Clifford Chance offices, New York
Modernizing the board for 2024
The Corporate Secretary Forum is back in New York on Wednesday, November 8 to help Corporate Secretaries and General Counsels improve board oversight and share governance best practices in a rapidly changing environment.
We evaluate the implications of recent market and regulatory changes on the role of governance professionals and provide a platform to share best practices before year-end, the Corporate Secretary Forum is taking place at a perfect time to plan for the year ahead.
WHY ATTEND OUR FORUMS?
Timely event: As we emerged from the pandemic, the past few years had 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 2023
Benchmarking: It is a great opportunity to evaluate where you stand in comparison to your peers, and how other companies have managed and overcome similar challenges
Unique format: Far from a traditional conference format, our event is fast-paced and focused on providing actionable insights to attendees. It allows GRC professionals to have intimate discussions on common challenges and share best practices with peers
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
Timings on the agenda are shown in Eastern Time (ET)
Registration, networking and refreshments
Opening remarks: Welcome to the forum
Getting ready for 2024: What should be on your board's agenda
The year 2024 promises to bring many new challenges for boards and corporate secretaries. From the impact of looming regulatory changes to the rise of new technologies and cyber-security concerns, boards will need to adapt and evolve to meet the expectations of investors, regulators and society.
Join this panel for a bird’s eye view of which issues your board will need oversight on for the next 12 months, while reflecting on the many lessons learned from 2023.
• Discover what adjustments are needed to stay ahead of the curve as SEC disclosure requirements continue to evolve
• Hear about the emerging challenges posed by the rise of generative artificial intelligence (AI)
• Consider the key takeaways from 2023 and how these lessons can be incorporated into your strategy for the year ahead
Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Governance Intelligence
Brady Long, executive vice president and general counsel, Transocean
Kimberly Simpson, chief operating officer, general counsel and corporate secretary, The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
Coffee break and networking
Preparing your proxy statement in 2024: Best practices and trends
As a key vehicle for shareholder communication, the preparation of the proxy statement is an enduringly vital function for a corporate secretary.
This panel will provide practical tips and insights on how to prepare a clear, concise and effective proxy statement that showcases your company’s current performance and strategy, while also reflecting the latest trends and expectations from investors and regulators.
• Learn how to make the most of your company’s story around key issues such as ESG disclosures, human capital, diversity & inclusion and shareholder engagement
• Discover what issues investors want to see addressed and what disclosures are necessary to meet regulatory requirements
• Hear innovative suggestions around visual design, storytelling techniques and interactive communications
Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Governance Intelligence
Angela Grant, chief legal officer and corporate secretary, Palomar
Ki Hoon Kim, associate general counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Adriana Mitchell, senior vice president and senior associate general counsel, Global Payments
Minimizing risk in a changing world: Assessment, management and resilience
Against a backdrop of increased shareholder activism, volatile geopolitical tensions, unprecedented levels of cyber-threat and the emergence of new, as yet unmapped, AI technology, risk management is top of mind for governance professionals globally.
In this session, panelists will explore the significant risks posed to the business environment and how attendees can best prepare for the long-term sustainability of their company.
• Learn about the key issues and trends that will shape the risk landscape in 2024 and beyond
• Discover how to develop a robust risk-management framework that works for you and your board
• Discuss best practices for creating a culture of risk awareness and accountability
Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, Governance Intelligence
Seth Gastwirth, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary, Jones Lang LaSalle
Brian Short, partner, Ballard Spahr
Building a high-performing board: How to evaluate expertize and diversity
As the ultimate decision-making body of a company, the board must have the right mix of skills, experience and perspectives that reflect the company’s business, stakeholders and environment.
Join this session to hear how corporate secretaries can assess the current and future needs of the board to establish a team that meets – and exceeds – the expectations of all stakeholders.
