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When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
From 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Where: Sidley Austin LLP
787 7th Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, New York  
United States

Phone: 212-533-2141

Registration Information
Online registration is available until: 3/28/2017

Directors' Reception: Challenges for the Global Director


Please join us for one of the FWA's premiere annual events - an informal, off-the-record discussion with our panel of governance experts and leading best practice directors who will provide their personal insights on the benefits and drawbacks of global board service. How they grapple with:

  • bridging global divides, cultural traps, resistance to outsiders,
  • liability considerations for the Global Director,
  • governance beyond the Anglo-American framework:
    o board compositions: two tier boards, their roles and operations,
    o independent board members,
    o relations with regulators, e.g. Statutory Auditors,
    o directors’ access to information,
    o directors’ compensation,
    o language barriers and keeping up with local market information,
    o stakeholders’ status,
    o financial Information: the adequacies of standards and practices.
  • women and director diversity quotas.

Come to find out the important issues facing Global Directors. Featuring governance gurus Holly Gregory (moderator), Elizabeth Gile, Sophie L’Hélias, and Phyllis Yaffe.


Who should attend:

  • Corporate directors interested in a closed-door session with governance experts and highly seasoned directors with international experience.
  • Senior business leaders and board ready candidates preparing for a board career and interested in how to promote serving on a global board, as well as how global boards have become more diverse than U.S. boards.



Holly GregoryHolly Gregory (moderator) - Partner in Sidley’s New York office and co-global coordinator of the firm’s Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation group.









Elizabeth GileElizabeth Gile – Director of KeyCorp, Deutsche Bank Trust Company of the Americas and BlueMountain Capital funds.








Sophie L'HeliasSophie L’Hélias – Director of Kering SA and international governance expert; co-founder of International Corporate Governance Network and founder of LeaderXXchange.









Phyllis Yaffe – Consul General for Canada in New York, and former chair of Cineplex, lead director of Torstar Corporation and director of Lionsgate Entertainment.










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Event Schedule
6:00 - 6:30 PM Reception
6:30 - 7:30 PM Program
7:30 - 8:15 PM Networking

$45 FWA Members, $60 Non-Members
Includes generous hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and great company.

Subway: C to 50th Street & 8th Avenue station; B/D/E to 7th Avenue station; B/D/F/M to Rockefeller Center station; N/Q/R to 49th Street station; 1 to 50th Street station.


Special thanks to Presidents Circle Company Sidley Austin LLP for hosting this event, Janet Zagorin, and Holly Gregory, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP, and Co-Chair, Global Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation Practice.


This event is organized by the Directorships and Corporate Governance Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc.



Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- No Walk-Ins

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Tuesday, March 28, 2017.


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