NACD Master Class

NACD Master Class

2019-08-19 07:00 - 2019-08-20 15:00

NACD’s advanced Master Class foundation course will convene highly experienced lead directors, board chairs, and committee chairs on the shores of Southern California.

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 - Sandra Beach Lin Sandra Beach Lin Director 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.
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 - Evelyn Dilsaver Evelyn Dilsaver Director 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.
Profile - Nir Kossovsky Nir Kossovsky 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.
Profile - Peter Evans Peter Evans 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.
Profile - Jan Koors Jan Koors Senior Managing Director, President, Western Region Pearl Meyer 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 Professionalism® 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 D100® 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.
Profile - Chuck Marcy Chuck Marcy 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 Professionalism® Program of the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2016.
Profile - Jay Thompson Jay Thompson Managing Director Protiviti, Inc. 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.
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 - Gerald M. Czarnecki 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.
Profile - Erin Essenmacher Erin Essenmacher 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.
Profile - Leah Rozin Leah Rozin Sr. Manager, Research NACD Leah Rozin joined the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) in 2019 as the senior manager of Research. Prior to joining NACD, she was Vice President at ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) where she served as the principal advisor for the Sustainability Suite working with corporate clients across industries and market caps to help improve disclosure practices and understanding of the environmental and social landscape. Rozin also advised companies in the real estate, insurance, and consumer discretionary sectors on corporate governance and executive compensation. She joined ICS in 2015 from the Corporate Executive Board where she specialized in investor perception studies and investor messaging, working with investor relations executives at mid- to mega-cap companies.
Profile - Chelsea Grayson Chelsea Grayson Director, Sugarfiina, Inc., Vireo Health; Former CEO and Director, True Religion Apparel, Inc.; Former CEO American Apparel Inc. Chelsea A. Grayson is former CAO, general counsel, EVP, and corporate secretary of American Apparel. Prior to joining American Apparel, Grayson was a partner at Jones Day and at Loeb & Loeb LLP. While at Jones Day, Grayson chaired the firm’s Los Angeles Corporate Group and its Los Angeles New Lawyers Group, and co-chaired its California Future Markets Task Force. Grayson has served on the board of the Legal Division of the American Jewish Federation. Grayson has received an In-House Impact Award from The Recorder (2016) and a 40 Under 40 Recognition Award from the M&A Advisor (2011). She also has been named among L.A.’s Top 40 Dealmakers in the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Who’s Who in L.A. Law list (2011) and to’s Legal 500 U.S. in M&A: Middle Market list.
Profile - D'Anne Hurd D'Anne Hurd Director, Peckham Industries, Inc., 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 - Julie Pitts Julie Pitts Regional Director NACD Julie E. Pitts is a regional director, Chapter Advancement, for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). To help advance world-class NACD programming and elevate board performance for NACD members, she provides strategic support for the NACD Heartland Chapter and the chapters located in Minnesota, Northern California, Texas, and Utah, and light strategic support for the NACD Philadelphia Chapter and chapters in the Pacific Southwest. Pitts currently serves as a member of the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, where she cochairs the community engagement committee. Pitts also serves as chair the Houston Tutorial Association and on the executive board council for the Mission of Yahweh Homeless Shelter.
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 - Ashley Marchand Orme Ashley Marchand Orme Senior Manager, Education Content NACD Ashley Marchand Orme is the senior research manager for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), helping to shape, write, and edit flagship research for the organization. Prior to assuming this role in June 2015, she served as the associate editor of NACD Directorship magazine, interviewing and writing about top leaders in corporate governance. A trained journalist, Orme served as a senior staff writer for the News Division of the Advisory Board Co., a health care industry consulting firm in Washington, DC. Her bylines have appeared in Houston community newspapers, the New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Profile - Chad Spitler Chad Spitler Founder and CEO Third Economy Chad Spitler is the founder and CEO of Third Economy, a sustainable investment research and advisory firm. Spitler was formerly a partner at PJT CamberView. He is most widely known for his role building what are now BlackRock's Investment Stewardship and Sustainable Investing teams. As a managing director at the world's largest asset manager, Spitler led the team responsible for analyzing how environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors may impact financial performance. Spitler speaks both publicly and privately to further the field of sustainable investing and transition the capital markets to a lower carbon economy. He sits on the Finance Working Group of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and on the Dean 's External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan's School for the Environment and Sustainability.


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.