Upcoming events for ACCD.

September 08, 2020 Qualified Webinar

Successful Supply Chain Management

Hosted by Clint Allen featuring Samantha Ravich, PhD


Dr. Samantha Ravich is a defense and intelligence policy and tech entrepreneur, with a focus on cyber, emerging technologies such as AI and blockchain, and supply chain vulnerabilities and mitigation. She is the Chair of the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies; the Vice Chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board; a Commissioner on the Congressionally-mandated Cyberspace Solarium Commission; and a member of the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board where she is Co-Chair of the AI subcommittee. Dr. Ravich is also a managing partner at the data analytics firm, A2P, LLC; a Board Governor at the NYSE-listed company, International Game Technology (NTSE:IGT) where she sits on the Nominating and Governance Committee; and, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) where she sits on the Audit and R&D Committees. Her groundbreaking work on Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare is shaping a growing field of study on this threat and the term was cited in the 2018 National Security Strategy.

September 22, 2020 Qualified Webinar

History and 2020-2021 Schedule

Featuring Clint Allen, Founder and President

Zoominar Certification Program

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 2:00 - 3:00p


Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Certification Credit

Contact information will be furnished

September 30, 2020 Qualified Webinar

A Discussion of the Markets

Mike McAdoo, Partner, BCG, Gary Wang, Lacob Kock-Weser

“The future of Global Trade and Supply Chains post corona-19

Zoominar Certification Program
Wednesday, June 24, 2:00 - 3:00p EST
Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Certification Credit
Contact information will be furnished

Michael McAdoo
Partner & Associate Director


Michael returned to Boston Consulting Group in 2017. He is a core member of the firm’s Global Advantage practice and a member of the Industrial Goods practice.
For more than 25 years, Michael has worked at the nexus of corporate strategy, public policy, and international geopolitics. He has been a member of the senior staff of the prime minister of a G7 country; a BCG principal; and a C-suite executive responsible for strategy, international trade, and international business development. He has successfully resolved trade disputes and/or market access barriers in the US, the EU, Russia, China, and Brazil. He has lived and worked in all three NAFTA countries, including running a Mexican manufacturing site with 225 unionized employees.

October 07, 2020 Qualified Webinar


Governor Tom Ridge

2:00-3:00 EST


Born in Pittsburgh’s Steel Valley and raised in Erie, PA, Governor Tom Ridge is well known as one of our nation’s most respected public servants. From his decorated service in Vietnam to Congress, from the Governor’s Office to serving as our nation’s first Homeland Security Secretary, he is well respected across the nation and overseas. A strong and visionary leader, he has gained a deserved reputation as an innovator, not an ideologue and is esteemed by individuals on both sides of the aisle.

Public Service:

  • Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, marking the largest reorganization of government since the Truman administration
  • Served as the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania, where his aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care, and the environment
  • Elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and overwhelmingly re-elected by Pennsylvania voters five times

Boards, Activities, and Honors:

  • Chairman, National Organization on Disability
  • Cochair, Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense
  • The Tom Ridge Environmental Center and the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences at Mercyhurst University are named in his honor
  • Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his time in the U.S. Army


  • Harvard University, B.A., with honors
  • Dickinson School of Law, J.D.

October 28, 2020 Qualified Webinar

State of the Markets

With Andrew Malik, Needham & Company

Zoominar Certification Program

October 28, 2:00 - 3:00p EST
Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Certification Credit
Contact information will be furnished


Chairman, Needham & Company, LLC, and Head of Capital Markets

Andrew Malik was named Chairman of Needham & Company in 2008. Prior to Needham, he spent 21 years at Lehman Brothers, where he was a partner and subsequently managing director. During his time at Lehman, Mr. Malik’s duties included serving as head of Technology Capital Markets and head of the Banking Development Group. Prior to Lehman Brothers, he ran Capital Markets and Institutional Sales for C.E. Unterberg, Towbin (which became L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin) from 1971 to 1987. Earlier in his career, Mr. Malik was a security analyst with Josephthal & Co. and a partner in charge of Institutional Sales with Muriel Siebert & Co. A well respected Wall Street veteran, he has worked on more than one thousand equity, debt, and M&A transactions. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of several technology companies and venture firms, including a number of years as chairman of the Audit Committee of Hummingbird, Inc. Mr. Malik also lectures extensively on college campuses on a variety of topics related to corporate finance.

