Recalibrating for the new reality

2022 KPMG Board Leadership Conference

 

Virtual Event

January 5–6, 2022

Program concluded. 

The 2022 KPMG Board Leadership Conference—a virtual program for corporate board directors focused on the pressing issues driving business priorities and boardroom agendas.   

The program included a series of live conversations with preeminent leaders and luminaries on the challenges and opportunities shaping boardroom agendas in the year ahead. In addition, breakout sessions focused on the critical challenges and priorities driving audit, compensation, and nominating and governance committee agendas in 2022.

Featured speakers

Fernando Aguirre

Fernando Aguirre

Director, CVS, Synchrony Financial, Barry Callebaut AG

Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer

Founder and President, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media

Dr. Steven Chu

Dr. Steven Chu

Former Secretary of Energy; Nobel Prize-winning physicist; Professor, Stanford University

Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow

Pulitzer Prize Winning, Investigative Journalist

Dr. Richard Haass

Dr. Richard Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations

Constance L  Hunter

Constance L Hunter

Former Principal and Chief Economist, KPMG LLP

Katty Kay

Katty Kay

Award-winning Journalist & Anchor, and Bestselling Author

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs

Former Director, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (DHS)

Sara Mathew

Sara Mathew

Board Chair, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp (Freddie Mac), Director, State Street, Reckitt, Dropbox, and XOS

Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul

Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation; NBC News Analyst; Professor, Stanford University and Hoover Institution

Maziar Minovi

Maziar Minovi

Chief Executive Officer, Eurasia Group

Amanda A. North

Amanda A. North

CEO and Founder, Plan C Advisors

Tom Rogers

Tom Rogers

Executive Chairman, Engine Media, Inc.

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Senior Associate Dean, Yale School of Management

Jonathan Swan

Jonathan Swan

Axios National Political Reporter, and Emmy Award Winning Journalist

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Irene Chang Britt

Irene Chang Britt

Board Chair, Amica Senior Lifestyles; Director, Brighthouse Financial, Victoria’s Secret, Peloton Capital, MikMak, Partake Foods

Robin Ferracone

Robin Ferracone

Chief Executive Officer, Farient Advisors LLC

Thomas J. Kim

Thomas J. Kim

Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP

Debbie Messemer

Debbie Messemer

Board Member, Allogene Therapeutics, Carbon 3D, PayPal

Claudia H. Allen

Claudia H. Allen

Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Susan M. Angele

Susan M. Angele

Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Annalisa Barrett

Annalisa Barrett

Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Stephen L. Brown

Stephen L. Brown

Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Stephen T. Dabney

Stephen T. Dabney

Leader, KPMG Audit Committee Institute, KPMG US

Paul Knopp

Paul Knopp

Chair and CEO, KPMG US

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John H. Rodi

John H. Rodi

Leader, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Sandy Torchia

Sandy Torchia

National Managing Partner, Advisory, KPMG US

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Program at a glance

Day 1 | Wednesday, January 5
12:00pm–5:30pm (Eastern)

  • Geopolitical Radar: Top Risks for 2022 
  • The Economy in Focus: View from the Corner Office
  • Calibrating Committee Agendas for 2022
  • Disinformation and the Trust Deficit

 

Day 2 | Thursday, January 6
12:00pm–5:30pm (Eastern)

  • Climate at a Crossroads
  • Cyber Risk in a Complex World
  • Recalibrating for the New Reality: A Board’s-eye View
  • Resilient Leadership on the World Stage

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Day 1 | January 5, 2022

 Date / Time Event discussion topic Speakers

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

12:00pm–5:30pm (Eastern)

 
12:00pm

KPMG Welcome
  • Paul Knopp
    Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP
12:05pm–1:00pm

Geopolitical Radar: Top Risks for 2022

Even as the world emerges from its worst crisis since World War II, some risks—at the doorstep and on the horizon—are likely to extend much of the uncertainty and volatility of the past two years, and potentially change the course of world politics. Join us for a discussion of Top Risks for 2022, Eurasia Group’s annual prediction of the ten greatest threats to the trajectories of nations, global politics, industries, and institutions.

  • Ian Bremmer
     President and Founder, Eurasia Group
  • Maziar Minovi
    Chief Executive Officer, Eurasia Group
1:00pm–1:30pm BREAK
 
1:30pm–2:30pm

The Economy in Focus: View from the Corner Office

Growth is back on the agenda, but the macro-economics and megatrends reshaping the business landscape will test even the most agile of corporate strategies in 2022. KPMG Chief Economist, Constance Hunter, will explore the factors driving corporate strategies and risk in the year ahead—from supply chain and labor market dislocations, to the acceleration of “everything digital,” heightened expectations on social and racial justice issues, and other forces that are disrupting business models and upending industries.

  • Constance Hunter
    Former Chief Economist, KPMG LLP
2:30pm–3:00pm
BREAK
 
3:00pm–4:00pm

Calibrating Committee Agendas for 2022

As board committees calibrate their agendas for the year ahead, these concurrent sessions will highlight hot-button issues and explore the critical challenges and priorities driving committee agendas in 2022.

