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The Corporate Director Podcast
45 minutes | 14 days ago
Navigating Change, Elevating ESG
From rethinking committee structures to navigating COVID-19, change, and ESG expectations, boards had a lot on their plates in 2020. Governance expert and former general counsel/corporate secretary Doug Chia shares his observations and recommendations.
45 minutes | a month ago
Hot Trends in Corporate Governance: Surprises from the Latest Boardroom Research
Description: PwC’s Annual Corporate Directors Survey is out for 2020, a year truly like no other. Leah Malone, a director in PwC’s Governance Insights Center, shares the latest findings including how DE&I is factoring (or not) into board composition and executive compensation. Then we speak with Melanie Nolen, Director of Research for Corporate Board Member about the latest Director Confidence Index created with Diligent Institute. Be prepared for some surprises.
37 minutes | a month ago
Tips on Diversity from a Digital Leader
Coco Brown created The Athena Alliance when she found herself in Silicon Valley “a lone woman among a sea of men.” Here she talks about board recruitment, refreshment, tenure, and how an “only” on a board can make their voice heard and add value.
39 minutes | 2 months ago
What Does It Mean To Be A 'Just' Company?
What does it mean to be a good employer and corporate citizen today? JUST Capital CEO Martin Whittaker talks about changing roles in 2020, the challenges of ESG reporting, and what boards should think about leading up to the US presidential election.
29 minutes | 3 months ago
What “High Performance” Means for Boards in 2020
What does a high-performing board look like in 2020, already a year like no other? To gain some insights, podcast co-host Meghan Day talks to a particularly busy director: Anna Catalano. Not only does Catalano serve on the boards of Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation, Frontdoor, Inc., and Appvion, she is a certified Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors as well as president of its Texas/Tri-Cities Chapter and board member for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Houston Grand Opera. In this episode, she shares her reflections from these varied experiences on how today’s boards can stay ahead of crisis and change.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
ESG: From Afterthought to Strategic Imperative
“We may vote against the election of directors where we have concerns that a company might not be dealing with E&S factors appropriately.” This new addition to BlackRock’s corporate governance and proxy voting guidelines shifts ESG from “an afterthought to a strategic imperative” for boards, says Helle Bank Jorgensen, a globally recognized sustainability, climate change, and ESG expert. To help board members keep pace, Jorgensen founded Competent Boards to give current and future directors an online platform to learn from global experts and each other. The end goal is for board members to “get the tools to get the insight to get the foresight they need to make better decisions and make their companies more resilient.”
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Risks Boards Should Take, from an 'Unapologetically Ambitious' Director
In the tumultuous year that has been 2020, it might seem prudent for companies to hunker down, lower expectations, and put proactive strategy on the back burner until the business climate stabilizes. Resist that urge, Shellye Archambeau says. Businesses that succeed do things differently, Archambeau says. Getting there inherently incurs risk. In fact, that’s what the corporate structure was designed for.
34 minutes | 4 months ago
Streamlined Agendas & Robust Discussions: How Virtual Board Meetings Are Transforming Board Work
The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming how corporate boards conduct business. For starters, with months of virtual meeting experience now behind them, most board members have largely mastered this tricky terrain. Can boards apply the best habits of today’s virtual meetings to more effective operations beyond the COVID-19 crisis?
40 minutes | 5 months ago
It's Time to Rethink Business as Usual: Spotlight on Retail and Governance
Declining foot traffic. The migration to digital and e-commerce brands. More globalization and lower barriers to entry. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic sent in-store shoppers and their wallets home for months, the future of retail has been called “dire” and “apocalyptic.” Have online retailers like Amazon won the battle for good? Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado brings a dual perspective to this question from the worlds of retail and governance. She’s held executive strategy roles with Williams-Sonoma and Macy’s, where she’s currently chief strategy officer, and serves on the board of directors for Umpqua Holdings.
