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The Conference Board Governance Center has always been an island of objectivity in a sea of strong and conflicting opinions. In my view, the Center's biggest distinction is its reputation for meticulous, unbiased research, coupled with its ability to bring competing perspectives together for constructive dialogue. 

Cathy Dixon, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP 

The Governance Center is a unique forum for thoughtful and constructive dialog regarding emerging issues in corporate governance. It facilitates the sharing of ideas that might otherwise be polarizing, in a way that fosters respectful consideration.

Mary A. Francis, Corporate Secretary and CGO, Chevron Corp 

I have been a member of The Conference Board for many years and it has always provided valuable insights. It also offers stepping stones to the next level of thinking and engagement. The thought nuggets have helped me to enhance my own work. Much of the value is created by meeting peers in other organizations and understanding that while you have many dissimilar challenges and opportunities, you also face many similar challenges and opportunities. It is in this diverse and asymmetric space that you get challenged and stimulated. It is in this space that you start to analyze and begin to think differently “How would you deal with such a situation?” or “Wow, I would have never thought of that." You are both stimulated and reminded how important it is to boldly make different choices and not be afraid to do so. After today, I will walk away thinking "I am going to take risks again, and push the envelope" - this is important. 

What I have always appreciated with The Conference Board is that you bring in real subject matter experts and you have the opportunity to listen to market research, and scientific information, which I find incredibly important. I have always been in engineering-based industries and they like to see factual data as a base for your decision making. You have solid information upon which you can base your own thinking. When you are exposed to robust and relevant research, it really can be the catalyst to our discussions. I find that excellent, drawing me to attend. And on top of that, I also get the peer to peer discussions. 

Josefine van Zanten, Head of Leadership Development & Organisational Development, LafargeHolcim (

The Conference Board China Center is a unique CEO discussion forum using robust research data on China. It is relevant for anybody leading a business in one of the most dynamic markets of today. 

Mark Goyens, President, Bekaert Asia