West Coast Boardroom Summit & Peer Exchange


Wednesday, November 17

9:00 – 9:30 am MST

Networking Breakfast and Registration

9:30 – 9:45 am MST

Welcome and Board Committee Peer Exchange kick-off

9:45 – Noon MST

Board Committee Peer Exchange

Corporate Board Member’s Board Committee Peer Exchange provides an exclusive setting for directors and general counsel to share insights and solutions with their peers while discussing critical governance challenges and opportunities facing their organizations.

There will be no press present at any of the Peer Exchange sessions, and there will be no record of session proceedings, ensuring a forum for candid, in-depth discussion. Participants are divided into peer groups of 10 to 12 based on their board position and company’s annual revenue. Prior to the event, Corporate Board Member will solicit input from confirmed participants to develop the most relevant agenda for each committee session.

Noon – 1:30 pm MST

Working Lunch with respective peer groups

2:00 – 2:10 pm MST

Boardroom Summit kick-off

2:10 – 3:00 pm MST

Rules of the World Post-Covid: A Look at the State of the 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.

3:00 – 3:50 pm MST

Unpacking Talent and Culture: Improving Oversight of Your Greatest Intangible Asset

There’s no doubt that every company’s culture was put to the test in the past 18 months. How do boards get a handle on corporate culture and employee engagement? How do you assess where the gaps are in your human capital management efforts and hold management accountable? We’ll help your board develop a more disciplined, deliberate approach to oversight of this critical issue.

3:50 – 4:15 pm MST

Networking Break

4:15 – 5:00 pm MST

Digital Disruption Redefined: A Customer-Driven Approach to Transforming Your Company

In a world of constant change, the way customers interact with companies is evolving dramatically—and those customer changes are what’s driving digital transformation. As the line between real-world and digital realms all but disappears, do you have a real understanding of how people interact with your brand online and on their mobile devices? How can you improve—and scale—efforts to seamlessly serve your customers regardless of how they are interacting with your company? We’ll help you rethink the customer experience, regardless of what industry you are in, and develop the digital transformation strategy to match.

5:00 – 6:30 pm MST

Networking Reception

Thursday, November 18

8:00 – 9:00 am MST

Breakfast Roundtables

Concurrent, attendees will select one

Gather with director peers and a subject matter expert to explore pertinent board issues in a small group setting. Topics may include onboarding new directors, understanding the role of proxy advisors, SEC mandates for environmental/climate disclosures, CEO evaluations, and key cyber-related insurance questions to ask your D&O provider.

9:00 – 9:10 am MST

Day 2 Welcome

9:10 – 10:00 am MST

Leading Amid Disruption: Keys to Effective CEO-Board Relations

Continuing high levels of uncertainty, potentially game-changing advances in technology, the adoption of non-traditional business models, as well as other external forces, such as changing demographics and geopolitical pressures, all require a strong than ever relationship between the Board and the CEO. The best CEO-board relationships consistently contribute to higher performance and superior results. This panel will dive into the essential elements of an effective CEO-board relationship to help CEOs and directors assess and improve their current performance in delivering against their responsibilities to ask the right questions, maintain the right attitude, and communicate and collaborate with each other more effectively.

10:00 – 10:50 am MST

ESG and Transparency – Understanding Investors’ Expectations for 2022

We’ll talk with some of the most engaged investors leading the charge on the ESG imperative, as they make the case for why—and how—your environmental, social and governance practices can be a true engine of growth rather just than a checklist of requirements.

10:50 – 11:10 am MST

Networking Break

11:10 am – Noon MST

Concurrent Breakouts

Attendees select one

How do you set goals for long-term transformation, short-term strategic agility, and the building of stakeholder ecosystems all at the same time? This session will discuss the essentials for creating outcome- and stakeholder-based incentive measures with specific goals that will support a company’s agile strategic changes during long-term transformation.

This session will help your board put cybersecurity in the greater business context to better identify risks, understand the gaps and create a stronger plan. You’ll leave with a list of action items and questions to ask your chief security and privacy officers to assess your current environment and ensure a holistic strategy that provides for proper board oversight.

It seems so straightforward, yet many boards fall short in their efforts to conduct an effective board evaluation. Done properly, a board assessment is not a report card for the board as a whole or for individual directors. Instead, it should be viewed as a tool for continuous improvement and a critical component in assessing areas for needed board refreshment. This working session will take directors through five key principles of an effective board evaluation process.

Noon – 1:00 pm MST

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:50 pm MST

Concurrent Breakouts

Attendees select one

The increasingly sophisticated and complex manner in which activists target companies requires a cohesive strategy by a company’s management and its board long before an activist comes knocking. Have you tried challenging your own strategy before an activist does it for you? This session will walk through the key measures to most effectively prepare your board for the unexpected call from an investor.

With so many CEOs making a quick exit in recent years, it’s more important than ever for your board to have a succession plan in place well before you need it. Some boards perform the CEO selection process brilliantly while some repeatedly make the same mistakes. Wherein lies the difference? This session will explore the tenets of a strong CEO succession process, including the current CEO’s role, evaluation of internal and external candidates, and the board’s ultimate responsibility.

Climate change has become an inescapable and critical business consideration for companies in all industries. The influences of new regulatory policies, transactions and diverse stakeholders make developing a climate change strategy a complex endeavor. What are the real costs of decarbonization in the supply chain? What can other industries learn from the tech companies’ power purchasing agreements for carbon neutrality? What are the trademark lawsuit risks related to “green products”? What should you be disclosing about your sustainability efforts? We’ll help you answer these questions and reconcile the variety of regulatory and market-driven forces.

1:50 – 2:10 pm MST

Networking Break

2:10 – 3:00 pm MST

Ask the Experts: What it Will Take for Boards to Lead in the Next Decade

As the world of corporate governance continues to evolve, where will the pendulum land in the next decade? We’ll bring together seasoned advisers to tackle the greatest governance challenges facing today’s public company boards – from new financial reporting requirements and ESG disclosures to proxy advisor changes, evolving regulatory considerations and new risks on the horizon. Get the insights you need to cut through the complexities and provide stronger oversight in the years ahead.

3:00 – 4:00 pm MST

Optional Networking, Event Concludes