NACD’s advancedMaster Class foundation course will convene highly experienced lead directors, board chairs, and committee chairs on the Sunshine State’s west coast.
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 NACDBoard Leadership Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®.
Navigating Today's Global Risk Environment
Staying Competitive in the Digital Revolution
The Board's Role in Innovation Initiative Strategies
Shifting Stakeholder Expectations and the Role of the Board
Culture as a Corporate Asset
Succession Planning and Talent Development for the Next-Generation Boardroom
Optional Working Dinner: Board Oversight of Industry Disruption and Digital Transformation
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.
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.
CEO and Founder
Risk Cooperative; Director, Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., Business Council for American Security, American Security Project
Dante Disparte is an entrepreneur, business leader, and global risk expert. He is the founder and CEO of Risk Cooperative, an innovative strategy and risk-advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. Disparte serves on the board of the American Security Project, where he founded and chairs the Business Council. He is also a member of the Bretton Woods II Council and a fellow at New America. Disparte’s wide-ranging views are regularly featured in leading media and publications such as the Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and International Policy Digest, among others. He is the coauthor of Global Risk Agility and Decision Making (2016) and was recognized as one of the 40 Under 40 by the Washington Business Journal and in the inaugural Powermeter 100 list.
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.
Seattle Foundation, First Washington Robotics
John Hotta is a retired technology executive and private investor. He began his career conducting artificial intelligence research at the RAND Corp. and subsequently held leadership positions at Accenture and Microsoft, from which he retired. He is a board director at the Seattle Foundation. As a National Association of Corporate Directors’ Board Advisory Services faculty member, he discusses various technology issues, including cybersecurity, big data, cloud, and mobile. The Financial Times named Hotta as one of the Agenda Digital 50.
Constance L. Hunter
Constance L. Hunter serves as the chief economist for KPMG LLP. She has extensive experience analyzing how economic developments and inflection points affect asset prices and businesses. Hunter specializes in identifying linkages between developed and emerging markets and paradigm shifts brought about by disruptive technologies and mega trends. As an economic thought leader, she works alongside KPMG’s leadership team driving two main areas of focus: forecasting, planning, and strategy and relationship development and branding. She is also a frequent guest and co-host on major financial media channels, including CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business, and is widely quoted in print media.
Chair, Tractor Supply Co.; Governance Chair, Big Lots Inc.; Audit Chair
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., serving on the audit and compensation committees. 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 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.
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.
President, CEO, and Director
Mindy S. Lubber is the CEO, president, and a board member of Ceres. She directs Ceres’ Investor Network on Climate Risk and Sustainability. Lubber regularly speaks about corporate and investor sustainability issues: she presented at TEDx Lake Geneva in Switzerland in 2014 and regularly blogs for HuffPost and Forbes. Prior to Ceres, Lubber was a regional director for the US Environmental Protection Agency; the founder, president, and CEO of Green Century Capital Management; and director of the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group. Lubber has received the Climate Visionary Award from the Earth Day Network, the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership, and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Ethisphere Institute named her to their 2014 Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics Index, and NACD Directorship listed her among the 100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance in 2011.
Managing Director and New York Office Head
Jose R. Rodriguez
Partner in Charge and Executive Director
KPMG's Audit Committee Institute
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.
General Counsel, Managing Director of Board Advisory and Recruitment Services
NACD; Director, ContractRoom, Objective Interface Systems
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.
Lead Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair
CoreSite Realty Corp.; Audit Committee Chair, Barnes & Noble Education Inc.
David A. Wilson currently serves as lead independent director of CoreSite Realty Corp. and is a director of Barnes & Noble Education Inc.; he chairs the audit committees of both companies. Wilson also has served as a director of Barnes & Noble Inc., Terra Industries Inc., and Laureate Education Inc. From 1995 to 2013 he served as CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a nonprofit education association that provides the Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT. Prior to GMAC, Wilson was a managing partner with EY and served as the firm’s national director of professional development. He has been a faculty member of Queen’s University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Texas where he was tenured, and Harvard Business School. He is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and was honored as an NACD Directorship 100 in 2015.
Center for Human Capital Innovation (CHCI)
Allen R. Zeman is the president of the Center for Human Capital Innovation (CHCI). He is also an associate at the Spectrum Group. Zeman formed CHCI after a 20-year, SES-level government career. Zeman served as the director of Naval Training and Education (N7). Prior to that, he worked for the secretary of the Navy as the director of manpower and training. Prior to these assignments, he deployed for three years to various Navy commands in the Pacific Fleet and for four months with the Marine Expeditionary Unit in support of operations in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. His last government assignment was as the chief economist for the Iraqi reconstruction effort in Baghdad. Zeman also served as senior advisor to the deputy prime minister of Iraq and was vice president of an international development firm supporting USAID.
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.