Virtual 2020: 5th Annual Board Leaders Convening

This year, we are re-launching our annual event as the 2020 LCDA Board Leaders Convening Reimagined: Leading in a Time of Crisis and Recovery, with virtual sessions between June and October.

Board leadership is put to the test in this time of tremendous uncertainty and high-stakes realignment. The unprecedented pandemic and social unrest has exacerbated the need for companies to reinvent business models and accelerated the pace of tech and virtual adoption, while keeping the health and well-being of the employee, customer, and community top-of-mind. Virtual attendees can look forward to quality, engaging, high-caliber programming featuring board-level speakers for purpose-driven conversations related to our theme.

Press who wish to attend LCDA's virtual events must first complete a Press Credentialing Application. Once your application has been accepted, we will register you for the session.

Stay tuned! We will continue to update this page with details on the 2020 LCDA Board Leaders Convening Reimagined.

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Past Sessions

Preparing for the 2021 Proxy Season: Shareholder Activism in a Post-Pandemic Economy

DATE: Thursday, November 19, 2020

TIME: 3:45 - 5:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

  Session Partners

Rafael Diaz-Granados*

Former Chief Restructuring Officer, GE Healthcare; Director: Angeles Investors; Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation; Paragon

Marc Goldstein

Executive Director, Head of U.S. Research, ISS Governance

Lawrence Elbaum

Partner, Shareholder Activism, Vinson & Elkins

John Hoeppner

Head of US Stewardship and Sustainable Investments, Legal & General Investment Management America, Inc.

Amy Lissauer

Managing Director, Head of Activism and Raid Defense at Bank of America Merrill Lynch

The ongoing pandemic, economic crisis, and social unrest resulting from the Black Lives Matter movement have thrust the S in ESG front and center with shareholder activists, bringing issues like workforce diversity and racial justice to the top of activists‘ agendas. At the height of this turmoil, shareholder activism during the 2020 proxy season was reported to be lighter. With shareholders feeling pent-up activism, are we likely to see a surge of activity for the 2021 spring proxy season?  What should directors expect and be prepared to respond to regarding governance issues and possible challenges? Join our panel of experts as they discuss a range of corporate governance topics including shareholder activism before the pandemic, as we transition out of the pandemic, and post-pandemic expectations.

Members of the press who wish to attend this session must first complete a Press Credentialing Application. Once your application has been accepted, we will register you for the session.

Leadership Matters: A Conversation with Cesar Conde, Chairman NBCUniversal News Group; Director Walmart and PepsiCo

DATE: Thursday, October 29, 2020

TIME: 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

  Session Partners

Opening Remarks
Peter Gleason

CEO, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

Elizabeth Oliver-Farrow*

LCDA Board Vice Chair, Former Director of CareFirst Inc./BlueCross/BlueShield, Former CEO of The Oliver Group, Inc.

Stephanie Ruhle

Anchor, MSNBC; Correspondent, NBC News

Featured Speaker
Cesar Conde*

Chairman of NBCUniversal News Group; Director, PepsiCo and Walmart

The world is experiencing many dramatic, unprecedented events at the same time--the coronavirus pandemic, ongoing protests against racial inequality, and tremendous political and economic turmoil. As many of us remain in some form of lockdown, it is a time when we are even more dependent on the vital role the news media plays in bringing breaking news into our homes. How are news networks facing this dual challenge, as both employers and as a vital pillar of our democracy? How do they work to earn--and--keep the trust of their viewers in the era of disinformation? And how do they navigate the seismic shift to digital and mobile consumption? Join us as we sit down with Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, who began in that role in May and is the first Latino to run a major English language news organization, to learn about his vision for the business, the outlook for the news industry, and the need for bold leadership in this uncertain time.

Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX)

DATE: October 20-21 2020

TIME: 10:00 AM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

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Companies have spent the better part of the year grappling with economic shutdowns, supply chain shocks, evaporated demand and many other unanticipated market changes. As the ground continues to shift, one thing at least is clear: there will be much for boards to debate over the next twelve months, particularly as society demands more transparency and accountability from companies.

What are the hard choices that need to be made, and how can boards push executives to pursue long-term goals in the face of shorter-term market pressures? These questions and more will be raised at ODX where winners of the prestigious Outstanding Directors award and other experienced board members lead panels will share their professional experiences and insights on how boards can help ensure resilience and continuity during times of stress.

Impact Investing: The "S" in ESG Takes Center Stage

DATE: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

TIME: 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

     Session Partner

Tere Alvarez Canida*

Principal, Cito Capital Group; Director, Kemper

Ralph De La Vega*

Former Vice Chairman, AT&T; Director, Amdocs Ltd., American Express Company, and New York Life Insurance Co.

