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Aligning near-term goals with long-term value | Board Leadership Conference

The KPMG Board Leadership Conference brings together seasoned board directors, governance professionals, and business leaders to explore the governance challenges and priorities driving board and committee agendas in the year ahead.

Aligning near-term goals with long-term value

2020 KPMG Board Leadership Conference

*Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, California

January 6–8, 2020

 

* Please note that the conference location has been changed to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Huntington Beach (due to renovations at the original venue, the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad).

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Board Directors and Business Leaders,

Please join us for the 2020 KPMG Board Leadership ConferenceJanuary 6–8  at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, California, as we tackle the pressing business issues and governance challenges driving board and committee agendas in the year ahead.

Preeminent authors and historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham will kick off the conference, exploring the current climate of American life as well as pivotal times in U.S. history when great leaders have met the moment and emerged triumphant. General (Retired) James Mattis, former Secretary of Defense, will share lessons from a lifetime of servant leadership in an uncertain and complex world.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

General James Mattis

General James Mattis

USMC, (retired)

Co-sponsored by the NACD, the program will center on “aligning near-term goals with long-term value” as we explore key technological, economic, geopolitical, and social disruptors and how directors are helping to navigate these challenges and drive toward long-term value and purpose. 

Leading thinkers will delve into the issues and forces reshaping business models and boardroom conversations, including:

Impact on top tech disruptors

U.S./global economic uncertainty

Geopolitical shifts

The diversity imperative

Crisis prevention & readiness

Cyber security & data privacy  

Corporate culture

Climate risk

Corporate purpose & the future of capitalism

Talent & the changing workplace

Agenda

Agenda subject to change

Monday, January 6

Time Session / Discussion topic Speakers
12:30 pm – 7:30 pm Registration open  
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Networking lunch sponsored by NACD  
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Welcome and Keynote

KPMG welcome
KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie welcomes you to KPMG's annual Board Leadership Conference and shares observations on the challenges facing businesses and boards in the year ahead.

Leading in turbulent times
Presidential historians Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times, and Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels, explore how American presidents and political activists have successfully guided the country through times of crisis and divisiveness. 
Lynne Doughtie – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, KPMG LLP

Doris Kearns Goodwin – Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Leadership in Turbulent Times

Jon Meacham – Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels 
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Welcome reception  

Tuesday, January 7

Time Session / Discussion topic Speakers
7:00 am – 6:00 pm     Registration open  
7:00 am – 8:00 am Networking breakfast  
8:00 am – 9:00 am Overview of day | 2020 Global economic outlook

Overview of the day
KPMG leaders from the Board Leadership Center, WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation, and Audit Committee Institute kick off the program with an overview of the day's agenda.

2020 Global economic outlook
A slowing global economy and concerns of a recession, mounting U.S.-China trade tensions, and a looming Brexit—coupled with mixed signals from consumers (confidence) and markets (jittery)—have set the stage for a challenging and uncertain year ahead. KPMG's Chief Economist Constance Hunter shares her analysis on where the economy is headed and scenarios to consider as companies calibrate their strategy and risk postures for 2020.
Dennis Whalen – Leader, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Camille Asaro – KPMG Leader, WomenCorporateDirectors

John Rodi – Leader, KPMG Audit Committee Institute

Constance Hunter – Chief Economist, KPMG LLP
 9:00 am – 9:50 am Cyber security and data governance: Who’s got the ball?
With a company's crown jewels now largely digital—and expectations and regulatory trends driving a sharper focus on how companies collect, protect, and use customer data—a holistic approach to data governance is no longer just a benchmark to strive for but a baseline imperative. Former AT&T CEO David Dorman, joined by seasoned practitioners, discusses key ways to address the converging challenges of cyber security, data privacy, and data governance.
Moderator – Tom McMakin – Chief Executive Officer & Partner, Profitable Ideas Exchange

David Dorman – Director, Infoworks, Dell Technologies, Expanse, Paypal Holdings, CVS Health

