August 2020 Virtual Master Class

August 2020 Virtual Master Class

2020-08-20 11:00 - 2020-08-21 16:30



Profile - James Lam James Lam Chair Risk Oversight Committee, E*TRADE Financial Corp.; Chair, Audit Committee, RiskLens James C. Lam is the president of James Lam & Associates and a director and risk oversight committee chair of E*TRADE Financial. Lam is also a director and audit committee chair of RiskLens. He previously served as founder and president of ERisk, partner of Oliver Wyman, and chief risk officer of Fidelity Investments. Lam was named the inaugural “Risk Manager of the Year" by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (1997), to the “100 Most Influential People in Finance" by Treasury & Risk magazine (2005, 2006, and 2008), and to the NACD Directorship 100 (2017 and 2018). He is the author of several best-selling books. Lam’s latest book is Implementing Enterprise Risk Management (2017). In addition to serving on NACD’s faculty, Lam is on the Carnegie Mellon University faculty for their Chief Risk Officer Executive Certification Program. Lam is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Profile - Susan Paley Susan Paley Vice President, Chapter Network NACD Susan Paley is NACD's vice president of chapter network. She and her team partner with NACD chapter boards to deliver world-class programs to directors in more than 35 cities. Before joining NACD, Susan was a television producer and scriptwriter, working for the BBC, Discovery Networks Europe, C-SPAN, and the World Bank.
Profile - Melody Meyer Melody Meyer Director, BP PLC, AbbVie Inc., National Oilwell Varco; President Melody Meyer Energy LLC Melody Boone Meyer joined the boards of BP, AbbVie, and National Oilwell Varco as a nonexecutive director in 2017. She serves as a trustee of Trinity University and on the board of the National Bureau of Asian Research. Meyer is president of two companies: Melody Meyer Energy LLC and Women with Energy LLC. Meyer retired from Chevron after 37 years of distinguished service with extensive leadership expertise in global upstream operations, strategic and business planning, major capital project execution, capital allocation, and in delivering superior financial results. From 2011–2016, she was president of Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production. Previously, she was president of Chevron Energy Technology Co. and vice president, Gulf of Mexico and US Mid-Continent strategic business units. She held key international operations leadership assignments in Tengiz, Kazakhstan, and Angola. WomenInc. magazine named Meyer to its list of the Most Influential Corporate Board Directors in 2018.
Profile - Scott Lenet Scott Lenet Founder and President Touchdown Ventures Scott Lenet cofounded Touchdown Ventures in 2014. He began his venture capital career in 1992 as the first associate at Geocapital Partners, a late-stage venture capital firm focused on technology investments. In 2002, he cofounded DFJ Frontier, an early-stage fund making West Coast investments for the DFJ Network. Lenet also worked in product marketing for Trilogy Software and was the cofounder and CEO of, which was acquired by Cybergold. Lenet also cofounded the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), where he was an adjunct for seven years at the Graduate School of Management. He currently teaches at the Marshall School at the University of Southern California. He serves on the boards of Touchdown Ventures, GameSalad Inc., NinthDecimal Inc., and BOOM! Studios, and on the advisory board for the dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis.
Profile - Jane Sadowsky Jane Sadowsky Founder, Gardener Advisory LLC; Director Yamana Gold Inc., Nexa Resources Jane Sadowsky was a Wall Street investment banker for nearly 25 years before retiring in 2011 from Evercore Partners as a senior managing director. Prior to joining Evercore, Sadowsky was a managing director of Citigroup’s Investment Bank and cohead of its North America Power & Utility group. She began her career in investment banking at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. Sadowsky is an independent director of Yamana Gold Inc., serving on its audit and its governance and nominating committees. She is a director of the NYISO and a former director of Petrofac. Sadowsky has provided expert testimony to the World Court at The Hague. She received a Wharton Women in Business Award (2006) and serves on the Wharton Women’s Leadership Council.
Profile - Nora Denzel Nora Denzel Director Ericsson Inc., Advanced Micro Devices Inc., NortonLifeLock, NACD Northern California Chapter Nora M. Denzel is a public board director of Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and Ericsson. She heads the compensation committee at AMD and serves on the technology committee of Ericsson. Prior public board service includes Redbox (where she also served as interim CEO), Overland Storage, and Saba Software. She is on the advisory board for BBVA (a global bank based in Spain) and on the board of the NACD Northern California Chapter. Prior to full-time board work, Denzel worked for more than 25 years in the Silicon Valley. Her last position was as the senior vice president of Big Data and Social Product design at Intuit (the makers of TurboTax and Quicken software). She has also held executive-level positions at HP Enterprise and IBM.
