Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary Think Tank - Best Practices

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

New York, NY

About the event

The think tank is an invitation-only event exclusively for GRC professionals. It is free to attend and our unique format enables participants to network extensively, discuss, debate and dissect best practices and topical issues in the corporate governance world.

  • Listen as seasoned GRC professionals discuss in detail their successful practices
  • Learn key take-aways that you can implement immediately in your own practice
  • Network with the best of the best in GRC

What makes our format so unique?
It is far removed from the traditional conference set-up as the event consists of a series of panel sessions followed by roundtable discussions on select GRC issues. These interactive sessions are an opportunity to share experiences with and learn from other top-rated corporate governance professionals. All discussions are confidential and none of the participants’ comments are attributed. This allows attendees to talk freely and have frank, open discussions.


  • 08:15 AM
    Breakfast & registration

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome and opening remarks

    Stephen Giove, Parner, Shearman & Sterling

  • 09:15 AM
    Adapting to policy changes and market trends

    • What are the trending topics that your directors want to know about?
    • How can you prepare yourself and your board for the top risks going into 2019?
    • How are changes to regulations impacting governance at public companies?

    Moderator: Stephen Giove, Partner, Shearman & Sterling

    Matthew Geekie, Corporate secretary, Graybar

    Kathryn Freund, Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary, Global Atlantic Financial Company

  • 09:45 AM
    Board evolution: What will the board of the future look like, and how can you get there?

    • How are you adapting to say on pay?
    • How can the board influence corporate culture and ensure ESG integration?
    • How can you influence board diversity and composition?

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary

    Katie Colendich, Associate general counsel, HP

    Denise Kuprionis, President, GSG: The Governance Solutions Group

    Jean Weng, Senior vice president and deputy general counsel, Voya Financial

    Derek Windham, Vice president and associate general counsel, HPE

  • 10:45 AM
    Networking and refreshment break

  • 11:00 AM
    How are perceptions of activist investors changing and practical ways to test your defenses

    • With investors being increasingly held responsible for their investments and with several high-profile proxy contests around ESG, how do you ensure boards have sufficient oversight of the risks?
    • Addressing the concerns of inconsistency between the different reporting standards
    • When is a good time for boards to get involved when dealing with activists?
    • How should the lead director be briefed when meeting those who may be influential in an upcoming contest?


    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary

    Arielle Katzman, Associate, Shearman & Sterling

  • 11:30 AM
    The role of technology in corporate governance

    • Practical applications of technology that have enhanced Corporate Governance.
    • What are the key aspects to successful implementation and usage of new technologies?
    • What are the emerging technological trends and how can they be applied to corporate governance?

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary

    Cathy Conlon, Head of corporate issuer strategy & product management, Broadridge

    Jacob Jenkelowitz, Deputy corporate secretary and corporate counsel, Brighthouse Financial

  • 12:15 PM
    Lunch and networking

  • 13:00 PM
    Creating an immersive and engaging proxy statement

    • What is the fundamental experience you want the reader of your proxy statement to have?
    • Ways to clearly articulate your long-term strategy in plain English
    • Ensuring that your statement is dynamic and interesting and sharing the information your reader really needs


    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary

    Simona Katcher, Senior counsel and assistant secretary, Visa

    Christopher Kearns, Deputy general counsel, Chubb

    Theresa Molloy, Vice president of corporate governance, Prudential financial

    Michael Rouvina, Corporate governance attorney, Allstate


  • 14:00 PM
    Final thoughts and next steps

    Ben Ashwell, Digital editor, corporate secretary


Hear perspectives from the following leaders before taking part in interactive group discussions

Who attends?

At our think tanks, each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic GRC role within his or her company. Attendees for our 2018 Think Tank include:

Job Title Company Job Title Company
Assistant Corporate Secretary The Hershey Company Executive VP, General Counsel and Secretary Atlas Air Worldwide
Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary Regeneron Pharmaceuticals General Counsel Shutterfly
Associate General Counsel XL Group General Counsel Banc of California
Associate General Counsel HP Head of Corporate Issuer Product and Strategy Broadridge
Associate General Counsel & Asst Corporate Secretary S&P Global Legal Compliance Officer ANSA McAL (Barbadols)
Associate Group General Counsel The Travelers Companies Legal Project Manager, ACP Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Chief Accounting Officer Shutterfly President GSG
Chief Legal Officer ResCare Senior associate, Capital Markets group Shearman & Sterling
Company Secretary & General Counsel Willis Towers Watson Senior Corporate Counsel AMN Healthcare
Corporate Counsel and Asst Corporate Secretary Brighthouse Financial Senior Counsel and Assistant Secretary Visa
Corporate Secretary Tundra Process Solution Senior Governance & Equity Specialist AMN Healthcare Services
Corporate Secretary Banc of California Senior VP, Sec and General Counsel Graybar
Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary The Hartford Vice President Broadridge
Director SMBC Vice President, Associate General Counsel HPE
Director, Corporate Counsel BioMarin Pharmaceutical Vice President, Deputy General Counsel BioMarin Pharmaceutical
Director, Corporate Governance & Securities Splunk Vice President, Legal Counsel – Governance Enstar Group
Director, Marketing. Broadridge Vice President, Corporate (Legal) Splunk
Director, Corporate Governance Chesapeake Utilities


We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Corporate Secretary Think Tank will be held at

Shearman & Sterling LLP
599 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022

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Request invite

This event is exclusively for senior GRC professionals. To request an invitation, please fill in the form below and if you are eligible, you will receive a confirmation email with further event details. If you have any questions or require any assistance, please contact Connie Blackman at [email protected] or on +1 212 430 6895.

If you are a service provider and are looking for ways to get involved in the event, please contact Ian Richman on +1 212 430 6865.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our events provide a unique opportunity to get in front of some of the most influential people in the US GRC community. As a sponsor, you will gain an extensive amount of exposure through a wide range of print and digital marketing materials, both pre and post event, as well as on the day itself. Additionally, you can use the event to align yourself with excellence and network with key decision makers from across the region.

Sponsoring the event will provide:

  • A chance to network with qualified, senior decision-makers in the GRC community
  • Increased awareness and credibility through association with this leading event
  • New business opportunities through higher-brand presence among current and potential clients

To find out more about the benefits of sponsoring and the various packages available, email Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

Join the celebration in the evening

 On Thursday, November 8, over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world will gather together to celebrate the best of the best in GRC at the annual Corporate Secretary’s Corporate Governance Awards.

Join us after the think tank and celebrate the success of those individuals and companies that are leading the way in the GRC community in 2018, at a prestigious gala event held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.

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