Melody Hilderbrandt – Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Engineering and Chief Information Officer, Fox
9:50 am – 10:10 am Networking break  
10:10 am – 11:20 am Perspectives quick takes  
  The tech landscape: Disruption, innovation, transformation
How can boards today ensure management is making smart bets around investments in innovation? How should ROI be defined, and what is the timeline for expected results? KPMG’s Global Head of Innovation Steve Hill describes the current landscape for technology innovation, disruption, and transformation—and how corporations should be investing in technology to drive competitive but sustainable growth.
Moderator – Stephen Brown – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Steve Hill – Global Head of Innovation, KPMG LLP
  Weighing the risks and opportunities of AI
With the pace of AI development and deployment accelerating, the opportunities—and pitfalls—of AI as a general-use technology are quickly moving front and center. How are companies weighing the competitive benefits of greater efficiency and deeper, predictive insights against AI’s risks—bias and ethical issues, privacy and security, health and safety, and jobs—as AI continues its march into everyday business activities and consumers’ lives?
Moderator – Stephen Brown – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Florence Hudson – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FDHint 
  Disruptive forces in financial payments and digital currency
Over $440 billion dollars has been invested in the past five years to remake the infrastructure of the global financial system. From payments and remittance to cyber security and regulatory technology, how the board understands the risks and opportunities presented by emerging financial technologies will impact whether the company attracts more customers or pushes them away.
Moderator – Stephen Brown – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Kahina van Dyke – Senior Vice President, Ripple Labs; Director, Progressive
  The impact of technology on the future of work
Business leaders must anticipate changes that current and future technologies will have on their workforces. In addition, the employees entering the workforce today expect their employers to offer flexible working arrangements, plentiful opportunities for education and development, and a sense of purpose in their individual work and for the organization as a whole. In this panel, experts in organizational behavior and in the impact of technology on the workforce will explore how boards can ensure that their companies are proactively embracing emerging transformative technologies to optimize the value of human capital.
Moderator – Stephen Brown– Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Claudy Jules, Ph.D. – Director, People Operations, Google
11:30 am – 12:20 pm Concurrent breakouts (select one) Continuation of Perspectives quick takes
  Weighing the risks and opportunities of AI
With the pace of AI development and deployment accelerating, the opportunities—and pitfalls—of AI as a general-use technology are quickly moving front and center. How are companies weighing the competitive benefits of greater efficiency and deeper, predictive insights against AI’s risks—bias and ethical issues, privacy and security, health and safety, and jobs—as AI continues its march into everyday business activities and consumers’ lives?
Moderator – Susan Angele – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Florence Hudson – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, FDHint

Vinodh Swaminathan – Principal, Intelligent Automation, Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions, KPMG LLP
  Disruptive forces in financial payments and digital currency
Over $440 billion dollars has been invested in the past five years to remake the infrastructure of the global financial system. From payments and remittance to cyber security and regulatory technology, how the board understands the risks and opportunities presented by emerging financial technologies will impact whether the company attracts more customers or pushes them away.
Moderator – Stephen Brown – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Kahina van Dyke – Senior Vice President, Ripple Labs; Director, Progressive

Robert Ruark – Principle, Strategy and US Fintech Leader, KPMG LLP 
  The impact of technology on the future of work
Business leaders must anticipate changes that current and future technologies will have on their workforces. In addition, the employees entering the workforce today expect their employers to offer flexible working arrangements, plentiful opportunities for education and development, and a sense of purpose in their individual work and for the organization as a whole. In this panel, experts in organizational behavior and in the impact of technology on the workforce will explore how boards can ensure that their companies are proactively embracing emerging transformative technologies to optimize the value of human capital.
Moderator – Annalisa Barrett – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Claudy Jules, Ph.D. – Director, People Operations, Google
12:30 pm – 1:40 pm Luncheon speaker – Tuning up the culture: In conversation with Uber’s Keir Gumbs Moderator – Claudia Allen – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Keir Gumbs – Associate General Counsel, Global Corporate M&A and Securities and Deputy Corporate Secretary, Uber Technologies
 1:50 pm –  2:40 pm Concurrent breakouts (select one)  
  Crisis prevention, readiness, and response
Given the inevitability of a crisis, how prepared are companies to respond quickly and effectively? Are crisis response plans for a broadening range of scenarios tested and refined through tabletop exercises? Does management have the resources, skills, and plan to handle a major crisis—and does the board understand its role and have protocols in place to oversee management’s readiness and response? Is the company’s culture built to minimize the chance of an internal problem leading to a crisis? Charles Bakaly, senior counselor at global communications firm Edelman, and directors with first-hand crisis experience explore these and other lessons learned.

Moderator – Claudia Allen – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center


Charles Bakaly – Senior Counselor, Edelman

  Board oversight of human capital management
Corporate culture. Employee satisfaction and productivity. Diversity. Workplace safety. The importance of these issues in today’s business environment has led to increased expectations regarding board oversight of human capital management (HCM) issues. Boards are looking below the C-suite to oversee more organization-wide human resources matters. In this panel we’ll discuss ways that boards are integrating oversight of HCM issues into their workloads, and what institutional investors want to know about the organization’s HCM practices—and why they care. We will also consider what role incentive compensation plays in reinforcing the company’s approach to managing, and maximizing, its human capital for the long-term success of the business.
Moderator – Annalisa Barrett – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Robin Ferracone – Farient Advisors 
  Hot button issues in audit and financial reporting
This session will explore key financial reporting and auditing topics that will be high on audit committee agendas in 2020—from implementation of the new credit impairment standard, to PCAOB developments, to key areas of SEC focus. Given the increasing investor and stakeholder focus on ESG and sustainability reporting, this session will also consider the role of the audit committee—versus the governance committee or another board committee—in overseeing the company’s ESG and sustainability reporting and disclosures, including management’s disclosure control and procedures.
Moderator – Frank Casal – Vice Chair, Audit, KPMG LLP