November 10, 2020 Qualified Webinar

A D&O Update

Featuring John M. Orr, D&O Coverage Leader

D&O Coverage Leader

Willis Towers Watson, San Francisco, Ca

Participants earn 1 Qualified Professional Director Credit Contact instruction to be sent


John was previously at Integro, where he served for almost 14 years, most recently as the firm’s national executive and professional risk practice leader. Before Integro, he led the West region’s claim advocacy team for Marsh’s FINPRO practice. John began his career as a practicing attorney with the national firm of Arter & Hadden representing directors and officers, and professional liability insurers as coverage and monitoring counsel, rising to a partner with the firm. John received his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Southern California.

November 18, 2020 Qualified Webinar

How Not to get Sued as a Director

Featuring Robert Popeo, Chairman, Mintz Levin

Participants earn 1 Qualified Professional Director Credit Contact instruction to be sent


As Chairman of Mintz and a member of the firm’s Policy Committee, Bob is credited with establishing the firm’s Litigation Practice and, in particular, the nationally recognized White Collar Criminal Defense Practice.

From playing a key role in reforming the Massachusetts court system to his active involvement in a long list of charitable endeavors, Bob has been an integral part of the fabric of Boston’s business and civic communities for more than 40 years. Considered a "force of nature at the Bar," according to Chambers USA, Bob has had a legal career that includes representation of a full spectrum of high-profile clients, including CEOs, doctors, lawyers, and leading political figures. He has also represented several Fortune 500 companies and their directors and officers.

December 02, 2020 Qualified Webinar


Guhan Subramanian

2:00-3:00 EST


H. Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law, Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business
Guhan Subramanian is the Joseph Flom Professor of Law and Business at the Harvard Law School and the Douglas Weaver Professor of Business Law at the Harvard Business School. He is the first person in the history of Harvard University to hold tenured appointments at both HLS and HBS. At HLS he teaches courses in negotiations and corporate law. At HBS he teaches in several executive education programs, such as Strategic Negotiations, Making Corporate Boards More Effective, and the Advanced Management Program. He is the faculty chair for the JD/MBA program at Harvard University, the Harvard Program on Negotiation, and the Mergers & Acquisitions executive education course at HBS. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty he spent three years at McKinsey & Company

December 10, 2020 Qualified Webinar

Running a Successful Audit Committee

Moderated by Krishna Palepu and Blythe McGarvie


Blythe J. McGarvie, as Founder and President of Leadership for International Finance, heads a team of enthusiastic experts committed to increasing clients' business performance. Blythe currently serves on the Boards of Accenture Ltd, The Pepsi Bottling Group, St. Paul Travelers Companies, Lafarge North America and Wawa Inc. and has served on numerous non-profit boards.Prior to founding her firm, Blythe was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BIC Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of convenient disposable products. She also served as Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Hannaford Bros. Co., a Fortune 500 supermarket retailer, and as Chief Administrative Officer – Pacific Rim of Sara Lee Corporation. Blythe is a Certified Public Accountant and earned an MBA degree from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She received the Kellogg Graduate School of Management Schaffner Award, presented to an alumnus (a) who is pre-eminent in his or her field and who provided outstanding service to Kellogg. In 2003, she was appointed as Senior Fellow of The Kellogg Innovation Network.Blythe has been featured in numerous national and international publications, including The New York Times and CFO magazine. Her new book Fit In, Stand Out, Mastering the FISO Factor for Success in Business and Life explains the key to leadership effectiveness. Visit www.FISOFactor.com to learn more. Career Summary Serves as a director on five corporate boards (Accenture, Pepsi Bottling Group, St. Paul Travelers Companies, Lafarge North America and Wawa, Inc.). MBA/CPA Chief Financial Officer with a proven record of building shareholder value in organizations undergoing significant change. Over a 26-year career, developed strategic initiatives to drive growth and profits for domestic and international businesses. Possesses broad and deep expertise in strategic business development, international acquisition, information technology, tax, treasury, financial planning and reporting, and accounting.


