Day 1 – September 9th

Start times (U.S ET)

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Opening of 2020 Global Institute - Welcoming Comments

  • Susan C. Keating (United States), CEO, WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation
  • Camille Asaro (United States), Partner, Audit – Alternative Investments, KPMG LLP, Director, WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation

10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Opening Keynote -Topic: Corporate Purpose

  • Paul Knopp (United States), Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP
  • Tandra Jackson (United States), Vice Chair, Growth & Strategy, KPMG LLP

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Brief Video

  • Paul Polman (Netherlands), – former President, Procter & Gamble Western Europe; former CEO, Unilever
  • Halla Tomasdottir (Iceland) CEO, The B Team; WCD Member, Iceland

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
A Perspective On Racial Diversity

  • Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (United States), Director, Georgia Power
  • Anne Sempowski Ward (United States) CEO and Director, CURiO Brands; Director, Vanda Pharmaceuticals

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Virtual Exhibit Hall and Lunch Break

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
Breakout Tracks

  • A Deeper Dive
    The role directors can play in leading racial equity.
  • The Global Threat of Cyberwarfare: From Work at Home to Infrastructure and Election Insecurity
    A panel of cybersecurity and national security experts will discuss the growing threats to corporations from cyberwarfare. Boards need to understand the areas adversaries are targeting, how it might impact their company or industry and how to best protect against the threats that are emerging. Cybersecurity is a board risk area that can impact many parts of the business, not just the traditional data breach areas. The panel will include cyberwarfare tactics targeting the work-at-home environment escalated by Covid-19; impacts on corporate supply chains, reputation and operations; potential attacks on critical infrastructures like the electric grid, water supply or transportation, both in the U.S. and abroad, on which corporations rely; and concerns about cyberattacks during the coming U.S. election, as well as those abroad.
  • Climate Change: Finding the Opportunities
    Consumers and investors have become drivers of change by making conscious decisions to withhold support of companies that do not focus on improving sustainability.
    This discussion will feature commentary on the steps boards and companies are taking to identify opportunities that create positive environmental, while also improving the financial bottom line.

2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Virtual Exhibit Hall Break

2:10 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Managing Change in the Boardroom: A Conversation With

  • General Lester L. Lyles (United States), Managing Partner, Four Seasons Ventures LLC; Former U.S. Air Force General, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and Director, KBR, Inc.  
  • Interviewed by: Rear Admiral Mary Landry (United States), Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), Director, The United Services Automobile Association (USAA), and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.; WCD Member, Boston

2:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Virtual Exhibit Hall Break

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Visionary Awards Pre-event Regional Watch Parties

3:30 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
WCD Visionary Awards Celebration

  • Carla Harris (United States), Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley
  • Keynote: Madeleine K. Albright (United States) 64th Secretary of State of the United States; Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group

Day 2 – September 10th

Start times (U.S ET)

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Virtual Exhibit Hall

    9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.
    Welcoming Comments

    • Susan C. Keating (United States), CEO, WCD Foundation

    9:05 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    Keynote Discussion

    • A Conversation With" David M. Solomon, Chairman and CEO, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
    • Interviewed by Maggie Wilderotter, Director, Cadence Design Systems, Costco Wholesale Corporation, DocuSign, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lyft, and Tanium

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Work Has Changed: Has Your Board?

    WCD and Pearl Meyer have collaborated to produce WCD's Annual Thought Leadership Report, Work Has Changed: How Boards Navigate Disruption and Drive Human Capital Transformation. The topic, originally chosen last year, couldn't be more relevant to ongoing board discussions in reaction to the dual disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the heightened scrutiny of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Will boards and the organizations they serve meet the challenge of the moment and beyond?

    11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Board Opportunity Briefing: Conversation with IFC on Nominee Directorship Program

    1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Board Committee Peer Exchanges

    1. Audit Committee Peer Exchange: Calibrating the Audit Committee Agenda for COVID-19 (Hosted by KPMG)
    2. Compensation & Human Capital Committee Peer Exchange: Work Has Changed: Has Your Compensation and Talent Management Strategy? (hosted by Pearl Meyer)
    3. Nominating & Governance Committee Peer Exchange: Lens into Institutional Investor ESG Expectations (hosted by Spencer Stuart)

    2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    A Conversation with Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF

  • Henrietta H. Fore (United States), Executive Director, UNICEF; Former Director, WCD, Exxon, and General Mills
  • Interviewed by: Patricia McKay (United States) Director, Holy Cross Health and Florida Atlantic University Foundation; Former Director, Office Depot, Inc.


    3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Virtual Exhibit Hall

    Day 3 – September 11th

    Start times (U.S ET)

    8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
    Virtual Exhibit Hall

      8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.
      Welcoming Comments

    • Susan C. Keating (United States), CEO, WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation

    8:40 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
    Conversation with Julia Gillard - Beyond 2020: Women in Leadership and Lessons Learned

    • The Hon. Julia Gillard (Australia), Former Prime Minister of Australia
    • Interviewed by: Jillian Segal AO (Australia), President, Executive Council of Australian Jewry; Director, Rabobank Australia Limited, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Grattan Institute of Public Policy and a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust; Chair, General Sir John Monash Foundation, Australia Israel Chamber of Commerce, Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority

    9:10 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
    Keynote: Planning for the Next Unexpected Crisis: Critical Boardroom Insights

    • Michael Marquardt (United States), Global Kompass Strategies; Chief Global Business Officer, Factory Berlin; Chairman, PT AA International Indonesia, Chairman, Supervisory Board, International Assistance Group; Director, Commonwealth Trust Company

    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
    Virtual Exhibit Hall Break

    9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Breakout Tracks

    • Navigating the Perfect Storm
      The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted normal life, caused panic among consumers and impacted global financial markets. Governments and leading healthcare agencies have been accused of slow response. Amidst a perfect storm, how do companies and boards manage through crisis?
    • How Resilient Brands are Approaching Acquisition and Retention of Customers
      Creating brand awareness and enticing customers to engage is a challenging experiment in the best of times, but during a global pandemic, the issue is magnified. This panel will explore how industries that were impacted the most- such as airlines, hotels, and retailers- are planning to reengage, build trust, and move forward.
    • True, False or ... Neither? Tackling Disinformation Globally & Implications for the Boardroom
      While the internet has spawned unprecedented innovation and public good, it has also facilitated the viral spread of disinformation globally. While not always false or illegal, disinformation can be extremely harmful when it is manipulated to sow distrust and divide us, spread dangerous health information, or interfere with elections. During this session, we will explore the parameters of disinformation and the techniques bad actors deploy, as well as steps board members can take to mitigate corporate and reputational risk due to disinformation.

    11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Virtual Exhibit Hall

    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Industry Peer Exchange

    1. Technology Peer Exchange: The Most Meaningful Trends in Technology in the New Reality (hosted by KPMG)
    2. Consumer Products & Retail Peer Exchange: Planning for the Unpredictable: Proactive Scenario Planning by Boards of Consumer & Retail Companies (hosted by Sullivan & Cromwell)
    3. Energy Peer Exchange: The Future of Cleantech Innovation and Investments in Renewable Energy (hosted by Vinson & Elkins)
    4. Financial Services Peer Exchange: Critical Governance Topics in the Financial Services Boardroom (hosted by Truist)

    12:45 p.m. – 1:15p.m.
    Closing Remarks

    • Dr. Dambisa Moyo(United States), Global Economist and Author; Director, 3M Corporation, Chevron, and Condé Nast

    12:45 p.m. – 1:15p.m.
    Closing of the Institute

    • Susan Keating (United States), (United States), CEO, WCD Foundation