Boardroom Summit


Thursday, September 23

1:00 – 1:10 pm ET


1:10 – 2:00 pm ET

Rules of the World Post-Covid – A Look at the State of Global Economy, and Where America Fits In

Everything from how banks lend to how stocks are traded is heavily colored by where one lives and understanding the often unacknowledged rules of the game can prove critical to financial success. Our speaker will provide an overview of the global economy and share how paradigm shifts happening across the world will impact the oversight of business risks at your company. We’ll evaluate the interconnectivity of the global economy and what sort of surprises — both good and bad — are about to burst onto the stage.

2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Unpacking Board Culture: How to Overcome the Most Common Biases

No boardroom has a perfect culture. Derailed discussions, dismissed opinions, side conversations, and dominating personalities pop up in every boardroom. Each director brings his or her own habits, preferences, past experiences, and individual biases that all impact the board’s culture and decision-making. In this interactive session led by PwC’s Governance Insights team will lay out how boards can spot the issues that may be holding them back. Join your peers to learn how to overcome authority bias, groupthink, status quo bias and confirmation bias.

3:00 – 3:30 pm ET


3:30 – 4:00 pm ET

Sponsored by


Board Leadership Awards presentation

Our Board Leadership Awards recognize exemplary companies and individuals who go beyond the basic requirements of governance, regulation and compliance and serve as models for other companies and individuals to emulate. After a year of unprecedented challenges, the 2021 Awards seek to shine a light on those boards who are making a positive impact serving all of their stakeholders—shareholders, employees, customers, partners and communities.
  • Independent Director of Year
  • Courage in the Boardroom
  • Greatest Impact on Corporate Boards
  • Lifetime Achievement

4:00 – 4:45 pm ET

Looking Back to Look Forward: The Art of Board Leadership in Times of Disruption

It is the board’s role to understand the risks and opportunities of disruption, make sure the company’s vision for both the near and long term is sound, and monitor strategy execution. We’ll sit down to unpack some of the key lessons from the past 18 months to help you confidently lead your organizations through the changes yet to come.

Friday, September 24

9:00 – 9:10 am ET

Day 2 Welcome

9:10 – 9:30 am ET

How Bullish are Directors?

A look at Corporate Board Member and Diligent Institute’s Directors Confidence Index trends over the last 12 months, with comparisons to Chief Executive and StrategicCFO360 Confidence Indexes.

9:30 – 10:10 am ET

Think Like an Activist – Strengthening Your Board’s Role in Strategy

One of the key responsibilities of a board is to approve corporate strategy and monitor management’s execution of strategic plans. Easier said than done perhaps? With the development of strategy, by its nature, largely in the hands of management, how can boards add significant value to the strategic planning process? Hear veteran directors’ advice on how you can “think like an activist” to question the status quo, challenge management assumptions, anticipate investor criticism, and help drive innovation.

10:10 – 11:00 am ET

ESG Oversight: How to Shift from a Compliance to a Strategic Mindset

The ESG topic has largely dominated much of the discourse around corporate governance in the past year, with near-continuous market-driven and regulatory developments accelerating the pace of change and shaping stakeholder expectations. This context has created a steep learning curve for directors, executives, investors and other stakeholders who are navigating this new landscape. This panel will share strategies to enhance your board’s oversight of ESG to help guide your companies through these dynamic, disruptive times.

11:00 – 11:20 am ET


11:20 am – 12:10 pm ET

Topic Breakout: “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”: Improving Board Oversight of Human Capital Issues

At its best, corporate culture supports a company in delivering on its strategy. But a bad corporate culture can seriously upend a company’s brand—and bottom line. Join this breakout to learn how your board can assess, track and monitor something that can seem quite intangible. Gain tips to avoid common pitfalls in board oversight of culture and what to do instead.

12:10 – 1:00 pm ET

Lunch Break

1:00 – 1:50 pm ET

Ask the Experts: Regulatory and Shareholder Trends for 2022

From Say on Climate and Say on Pay to board refreshment, DE&I disclosures and company performance, this panel will weigh in on regulatory and shareholder trends for the year ahead. Where are we seeing the most activist activity, and how should your board be assessing your potential vulnerabilities? What will be the key message for the largest institutional investors in 2022? How are the rules of shareholder engagement between issuers and investors evolving? Don’t miss this opportunity to ask a respected panel of veteran board advisers your biggest questions about hot-button issues.

1:50 – 2:05 pm ET


2:05 – 2:55 pm ET

Topic Breakout: The Board’s Role in Improving M&A Deal Outcomes

2:55 – 3:05 pm ET


3:05 – 4:00 pm ET

Topic Breakout: Cybersecurity and the Rise of Ransomware

4:00 pm ET

Event Concludes