Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary Forum – US
Insightful . Interactive . Informative

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Virtual event: Live │ Timings to be announced

About the event

Interactive discussions on the big questions facing GRC professionals

The forum will take place as a virtual event designed 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. 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 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 general counsels, corporate secretaries and experts in the governance, risk and compliance community


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 governance professionals, and group roundtable discussions. Going virtual helps you connect with a wider network from the comfort of your desk.



The 2021 agenda will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, you can view what was discussed in 2020 below or by clicking here.

  • 08:30 AM
    Welcome to the forum: Meet the attendees

    To kick the day off, please take some time to connect with another attendee via the ‘networking feature’. Like chat roulette, you will be matched at random with a fellow attendee where you can chat and swap contact details.

  • 08:35 AM
    Opening remarks from the chair and Shearman & Sterling

    Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    George Casey, global managing partner, Shearman & Sterling


  • 08:45 AM
    Presentation: Investor Trust Survey 2020 - what instills investor trust in companies?

    Heidi DuBois, executive vice president and head of ESG, financial communications and capital markets, Edelman

  • 09:00 AM
    Harnessing lessons learned from the pandemic 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?

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor, Corporate Secretary
    Rani Doyle, managing director of the EY center for board matters, Ernst & Young LLP
    Robyn Koyner, assistant general counsel, Coeur
    Marjorie Pierre-Merritt, managing director, senior corporate counsel and assistant corporate secretary of oversight and advocacy, TIAA
    Lopa Zielinski, executive vice president, corporate secretary and head of governance, HSBC US

  • 10:00 AM
    Improving risk-management practices in a 'new normal'

    • What crisis management and business continuity practices are businesses currently reconsidering?
    • 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?

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor, Corporate Secretary
    Matt Geekie, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, Graybar
    Caroline Koster, corporate secretary and chief counsel at BGC Partners and corporate secretary at Newmark Group
    Byron Loflin, global head of board engagement, Nasdaq

  • 11:00 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?

    Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary & IR Magazine
    Ray Cameron, managing director, head of investment stewardship – The Americas, Blackrock
    Ben Kruse, director of global CSR reporting and insights, AT&T
    Gillian Emmett Moldowan, partner, compensation, governance & ERISA practice, Shearman & Sterling
    Tom Riesenberg, director of legal and regulatory policy, SASB

  • 12:00 PM
    Interactive, virtual roundtable discussion

    Join our live, interactive roundtable discussion to share ideas and best practice on the biggest future trends for governance professionals. This session really benefits from participation so don’t be afraid to switch your audio and video on or comment in the chat box. Enjoy!

    • Laying out a clear framework for integrating ESG issues and long-term strategy

    Moderator: Tim Human, senior reporter, Corporate Secretary
    Brian Tomlinson, director of research for the CEO investor forum, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose
    Michael Rosen, head of capital markets engagement for CECP’s CEO investor forum, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose

  • 12:45 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?

    Moderator: Steven Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary & IR Magazine
    Courtney Kamlet, vice president, associate general counsel & corporate secretary, Vontier
    Rose Marie Glazer, senior vice president, corporate secretary and deputy general counsel, AIG
    Edythe Nipper, corporate secretary, South Jersey Industries

  • 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?

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor, Corporate Secretary
    Eileen Kamerick, non-executive director, Legg Mason Closed End Funds, AIG Funds, Associated Banc-corp
    Liz Riotte, vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, Avangrid
    Dottie Schindlinger, executive director of the diligent institute, Diligent
    Jean Weng, senior vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, Voya

  • 14:45 PM
    Final thoughts and 1:1 networking

    To end the day, please take some time to connect with another attendee via the ‘networking feature’. Like chat roulette, you will be matched at random with a fellow attendee where you can chat and swap contact details. Enjoy!

  • 15:30 PM
    Close of conference

Previous Speakers

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

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

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Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The Corporate Secretary Forum – US 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 – US. Get in touch with Ian Richman or call on +1 212 430 6865.

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


Book your place

The super early bird rate expires on September 17, 2021. 

After this date the price will increase to the early bird rate of $95. The standard price booking price is $145.

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


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