With a diverse résumé, Watson—educated at Harvard University and Stanford Law School—has worked as a news anchor for MSNBC and, at the age of 29, founded college preparatory company Achieva College Prep Service, which the Washington Post later purchased. He created online news service OZY Media last year with financial backing from Laurene Powell Jobs—a business executive and the widow of Apple CEO Steve Jobs—and Silicon Valley lawyer Larry Sonsini, who has helped launch companies like Apple, Google, and Tesla. OZY’s focus is to provide readers with a jumpstart on news about issues, people, and trends months before the story is covered by the mainstream press.
Watson will join more than 160 distinguished speakers spanning nearly 100 sessions at NACD’s 2014 annual conference. His keynote address on Oct. 12 will provide his insight on the powerful lessons that U.S. businesses can learn from global trends in technology, innovation, and social demographics.
The NACD conference will also feature customized learning tracks, which include risk, compensation, nominating and governance, NACD Directorship 2020®, future trends, social media and technology, global disruptive forces, audit and regulatory, small-cap, private company, and story circles. In addition, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, attendees can participate in small peer-exchange roundtables organized by topic, key committee, industry, and organization type.
New offerings at this year’s conference include the Global Village, a gathering of international embassy officials and subject matter experts available to discuss governance and business opportunities in global markets; and an enhanced Social Media Lab, where attendees can learn about and engage with the latest trends and tools in social networking.
Are you ready to gain international insights from a swath of countries—including Brazil, Ireland, and Malaysia – without having to stand in line at customs? You’re in luck with this year’s NACD Board Leadership Conference. Our theme, “beyond borders,” is about more than extending your operations across boundary lines. It’s about expanding how you think about business, the boardroom, and global issues.
That’s why we’re excited to introduce the NACD Global Village, a unique environment where NACD members and international business leaders can discuss emerging trends and opportunities in global enterprise. Select countries from around the world will have exhibits, each featuring their own embassy representative available throughout the conference for one-on-one meetings with NACD members. Representatives from Brazil, Canada, China, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, and Russia will be available to discuss the advantages and challenges of doing business in their country. Attendees can also make appointments to meet with economic ministers, investment and trade commissioners, and other leaders who are at the fore of conducting business around the world.
The NACD Global Village, along with the following slate of handpicked speakers, can help prepare you and your board for the unprecedented changes and challenges we face in the international landscape.
Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.)—who has served as national security advisor to President Obama, supreme allied commander, Europe, commander of the U.S. European Command, and 32nd commandant of the marine corps—shares his decades of experience in international policy, national security, and global competitiveness. He will also share insights into how boards can play a critical role in ensuring their companies are recognizing and navigating the nuances of current and emerging political, business, and economic issues.
Sue Gardner, the former executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit behind the online, crowd-sourced encyclopedia Wikipedia, discusses how the foundation transformed from a 10-employee, $3 million operation to a staff of 179 with more than $50 million in donations and grants and has become the fifth most-visited website in the world.
Save the Children President and CEO Carolyn Miles and board chair Anne Mulcahy discuss what the board expects of management—and vice versa—and how they work together to navigate everything from the perils and opportunities of operating around the globe to creating a top-notch organizational culture.
So how does the track system work? Whatever your interests–from social media and technology, to audit and regulatory issues, addressing emerging risks, and more–you’ll find educational sessions that meet your specific professional development needs. Just select your categories of interest, and you’ll see which of our many sessions align best with what you’re looking for.
There are 11 tracks to choose from, but there’s no need to commit to just one. You’ll note that some sessions may even fall under more than one category.
Risk – sessions include Cybersecurity and the Boardroom and Corporate Sustainability: The Board’s Role.
Compensation – sessions include The Unintended Consequences of Proxy Advisors and Shareholder Engagement: The New Normal.
Nominating and Governance – sessions include CEO Succession Planning and The Effective Chairman and Lead Director.
NACD Directorship 2020® – sessions include Geopolitical Risk and The Board’s Role in Innovation.
Future Trends – sessions include The Internet of Everything and Meet the Disruptors.
SocialMedia & Technology – sessions include Surviving Corporate Crisis in a Socially Networked World and Social Media: Regulatory and Practical Pitfalls.
Global – sessions include Trade and Business in North America and Translating Corporate Culture Across Borders.
Story Circle – sessions include The Mindfulness Revolution and Stories of Pushing Past Personal Limits.
Audit and Regulatory – sessions include Your 10-K and Proxy in the Age of Transparency and Inside the SEC: Anatomy of an Agency.
Private Company – sessions include How Family Owned Companies Use Boards for Critical Choices and The Challenges of a Private vs. Public Company.
Small-Cap Company – sessions include Growth Strategies for the Small-Cap Director and Building the Small-Cap Board.
These learning track program options and our peer-exchange roundtables will help you meet other directors who serve similar industries, organizations, and committees–and share your boardroom concerns.