Concurrent breakouts:

  • On the 2022 Audit Committee Agenda
  • On the 2022 Compensation Committee Agenda
  • On the 2022 Nomination & Governance Committee Agenda
On the 2022 Audit Committee Agenda
  • Stephen Dabney
    Leader, KPMG Audit Committee Institute, KPMG LLP
  • Tom Kim
    Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
  • Debbie Messemer
    Director, Allogene Therapeutics, Carbon 3D, PayPal

On the 2022 Compensation Committee Agenda

  • Annalisa Barrett
    Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
  • Stephen Brown
    Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
  • Robin Ferracone
    Chief Executive Officer, Farient Advisors LLC
On the 2022 Nomination & Governance Committee Agenda
  • Susan Angele
    Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
  • Claudia Allen
    Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
  • Irene Chang Britt
    Board Chair, Amica Senior Lifestyles; Director, Brighthouse Financial, Victoria’s Secret, Peloton Capital, MikMak, Partake Foods
4:00pm–4:30pm
BREAK
 
4:30pm–5:30pm

Disinformation and the Trust Deficit

More than half of Americans get their news from social media, where algorithms amplify and accelerate the spread of news and information—with fabricated content spreading six times faster. What happens when trust—the most basic currency of capital markets and social cooperation—is undermined to the point of disfunction, fraying norms, institutions, and the “shared reality” that make the world go around? In this session, we’ll explore what’s driving today’s infodemic—from AI-driven business models to malicious actors—and the implications for news and the public square, corporate reputations, and the trust that drives open societies.

  • Ronan Farrow
    Pulitzer Prize Winning Investigative Journalist
  • Jonathan Swan
    Axios National Political Reporter and Emmy Award Winning Journalists

Day 2 | January 6, 2022

 Date / Time Event discussion topic Speakers

Thursday, January 6, 2022

12:00pm–5:30pm (Eastern)

 
12:00pm

KPMG welcome
  • Stephen Dabney
    Leader, KPMG Audit Committee Institute
12:05pm–1:00pm

Climate at a Crossroads: In conversation with Dr. Steven Chu

The urgent focus on climate change—as a business risk and a catalyst for game-changing opportunities of a lower-carbon economy—continues to accelerate, with investors, regulators, customers, and employees moving these issues front-and-center. In this fireside chat with Dr. Steven Chu, we’ll look at the realities of climate change and explore the implications for business leaders and boards as they help their companies navigate the road ahead.

  • Dr. Steven Chu
    Former Secretary of Energy; Nobel Prize-winning physicist; Professor, Stanford University
  • Amanda North
    CEO and Founder, Plan C Advisors
1:00pm–1:30pm BREAK
 
1:30pm–2:30pm

Cyber Risk in a Complex World

The wave of ransomware attacks is just the latest chapter in the accelerating challenge of managing cybersecurity and data privacy. The financial, reputational, and regulatory costs of a major breach, as well as the risk of a critical infrastructure failure, continue to climb—as do the expectations of stakeholders for how their information is protected and used. Drawing on insights from the front lines of public and private sector cybersecurity efforts, we’ll explore “what good looks like” in terms of readiness and response, talent and culture, and board oversight.

 
  • Christopher Krebs
    Former Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and CBS News Contributor
  • Michael McFaul
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation; NBC News Analyst; Professor, Stanford University and Hoover Institution
  • Sandy Torchia
    National Managing Partner, Advisory, KPMG LLP
2:30pm–3:00pm
BREAK
 
3:00pm–4:00pm

Recalibrating for the New Reality: A Boards-eye View

From finance, talent, and labor to technology innovation, IP, and know-how, corporate capital has driven progress and lifted the standard of living to unprecedented levels since the Industrial Revolution. Yet, progress has been uneven and is pushing the limits of the globe’s resources and, in many cases, the public’s patience. With the pandemic crisis as a catalyst for change, we’ll consider the role of corporate capital and leadership in driving sustainable growth and long-term value. How are investor and stakeholder views of “corporate success and value creation” evolving? What needs to change—in business and the boardroom—at this pivotal moment for Corporate America?

  • Fernando Aguirre
    Director, CVS, Synchrony Financial, Barry Callebaut AG
  • Sara Mathew
    Chairperson, Freddie Mac ; Director, State Street, Reckitt Benckiser, NextGen SPAC, Dropbox; Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Dun & Bradstreet (D&B)
  • Tom Rogers
    Executive Chairman, Engine Media, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Sonnenfeld
    Senior Associate Dean, Yale School of Management
4:00pm–4:30pm
BREAK
 
4:30pm–5:30pm

Resilient Leadership on the World Stage

With all eyes on the strength and standing of American leadership on the global stage, we’ll delve into the challenges facing the country, the state of world affairs, and the leadership—including from Corporate America—that will be critical to guiding businesses and the country forward.

  • Dr. Richard Haass
    President, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Katty Kay
    Award-winning Journalist & Anchor, and Bestselling Author
5:30pm–5:35pm Conference close
  • John Rodi
    Leader, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Registration information

Registration information

You will receive an automated Registration Confirmation e-mail upon submission of your online registration form. This will summarize your registration and it will contain a unique confirmation code and link, which must be used if you need to modify or cancel your registration. Please save this e-mail for future reference. If you need to modify or cancel your registration and cannot locate your Registration Confirmation e-mail, please contact KPMG Events & Meetings or call (201) 307-8488 and reference the event code: V8NP9YQLV2B.

Conference fee

The conference fee includes full access to the virtual conference website, live keynote sessions, breakout sessions, and all conference materials.

Fees: $350

Refund policy: Full refunds will be available for all cancellations up until two weeks prior to the program start date.

Help

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Continuing professional education

CPE credits

For the purposes of continuing professional education (CPE) credits, this course is CPE-eligible and worth approximately 8 credits. The final CPE and field(s) of study will be confirmed after delivery of the program. No prerequisites or advanced preparation are required to attend this program. For questions regarding CPE credits for this event, please contact BLC at us-kpmgmktblc@KPMG.com.

 


 

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