Corporate Culture and Governance
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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.
Location and Time
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
7:30am-8:00am Registration and Breakfast
Veta RichardsonVeta T. 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, DC, with an office in Melbourne, Australia, ACC is the world’s largest legal association dedicated exclusively to serving the interests of in-house counsel. 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, and increasing ACC membership by 10 percent. Richardson has been consistently recognized for corporate governance leadership by the National Association of Corporate Directors, 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, 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), 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. 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 alsoauthored op-eds and articles in Corporate Counsel, Law360, Forbes, China Business Law Journal, India Business Law Journal, and Ethisphere Magazine. She serves on the editorialadvisory board for Asia Business Law Journal.She received a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Maryland at College Parkand a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.
Holly GregoryHOLLY J. GREGORY co-chairs Sidley’s Global Corporate Governance & Executive Compensation Practice and counsels clients on the full 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. While 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 US government oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. She also advised the Board of Trustees of Penn State 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 SEC 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 as: among the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” (NACD/Directorship 100), Directorship Magazine, 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, 2016 and prior years.