• Discover how to identify which specialized skills are vital to your board composition and that most align with your company’s goals
• Hear how to identify the best candidates through innovative targeting and out-of-the-box thinking
• Debate what skills should be prioritized when training your directors
Moderator: Steve Wade, head of content, Governance Intelligence
Tina Carew, general counsel and secretary and associate general counsel, Invesco Mortgage Capital and Invesco
Jim Polehna, former chief investor relations officer & corporate secretary, Kelly Services
Leahruth Jemilo, vice president and head of ESG advisory, Corbin Advisors
ChatGPT and the board: What governance teams need to know about AI
AI is transforming the world and the way businesses operate. It offers new opportunities for innovation, efficiency and competitiveness, but also poses new challenges and risks for governance, ethics and oversight.
This panel will explore the key issues and trends that will shape the board’s role and responsibilities in AI in 2024 and beyond. The panelists will share their insights and best practices on how to develop an AI strategy and governance framework, how to assess and disclose AI risks and opportunities, and how to engage with internal and external stakeholders on AI matters.
• Learn how governance teams can provide oversight of the use of generative AI at enterprise level
• Debate the opportunities and limitations of using AI to increase the efficiency of governance functions
• Hear how to manage digital risk across your organization
• Discover how to prepare your board with the skills needed to embrace a constantly evolving technological landscape
Moderator: Lauren McDonald, conference producer, Governance Intelligence
Marion Lewis, CEO, Govenda
Jonathan Yellin, general counsel, executive vice president and chief compliance officer, Charles River Associates
Crisis communications and board simulations: How to prepare and respond effectively in troubling times
In a world where public crises are inevitable and unpredictable, protecting your company’s reputation, performance and sustainability is vital.
This session will provide practical tips on how to develop and implement a crisis communications strategy that prepares you and your board for a resilient and robust response to any eventuality. Panelists will also explore utilizing board simulations as a powerful tool for training and testing any gaps in your capabilities.
• Learn how boards and governance teams can enhance skills and confidence when faced with company crises
• Discover how to identify weaknesses in your crisis preparation
• Discuss the best use of board simulations as a teaching and skills-building exercise
Moderator: Steve Wade, head of content, Governance Intelligence
Michelle Bryan, general counsel and chief administrative officer, Intelsat
Alexis Freeman, general counsel, Lindblad Expeditions
Edward Rockwell, senior vice president, general counsel & secretary, EPAM Systems
Roundtables: Best practices on board management
Enjoy meeting your peers while discussing any of the following topics and sharing insights. At the end of the session, hear a roundup of lessons learned so you can apply these to board management when back in the office.
• How to approach board evaluations and self-assessment
• How to plan board refreshment and succession planning
• How to communicate board composition strategy with shareholders
Summary and closing remarks
End of the forum and onto the Corporate Governance Awards ceremony
head of ESG advisory
As Head of ESG Practice at Corbin Advisors, Leahruth helps public companies establish ESG strategies, including increased organizational diversity and more inclusive cultures, environmental goals that support net-zero carbon emissions, and greater accountability around governance.
Leahruth has worked extensively in corporate governance and nonprofit consulting. At Georgeson, a premiere proxy solicitation and corporate governance consulting firm, she managed shareholder engagement campaigns, which first introduced her to the growing importance of ESG from the investor perspective. At Equilar, an executive compensation and board data firm, Leahruth managed content and thought leadership for corporate governance conferences, co-hosted with Nasdaq, that addressed issues such as shareholder engagement, diversity in the boardroom, human capital management, and ESG.
After graduating from Columbia Business School in 2016, Leahruth relocated to Chicago where she founded Girlspeak, a public speaking and empowerment program for middle and high school age girls. She was accepted into Google’s competitive Google for Entrepreneurs mentorship program and was a member at 1871, Chicago’s preeminent startup incubator. Having worked with public companies, institutional investors and nonprofit organizations, Leahruth has developed a wide breadth of experience and understanding of the CSR and ESG landscape.
Marion Lewis is a results-driven entrepreneur, investor, and business community leader with more than 25 years of successful digital experience. As the founder and CEO of Govenda, she is passionate about providing best-in-class solutions and modern tools to support organizations’ boards of directors. She is proud of the cutting-edge, award-winning board management and empowerment platform that enables effective corporate governance, robust regulatory compliance, centralized control, and interactive board engagement. Prior to Govenda, Marion was Co-Founder of Tachyon Solutions, a custom application development and interactive marketing firm, and served as its CEO for 21 years. She created the firm’s vision, executed the strategic plan, and led the renowned Tachyon Interactive Group.
