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

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


Please join us for the 2019 KPMG Board Leadership Conference – January 7–9 at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando Florida – as we explore the critical business issues and governance challenges driving board and committee agendas in the year ahead.

The program will provide time for networking and peer interaction while covering a host of timely board topics (with a continued focus by KPMG’s Audit Committee Institute on the critical challenges facing audit committees), including:

  • Matt Rose: A CEO’s Perspective
  • Meghan Smith: Data Risk & Responsibility
  • Ret. Adm. James Stravidis: Geopolitical Landscape
  • Maxine Williams: The Diversity Challenge
  • Bill McNabb: The Institutional Investor Lens
  • Adam Grant: The Future of Work


Monday, January 7


Registration opens


12:30pm – 2:00pm

Networking lunch


4:30pm – 6:00pm

Conference welcome

Lynne Doughtie – Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP


Keynote: In conversation with Matt Rose

Jeffrey Cunningham – Professor of Global Leadership, ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management; Editor-at-Large, Chief Executive Magazine

Matthew Rose – Executive Chairman, BNSF Railway Co.; Director, AT&T, Fluor; Chairman, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Networking reception



Tuesday, January 8


Registration & networking breakfast


8:00am – 9:00am

Global economic outlook: 2019 and beyond

Constance Hunter - Chief Economist, KPMG LLP

9:00am – 9:50am

Geopolitical briefing

Admiral James Stavridis(retired) –  Dean - Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; former NATO Allied Supreme Commander; Director, Carlyle Group LP, American Water Works Co. Inc., Neuberger Berman

10:05am – 10:55pm

Data risk and responsibility

Megan Smith – Chief Executive Officer, shift7; former U.S. Chief Technology Officer

10:05am  – 11:55am

Concurrent breakouts (select one)


On the 2019 audit committee agenda

Frank Casal – Vice Chair – Audit, KPMG LLP

Cynthia Fornelli – Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality

Thomas Kim – Partner, Sidley Austin

Sherry Smith – Director, Deere & Company, Piper Jaffray Companies, Realogy Holdings Corp., Tuesday Morning Corp.


Proxy season preview—investor perspective

Claudia Allen – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Pamela Marcogliese – Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Blythe McGarvie – Director, LKQ Corp., Sonoco Products Inc., Apple Hospitality REIT, Wawa Inc


Hot Topics for the Compensation Committee in 2019

Stephen Brown – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Arthur Kohn – Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

John Trentacoste – Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Farient Advisors

Mary Winston  President, WinscCo Enterprises; Director, Domtar Corporation, Dover Corp., Acuity 

12:05pm – 1:30pm

Luncheon keynote:  Maxine Williams – The numbers only take us so far

Stephen Brown – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Maxine Williams – Global Chief Diversity Officer, Facebook

1:40pm – 2:30pm

Concurrent breakouts (select one)


Oversight of corporate culture

Susan Angele – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Phyllis Campbell – Director, Alaska Air Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Horizon Air

Michael Marquardt – CEO, Global Kompass Strategies; Director, International Assistance Group SAS, Commonwealth Trust Co., PT AA International Indonesia

Bradley Strock – CIO, PayPal; Director, Elevate Credit Inc.


The global tax landscape—risks and opportunities

Manal Corwin – National Service Line Leader, International Tax and Principal in Charge, International Tax Policy, KPMG LLP

John Gimigliano – Principal in Charge, Federal Legislative and Regulatory Services, KPMG LLP


Digital disruption: Insights from the front lines

Todd Lohr – Principal, Technology Enablement and Automation, KPMG LLP

Tarun Sondhi – Principal, Cyber Security, KPMG LLP

2:50pm – 3:40pm

In conversation with William McNabb: The rise of the institutional investor

Stephen Brown – Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center

F. William McNabb III – Chairman, Vanguard

3:40pm – 4:30pm

Lead director lens: Board engagement in strategy

Jeffrey Cunningham - Professor of Global Leadership, ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management; Editor-at-Large, Chief Executive Magazine

Peter Gleason – President and CEO, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

Dennis Whalen – Leader, KPMG Board Leadership Center

Dona Young – Director,  Foot Locker Inc., Aegon NV

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Workforce of the future

Adam Grant – Professor, Wharton School; author – Option B, Originals, Give and Take

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Networking reception and dinner



Wednesday, January 9

7:00am – 8:00am

Networking breakfast


8:00am – 9:00am

Analysts take on the future

Todd Lohr – Principal, Technology Enablement and Automation, KPMG LLP

Nishit Madlani – Lead Analyst Corporate Ratings, Stand & Poor’s

Ayse McCracken – President, eNNOVATE Health Ventures LLC

Dana Telsey – CEO and Chief Research Officer, Telsey Advisory Group

9:00am – 10:00am

State of the boardroom: Governance, gaps, and going forward

Charles Elson – Director, John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware; Director, Encompass Health Corp

10:30am – 12:30pm

Concurrent peer exchange sessions:

Audit committee

Compensation committee

Nominating / Governance committee


12:30pm – 1:30pm

Networking lunch


Featured Speakers

Cynthia M. Fornelli

Cynthia M. Fornelli

Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality,

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

 Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams

Global Chief Diversity Officer, Facebook

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.

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