It’s clear that, as the business and risk environment becomes more complex, the board’s ability to prioritize and devote enough time to substantive issues becomes more challenging. While the near-term can’t be ignored, whether it’s uncertainty in Washington or responding to the crisis of the day, the message from investors and other stakeholders is clear: they expect boards to help keep companies focused on long-term strategy and growth.
More than 225 directors, luminaries, and KPMG leaders gathered at the 2018 Board Leadership Conference in San Diego Jan. 8–10 to discuss the issues shaping boardroom and business agendas, including the economic and geopolitical landscape, the impact of U.S. tax reform, increasing focus on long-term growth and sustainability, risk, culture, diversity, innovation, financial reporting hot topics and audit quality.
Keynote speakers included Pulitzer-Prize winning historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin, national affairs analyst John Heilemann, financial journalist and author Michael Lewis, Eurasia Group founder and president Ian Bremmer.
In addition, peer exchanges discussions drilled down on the challenges and emerging issues driving the agendas and practices of audit, compensation, and nominating/governance committees.
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.
Politics, markets, and the 2018 geopolitical landscape with Ian Bremmer
Building the right board panel with Susan Angele, Stephen West, John Rogers, and Theodore Dysart
Tax reform update with John Gimigliano
Keynote with John Heilemann & Doris Kearns Goodwin
Keynote converstation with Michael Lewis
2018 Economic outlook with Constance Hunter
Welcome with Dennis T. Whalen & Jose R. Rodriguez
Making sense of ESG with Stephen Brown, Lydia Beebe, Chris Cernich, and Lyndon Park
Unconventional views: The state of corporate governance with Joseph Grundfest and Nick Donofrio