The job of the director is to help foster the growth and sustainability of the enterprise. Increasingly, that means being well versed in how external forces might affect the company. Technology innovations and a dynamic, global marketplace are creating new competitors that may be able to do what you do better and faster. Business models once considered rock solid are becoming obsolete, and a new generation of consumers is emerging that has different needs, demands, and expectations.
The NACD Future Trends event will equip you with the information you need to keep your company on track for growth.
Learn how you can spur needed changes within your company.
Not every innovation requires large-scale resources.
Leading companies prepare for all potential scenarios.
Strengthen your personal areas of expertise.
Boards need directors who can provide insights into the areas of technology, social demographics, and the environment.
Understand what your next-generation customer base needs.
Shifts in social demographics and changes in technology are altering traditional consumer behavior.
Broaden your personal network.
Meet your peers and engage with dynamic speakers.
Detailed agenda coming soon. Please note: Optional programming open to NACD Fellows® only is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. Please plan travel accordingly.
Principal; Member, CEO & Board Practices
Heidrick & Struggles
Sara Spiering is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ Global CEO & Board of Directors Practice. She focuses on searches for nonexecutive directors, nonexecutive and executive chairs, and CEOs, and on CEO and board succession planning and corporate-governance consulting engagements. Spiering has completed some 200 nonexecutive director searches across all sectors, primarily focusing on Fortune 500 companies. She previously served as lead engagement manager and led the Board and Chief Executive Officers Practices’ internal professional development and mentoring initiatives. Spiering joined Heidrick in 2009, after previously working as an attorney with the law firm of DeWitt Ross & Stevens. Spiering is a member of the International Women’s Forum, served on the Ambassadors Board of the Chicago Children’s Choir, and was included in Fortune’s 2014 Most Powerful Women: Next Generation.
Founder & CEO, Savvy Matters; Former SVP
Shiv Singh is the founder and CEO of Savvy Matters LLC. Singh advises Fortune 500 companies and start-ups on marketing and digital transformation. Prior to founding Savvy Matters, he was a senior vice president at Visa Inc., where he was responsible for driving the go-to-market strategy for some of the company's most disruptive innovations. Earlier in his career, Singh led digital marketing globally at PepsiCo Inc. He is the author of Social Media Marketing for Dummies (2012) and the upcoming Savvy: The Art & Science of Navigating Fake Companies, Fake Leaders & Fake News. Singh is a member of the board of directors at United Rentals Inc., a Fortune 500 company.
Country Risk Solutions
Daniel Wagner is the founder and CEO of Country Risk. He has three decades of experience assessing cross-border risk, is an authority on political risk insurance and analysis, and has worked for some of the world’s most respected and best-known companies, such as AIG, GE, the Asian Development Bank, and the World Bank Group. He has published six books – China Vision, AI Supremacy, Virtual Terror, Global Risk Agility and Decision-Making, Managing Country Risk, and Political Risk Insurance Guide – as well as more than 600 articles on current affairs and risk management. Daniel is a regular contributor to such publications as the South China Morning Post, Sunday Guardian, and The National Interest, among many others. He holds master’s degrees in International Relations from the University of Chicago and in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird).
Genomenon Inc., Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.; Former SVP, General Dynamic Corp.
Sonya F. Sepahban is a board member, tech investor, and entrepreneur. Sepahban is the cofounder of PropelWorks, whose initial product, JoinIN, allows start-ups to meet in small groups to leverage peer collaboration and mentorship. Sepahban’s career spans world-class high-tech organizations such as NASA and several major aerospace and technology companies. Most recently, she was senior vice president of engineering, development, and technology at General Dynamics Corp. Sepahban is an angel investor, and also serves on the five-member Investment Committee of the Michigan Angel Fund. She is a director of Cooper Standard, a leading global supplier in the automotive industry, and Genomenon Inc., a high-growth bioinformatics company.
Principal, Global Innovation Hub
Patty Sung is a principal in Mercer's Global Innovation Hub. In her role, Sung explores how the workforce will change with the impact of technologies and demographic shifts and how individuals, corporations, and society as a whole should respond to changes occurring at an unprecedented rate. One of her inventions was granted a US patent, which became the foundation of a people analytics tool. Sung also has expertise in using human-centric design methodology to cocreate new approaches and solutions with multiple stakeholders. She is a frequent speaker on the topics of the future of work and corporate innovation, and has published thought leadership across a wide variety of workforce topics. In addition to her consulting and strategy background, Sung has extensive laboratory research experience and has held various scientific research positions in academia as well as in the biotech industry.
Partner, Management & Technology Advisory Services
BDO USA LLP
Greg Schu is a partner in BDO's Cybersecurity practice. He has more than 25 years of experience in professional services helping organizations to evaluate risk, governance, and controls, and to understand the areas of focus where business or compliance improvements may be needed. Schu provides services in areas such as information technology (IT) security, data security, risk assessment, IT audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, blockchain initiatives, and payment card industry (PCI) on a local, national, and global basis to Fortune 100 public companies. He has overseen international engagements in a variety of countries and has led IT compliance and security and interaction with government regulatory functions such as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Schu has been a lead speaker and copresenter at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Minnesota chapter of ISACA, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants, and at various national seminars and health care conferences.
Chief People Officer, Senior Vice President
Silicon Laboratories Inc.
