Essentials Express

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 9 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.


Thank you to our Eastern New England Chapter Conference Sponsor!