12th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum


Registration & Breakfast
7:30 - 8:00 am
Welcome Remarks
8:00 - 8:15 am
Saluting Corporate Citizenship
8:15 - 9:15 am

In our first session, we will explore the innovative ways that companies are giving back to their communities and promoting the welfare of others.  Whether in the form of corporate philanthropy or a heightened focus on corporate social responsibility, companies are seeking ways to make a positive social impact. Our guests will include:

Moderator: Jack Connors, a founding partner of Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Inc., and former Chairman of the Board of Partners HealthCare System and the Boston College Board of Trustees


  • Ann Klee, Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety at General Electric Company and head of the GE Foundation
  • Rob Perez, Founder and Chairman of Life Science Cares, Inc.
  • Rebekah Salwasser, Executive Director of the Red Sox Foundation
Role of the Board in the #MeToo Era
9:15 - 10:15 am

In this interactive session, we will discuss the issues faced by a Board of Directors when an allegation of sexual harassment has been made against an executive of the company. What is the right governance process?  How do you navigate the employment law issues? What do you need to disclose and when?  This session will be led by Goodwin partners Jennifer Fay and Deborah Birnbach.

Networking Break
10:15 - 10:30 am
Privacy Please
10:30 - 11:00 am

In this fireside chat, we will discuss the relationship between a Chief Executive Officer and its Board of Directors in the context of a going-private transaction. Our guest will be Josef von Rickenbach who served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PAREXEL International Corp. for over 35 years, including during its recent sale to Pamplona Capital Management.

Disruption in the Boardroom (Hollywood-style)
11:00 - 11:30 am

Disruptive businesses are high risk / high reward propositions. Execution of the business model and the ability to distribute or succeed in disrupting established models may present significant business and legal obstacles. This session, which will be led by Goodwin partner Neel Chatterjee, will use several well-known television and movie clips to discuss a Board’s responsibilities in this context.

Goodwin Governance Grab Bag
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

In this interactive session, we will discuss specific issues facing Boards of Directors today – game-show style! As the contestant, you will need to determine how to handle hypothetical situations in your role as a member of the Board. How do you do the right thing when there isn’t always one right answer? Your hosts will be Stuart Cable and Lisa Haddad, Goodwin partners and Co-Directors of the forum.

Lunch & Keynote Speakers
12:30 - 1:30 pm
We are pleased to welcome Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, authors of the recently-released book New Power: How Power Works in Our Hyperconnected World – and How to Make It Work for You. During this presentation, Messrs. Heimans and Timms will discuss the most essential skills to effectively navigate a “new power” world – where power is now flowing very differently and new forms of mass participation and mobilization are now possible. Through case studies, and examples from their own work, Messrs. Heimans and Timms will offer new insights into how leaders and organizations can spread ideas, build movements around their products or causes, develop new business models, reimagine their workplaces, and lead organizations to success in our radically altered world.
Closing Remarks
1:30 - 1:45 pm