Group (Britannica, Merriam-Webster, Britannica Knowledge Systems, and Melingo) and an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Prior to Britannica, Krishnan spent over a decade at RELX. In his last role at RELX, as senior vice president and general manager for the Global Clinical Reference business, he launched products that won coveted industry recognition. Krishnan was recognized by former president Clinton for his leadership in launching the Urban Enterprise Initiative. An NACD certified board director, Krishnan serves on the boards of Britannica, Melingo, and Urban Upbound. He has been invited to the World Economic Forum Expert Network and is recognized as an expert on education, health care, and information media. He is also a Top 100 global influencer in education technology. He is an advisor to UNICEF and the Global Business Coalition for Education on Youth Skills and Education.
Profile - Tanuja Dehne Tanuja Dehne President/CEO The Geraldine R Dodge Foundation; Director, Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc Tanuja Dehne is the president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and leads the Dodge Foundation’s Imagine a New Way initiative. While at NRG for 12 years, Dehne served in various roles including executive vice president, chief administrative officer, and chief of staff. Earlier, Dehne practiced corporate law as a member of Saul Ewing's business department. Dehne is a director of Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (chair, nominating and corporate governance committee) and Climate Real Impact Solutions II Acquisition Corp.; a trustee of Lafayette College, New York Public Radio (vice chair), and the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund; and cochair of the advisory board of Drexel University’s Gupta Governance Institute. She is an NACD Board Advisory Services faculty member and an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She has been named to the NACD Directorship 100 (2018) and was identified as a Director to Watch by Directors & Boards (2017).
Profile - Brian Tomlinson Brian Tomlinson Director of Research CEO Investor Forum Brian Tomlinson serves as director of research at CECP’s CEO Investor Forum. He develops executive-ready research to enable issuers to reorient their disclosures toward the long term. His publications provide principles, frameworks, and management approaches for the practice of long-term disclosure and the integration of ESG issues. Tomlinson’s work on capital markets has been published by the Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, MIT Sloan Management Review, the World Economic Forum, IR Magazine, and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. Tomlinson has a decade of experience as a corporate finance attorney.