NACD Master Class

NACD Master Class

Palmetto Bluff, SC

2019-12-12 07:00 - 2019-12-13 13:45

NACD’s advanced Master Class foundation course will convene highly experienced lead directors, board chairs, and committee chairs in beautiful Southern Carolina.

You’ll benefit from candid, peer-to-peer discussion, exclusive fireside chats with prominent CEOs, interactive simulations, and thought-provoking analysis of rapidly emerging disruptions affecting business strategy and long-term value creation.

Timely topics and the participation of renowned board leaders with deep and varied experience will offer an unparalleled forum—and the opportunity to gain practical insights and create “next practices” to lead your board through periods of rapid change and opportunity for innovation.

Attending NACD Master Class makes a strong statement to stakeholders about your dedication to exemplary board leadership and begins your path toward NACD Board Leadership FellowshipThe Gold Standard Director Credential®.


This advanced thought-leadership forum offers a unique opportunity to share your experiential insights, gain actionable tools, and create “next practices” to reinvigorate board leadership strategies and lead your board through periods of rapid change and unprecedented opportunity for innovation.


Profile - Meico Whitlock Meico Whitlock Founder and CEO Mindful Techie Meico Marquette Whitlock is a speaker and trainer on mindfulness, technology, and productivity. Whitlock is the founder and CEO of Mindful Techie, an organization that—through talks, workshops, and coaching—helps purpose-driven high achievers and organizations have an impact without burning out and being distracted by technology. Whitlock helps busy professionals and organizations integrate purpose, intention, and mindfulness into their day-to-day work in order to increase employee satisfaction, productivity, and work-life balance. He has been a featured speaker on ABC News, Fox 5, and Radio One, and has appeared on the main stage for events such as the Nonprofit Technology Conference.
Profile - Larry Clinton Larry Clinton President and CEO Internet Security Alliance Larry Clinton is president of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA). The ISA is a multi-sector trade association that focuses on thought leadership, policy advocacy, and developing best practices for cybersecurity. Clinton is on the board of the IT Sector Coordinating Council and serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory Board for the Center for Audit Quality. He has been a featured spokesman on cyber issues in virtually all major media outlets. He testifies often before Congress and has briefed NATO and the OAS. He is the principle author of the NACD Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight for corporate boards which PwC found has substantially improved corporate director’s management of cyber-risk since its publication. NACD named Clinton as one of the 100 most influential people in the field of corporate governance in 2015 and again in 2016.
Profile - Kenneth Kim Kenneth Kim Senior Economist KPMG LLP Kenneth Kim is a senior economist for KPMG LLP. He has more than 20 years of experience advising multinational clients on global macroeconomic developments. Prior to joining KPMG, Kim served as an economist at Merrill Lynch. He next joined a start-up, becoming a founding member of Stone & McCarthy Research Associates, the first independent economic research service on the Bloomberg terminal. He has also worked as a US trading desk economist at RBC Capital Markets and as a senior economist at Huawei Technologies USA. In June 2014, Kim discovered a market-roiling error in the widely-followed ISM manufacturing survey. He also foresaw the approaching housing crisis in 2007 and correctly forecast the zero lower-bound for US short-term interest rates. Kim served as a judge on many occasions for the collegiate and high school level Fed Challenge competition sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Profile - Jose R. Rodriguez Jose R. Rodriguez Partner in Charge & Executive Director, Audit Committee Institute KPMG LLP Jose R. Rodriguez is partner in charge and executive director of KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute. He also serves as an SEC reviewing partner and as a foreign filing partner. Previously, Rodriguez was the COO for KPMG’s Global Audit practice, the office managing partner for KPMG’s Global Services Center, and he served as KPMG’s professional practice partner for the eastern region of the United States. He was admitted to the partnership in 1995, in the Miami office. Rodriguez was a member of KPMG’s U.S. and Americas Board of Directors from 2006 to 2011; he served as the board’s lead director in 2011.
Profile - Howard Brod Brownstein Howard Brod Brownstein President The Brownstein Corp.; Director, Merakey, P&F Industries, Inc. Howard Brod Brownstein is president and founder of The Brownstein Corp., a nationally-known turnaround-management firm. Brownstein has served as an independent director for more than 40 years. He currently chairs the nominating and governance and the strategic planning and risk assessment committees of P&F Industries Inc., chairs the risk and operating committeees at Renew Financial. and serves on the board of Merakey. 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 boards of 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 90 articles, books, and chapters on turnaround management and corporate governance. Brownstein is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and immediate past chair president and chair of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter.