Jonathan D. Yellin
General counsel, executive vice president and chief compliance officer
Charles River Associates
Jonathan D. Yellin has been the General Counsel of CRA International, Inc., d/b/a Charles River Associates, a leading global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial and management consulting services, since joining CRA in 2004. Immediately prior to joining CRA, he was a senior partner in the Insolvency and Restructuring practice at Riemer & Braunstein LLP, based in Boston, MA. Jonathan received his J.D. cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1988 and his B.A. from The George Washington University, School of Public and International Affairs, in 1985. He is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence for the ACC’s IT, Privacy & eCommerce Network.
Brian Short is a corporate transactional attorney and Co-Leader of the firm’s Securities and Capital Markets practice. He focuses on securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, corporate finance, and general corporate matters.Brian represents companies, private equity firms, and investment banks in a range of corporate transactions, including negotiating and executing public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. He counsels public and privately held companies on corporate governance and board issues, compliance matters, and periodic reporting.
Brian also represents investors and companies in capital financings, handling both structuring issues and the negotiation of deal documentation. He advises corporate clients across a range of industries, including life sciences, technology, aerospace and defense, business and financial services, and consumer products.Prior to joining the firm, Brian was a partner at an AmLaw 50 firm and General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of a publicly-traded international engineering, information technology, and staffing services company.
Former corporate secretary, chief investor relations officer
For more than 30 years, James (Jim) Polehna has led corporate governance and investor relations strategy for publicly traded companies in the banking and workforce solutions industries. A seasoned executive, trusted advisor, and committed mentor, Jim partners with organizations, teams, and individuals to achieve their potential and create value.
Most recently, Jim served as corporate secretary and chief investor relations officer at Kelly, a leading global specialty talent solutions provider based in Troy, Michigan. As corporate secretary, he was accountable for ensuring the integrity of the company’s governance framework, including compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements affecting the company and its board of directors. He was also responsible for implementing all decisions made by the board. He managed corporate disclosure and compliance with state corporation laws, the stock exchange listing standards, and SEC reporting and compliance.
As chief investor relations officer, Jim served as the key point of contact for the investment community and was responsible for the development and execution of Kelly’s investor relations strategy and policy implementation in addition to providing market feedback to management and the board. He oversaw the company’s annual report to shareholders, the proxy statement, quarterly financial communications, and other financial briefing materials. Prior to being named chief investor relations officer, Jim successfully launched Kelly’s first investor relations program, securing coverage from investment analysts and attracting new investors to the company.
Under Jim’s leadership, Kelly continuously evolved its corporate governance policies and practices to maintain the highest standard of transparency, accountability, and effectiveness. During his tenure, the company’s commitment to good governance was recognized by the foremost authorities on corporate governance matters, including corporatesecretary. Jim’s expansive knowledge of disclosure best practices and his innovative approach to design and user experience contributed to Kelly earning several nominations for Best Proxy Statement (Small Cap) at the Annual Corporate Governance Awards.
Prior to joining Kelly, Jim served as vice president and assistant secretary of Citizens Banking Corporation. Fueled by his passion for developing the next generation of business leaders, he also taught as an adjunct professor for Baker College’s MBA program on the topics of business management and strategic planning.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He serves on the board of directors of the Citizens Research Council and is a former member of the Global Investor Relations Executive Council of the Conference Board. He is also a member of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Economic Club, the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals.
Chief operating officer, general counsel and corporate secretary
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
As Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Kimberly Simpson is responsible for ensuring that NACD’s operations meet its strategic objectives. She has specific oversight responsibility for the team that engages NACD’s 23,000+ members, NACD Directorship Certification®, the NACD Chapter Network in 35 cities, marketing, and NACD Board Search. She also supports two boards of directors (NACD and the NACD Corporate Directors Institute). Kimberly frequently speaks and writes on governance matters.
