Upcoming events for ACCD.

December 02, 2020 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EST Webinar: Deals in the Time of Covid: The LVMH-Tiffany Case Study

Profesor Guhan Subramanian


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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


2:00-3:00 PM EST Webinar: Running a Successful Audit Committee

Moderated by Krishna Palepu and Blythe McGarvie

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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.


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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.


December 17, 2020 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EST Webinar: State of the Markets

With Andrew Malik, Needham & Company

Zoominar Certification Program
Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Certification Credit
Contact information will be furnished

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ANDREW J. MALIK
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.

January 13, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EST Webinar: The Economics of Organizations and Human Resource Practices

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

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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


2:00-3:00 PM EST 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.

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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).

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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 09, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EST Webinar: Heeding the Board's 5 Observables

Webinar Featuring Mark Pfister

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Mark A. Pfister is CEO of Integral Board Group and the Chairman of the Board. He is also CEO of M. A. Pfister Strategy Group, an executive management firm that serves as a strategic advisory council for executives and Boards in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. He is a 'Board Macro-Influencer' and his success has been repeated across a wide range of business situations and environments. Mr. Pfister prides himself on being a coach and mentor to senior executives and is sought by teammates for his unique skill sets. In Board Director circles, Mr. Pfister has earned the nickname 'The Board Architect.'

February 23, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EST Webinar: Current and Future Director Fees

Featuring Jan Koors, partner, Pearl Meyer and Partners

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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.

March 09, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EST Webinar: Investment Banking in the 2021 Administration

Hosted by Clint Allen, Featuring Jim Apostolides, Managing Director Needham & Company

Zoominar Certification Program

Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit

Contact information will be furnished

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Mr. Apostolides joined Needham & Company as a Managing Director in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group in 2008. He has 46 years of experience as an investment banker, a strategy consultant and a corporate executive, and he has completed a wide variety of transactions valued at well over $100 billion. In addition to serving a broad range of clients on M&A and restructuring matters, Mr. Apostolides also serves as Chairman of the Firm’s Fairness Opinion Committee.

Mr. Apostolides began his career at McKinsey & Company, helping clients develop strategies to address growth, resource allocation, turnaround and diversification issues across a wide range of industries, and was based in New York, Amsterdam and Athens.

As an investment banker, he has worked at Salomon Brothers, Scully Brothers & Foss, Lehman Brothers, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup. Most of his banking career was devoted to working on large, extremely complex projects for some of the world’s most demanding clients, including GE, KKR, Accenture, GM, Hughes Aircraft, EDS, United Technologies and IBM.

Mr. Apostolides also spent four years in executive roles at Accenture, Oracle and BearingPoint, executing C-suite special projects of a financial and strategic nature.

Mr. Apostolides has a BS in Operations Research and an MBA in Finance, both from New York University.

March 23, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: An Update on the Political Arena

Hosted by Clint Allen, Featuring Michael Whouley, Political Consultant

Zoominar Certification Program

Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit

Contact information will be furnished

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As a co-founder of Dewey Square Group with more than 25 years of experience, Michael has been a key strategist in many of the nation’s high-profile public policy debates. He has led “war room” campaigns, directing messaging and political strategy operations for Fortune 50 companies, non-profits and coalitions.

A senior strategist for several national campaigns, Michael’s experience includes serving as General Election Director at the Democratic National Committee in 2004, Chief Political Strategist for the DNC in 2000, and senior advisor to the John Kerry for President and Gore 2000 campaigns. Additionally he was National Field Director for Clinton/Gore ’92 and National Campaign Manager for Vice President Gore during the 1996 reelection. Following the Clinton/Gore victory in 1992, Michael was appointed Director of the Office of Priority Placement in the White House Office of Personnel. In 2006 he oversaw national GOTV activities for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which led to a historic gain in US House seats and Democratic control of Congress.

Michael is a native of Boston and a graduate of Boston College.