Jackie Daylor – National Managing Partner, Audit Quality & Professional Practice, KPMG LLP

Tom Kim – Partner, Sidley Austin LLP 

Blythe McGarvie – Director, Sonoco Products, Apple Hospitality Reit, LKQ 
2:40 pm – 3:00 pm Networking break  
3:00 pm – 3:50 pm Geopolitical recession: Is neutral the new positive?
Today's geopolitical landscape is both fractured and dynamic, with the rise of populism, an increase in protectionist trade policies, siloed regulatory regimes, and an emerging patchwork of trade agreements—all of which will be costly and challenging to navigate. As political volatility ratings go, has neutral become the new positive? Eurasia Group's Head of Research Strategy and Operations Meredith Sumpter delves into the macro trends, including bright spots and hot spots, driving business decisions in 2020.
Meredith Sumpter – Head, Research Strategy & Operations, Eurasia Group
3:50 pm – 4:40 pm Climate risk heats up
Businesses and investors are quickly recognizing that dealing with climate severity—including wildfires, extended drought, devastating storms and flooding, and rising sea levels—is no longer about simply weathering one-off events. The business implications of climate change—disruption to supply chains and business operations, employee safety, and ultimately financial performance—are driving a sharper focus on understanding climate risks and how companies are factoring those risks into near-term performance and long-term strategy.
Moderator – Stephen Brown – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Valerie Grant – Senior Vice President, AllianceBernstein LP

Wayne Smith – Chief Executive Officer, BASF Corporation; Member of The CEO Climate Dialogue
4:40 pm – 5:00 pm Networking break  
5:00 pm –6:00 pm Keynote: General (Retired) James Mattis
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense General James Mattis brings lessons from his extensive military career, and perspectives from the boardroom as a sitting director, to provide a unique angle on leadership and long-term strategy in an increasingly complex and opaque risk environment.
General James Mattis – USMC (retired) 
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Networking reception and dinner  

Wednesday, January 8

Time Session / Discussion topic Speakers
 7:00 am – 8:00 am Networking breakfast  
 8:00 am – 9:00 am Overview of day

Creating a high-value CEO/board relationship
As boards deepen their engagement and oversight—of strategy and risk, talent and succession planning, corporate culture, shareholder engagement, and more—the quality of the board’s relationship with the CEO and senior management team becomes more critical. In this session, we’ll explore what “good” looks like when it comes to board/CEO interaction, including the role of the lead director in helping to ensure the board is serving as a strategic asset to the business. 
Moderator – Camille Asaro – KPMG Leader, WomenCorporateDirectors

Jeff Solomon – Chairman and CEO, Cowen
9:00 am – 10:00 am The future of capitalism and the role of the corporation in society
What is the purpose of a corporation beyond generating returns for its shareholders? Two luminaries in corporate governance and law will delve into the purpose of a corporation and the forces driving companies and their stakeholders to rethink and recalibrate the corporation’s role—from the Business Roundtable’s recent focus on stakeholder value, to calls from major investors for companies to have a clear corporate purpose.

Conference wrap up
Moderator – F. Daniel Siciliano – Co-Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance Directors’ College, Stanford University

Leo Strine Jr. – former Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court

Dennis Whalen – Leader, KPMG Board Leadership Center
10:00 am – 10:30 am Networking break  
10:30 am – 12:30 pm Board committee peer exchanges  Pre-registration required.  
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Networking lunch | Conference close  

Speakers

External speakers

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Florence D. Hudson

Florence D. Hudson

Founder and CEO, FDHint

General James Mattis

General James Mattis

USMC, (retired)

Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham

Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

F. Daniel Siciliano

F. Daniel Siciliano

Co-Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance Director's College, Stanford University

KPMG speakers

Claudia H. Allen

Claudia H. Allen

Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Susan M. Angele

Susan M. Angele

Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Annalisa Barrett

Annalisa Barrett

Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Stephen L. Brown

Stephen L. Brown

Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

Frank Casal

Frank Casal

Vice Chair, Audit, KPMG US

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Lynne M. Doughtie

Lynne M. Doughtie

Chairman and CEO, KPMG US

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Scott Flynn

Scott Flynn

Partner, Audit, KPMG US

Constance L  Hunter

Constance L Hunter

Chief Economist, KPMG US

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Dennis T. Whalen

Dennis T. Whalen

Leader, Board Leadership Center, KPMG US

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Host and co-sponsor

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-sponsor

National Association of Corporate Directors

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The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) empowers more than 20,000 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.

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