OCTOBER Chapter Event

Date:  Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Registration begins at 11:30am

Location: Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen, 1212 Waugh Dr., Houston, TX 77019


Topic:  The Latest Trends in Board Development: Best Practices in Evaluations, Onboarding, Training, Exit Interviewing

Best practices for strong board development have grown from generic self-evaluations to identifying strengths and weaknesses and orienting and training each member so that the entire board achieves its mission. This group of expert panelists explores the challenges faced by companies in recruiting the right people to serve on their boards and the importance of director education and development through reviewing best practices from other boards, evaluating board member needs and skills, and identifying and evaluating opportunities for workshops and training programs. We encourage you to invite your directors, governance committees and CEOs to this event, which provides for a strategic collaboration as you continue to develop a more effective, knowledgeable board.


Emily Leitch, Jones Day
Emily Leitch advises issuers and underwriters in a variety of public and private securities transactions, as well as M&A transactions, including stock and asset purchases and sales, joint ventures, and private equity investments. In 2017, Emily was selected by Law360 as one of the top five lawyers in the nation under the age of 40 in the area of capital markets. She also regularly advises boards of directors, special committees and management teams on corporate governance matters and is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), TriCities Chapter. For more information about Emily please click here. For more information about Emily please click here.

Kelly Turner, Jones Day
For over a decade, Kelly Turner has advised clients in complex capital markets transactions as well as day-to-day disclosure obligations and corporate governance matters. Her experience advising a diverse range of companies and financial institutions spans a variety of public and private transactions, including 144A offerings, public high yield and investment-grade debt offerings, equity offerings, tender offers, exchange offers, debt restructurings, corporate reorganizations, and M&A transactions. Kelly also regularly advises public companies and other organizations on SEC reporting requirements, corporate governance matters, and stock exchange rules and regulations. For more information about Kelly please click here.

Steve Cross, Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.
For over 25 years, Steve has served as the outside advisor to the board of directors and executive management in the design and ongoing administration of executive compensation programs. He provides independent advice to clients on a full range of topics related to executive compensation such as: annual and long-term incentive plan design, equity compensation, severance arrangements, corporate governance, compensation strategy, competitive analysis, public disclosures, and foreign domicile related issues. He has served a wide range of clients that include publicly traded as well as privately held companies, ranging in size from small cap to Fortune 100. For more information about Steve please click here.

Suzanne Nimocks, Rowan (Board)
Ms. Nimocks was formerly a Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, from June 1999 to March 2010, and was with the firm in various capacities since 1989, including as a leader of the firm’s Global Petroleum Practice, Electric Power & Natural Gas Practice, as well as the Global Organization Practice. Ms. Nimocks served on several of the firm’s worldwide personnel committees for many years and formerly served as the Houston Office Manager. She chaired the environmental committee of the Greater Houston Partnership, the primary advocate of Houston’s business community, until the end of 2010. Ms. Nimocks is currently a board member for Encana Corporation, Rowan Companies Plc, Owens Corning, and ArcelorMittal, all listed companies. She has a degree in economics from Tufts University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Members: $40
Non-members: $45
Members and non-members can register using the registration link.
Nonmembers can also join the Society at a discounted rate, $625, for the first year by adding it to the registration.

*Members who prepaid and registered for the luncheon series are already treated as registered for this October luncheon.

Registration will close Friday, October 6th, or earlier, if reservations exceed capacity. In order to effectively manage our reservations and luncheon orders, please let us know by Friday, October 6th if you need to cancel your reservation. If you cancel before October 6th, you will still be billed for the luncheon, but we will credit you for a future luncheon. No refunds will be made after you register and no credit for future luncheons will be given for no-shows or cancellations made on or after October 6th. No exceptions so that we are able to continue to provide the critical content and lunch quality we strive to maintain.

Contact Orionis Mercado at omercado@societycorpgov.org or at 212-681-2010 if you have any questions about registration.

CLE: Application has been made to the Texas State Bar for one hour of CLE Credit.

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Future Chapter Meetings
Wednesday, November 8, 2017* “Brace for 2018: Proxy Drafting and Pay Ratio Disclosure” (Panel)
Wednesday, December 6, 2017* “SEC Update” – Shamoil Shipchandler, Regional Director, Fort Worth Regional Office at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Wednesday, January 10, 2018* “2017 Proxy Review, 2018 Predictions, and ISS Voting Policy Updates” – John Roe, Managing Director, Head of ISS Analytics, Institutional Shareholder Services
Thursday, February 8, 2018 Social Networking Evening Event
Thursday, April 19, 2018 2018 Annual Meeting Dinner
*Designates chapter luncheon included in prepayment option

**Topics, speakers and locations are subject to change.

Send questions to Dagan Manahl at dmanahl@slb.com or 832-244-4301.


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