John Goldstein

Head of the Sustainable Finance Group, Goldman Sachs

COVID-19 and the ongoing social unrest around policing practices and systemic inequalities has brought to light the importance of social factors to a company’s bottom line. It has also driven an increasing acknowledgement that social factors, in combination with financial metrics and environmental and governance factors, can help investors understand how resilient a company may be. The decisions companies make now will impact how their employees view them, how their customers view them, and ultimately how they are viewed by investors. In 2020, companies will be measured on two things - liquidity and humanity.

Leadership Matters: The Intersection of Insurance and the Pandemic

DATE: Thursday, October 8, 2020

TIME: 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

Featured Speaker
Daniel S. Glaser

President & CEO, Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC)

Featured Speaker
 Julio A. Portalatin*

Vice Chair, Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC); Director, DXC Technology

The world is experiencing two dramatic and unforeseen events at the same time. First the global pandemic and second, an economic crisis driven by a simultaneous lockdown in almost every part of the world, challenging business and economies alike. These months have demonstrated that the commercial insurance market cannot fully provide organizations with protection from the enormous costs of pandemics. How can businesses respond to these challenges and become more resilient to future pandemics? In this session, LCDA Member and Marsh & McLennan Vice Chair Julio Portalatin speaks with the Company’s President & CEO Dan Glaser about the pandemic and what’s next, the outlook for the insurance industry, public-private solutions, business resiliency, and the need for purposeful leadership in this uncertain time.

Private Equity Landscape: The Path Ahead for the Economy and the New Normal

DATE: Thursday, October 1, 2020

TIME: 3:45 - 5:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

Session Partner

Special Remarks
Al Prieto

Managing Partner, New York & Partner, Board & CEO Practice, Egon Zehnder

Jose B. Alvarez*

Senior Lecturer, Business Administration, Harvard Business School; Former CEO-Stop & Shop Companies, Koninklijke Ahold N.V.; Director: United Rentals, the TJX Companies, and the Joyce Foundation

Wes Bieligk

Managing Director, U.S. Buyout, Corporate Private Equity, Carlyle; Director: Novolex

Nancy Ford

Managing Director, Private Equity, KKR; Director: Upfield, Nature's Bounty, Channel Control Merchants, Gibson Brands, Heartland Dental., and Coty

David Trujillo

Partner, TPG; Director: Astound Broadband, Azoff Music Company, Calm, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Entertainment Partners, Ipsy, Uber, Univision, and Vice

Private equity firms are adjusting to the increased need to build a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem. There is significant investment in PE firms and those firms that recognize the competitive value these innovative ecosystems drive will lead the way. Join us for an opportunity to learn how private equity firms are leading in the current unsettled economic and social environment. This session will also provide insights on serving on PE-backed private company boards, and how to position yourself to serve on a PE-backed portfolio company.

DATE: Thursday, September 24, 2020

TIME: 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

In the first two sessions of the 2020 HLEF Webinar Series, a partnership of McKinsey & Company and the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), we discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the Hispanic and Latino community, how it has had a disproportionate impact on this vulnerable population, and what areas of opportunity are emerging as most promising as we look to recovery. Group discussions were also had and participants were able to share information on initiatives and resources they have available to address the impact of COVID-19 in their communities.

Energy on The Front Lines: Powering the Grid and Essential Services During a Pandemic

DATE: Wednesday, August 12, 2020

TIME: 1:50 - 3:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

FORMAT: Fireside Chat

Special Remarks
Anthony Castellanos*

Global Account Lead Partner and Industries Leader, KPMG U.S.; Director, KPMG LLP

Grace D. Lieblein*

Fmr VP-Global Quality & Supply Chain/General Manager-Brazil & Mexico, General Motors Company; Director, American Tower Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., and Southwest Airlines Co.

Featured Speaker
Joseph Dominguez*

CEO, ComEd

Featured Speaker
Pedro J. Pizzaro

President & CEO, Edison International 

It can arguably be said that energy companies are all about disaster preparedness and resiliency. As protectors of "The Grid" and providers of critical infrastructure, the energy industry plans for and prepares to respond to many foreseeable hazards. Yet, no industry or board could have prepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and the economic fallout. This session will explore early responses, adjustments since, and how they are working to shape the new normal. 

