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Forbes: How Smart Girls Get On Corporate Boards

Center Director Roundtable highlighted in new piece on Forbes

19 May, 2014
A new piece on highlights the recent Governance Center Director Roundtable on women on boards. The roundtable was moderated by Allie Rutherford of EY's Center for Board Matters and featured Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire of Berkhemer Clayton, Inc. and Kim Van Der Zon of Egon Zehnder International. A full video of the session will be available online.

Executive Action Report: Why CEOs Need to Care about Trust in Business

New Executive Action Report published on Trust in Business

28 April, 2014
Capitalism depends on public trust for its legitimacy, and if public trust in business is low, governments and regulators act. A new Executive Action Report published by The Conference Board and written by Center Executive Director Donna Dabney addresses why CEOs need to be thinking about trust in business.

Proxy Voting Fact Sheet 2014

Proxy Voting Fact Sheet shows decline in year-to-date shareholder proposals

31 March, 2014
The first edition of Proxy Voting Fact Sheet 2014, published in collaboration with FactSet, shows shareholder proposal volume declined compared with same period last year, possibly a sign that investor engagement continues to be fruitful for companies. Data on the number of voted proposals may indicate that proponents are refining their requests to reduce the likelihood of exclusion by management.

Director Notes: The Underpinnings of Corporate Governance Approaches and the Shareholder Value Model

New Director Notes looks at role of the board in cybersecurity

25 March, 2014
A new Director Notes from The Conference Board Governance Center, titled The Board's Role in Cybersecurity, looks at how corporate directors and officers should appropriately oversee their company’s cybersecurity initiatives and offers suggestions for directors on how to carry out their oversight role.

Task Force recommendations highlighted in The New York Times DealBook

13 March 2014
The task force recommendations were covered in a piece in The New York Times DealBook by David Gelles.

Task Force Co-Chairs Simon Lorne and Patricia Russo publish a public letter on the work of the Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement

11 March 2014
In a public letter published today, Task Force co-chairs Simon Lorne and Patricia Russo call for business leadership to improve corporate governance and enhance the necessary public confidence and trust in the US capitalist model. Read the full letter.

The Conference Board Governance Center Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement Releases their recommendations

11 March 2014
The Conference Board Governance Center today announced the publication of the recommendations of The Conference Board Governance Center Task Force on Corporate/Investor Engagement. The Task Force concluded that fixing corporate governance — and, ultimately, restoring trust in business — calls for an open, yet purpose-driven process of reestablishing alignment between corporate strategy and investor interests. For more, please read the press release.

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What's Happening at the Center

June 4, 2014

Director Roundtable: Effective Board Leadership
New York, NY

 July 15 & 16, 2014

Human Rights and Corporate Governance Roundtable
New York, NY


Programs of Interest

June 12 - 13, 2014 Millstein Governance Forum 2014
New York, NY
Hosted by:
The Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership
June 16 - 18, 2014 2014 ICGN Annual Conference
Amsterdam, NL
Hosted by:
The International Corporate Governance Network
June 25 - 28, 2014 Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals 2014 National Conference
Boston, MA
Hosted by:
The Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals



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