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Corporate Culture and Governance

Classroom
November 14, 2017
Philadelphia, PA


Overview

 

Following  NACD's recent publication of the Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Culture as a Corporate Asset, join our panel of experts on governance and corporate culture to discuss how board directors should approach corporate culture, how they can determine what it is, and, most importantly, how they can oversee efforts to change it where appropriate. All attendees will receive a free copy of the BRC report.


Documents

 
  Company Culture and Governance Slide Presentation



Location and Time

 

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


7:30am-8:00am Registration and Breakfast

8:00am-9:00am Program

9:00am-9:30am Networking



Speaker Spotlight

 

Veta Richardson

Veta Richardson is the president and chief executive officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a position she has held since 2011. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in Melbourne, Australia, ACC is the world’s largest legal association dedicated exclusively to serving the interests of in-house counsel. Ms. Richardson’s top priorities as CEO involve continuing to increase ACC’s global footprint and leading the organization through a strategic plan and vision designed to strengthen its position as the global voice for in-house counsel. Most recently, she led ACC’s membership merger with three national associations and their integration as ACC Middle East (Dubai), ACC Australia, and ACC Hong Kong within the 59-chapter network, increasing ACC membership by 10 percent. Ms. Richardson has been consistently recognized for corporate governance leadership by NACD, which named her to its Directorship 100. Under her leadership, ACC received the When Work Works award for exemplary workplace strategies by the Society for Human Resource Management and Families and Work Institute. In her time at ACC, Ms. Richardson also launched OnRamp In-House, a re-entry program for women returning to the workforce after an extended hiatus. ACC and the OnRamp Fellowship announced the partnership, which involves internship programs at corporate law departments at 3M, Amazon, BMO, HPE, and Microsoft, at the United Nations in 2016. Previously, as executive director of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Ms. Richardson was widely recognized for thought leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion and advised hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies and multinational law firms to establish and strengthen their diversity/inclusion programs. She also served as vice president and deputy counsel at ACC, where she oversaw the development of resources and continuing legal education for in-house lawyers. Her in-house expertise was shaped through her work for more than a decade as in-house counsel at Sunoco, Inc., in Philadelphia, where her practice focus was corporate governance, transactions, securities disclosure, and finance. Ms. Richardson has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Financial Times’ Agenda Week, Bloomberg News, The Financial Post (Canada), Law Society Gazette (United Kingdom), and countless other business and legal publications. She has also authored op-eds and articles in Corporate Counsel, Law360, Forbes, China Business Law Journal, India Business Law Journal, and Ethisphere Magazine. She serves on the editorial advisory board for Asia Business Law Journal. She received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland at College Park and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Holly Gregory

Holly Gregory co-chairs Sidley’s Global Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Practice and counsels clients on a range of governance issues, including highly sensitive matters such as special committee investigations, shareholder activism and initiatives, board oversight of crisis response, management transitions, and board and director evaluation. Ms. Gregory is frequently called upon in unusual governance situations. Although most of these are confidential, it is in the public record that she led the Sidley team that advised the international Internet community on structuring a private sector governance model to replace U.S. government oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. She also advised the Board of Trustees of Penn State University on governance reforms in the aftermath of a highly public crisis. Ms. Gregory played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and has advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on governance regulation. She recently completed a three-year term as chair of the American Bar Association’s Corporate Governance Committee, and previously chaired the ABA task force that delivered the Report on the Delineation of Governance Roles & Responsibilities to Congress and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2009. Ms. Gregory is a founding trustee and fellow of The American College of Governance Counsel. She writes the governance column for Practical Law: The Journal. Ms. Gregory is widely recognized for her work, including being listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance (NACD/Directorship 100), Directorship Magazine, in 2017 and all prior years; the Best in Corporate Governance at Euromoney Legal Media Group’s inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2012 and again in 2016; the leading practitioner in corporate governance law in the Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (July 2010); one of The Best and Brightest Minds in the Legal Profession in Ethisphere’s 2015 Attorneys Who Matter; and a Leading Practitioner in Corporate Governance in the International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers in 2016 and prior years.

