2017 Essentials Seminar Agenda

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

8:30 - 8:40 am 
Welcome & Introductions

Darla C. Stuckey, President & CEO, Society for Corporate Governance

Keith J. Larson (Seminar Chair), Senior Attorney & Assistant Secretary, Edison International

8:40 - 9:25 am 
Fundamentals of Corporate Governance
  • What is corporate governance
  • Key regulators and standard setters
  • Corporate entity types and share structures
  • Board fiduciary duties and business judgment rule
  • What constitutes good governance?

Robert B. Lamm (Leader), Co-Chair, Securities & Corporate Governance Practice, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Stacey K. Geer, Executive Vice President, Chief Governance Officer, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Primerica, Inc.

9:25 - 10:30 am
Internal Sources of and Limits on Governance Authority        
  • State law
  • Articles of incorporation and bylaws
  • Listing exchanges
  • Resolutions & consents
  • Delegations of authority
  • Committee charters
  • Codes of Conduct
  • Board and corporate policies

Peter A Kraus (Leader), Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation

Nicole E. Clark, Associate General Counsel, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Keith J. Larson, Senior Attorney & Assistant Secretary, Edison International

10:30 - 10:50 am
Refreshment Break
10:50 - 11:50 am
Board Responsibilities, Structure & Process
  • Responsibilities
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Mitigation of liability exposure
  • D&O Insurance
  • Board structure & process
  • Composition & independence
  • Orientation & continuing education
  • Director compensation

Elizabeth A. Ising (Leader), Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Angela C. Hilt, Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Associate General Counsel, The Clorox Company

Barry I. Medintz, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary, Recall Holdings Ltd.

Anthony G. Morrow, Senior Vice President, Division General Counsel, Darden Restaurants, Inc.

11:55 am - 1:10 pm
Lunch with Speaker

"Leveraging the Society's Benefits & Resources"

Darla C. Stuckey, President & CEO, Society for Corporate Governance

Luke Vander Linden, Vice President, Membership & Business Development, Society for Corporate Governance

Sponsored by Corporation Service Company

1:15 - 2:00 pm
Board & Committee Meetings
  • Scheduling
  • Agendas
  • Presentation and coaching
  • Logistical support
  • Strategy retreats or off-sites
  • Use of technology

Stacey K. Geer (Leader), Executive Vice President, Chief Governance Officer, Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Primerica, Inc.

Brian W. Bolash, Corporate Secretary & Senior Counsel, Erie Insurance Group

Jennifer C. McGarey, Corporate Vice President & Secretary, Northrop Grumman Corporation

2:00 - 2:30 pm
Preparation of Board Materials
  • What is in the "Board Book"
  • Preparation timeline
  • Approvals
  • Executive summaries
  • Mailing and/or utilizing the Board Portal

Timothy J. Ring (Leader), Vice President & Secretary, MetLife, Inc.

Nicole E. Clark, Associate General Counsel, Occidental Petroleum Corporation

2:30 - 3:15 pm
Working with Other Departments
  • Investor Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Internal Audit
  • Ethics & Compliance/Whistle-Blower Office
  • Communications/Public Relations
  • Regulatory/Government Affairs

Keyna P. Skeffington (Leader), Vice President & Assistant Secretary, Medtronic, Inc.

Douglas M. Hagerman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Rockwell Automation, Inc.

Angela C. Hilt, Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Associate General Counsel, The Clorox Company

3:15 - 3:30 pm
Refreshment Break
3:30 - 4:30 pm
Corporate Entity Management
  • Benefits of subsidiaries
  • Business need
  • Legal entity types
  • Governing documents and filings
  • Directors & officers
  • Joint ventures
  • Corporate separateness/piercing the veil
  • Dissolution

Jane K. Storero (Leader), Former Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Secretary & Assistant Treasurer, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Heather Lang Jacobsen, Deputy General Counsel Manager, UnitedHealth Group

Grace P. Nerona, Subsidiary Governance Liaison, Chevron Corporation

4:30 - 5:45 pm
Records Management & Privacy Issues
  • Developing a records management retention policy
    • Type of records, location and length of time to retain
    • Training
  • Electronic records
  • Personally identifiable information
  • Privacy risks and policies
  • Encryption and mobile devices
  • Litigation holds

Jennifer K. Mailander (Leader), Associate General Counsel/Director Compliance & Privacy, Corporate Service Company

Erin M. Gray, Deputy General Counsel, Capital Markets, CNL Financial Group

Barry I. Medintz, Former Senior Vice President, General Counsel, & Company Secretary, Recall Holdings Ltd.

