Directors Forum Conference Agenda

Directors Forum 2019 Agenda

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13, 2019

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Opening Cocktail Reception

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego

6:00pm

Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Robert Jackson Jr., Commissioner, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019

8:00am

Breakfast & Registration

8:30 – 9:40am

Plenary Session – The Shareholder Perspective
Moderator

Jon Lukomnik, Managing Partner, Sinclair Capital, LLC; Executive Director, Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute

Panelists (Additional Panelists TBD)

Aeisha Mastagni, Portfolio Manager, Corporate Governance, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
Lyndon Park, Managing Director, Head of Governance Advisory Services, ICR, Inc.
Darren Robbins, Partner, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP

9:40 – 9:50am

Break

9:50 – 10:50am

Plenary Session – Global Risk Factors: Preparing for the Unpredictable
Moderator

Megan Gates, Co-Chair, Securities & Capital Markets Practice, Mintz

Panelists (Additional panelists TBD)

James A. Lawrence, Chair, Great North Star LLC; fmr Director, International Airline Group; Director, Avnet; Director, Smurfit Kappa; fmr Chair, Rothschild North America
Veena Ramani, 
Program Director, Capital Market Systems, Ceres, Inc.

10:50 – 11:00am

Break

11:00am – 12:00pm

Plenary Session – What Directors Need to Know about Blockchain
Moderator

Grainne McNamara, Principal, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Leader, PwC

Panelists

Jeff Mahony, CEO & Co-Founder, UBIQUICOIN
Patrick Schwerdtfeger, Business Futurist, Trend Mastery Inc.; Author, Anarchy, Inc.: Profiting in a Decentralized World with Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

12:00 – 1:30pm

Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Ray Cameron, Head of Investment Stewardship – The Americas, BlackRock

1:30 – 1:40pm

Break

1:40 – 2:40pm

Plenary Session – The Evolution of Activism and What’s Ahead for Businesses of All Sizes
Moderator

Richard Bennett, President & CEO, ValueEdge Advisors: fmr CEO and Chairman, GMI Ratings

Panelists (Additional Panelists TBD)

Chris Cernich, Founding Partner & Managing Director, Strategic Governance Advisors; fmr Managing Director, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)
Andrew Shapiro, President, Lawndale Capital Management, LLC
Glenn W. Welling, Principal & Chief Investment Officer, Engaged Capital; Director, TiVo Corporation; Director, The Hain Celestial Group

2:40 – 2:50pm

Break

2:50 – 3:50pm

Case Study:  The Board’s Role in Strategy – How Did GE Get it So Wrong?
Moderator

Michael Berthelot, Director, Fresh Del Monte Produce Company; CEO, Cito Capital Corp; Managing Principal, Corporate Governance Advisors, Inc.

Panelists

Natasha Lasensky; Project Manager, Software and Web Development, PINT, Inc.; MBA Candidate, UCSD Rady School of Management
Linda Riefler,
Director, MSCI, Inc. & CSX Corporation; fmr Chairman of Global Research, Morgan Stanley
Paul Somers; 
Head of Programs, GKN Aerospace; MBA Candidate, UCSD Rady School of Management
David Swinford,
President and CEO, Pearl Meyer & Partners

3:50 – 4:00pm

Break

4:00 – 5:00pm

Debate – Does it Make Sense to Mandate “Good”?
Moderator

Phillip Rudolph, EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Jack in the Box Inc.

Debaters

Kimberly Gladman, Research Director, 50/50 Climate Project

5:00 – 5:30pm

Cocktail Reception

5:30pm

Dinner and Keynote Speaker

Lenny Comma, Chairman, President & CEO, Jack in the Box Inc.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019

8:00am

Breakfast & Registration

9:00 – 10:00am

Keynote Speaker

Sally Q. Yates, Partner, Special Matters & Government Investigations, King & Spalding LLP; Former Deputy Attorney General, US Department of Justice in a Fireside Chat with Donald J. Rosenberg, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Qualcomm, Inc.

10:00 – 10:15am

Break

10:15 – 11:15am

Plenary Session – The International Director: Bringing the Global Perspective to Every Board
Moderator

Robert McCormick, Managing Director, PJT CamberView; fmr Chief Policy Officer, Glass Lewis & Company

Panelists

George Anderson, Partner, Lead for Board Effectiveness Services, Spencer Stuart
Ahmad Abu-Ghazeleh
, Chair, United Cables Industries Company; Chair, Augustus Management International; CEO, ARABWINGS-International Wings Group; Vice Chair & CEO, Abdali Celemenceau Hospital Project
Karin Eastham, Director, Illumina, Inc.; Veracyte, Inc.; Geron Corporation

11:15 – 11:30am

Break

11:30 – 12:30pm

Keynote Speaker

John Carreyrou, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Author, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

12:30pm

Closing Remarks & Boxed Lunches

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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