Profile - Neil Stewart Neil Stewart Director of Corporate Outreach Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Neil Stewart joined the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board in 2020 as its New York-based director of corporate outreach, bringing more than 25 years of experience in and around investor relations and corporate governance. Previously, he was at Citigroup as vice president of the IR Advisory on the ADR team, helping non-US issuers to develop strategies for investor relations and environmental, social, and governance issues. Formerly the editorial and research director of both IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary magazine, Stewart is well known for having led a global lineup of conferences and awards events. Stewart is a board member of NIRI NY, the New York chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute. He has lived in Montreal, London, and New York.
Profile - Kevin Depew Kevin Depew Deputy Chief Economist RSM Kevin Depew is the deputy chief economist for RSM US LLP. Prior to joining RSM, Depew worked in economics for Bloomberg LP, where he helped create the Bloomberg Brief economics newsletter. Depew has also worked for Dorsey Wright and Associates, PaineWebber, and A. G. Edwards. His former roles include chief strategist, director of research, financial markets analyst, and portfolio manager. Depew is also an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer.
Profile - Dawn Zier Dawn Zier Director Prestige Consumer Healthcare Inc., Spirit Airlines Inc., Hain Celestial Group Inc. Bio Coming Soon.
Profile - Amanda Cimaglia Amanda Cimaglia Managing Director, ESG Solebury Trout Amanda Cimaglia currently leads Solebury Trout’s ESG 360 practice. She is a sought-after expert speaker on the topic of best practices in investor relations and ESG integration from the corporate perspective. Prior to joining Solebury Trout, Cimaglia served as the head of investor relations and ESG at Hannon Armstrong. During her seven-year tenure at Hannon Armstrong, Cimaglia participated in raising more than $1 billion in the public capital markets. Notably, she built an award-winning investor-relations program, garnering the 2019 Best Overall Investor Relations (Small Cap) Award and recognition as a finalist for Best ESG Reporting at the IR Magazine 2019 US Awards. She was also a finalist for the 2018 Rising Star of Investor Relations Award. Cimaglia has served as a member of the ESG working groups of both the American Council on Renewable Energy and the New York Stock Exchange.
Profile - John Rodi John Rodi Leader KPMG Audit Committee Institute John H. Rodi is the audit partner in charge of KPMG’s Chicago Metro Business Unit. He has more than 25 years of experience with KPMG, primarily serving publicly traded financial services clients, and specializing in banking, investment banking, and asset management. In addition, Rodi is the leader of KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute (ACI), which is part of the KPMG Board Leadership Center. Focusing on the audit committee and the director community more broadly, ACI engages with directors to help articulate their challenges and promote continuous improvement. Prior to joining KPMG in Chicago, Rodi worked in KPMG’s New York and London offices, and also completed a rotation in KPMG’s National Office. He sits on the board of directors of the Lincoln Park Zoo (where he serves on the finance committee and the executive committee) and of Junior Achievement of Chicago (where he serves on the audit committee).
Profile - Frank Jaehnert Frank Jaehnert Director Itron Inc., Nordson Corp., Briggs & Stratton Corp. Frank Jaehnert was president and CEO of Brady Corp., an international manufacturer of identification solutions, from 2003 until 2013. Before that, he served as the firm’s chief financial officer and as a divisional president. Prior to joining Brady in 1995, he held various financial positions in Germany and the United States at Robert Bosch GMBH, a multinational engineering and electronics company. Jaehnert serves on the boards of Nordson, Briggs & Stratton, Itron, National Material LP, NACD Chicago Chapter, and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He was a regional winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year program in 2008, and has been a regional, national, and world judge of the program for many years.
