Eastern Regional Conference

Starts:  Sep 27, 2017 12:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Sep 29, 2017 12:00 AM (ET)

"Risky Business?

Sustaining and Securing our Companies for an Uncertain Future"

September 27, 2017
Ethics Program & Welcome Reception
Covington & Burling
620 8th Avenue
New York, New York

September 28 and 29, 2017
Conference Program
The Time Warner Center
58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
New York, New York



Please join your colleagues as we come together with senior SEC staff members, governance and industry experts, investors, and proxy advisory firms to reflect on how others are handling the volatility and what you can do to staff your arsenal and prepare your management and board.

At this year's Conference, you will have the opportunity to hear two one hour panels of experts on Wednesday earning you ETHICS credits!

Then beginning Thursday morning and into Friday afternoon join us for an exciting mix of panel discussions, interviews and addresses, including:

  • Making the Case for Sustainability: A Conversation with Glenn Prickett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy and Joan Woodward, President, The Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President, Public Policy The Travelers Companies, Inc.
  • Governance Trends: Proxies, Proposals and Pay – A discussion of governance trends, focusing on proxy season issues, shareholder proposals and compensation, with Christine Edwards, Partner, Winston and Strawn; Joshua Miller, Partner, Proskauer; Kern McPherson, Senior Director North American Research, Glass Lewis; Mary Francis, Corporate Secretary, Chevron; Tangela Richter, Deputy Corporate Secretary, American Express
  • Sustainability – What Do Your Investors Want? – A deep dive into the approaches to sustainability of major institutional investors, with Beth Ising, Partner, Gibson Dunn; Matthew DiGiuseppe, Head of Americas on the Asset Stewardship Team, State Street; Glenn Booraem, Investment Stewardship Officer, Vanguard; a representative of BlackRock
  • The State We're In – Jack Lew, Former Secretary of the Treasury, will share insights on Washington and the state of the economy and participate in a Q&A
  • Building your Board of the Future – Douglas Chia, Executive Director Governance Center, The Conference Board will discuss key issues in board composition and director recruitment with Cathy Kinney, Director, MetLife, MSCI, and Julie Daum, Partner, Spencer Stuart
  • Disclosure: What's New and What's Next? – A discussion of current disclosure issues and a forecast of the important issues to come, with Yafit Cohn, Counsel, Simpson Thatcher; Evan Barth, Senior Counsel, IBM; Kellie Huennekens, Associate Director at E&Y Center for Board Matters, Ernst & Young; Jim Liddy, Americas Leader, Global Financial Services, KPMG
  • Regulatory Insights from the Insiders – Our own Neila Radin, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co., will discuss the regulatory landscape with former SEC leaders and staff Meredith Cross, Partner, WilmerHale; Michael Liftik, Partner, Quinn Emanuel; Lona Nallengara, Partner, Sherman and Sterling
  • Investor Activism – Blue Harbour Group's Managing Director David Silverman will discuss their approach to investment in an interview with Aiesha Mastagni from CalSTRS
  • A Conversation with the SEC's Bill Hinman – The new Director of the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance will be interviewed by Jared Brandman, Chair of the Society's Securities Law Committee
  • Managing Through Transformation – Pitney Bowes CEO Marc Lautenbach will discuss his company's strategy of transformation and innovation, in an interview with his Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Daniel Goldstein
  • Academy vs. Reality - Our host, Paul Washington, Corporate Secretary, Time Warner, will engage in a lively discussion on the uses and limits of academic and empirical research, with one of his directors, Robert Clark, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and former Dean of the Law School
  • Getting in Front of Cybersecurity Risk – Cybersecurity risk is one of the most important and dangerous risks facing our companies. This panel will discuss what companies should be doing to protect themselves, regulatory responses to cybersecurity and building an effective oversight program. Jim Pastore, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton; Kathleen Hamm, Head of Securities & Fintech Services, Promontory Financial Group; Milan Patel, Managing Director, K2 (Former Chief Technology Officer of FBI's Cyber Division); and Michael Williams, General Counsel, Staples
  • Security Matters Preparedness, Response & Recovery: Keeping your Workplace Safe – How should companies prepare from internal and external threats facing their companies? This panel will discuss security best practices, the board's role in overseeing this risk, and effective communications to your stakeholders and the public. Emily Epstein, Corporate Secretary, Nielsen; Robert Messemer, Chief Security Officer, Nielsen; Shawn Reilly, Tech Systems (Former Chief of Police and Air Force Security Forces Officer); Jeremy Fielding, President and CEO, Kekst and Company

The conference will help you stay on top of recent developments without busting your budget. For this price, you get not only the Conference but also a two-hour ethics program immediately prior to the Wednesday evening reception at Covington & Burling and cocktails with your colleagues at Time Warner Center on Thursday evening!


On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, there will be an Ethics Program from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, followed by a Welcome Reception for Conference attendees, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, at the New York City Offices of Covington & Burling.

The conference program will begin at 8:30 am on Thursday, September 28, 2017 and end by 3:00 pm on Friday, September 29, 2017. The Conference will also include a Cocktail/Dinner Reception for attendees on Thursday evening at the Time Warner Center.

Registration will be available starting at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, as well as starting at breakfast at 7:30 am on Thursday and Friday.


Here is what you need to do now:

Last year's conference sold out and we were forced to turn away late registrants. You should register now to avoid being disappointed.

If you need accommodations for the Conference, make your hotel reservation directly with The Michelangelo, 152 West 51st Street. When making a reservation please call (212) 261-8809, Monday - Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm or click here to make a reservation online. Room rates are $429.00 per night plus current taxes and are valid from September 27th - September 29th. Room reservations must be made directly with the hotel by 3:00 pm, Eastern Time, on September 7, 2017. Attendees should request the group rate by stating they are with the Society for Corporate Governance. Please reserve soon. Last year we sold out!

Register for the Conference no later than 5 pm on September 13, 2017. Before September 14 at 4 PM, we will honor a cancellation and return all registration fees if e-mailed to Tracie L.Vicki at t.vicki@morrowsodali.com. Conference registration forms, links to the hotel website and more information is posted at the Society's website.

We look forward to seeing you in NYC!

Katherine R. Kelly, President, New York Chapter
Jacob M. Jenkelowitz, Vice President and Program Chair, New York Chapter

Please do not reply to this automated email message directly. If you have registration questions, please contact Tracie L Vicki at t.vicki@morrowsodali.com or (860) 234-7201.

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