43 minutes | 5 months ago
How the 'S' in ESG Is Changing
At the beginning of 2020, the environmental, sustainability/social, governance (ESG) discussion centered around climate change. What a difference a few months makes. The pandemic shutdowns, worldwide outrage over police brutality and systemic racism – what does it all mean for boards? Roy Dunbar brings a multi-faceted perspective from executive leadership roles at Network Solutions, MasterCard, and Eli Lilly and now serving on the boards of Humana, Johnson Controls, and SiteOne Landscape Supply. Show Hosts: Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director of the Diligent Institute, and Meghan Day, Senior Director of Board Member Experience for Diligent Corporation
53 minutes | 5 months ago
How Boards Are Responding to Injustice and Mounting Cyber Risk
On this week’s episode, hosts Dottie Schindlinger and Meghan day reflect on the recent events, and how corporate leaders are responding to the #BlackLivesMatter protests and denouncing racism and police violence. Then, Meghan shares her previously recorded interview with Larry Clinton, President of the Internet Security Alliance, on the huge uptick in cybercrime during the pandemic. According to Larry, if cybercrime around the world had its own economy, it would be big enough to qualify for inclusion among the G-10 nations. Larry discussed what it all means for boards, and what board members need to ask and expect from management in this new environment of increased cyber risk.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
Has the Business Landscape Been Forever Altered?
Executive compensation has gotten complicated. Succession planning – for more roles than just the CEO – has risen to the fore. Meanwhile, stock price volatility is spurring a rise in activism, inspiring shareholder rights plans, and tempting hedge funds. Dawn Zier, a board member for Spirit Airlines, brings insights from an industry hard hit by COVID-19, as well as perspectives from the board of Hain Celestial Group and her leadership of Nutrisystem. In this episode—marking the one-year anniversary of The Corporate Director Podcast—she joins co-host Dottie Schindlinger and Meghan Day to talk about how boards are re-thinking metrics, post-mortems, leadership, and more in today’s “new normal.”
30 minutes | 6 months ago
“Digital Directors” and Why They’re Needed More Than Ever
One “business” that’s thriving during the coronavirus crisis is cybercrime, which has increased four-fold since the start of the pandemic, according to the FBI. In this episode, we speak to Bob Zukis, CEO and founder of the Digital Directors Network about where boards are at in terms of preparedness, and how “digital directors” can help. Zukis is a leading advocate for digital diversity in the corporate boardroom, who has lived and worked on the front lines of globalization across four continents and twenty countries. He cites “a cybersecurity leadership crisis in companies all around the world in the boardroom”: They need to move from awareness of cyber risk to action.
59 minutes | 7 months ago
Surviving the Crisis: Lessons Learned from Healthcare Boards
During the COVID-19 crisis, when we most need a strong and robust healthcare system, healthcare leaders have faced unprecedented challenges. From canceling lucrative elective procedures at already cash-strapped facilities, to obtaining and allocating vital resources, to navigating evolving conditions—and standing up to skeptics—while battling a deadly virus, hospital and health system leaders have faced one tough decision after another. What best practices can all industries glean from the experience of healthcare boards, both now and into the future? In this episode, podcast co-hosts Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director of the Diligent Institute, and Meghan Day, Diligent Corporation Senior Director of Board Member Experience, get insights from Jamie Orlikoff, healthcare governance expert and chair of the board for the St. Charles Health System in Bend, Oregon.
35 minutes | 7 months ago
Global Ethicist on the Pandemic, Public Trust, & Technology
Is it right to order grocery delivery during a pandemic? What measures should companies take to protect employees during a lockdown? As the COVID-19 crisis places ethical questions like this in the forefront, @GlobalEthicist Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc shares her views on the podcast. Dr. Bonime-Blanc has built a career around helping corporations, governments, and nonprofits navigate ethical issues, including serving as an Independent Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico, and authoring the book, Gloom to Boom, on how leaders can transform ESG risk into opportunity. In this episode, Dr. Bonime-Blanc discusses the deficit of public trust in institutions, the role of ethical advisors, and the influence of technology on ESG issues and risk.
