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
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.
Sandra Beach Lin
Interface Biologics, NACD North Texas Chapter, American Electric Power Company, Inc., PolyOne Corporation
Sandra Beach Lin is a board member of American Electric Power, a Fortune 200 electric utility, and PolyOne Corp. Beach Lin also serves on the board of Interface Biologics, a privately held company developing transformative biomedical polymer technology for medical devices. Beach Lin is the retired president, CEO, and board member of Calisolar Inc. (now Silicor Materials). She also served as corporate executive vice president at Celanese, as group vice president of Specialty Materials & Converting with Avery Dennison, and as president of Alcoa Closure Systems International. She also held roles with Honeywell and Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, and began her career in sales and marketing leadership roles at Smith & Nephew, Crest Ultrasonics, and American Cyanamid. Beach Lin is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and was named to the NACD Directorship 100 in 2013. She received the Dallas Business Journal’s Outstanding Directors Award in 2014.
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.
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.
Bailard Real Estate Investment Trust, ARO Liquidation Inc., Blue Shield of California, Tempur Sealy International Inc., HealthEquity Inc.
Evelyn Dilsaver is a certified public accountant for Ernst and Young (EY). She is a former CFO of U.S. Trust, a former executive vice president of Charles Schwab, and a former president and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management. Recognized in the community for her leadership, she has received numerous honors, including in 2014, the San Francisco Times’ “Outstanding Director Award.” Currently, Dilsaver serves on the boards of Tempur-pedic, Health Equity, Blue Shield of California, Bailard REIT, and Protiviti. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Northern California Chapter.
CEO and Director
Steel City Re
Dr. Nir Kossovsky is CEO of Steel City Re, the leading source of integrated reputation-risk mitigation solutions and insurances. As an authority on business-process risk and reputational value, he has written hundreds of articles and four books, and is often called upon by the media for expert analysis of reputational crises. He has been an industry-wide leader in the development of indexed measures of reputational value and actuarially sound underwriting methods that deter reputational attacks and protect companies and their leadership. He holds more than a dozen patents and has developed an algorithmic reputational value measurement system currently enabling insurance solutions, third-party investment strategies, and governance products. Kossovsky served as a captain in the US Navy Reserves and, early in his career, was a tenured faculty member at UCLA.
Chief Digital and Marketing Officer
Optiv Security Inc.
Peter Evans has more than 20 years of executive experience in forming, developing, and managing businesses and teams, and driving aggressive business growth. As Optiv Security's chief digital and marketing officer, Evans is responsible for all aspects of the company's marketing strategy and execution. Evans brings domain expertise in high-growth technology businesses in the cybersecurity, business-to-business software, cloud, and telecom industries to Optiv. Throughout his career, he has achieved impressive results in the areas of corporate strategy, business redesign, digital marketing, and operational execution. He has served as chief marketing officer of four publicly held companies, and has held senior executive roles in operations, business development, and sales leadership at publicly traded companies such as HP, Dell, and IBM. In addition, he has served as CEO of two successful venture-backed start-up technology companies.
Jose R. Rodriguez
Partner in Charge & Executive Director, Audit Committee Institute
Jose R. RodriguezÂ is partner in charge and executive director of KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute. He also serves as anÂ 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.
Howard Brod Brownstein
President, The Brownstein Corp.; Director
NACD Philadelphia Chapter, Merakey, P&F Industries, Inc.
Howard Brod Brownstein is president and founder of The Brownstein Corp., a nationally-known turnaround-management firm. Brownstein regularly serves as an independent director. He currently chairs the nominating and governance and the strategic planning and risk assessment committees of P&F Industries Inc., 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 80 articles, books, and chapters on turnaround management and corporate governance. Brownstein is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and president of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter.