Howard Brownstein

Howard Brownstein is a nationally known turnaround and crisis management professional and the president of The Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services to companies and their stakeholders, as well as investment banking services, fiduciary services, and litigation consulting, investigations, and valuation services. He regularly serves as an independent member of boards of directors and has chaired board audit, nominating, and strategic planning/risk assessment committees. He currently serves on the Board of P&F Industries (Nasdaq: PFIN), a publicly held manufacturer/importer of air-powered tools and various residential hardware, chairs its Nominating & Governance and Strategic Planning/Risk Assessment Committees, and serves on its Audit Committee. He also serves on the Board of NHS, a leading nonprofit provider of education and human services to individuals with special needs. He served until recently on the Board of A.M. Castle & Co. (OTCMKTS: CASL), a publicly held global metals distributor and supply chain solutions provider, and on its Audit and Human Resource Committees, and was Audit Committee Chair of PICO Holdings (Nasdaq: PICO), a publicly held diversified holding company. He also recently served on the Board of LMG2, successor to Chicago Loop, a $600 million parking infrastructure entity in downtown Chicago. Mr. Brownstein previously served as sole board member of Betsey Johnson LLC, a privately held designer and retailer of women’s apparel with equity sponsor Castanea Partners, and on the Board of Directors of Special Metals Corporation, a $1 billion nickel alloy producer, where he also chaired the Audit Committee, as well as on the Board and Audit Committee of Magnatrax Corporation, a $500 million manufacturer of metal buildings. He also served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Philanthropic Trust. Mr. Brownstein previously served on the board of a regional bank, a retail department store, and nonprofits including chair of a United Way agency. Previously, Mr. Brownstein was managing director of Enprotech Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU (formerly C. Itoh), a Japanese trading company, after serving in several senior executive and board positions, including CEO and COO of The Stone Group, a leading multinational manufacturer of comfort and safety equipment for the passenger rail industry with operations in the United States, Spain, and England. Prior to becoming a turnaround management consultant, Mr. Brownstein founded a metals trading firm. He is also a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) and has served on numerous boards of professional organizations, including the Turnaround Management Association, the Commercial Finance Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute, as well as board committees and program leadership. Mr. Brownstein received TMA’s Outstanding Individual Contribution award in 2007. He has also published over 80 articles, books, and chapters and serves as a contributing editor to two publications. He is a regular guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU, Villanova, and Northeastern, as well as at professional and educational programs. Mr. Brownstein is a graduate of Harvard University, where he obtained J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, and of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained B.S. and B.A. degrees from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences. He is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Florida, but does not actively practice law. Mr. Brownstein also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps. Howard Brownstein is a nationally known turnaround and crisis management professional and the president of The Brownstein Corporation, which provides turnaround management and advisory services to companies and their stakeholders, as well as investment banking services, fiduciary services, and litigation consulting, investigations, and valuation services. He regularly serves as an independent member of boards of directors and has chaired board audit, nominating, and strategic planning/risk assessment committees. He currently serves on the Board of P&F Industries (Nasdaq: PFIN), a publicly held manufacturer/importer of air-powered tools and various residential hardware, chairs its Nominating & Governance and Strategic Planning/Risk Assessment Committees, and serves on its Audit Committee. He also serves on the Board of NHS, a leading nonprofit provider of education and human services to individuals with special needs. He served until recently on the Board of A.M. Castle & Co. (OTCMKTS: CASL), a publicly held global metals distributor and supply chain solutions provider, and on its Audit and Human Resource Committees, and was Audit Committee Chair of PICO Holdings (Nasdaq: PICO), a publicly held diversified holding company. He also recently served on the Board of LMG2, successor to Chicago Loop, a $600 million parking infrastructure entity in downtown Chicago. Mr. Brownstein previously served as sole board member of Betsey Johnson LLC, a privately held designer and retailer of women’s apparel with equity sponsor Castanea Partners, and on the Board of Directors of Special Metals Corporation, a $1 billion nickel alloy producer, where he also chaired the Audit Committee, as well as on the Board and Audit Committee of Magnatrax Corporation, a $500 million manufacturer of metal buildings. He also served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Philanthropic Trust. Mr. Brownstein previously served on the board of a regional bank, a retail department store, and nonprofits including chair of a United Way agency. Previously, Mr. Brownstein was managing director of Enprotech Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of ITOCHU (formerly C. Itoh), a Japanese trading company, after serving in several senior executive and board positions, including CEO and COO of The Stone Group, a leading multinational manufacturer of comfort and safety equipment for the passenger rail industry with operations in the United States, Spain, and England. Prior to becoming a turnaround management consultant, Mr. Brownstein founded a metals trading firm. He is also a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP) and has served on numerous boards of professional organizations, including the Turnaround Management Association, the Commercial Finance Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute, as well as board committees and program leadership. Mr. Brownstein received TMA’s Outstanding Individual Contribution award in 2007. He has also published over 80 articles, books, and chapters and serves as a contributing editor to two publications. He is a regular guest lecturer at Harvard Business School, Wharton, NYU, Villanova, and Northeastern, as well as at professional and educational programs. Mr. Brownstein is a graduate of Harvard University, where he obtained J.D. and M.B.A. degrees, and of the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained B.S. and B.A. degrees from the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences. He is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Florida, but does not actively practice law. Mr. Brownstein also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.

Robyn Bew

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. She leads NACD’s Fortune 500 Advisory Councils and other multi-stakeholder dialogues on governance topics, and contributes to NACD’s educational programming. Before joining NACD, Robyn was a principal at Tapestry Networks, where she ran several networks of large-cap public company board members and was a leader of the firm's work on bank governance and board-shareholder engagement issues. She has been a frequent speaker at NACD events and at conferences including the International Corporate Governance Network, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the International Financial Risk Institute. Recent media appearances include Agenda Week, Bloomberg BNA, CFO Magazine, Corporate Secretary, and Directors and Boards. Earlier in her career, Robyn was a senior director at the Corporate Executive Board and a management consultant at Monitor Group.

Accreditation

 

1 Credit




Question about this Event?

Contact NACD Philadelphia Chapter P.O. Box 94, Gladwyne, PA, 19035 phone: 610-640-5454 email: programs@philadelphia.nacdonline.org