Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary Think Tank - US
Exclusively for GRC Professionals

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Shearman & Sterling 599 Lexington Avenue, New York

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

    Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary

  • 09:15 AM
    Preparing for proxy season 2020

    Governance teams will face a range of challenges in the looming proxy season with shareholders expected to bring a growing number of ESG and human capital-management proposals alongside election-year proposals on lobbying and political spending. The SEC has also caused confusion by signaling that it will be take a more hands-off approach to determining which proposals can and cannot be excluded from AGMs. The panel will explore how companies can tackle these and other potential hurdles in the coming months.

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, Editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Krystal Gaboury Berrini, Partner, PJT CamberView
    Molly Doran, Director of advisory and design, Labrador

  • 10:00 AM
    Networking and refreshment break

  • 10:30 AM
    Perfecting year-round shareholder engagement programs

    Companies are increasingly talking to investors not just in the run-up to the AGM but all year round. This can help companies tell the company’s story and work out investors’ concerns in a constructive way –perhaps by avoiding a shareholder proposal or negative vote. The panel will explain the secrets to making this approach work effectively.

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Editor, IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary
    Hannah Orowitz, Managing director of corporate governance, Georgeson
    Elizabeth Saunders, Partner, Clermont Partners
    Tiffany D. Wooley, Chief counsel of executive compensation & governance and assistant secretary, Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • 11:15 AM
    Interactive and confidential round table discussions

    Your opportunity to voice your thoughts, ask questions, debate and share best practice with your governance peers in a confidential environment that encourages honest and meaningful discussions.

  • 11:30 AM
    Latest board management best practices

    Making sure the board is functioning correctly is key to the corporate secretary’s role. From evaluations and onboarding to training and technology, the corporate secretary must make sure directors have what they need – and that the board is getting what it needs from its members. The panel will share some of the latest thinking on how best to make sure the board is set up for success.

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, Editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Matthew Geekie, Senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, Graybar
    Martyn Chapman, Executive Director, Nasdaq Center for Corporate Governance

  • 11:45 AM
    Debunking the myths about board diversity

    A diverse board, whether in gender, age, background or skills is shown to lead to good governance and oversight. While progress has been made, there still only 34% of board seats at fortune 500 companies were occupied by women. In a bit to get to 40% and beyond, we examine what is holding companies back, and how corporate secretaries can navigate the boardroom.

    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, Editor, IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary
    Beth Stewart, founder and chief executive officer, Trewstar

  • 12:00 PM
    Lunch and networking

  • 13:45 PM
    Interactive and confidential round table discussions

    Your opportunity to voice your thoughts, ask questions, debate and share best practice with your governance peers in a confidential environment that encourages honest and meaningful discussions.

  • 14:15 PM
    Cyber-security and privacy: CCPA and beyond

    The looming California Consumer Privacy Act puts consumer-privacy protections in the spotlight for many companies and shows how a developing legal and regulatory framework can create new hurdles. At the same time, cyber-security threats are constantly evolving. Our panel will discuss latest best practices for governance teams, which must make sure their boards are properly equipped to oversee those risks.

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, Editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary

  • 15:00 PM
    Final thoughts and next steps

    Ben Ashwell, Editor, IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary

    Ben Maiden, Editor-at-large, 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.

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Company Name Job Title Company Name Job Title
Church & Dwight Assistant Corporate Secretary Jerrick Media Holdings Head, Regulatory Compliance
The AES Corporation Assistant Corporate Secretary Sallie Mae Manager, Corporate Governance
UBS Bank USA Assistant Corporate Secretary Applied Materials Manager, Global Ethics & Compliance
Regions Bank Assistant General Counsel Georgeson Managing Director, Corporate Governance
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Assistant General Counsel & Assistant Secretary Clermont Partners Partner
Corning Incorporated Assistant Secretary PJT Camberview Partner
Marsh & McLennan Company Chief Counsel SPC Advisors President
Regions Bank Chief Governance Officer Diligent Principal, Senior Governance Solutions Advisor
Mueller Water Products Chief Legal & Compliance Officer Edison International Senior Attorney & Assistant Secretary
Insmed Incorporated Chief Legal Officer Splunk Senior Corporate Counsel, Privacy & Data Protection
American Express Corporate Governance Counsel HP Senior Counsel
UBS Bank USA Corporate Secretary Nasdaq Senior Director
Antigua Commercial Bank Corporate Secretary & Legal Counsel Splunk Senior Director, Data Protection Officer
HP Counsel, Corporate Securities Mergers Kelly Services Senior Director, Executive Compensation
Garrett Motion Deputy Corporate Secretary BNB Paribas Senior Legal Counsel
Brighthouse Financial Deputy Corporate Secretary & Corporate Counsel Kelly Services SVP & Corporate Secretary
Pegasystems Deputy General Counsel The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America SVP & Corporate Secretary
SunTrust Deputy General Counsel Tapestry SVP, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary
Bunge Limited Deputy General Counsel & Secretary Rabobank SVP, Legal; Corporate & Board Secretary (North America)
Clermont Partners Director Graybar SVP, Secretary & General Counsel
Labrador Director, Advisory & Design Services Global Atlantic Financial Company Vice President ( VP)
Peabody EVP, Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary Hewlett Packard Company ViP, Associate General Counsel
Kemper Corporation EVP, Secretary & General Counsel Coeur Mining VP, Assistant GC & Assistant Secretary
Nasdaq Executive Director Caesars Entertainment Corporation VP, Chief Counsel & Corporate Assistant Secretary
Trewstar Founder & CEO Newell Brands VP, Chief Securities Counsel
Corporate Creations General Counsel The Travelers Companies VP, Chief Sustainability Officer & Group General Counsel
Synchronoss Technologies General Counsel The Clorox Company VP, Corporate Secretary & Deputy GC
Canadian Pacific Railway General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary TIAA VP, Legal and Corporate Secretary
Blue Apron General Counsel & Corporate Secretary MSCI VP, Securities Counsel

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What past attendees say

"The interaction among the corporate governance professionals is always interesting and informative. "

Matthew Geekie, Graybar

"Incredible learning and networking opportunity with participation by everyone. Thanks. Job well done."

Linda Epstein, HPE

"Fantastic small group setting of engaged professional sharing best practices and solutions. Thanks for including me!"

Scott Mahoney, Avangrid


We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Corporate Secretary Think Tank will be held at:

Shearman & Sterling
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 Janeshia Neeley 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.

Join the celebration in the evening

On Thursday, November 21, 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 2019, at a prestigious gala event held at Cipriani 25 Broadway in New York City.

View our website for more information >


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