NACD’s advancedMaster Class foundation course will convene highly experienced lead directors, board chairs, and committee chairs in downtown Chicago.
You’ll benefitfrom candid, peer-to-peer discussion, exclusive fireside chats with prominent CEOs, interactive simulations, and thought-provoking analysis of rapidly emerging disruptions affecting business strategy and long-term value creation.
Timely topics and the participation of renowned board leaders with deep and varied experience will offer an unparalleled forum—and the opportunity to gain practical insights and create “next practices” to lead your board through periods of rapid change and opportunity for innovation.
Attending NACD Master Class makes a strong statement to stakeholders about your dedication to exemplary board leadership and begins your path toward NACDBoard Leadership Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®.
This advanced thought-leadership forum offers a unique opportunity to share your experiential insights, gain actionable tools, and create “next practices” to reinvigorate board leadership strategies and lead your board through periods of rapid change and unprecedented opportunity for innovation.
Understand the board’s critical role in staying vigilant of disruptive forces in today’s dynamic, fast-paced, and tumultuous environment
Master the latest tools, metrics, and strategies needed to create a strategic asset board and optimize boardroom efficiency
Learn techniques that encourage respectful dissent and a free flow of ideas in the boardroom
Use real-world research to discover how you can leverage increasing shareowner activism, rapidly evolving technology, and the changing global environment for longterm sustainability
Learn to evaluate emerging risks and how to prioritize each in the context of your corporate strategy to ensure that your board calendar and processes align for effective risk oversight
Director of Strategic Content Development
Robyn Bew is director of Strategic Content Development for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She focuses on driving innovation in NACD’s thought leadership, including NACD’s Blue Ribbon Commission reports, Director’s Handbooks, and other proprietary research workstreams. Bew also leads NACD’s Advisory Councils and other multistakeholder dialogues on governance topics. Before joining NACD, Bew was a principal at Tapestry Networks, where she was a leader of the firm’s work on corporate governance and board-shareholder engagement issues. Earlier in her career, she was a senior director at the Corporate Executive Board and a management consultant at Monitor Group. Bew has been a featured presenter at conferences, including for such organizations as the International Corporate Governance Network, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the International Financial Risk Institute.
Founder and CEO
Meico Marquette Whitlock is a speaker and trainer on mindfulness, technology, and productivity. Whitlock is the founder and CEO of Mindful Techie, an organization that—through talks, workshops, and coaching—helps purpose-driven high achievers and organizations have an impact without burning out and being distracted by technology. Whitlock helps busy professionals and organizations integrate purpose, intention, and mindfulness into their day-to-day work in order to increase employee satisfaction, productivity, and work-life balance. He has been a featured speaker on ABC News, Fox 5, and Radio One, and has appeared on the main stage for events such as the Nonprofit Technology Conference.
Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc., Principal Financial Group
Bio coming soon.
Lead Independent Director, Audit Committee Chair
CoreSite Realty Corp.; Audit Committee Chair, Barnes & Noble Education Inc.
David A. Wilson currently serves as lead independent director of CoreSite Realty Corp. and is a director of Barnes & Noble Education Inc.; he chairs the audit committees of both companies. Wilson also has served as a director of Barnes & Noble Inc., Terra Industries Inc., and Laureate Education Inc. From 1995 to 2013 he served as CEO of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a nonprofit education association that provides the Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT. Prior to GMAC, Wilson was a managing partner with EY and served as the firm’s national director of professional development. He has been a faculty member of Queen’s University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Texas where he was tenured, and Harvard Business School. He is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and was honored as an NACD Directorship 100 in 2015.
Founder & CEO
Dot Brand 360
Jennifer Wolfe is CEO of Dot Brand 360, a digital agency and registrar, and principal of Wolfe Board Advisors, where she consults with boards and C-suite executives on digital and cybersecurity trends. She was previously the managing partner of patent law firm, Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby, and the first female president of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Capital Association. Her highly acclaimed books—Digital in the Boardroom (2016), Domain Names Rewired (2013), and Brand Rewired (2010—have been endorsed by senior executives from Microsoft, Uber, Procter & Gamble, and the Motion Picture Association of America. She has written a regular column in Click Z and Search Engine Watch about future digital trends and was named one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM magazine. She held leadership roles in ICANN, is part of the Direct Women Institute, and was an investor and director in technology start-ups. Wolfe is an NACD Governance Fellow.
