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Annual Directors Reception: The Role of the Board in a Volatile Environment
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Annual Directors Reception: The Role of the Board in a Volatile Environment


When: Thursday, March 15, 2018
From 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Sidley Austin LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York  10019
United States

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Annual Directors Reception - The Role of the Board in a Volatile Environment


Please join us for one of the FWA’s premier 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 current hot topics boards must face in today’s highly volatile environment. This always compelling event addresses the hot topics boards must face in today’s highly volatile environment. This expert panel moderated by Holly Gregory of Sidley will discuss the role and responsibilities of boards when political and social factors create disruption. The panel will explore how directors should evaluate potential impact on a company’s financial results, reputation, customers, employees, and shareholders to make decisions consistent with the board’s culture. With the current spotlight on governance issues, this will be a timely exploration of how boards respond to broader societal challenges.


Who should attend:
Corporate directors interested in a closed-door session with governance experts, highly seasoned directors dealing with complex issues. Senior business leaders and board ready candidates preparing for a board career and interested in what challenges face today’s directors. Investors evaluating the board’s role and performance in these volatile environments and senior executives working with boards who would benefit from listening to experienced speakers sharing their view from the top.




 HOLLY J. GREGORY (moderator), is a partner in Sidley’s New York office and is co-global coordinator of the firm’s Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation group. Ms. Gregory counsels clients on the full range of governance issues, including fiduciary duties, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, board and committee structure, board leadership structures, special committee investigations, board audits and self-evaluation processes, shareholder initiatives, proxy contests, relationships with shareholders and proxy advisory firms, compliance with legislative, regulatory and listing rule requirements, and governance “best practice.”

A leading global expert on corporate governance, Ms. Gregory played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and has advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on corporate governance regulation, and the joint OECD/World Bank Global Corporate Governance Forum on governance policy for developing and emerging markets. In addition to her legal practice and policy efforts, she has lectured extensively on governance topics and is Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section’s Corporate Governance Committee and founding co-chair of that Committee’s Subcommittee on International Corporate Governance Developments.


Catherine Bromilow is a partner in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, which strives to strengthen the connection between directors, executive teams and investors by helping them navigate the evolving governance landscape.

With more than 19 years of experience at PwC, Catherine has focused solely on corporate governance. Earlier in her career, she worked in internal audit at a major financial institution.

Catherine has authored and contributed to many PwC governance publications, including the new Risk Oversight Series, Governance for Companies Going Public — What Works Best and Director-shareholder engagement: the new imperatives. NACD Directorship magazine in 2017 named her for the eleventh consecutive year as one of the 100 most influential people in corporate governance in the United States.

Catherine is a Certified Public Accountant (licensed in New Jersey) and a Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA, CA (from Canada). She holds a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada. While Catherine lives in New Jersey, she frequently travels and has met with board directors in over a dozen other countries, ranging from Brazil to Japan to South Africa.


Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, Fortune’s Most Influential List, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017), and “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street”, and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum and in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Carla received an MBA, Second Year Honors from Harvard Business School and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude. Carla has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University, respectively. Carla Harris is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.”


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Event Schedule
5:30 - 6:00 PM Reception
6:00 - 7:00 PM Program
7:00 - 8:00 PM Networking

$50 FWA Members  |  $80 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, and Holly Gregory, Partner at Sidley Austin LLP, and Co-Global Coordinator, Global Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation Group.


This event is organized by the Directorships and Corporate Governance Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc and the Harvard Business School's Women's Association of New York (HBSWANY). The Global Agenda Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc also supports this event.


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

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Tuesday, March 13, 2018.


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