Profile - Cindie Jamison Cindie Jamison Chair, Tractor Supply Co.; Director, Big Lots Inc., Darden Restaurants Inc. Office Depot Inc. Cynthia Jamison is chairman of the board of Tractor Supply Co., where she previously served as chair of the audit and the compensation and corporate governance committees. Jamison also is a director of Office Depot Inc., chairing the audit committee and sitting on the compensation committee. Additionally, she chairs the audit committee and serves on the compensation committee of Darden Restaurants Inc. She chairs the corporate governance committee and serves on the audit committee of BigLots Inc. Prior to her full-time board service, Jamison was CFO of AquaSpy Inc. She has been CFO or COO of several companies, public and private, in turnaround situaions She has also served as a managing partner with Tatum LLP, where she managed the firm’s CFO Services practice and was a member of the operating committee. She is a frequent keynote speaker and has been quoted as a financial/economic expert in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CFO magazine, and The Economist.
Profile - David Swinford David Swinford President and CEO Pearl Meyer David Swinford is president and CEO of Pearl Meyer, and previously served as senior managing director and head of Pearl Meyer’s New York office. Prior to Pearl Meyer, Swinford was a principal and worldwide partner of William M. Mercer Inc., where he was national practice leader for executive compensation. Swinford also has served as a vice president at Towers Perrin and in positions at Sibson & Co. and the Harris Corp. He serves on the faculty of the Corporate Directors Institute of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Swinford writes and lectures regularly on issues related to executive compensation and board governance, including presentations before many directors’ institutes and for university-sponsored executive education programs.
Profile - Andrew Retrum Andrew Retrum Managing Director Protiviti, Inc. Andrew Retrum is a Managing Director and business-oriented leader within Protiviti’s Technology Consulting Practice. He is part of Protiviti’s Global Cybersecurity Leadership Team, with focus on Financial Services. Andrew’s professional aspiration is to lead our talented practice in delivering true value by helping our clients better understand, communicate, and manage the evolving Cyber Threat landscape.Prior to working at Protiviti, Andrew spent his career at a “Big 5” Public Accounting firm in the Technology Risk Consulting practice. Andrew has lectured at numerous universities, including Notre Dame and University of Illinois, on IT Governance, Security, and Privacy.
Profile - Jim DeLoach Jim DeLoach Managing Director Protiviti Inc. Jim DeLoach is a managing director with Protiviti Inc. His market focus is on assisting companies with improving corporate governance and integrating risk management with strategy setting, business planning, and performance management. DeLoach is the author of several books and he has published more than 300 articles. Widely quoted in the press, he has served on the COSO Advisory Council for 10 years and contributed to the development of several frameworks, including the 2013 update to the Internal Control—Integrated Framework and the more recent Enterprise Risk Management Framework update. DeLoach has delivered numerous presentations on governance and risk management matters to hundreds of companies and to groups in 30 countries. In 2017, for the sixth straight year, DeLoach was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Directorship 100 list, recognizing him as one of the 100 most influential governance professionals in the boardroom community.
Profile - Jane Sadowsky Jane Sadowsky Founder, Gardener Advisory LLC; Senior Advisor Moelis & Company; Director, Yamana Gold Inc., Nexa Resources Jane Sadowsky was a Wall Street investment banker for nearly 25 years before retiring in 2011 from Evercore Partners as a senior managing director. Prior to joining Evercore, Sadowsky was a managing director of Citigroup’s Investment Bank and cohead of its North America Power & Utility group. She began her career in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Sadowsky is an independent director of Yamana Gold Inc., serving on its audit and its governance and nominating committees. She is a director of the NYISO and a former director of Petrofac. Sadowsky has provided expert testimony to the World Court at The Hague. She received a Wharton Women in Business Award (2006) and serves on the Wharton Women’s Leadership Council.
Profile - James Lam James Lam Chair, Risk Oversight Committee E*TRADE Financial Corp.; Director, RiskLens James C. Lam is the president of James Lam & Associates and a director and risk oversight committee chair of E*TRADE Financial. Lam is also a director and audit committee chair of RiskLens. He previously served as founder and president of ERisk, partner of Oliver Wyman, and chief risk officer of Fidelity Investments. Lam was 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 and 2018). 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.
Profile - Gerald Czarnecki Gerald Czarnecki Chair and CEO, The Deltennium Group; Founder and Chair National Leadership Institute 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.