5:45 - 7:00 pm
Networking Reception

Sponsored by PwC

Thursday, January 26, 2017

8:30 - 8:40 am 
Welcome
8:40 - 9:20 am
Enterprise Risk Management for the Corporate Secretary
  • Importance of ERM
  • Risk categories
  • Management & board oversight
  • Required risk disclosures

Scott D. Thayer (Leader), Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Down Food Products, Inc.

Corinna B. Cherian, Senior Vice President, Senior Counsel & Assistant Secretary, City National Bank

Keyna P. Skeffington, Vice President & Assistant Secretary, Medtronic, Inc.

9:20 - 10:00 am
Cybersecurity
  • Compliance and policies
  • Legal obligations
  • Incident preparedness
  • Insurance
  • Disclosure controls and procedures for cyber risks

James F. Brashear (Leader), Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Conifer Health Solutions

Lyuba Goltser, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Douglas M. Hagerman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Rockwell Automation, Inc.

10:00 - 10:15 am
Refreshment Break

Sponsored by Wells Fargo Shareowner Services

10:15 - 11:15 am
Concurrent PANELS
 I. Regulation & Disclosure Overview
  • Regulators: overview of SEC and listing exchanges
  • Compliance with SEC regulations and listing standards
  • Periodic reports on Form 10-Q and 10-K
  • Current reports on Form 8-K
  • Litigation, contingencies and MD&A
  • Disclosure committees
  • Controls and certifications

Lori Zyskowski (Leader), Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Kenneth L. Wagner, Vice President & Corporate Secretary, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

II. Private Companies: Board Oversight Role
  • Board committees
  • Board composition and recruitment
  • Best practices for successful board meetings
  • Board assessment and dispute resolution
  • Minority shareholders
  • Relations with Shareholders

Pamela L. Kunkemoeller (Leader), Founding Member, Kunkemoeller Law Office PLLC

John R. Mayo, Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company

Kerri A. McClellan, Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Crowley Maritime Corporation

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Concurrent Panels
 I. Know Your Shareholders
  • How to identify your shareholders
  • Developing a shareholder communication and outreach plan
  • Dealing with shareholder proposals
  • SEC No Action process
  • Responding to shareholder activists
  • Investor and proxy advisor perspectives

Virginia K. Fogg (Leader), General Counsel, Norfolk Southern Corporation

Chad L. Norton, Former Vice President, Investment Operations Group, Capital Research and Management Company

Sarah A.B. Teslik, Of Counsel, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

II. Private Companies: Governance & Compliance Challenges
  • Responsibilities of a private company corporate secretary
  • Compliance in private companies
  • Handling significant transactions
  • Developing board and governance practices
  • Boardroom challenges
  • Compensation
  • Strategy

Pamela L. Kunkemoeller (Leader), Founding Member, Kunkemoeller Law Office PLLC

David C. Scileppi, Shareholder & Co-Chair, Securities & Corporate Governance, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Scott D. Thayer, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Dawn Food Products, Inc.

12:20 - 1:25 pm
Lunch

"My Life as a Corporate Secretary"

Gloria K. Bowden, Associate General Counsel & Former Corporate Secretary

Sponsored by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Concurrent Panels 
I. Drafting the Proxy
  • Proxy and annual meeting requirements
  • Timeline and responsibilities
  • Key governance disclosures
  • Compensation disclosures
  • Solicitation materials and Notice & Access

Jane K. Storero (Leader), Former Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Secretary & Assistant Treasurer, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Jaileah X. Huddleston, Assistant Secretary & Corporate Counsel Securities & Finance, Great Plains Energy Incorporated

Adam R. Kokas, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Human Resources Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

 Sponsored by Donnelley Financial Services

II. Private Companies: Managing Conflicts of Interests
  • Interested family members
  • Private equity interests
  • Obtaining approval by disinterested directors
  • Legal and practical compliance tips

Kerri A. McClellan (Leader), Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, Crowley Maritime Corporation

Lawrence M. Molinari, Director, Perlick Corporation

2:30 - 3:30 pm
Concurrent Panels
 I. Annual Meeting Logistics
  • Goals and priorities for the meeting
  • Meeting format: in-person, virtual or hybrid
  • Meeting site selection, room set-up audio visual needs
  • Agenda, meeting script, rules of order
  • Security, staffing and admission requirements
  • Handling gadflies
  • Tabulating the vote and reporting results

Kenneth L. Wagner (Leader), Vice President & Corporate Secretary, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Keir D. Gumbs, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Christina M. Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Weatherford

Sponsored by Donnelley Financial Services

II. Private Companies: Succession Planning
  • Board and executive searches
  • Influence of private equity firms
  • Transition in family-owned companies
  • Operational Challenges

John R. Mayo (Leader), Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company

Lawrence M. Molinari, Director, Perlick Corporation

Mark R. Richards, President, Meade Street Advisors LLC

3:30 - 3:50 pm
Refreshment Break
3:50 - 5:00 pm
Taking Minutes
  • Purpose
  • Required elements
  • Form/style
  • Protecting privilege
  • Draft and review process
  • Draft destruction/director's notes and copies
  • Access to minutes and draft minutes
  • Storing and preserving minutes

Gina M. Merritt-Epps (Leader), Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, South Jersey Industries, Inc.

