Upcoming events for ACCD.

June 29, 2021 Qualified Webinar


2:00-3:00 PM EDT Webinar: A Best-in-Class Governance Model for Stakeholder Capitalism

Hosted by Mike Jeans, 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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Boards can enable their companies to become the best-in-class ethical standard in their competitive marketplaces by integrating some 'governance principles' that we see in championship sports teams (and even in super spiral galaxies). Brad will explore how directors should think about actionable "stakeholder capitalism", how "ESG" should fit into a stakeholder capitalism governance model, and how the board and management should work together to build and execute this model.

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 Mike Jeans, 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.

August 03, 2021 Qualified Webinar


Engaging with Shareholders and Activists on Board Composition and Refreshment

Hosted by Mike Jeans featuring Ann Yerger

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Ann Yerger is an expert on the legal and regulatory requirements facing boards and key committees and possesses a deep knowledge of institutional investor expectations of companies and corporate boards. She will speak on how boards should engage with shareholders on board composition and refreshment - what their expectations are, how to have the conversations, and where activists exert their influence on these matters.

Ann is a member of Spencer Stuart’s North American Board Practices. She is an independent director of Bed Bath and Beyond and of Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company. She is also a member of Grant Thornton's Audit Quality Advisory Council.

Ann's deep background in corporate governance includes service as the former executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors in Washington, DC and of EY’s Center for Board Matters.
She has been included multiple times on the National Association of Corporate Directors’ list of the 100 most influential corporate governance professionals. In 2016 the International Corporate Governance Network awarded her the ICGN Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance.
Ann's experience in regulatory and governance issues is widely sought after. She was a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Investor Advisory Committee of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She also served on the Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, the CFA Institute Advisory Council, the Advisory Board of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, and the US Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession.

This session will consist of Ann's prepared remarks followed by break-out sessions to discuss topics covered.


September 14, 2021 Qualified Webinar


Role of Boards and Executives in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Hosted by Mike Jeans featuring Colleen Ammerman

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Colleen is the Director of the Gender Initiative at Harvard University. She and the Gender Initiative support research and share insights for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in organizations. She oversees the Initiative’s staff, operations, and activities, including student and alumni engagement, programs for companies, and research conferences. She is a member of the Life & Leadership After HBS research team, an ongoing longitudinal study of Harvard Business School alumni which examines the influence of gender and race on their life and career outcomes. She is coauthor of the recently released book: "Glass Half-Broken: Shattering the Barriers That Still Hold Women Back at Work."

Colleen will speak about the role of boards in this important human capital issue. Specifically, how boards can champion principles of inclusive management that are cornerstones of a strong corporate culture, structural remedies to remove biases from management processes, and how leaders can help women break the glass ceiling and build cultures that foster development of women and other diverse groups.

This session will consist of Colleen's prepared remarks followed by break-out sessions to discuss topics covered.