The Role of the Board in Addressing Systemic Racism and Inequity:
A Call to Action from the  Diverse Corporate Directors Coalition (DCDC)

DATE: Thursday, August 6, 2020

TIME: 4:45 - 6:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

Session Partner

Special Remarks
Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane

Executive Director, Thirty Percent Coalition

Introductory Remarks
Susan Angele

Senior Advisor, Board Governance, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Hon. Ken Salazar*

Partner & Co-Chair, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice, WilmerHale and Fmr U.S. Senator-Colorado; Director, Mayo Clinic; Target Corporation

Evelyn D'An*

Co-Chair for BoardNext, an initiative of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Foundation; Director, Enochian Biosciences, Inc., GHD and Summer Infant

Matt Fust

Senior Advisor to Out Leaderships Quorum initiative; Advisor to life sciences companies; Director, Ultragenyx, Atara Biotherapeutics, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, and BlackThorn Therapeutics

John W. Rogers Jr.

Chairman, Co-CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments; Director, Exelon, McDonalds, and Nike

Janet S. Wong

CPA, National Executive Advisor, Ascend Pinnacle; Director, Enviva Partners and Allegiance Bancshares

The vision of the Diverse Corporate Directors Coalition (DCDC) is a corporate America where boardrooms leverage the strength of Americas diversity as a competitive advantage. This coalition has been formed to accelerate change and equity, as the progress towards inclusive diversity continues to be slow. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) make good business sense. 

Current times call for proactive, vigilant leadership working towards achieving comprehensive and measurable results. In response to these needs, the DCDC has created a call to action, challenging companies to make a commitment to board equity in their governance guidelines by following our holistic action plan to operationalize meaningful change. 

Join us for a conversation to discuss concrete, bold actions by directors to address issues around systemic racism, social inequities, and advancing representation on corporate boards.

On the Frontlines: Intersection of Healthcare & A Pandemic

DATE: Thursday, July 9, 2020

TIME: 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

From efforts early in the pandemic to flatten the curve to managing the crisis, how did we fare, what have we learned, and what practices are here to stay? This session will address board oversight in ensuring quality and patient safety, protecting employees, financial solvency, and the accelerated pace of technology. This session is open to LCDA Members and our extended network. Please use the button below to register.

Jose R. Rodriguez*

LCDA Treasurer; Partner-in-Charge/Fmr Executive Director-Audit Committee Institute, KPMG LLP

Maria G. Hernandez*

Ph.D., President/COO, Impact4Health; Director, AAA- NCNU (MountainWest Group); Alameda Health System

Rodrigo López*

President & CEO and Director, Childrens Hospital & Medical Center Omaha; Director, Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, AmeriSphere Companies, LLC, and Lamp Rynearson & Associates Inc.

Dr. Elena Rios*

President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA); Director, CareFirst, BlueCross BlueShield, National Capital Area

DATE: Tuesday, June 30, 2020

TIME: 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET

ATTENDEES: LCDA Members and Extended Network

In the first session of the 2020 HLEF Webinar Series, a partnership of McKinsey & Company and the Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA), we discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the Hispanic and Latino community, how it has had a disproportionate impact on this vulnerable population, and what areas of opportunity are emerging as most promising as we look to recovery.

As we continue this important conversation, our second session will focus on COVID-19: Taking action to improve lives and livelihoods for Hispanic & Latinxs. This webinar will include a guest speaker, followed by small group discussions. Please feel free to forward the invitation to other Hispanic and Latino leaders. For any questions, please reach out to Please use the button below to register.

A Peer Exchange with LCDA Members:

The Role of Directors in Responding to Systemic Racism and Inequalities

DATE: Thursday, June 25, 2020

TIME: 5:00 - 6:00 PM ET

ATTENDEES: Private - LCDA Members Only

Diversity and inclusion are at the core of who we are at LCDA and the basis for our mission. We stand in solidarity with the African American community, and LCDA will be an ally in seeking solutions to address systemic racism and inequality. Join us for a peer discussion on concrete actions and recommendations directors can take back to engage their boards. This session is private and open to LCDA members only. Please use the button below to register.

Roel C. Campos*

LCDA Chairman; Partner, Chair of SEC Enforcement Defense Practice, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP; former Commissioner US Securities & Exchange Commission; Director, Regional Management Corp., Liquidnet Holdings, and John Paulson & Co.

Kimberly Casiano*

LCDA Board Member; Director, Ford Motor Company and Mutual of America Financial Services

Judge Nelson Diaz*

LCDEF Treasurer; Partner, Dilworth Paxson LLP; Director, PECO Energy Company

Adalio Sanchez*

President, S Group Advisory, LLC; Director, ACI Worldwide, Avnet, and The MITRE Corporation


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