Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary Forum – US
Exclusively for GRC Professionals

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Live: 08:15am to 3:15pm Eastern. This event will be held virtually and available on replay

About the event

Interactive discussions on the big questions facing GRC professionals

The forum is a virtual event exclusively for GRC professionals. It is a best practice event enabling participants to network, discuss, debate and dissect best practices and topical issues in the corporate governance world.


 Timely event: Covid-19 has further demonstrated the importance of identifying emerging risks and prioritizing investment in governance, risk and controls. With the year-end fast approaching, this event is perfectly positioned to help you take stock of the year-to-date, refocus and plan for 2020-2021
  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 have intimate discussions and participate in virtual roundtable debates with fellow GRC professionals
  Discover something new: learn about new technologies, innovations, and services that are available to help to transform your governance strategy, increase productivity and make better decisions
  Network with the community: meet with investors, analysts, experts, and GRC peers



In light of the situation surrounding Covid-19 and putting the safety of our attendees first, the Corporate Secretary Forum – US will take place as a virtual experience.

Using the latest cutting edge technology available, our virtual event platform closely replicates being there in person with the chance to interact with speakers and have one-to-one networking in-between panel talks.

Going virtual connects our attendees to even more attendees, from the comfort of their desk.



  • 08:15 AM
    Breakfast & registration

  • 09:00 AM
    Welcome to Corporate Secretary's US Forum 2020

    Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine

  • 09:15 AM
    Harnessing Covid-19 lessons learned to strengthen governance

    • What is the key role of the board at this stage in the continuing/post-pandemic environment?
    • What have been successful corporate responses and how can boards apply them going forward?
    • Does the pandemic add weight to the stakeholder approach to governance?

    Robyn Koyner, assistant general counsel, Coeur

    Lopa Zielinski, executive vice president, corporate secretary and head of governance, HSBC

    Caroline Koster, corporate secretary, chief counsel at BGC Partners & Corporate Secretary at Newmark Group.

    Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine


  • 10:00 AM
    Coffee and Networking

  • 10:30 AM
    Improving risk-management practices in a 'new normal'

    • In light of Covid-19, how should boards be thinking about long-term strategy and risk?
    • How can the relationship between the board and management evolve to better handle risk?

    Byron Loflin, global head of board engagement, NASDAQ

    Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine

  • 11:15 AM
    Interactive roundtable discussions

  • 11:30 AM
    The evolution of ESG post-Covid-19

    • How has Covid-19 impacted investor appetite for ESG?
    • How will the pandemic affect shareholder engagement?
    • Can we expect a regulatory response to the pandemic in terms of ESG?
    • What does Covid-19 mean for human capital management?

    Derek Windham, vice president, associate general counsel, corporate, securities & finance, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

    Ben Kruse, director, global CSR reporting & insights, AT&T

    Tom Reisenberg, director of legal and regulatory policy, SASB

    Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine

  • 12:15 PM
    Lunch & Networking

  • 13:15 PM
    What next for the AGM?

    • What lessons were learned from the 2020 proxy season for first-time virtual AGMs?
    • What are best governance practices for hosting a virtual AGM?
    • Will companies revert to in-person meetings next year?
    • How did virtual AGMs under lockdown affect investor sentiment and voting?

    Edythe Nipper, corporate secretary, South Jersey Industries

    Courtney Kamlet, vice president, associate general counsel and corporate secretary, Vontier

    Rose Marie Glazer, senior vice president, corporate secretary and deputy general counsel, AIG

    Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine

  • 13:45 PM
    A new start for boards?

    • How should boards adapt their practices given their experiences with Covid-19?
    • What is the role of the board in overseeing good human capital management and culture?
    • What is the outlook for board diversity?
    • What next for combined CEO/chair roles?

    Liz Riotte, vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, Avangrid

    Jean Weng, senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, Voya

    Eileen Kamerick, CEO, The Governance Partners

    Ben Maiden, editor, IR Magazine

  • 14:30 PM
    Cyber-security and data privacy

    • How have US companies performed in compliance with CCPA?
    • What’s next in terms of cyber-security and privacy regulation?
    • What risks should boards be considering going into 2021?

  • 15:15 PM
    Final thoughts & close of Think Tank


To inquire about speaking at the 2020 forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 8004 4818

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. 2019 attendees included:

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Job title Company Job title Company
Assistant corporate secretary UBS Bank USA Senior attorney & assistant secretary Edison International
Assistant corporate secretary The AES Corporation Senior counsel HP
Assistant corporate secretary Church & Dwight Senior counsel, investigations & anti-corruption Change Healthcare
Associate general counsel and assistant secretary Booz Allen Hamilton Senior counsel, investigations & anti-Corruption IBM
AVP, corporate governance Chesapeake Utilities Corporation Senior director, corporate governance Change Healthcare
Chief counsel Marsh & McLennan Companies Senior director, executive compensation & assistant secretary Kelly Services
Chief regulatory counsel Change Healthcare SVP & corporate secretary Kelly Services
Corporate secretary UBS Bank USA SVP & corporate secretary The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
Counsel, corporate securities mergers & acquisitions HP SVP, deputy general counsel & assistant secretary Tapestry
Deputy corporate secretary and corporate counsel Brighthouse Financial SVP, legal; corporate & board secretary (North America) Rabobank
Deputy general counsel Pegasystems VP, assistant GC & assistant secretary Coeur Mining
Deputy general counsel and secretary Bunge Limited VP, chief securities counsel & assistant corporate secretary Newell Brands
Manager, global ethics & compliance Applied Materials VP, corporate secretary & deputy GC The Clorox Company
Manager, project Change Healthcare

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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


Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The Canada Forum brings together some of the most influential people in the governance community. Our audience recognizes the sudden change of pace cannot be navigated alone and are constantly looking for partners to help shape their shareholder engagement strategy and execute it. This event provides partners an opportunity to position yourself as a critical partner to the community.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – which is a far cry from a traditional webinar – afford our partners exceptional opportunities to entertain visitors and show-case their expertise.

Becoming a partner means you will:

– Have the opportunity to support attendees at an event where they are looking for solutions
– Position yourself as a thought-leader and share expertise with your potential clients
– Get virtual face-time with senior decision-makers from the governance community
– Increase brand awareness and gain credibility through association with this timely event
– Generate qualified and targeted leads from the analytics provided by our virtual platform
– Be part of the community by participating in conversations, understanding challenges and sharing expertise
– Gain new business opportunities through higher-brand presence among potential clients
– Participate in one on one video chats to build relationships with new and existing customers
– Launch new products and solutions at our virtual event in your expo booth

All our partnerships are created using a mix of branding, thought leadership, lead generation and meetings with your target audience. You tell us your objectives and we will work with you to create you a package that’s makes sense for your company and will help you achieve those objectives.

To find out more about how we can help, contact [email protected] or call on +1 212 430 6895.

Book your place

This event is open to all GRC professionals. Please note that this is our early-bird rate. Any bookings made after October 23, 2020 will be charged at our standard rate of $145. To register, please fill in the form below and we’ll send through login instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact Priscilla Lim at [email protected] or +44 20 8004 4989.

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