NACD’s advancedMaster Class foundation course will convene highly experienced lead directors, board chairs, and committee chairs on the shores of Southern California.
You’ll benefitfrom 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®.
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.
Understand the board’s critical role in staying vigilant of disruptive forces in today’s dynamic, fast-paced, and tumultuous environment
Master the latest tools, metrics, and strategies needed to create a strategic asset board and optimize boardroom efficiency
Learn techniques that encourage respectful dissent and a free flow of ideas in the boardroom
Use real-world research to discover how you can leverage increasing shareowner activism, rapidly evolving technology, and the changing global environment for longterm sustainability
Learn to evaluate emerging risks and how to prioritize each in the context of your corporate strategy to ensure that your board calendar and processes align for effective risk over
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.
Founder and CEO
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.
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.
Sandra Beach Lin
WESCO Distribution Inc.
Bio coming soon.
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.
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.
Gerald M. Czarnecki
Chairman and CEO, The Deltennium Group; Founder and Chairman
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.
Montage Laguna Beach
South Coast Highway
NACD has reserved a block of guestrooms at the Montage in Laguna Beach, CA at the group rate of $445/night, and a daily resort fee of $42, plus applicable taxes (14.195%). Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at (866) 271-6953 and reference “NACD” to receive the discounted rate. The group rate will be available until July 26, 2019, or until sold out.