Senior Managing Director & Atlantic Region Head
Pete Lupo is a senior managing director with Pearl Meyer and head of the firm’s Atlantic Region. Lupo has worked extensively with compensation committees and management covering a variety of needs, including the development of totalcompensation programs covering the senior leadership team, aligning pay to performance, designing annual and long-term incentive plans, developing board of director pay programs, and advising on change in control, executive benefits, perquisites, and governance-related matters. Before joining Pearl Meyer, Lupo held the National Compensation Practice leader role with Aon Consulting. He also has served as a principal and senior executive compensation consultant with Mercer Human Resources Consulting and as a benefits consultant at Towers Perrin.
Howard Brod Brownstein
The Brownstein Corp, NACD Philadelphia Chapter; Director, Merakey, P&F Industries, Inc.
Howard Brod Brownstein is president and founder of The Brownstein Corp., a nationally-known turnaround-management firm. Brownstein regularly serves as an independent director. He currently chairs the nominating and governance and the strategic planning and risk assessment committees of P&F Industries Inc., and serves on the board of Merakey. Previously, he was the audit chair of PICO Holdings Inc., and also sole board member of Betsey Johnson LLC. He chaired the audit committees of LMG2 LLC and Special Metals Corp., and served on the board of Magnatrax Corp. He has chaired the boards of the National Philanthropic Trust and a United Way agency, and was a director of a regional bank and a retail department store. He has published more than 80 articles, books, and chapters on turnaround management and corporate governance. Brownstein is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and president of the NACD Philadelphia Chapter.
Founder & CEO, GEC Risk Advisory; Ethics Advisor
Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico; Governance Chair, Epic Theatre Ensemble; Chair Emeritus, Ethics and Compliance Association
Andrea Bonime-Blanc is the CEO and founder of GEC Risk Advisory. She has held senior executive roles at Bertelsmann, PSEG, and Verint Systems and numerous board seats for 25 years. In 2017, she was appointed Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico. In both 2014 and 2015, the Ethisphere Institute recognized her as among the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics.” She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and governance faculty, a Carnegie Mellon CERT-Certificate in Cyber-Security Oversight holder, and a governance mentor at Plug & Play Tech Center. Additionally, she was named 2018 inaugural "Directors and Chief Risk Officers Exemplar" and a “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America in 2014. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bonime-Blanc has published widely. Her latest book is Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience & Value.
Steven R. Walker
General Counsel, Managing Director of Board Advisory and Recruitment Services
Steven R. Walker is general counsel of NACD and managing director of NACD’s Board Services Group. 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.
Founder, Gardener Advisory LLC; Senior Advisor
Moelis & Company; 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.
Chair, Risk Oversight Committee
E*TRADE Financial Corp.; Director, RiskLens
James Lam is the president of James Lam & Associates and a director of E*TRADE Financial Corp., where he chairs the risk oversight committee and serves on the audit committee. Lam is also an independent director of RiskLens. He previously served as founder and president of ERisk, partner of Oliver Wyman, chief risk officer of Fidelity Investments. Lam has been 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). He is the author of several best-selling books. Lam’s latest book is Implementing Enterprise Risk Management (2017 and 2018). 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.
President and CEO
Internet Security Alliance (ISA)
Larry Clinton is president of the Internet Security Alliance (ISA). The ISA is a multi-sector trade association that focuses on thought leadership, policy advocacy, and developing best practices for cybersecurity. Clinton is on the board of the IT Sector Coordinating Council and serves on the Cybersecurity Advisory Board for the Center for Audit Quality. He has been a featured spokesman on cyber issues in virtually all major media outlets. He testifies often before Congress and has briefed NATO and the OAS. He is the principle author of the NACD Director’s Handbook on Cyber-Risk Oversight for corporate boards which PwC found has substantially improved corporate director’s management of cyber-risk since its publication. NACD named Clinton as one of the 100 most influential people in the field of corporate governance in 2015 and again in 2016.
JW Marriot Chicago
151W Adams Street
NACD has reserved a block of guestrooms at the JW Marriot Chicago at the group rate of $329/night, plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 877-303-0104 and giving the group name “NACD” or by using this link JW Marriott Online Reservation. The rate will be available until May 24, 2019, or until sold out.
NACD Board Leadership Fellowship®: Foundation Course
Program Level: Advanced Delivery Method:Group-Live Prerequisites: Attendees must have an NACD membership and an in-depth understanding of corporate governance. Advanced Preparation: Materials will be sent to all participants to read before the course.