Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary Forum ‒ Summer

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Clifford Chance offices, New York

About the forum

Prepare for the 2023 Proxy Season

The SEC’s actions to date increase the focus on executive compensation, human capital, climate and cyber-security disclosures. Furthermore, a continued focus on empowering more shareholders to submit proposals will create additional challenges for companies this proxy season.

Taking place on Wednesday, April 26 The Corporate Secretary Forum – Summer is positioned to help governance teams understand the latest proxy season trends, share best practices and prepare for new rules in 2023.

Join us, in New York to:

  • Gain insight into early shareholder proposal trends and voting outcomes
  • Understand which topics are a top priority for investors and which issues are most contentious
  • Learn how to adapt to SEC rule changes and prepare for an increased number of proposals
  • Hear examples of challenges and solutions from award-winning governance professionals

Themes - 2023

Join us to learn how to overcome some of the biggest changes in governance today, including:

  • Learn how companies are adapting their approaches to no-action relief given the shareholder proposal rule amendments
  • Understand how to approach executive compensation disclosures as Pay vs. Performance increases the scrutiny between executive pay and shareholder returns
  • Debate how universal proxy impacts shareholder activism and learn how best to prepare for activist campaigns
  • Prepare for increased climate disclosures expectations from investors and regulators
  • Discover how to improve cybersecurity risk management and disclosure
  • Improve your human capital management disclosure in a new working environment

Agenda: 2022

We will announce details of the 2023 agenda shortly. In the meantime, click here to view the 2022 agenda.

Timings on the agenda are shown in Eastern Time (ET)

  • 08:30 AM
    Registration and refreshments: Meet the attendees

  • 09:00 AM
    Opening remarks: Welcome to the forum

    Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Richard Alsop, Partner, Shearman & Sterling

  • 09:15 AM
    Crisis management in the context of major geopolitical events

    To kick off the forum, our panellists will reflect on how companies and boards have reacted to the war in Ukraine and the resulting sanctions. Is it a question of reputation management, or has this triggered or catalyzed a trend toward de-globalization? And if so, how should companies respond?

    • Assessing the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the responsibility of public companies and investors
    • How has the crisis changed discussions around board risk oversight?
    • Stakeholder engagement during a crisis: what to disclose and what not to disclose?

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Joshua Kaufman, chief legal officer, IPG DXTRA
    Sonia Kowal, president, Zevin Asset Management
    Derek Windham, VP, associate general counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • 10:00 AM
    Preparing for new SEC regulations: Climate risk and human capital management

    Recently, the SEC proposed rules to enhance and standardize climate-related disclosures for investors. In this panel, we will explore how public companies are responding to these changes as well as expected changes around human capital. Topics to be discussed include:

    • Understanding the proposed changes to climate risk and human capital management disclosures
    • Navigating the shift from voluntary to mandatory reporting: what to disclose and when to do it?
    • The impact of the new rules on governance best practices: how should companies respond?

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary
    Gillian Emmett Moldowan, partner, Shearman & Sterling

  • 10:30 AM
    Morning break

  • 10:45 AM
    Keeping your board relevant in 2022 and beyond

    There is no ‘one size fits all’ method of evaluating your board, but any approach needs to be dynamic, comprehensive, and increasingly transparent. In this session, we will cover recent board evaluation trends and share best practices for adopting an effective evaluation strategy tailored to your business needs.

    • Understanding and responding to the emerging challenges regarding board dynamics and leadership
    • Continuing to monitor your board’s skills and deficits with changing business needs
    • Ensuring relevant opportunities, issues and feedback are communicated and acted upon

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Deborah Rubin, senior partner and head of board & CEO services, RHR International LLP

  • 11:15 AM
    Managing a transition from shareholder primacy to stakeholder capitalism

    The discussion around stakeholder capitalism continues to gain momentum. Most recently, the war in Ukraine has put public companies under the spotlight, challenging them to respond in the best interests of their communities, employees and suppliers rather than focussing solely on shareholder interests. This panel will discuss how governance professionals and boards can adopt a stakeholder capitalist approach in a way that benefits their company’s long-term success. We will cover:

    • How is the momentum behind stakeholder capitalism impacting governance professionals?
    • Company purpose and culture in the age of ESG, and what to include in your proxy statement
    • Measuring progress effectively: stakeholder impact assessments and the value of third parties
    • How has the shift towards stakeholder capitalism impacted shareholder engagement?

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary
    Byron Loflin, global head of board advisory, Nasdaq
    Martin Whittaker, CEO, JUST Capital
    Josh Zinner, CEO, ICCR

  • 12:00 PM
    ESG and the board: Governance structures and effective oversight

    The regulatory landscape of ESG is changing rapidly. But the pressures companies face go well beyond adhering to regulation: the most significant pressure comes from investors, employees, and the wider public. As a result, board oversight of ESG needs to respond to the needs of its stakeholders, and the agenda needs to be framed to tackle these issues effectively. Here we will discuss:

    • What are effective committee structures and board reporting processes?
    • How should the board engage with investors and other stakeholders on ESG?
    • How can governance teams ensure the board has access to the best sources of information and expertise?
    • What are successful ways to assess and meet board training needs?

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Alessia Falsarone, managing director, PineBridge Investments
    Bobbie King Jr., deputy chief legal officer, Hannon Armstrong
    Derek Windham, VP, associate general counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • 12:45 PM

  • 13:45 PM
    The Exchange: Exchange ideas with peers in highly interactive roundtable discussions

    Please choose any of the following topics and discuss them with your peers. When the bell rings, move on to your next table and repeat! At the end of the session, hear a roundup of lessons learned so you can apply these when you return to the office.