Prior to joining NACD, Kimberly held a number of executive leadership roles. She served as executive vice president at Sanford Health, the largest rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in nine states and in countries such as Ghana, Africa. She also was the inaugural president of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising funds to advance breast cancer research and treatment.
Formerly the chief operating officer for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Kimberly led the network of more than 120 Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates across the United States and had responsibility for the organization’s legal, human resources, information technology, and internal communications functions. Additionally, she was the secretary to the board of directors and was a board member of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Advocacy Alliance, Komen’s Washington, D.C.-based policy organization. Prior to joining Komen, Kimberly was vice president and general counsel at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the top pediatric orthopedic hospital in the country.
Kimberly received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, and is admitted to practice law in California, Virginia (as in-house counsel), and Texas (inactive). She has a Master of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish summa cum laude from The University of Alabama. Kimberly was a U.S. Marshall Memorial Fellow to Europe in 2005.
Deputy general counsel and assistant corporate secretary
Jones Lang LaSalle
Seth serves as Deputy General Counsel, Assistant Corporate Secretary, and General Counsel Work Dynamics at Jones Lang LaSalle, a Fortune 200 commercial real estate services firm with annual revenue of $20.9 billion, operations in over 80 countries, and a global workforce of approximately 103,000 employees.
Seth is a trusted legal advisor to the Board of Directors and Global Executive Board on legal, corporate governance, and compliance topics. He has a broad range of legal experience in the areas of commercial contracting, corporate governance, M&A, litigation and dispute resolution, compliance and risk management, and employment law.
Seth has substantial international experience which includes a 3-year assignment (2016-2018) at AkzoNobel’s global headquarters in Amsterdam where he served as Global Director of Investigations and Chief Compliance Officer of its Specialty Chemicals business. He previously served as a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago (2006-2014) and an Associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York (2003-2006).
Seth is a regularly invited guest lecturer on a variety of legal topics including lectures given at the University of St. Gallen Executive School of Management, Technology and the Law (Switzerland), the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Michigan Law School. Seth is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.
Senior vice president and senior associate general counsel
Adriana Mitchell is the Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Global Payments, where she heads up the corporate securities team and is responsible for day-to-day counseling and advice on corporate and securities law matters. As an Assistant Corporate Secretary, she supports the board of directors on corporate governance and improving board processes and practices. Additionally, she serves as Chair of the Disclosure Committee and handles compliance matters related to the Code of Conduct and the Company’s AML and FCPA programs. Adriana works closely with the worldwide finance and tax teams on capital markets transactions, financial reporting, equity administration, managing domestic and international subsidiaries, restructurings and dividend payments.
Ki Hoon Kim
Associate general counsel
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Ki Hoon Kim is an Associate General Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, a global edge-to-cloud company that helps organizations accelerate outcomes by unlocking value from all of their data, everywhere. Ki Hoon’s current practice spans corporate governance, securities financings, ongoing public company reporting obligations, shareholder engagement and board support. Previously, Ki Hoon practiced law as an associate in the life sciences practice group and an associate in the capital markets practice group of international law firms in New York City.
General counsel and chief administrative officer
Ms. Bryan has more than 30 years of senior corporate executive experience, both in human resources and legal matters. Her experience includes the position of Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs and General Counsel for US Airways, a major airline with more than 40,000 employees worldwide. During her tenure at US Airways, she also served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Prior to joining Intelsat in January 2007, she served as general counsel for Laidlaw International, a transportation company.
Ms. Bryan is a Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Rochester. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University.
Chief legal officer and corporate secretary
Angela Grant is an inspiring servant leader with intuitive legal and business expertise and a technology-driven mindset. Over 25 years of proven success as a collaborative advocate helping organizations to create, build, and maintain innovative and compliant business models. Experienced people manager leading small and large teams and spearheading creative, scalable solutions in cross-functional groups.
