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Equilar Board Leadership Forum, New York

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Westin Times Square

270 West 43rd Street

New York, NY 10036

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The Board's Role in Driving Change

Equilar and Nasdaq are excited to host the 5th Board Leadership Forum to empower public company board members, general counsel and corporate secretaries to drive success in their organizations.

Today’s boards face a seemingly never-ending set of risks, governance decisions and strategic initiatives as a result of investors’ growing emphasis on board transparency, accountability and independence. The goal of the Board Leadership Forum is to help participants build higher performing boards through improved processes, strengthened director evaluations and recruitment efforts, and more effective shareholder engagement.

Impacting positive change that extends beyond boardroom walls starts with aligning board composition to a company’s strategy, driving boards to reassess director succession planning, recruitment and onboarding processes, as well as how to overcome potential barriers.

Join Equilar and Nasdaq to explore these issues and more through a comprehensive and interactive agenda that promises unique opportunities to network and exchange new ideas and solutions with other public company board members and executives.

September 12, 2017
Westin Times Square
New York, NY


Monday, September 11, 2017

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception (Venue to be announced)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

Boards that Lead: What Do Investors Want to See from Directors?

This session will shed light on key factors investors consider in voting decisions, including perceived director independence, levels of expertise, shareholder responsiveness, and over-boarding concerns. Panelists will also weigh in on why boards must address deficits in board composition to eliminate vulnerabilities and enhance the board’s value to shareholders.

9:50 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.

Board Diversity and Leadership: Tips from the NFL

This insightful panel discussion will share valuable takeaways from the NFL’s efforts to increase diversity at top coaching and operational positions. Don’t miss relevant lessons boards can learn to improve their director recruitment efforts, create more productive meetings and ensure well-functioning, results-driven boards.

10:35 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Networking Break

10:55 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Activism and Shareholder Value: Key Considerations for Boards

The quickening pace of activist settlements shows how dissident shareholders are reshaping the way chief executives manage their businesses and their boardrooms. This panel will evaluate proactive measures boards can put in place to minimize becoming a target, including capital allocation priorities, governance decisions and other strategic communication initiatives, as well as shed light on what it’s like to engage with activists on the board.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch and Keynote – Luis Aguilar, Former SEC Commissioner

1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Board Evaluations: Keeping the Board Cutting-Edge

As investors continue to emphasize the need for board refreshment, boards must develop a more strategic approach to board succession planning – starting with the board evaluation process. This panel will share perspectives on how boards can best use individual, committee and board evaluations to identify gaps, strengthen individual directors’ contributions to the board, and address any shareholder concerns around board composition to ensure the right board team is in place.

1:50 p.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Framing the Conversation: Risk and Strategy in the Boardroom

To remain competitive in today’s fast-paced landscape, boards must regularly discuss how to balance strategy with risk. This panel will share tips on how directors can ensure they are fulfilling their risk oversight responsibilities as they weigh strategic growth options and impact change beyond the boardroom walls.

2:35 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Networking Break

2:55 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Table Talk: Peer Insights on Director Recruitment

Attendees will divide into small peer groups to discuss their processes for recruiting the right talent for current and future situations, including a discussion on. Learn how to improve your director recruitment processes with search firms, peer networks and other tactics.

3:25 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Director Pay: Balancing Ownership and Incentives with Objectivity

Over the past few years, director compensation has shifted and now includes a heavier mix of equity in the past. Even if director equity vests on a time-based schedule and is not directly based on performance, ultimately board members’ compensation and personal worth will be tied to stock price performance over time. With recent director compensation-related litigation, this panel will look at considerations boards should take into account when setting their own pay.

4:05 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Maximizing Shareholder Support: The Keys to Effective Engagement

With the annual proxy season drawing to an end around the time of this Forum, this panel will share key take-aways from annual meeting season and provide valuable tips on how to most effectively engage investors on key issues outside proxy season, as well as how to respond to any negative feedback received.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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