Corporate Secretary

Governance priorities in 2021
Managing renewed investor expectations

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Virtual event: Live 11 am - 3 pm ET and available on replay

About the event


The events of the past year have shaken up both the way companies look at themselves and how investors see them. Investors have evolving expectations of how companies – and their boards – are approaching issues ranging from social and racial equity to operational imperatives, human capital and the growing sense of urgency surrounding climate change.

Governance teams have key roles to play both in ensuring that boards are aware of these changing expectations and in helping address them through engagement, disclosures and internal processes. This special virtual event will provide insight and practical guidance on fulfilling these roles and meeting the challenges they present in 2021.


This forum is a best practice event enabling participants to network, discuss, debate and dissect topical issues and best practices in the corporate governance world.

Due to current restrictions, the event will take place as a virtual experience using our bespoke, cutting-edge technology.

Our virtual event platform closely replicates attending in-person by facilitating interaction with speakers, one-to-one networking with fellow IR professionals, and group roundtable discussions. Going virtual helps you connect with a wider network from the comfort of your desk.



  Timely event: Covid-19 has further demonstrated the importance of identifying emerging risks and prioritizing investment in governance, risk and controls. This event is perfectly positioned to help you take stock of the year-to-date, refocus and plan for 2021-2022
  Benchmarking: it is a great opportunity to evaluate where you stand in comparison to your peers, how other companies have managed and overcome similar challenges
  Unique format: far from a traditional webinar format, our virtual event platform enables attendees to participate in virtual roundtable discussions with fellow GRC professionals
  Discover something new: learn about new technologies, innovations, and services that are available to help to transform your governance strategy and make better decisions
  Network with the community: meet with general counsels, corporate secretaries and experts in the governance, risk and compliance community


We will have four fast-paced discussions on the big questions facing governance professionals currently. All times below are in ET. View agenda as a PDF here.

  • 10:45 AM
    Welcome to the forum: Virtual platform opens and networking begins

  • 10:55 AM
    Opening remarks: Keeping up with an evolving agenda

    Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary

  • 11:00 AM
    Executive compensation amid a pandemic and economic crisis

    This session will focus on how Covid-19 and the associated economic fallout have created great difficulties for boards in terms of setting and reporting on executive compensation. Our panel of experts will discuss investors’ expectations in terms of executive compensation this year, including linking rewards to ESG issues. They will also look at effective disclosure, how governance teams should approach the issue in engagement and how companies are approaching compliance with the CEO pay-ratio rule.

    Wendy Cassity, EVP and chief legal officer, Nuance Communications
    Todd Krauser, managing director, FW Cook
    Jonas Kron, chief advocacy officer, Trillium Asset Management
    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary

  • 11:45 AM
    Networking break

  • 12:00 PM
    Diversity on the board and beyond

    In this session, our panel will look at the growing pressure from investors to increase diversity on companies’ boards and address racial and ethnic inequities across their workforces. They will discuss issues such as how general counsel and corporate secretaries can help their boards recruit a wider variety of members and how they can approach reporting around workforce and board composition.

    Amy Augustine, director of ESG investing, Boston Trust Walden
    Lucy Fato, executive VP, GC and global head of communications and government affairs, AIG
    Kaley Karaffa, director of board engagement, Nasdaq
    Derek Windham, vice president and associate general counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, editor, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine

  • 12:45 PM
    What’s next for virtual shareholder meetings?

    Increased adoption of virtual shareholder meetings has highlighted the need to improve processes and policies surrounding the format. This session will discuss the practical and strategic issues around admitting beneficial shareholders and delivering an effective AGM. We will share lessons learned, challenges faced during previous virtual shareholder meetings and the practical steps you can take to provide access to beneficial owners.

    Douglas Chia, president, Soundboard Governance
    Sherry Murdock Moreland, president and chief operating officer, Mediant Communications
    Katie Sevcik, executive vice president and chief operating officer, EQ
    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary

  • 13:30 PM
    Networking break

  • 13:45 PM
    Lobbying and political spending in the spotlight

    Investors are increasingly looking for greater transparency into companies’ lobbying efforts, either directly or through industry groups, not least as they relate to ESG issues. The riot at the Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6 has also shone a spotlight on companies’ payments to political campaigns. Our panel of experts will look at the board’s role in assessing and directing these activities, best practices for disclosures and how to talk to investors about potentially sensitive topics.

