Corporate Secretary

Corporate Secretary Forum

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Clifford Chance offices, New York

About the forum

Supporting your board through change

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.


 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

Agenda: 2022

We will be announcing our 2023 shortly. In the meantime, click here to view the 2022 agenda.

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

  • 08:15 AM
    Registration and refreshments: Meet the attendees

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

    Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Prabha Sipi Bhandari, SVP, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, AIG

  • 09:15 AM
    Get ready for proxy season 2023

    Our panellists will use key takeaways from this year’s proxy season – in terms of shareholder proposals and voting, activism, investor engagement and regulatory oversight – and discuss what trends we can expect in 2023 and how your governance team and the board can best prepare.

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Josh Black, editor-in-chief, Insightia, a Diligent brand
    Jonathan Haymon, vice president, director of proxy voting, Federated Hermes
    Theresa Molloy, vice president, governance and shareholder services, Prudential Financial

  • 10:15 AM
    Morning break

  • 10:45 AM
    Regulatory agenda: SEC climate disclosure plans and beyond

    During this session, our experts will discuss the SEC’s rulemaking pipeline and its likely impact on companies in areas ranging from climate risk disclosure to cyber-security and human capital management. We’ll also look at other changes in the regulatory landscape and how they may affect US companies.

    Moderator: Ben Maiden, editor-at-large, Corporate Secretary
    Seth Gastwirth, deputy general counsel, assistant corporate secretary, JLL
    Richard Gluckselig, VP, associate general counsel and assistant secretary, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
    Brian Short, partner, co-leader of securities and capital markets group, Ballard Spahr

  • 11:30 AM
    Getting director training and board assessments right

    This session will look at best practices for managing director education and training to help keep your board effective and relevant as we head into 2023. We will discuss the latest in board evaluation strategies and managing your company’s needs for different expertise among directors.

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary
    Matthew Geekie, senior vice president, secretary and general counsel, Graybar
    Prabha Sipi Bhandari, SVP, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary, AIG
    Paul Wierbicki, general counsel and chief legal officer, Rush Street Interactive

  • 12:15 PM
    Fireside chat: Demystifying the equity markets and building competitive advantage

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary
    Rebecca Corbin, founder and CEO, Corbin Advisors

  • 12:45 PM

  • 13:45 PM
    Board oversight and communication around cyber, political and economic risks

    Risk oversight is a core board function. In this session, our guests will discuss the best ways boards can prepare to fulfil this duty in terms of existing and potential cyber-security, macroeconomic and geopolitical risks. We will look at how board committees and practices play a key role. We will also discuss whether and how boards and companies should take a public stance on political matters.

    Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, Corporate Secretary
    Lara Huber, vice president of sales, Govenda
    Timothy Ring, senior vice president and corporate secretary, MetLife
    Alan Tse, global chief legal officer and corporate secretary, JLL

  • 14:30 PM
    Improving shareholder engagement in a digital world

    Governance teams are essential in how companies and their boards engage with shareholders – and, increasingly, other stakeholder groups. We will share best practices around digital strategies in this field and how to communicate effectively with different audiences through AGMs and other venues.

    Moderator: Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, Corporate Secretary
    Evan Barth, vice president, associate general counsel and assistant secretary, Kyndryl Holdings
    Laura Franconi, director of issuer and global solutions, Mediant

  • 15:15 PM
    The exchange: Quick share of tips and takeaways from the audience

    Moderator: Steve Wade, head of event content, Corporate Secretary
    Leader: April Hamlin, partner, Ballard Spahr
    Leader: Lara Huber, vice president of sales, Govenda
    Leader: Robert McConnaughey, senior VP, IR advisory, Corbin Advisors

  • 15:45 PM
    Summary and closing remarks

    Laurence Taylor, senior conference producer, Corporate Secretary

  • 16:00 PM
    End of the forum and onto the Corporate Governance Awards ceremony

Speakers: 2022

What our attendees say

"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 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


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Become a partner

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 Lucas Alexandre or call on +1 646 327 5725.


Book your place

Click on the button below to book your ticket.

The super early bird rates expire on September 22, 2023. After this date, the corporate price will increase to the early bird rate of $195 and the service provider price will increase to $495. The standard rate is $295 for a corporate ticket and $595 for a service provider ticket.

The corporate rate is reserved for in-house IR or communications professionals, employed directly by a corporation listed on a public stock exchange ONLY.

If you have any questions, please contact Matthew Stevens at [email protected] or +44 20 8004 6322.


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Before you visit
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  1. experienced any Covid-19 symptoms? (CDC symptom guidance here)
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If you answer “yes” to any of the above, you should not attend the event.

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