Author Archives for Henry Stoever

Q & A With the Mastermind Behind 2015 NACD Global Board Leaders’ Summit

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The 2015 NACD Global Board Leaders’ Summit is less than a month away. Earlier this week, I had an opportunity to sit down with my colleague Erin Essenmacher, the mastermind behind our annual conference, to get the inside scoop on this year’s big event as the final touches are being added. Q: The 2015 Global Board Leaders’ Summit is coming up in just over three weeks. In one sentence, can you describe what this event is and why directors should attend? A: The Global Board Leaders’ Summit—NACD’s annual conference—is the largest, most comprehensive director forum in the world, bringing together... Read More

New Technology and the Director Experience

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Over the past decade, I’ve found that few factors have influenced the evolution of the board’s role more than new technology. From drones to 3-D printing to the latest cybersecurity tools, the transformative force of technological innovation is reshaping the competitive landscape and redefining best practices for corporate boards. As I often discuss with our members, this shift presents both opportunity and risk, leaving many of us wondering how to best forecast—or “futurecast”—potential disruptors and achieve desired outcomes. A great place to learn more about state-of-the-art technologies and how they’ll affect you is the 2015 Global Board Leaders’ Summit from... Read More

Diversity in the Boardroom: The Importance of Change

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For years, boards have discussed diversity but little action has been taken. Demographic shifts and the continuing focus on global competitiveness point to change on the horizon.  While it won’t happen tomorrow, all signs point to increasing diversity within the next few decades — when the current millennials are in their 50s, the boardroom will be much more racially diverse. I recently addressed two highly engaged groups in Washington, D.C., and the attendees reflected very similar attributes and a common aspiration — a desire to gain their first board seat. My advice for gaining that first board seat was clear.... Read More