Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary Forum ‒ Summer

Thursday, May 19, 2022

In-person and virtual: Shearman & Sterling offices, New York

About the forum

Managing the transition from shareholder primacy to stakeholder governance

The Corporate Secretary Forum – Summer gave delegates the opportunity to meet peers face-to-face and share best practice on the key issues affecting today’s GRC professionals.

Attendees joined to hear practical insight on prioritizing board risk oversight, preparing for new disclosure requirements and supporting their organization as an environmental and social actor.

The forum took place on Thursday, May 19, 2022 in New York and was designed for GRC professionals. The format consists of fast-paced panel discussions, in-person networking and topical roundtable discussions.


This course has been approved for NY and CA Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit for newly-admitted and experienced lawyers. Attendees will receive approximately 3.0 New York Professional Practice credits and 4.75 California General credits. This course’s non-traditional format is appropriate for New York newly-admitted lawyers.

Agenda: 2022

  • 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

What our attendees say

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


"Relevant and emerging industry topics"

KEB Hana Bank Canada

"The platform was very intuitive. Made it easy to hop from keynote addresses to exhibitors easily."


"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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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 unrivalled 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 hybrid 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 Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

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