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Relive the 2013 NACD Board Leadership Conference

October 17th, 2013 | By

This year’s Board Leadership Conference was a great success with over 1,000 attendees and 150 speakers. NACD’s Research and Editorial team compiled—and posted to the NACD blog—written summaries and full-length videos for plenary sessions. Below is a list of these sessions with links to each speaker profile and links to the blog posts with summaries and videos.

Plenary Sessions:

Concurrent Sessions:

Stay connected with #NACDBLC

October 10th, 2013 | By

Hard to believe, but it’s time again for the annual NACD Board Leadership Conference, held in the Washington, D.C. metro area. At this event, which is the largest of its kind in the United States, there will be a record crowd—1,000+ attendees. While attendees will see much of what they’ve come to expect from the NACD Board Leadership Conference—outstanding programming, venue, and speakers—here’s what’s new at the 2013 event:

  • The release of the new Blue Ribbon Commission report and the 2013–2014 NACD Public Company Governance Survey. Every conference attendee will receive a copy of this year’s Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Talent Development: A Boardroom Imperative. Also available is this year’s public company governance survey, an analysis of more than 1,000 responses from those in public company boardrooms.
  • This year’s conference will kick off with an address from NACD Chair Reatha Clark King, and close with Eileen Claussen and Jeffrey E. Sterba on “Eye of the Storm: The New Face of Global Risk.” The two-day event will feature Raj Sisodia on “conscious capitalism,” former Olympus President and CEO Michael Woodford, and Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White.  
  • To enhance your experience at the conference, we will have session recaps posted on the NACD Blog. Keep this link—and follow us at @NACD and #NACDBLC—handy as we’ll continually update it throughout the conference, adding articles, videos, and other data from each session.
  • Visit the new Social Media Lab at this year’s conference for a hands-on, one-on-one, or small group experience with the latest technologies, tools, and trends guided by social media-savvy experts. The Social Media Lab has something for everyone—expert-led talks on issues that affect the boardroom, opportunities to explore some of the newest sites/applications, and an expert tech team ready to help install and use the latest tools on your own device.
  • Join Deborah Sherwood for her Story Circles session regarding the secret lives of America’s first ladies; hear Linda Alvarez discuss a revolutionary new way to approach contract negotiations; or hear crisis guru Judy Smith (the inspiration for the hit ABC show “Scandal”) dissect the anatomy of crisis management and prevention.
  • And lastly, have the NACD 2013 Board Leadership Conference available at your fingertips! In an effort to provide our attendees with instant access to all event information, we have created an easy connection: our NACD 2013 smartphone app. To download, search “NACD BLC 13″ in the app store on your mobile device. 

Help Us Help You

May 30th, 2013 | By

Fact: we live in a world of data. Today, nearly every strategic decision is fortified by metrics and dashboards, analyzing the projected outcome to the smallest degree. This is equally true at NACD, where our annual governance surveys—public, private, and nonprofit—underlie nearly every aspect of the organization’s activity. From publications and presentations, to peer exchanges, and our annual Board Leadership Conference, data collected from the thousands of respondents informs the sessions, forums, topics, and future events. Beyond the boardroom, the trends, statistics, and perspectives captured in these surveys provide those in the C-suite, investors, and stakeholders with crucial information on the current state of corporate governance in the United States.

In the regulatory sphere, we use survey data to inform our comment letters and in-person testimony on behalf of boardrooms to regulators and lawmakers. For instance, survey responses from NACD’s membership strengthened CEO Ken Daly’s comments to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) regarding proposed mandatory audit firm rotation, and the recommended alternative of a widely supported rigorous evaluation process. The PCAOB’s initiative on audit firm rotation is now “paused.”

NACD’s three annual governance surveys can help fuel your board’s process in benchmarking with respect to peers and leading practices. Whether you use a general report, or commission an NACD Custom Benchmarking Report, data broken down by industry, size, or both serves as an excellent starting point for boardroom discussions.

NACD is dedicated to providing directors with timely and pertinent content, but we need your input. As a thank you for participating in these surveys, NACD will send each participant a free electronic copy of the final report for each survey he or she takes. In fact, each survey respondent is entered to win a one-year NACD Individual Director Membership, or an opportunity to extend NACD membership. We thank you in advance for your participation.