2017 Essentials Express & Eastern New England Chapter Conference - Society for Corporate Governance
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2017 Essentials Express & Eastern New England Chapter Conference

2017 Essentials Express and Eastern New England Chapter Conference



Essentials Express is a basic training course for new corporate secretaries. Those who need a refresher or to brush up on their skills find it helpful too. The one and a half day program will be taught by seasoned corporate secretaries and governance professionals who will give you the tools you need to manage the responsibilities of the role. Agenda topics include:

» Fundamentals of Corporate Governance

» Internal Sources of and Limits on Governance Authority

» Board & Committee Meetings: Best Practices

» Minutes

» Regulation and Disclosure

» Corporate Entity Management

» Shareholder Engagement

» Annual Meetings

» ESG Disclosure & Ratings

» Private Company Sessions on Governance Best Practices and Going Public

The program is regularly approved for CLE and other education credit by several states.

Who attends Essentials Express? Attendees come from a variety of backgrounds. The subject matter attracts corporate secretaries, in house counsel, paralegals, law firm partners and many other professionals who are employed by large cap companies, small and mid-cap companies, as well as private companies and nonprofits.

Key Seminar Benefits: In addition to practical instruction, attendees receive comprehensive Essentials materials, the opportunity to meet and learn from experienced faculty members; and the opportunity to network with fellow attendees with similar responsibilities.

Essentials Express will be held on October 31 and November 1 and will be followed by the Eastern New England Chapter Conference on November 1 which will dive deeper into corporate governance topics. 

Keynote Address: On November 1, Brackett B. Denniston, former General Counsel, General Electric Company and Senior Counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP, will speak at the joint Essentials Express and Eastern New England Chapter Conference luncheon.

The Eastern New England Conference will be held Wednesday, November 1. The program will explore more advanced governance topics including:

» SEC update with Meredith Cross and Keith Higgins, Former Directors of Corporation Finance, Securities & Exchange Commission

» Board Recruitment: Trends, Refreshment, Investor Requirements

» Crisis Management, Crisis Communications, Board Responsibilities

On Wednesday evening the Eastern New England Chapter Conference will move offsite to the nearby offices of Ropes & Gray LLP for a reception and continued networking.

Meet Exhibitors!

To complement the Essentials Express and Eastern New England Chapter Conference programs, several companies that offer services for the corporate secretary and legal departments will exhibit their products on site. 

Preconference Program:  Investor Forum, Monday, October 30, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

An opportunity for issuer members to meet with approximately 5 investors in small group roundtable sessions.  Previous forum participants have included representatives from BlackRock, BNY Mellon, Capital Group, Fidelity, Nuveen, Vanguard and more.

Registration Fees: You have the option to register for either Essentials Express, or the Eastern New England Chapter Conference, or both. Member registration fees begin at $625 for Essentials Express only; $100 for Eastern New England Chapter Conference only; or $725 for both. Nonmember registration fees begin at $1,250 for Essentials, $100 for Eastern New England Chapter Conference, or $1,350 for both.  Nonmember registration includes 1 year of Society membership.

Hotel Information: Programs will be held at the Westin Copley Place Hotel, 10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116. A block of rooms is on hold through October 16 at the group rate of $269 per night. For hotel reservations, please call 888-627-7216 and mention the "Society for Corporate Governance." The hotel will honor the group rate from October 27 - November 4, based on availability.

Essentials Express Co-Sponsors

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Thank you to our Eastern New England Chapter Conference Sponsors!

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Alliance Advisors

Alliance Advisors is a multi-faceted shareholder communications firm specializing in proxy solicitation, corporate governance consulting, proxy contests, market surveillance and proxy management. Founded in 2005, Alliance has an extensive client roster of more than 500 corporate clients, which includes some of the most prestigious names in international business. We distinguish our firm by having four former ISS executives and compensation consultants on staff to support our veteran proxy solicitors. This group has vast expertise with executive compensation, contested elections, shareholder proposals and corporate governance issues. Our success is based on a combination of our dedicated professionals, unmatched service levels, sophisticated databases and the firm's collective commitment to flawless execution.


AST | D.F. King & Co., Inc.

The AST Group is the leading provider of registry services and technology to financial market participants across North America. Its companies and divisions, which include American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST) and D.F. King & Co., Inc. provide comprehensive stock transfer and employee plan services to more than 8,000 public issues and over 5.5 million shareholders. The AST Group provides fully integrated services that include corporate proxy solicitation and advisory solutions, information agent, mutual fund proxy solicitation and advisory solutions, shareholder identification, asset recovery, and investment management offerings.


Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

For corporations that are looking to simplify shareholder management, efficiently navigate regulatory and compliance requirements and gain further insights about their shareholders, Broadridge offers a uniquely flexible and customizable shareholder program. Broadridge's proven and trusted technology and service structure provides corporations the only single source solution for access to all shareholders, across a range of offerings - including comprehensive transfer agent solutions, data services, proxy processing and annual meeting services. Broadridge makes it simple to do more with your shareholders.


Center for Board Excellence

CBE is the foremost provider of board related corporate governance solutions designed to ease the burden of board management. CBE and Nasdaq Boardvantage have partnered to advance the most user-friendly digital board environment available. CBE’s team is the widely-accepted vanguard delivering innovative board assessments, CEO assessments, D&O questionnaires, and other custom governance-related solutions. At CBE, we are committed to cost-efficient, innovative, and user-friendly products.


CG Institute



Computershare offers corporate governance and compliance solutions to help companies transform their business practices and stay ahead of ever-changing market dynamics. We address today’s global compliance challenges through entity management, board governance and regulatory filing solutions that include:

BoardWorks™ - Our board portal, BoardWorks, enables critical access to board materials, allowing directors and administrators to advise executives and make strategic business decisions faster.
GEMS™ Global Entity Management System - GEMS offers a centralized approach for companies to achieve global compliance and increase transparency.
Section 16 Manager™ - Section 16 Manager automates the creation, management and submission of SEC corporate insider forms.
Registered Agent Services - Computershare’s registered agent services offer a full suite of compliance solutions including document retrieval and annual filing services.


Corporation Service Company

Corporation Service Company® (CSC®) is a dynamic, high-growth company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. We provide registered agent, corporate compliance, and global subsidiary management solutions for companies and law firms worldwide; digital brand services for top global brands, and due diligence and transactional services for the world's largest financial institutions. Founded more than a century ago, our company is dedicated to making your business easier, less risky, and more profitable, wherever it's done.



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Diligent is the leading provider of secure corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. Over 4,000 clients in more than 70 countries rely on Diligent to provide secure, intuitive access to their most time-sensitive and confidential information, ultimately helping them make better decisions. The Diligent Boards solution speeds and simplifies how board materials are produced, delivered and collaborated on using iPads, Windows devices, PCs and the Web, removing the security concerns of doing this by courier, email and file sharing.



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Jordan Lawrence

Jordan Lawrence is the world leader in defensible risk assessments and solutions to help senior executives effectively address critical data privacy, cybersecurity and information control risks including:

• Records Retention Standards and Deployment
• Data Minimization for Email, ESI and Paper Records
• Data Inventory Development for Information Privacy and Litigation Readiness
• Third-Party Diligence for Cybersecurity Risks
• Human Factors of Cybersecurity Risks

Our innovative service delivery model provides project predictability, accuracy and speed.  Our industry benchmarking and world-class best practices are relied upon and proven defensible in the most vital areas of corporate risk.



Labrador is a communication agency focused on regulated disclosure documents. We help you bridge the gap between compliance and communication, because what you say is only as important as what your readers understand. In today’s world, compliance alone is not enough to persuade your stakeholders. Plain English and intelligent design are essential tools in presenting your company’s governance and compensation stories to better attract and engage your target audience. We offer a single-source solution for advisory, design, production, SEC filing, print and digital solutions. We are a team of innovators dedicated to helping our large to small cap clients across industries publish reader-focused regulatory disclosure.



Nasdaq Corporate Solutions offers an integrated suite of market intelligence, analytics, communications, and collaboration solutions that support investor relations, communications and corporate governance professionals. Nasdaq Corporate Solutions is a unit of Nasdaq, Inc. and serves nearly 18,000 clients.

Nasdaq Corporate Solutions’ board portal platforms—MeetX and Directors Desk—help streamline meeting processes, accelerate decision-making and strengthen governance. Used by public, private and non-profit organizations worldwide, including over half of the Fortune 500, MeetX and Directors Desk combine functionality with security features, ease-of-use and mobility.



QDiligence® is the industry-leading service for digitally distributing and analyzing Directors and Officers (D&O) Questionnaires and Board Assessments.  The first of its kind, our proven technology has delivered more than 10,000 D&O and Board Assessments. The QDiligence team builds customized online questionnaires for any platform, bringing responses in minutes rather than days. Our technology is the most cost-effective and efficient available.  Subscriptions include unlimited questionnaires and assessments with no extra charges.  Only QDiligence offers incomparable customer support and unparalleled security.  Join many of the world’s largest corporations in choosing QDiligence for digital D&O Questionnaires and Board Assessments.


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