Angela Grant joined Palomar Holdings, Inc. in 2020 and serves as the Chief Legal Officer. Ms. Grant most recently served as Chief Legal & Innovation Officer at CSE Insurance Group. Previously, Ms. Grant served as the Head of Compliance & Legal at Hippo Insurance. In addition to her legal and compliance background, past leadership roles at Esurance, Kemper, and GEICO burnished her credentials in mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and strategy. Ms. Grant received her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M University School of Law and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of California (Registered In-House Counsel), American Bar Association and the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL).
Executive vice president & general counsel
Brady Long is Executive Vice President & General Counsel of Transocean Ltd. (NYSE:RIG), the world’s leading offshore drilling contractor. He served as Vice President – General Counsel & Secretary of Ensco plc (NYSE:ESV) from 2011 to 2015 and Pride International, Inc. (NYSE:PDE) from 2009 to 2011, when Pride was acquired by Ensco. He served as Chief Compliance Officer of Pride from 2006 to 2009.
In 2009, Mr. Long was named one of the 100 most influential leaders in business ethics in the world by Ethisphere magazine.
Mr. Long graduated with a BA, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University (1996), a JD, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law (1999), and an Executive LLM in Tax from New York University (2019).
Alexis Freeman is an accomplished C-suite executive and boardroom advisor with 20+ years of demonstrated broad leadership experience with public and private companies in strategy, corporate governance, crisis management, restructurings, M&A, post-acquisition business integration, risk management, debt and equity financing, data privacy, environmental, social and governance (ESG) oversight, and human capital matters. Ms. Freeman currently serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Lindblad Expeditions, LLC (Nasdaq: LIND), a luxury, expedition ship-based travel company with a platform of land-based adventure travel companies, where she is the first and only female member of the senior executive team. In this role, Ms. Freeman is a business critical, strategic, commercial, and proactive advisor to the board, each of board’s audit, compensation and nominating committees, and the executive and management teams on all legal, strategic growth, operational and compliance matters.
Since joining Lindblad Expeditions, Ms. Freeman has successfully advised, negotiated and closed on (i) three company acquisitions, (ii) a $275 million capital raise to refinance ECA credit facilities and provide a $70 million cash cushion, (iii) the refinancing of the company’s $340 million debt portfolio, (iv) $85 million Main Street lending program funding, (v) $85 million capital raise of private investor preferred equity, (vi) modifications to debt financing documents in light of the pandemic, saving the company millions of dollars of interest expense, (vii) the purchase of four large assets in the aggregate amount of over $250 million, (viii) developing, implementing and amending, as appropriate, various protocols and policies to address health and safety, codes of conduct for board members and employees, and commercial terms and conditions, and (ix) managing and overseeing all litigation.
Prior to joining Lindblad Expeditions, Ms. Freeman was a financial restructuring lawyer with Akin, Gump,Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, widely-recognized as one of the world’s leading restructuring groups, where she advised companies, institutional investors and creditors’ committees in formal and out-of-court restructurings, in financing and strategic transactions, and on distressed and special situations, and was involved in some of the largest, most complex, ground-breaking domestic and cross-border restructurings in recent history, including Sears, SunEdison, Calpine and Payless.
Ms. Freeman has a strong commitment to serving her community through school and non-profit organizations, including currently serving as co-chair of the School Leadership Team and on the board and as governance chair of Repurpose Wardrobe, which utilizes the resale of luxury items to raise funds and develop programs to support the health and wellbeing of women and families and empower individuals through mentorship and workforce opportunities.
General counsel and secretary and associate general counsel
Invesco Mortgage Capital and Invesco
Tina M. Carewhas over 25 years’ experience advising boards and senior management on complex transactions, governance, compliance, strategic planning, and SEC reporting and disclosure. Ms. Carew serves as Associate General Counsel of Invesco Ltd. and Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Invesco Mortgage Capital Inc. (NYSE: IVR). In that role, Ms. Carew has principal responsibility for advising the board and management of IVR on all governance, capital markets, SEC, and NYSE matters. Prior to joining Invesco, Ms. Carew served as senior vice president and corporate secretary of Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, after previously serving as deputy general counsel-capital markets, securities and governance. Before joining FHLBank Atlanta, Ms. Carew practiced securities and mergers and acquisitions law at Sullivan & Cromwell. Ms. Carew earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Senior vice president, general counsel & secretary
Edward Rockwell is SVP, General Counsel & Secretary at EPAM Systems, where he oversees the legal activities of the organization and provides strategic counsel and legal guidance to senior leadership and EPAM’s Board of Directors.
