From Battlefield to Boardroom

From Battlefield to Boardroom

Washington, DC

2019-02-20 17:00 - 2019-02-22 17:00

From Battlefield to Boardroom is an exclusive board development program designed to prepare retired and soon-to-retire military flag and general officers to serve in the boardroom. Join NACD and your peers in Washington, DC for an evening of networking and cocktails, followed by two days of programming. The agenda will focus on topics ranging from boardroom basics to more complex issues of strategy, oversight and stakeholder management.

Attendees will interact with directors and corporate governance professionals who have years of hands-on experience as well as access to mentorship and networking opportunities with experienced flag and general officers-turned-board members.

Who Should Attend?

Why Attend this Unique Program?

NACD’s From the Battlefield to the Boardroom Board Development Program helps prepare you for boardroom service. Aspiring directors will learn the ins and outs of the directorship profession and will be better equipped to position their military service to attract attention from executive recruiters and board directors. Existing directors will enhance their knowledge of corporate governance through connections with leading boardroom professionals.

Learn from fellow retired military flag and general officers-turned-boardroom leaders, leading directors and governance professionals in a small, personal setting, ideal for fostering connections with peers and mentors. Existing board members looking to extend their level of service benefit from industry leading programming and the exclusive opportunity to connect with governance professionals.

Benefits of Attending

Steering Committee



As the leading provider of director education for those serving on public and private company boards, coupled with 40 years of primary research and the guidance and expertise of our esteemed military advisory council, NACD is uniquely positioned to execute this important board development program for recently retired and soon-to-retire military flag and general officers. NACD wants to help make qualified flag and general officers into rising board members.


Topics include:


Profile - Henry Stoever Henry Stoever Chief Marketing Officer, NACD; Director Boulder Crest Retreat, United States Naval Academy Foundation Henry Stoever is the chief marketing officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). As a customer-centric marketing professional, Stoever has more than 20 years of leadership experience in public, private, and nonprofit companies. At NACD, his team is focused on clearly articulating unique value to NACD members and prioritized projects. Stoever is a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry platoon commander and company executive officer. He was awarded the U.S. Navy's Commendation Medal with Combat "V" for leading Marines in action during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.
Profile - Steven R. Walker Steven R. Walker General Counsel & Managing Director, Board Services Group, NACD; Director, ContractRoom, Objective Interface Systems Steven R. Walker is general counsel of NACD and managing director of NACD's Board Advisory and Recruitment Services. He leads the Board Advisory Services faculty in providing counsel to board leaders and C-suite executives on a wide range of strategic governance matters. Walker has served as a senior executive or general counsel to entities ranging from private equity backed corporations to the Fortune 100. Steve also served as an Attorney-Advisor to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2001 to 2004. Walker is a frequent public speaker on the topics of board governance, performance, composition, and strategic influence. He currently sits on the boards of Objective Interface Systems Inc. and ContractRoom. He has served on the Orange Bowl Committee, the Association of Corporate Counsel–Michigan Chapter, and the Friends of the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts–Miami. Walker has been designated a Board Leadership and Governance Fellow by NACD.
Profile - Rochelle Campbell Rochelle Campbell Senior Manager of Board Recruitment Services NACD Rochelle Campbell leads the National Association of Corporate Directors' (NACD) Board Recruitment practice. She has placed directors on corporate boards ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 companies and spanning a breadth of industries including construction, technology, energy, insurance, financial services, and global manufacturing. Eighty percent of NACD's placements in 2015 were diversity candidates. Campbell has advised more than 3,000 boards on leading governance practices and board composition. She also coaches more than 270 military flag and one- to four-star general officers, helping them to successfully transition their military experience into the private sector. Rochelle is a director of Child Steps International, an international nonprofit supporting children and communities in Liberia. She chairs their communications committee.
Profile - Warren Phillips Warren Phillips Lead Director CACI International Inc. Warren R. Phillips is a director of CACI International Inc. He served as CFO of the Albanian-Macedonian-Bulgarian Oil Pipeline Corp., a $1.5 billion crude-oil pipeline developer. Earlier, he was CEO and chair of Advanced Blast Protection Inc., which produced conventional and unconventional bullet-resistant glass, modular vehicle armor, and specialized armored vehicles. Phillips also served as executive vice chair and CFO of Maryland Moscow Inc., a 501(c)(3) educational and financial training venture in the newly evolving countries of the former Soviet Union. Phillips has been a professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, where he also served as AVP for Administration for the University System and as VP for Academics for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Profile - Michael Pocalyko Michael Pocalyko CEO SI Michael Pocalyko is a decorated U.S. Navy pilot and a retired commander. Pocalyko is CEO of SI, a professional services firm and government contractor in the information technology, cybersecurity, investigations, and intelligence sectors, operating with business units Special Investigations, SI Cyber, and Enterprise Applications. He was Chairman and CEO of Monticello Capital, and a corporate director and the audit committee chair at Herley Industries Inc. and Challenger Corp. Pocalyko previously chaired Erdevel Europa SARL in Luxembourg and Saudi Arabia, TherimuneX Pharmaceuticals Inc., Advanced Environmental Resources Inc., and Enterprise Applications, Inc. He is a certified fraud examiner and a Sarbanes-Oxley audit committee financial expert. Pocalyko is also an author—his best-selling novel, The Navigator (2013), is a financial thriller. He is a member of the NACD Board Advisory Services and teaching faculty, and an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Profile - Randy Manner Randy Manner Executive Leadership Coach; Major General US Army (Ret.) Randy Manner helps executives and leadership teams increase their potential and quality of leadership with the goal of meaningful and positive impact on employees, clients, and the bottom line. He was a senior partner at Korn Ferry and coached executives as they transitioned to more senior levels. For 16 years he worked for American Management Systems (AMS). He was serving as business unit vice president when he departed AMS in September 2001 to return to active military duty. Prior to retiring from the Army as a major general, Manner served as the deputy commanding general of the United States 3rd Army in Kuwait, as the acting vice chief of the National Guard Bureau, and as the acting and deputy director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He is a strategic advisor at John Hopkins University and on several advisory boards. Manner is an International Coaching Federation certified coach.


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