NACD’s highly interactive AdvancedDirector Professionalism® foundation course will convene experienced directors looking to position themselves as lead directors, board and/or committee chairs on the Sunshine State’s west coast.
Through panel discussions, committee chair/lead director training, workshops, and case studies with seasoned board leaders, you’ll benefit from real-world and real-time insights to help you navigate critical board leadership challenges, build a high performance board, and effectively lead your board and committees.
Small-group peer exchanges will simultaneously deepen and showcase your expertise while you make new connections with experienced directors from a wide range of industries.
Attending NACD Advanced Director Professionalism makes a strong statement to stakeholders about your dedication to exemplary board leadership and begins your path toward NACDBoard Leadership Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®.
Case Study: A Price Worth Paying?
A Year in the Life of Your Board: Planning and Pivoting
Enhancing Compliance and Ethics Oversight
Perspectives on the Horizon
Corporate Turnarounds and Transformations
The Future of Shareholder Activism
Strategy from a Board Perspective
Breakout Sessions Training: Lead Director & Key Committee Chair (Audit, Compensation, and Nom/Gov) Optional Peer Exchange: Cyber Risk
Managing Partner, Assurance and Financial Services Industry
Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
Christine Anderson, partner with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP, has been with the firm since 2007 and serves as the managing partner–Growth and Specialization, in addition to leading the firm’s financial services practice. She has nearly 30 years of experience working within professional services and financial-services organizations, including leadership roles in finance, operations, compliance, and project management. In 2011, she was elected to the firm’s board of directors and is a member of the firm’s management committee. She is experienced in leading, developing, and implementing strategic initiatives.
Director of Strategic Content Development
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.
Audit Committee Chair, Sphere 3D Corp.; CEO and President
Peritus Partners Inc.
Cheemin Bo-Linn has been a board director and audit chair for companies in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and she is presently a director of SNOMED, Evena Medical, and Sphere 3D. She currently serves as CEO and president of Peritus Partners Inc., an analytic platform and business IT consultancy. Leveraging her expertise in digital transformation and technology, she was vice president at IBM and held other executive roles at various e-commerce, mobile, finance, and software companies. Bo-Linn was inducted into the “Hall of Fame for Women in Technology,” was named the “Most Influential Silicon Valley Exec,” and among the “Top 100 CEOs in STEM.” She has been an invited speaker to the United Nations, Dow Jones, and British Chamber of Commerce. She is visiting professor on digital tech (AI, big data, cybersecurity) and marketing at the joint Columbia University, London School of Business, and Hong Kong University EMBA/MBA program.
Senior Vice President
General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.; Director, Neulion Inc.
Robert E. Bostrom is senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. Bostrom joined Abercrombie & Fitch from Greenberg Traurig. Previously he was with SNR Denton. Before that, he served as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary of Freddie Mac. Prior to his work with Freddie Mac, Bostrom served as the managing partner of the New York office of Winston & Strawn LLP. Prior to that, he was executive vice president of Legal, Regulatory, and Compliance and general counsel of National Westminster Bancorp (NatWest). He is a director of NeuLion Inc. and a past director of NatWest Bank (Delaware) and Coutts International. Among his many awards is the 2016 New York Stock Exchange Governance Series Distinguished General Counsel Award.
Chair Emeritus, NACD New Jersey Chapter; Chair, Founder, CEO Learning Network; Director, Eyenuk Inc.
Martin Coyne is a director of EyeNuk Inc. Coyne is the chair and founder of the CEO Learning Network and he is the chair emeritus of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ New Jersey Chapter. He previously served on multiple boards including RainDance Technologies, Akamai, Welch Allyn, Bioclinica, Avecia, and OpenPages. His roles included board chair, lead director, and chair of compensation, audit, and governance committees. Coyne has held a variety of senior management positions, including executive vice president of Eastman Kodak Co. and executive of its Photography Group. His book, How to Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You (2009), helps directors, CEOs, and other C-suite executives improve governance and the relationship between management and their board.
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 the content curation, strategy, and execution of more than 60 virtual and brick-and-mortar education programs and events each year. Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with nearly 20 years of experience in media production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV, and she produced and co-wrote the critically acclaimed independent documentary, MINE. Essenmacher is the chair emeritus of Gandhi Brigade, a youth media nonprofit.
