Directors Forum Conference Agenda


7:30 am – 8:30 am

Self-Serve Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:40 am

Opening Comments

8:40 am – 9:30 am

KEYNOTE: Adam Bryant
Managing Director, The ExCo Group; New York Times Bestselling Author; Fmr. Journalist, The New York Times

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Panel: The Future of Strategy
Long-Term Planning In A Black Swan World

10:30 am – 10:40 am


10:40 am – 11:30 am

Panel: What Comes After Z?
Attracting, Engaging, and Retaining the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Roundtables: Leading and Managing Through Ceaseless Turbulence

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

LUNCH & KEYNOTE: Paula Boggs
Founder, Boggs Media, LLC; Fmr. Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Starbucks Corporation; Director, Various

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Panel: Is the Bloom Off the ESG Rose?
Exploring the Implications of Sustainability Backlash, Whiplash & Retrenchment

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Panel: They Said What?!
Whether and How Businesses Leaders Should Comment on Hot-Button Social Issues (or Any Issues)

4:00 pm – 4:10 pm


4:10 pm – 5:00 pm

Roundtables: Balancing Conflicting Stakeholder Expectations
What to Do and What to Say?

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

President & CEO, BSR; Director, We Mean Business Coalition; Member, CEO Advisory Board, SAP and Recruit Holdings; Author


7:30 am – 8:30 am

Self-Serve Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:30 am

KEYNOTE: Holly Gregory
Partner & Co-Chair, Global Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Practice, Sidley Austin LLP

9:30 am – 10:20 am

Panel: A Fresh Look at Activism and Its Impacts Inside Boardrooms and C-Suites

10:20 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Panel: What’s Happening at the SEC, and Why Boards, Executives, and Shareholders Should Care

11:30 am – 12:20 pm

Roundtables: How Governance Trends Are Impacting Your Business

12:20 pm – 12:30 pm


12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch and Christina de Vaca’s Retirement Celebration

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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