KPMG Board Leadership Conference

The conference brings together seasoned board directors, governance professionals, and business leaders to explore the governance challenges and priorities driving the board agendas in the year ahead.

Leading with agility and purpose

2019 KPMG Board Leadership Conference


January 7–9, 2019

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Orlando, Fl

Register for the KPMG Board Leadership Conference

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • Featured Speakers
  • Host and Co-Sponsors


We cordially invite you to join us for KPMG’s Board Leadership Conference, January 7–9, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida.

This conference brings together board directors—along with governance professionals, business leaders, and other luminaries—for a candid dialogue on the challenges and priorities shaping board agendas in the year ahead.

Through a combination of peer exchanges, panel discussions, and breakouts, we will explore a host of timely issues, from the role of the corporation in society, to cyber security, board room diversity, and hot topics on the board agenda. Keynote speakers will share their unique perspectives on the Trump administration, geopolitical hotspots around the world, business trends and the 2019 global economic outlook.


Monday, January 7




Networking lunch


Conference welcome and keynote


Networking reception


Tuesday, January 8


Registration & networking breakfast


Keynote speakers
Plenary sessions
Panel discussions


Networking reception and dinner


Wednesday, January 9


Networking breakfast


Plenary session


Peer exchange sessions


Networking lunch

Featured Speakers

Adam Grant

Adam Grant

Wharton professor and author , Option B, The Originals, Give and Take

Constance Hunter

Constance Hunter

Chief Economist, KPMG (US)

F. William McNabb III

F. William McNabb III

Chairman, Vanguard

Matthew K. Rose

Matthew K. Rose

Executive Chairman, BNSF Railway

Megan Smith

Megan Smith

CEO, shift7

Retired Admiral James Stavridis

Retired Admiral James Stavridis

Former NATO Allied Supreme Commander, Dean, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Cynthia M. Fornelli

Cynthia M. Fornelli

Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality,

Host and Co-Sponsors

Conference host

KPMG Board Leadership Center


The KPMG Board Leadership Center champions outstanding governance to help drive long-term corporate value and enhance investor confidence. Through an array of programs and perspectives—including KPMG's Audit Committee Institute, the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, and more—the Center engages with directors and business leaders to help articulate their challenges and promote continuous improvement of public- and private-company governance. Drawing on insights from KPMG professionals and governance experts worldwide, the Center delivers practical thought leadership—on risk and strategy, talent and technology, globalization and compliance, financial reporting and audit quality, and more—all through a board lens. 



Conference co-sponsors

National Association of Corporate Directors


The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 19,000 directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom. As the recognized authority on leading boardroom practices, NACD helps boards strengthen investor trust and public confidence by ensuring that today’s directors are well prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. World-class boards join NACD to elevate performance, gain foresight, and instill confidence. Fostering collaboration among directors, investors, and corporate governance stakeholders, NACD has been setting the standard for board leadership for more than 40 years. To learn more about NACD, visit www.NACDonline.org.

Explore insights from the 2018 Conference

Navigating uncertainty: The long view

Sessions covered timely board topics and informed perspectives from leading thinkers on the economic, social, and governance forces driving corporate performance today and over the long term.