April 07, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: Getting a Board Seat

Hosted by Clint Allen, Featuring Mike Jeans.

Zoominar Certification Program

Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Certification Credit

Contact information will be furnished

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April 20, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: When Do Directors Need to Hire a Consultant?

Hosted by Clint Allen featuring Meldon Wolfgang, Partner, BCG

Attendees earn 1 Qualified Credit

Contact information will be sent prior to the event.

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Mel Wolfgang is a Partner in BCG’s Boston office, having also worked in BCG’s London and Kuala Lumpur offices. He has served clients across a number of heavy industrial spaces in areas relating to strategy, manufacturing, operations, growth, and pricing. He serves on the Global Leadership teams of both BCG's Operations and Organization Practices where he leads our Change Management topic. In addition, Mel serves on the NAMR Regional Management Team, where he leads all Talent Management.

He has deep expertise in the areas of manufacturing strategy, organization structure and engagement, shop-floor safety, advanced / data-enabled manufacturing, operational effectiveness, growth and B2B go-to-market, and pricing. He has also published a number of papers on the topics of supply chain optimization and industry 4.0 manufacturing.

His consulting project experience includes:

• Led the restructuring analysis of a 300+ location global distribution footprint, rationalizing regional footprints to reduce total locations by over 50% and net annual savings of over $2b

• Developed plant rationalization strategy for a multi-mill network in specialty paper industry, reducing 25% of locations with minimal investment capital in remaining footprint to absorb output

• Supported development of plant closure strategy for one of US's largest integrated steel mill companies

• Developed a plan to help a carbon steel mill avoid bankruptcy through a mix of operational, labor & financial levers

• Drove comprehensive turnaround strategy for one of the world's largest producers of specialty stainless – targeting sales lift, production cost reduction through lean and flexibility, inventory reduction, fixed cost reduction, talent and IT

• Implemented metals plant network manufacturing optimization, including working capital and labor reduction

• Developed of comprehensive corporate portfolio growth and shareholder value strategy for a special alloys player

• Supported due diligence and bid preparation for a metals company in looking at a key industry player

• Turnaround and carve-out plan for a wood-based building components company from its parent, focusing on lean operations and network restructuring

• Developed supply chain, pricing and growth strategy for a hard steel, tungsten and molybdenum materials producer

• Audited commercial organization capabilities for a U.S. integrated steel mill and redesigned sales operations, targeting ~10% in cost savings and ~15-20% in revenue increases with key customers
Prior to joining BCG, Mr. Wolfgang accumulated a variety of experiences in the marine industry, including research scientist at MIT, oceanographic equipment manufacturing, yacht design/construction, engine room technician aboard an LNG ship, and shipfitting, design, and repair for U.S. naval vessels.

Mr. Wolfgang holds a Ph.D. in fluid dynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a dual B.S. in naval architecture and marine engineering from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture.

May 05, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: Governor George Pataki Revisits Where Washington DC is Leading Us

Hosted by Clint Allen, Featuring former N.Y. Governor and Presidential Candidate, George Pataki

Zoominar Certification Program
Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit
Contact information will be furnished

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George Elmer Pataki (/pəˈtɑːki/; born June 24, 1945) is an American lawyer and Republican politician who served as the 53rd Governor of New York (1995–2006). An attorney by profession, Pataki was elected mayor of his hometown of Peekskill, New York and went on to be elected to the State Assembly and the State Senate. In 1994, Pataki ran for Governor of New York against three-term incumbent Mario Cuomo, defeating him by a margin of more than three points as part of the Republican Revolution of 1994. Pataki would himself be elected to three consecutive terms, and was the third Republican Governor of New York elected since 1923 (the other two were Govs. Thomas E. Dewey and Nelson Rockefeller). As of 2020, Pataki is the most recent Republican to hold any statewide office in New York.
In early 2015, Pataki began exploring a candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2016; he announced his candidacy on May 28, 2015. On December 29, 2015, Pataki ended his campaign before the Republican presidential primaries had begun.