Profile - Mary Winston Mary Winston Director Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., Bed Bath and Beyond Inc., Acuity Brands Inc., Domtar Corp., Dover Corp.; President, WinsCo Enterprises Inc.; Chair, NACD Carolinas Chapter Mary A. Winston currently serves on the boards of Acuity Brands Inc., Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., Chipotle Mexican Grill, Dover Corp., and Domtar Corp. Winston also serves as chair of the NACD Carolinas Chapter, and she is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. Winston previously served as interim CEO at Bed Bath & Beyond, and as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Family Dollar Stores Inc., Giant Eagle Inc., and Scholastic Corp. Winston has also held senior executive-level positions with Visteon Corp. and with Pfizer Inc., after starting her career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Co. Among other honors, Winston has been named among the Most Powerful Women in Business, the Most Influential People in Finance, and the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors. She has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box and Bloomberg Radio and has been quoted in Reuters Business News and the Wall Street Journal .
Profile - Jannice Koors Jannice Koors Senior Managing Director and Western Region President Pearl Meyer Jannice Koors is a senior managing director with Pearl Meyer and president of the firm’s Western Region. She advises company boards and management teams on all aspects of strategic human capital decision making. Koors has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. She has appeared on CNN’s MoneyLine and NBC Nightly News, and has spoken at numerous seminars on executive and director compensation issues. Koors is an NACD Governance Fellow, and serves as faculty for NACD’s Director Professionalism® and Master Class programs. She is also responsible for Pearl Meyer’s annual Director Compensation Report, published in conjunction with NACD. She has been named to the NACD D100® 12 times. Koors is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council, on the board of The Big Shoulders Fund in Chicago, and serves on the advisory board for the Berger Institute of Claremont McKenna College.
Profile - Evelyn Dilsaver Evelyn Dilsaver Director Temper Sealy International Inc., HealthEquity Inc., Bailard Real Estate Investment Trust Inc. ARO Liquidation Inc. Evelyn Dilsaver is a former chief financial officer of US Trust, a former executive vice president of Charles Schwab, and a former president and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management. Recognized in the community for her leadership, she has received numerous honors, including the Outstanding Director Award (2014) from the San Francisco Times. Currently, Dilsaver sits on the boards of Tempur Sealy International Inc., HealthEquity Inc., Blue Shield of California, and Bailard REIT, and she serves as an advisor for Protiviti. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Northern California Chapter.
Profile - Jonathan Wyatt Jonathan Wyatt Managing Director Protiviti Bio coming soon.
Profile - Michael Aiello Michael Aiello Chair Corporate Department, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Bio coming soon.
Profile - Dick Patton Dick Patton Co-Head, Global CEO Practice Egon Zehnder Dick Patton leads Egon Zehnder's global CEO Practice. He partners with clients on CEO succession, advisory, and search, in addition to providing board consulting and search, talent assessment, and recruitment of senior-level executives. Patton previously led the firm's global Consumer Practice and cofounded Egon Zehnder's Chief Marketing Officers Practice. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Patton held management, marketing, and business development roles at Coca-Cola and Frito-Lay. He has also worked in start-ups and an advertising agency, and published two speeches in the Congressional Record while working for the US Senate. Patton is a frequent speaker, and his insights on talent development, functional evolution, and recruitment have appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek, the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and other publications.
Profile - Lisa Blais Lisa Blais Head, US Board Practice Egon Zehnder Lisa Blais leads Egon Zehnder’s US Board Practice and serves on the firm’s board of directors. Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Blais spent more than twenty years with global industrial manufacturing companies, holding roles in engineering, sales and marketing, and general management. Most recently, Blais was president of the Flow Control Division within ITT, a global pump business that served the marine, industrial and beverage markets. Prior to that, she served as president of the global Commercial Electronics Division that produced switch and connector products. Blais previously ran a significant portion of this business, C&K Switch Products, as general manager. Blais began her career on the factory floor as a manufacturing engineer. Blais currently serves on the board of the NACD New England Chapter and was named to the 2018 NACD Directorship 100â„¢. She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Profile - Marcel Bucsescu Marcel Bucsescu Director, Credentialing and Strategic Content NACD Marcel Bucsescu is the director of credentialing and strategic content for NACD, leading NACD’s Directorship Certificationâ„¢ program, NACD Fellowship®, NACD’s Fortune 500 Advisory Councils, and providing strategic oversight of select content offerings for NACD members. Before joining NACD, Bucsescu served as co-program director of The Conference Board’s Chief Legal Officers Council for 12 years. He has also served as executive director of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. For the last decade, his work has addressed environmental, social, and governance issues; risk management; cybersecurity; shareholder activism; and corporate governance with boards and members of the C-suite.