    • Getting value out of virtual and hybrid board meetings
    • Supporting your company’s progress around diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Sharing best practices on improving environmental accountability
    • Executive compensation: responding to shareholder expectations

    Tim Human, senior reporter, Corporate Secretary
    Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary

  • 14:45 PM
    Mitigating cyber-security risks and building board resilience

    Perhaps one of the greatest legacies of the pandemic on how companies operate is the acceleration of the digital transformation and unprecedented reliance on technology. As more companies adopt long-term remote working policies, and in conjunction with the SEC’s recent developments around cyber-security, there is an urgent need to revise protocols to reduce the risk of a cyber-attack and respond effectively. This includes:

    • Impact of the SEC cyber regulation proposal on how public companies are expected to manage cyber risks and disclose incidents
    • Does your board need a cyber expert?
    • Ensuring your board is adequately equipped to deal with cyber security oversight
    • Embedding cyber-security risks in your business strategy, financial planning, and capital allocation processes

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary
    Evan Barth, assistant corporate secretary, Kyndryl
    Seth Gastwirth, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, JLL

  • 15:30 PM
    Shareholder engagement this proxy season: what have we seen so far?

    It’s too soon to discuss conclusions from this year’s proxy season, but some key trends are already emerging. What critical issues are shareholders discussing, and how are governance and IR teams leveraging tools and technology to communicate better with their investors?

    • How best to engage with shareholders this proxy season
    • Updates on proxy voting guidelines: what are investors asking for?
    • How can issuers deliver on new expectations around climate risk and human capital management?

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Rich Babineau, director of issuer solutions, Mediant
    Kristen Lang, deputy director, ESG investing, Boston Trust Walden

  • 16:15 PM
    Closing remarks and networking drinks

    Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary

Speakers: 2022

To inquire about speaking at the 2023 think tank, please contact [email protected]

What our attendees say

"Really great event - covered a lot of topics."


"Relevant and emerging industry topics"

KEB Hana Bank Canada

"I liked hearing the different perspectives. From large to small companies. From companies just starting their ESG journey to others that have been doing it for years"

Clearwater Paper Corporation

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


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


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


Who attends our 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 attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
CEO and founder Canadian Corporate Board Advisory Services Senior counsel, governance & chief of staff Tyson Foods
Chief corporate affairs & communications officer Vanda Pharmaceuticals Senior governance specialist Marathon Oil
Chief counsel CSG Systems International Senior manager, governance Viatris
Chief executive officer Flux Power Senior manager, legal affairs Banque Nationale
Chief legal officer Premier Financial SVP Global Atlantic
Chief legal officer Universal Technical Institute SVP & chief human resources officer HASI
Corporate paralegal RELIX SVP & deputy corporate secretary CNA Financial
Deputy general counsel & secretary Huntington National Bank SVP & general counsel AIG
Director counsel Target Corporatoin SVP, finance & investor relations Organon
Director, corporate governance & managing attorney Sempra Energy SVP, general counsel & corporate secretary Murphy Oil Corporation
Director, ESG South Jersey Industries SVP, chief legal officer & corporate secretary Meritor
Director, legal services, governance & assistant CS Cameco Corporation SVP, corporate governance Columbia Bank
Director, sustainability Micron Technology SVP, deputy general counsel & CS Yelp
ESG director Splunk SVP, general counsel & secretary Xenia Hotels & Resorts
EVP – general counsel and secretary NCINO VP Hannon Armstrong
EVP & general counsel Chugach Alaska Corporation VP & associate general counsel VeriSign
EVP, general counsel & corporate secretary Ryder System VP & associate general counsel Avery Dennison Corporation
EVP, general counsel & secretary Focus Brands VP, chief compliance officer & CS NW Natural Gas Company
Executive director & corporate secretary DTCC VP, chief SEC counsel and secretary American Water Works Company
Legal counsel & corporate secretary Antigua Commercial Bank VP, corporate legal Dolby Laboratories
Manager, governance Payments Canada VP, general counsel and secretary National Fuel Gas Company
Managing attorney Paycom VP, legal and general counsel Gibson Energy
Managing chief counsel McKesson Corporation VP, legal, corporate secretary MGRC
Managing director KPMG VP, senior counsel, corporate & deputy secretary Henry Schein

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Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The Corporate Secretary Forum – Summer brings together some of the most influential people in thGRC community.  

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

The unique buzz we create at our in-person events – a far cry from a traditional conference – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from senior GRC professionals. 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 – Summer. Get in touch with Lucas Alexandre or call on +1 646 327 5725 .


Book your place

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The super early bird rate expires on March 17, 2023. After this date, the price will increase to the early bird rate of $195. The standard rate is $295.

If you have any questions, please contact Mona Stanica at [email protected] or +44 20 8090 0391.


We are pleased to announce that the 2023 forum will be held at:

Clifford Chance US LLP
31 West 52nd Street
4th Floor
New York, NY 10019 6131

PLEASE READ: The venue has a strict vaccination policy for in-person attendees, which requires all delegates to provide proof of double vaccination. Anyone unable to provide proof will be denied access to the venue.

The organizers have arranged for discounted rates at nearby hotels located a short distance away from the venue. Click here to view the hotels and rates.

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