Previously, Mr. Rockwell served as Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at Red Hat, a leading global provider of open-source enterprise IT solutions. In this role, he led a global team of legal professionals that supported sales and operations. Prior to Red Hat, Mr. Rockwell was General Counsel and Vice President, Legal and Human Resources for DDN Storage. He also served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and General Counsel for HP Software and HP Services. Additionally, he spent five years in Milan, Italy, where he served as Director and Managing Counsel for HP’s Outsourcing Services business in EMEA and later Senior Director and Managing Counsel for Outsourcing Services worldwide.
Mr. Rockwell received a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Lauren McDonald is a conference producer at IR Magazine and Governance Intelligence. She brings a wealth of experience from her past roles in campaign organising for The Labour Party in Leeds and Tower Hamlets.
Lauren holds a Masters degree in the History of Race & Resistance and a Bachelors degree in American History & Politics, both from prestigious universities. She uses her expertise and knowledge to inform her current work and ensure high quality outcomes.
In her free time, Lauren is actively involved in a number of charitable causes. She has volunteered with the Girl Guides, the Los Angeles LGBT Centre, and regularly donates her time to political campaigns in and around London.
In her role as conference producer at IR Magazine and Governance Intelligence, Lauren is passionate about providing the best experience to all stakeholders and ensuring all events she produces are of the highest quality.
Ben Maiden is the editor-at-large of Governance Intelligence, an IR Media publication, having joined the company in December 2016. He is based in New York. Ben was previously managing editor of Compliance Reporter, covering regulatory and compliance issues affecting broker-dealers and asset management firms in the US and Europe. Before that, he was editor of Euromoney Institutional Investor’s International Financial Law Review and IFLR’s Americas editor, working in London and New York.
Senior conference producer
Laurence Taylor is a content researcher and conference producer at Governance Intelligence where he is responsible for crowd-sourcing intelligence on the big global issues facing governance teams. In this role, Laurence creates industry-wide conferences overseeing the event all the way from conception to completion.
Prior to this role, Laurence held similar roles with Westminster insight, A UK-based policy organisation for both the private and public sectors. Laurence also produced events for Metal Bulletin, American Metal Market, and Industrial Minerals market.
Head of event content
Steve Wade is the head of event content at IR Media Group. As a content researcher, conference producer, and event host for IR Magazine and Governance Intelligence, Steve is responsible for gathering intelligence on public companies’ most significant global issues. Steve’s team develops events that promote excellence in investor relations, governance, and sustainability for issuers and investors.
Prior to Corporate Secretary, Steve’s background was in corporate social responsibility and responsible investment. During his time at Ethical Corporation (now Reuters Events), Steve launched the ESG symposium; an event focused on connecting the socially responsible investment community with corporate sustainability leaders at listed companies. Steve was a judge for the Deloitte Green Frog Awards, celebrating the best corporate reporting in Eastern Europe. Steve also presented research at the Global Sustainable Event Summit in London and has spoken about extra-financial reporting with the United Nations Global Compact, the World Bank, and the Polish Ministry of Finance.
Steve has a BSC in Event Management, is a member of working groups toward improved practices in international event management, and enjoys swimming, rugby and outdoor pursuits in his spare time.
"Relevant and emerging industry topics"
"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"
"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!"
Our attendees are leading GRC practitioners with an established track record and strategic GRC role within their company.
