Registration and Continental Breakfast
Welcome and Introductions
9:50-11:05 Session I
Regulatory Update on Corporate Governance
11:15-12:45pm Session II
Long-Term Value for a Short-Term World
1:30-3:00pm Session III
Learnings from the Private Equity Market
3:15-4:45pm Session IV
The Board’s Shift from Oversight to Partnership
Wrap Up
Directors Dialogue Dinner

Session I

9:50-11:05 AM

Regulatory Update on Corporate Governance

Regulation is a fact of life for business. But the pace of regulatory change and the philosophy underpinning those decisions has seen drastic change over the past decade. This session will review the most recent regulatory updates and look forward to the next year, and beyond.


Dan Gallagher
Dan Gallagher
Incoming Partner, Deputy Chair of the Securities Department, WilmerHale

Subject Matter Experts

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Elad Roisman
US Securities and Exchange Commission

Session II

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Long-Term Value for a Short-Term World

At the 2014 Directors Dialogue, participants began to discuss the need for the board and management to take a long-term strategic view. Today, we see that call from directors, management, investors, and, increasingly, the public. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from key experts on the leading practices being developed to support this change in mindset.


William McNabb
William McNabb
Director, UnitedHealth Group; Retired Chairman and CEO, The Vanguard Group

Subject Matter Experts

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Daryl Brewster
Chief Executive Officer, CECP; Director, Freshpet
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Doug Conant
Founder & CEO, ConantLeadership; Director, AmerisourceBergen Corp.
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Sarah Williamson
CEO, FCLTGlobal; Director, Evercore Inc

Session III

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Learnings from the Private Equity Market

We often hear that public company governance is complex and the regulations governing those boards support this view. Private company governance practices, while arguably less complex, allow for the agility needed to respond to today’s dynamic market place and risks. During this session, experts will discuss what opportunities exist for public and private companies to learn from each other’s governance practices.


Raj Gupta
Raj Gupta
Chairman, Aptiv PLC; Chairman, Avantor Inc; Director, Arconic Inc and DuPont Advisory Board

Subject Matter Experts

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Ed Breen
Chief Executive Officer, DowDuPont; Executive Chairman for future DuPont
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Kevin Clark
President and CEO
Aptiv PLC
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Matt Espe
Operating Partner, Advent International and Periphas Capital; Non-Executive Chairman, Klöckner Pentaplast Group; Director, WESCO International, Realogy Holdings, Foundation Building Material, Inc. and Cenveo Corporation

Session IV

3:15 - 4:45 PM

The Board’s Shift: From Oversight to Partnership

Some suggest the imperative boards face today is to move from “oversight” to a true partnership relationship with the CEO. This requires a focus on value-generating activities such as succession and talent, bold strategy development, capital allocation, risk mitigation, and execution, while relying on committees to focus on compliance and oversight. In this session, participants will hear from experts with varying perspectives on the board’s roles as monitors vs partners.


Patti Connolly
Patti Connolly
Executive Director, Raj & Kamla Gupta Governance Institute

Subject Matter Experts

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Ron Lumbra
Managing Partner, Centers of Excellence and Partner, CEO & Board Practice
Heidrick & Struggles
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Deanna Mulligan
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America; Director, The Vanguard Group
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Asuka Nakahara
Comcast Corporation and CBRE Clarion Global Real Estate Income Fund

About the Program

Directors Dialogue brings together annually world-renowned corporate directors to engage in candid discussions of key governance topics. As the role of the public company director continues to evolve, board members are often faced with more complex decisions and increased demands on time. Directors Dialogue continues to curate panels of the top thought leaders to engage participants in candid, closed-door governance discussions. Participants hear first-hand accounts of the challenging experiences faced by sitting corporate directors ranging from nano-cap to mega-cap boards. While engaging with panelists and the other participants, attendees gain insight into the standards by which their peers oversee their respective boards, as well as cutting-edge governance practices to take back to their own boards.


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