NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Board Dynamics: Adding Value via the Power of Personal Interactions

March 7, 2017
New York, NY



CALLING ALL DIRECTORS who have ever had to deal with:

  • an "imperial CEO" who still believes that "my way or the highway" is a valid leadership thesis?
  • a management group who committed the Company without appropiate consultation?
  • a Board whose desire for harmony is in danger of crossing the line into endemic "group think"?
  • underperforming, disruptive, dominating or otherwise difficult directors, including having to move them off your Board?
  • an adversarial relationship between your Board Chair (or lead director, or Compensation Committee Chair) and your CEO?
  • infighting, leading to dysfunction, between different factions within the Board?
  • "Boardroom energy drains", resulting from inappropiate attitudes or behaviors, a lack of candor, etc.

The quality of Board members’ interactions – among themselves and vis a vis the C-suite – are crucial to Board success. 

Join our distinguished panel as they engage in an interactive discussion with our audience, offering practical advice on thorny, real world issues that we directors often need to confront in the Board room.  In addition to the situations described above, topics to be discussed will include:  how to communicate constructively, effectively and efficiently with fellow directors and management; keys to creating the “good chemistry” aspect of high-performing Boards; how to draw out the best contributions from each Director; how to make Board and Committee meetings, especially executive sessions, run more efficiently and productively; the role Board evaluations can play; and what do institutional shareholders want to know about Board dynamics, and how are they starting to access that information?

Location and Time


Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Ave
New York, NY 10017

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM: Registration and Lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM:   Program

Speaker Spotlight


Christine Edwards

Partner, Corporate Governance, Winston & Strawn LLP and Director, BMO Financial Group

Christine Edwards is a nationally recognized authority on financial services regulation, corporate governance and public company issues. A Chicago based partner of Winston & Strawn, she also heads the firm’s bank regulatory practice. Ms. Edwards proactively counsels clients on corporate governance, boards of director issues, securities and banking industry regulation, risk management, compliance, banking and securities transactions, and privacy and identity theft matters. She also has extensive experience supervising complex internal investigations and regulatory defense matters. Prior to joining Winston & Strawn in 2003, Ms. Edwards served as executive vice president and chief legal officer at Bank One Corporation, a predecessor company to JPMorgan Chase, and Morgan Stanley, where she spent over 25 years at that company and its predecessors. It was there that she achieved the distinction of becoming the first female General Counsel on Wall Street.

Since 2010, Edwards has served as an independent public company director of BMO Financial (TSX, NYSE “BMO”) in Toronto, Chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee, and serves on the HR and Compensation, and Risk Committees there. She also serves on the Board of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Chairs the Audit Committee as well as serving on the Executive, and Nominating and Governance Committees.

Finally, she serves on a number of industry Boards including the US Chamber’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness in Washington DC. Ms. Edwards is a frequent speaker and author on topics of corporate governance and the financial services industry.

Rob Galford

Managing Partner, Center for Leading Organizations, and Director, Forrester Research

Rob Galford, Managing Partner of the Center for Leading Organizations, divides his time across teaching on Executive Education programs and working with boards and senior executives at the world’s leading public, private and governmental entities. He is a Leadership Fellow in Executive Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and on the teaching faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Rob is a member of the Board of Directors of Forrester Research, where he chairs the Compensation and Nominating Committee, and sits as an Outside Board Advisor to the architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch. Rob is the co-author of The Trusted Advisor, The Trusted Leader, Your Leadership Legacy, Simple Sabotage and numerous articles in Harvard Business Review and other major publications.

Barbara Pomfret

Business Manager of Corporate Governance Investment Analysis, Bloomberg

Barbara Pomfret is a business manager at Bloomberg with responsibility for Bloomberg's corporate governance investment analysis - a suite of tools used by the investment community to identify actual and potential governance risks and tendencies at the companies they invest in. Previously, having launched Bloomberg's environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) research product, Barbara was a senior ESG analyst for Bloomberg intelligence.

Barbara has ten years of investment and research experience in New York, London and Frankfurt, over four years of which were spent as an analyst on the sustainability and corporate governance research team at Allianza Global Investors. Barbara has an MSc in Environmental Science from Imperial College London and a BA in Geography from St. Hilda's College, Oxford University.

Anthony Goodman


Member, Russell Reynolds Associates Board Effectiveness Practice

Anthony Goodman is a member of the firm's Board Effectiveness Practice. Based in Boston, he has significant experience working with Board Directors and their stakeholders across sectors in the United States and Europe.

Prior to joining the firm, Anthony was a partner at Tapestry Networks for more than twelve years. Tapestry convenes Board Directors, investors and regulators in small, private meetings for peer learning and to develop mutual understanding. While at Tapestry, Anthony created and led many corporate governance networks, including those for Fortune 500 lead Directors and audit Committee chairs. Anthony was also co-chair of the Shareholder-Director Exchange (SDX) and is a Board Director at a nonprofit called America SCORES New England which provides after-school programs in public schools in Boston. Before that, Anthony was the CEO of Smythe Dorward Lambert, Inc., a consultancy specializing in leadership development, change management and employee communication. He began his career in marketing and public relations in the UK.

Anthony received his Master of Arts in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, where he was also elected president of the Oxford Union.



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