Profile - 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.
Profile - Gabrielle Sulzberger Gabrielle Sulzberger Director Brixmor Property Group, MasterCard, Acorns; Former Director, Whole Foods, Teva Pharmaceuticals "Gabrielle Sulzberger serves as general partner of Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners. Prior to joining RC/Fontis, she was chief financial officer of several public and private companies including Gluecode Software and Crown Services. Sulzberger is qualified to serve on audit committees as a financial expert. Until August of 2017, Sulzberger chaired the board of Whole Foods, where she had previously chaired the company's audit committee for 13 years. She currently serves on the boards of Brixmor Property Group, Mastercard, and Acorns. Sulzberger is a trustee of the Ford Foundation. She is an advisory board member of the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation and a member of the vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street. She serves on the National Association of Corporate Director's Audit Advisory Council, and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. In 2014 she was named a Top 100 Director by the National Association of Corporate Directors. "
Profile - Steven R. Walker Steven R. Walker General Counsel, Secretary & Managing Director, Board Services Group NACD 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.
Profile - Joseph Schorr Joseph Schorr Global Executive Services Director Optiv Security Inc. Joe Schorr has more than 20 years professional services and industry experience in information security. Before joining Optiv, Schorr was the vice president of Commercial Strategy for Zero-Day researchers Exodus Intel and a regional manager for MSS and Consulting at SecureWorks. Schorr was also the director of Advanced Security Solutions for Bomgar after three years at HP as the strategic solutions architect for HP Enterprise Security. Schorr managed the British Telecom (BT) Ethical Hacking Center of Excellence. In the past two years Joe has presented at Black Hat, the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International Conference, IDM Europe, Infosecurity Europe, and Infosec World. He has been a contributor and interviewed for many outlets recently: eWeek, CIO magazine, CISO Magazine, and SC Magazine, among others.
Profile - Erin Essenmacher Erin Essenmacher President & Chief Strategy Officer NACD; Director, EILEEN FISHER, Inc. Erin Essenmacher serves as president and chief strategy 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 currently serves on the board of EILEEN FISHER, Inc.
Profile - D'Anne Hurd D'Anne Hurd Director, Peckham Industries, EILEEN FISHER, Inc.; Independent Trustee Pax World Funds, Pax Ellevate 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 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.
Profile - Amy Wilkinson Amy Wilkinson CEO Ingenuity; Lecturer, Stanford GSB; Author, The Creator's Code Amy Wilkinson is CEO of Ingenuity, a lecturer in management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the author of the global bestseller, The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs (2016). She has worked with major corporations such as Google, IBM, Oracle, Porsche, and Hearst on their innovation initiatives. Her career spans leadership roles in strategy consulting at McKinsey & Company, mergers and acquisitions at J.P. Morgan, and as founder of Alegre, a cross-border export company. Wilkinson has also served as a White House Fellow and as a senior advisor to the US Trade Representative. Wilkinson chairs the board of consumer technology company Grover. In addition, she serves as an innovation expert for the World Economic Forum and The Wall Street Journal. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Eisenhower Fellow, and an Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation grantee.
Profile - Martin Whittaker Martin Whittaker Chief Executive Officer JUST Capital Martin Whittaker is the founding CEO of JUST Capital and is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization. He is also cofounder and board member of the CREO Syndicate, a family office investment network; a board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project United States; a member of the Forbes Finance Council and Forbes Contributor; and an advisor to Mission Driven Capital Partners, a private equity firm. Previously, Whittaker was a founding partner and investment committee member at Sonen Capital, a director of MissionPoint Capital Partners, senior vice president at Swiss Re, and managing director at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors Inc. Whittaker has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, provided expert testimony to the US Senate, guest lectured at multiple business schools, consulted to major corporations, and been an invited speaker, published writer, and contributor via television, print, social media, and conferences throughout his career.


Montage Palmetto Bluff
477 Mount Pella Road
Palmetto Bluff, SC 29910

NACD has reserved a block of guestrooms at the Palmetto Bluff at the group rate of $299/night, plus applicable taxes (10%).  Additional one-bedroom suite $499/ night, Forest/ Lagoon view cottage $499/night, River view cottage $499/night. Resort fee of $ 40 + tax per room a night $60 + tax per home. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 866-706-6565 and giving the group name “NACD”. The rate will be available until November 15, 2019, or until sold out.