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Time Event
7:30 - 8:00 AM Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 8:15 AM Welcome and opening remarks
Bob Greifeld, CEO, NASDAQ OMX
8:15 - 9:00 AM Being a Strong Board Member in 2010: What Will It Take?
Bob McCooey, Senior Vice President, New Listings & Capital Markets, NASDAQ OMX
Nell Minow, Editor and Co-Founder, The Corporate Library
Maggie Wilderotter, CEO of Frontier Communications, Board of Yahoo!, Procter & Gamble and Xerox,
Betsy Atkins, Former CEO Clear Standards, Board of SunPower, Chico's, Polycom, Reynolds American
Ellen Odoner, Corporate Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Being a strong board member has never been more important. The economic downturn has left its mark on companies, forcing directors to deal with difficult and complex issues. At the same time, they find themselves under unprecedented scrutiny from investors and the media. The need to ask the right questions and make the right decisions has become critical. To help ensure that you are touching all the bases with your companies our panel of seasoned board members and advisors talks about the issues that they see as crucial, both now and in the coming year.
9:05 - 9:25 AM Keynote Presentation: It's All About The Economy: What Lies Ahead for Corporate America?
Glenn Hutchins , Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive, Silver Lake

A veteran technology investor, Glenn Hutchins argues that the failure of Lehman Brothers was the catalytic event that caused "The Panic of '08" and converted an impending recession into a full-blown crisis. He traces the root causes of the crisis to establish that everyone played a role --mortgage lenders, home-owners, bankers and consumers, chief executives and politicians, the mighty Fed and the lowly rating agencies. He explores the implications of the crisis for the US economy and for the US role in the world. Looking ahead, Hutchins argues that entrepreneurship and advances in technology will help lead us out of our current problems.
9:30 - 10:15 AM Solving The Compensation Riddle: Making Sure You Are Approving The Right Pay Packages
Frederic Cook, Founding Director, Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc.
Patrick McGurn, Special Counsel at RiskMetrics Group
Raj Gupta, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rohm and Haas Company
Ira Kay, Director Compensation Practice, Watson Wyatt

Nothing it seems spurs more focus on a company these days than the pay packages of CEO and other top executives. Reward an executive when a company isn't doing well or isn't doing as well as its peers and your decision is likely to get scrutinized by shareholders and the media. However, fail to give your executives the proper compensation and they may be heading elsewhere quickly. Listen as experts on compensation give their views on what board members should and should not be doing in terms of dealing with compensation and bonus issues.
10:15 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 - 11:15 AM Activists Are Knocking: Should Boards Open The Door?
Ken Altman, Founder, President, The Altman Group
William Ackman, CEO Pershing Square Capital Management LP
Warren S. de Wied, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Steve Wolosky, Partner, Olshan Grundman Frome Rosenzweig & Wolosky LLP

Even before the economic meltdown, activists investors were going after companies they felt were not doing enough to increase their value and raise share prices. But the downturn has made it even more inviting for individuals like Bill Ackman and others to challenge companies and seek to place their representatives on the board. At the same time, unions also are seeking to increase their role and are looking for greater say. Such discussions and efforts, of course, put strain on the company, but also on board members as well. In this panel get a view of how boards are or should be reacting and whether more such efforts are in the offing.
11:20 - 11:50 AM Globalization Hits the Boardroom: What Does It Take To Successfully Govern an International Company?
Robert Mundheim, Of Counsel, Shearman & Sterling
Noel Harwerth, Former COO-Citigroup International, Board of Harry Winston
Bill Owens, Managing Director, AEA Investors, Board of Mercedes & Wipro
, Jeffrey M. Cunningham, Chairman, CEO, and Editorial Director of Directorship.com

The days of companies being focused on one market have largely passed. Today to succeed companies need to be global. But these efforts lead to a series of questions and issues, including how these companies should be governed. Where for instance, should directors be chosen? How should boards be structured and should they follow the U.S. oversight model or rely more on the two-tiered approach found in Europe? Three individuals with board experience with international companies provide their perspective on these questions and also what it takes to make a company successful abroad.
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch: Keynote Interview: Calling All Directors: The Board From the CEO's Perspective
Joann Lublin, Management News Editor for The Wall Street Journal
Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications

Just what is a CEO looking for from his or her board? What guidance or input are they looking for to take their companies forward?
1:45 - 2:15 PM Number Crunching: The Key Questions That Board Members Should Be Asking Their Auditors
Cynthia M. Fornelli, Executive Director for the Center for Audit Quality
Robert Kueppers, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Deloitte
Cynthia Glassman, Former SEC Commissioner
Jeff Wilks, Associate Professor of Accounting, Brigham Young University

Board members have many responsibilities. One of the most crucial is digging into the financial numbers that companies are reporting. Understanding the reports can be crucial to understanding what the company should and should not be doing. Thus it is imperative that board members, especially those on the audit committees, are understanding the changing financial regulatory environment and the issues that are generating the most concern. In this special panel, our auditing experts give their view on what board members should be focused on financially and the questions that they should be asking of their CFOs and the auditors.
2:15 - 2:45 PM Keynote Speech
Ram Charan, Business Advisor and Author, Owning Up, The Game Changer, Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty, Leaders At All Levels
2:45 - 3:00 PM Break
3:00 - 3:30 PM Does Green Equal Green? How Boards Can Ensure Environmentally Friendly Policies Make Sense.
Andrew L. Shapiro, Founder & President, GreenOrder
Diane Wittenberg, CEO, The Climate Registry
Michael Casey, Former CFO of Starbucks, Board of LuLulemon, NASDAQ OMX
Anirban Chakrabarti, Vice President SAP Carbon Impact

Going green. It is a phrase that has been tossed out by countless individuals and companies in recent years as concern about the environment has grown. On the surface the moves to reduce dependence on foreign oil and reduce energy costs look like the proper courses of action. But are some of these actions more trouble than they are worth or costing more money than they are actually saving? Are shareholders seeing benefits? Our panelists discuss talk about the steps that companies are or should be taking and how board members should be looking at them.
3:35 - 4:15 PM Washington in 2010 & What It Means For Board Members
Sandy Frucher, Vice Chairman, NASDAQ OMX
Michael Oxley, Senior Adviser to the Board, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc.
Victor Fazio, Senior Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Mike McCurry, Principal at Public Strategies Washington, Inc.
, Robert Sanchez, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

The federal government is more involved in corporate affairs than ever before, whether it owns companies, dictating terms on troubled assets or handing down new rules and taxes. All of this means that corporations and especially board members must keep their eye on the comings and goings in Washington more closely than ever. Our panel of Beltway observers and former Washington insiders provide their unique perspective on what is occurring and what it may mean for the economy, companies and board members.
4:20 - 4:50 PM Keynote Speech: Being An Effective Board Member in 2010
Martin Lipton, Founding Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
4:50 - 5:00 PM Closing Remarks
Bruce Aust, Executive Vice President, NASDAQ OMX

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