Associate Dean for Business+Impact, Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration, Michigan Ross
University of Michigan
Bio coming soon.
Founder and CEO
Mark Silva has built multiple companies and a career connecting the world’s biggest and best enterprises with emerging, disruptive media, platforms and technologies. His latest venture, KITE, is a SaaS platform that helps Global 2000 corporations map, monitor and manage enterprise-wide startup knowledge & activities with one powerful system. Previously Silva launched one of the first 100 commercial websites, CareerMosaic; built industry-leading digital media properties; founded and led the award-winning digital agency, Real Branding, serving clients such as Anheuser-Busch/Inbev, Darden, Disney, Pepsi, Unilever and Warner Brothers. He is an active advisor, investor and speaker at the intersection of enterprise+startups.
Stuart R. Levine
Chairman & CEO
Stuart Levine & Associates LLC
Procter & Gamble Co.
Bio coming soon.
Senior Manager, Governance Analytics
Barton Edgerton is NACD’s Senior Manager of Governance Analytics where he is responsible for generating insights to elevate board performance through data. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with a variety of boards, private equity firms, and Fortune 500 executives. His research experience includes nearly 10 years at CEB and as an academic at Tufts University. Barton completed his undergraduate work at Colgate University and has two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Pricipal, Governance Insights Center
Paul DeNicola is a managing director at PwC’s Governance Insights Center where he works to extend the firm’s thought leadership in the area of corporate governance. DeNicola also is an associate professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Prior to joining PwC, he was director of The Conference Board Governance Center. DeNicola serves on the board of The Society for Corporate Governance and on the Markets Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors. He is a frequent speaker at forums for directors and governance professionals. He has twice been named to NACD Directorship magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in U.S. corporate governance. DeNicola also was honored as a recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance.
Accenture Security, Managing Director
Robert (Bob) Kress is a managing director and the global quality and risk officer for Accenture Security. Kress is also responsible for Accenture Security's offerings to boards of directors, and he is the Midwest Region Security lead, as well. Kress has also served as the managing director of Global IT Audit in Accenture's Internal Audit organization and as the COO of Accenture's Internal IT organization. Previously, Kress worked in Accenture's Management Consulting and Software Products organizations. He has published two books: Running IT Like a Business (2009) and IT Governance to Drive High Performance (2010). His most recently published articles are Digitizing Internal Audit, Analytics Transforming Internal Audit for a Digital Future, and Innovation in Continuous Risk Assessment. Kress chairs the board of i.c.stars and the advisory board for the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. He cochairs the technology committee of The Executives Club of Chicago.
Prestige Economics, LLC
Bloomberg News has ranked Jason Schenker the No. 1 forecaster in the world in 25 unique categories since 2011, including for his forecasts of the euro, oil prices, gold prices, and industrial metals prices. As president of Prestige Economics, Schenker advises corporate boards, institutional investors, and central banks. As chair of The Futurist Institute, Schenker trains analysts, strategists, and executives to incorporate new and emerging technology risks and opportunities into their strategic planning. Schenker has written more than a dozen books, including Jobs for Robots (2017), The Promise of Blockchain (2018), and Quantum: Computing Nouveau (2018). He is also the editor of The Robot and Automation Almanac (2017, 2018) and a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion. He has recorded courses for LinkedIn on financial risk management as well as on audit and due diligence. Schenker is ranked one of the 100 most influential financial advisors in the world by Investopedia.
Founder and Managing Partner
The Silverene Group
Shaara Roman is founder and managing director of The Silverene Group. She counsels CEOs, chief human resource officers, and C-suite executives through pivotal organizational transitions, such as rapid growth, mergers, and acquisitions. Creating successful strategies on organizational design, values alignment in hir-ing and leadership, and how to eliminate toxic stressors in the workplace, she produces engaged and pro-ductive teams, and is a frequent speaker on the role of company culture in driving employee and business success. Prior to founding The Silverene Group, Roman held executive leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies, including Fannie Mae and Visa, as well as CGI and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Asso-ciation. Born in, Bombay, India, raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and educated in the United Kingdom, prior to pur-suing a career in the United States, Roman’s global upbringing provided the foundation for her distinctive expertise in crafting winning workplace strategies for multinational organizations.
Chief Programming Officer
NACD; Director, EILEEN FISHER, Inc.
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 currently serves on the board of EILEEN FISHER, Inc.
President and CEO
Internet Security Alliance (ISA)
Larry Clinton is president of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA), a multi-sector association focused on
CyberSecurity thought leadership, policy advocacy, and best practices. In addition to teaching Master Classes for NACD Clinton teaches a graduate course on cyber security at the Wharton School and trains the staff of the Federal Reserve Bank on cyber. He is the former Chair of the IT Sector Coordinating Council and advises the Center for Audit Quality on cyber issues. He has been a featured spokesman in virtually all major media outlets, testifies often before Congress and has briefed NATO. He is author of the Cyber Security Social Contract which was the basis for President Obama's Executive Order and endorsed by the House GOP a task Force on Cyber Security. He is the principle author of the NACD Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight and has twice been named to NACD's Corporate 100.
JW Marriot Chicago
151W Adams Street
NACD has reserved a block of guestrooms at the JW Marriot Chicago at the group rate of $329/night, plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 877-303-0104 and giving the group name “NACD” or by using this link JW Marriott Online Reservation. The rate will be available until May 24, 2019, or until sold out.