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.
Delta Dental of California, True Religion Apparel, Inc.; Former CEO, American Apparel Inc.
Chelsea A. Grayson is former CAO, general counsel, EVP, and corporate secretary of American Apparel. Prior to joining American Apparel, Grayson was a partner at Jones Day and at Loeb & Loeb LLP. While at Jones Day, Grayson chaired the firm’s Los Angeles Corporate Group and its Los Angeles New Lawyers Group, and co-chaired its California Future Markets Task Force. Grayson has served on the board of the Legal Division of the American Jewish Federation. Grayson has received an In-House Impact Award from The Recorder (2016) and a 40 Under 40 Recognition Award from the M&A Advisor (2011). She also has been named among L.A.’s Top 40 Dealmakers in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Who’s Who in L.A. Law list (2011) and to legal500.com’s Legal 500 U.S. in M&A: Middle Market list.
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.
Meridian Compensation Partners LLC
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.
Director, Nortech Systems, Inc.; SVP, Partnerships and Corporate Development
Ryan McManus is senior vice president of partnerships and corporate development for EVRYTHNG, the IoT Smart Products Platform company. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in IoT and AI start-ups as well as in large corporate digital transformations. Prior to joining EVRYTHNG, McManus founded Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy and Transformation practice and served as the Accenture Strategy chief operating officer and as a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A, and International Expansion businesses. McManus has served as an advisor to Fortune 100 companies, technology start-ups, and nonprofits. He has worked in more than 40 countries. McManus serves on two advisory boards with the Aspen Institute. He is the author of several articles on digital business and corporate strategy.
Compensation Committee Chair
Commercial Metals Co.; Director, Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Vermilion Energy Inc., Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc., Alberta Investment Management Corp.
Sarah E. Raiss has most recently served as executive vice president of corporate services, TransCanada Corp. Raiss is currently a director of Loblaw Cos. Ltd., Vermilion Energy Inc., and Commercial Metals Co. She previously served as chair of Alberta Electric System Operator. She is past president of the Calgary Petroleum Club board of governors and was a director of Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Institute of Corporate Directors, MicroPlanet Technology Corp., Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Women’s Leadership Board, and Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. Raiss has been named among Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 four times, and was inducted into the Top 100 Hall of Fame in 2007. She was among those on the Canadian Board Diversity Council’s inaugural Diversity 50 list in 2012. Raiss was named to the NACD Directorship 100 in 2015.
Meridian Compensation Partners LLC
Spirit Airlines Inc., CMS Energy Corp.; Senior Vice President, Global CISO, Comcast Corporation
Myrna Soto is corporate SVP and GCISO at Comcast. Prior to joining Comcast, Soto served as CISO and VP of Information Technology Governance for MGM Resorts International. Previously, she held senior leadership positions with American Express Co., Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Kemper Insurance. She is on the board of directors of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy, the Hispanic IT Executive Council, and Spirit Airlines Inc. ISE named her Information Security Executive of the Year in 2013, CNET listed her among the top 20 Most Influential Technology Latinos in 2014, and SC Magazine recognized her as one of the Top 10 Power Players for Women in Security in 2015. Additionally, Soto received the CSO Compass Award in 2015.
Mary Beth Vitale
Nominating and Governance Committee, CoBiz Financial Inc.; Chair, Risk and Technology Committee, GEHA, Inc.; 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.
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.
The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
280 Vanderbilt Beach Rd.
NACD has reserved a block of guestrooms at the Ritz-Carlton Naples at the group rate of $249/night, plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 877-590-8187 and giving the group name “NACD”. The rate will be available until November 8, 2018, or until sold out.
Naples Transportation & Tours (NT&T) is the preferred and recommended transportation provider for The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. The discounted rates below are available online only, by clicking the reservation link below.
Discounted rates are as follows for RSW (Southwest Florida Int’l Airport): 40 min, 28 miles Sedan, $85 one-way SUV, $105 one-way Van, $145 one-way *24% Service Charge applies, which includes the chauffeur’s gratuity
Rates are also available for Miami International (MIA) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) airports by clicking the Airport Transfer Link.
Program Level: Advanced 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.