May 25, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: Basic Info All Directors Should be Aware of

Webinar featuring Megan Gates, Mintz Levin

Participants earn 1 Qualified Webinar Credit toward all levels of Professional Director Certification

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Megan is a prominent corporate and securities attorney who deftly steers public companies through capital-raising transactions, SEC reporting obligations, and mergers and acquisitions. She applies knowledge she gained during an earlier in-house role with a laboratory and analytical instrument maker to ably advise life sciences and other clients on corporate governance and SEC compliance matters. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and BC Law School.

June 16, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: An Update of the Cyber Crime Epidemic

Brigadier General Gregory J Touhill, Retired, USAF

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Brigadier General Gregory (Greg) J. Touhill Ret, USAF, is President of AppGate Federal and is on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. He was previously appointed by President Barack Obama as the first Federal Chief Information Security Officer of the United States, stepping down in January, 2017.

June 29, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: Thinking Strategically about Risk Management

Hosted by Clint Allen, Featuring R. Brad Oates

Zoominar Certification Program

June 29 2:00 - 3:00p

Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit

Contact information will be furnished

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Brad Oates once had a distinguished professional football career in the National Football League after a noted athletic career at Brigham Young University (“BYU”) where Brad was a two-time captain of the football team and was named to the 1975 Associated Press All-American team. Brad augmented his off seasons in the NFL by attending law school at BYU’s Law School. He graduated with honors in 1982, and he was awarded the Professional Responsibility Award by the Utah Bar Association. In 1985, Brad began his multi-faceted professional career in Texas, beginning with the banking industry. Brad is currently Chairman of Stone Advisors, LP, a Dallas-based buyout, business advisory, and resolution services firm. Former senior executive positions include: Chairman of NFC Global; Chairman of Universal Hardwood Flooring; Chairman of eBureau; Chairman of RiskWise International; President of LexisNexis Risk Solutions Group; Executive Vice President of Stone Capital; President/COO of Bluebonnet Savings Bank; and SVP/General Counsel of Stockton Savings Bank. Brad holds an Executive Masters Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, and serves as an independent board member at CIT Group (NYSE:CIT). He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance that is associated with the Jindal School of Business at University of Texas – Dallas. He is a former Chairman of the Texas Savings and Community Bankers Association. And, he is a noted lecturer on business ethics and corporate governance.

July 14, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: “A great company deserves a great board”

Hosted by Clint Allen, featuring Beverly Behan

Zoominar Certification Program
July 14, 2021 2:00 - 3:00p
Attendees Earn 1 Qualified Webinar Certification Credit
Contact information will be furnished

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Beverly Behan has worked with nearly 200 Boards of Directors over the past 25 years, ranging from recent IPOs to the Fortune 500 – from New York and Toronto to Bogota, Kuala Lumpur and Tel Aviv. She is the author of “Great Companies Deserve Great Boards” (2011), named Governance Book of the Year by Directors and Boards magazine and the newly released (January, 2021) “Board and Director Evaluations” and “New CEOs and Boards: A Practical Guide to Building a Great Board Relationship – and a Great Board.”
For more than two decades, Beverly has led many innovations inboard and director evaluations, dating back to 1996 when she conducted an individual director evaluation for a major Canadian bank, the first of its kind in North America. In 2001, she incorporated management input into board evaluations for a Fortune 500 publishing company. In 2015, she conducted the first board and director evaluations for one of the largest conglomerates in Southeast Asia. Over the past decade, she worked with several US boards on the development of Board 2.0, an innovation that helps boards optimize their composition and manage that transition. And in 2019, she worked with the board of a Fortune 100 company to create what became the New Director 360, an innovation for director orientation with both an evaluative and developmental component.
A former partner at Mercer Delta in New York and Managing Director of the Hay Group’s Board Effectiveness practice, Beverly started her own firm, Board Advisor, LLC, in New York in 2009.