2018 Essentials Seminar

2018 Essentials



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 who 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




UPDATE: The room block at Disney's BoardWalk Inn is full. Overflow rooms are booking at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, based on availability. Reserve here. The Society will advise if shuttle service to Essentials will be provided.

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

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.

Why Attend Essentials? Why are Corporate Secretaries Important? Watch these short videos!

Organizational Partners


Event Sponsors


Diligent Corporation

Diligent is the leading provider of secure corporate governance and collaboration solutions for boards and senior executives. Over 4,800 clients and 140,000 users 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 iPad, Windows and web tools, removing the security concerns of doing this by courier, email and file sharing. Diligent provides a full suite of corporate governance tools, including solutions for D&O questionnaires, board evaluations and secure messaging.

Deloitte Center for Board Effectiveness

In a world of innovation, disruption and uncertainty, the Center‘s programs, insights and offerings help board members contribute more effectively in the areas of governance and audit, strategy, risk, succession and compensation. The Center for Board Effectiveness helps directors deliver value to the organizations they serve through a portfolio of high quality, innovative experiences throughout their tenure as board members.

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 intuitive 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.

PwC's Governance Insights Center

Our Governance Insights Center supports you with the governance knowledge to answer tough questions and tackle complex challenges. Learn from our network of subject-matter experts, business leaders and experienced peers as they share their insights and latest thinking on current issues. Beyond governance, we help directors and investors alike better understand new financial accounting standards so they can make better oversight and investment decisions. You can count on us to help you connect all the dots for a more complete perspective—and step ahead with confidence.


Argyle is the advisory and design service of DG3. We advise corporations on the effective communication of corporate governance. We propose restructuring and design solutions to help corporations communicate messages in SEC disclosure documents, digital media and investor communications.  Our services enable clients to be more effective by offering time-saving, easy to use and dependable solutions for the preparation, production and printing of SEC disclosure documents. Our proprietary technologies include Disclosure 2.0, which enables users to prepare elegant disclosures collaboratively in Microsoft Word, and our Graphics Generator, which creates clear, impactful graphics in minutes for both SEC filings and other documents.

Argyle provided the printing of the Essentials brochure.


Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

Broadridge, a global fintech leader with $4 billion in revenue, provides communications, technology, data and analytics. We help drive business transformation with solutions for enriching customer engagement, navigating risk, optimizing efficiency and generating revenue growth. Broadridge is the only provider to support the entire corporate disclosure and communications life cycle with a single, integrated solution. Our proprietary data and technology support insight, compliance and governance while enhancing the shareholder experience. As the leading proxy solutions provider to the Fortune 500 and the second-largest EDGAR filer with the SEC, we are uniquely positioned to drive innovation and help corporations get ahead of today’s challenges and capitalize on what’s next.

Broadridge Financial Solutions sponsored Thursday’s lunch.


Computershare | Georgeson

Computershare and Georgeson are the world's foremost advisors for shareholder services. Our suite of solutions includes:

  • Investor Services: We drive efficiency, protect shareholder data and keep you ahead of industry developments.
  • Governance Services: We deliver ways to stay compliant and minimize risk through web based entity management, registered agent services, board governance and regulatory filing solutions.
  • Proxy Solicitation Services: We specialize in routine annual meeting solicitations as well as complex solicitations, including mergers and acquisitions, proxy fights and takeover defenses.

Computershare and Georgeson are co-sponsors of Essentials.



CSC® is the world’s leading provider of business, legal, tax, and digital brand services to companies around the globe. From keeping your business in compliance and streamlining operations, to protecting and promoting your brand online, we use our expertise and personal approach to help your business run smoother.  We are the trusted partner for 90% of the Fortune 500®, more than half of the Best Global Brands (Interbrand®), nearly 10,000 law firms, and more than 3,000 financial organizations. Headquartered in Delaware since 1899, we have offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region. We are the business behind business.

CSC sponsored Wednesday’s lunch.


Donnelley Financial Solutions

Donnelley Financial Solutions (NYSE: DFIN) provides software and services that enable clients to communicate with confidence in a complex regulatory environment. With 3,500 employees in 61 locations across 18 countries, we provide thousands of clients globally with innovative tools for content creation, management and distribution, as well as data analytics and multi-lingual translations services. Leveraging advanced technology, deep-domain expertise and 24/7 support, we deliver cost-effective solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients.

Donnelley Financial Solutions is a co-sponsor of Essentials.


The NuVo Group

The NuVo Group provides financial printing, digital publishing and EDGAR SEC electronic filing services to some of the world's most respected financial institutions. The company possess the tools, team and advanced technologies to ensure an exceptional customer experience — ease of process, rapid execution, regulatory compliance and uncompromising accuracy in ways that makes our clients’ jobs easier, and their printing and filing faster. Nuvo is proud to be named one of Inc 5000's Fastest Growing Private Companies.

The NuVo Group is the sponsor of the Essentials wifi & app.