37 minutes | 8 months ago
A View on COVID-19 Governance from the Cockpit: Insights from an Airline Director
COVID-19 is very different from a traditional economics-based crisis or natural disaster. A great deal of uncertainty exists related to global response and how long the situation will last. “It’s more akin to a war zone than a normal crisis,” says Alejandro “Alex” Wolff. Wolff is a 34-year veteran of the US State Department, who now serves on the boards of Albemarle Corporation, PG&E Corporation, and two airlines – JetSmart Holdings – an airline operating in South America, and Frontier Airlines based in the US. In this episode, Wolff shares his insights on governance through the COVID-19 crisis, tips for boards on crisis leadership in general, and his predictions for what the world will look like beyond the pandemic.
44 minutes | 8 months ago
Pandemic Prep: How Can Boards Provide Strong Oversight of COVID-19 Response
Officially a pandemic, the impact of coronavirus is broad reaching and disruptive. For companies, your response not only impacts the bottom line, it also impacts lives. Podcast guest, Peter Deans, shares with Meghan Day, Diligent’s Director of Board Experience, his take on how the associated risks need to be effectively managed by boards and management. Also in this episode, Diligent Institute Head of Research Annie Kors offers highlights from a just-released report, A Few Good Women: Gender Inclusion in Public Company Board Leadership.
46 minutes | 9 months ago
Has Disruptive Innovation Hit the Boardroom?
Change is happening at lightning speed. In fact, the National Association of Corporate Directors reports that nearly 7 in 10 directors believe their company won’t be able to extend its historical strategy over the next five years. Dr. Clayton Christensen tackled this issue with his 1997 book The Innovator’s Dilemma. As did his fellow technology innovator, Claudia Fan Munce, as a co-founder and former managing director of the IBM Venture Capital Group. Munce shares with Diligent Institute Executive Director Dottie Schindlinger her perspectives on Christensen’s work and legacy, plus her own thoughts on innovation as a board member today. Also in this episode, Diligent Institute lead researcher Annie Kors shares highlights from a just-released report, “Beyond the Boardroom: How Directors Gain Insight,” with Meghan Day, Diligent’s Director of Board Experience. How is innovation disrupting boardrooms?
43 minutes | 9 months ago
Ethnic Diversity on Boards: Should Your Boardroom’s Makeup Reflect Your Market?
The roughly 60 million Latinos in the United States are a large and growing part of the nation’s workforce and customer base. Yet less than 3% of the board seats of Fortune 1000 companies are held by Latinos, according to Esther Aguilera, president & CEO of the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA). LCDA is changing this picture for the better. The organization is identifying board candidates, coaching and positioning Latino professionals for board service, and increasing awareness of the need for more Latinos on boards. In this episode, Meghan Day, Director of Directors’ Experience, Diligent, talks to Aguilera about efforts toward greater diversity to date—and how far boards have to go.
40 minutes | 10 months ago
Is 2020 really the year of ESG? BlackRock, Goldman Sachs, Davos & More
ESG is having its moment on the world stage: Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the 50th meeting of the World Economic Forum. This year’s updated “Davos Manifesto” focused on the broader social purpose of corporations – echoing a similar move by the Business Roundtable. And just before this convergence of global power players in the Swiss Alps, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink’s annual letter outlined new climate change disclosure requirements for publicly traded companies. Yet PwC’s annual CEO survey reports that climate change isn’t even among the top 10 issues of concern for CEOs. When The Conference Board surveyed C suite executives about their hot-button issues, climate change ranked only 9th, up from 11th the year before. In this episode, Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director of the Diligent Institute, talks about this confluence of trends and contradictions with Paul Washington, Executive Director of The Conference Board’s ESG Center.
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