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On Wednesday, November 5 over 400 industry professionals in the governance, risk and compliance world gathered together to celebrate the best of the best in GRC with the seventh annual Corporate Secretary Corporate Governance Awards.  Both teams and individuals were recognized for excellence in their industry at a gala event held at Gotham Hall in New York City. 

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Best Practices Symposium


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

You take your career seriously. 

You want to excel in your industry and get recognized for it. 

Now you can learn first-hand what the winners of the Corporate Governance Awards are doing that puts them at the top of the industry and gains them awards and recognition. 

Best Practices Symposium 

9.00 am – 1.00 pm

  • Listen as past winners and current nominees of the Corporate Governance Awards discuss in detail their successful practices  
  • Meet the judges who select the award winners and hear what impresses them
  • Learn key take-aways that you can implement immediately in your own practice
  • Network with the best of the best in GRC
  • Complimentary registration 
  • Early end to the day, allowing you to get ready for the Corporate Governance Awards that evening, when the 2014 winners will be announced (and you’ll know the “why” behind it!)

Click here to view the 2013 Best Practices Symposium agenda and speakers.

Renee Walton
+1 212 430 6872

10.00 am PDT / 1.00 pm EDT / 5.00 pm GMT
Duration: 30 minutes 

Listen to the recording here!

Download the slides here!

Download two useful PDFs on this subject provided by Susan Ellen Wolf, one of our expert speakers at this event, here:

Board and director evaluations are not always all they could be when it comes to promoting effectiveness and driving strategy. Some can appear to be the token minimum to satisfy requirements, others an empty exercise that doesn't make a difference.

Find out how you can obtain real corporate value from director evaluations in our upcoming webinar, which will provide practical, hands-on advice to help you get the most out of your board.

This is part of Corporate Secretary’s program of content-driven webinars. Short, sharp and packed with expert insight, the webinar will bring you up to speed on this critical issue in just 30 minutes.


Suzanne Rich Folsom

Suzanne Rich Folsom

Suzanne Rich Folsom
General counsel & senior vice president of governmental affairs, United States Steel Corporation

Suzanne Rich Folsom is responsible for the company’s legal, regulatory and compliance matters as well as its worldwide public policy and governmental affairs initiatives. Previously, she served as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of ACADEMI. Prior to that, she was deputy general counsel and chief regulatory and compliance officer for American International Group. She has also served as counselor to the president of the World Bank Group and was director of its department of institutional integrity, charged with responsibility for leading the bank’s global anti-corruption initiatives.

Folsom previously practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, and served as chief of staff to Queen Noor of Jordan, special assistant to former US first lady Barbara Bush and chief of staff to the co-chairman of the Republican National Committee. Her efforts have been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, Women in Compliance, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the National Law Journal, Legal Times, Corporate Secretary and InsideCounsel. She is a graduate of Duke University and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Jeffry Powell

Jeffry Powell

Jeffry Powell
Executive vice president of sales, North America, Diligent Board Member Services

Jeffry Powell is responsible for the development and execution of client acquisition strategies throughout the Americas for Diligent Board Member Services. Throughout his five years with Diligent, Powell has advised thousands of companies across industries including banking, energy, higher education and health care on how secure, electronic access to board materials can improve organizational effectiveness and governance.

Susan Ellen Wolf

Susan Ellen Wolf

Susan Ellen Wolf
CEO, Global Governance Consulting

Susan Wolf provides advice concerning governance to directors and management, covering such areas as board/committee performance self-assessments, succession planning, risk oversight, board turnover and corporate crisis. She is also a member of the advisory board of the GW Law School’s Center for Law, Economics and Finance, and a senior fellow at the Conference Board’s governance center. She has previously been chief governance officer of Schering-Plough (now Merck), and has held securities law/governance positions with Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and the predecessors of Exelon and Verizon. She holds a JD from the GW Law School and a BA in sociology from Emory University.

10.00 am PDT / 1.00 pm EDT / 6.00 pm BST
Duration: 30 minutes 

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Read more on this subject by downloading Computershare Governance Services' white paper:
Top eight considerations when deploying entity management technology

Join us as we discuss the current thinking around subsidiary risk management. Featuring Andrew Moore, president of Computershare Governance Services and Cynthia Krus, corporate & securities transactions attorney at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, this webinar will focus on:

  • Adopting risk management technology

  • Addressing localized needs of subsidiaries

  • Ensuring accuracy of data and records management

  • Outlining how you can have a successful deployment of entity management technology.

This is part of Corporate Secretary’s program of content-driven webinars. Short, sharp and packed with expert insight, the webinar will bring you up to speed on this critical issue in just 30 minutes.


Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore
President, Computershare Governance Services

As president of Computershare Governance Services, Andrew Moore heads up the international teams responsible for maintaining the governance technology solutions for more than 800 global companies. He has been at the forefront of international governance and compliance technology markets for more than 15 years, and has had a significant influence on the evolution of subsidiary governance, including entity management software and board portals in North America and Europe. He led the launch of the first European Windows-based entity management solution in 1994 and introduced the first web-based equivalent in the US in 2001. He helped establish board portals as a de facto technology with the launch of BoardWorks in 2007. He is a regular contributor to industry publications and events and is an active member of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals in the US and the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries.

Cynthia Krus

Cynthia Krus

Cynthia Krus
Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan

Cynthia Krus is Sutherland’s business practice group co-leader. She counsels on a broad range of corporate and securities matters, including corporate governance, disclosure, executive compensation and shareholder matters, and also provides guidance to boards of directors on corporate governance issues. She is involved in numerous public and private securities offerings and has advised clients in connection with a variety of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, proxy contests, exchange and rights offerings, going-private transactions and reorganizations. She further advises companies on the structure and formation of various entities and the establishment and operation of private and public venture equity, including business development companies. Krus is the author of the Corporate secretary’s answer book.

Corporate Secretary Think Tanks are complimentary, invitation-only events for a select group of senior-level corporate secretaries, in-house counsel and governance professionals.


Participant-driven and highly focused our Think Tanks embrace an interactive format where you and your peers engage in heated debate over timely topics.

Between three and four industry leaders will introduce the topic before participants break out into small roundtable groups to discuss the issues. Each session concludes with a room-wide discussion.

Switching tables at the start of each session ensures maximum interaction and networking opportunities with all participants.


'The best part of the Think Tank is the opportunity to connect and discuss important issues with colleagues and thought leaders. To share ideas and be inspired to new insights.'

'Great session and atmosphere for exchanging ideas and information.'

‘The networking opportunities were great and the discussions were superb!’

‘Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the program yesterday. I thought it was very interesting and I enjoyed it immensely.’

Event features

  • Interactive
  • Educational
  • Exclusive
  • Timely, relevant topics
  • Forum for open discussion
  • Guaranteed anonymity


Attendees are leading governance and compliance professionals, many of whom have been highlighted at our Corporate Governance Awards. Each participant is someone with an established track record and a strategic governance and compliance role within his or her company.

Governance, risk and compliance for the post-IPO company

Many seminars provide guidance on the process of going public, yet none raise the challenging practical issues or provide pragmatic guidance for companies that are now newly public - until now.

Born out of our successful think tank format, this unique seminar is designed for companies that have gone public in the last three years and those preparing to go public. You are invited to learn from some of the country’s leading experts as they share their expertise and experience on the best ways to implement and maintain the necessary legal, governance, risk and compliance requirements for newly public companies.

Who should attend?
Any of the following executives at a company that has gone public in the last three years, or is planning on going public soon:

  • General Counsel
  • Corporate Secretaries
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Investor Relations Officers
  • Risk Officers
  • Controllers
  • Chief Communications Officers

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10.00 am PDT / 1.00 pm EDT / 6.00 pm BST
Duration: 30 minutes

Recording now available! Listen back here >

As advisers, confidantes and resources for the board, corporate secretaries are uniquely positioned to directly increase the effectiveness of their board of directors and drive shareowner value. Although corporate secretaries can demonstrate leadership in almost any area of the company’s corporate governance, this webinar focused on two areas in which they may have an exceptional impact: board succession and evaluations.

Discussion topics included:

  • Increasing the effectiveness of board succession
  • Best practices to introduce new concepts to the board
  • Creating more effective board and committee evaluations

This is part of Corporate Secretary’s program of content-driven webinars. Short, sharp and packed with expert insight, the webinar will bring you up to speed on this critical issue in just 30 minutes.

10.00 am PDT / 1.00 pm EDT / 6.00 pm BST
Duration: 30 minutes 

Download the slides here 

Listen back to the recording here - now available!

While the risks of operating in a digital world are known, it is now more important than ever for corporate secretaries to fully understand how to protect a company’s board materials from coming under attack. This webinar will address these real and growing threats, the security differences between various technology tools, and the new standards for data protection.

Discussion topics:

  • The rising risk to companies and what's at stake
  • Responsibilities of corporate secretaries and the board
  • Best practices companies should adopt to proactively address cyber-risks and cyber-threats

Jeffry Powell, executive vice president of sales, North America, Diligent Board Member Services
Daniel Stein, partner, Richards Kibbe & Orbe
Moderator: Neil Stewart, editorial & research director, Corporate Secretary

This is part of Corporate Secretary’s program of content-driven webinars. Short, sharp and packed with expert insight, the webinar will bring you up to speed on this critical issue in just 30 minutes.

Contact information

For more information about any of our events, please contact:

Connie Blackman