2018 Essentials Seminar

2018 Essentials

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Essentials provides solid framework, practical tips and up-to-date information - the tools to get the job done!

An experienced faculty comprised of senior Society members and other experts whol offer practical solutions and advice on how to handle the varied responsibilities of the corporate secretary, assistant secretary or other governance professional. Throughout plenary sessions the Essentials seminar will cover the basics including: fundamentals of corporate governance, internal sources of and limits on governance authority, board responsibilities and structure, board and committee meetings, corporate entity management, records management and cybersecurity, risk management, minutes and more.  Our breakouts are designed to enhance practical learning based on company type or specific area of responsibility. 

For public companies, the topics include: regulation and disclosure, shareholders, annual meetings and drafting the proxy. 

The private company series of breakouts will cover board oversight, governance and compliance, managing conflicts of interest and succession planning.  Other breakout options include ESG reporting and disclosure, staffing the secretary’s office, shareholder activism, equity compensation plans and more.  For the complete Essentials agenda click here.

Who Should Attend? Newly appointed Corporate Secretaries, Assistant Secretaries, legal professionals and staff dealing with governance; experienced professionals seeking to refresh their skills and brush up on the latest governance issues; and in-house and outside legal counsel supporting secretarial functions, and anyone in the corporate governance industry who wants to learn more about the role of boards and those who serve them.  Consider sending multiple attendees from the company so nobody misses out on this practical information.

 Key Seminar Benefits

In addition to practical instruction, seminar attendees will receive:

  • Online access to comprehensive Essentials materials, including presentation slides and handouts containing sample documents, checklists, and policies, and other useful information.
  • The opportunity to meet and learn from faculty members who are experienced practitioners.
  • The opportunity to network with fellow attendees with similar responsibilities and challenges in a collegial, non-competitive, educational setting.
 Continuing Legal Education Credits

Many states regularly grant continuing legal or other professional education credits to attendees. The Society will apply for CLE accreditation to the states requested on the registration forms.  Please be advised that CLE approval notices are not always received prior to the conference.
 Registration Fees

Registration Category

3 days

2 days

Society Member



Society Member at Nonprofit






Nonmember at Nonprofit




Registrants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. The Society has reserved a block of rooms at Disney’s BoardWalk Inn in Orlando, Florida at the special group rate of $249 single or double.  To book at the discounted rate, please make your reservations early.  Our discounted room rate is available until Wednesday, January 3, 2018 or until the room block is sold out.  After that date, any unsold rooms in the block will return to the hotel for normal sale, and reservations will be accepted only as long as rooms are available, and possibly at a higher rate. For those who wish to extend their stay in Orlando, the hotel will honor this special rate three days before and three days after the seminar subject to availability. To make your reservations please call Disney Group Reservations 407-939-4686 and be sure to mention the Society’s Essentials seminar or make your reservations on-line

Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
2101 North Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL  32830-8442

 Disney’s Magical Express

As a Disney Resort hotel guest you’re invited to take advantage of Disney’s Magical Express Service providing complimentary luggage and transportation service between Orlando International Airport and your Disney hotel. Reservations are required for this service, and your Disney room reservation confirmation and flight information must be provided. For information and reservations call 407-827-6777 or visit https://www.mydisneygroup.com/societycorpgovbw2018

 Theme Park Ticket Discounts

Guests may purchase specially priced Disney park tickets from the Preferred Ticketing Team 407- 566-5600 or by visiting https://www.mydisneygroup.com/societycorpgovbw2018

The nonmember registration rate includes one year of Society membership (for new members only).

The full fee is payable in advance by credit card or check and includes the seminar, continental breakfasts, luncheons, coffee breaks and receptions, as well as all materials to be used in the course.

Please Note:  All fees must be paid in advance and accompany the registration form. The fee, less a non-returnable processing charge of $75, is refundable with written cancellation if received at the Society’s National Office on or before January 17, 2018. Substitution of attendees is permitted. For questions about registration contact Khalilah Wyatt at 212-681-2014 or kwyatt@societycorpgov.org.

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