James F. Brashear, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Conifer Health Solutions

Barbara E. Mathews, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Edison International

Michael P. Matthews, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

5:00 - 5:45 pm
Concurrent Panels
I. Overview of Equity Compensation Plans
  • Types of equity awards: stock options, restricted stock, performance shares
  • Basic characteristics and advantages/disadvantages of each type
  • Federal tax consequences and accounting treatment
  • What shareholders expect to see in a plan

Adam R. Kokas (Leader), Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Human Resources Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.

Amy Bilbija, Managing Director, Strategic Governance Advisors,

Charles Tharp, Executive Vice President, HR Policy Association and Senior Advisor, Research & Practice, Center on Executive Compensation

II. ESG Reporting & Disclosure
  • Defining "stakeholder" and "corporate social responsibility"
  • Sustainable investment
  • CSR shareholder activism
  • UN Principles of Responsible Investment and UN Global Compact
  • Legislative and regulatory interest
  • Environmental disclosure, including GRI, SASB, CDP
  • Best practices in sustainability disclosure

Sarah A.B. Teslik (Leader), Of Counsel, Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Myra C. Bierria, Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Southern Company Gas

Granville J. Martin, Managing Director, Sustainable Finance, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

5:45 - 7:00
Networking Reception

Sponsored by MacKenzie Partners, Inc.

Friday, January 27, 2017

7:00 - 8:00 am
Breakfast Round-Table Discussions
  • Utilities
  • Technology
  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Private Companies
8:00 - 8:15 am 
WELCOME
8:15 - 9:00 am
Corporate Governance in a Trump Administration: What It Means for your Boardroom

Keir D. Gumbs, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

9:00 - 10:00 am
CONCURRENT PANELS
 I. Regulation & Disclosure Part II
  • Reg FD
  • Reg G
  • Insider Trading Policies
  • 10b5-1 Plans
  • Section 16 Compliance
    • Forms 3, 4, and 5
    • Form 144
    • Schedule 13D/G
    • Form 13H

Jeffrey Pochowicz (Leader), Senior Counsel, McDonald's Corporation

Brian V. Breheny, Partner, Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Katherine R. Kelly, Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Jeffrey M. Taylor, Chief SEC & Corporate Governance Counsel & Assistant Secretary, American Water Works Company, Inc.

II. Board Evaluation Processes/Procedures: Best Practices      
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Frequency
  • Conducted by whom?
  • Board refreshment
  • Design consideration

Byron Loflin (Leader), CEO, Center for Board Excellence

Gina M. Merritt-Epps, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, South Jersey Industries, Inc.

Timothy J. Ring, Vice President & Secretary, MetLife, Inc.

10:00 - 10:20 am
Refreshment Break
10:20 - 11:15 am  
CONCURRENT PANELS
 I. D&O Questionnaires & Related Party Transactions
  • D&O questionnaire process and content
  • Conflicts of interest
  • RPT analysis and reporting

Katherine R. Kelly (Leader), Vice President, Associate General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

Myra C. Bierria, Vice President, Corporate Secretary, Southern Company Gas

Tangela Richter, Deputy Corporate Secretary, American Express Company

II. More Minutes: Special Situations
  • Drafting resolutions and consents
  • Documenting executive sessions
  • Minutes in the M&A context
  • Handling dissents and conflicts of interests
  • Lessons learned / Q&A

Ning Chiu (Leader), Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Shelley J. Dropkin, Deputy Corporate Secretary, General Counsel, Corporate Governance, Citigroup Inc.

Christina M. Ibrahim, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Weatherford

11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Ask Me Anything
  • Seminar follow-up questions
  • Practice tips
  • Governance resources

Brian V. Breheny, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Robert B. Lamm, Co-Chair, Securities & Corporate Governance Practice, Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.

Barbara E. Mathews, Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Chief Governance Officer & Corporate Secretary, Edison International

12:15 pm
Adjourn and Buffet Lunch