Below is a sample of attendees who have joined our event in the past:
|Job title||Company||Job title||Company|
|Chief corporate governance officer||Huntington National Bank||SVP, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary||AIG|
|Chief legal officer||Biotechnology Innovation||SVP, general counsel and corporate secretary||Avangrid|
|Chief legal officer and assistant secretary||Bunge||SVP, general counsel and secretary||Gentherm|
|Chief legal officer and corporate secretary||Heidrick & Struggles||VP, legal services & chief privacy officer||The Cheesecake Factory|
|Director of business development||FutureMade||VP, associate general counsel and assistant secretary||Kyndryl Holdings|
|Director, governance & legal services||Murphy Oil Corporation||VP, deputy general counsel and assistant secretary||Hewlett Packard Enterprise|
|Executive vice president, chief legal officer||Shore United Bank||VP, director of proxy voting||Federated Hermes|
|General counsel and chief legal officer||Rush Street Interactive||VP, governance and shareholder services||Prudential Financial|
|Global chief legal officer and corporate secretary||JLL||VP and deputy general counsel||Robinhood Markets|
|Partner||Honigman||VP, legal||Shake Shack|
|Partner||Vistra||VP, assistant corporate secretary||Dime Community Bank|
|Partner, head of Hypergrowth||RHR International||VP, associate general counsel and assistant secretary||Regeneron Pharmaceuticals|
|Senior vice president and corporate secretary||MetLife||VP, chief compliance officer||Avangrid|
|SVP and global head of corporate legal, board secretary||DXC Technology||VP, deputy general counsel, CS, chief compliance & ethics officer||Bunge|
|SVP, CLO and corporate secretary||SpartanNash Company||VP, legal & corporate affairs, legal counsel, corporate secretary||Royal Canadian Mint|
Why partner with us?
The Corporate Secretary Forum brings together some of the most influential people in the governance, risk and compliance 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 matters and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience.
The unique buzz we create at our events – a far cry from a traditional conference format – 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 which 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 Ian Richman or call on +1 (212) 430 6865.
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Clifford Chance is one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. We provide our clients with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise. We advise clients the world over on sustainable business transition and transformation, offering global coverage and technical excellence in the major aspects of ESG. The climate emergency, imperative social issues, and increased importance of effective governance require advice and support from the forefront of ESG developments, as part of achieving the Just Transition. Our team is on hand to enable business transition and to protect and create your sustainable growth.
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Ballard Spahr LLP is a national firm of more than 600 lawyers in 15 offices across the country. Our attorneys provide counseling and advocacy in more than 50 areas within business and transactions, finance, intellectual property, litigation, and real estate. We represent a diverse cross-section of clients, ranging from large public companies and privately held entities to government bodies and nonprofit organizations. Our practices span the financial, industrial, real estate, private equity, retail, and other sectors that are critical to growth in today’s marketplace.
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Corbin was founded on the idea that insights-driven advice is a powerful catalyst for unlocking value. Leveraging proprietary research and analytics, a best-practice mindset, executional excellence, and a deep understanding of what influences sentiment, we deploy a proven model to realize value. We work with organizations globally, across all sectors and sizes, as our knowledge and insights drive breakthrough thinking and impact. We collaborate with our clients to execute sound, effective communication, and engagement strategies.
For more information, please visit corbinadvisors.com
Govenda provides a secure suite of board management software solutions designed by governance professionals to elevate your board performance. We value diverse perspectives. We are authentic, follow through on our vision, and continue to build a company culture around these ideals.
For more information, please visit: www.govenda.com.
The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the premier membership organization for board directors who want to expand their knowledge, grow their network, and maximize their potential.
As the unmatched authority in corporate governance, NACD sets the standards of excellence through its research and community-driven director education, programming, and publications. Directors trust NACD to arm them with the relevant insights to make high-quality decisions on the most pressing and strategic issues facing their businesses today.
NACD also prepares leaders to meet tomorrow’s biggest challenges. The NACD Directorship Certification® is the leading director credential in the United States. It sets a new standard for director education, positions directors to meet boardroom challenges, and includes an ongoing education requirement that prepares directors for what is next.
With an ever-expanding community of more than 23,000 members and a nationwide chapter network, our impact is both local and global. NACD members are driven by a common purpose: to be trusted catalysts of economic opportunity and positive change—in business and in the communities we serve. To learn more about NACD, visit www.nacdonline.org.
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