Krishna G. Palepu, joined the faculty of the Harvard Business School in 1983, and he is currently the Ross Graham Walker Professor of Business Administration. In addition to his academic position, Professor Palepu is Senior Advisor to the President for Global Strategy at Harvard University. Prior to this, Professor Palepu held other leadership positions at the School, including Senior Associate Dean, Director of Research, and Unit Chair.

January 13, 2021 Qualified Webinar

The Economics of Organizations and Human Resource Practices

Hosted by Clint Allen featuring Professor Paul Oyer, Stanford Business School


Paul Oyer studies the economics of organizations and human resource practices. His work has looked at the use of broad-based stock option plans, how firms use non-cash benefits, how firms respond to limits on their ability to displace workers, and how labor market conditions affect their entire careers when MBAs and PhD economists leave school. Oyer's current projects include studies of of the "Gig Economy" and a study of how people's backgrounds determine the decision to become an entrepreneur and the success of ventures that they start.

January 28, 2021 Qualified Webinar

The Dynamics of an Effective Non-Executive Chairman

Hosted by Clint Allen featuring Joe Martin and Jack O'Brien two skilled c-suite executives with extensive Non-Executive Chairman Experience

Attendees earn 1 Qualified Credit

Contact information will be sent prior to the event.


Director Since July 2003

Mr. O’Brien retired in 2002 as the Chief Executive Officer of Allmerica Financial Corporation, a public insurance company. In addition to serving on our Board of Directors, he is a director of Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemicals corporation, and a director of The TJX Companies, Inc., an off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions. Mr. O'Brien was a director of a family of registered investment companies managed by BlackRock, an investment management advisory firm, until December 2018. From August 1989 to November 2002, Mr. O’Brien was President and Chief Executive Officer of Allmerica Financial Corporation. From 1968 to 1989, Mr. O’Brien held several positions at Fidelity Investments, including Group Managing Director of FMR Corporation (from 1986 to 1989), Chairman of Institutional Services Company (from 1986 to 1989) and Chairman of Brokerage Services, Inc. (from 1984 to 1989).


Mr. Martin is the Non-Executive Board Chairman for Brooks Automation, Inc., a publicly traded company that is a leading provider of life science and semiconductor manufacturing automation solutions worldwide, headquartered in Chelmsford, MA. Mr. Martin had previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board for Fairchild Semiconductor Corporation, a publicly traded company designing and manufacturing power semiconductors. Besides Brooks Automation, he is also currently a member of the board of directors and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance committee of Collectors Universe, Inc., a publicly traded company that provides third-party authentication and grading service for high-value collectibles; Bionik Laboratories Corp. a publicly traded medical device and robotics company focused on developing transformational technologies and solutions for individuals with neurological disorders, where he chairs the Audit and Finance Committee; and a member of the board of directors and also chairman of the Audit Committee for privately-held Allegro MicroSystem, which manufactures high-performance power and sensing semiconductors. Mr. Martin currently serves as a trustee of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he was Commencement Speaker and received an honorary Doctorate in 2018. Mr. Martin previously served as a director of SynQor, Incorporated, a privately held manufacturer of power converters, and Soitec, Inc., a publicly traded semiconductor wafer processing company.

February 23, 2021 Qualified Webinar

Current and Future Director Fees

Featuring Jan Koors, partner, Pearl Meyer and Partners


Ms. Koors is a senior managing director with Pearl Meyer and president of the firm’s Western region. She has more than 25 years of experience in executive compensation and governance, and has consulted to companies of all sizes and industries. She advises company boards and management teams on all aspects of executive and director compensation design, performance measure selection and calibration, and related corporate governance issues. She is also responsible for the firm’s annual Director Compensation Study, published in conjunction with the NACD.

A noted expert in the field, Ms. Koors has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times. She has appeared on CNN’s MoneyLine, NBC Nightly News, and has spoken at numerous seminars on executive and director compensation issues. Ms. Koors is an NACD Governance Fellow, and serves as faculty for the NACD’s Director Professionalism and Master Class programs. In 2016, she was named for the ninth time to the D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance.

Ms. Koors received her BA from Wellesley College, and is a member of the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council.