Directors Forum Conference Agenda


5:00 – 6:00 pm

Opening Cocktail Reception

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Dinner and Keynote Speaker

David Greenberg, Chair, Governance and Risk Assessment Committee, Audit Committee Member, International Seaways; Managing Director, Cortina Partners LLC; Special Advisor, LRN


8:00 – 8:30 am

Registration & Networking

8:30 – 9:30 am

Breakfast & Keynote Speaker

Robert Jackson, Jr., Commissioner, US Securities & Exchange Commission in a Fireside Chat with Annalisa Barrett, Director, Thought Leadership, KPMG Board Leadership Center

9:30 – 9:45am


9:45 – 10:45 am

Panel: Human Capital Management

Michael J. Berthelot (Moderator) – Lead Independent Director, Fresh Del Monte Produce Company; Managing Principal, Corporate Governance Advisors Inc.
Meredith Miller – Chief Corporate Governance Officer, UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust
Michelle Sterling – Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Qualcomm, Inc.; Director, Digital Turbine
David Swinford – President & CEO, Pearl Meyer

10:45 – 11:00 am


11:00 am – 12:15 pm


Alice Fournier, Senior Vice President, Global Geometry

Panel: Raising the Digital IQ of the Board

Sally Sherry (Moderator) – Founder, Media Strategy Experts; former Anchor & Reporter for ABC, NBC & CBS
Steve Brass
President & Chief Operating Officer, WD-40 Company
Alice Fournier – Senior Vice President, Global Geometry
Dave Henderson
– Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Millennium Health
Nicole Monteforte – Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

12:15 – 1:30 pm

Lunch and Keynote Speaker (book signing of The Infinite Game to follow)


Simon Sinek, Optimist and Best Selling Author in a Fireside Chat with Garry Ridge, Chairman & CEO, WD-40 Company

1:30 – 2:00 pm

Break & Book Signing (The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek)

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Panel: Geopolitical Risks

Rick Bennett (Moderator) – President & CEO, ValueEdge Advisors: fmr CEO and Chairman, GMI Ratings
Holly Gregory – Partner & Co-Head of Global Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Group, Sidley Austin LLP
David Pendarvis
– Chief Administrative Officer, Global General Counsel, and Secretary, ResMed, Inc.; Director, WD-40 Company
Mark Rosenberg, PhD – CEO & Co-Founder, Geoquant Inc.

3:00 – 3:15 pm


3:15 – 4:15 pm

Panel: Investor Q&A / Shareholder Perspective

Peggy Foran
(Moderator) – Chief Governance Officer, SVP & Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial Inc.
Michael Garland
 – Assistant Comptroller for Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at New York City Office of the Comptroller
Christopher A. Wightman – Partner, PJT Camberview

4:15 – 4:30 pm


4:30 – 5:30 pm

Panel: Telling Your ESG Story

Frank Partnoy (Moderator) – Adrian A. Kragen Professor of Law, UC Berkeley & Affiliate Faculty, Berkeley Haas School of Business
Mary Hartman Morris – Investment Officer, California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS)
Denise Jackson – Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare; Chair, Corporate Governance Committee, Tractor Supply Company
Katie Schmitz Eulitt 
– Director, Investor Outreach, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)


8:00 – 9:00 am

Breakfast & Networking

9:00 – 10:00 am


Whitney Johnson, CEO, WLJ Advisors; “50 Most Influential Management Thinkers in the World,” Thinkers50; Fmr. Award-Winning Wall Street Equity Analyst

10:00 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:15 am

Panel: Building the Board for the Future

Sharad Jain (Moderator) – Partner, Governance Insights Center, PwC
Laurel McCarthy
– Senior Associate, Spencer Stuart
Phil Neiswender – President, The Center for Board Excellence (a Nasdaq Company)
Christa Steele
– Director, OFG Bancorp (NYSE: OFG), Recology, Tanimura & Antle

11:15 – 11:30 am


11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Closing Keynote

Diana B. Henriques, Award-Winning Financial Journalist and Best-Selling Author, The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust (made into an HBO film starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer)

Corporate Directors Forum is a San Diego-based, 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization founded in 1991. Its purpose is to help directors, and those who support them, build more effective boards through continuous learning and peer-networking. We believe that boards of directors are strategic assets of corporations, education makes better directors, better directors make boards more effective, and more effective boards make better corporations.

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