Senior Managing Director, President, Western Region
Jannice Koors is a senior managing director with Pearl Meyer and president of the firm’s Western Region. She advises company boards and management teams on all aspects of strategic human capital decision making. Koors has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. She has appeared on CNN’s MoneyLine and NBC Nightly News, and has spoken at numerous seminars on executive and director compensation issues. Koors is an NACD Governance Fellow, and serves as faculty for NACD’s Director ProfessionalismÂ® and Master Class programs. She is also responsible for Pearl Meyer’s annual Director Compensation Report, published in conjunction with NACD. She has been named to the NACD D100Â® 12 times. Koors is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council, on the board of The Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, and serves on the advisory board for the Berger Institute of Claremont McKenna College.
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.
Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
Farmer Bros. Co.; Director, B&G Foods Inc.
Chuck Marcy is an SEC financial expert with more than two decades of experience working with boards of public, private, and nonprofit companies and organizations. Marcy’s board experience includes four public companies, four private companies, and four nonprofit organizations. He has served as board chair and vice chair, and has experience chairing the audit, nominating and governance, and finance committees. He has also served as treasurer of the finance committee. Marcy has served as CEO of Horizon Organic Dairy, So Delicious Dairy Free, and The Sealright Co., and was president of divisions of Kraft Foods, Sara Lee Corp., and The Quaker Oats Co. Currently, Marcy is a director of B&G Foods, Farmer Brothers Coffee, Good Karma Foods, and Teton Waters Ranch. He is a trustee of Washington and Jefferson College. Marcy joined the faculty of the Director ProfessionalismÂ® Program of the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2016.
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.
Madhumita Bhattacharyya is responsible for the enterprise data and analytics segment within Protiviti 's Technology Consulting practice, where she focuses on providing data, analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning solutions. She has more than 19 years of strategy and analytics experience across multiple industry groups, including financial services, retail, consumer packaged goods, and health care. Prior to joining Protiviti, Bhattacharyya was a partner with IBM’s Global Business Services, where she served as the US head of the company's Advanced Analytics practice. She also led the IBM-SAS Alliance and the SAS Center of Excellence with special focus on public-sector projects. Prior to IBM, Bhattacharyya was the analytics practice leader, Retail and Banking and Financial Services, with Cognizant Technology Solutions.
Jay Thompson is managing director of Business Performance Improvement for Protiviti. Thompson is one of the founding managing directors of Protiviti and has filled various leadership roles since its inception. He has more than 25 years of finance, IT, and operations consulting, and he has industry experience in energy, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services, and retail industries. His consulting experience includes business and finance transformation, corporate strategy, business intelligence, IT strategy and enterprise resource management. He also established Protiviti’s global innovation program. Thompson is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from innovation, corporate performance management, business, and competitive intelligence to emerging trends.
Founder and President
Scott LenetÂ cofounded Touchdown Ventures in 2014. He began his venture capital career in 1992 as the first associate at Geocapital Partners, a late-stage venture capital firm focused on technology investments. In 2002, he cofounded DFJ Frontier, an early-stage fund making West Coast investments for the DFJ Network. Lenet also worked in product marketing for Trilogy Software and was the cofounder and CEO of SmartFrog.com, which was acquired by Cybergold. Lenet also cofounded the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), where he was an adjunct for seven years at the Graduate School of Management. He currently teaches at the Marshall School at the University of Southern California. He serves on the boards of Touchdown Ventures, GameSalad Inc., NinthDecimal Inc., and BOOM! Studios, and on the advisory board for the dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis.
Katie Schmitz Eulitt
Director, Investor Outreach
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Katie Schmitz Eulitt is the director of Investor Outreach for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Schmitz Eulitt comanages SASB's Investor Advisory Group, comprising 40 leading global asset owners and managers—with over $30 trillion in assets under management—supporting a market standard for the communication of corporate performance on financially-material environmental, governance, and social (ESG) issues to investors. She also curates and edits ESG Integration Insights, SASB’s ongoing series of investor-written case studies examining the use of SASB tools across asset classes, markets, and investment strategies. Schmitz Eulitt worked with investment bank Salomon Brothers for more than a decade in the United States, Japan, and Hong Kong. Her experience in project development and finance spans the energy sector (both fossil fuels and renewables), the protection of forested lands, and water disinfection in developing markets.
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.