    Bruce Freed, president, Center for Political Accountability
    Veena Ramani, senior program director, capital market systems, Ceres
    Moderator: Ben Ashwell, editor, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine

  • 14:30 PM
    Summary and end of event

    Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary


What our virtual 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

Who attends our virtual events

Our attendees are leading GRC practitioners with an established track record and strategic GRC role within their company. Below is a sample of some of our past virtual attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Senior counsel AbbVie GC and corp. secretary Investors Bancorp
SVP, CS and deputy GC AIG Senior director, executive compensation & assistant CS Kelly Services
Deputy GC Alight Solutions SVP, assistant GC Kemper
Assistant corp. secretary Alliant Energy Non-exec director Legg Mason, AIG, Associated Banc-corp
Assistant CS American Red Cross Asst GC and asst secretary Marathon Oil
Legal compliance coordinator Ascent Resources Corporate counsel Masco
Director of global CSR reporting and insights AT&T Managing chief counsel McKesson
VP, deputy GC and assistant CS Avangrid CS & VP legal MGRC
EVP BCW Global Director of sustainability Micron Technology
CS and chief counsel, and CS BGC Partners & Newmark Group VP, chief legal office & CS National Student Clearinghouse
GC BIO Vice president, chief securities counsel and assistant CS Newell Brands
MD, head of investment stewardship Blackrock EVP, GC NFP
Manager-shareholder relations Bladex VP, deputy GC and CS NRG Energy
Sr. group director, corporate social responsibility Cadence Design Systems Associate GC, asst. corp. sec PayPal
GC, assistant corp. secretary Canadian Pacific Governance manager Pedernales Electric Cooperative
EVP, GC & CCO Chugach Alaska SVP, deputy GC and CS Rockland Trust Company
Associate GC Corporation Service Company Executive strategy & assistant CS Sandia National Laboratories
Assistant GC Couer Associate GC and assistant secretary Sealed Air
Corporate counsel Crawford & Company CS and chief counsel, and CS South Jersey Industries
Chief counsel CSG Sr director, corporate Splunk
VP, associate GC, CS CUNA Mutual Group Senior counsel and assistant secretary TD Bank
Senior counsel & CS Diageo North America Assistant CS The Hershey Company
Director of investor & external relations Financial Institutions MD, senior GCl & assistant CS of oversight and advocacy TIAA
Director of corporate governance & CS First Business Financial Services Senior corporate counsel TrueBlue
EVP, GC and secretary Focus Brands Assistant CS Truist
President Galena Strategies Associate GC, securities & CS United States Steel
VP & sr. counsel, corporate Henry Schein Head of corporate affairs Vanda Pharmaceuticals
Director, counsel, securities & corp transactions Herbalife Nutrition Vice president & associate GC VeriSign
Vice president, associate GC Hewlett Packard Enterprise VP, associate GC & CS Vontier
Executive vice president, CS and head of governance HSBC US SVP, deputy GC and CS Voya
VP, deputy GC, chief corporate & securities counsel IDEXX Laboratories Senior corporate counsel Zendesk


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Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The Corporate Secretary Forum brings together some of the most influential people in the GRC community.

The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their GRC practice. Through our unrivalled knowledge of the subject matters and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – a far cry from a webinar – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from leading GRC practitioners. This allows our partners to have meaningful conversations with corporates who are deciding which parts of their GRC program to invest in, which service providers to engage and consultants to retain. By partnering with us on an event, you can generate leads, showcase your thought leadership and position yourselves as the partner of choice to the GRC community.

We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience at the Corporate Secretary Forum. Get in touch with Taylor Ray or call on +1 212 430 6895.

In the last 12 months, Corporate Secretary’s virtual events have attracted the highest, most diverse and senior attendees and experts in governance


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The price for the Corporate Secretary Forum – Governance Priorities in 2021 is $145.

If you have any questions, please contact Chloë Rutter at [email protected] or +44 20 3002 0396.

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