14th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

13th Annual Directors Forum

Goodwin’s 13th Annual Directors Forum focused on how board of directors can embrace change and explore “out of the box” thinking. The threat of disruption from technological innovation is as persistent as it is unpredictable. But an informed and involved board of directors can help a company stay ahead of disruptors of the curve while remaining true to its mission.

We started with Aaron von Staats, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of PTC, a global software company discussed technology disruption and business model changes. He also provided a demo of one of PTC’s proprietary augmented reality software.

Having served on boards of Service Corporation International, Sprint and Xerox, Sara Martinez Tucker shared her view on the importance of seeking outside perspectives to stay ahead of competition and emerging technologies.

James Geraghty, chairman of Idera Pharmaceuticals, Orchard Therapeutics and Pieris Pharmaceuticals as well as Director of Voyager Therapeutics, discussed his relationship with the legendary Henri Termeer, founder and longtime Genzyme CEO and board chairman.

Jeffrey Marrazzo, Co-Founder, CEO and Director of Spark Therapeutics, then walked through how he and his board handled an unsolicited takeover bid and how they ultimately negotiated a significantly higher purchase price with Goodwin advising throughout the process.

Stuart Cable, chair of Goodwin’s M&A and Corporate Finance practices for the firm’s Technology and Life Sciences groups, and Lisa Haddad, co-chair of the firm’s M&A/Corporate Governance practice, led a “gameshow” discussion with audience members providing real-time answers to probing question.

We ended with Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon, writer, and public health leader, is CEO of Haven, a non-profit health care venture. He discussed how the cost of healthcare is creating a global crisis, forcing society and individuals to confront whether they can afford the care physicians provide.

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12th Annual Directors Forum

June 12, 2018 – Boston, MA

Our 12th Annual Directors Forum focused on “doing the right thing” for the company and its shareholders. Applying this principle in today’s boardroom is far from simple. At last year’s forum, we explored the complexities through a series of role plays and other interactive sessions.

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11th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

June 1, 2017 – Boston, MA

Goodwin’s 11th Annual Directors Forum took place on June 1, 2017 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston, MA. This annual program is focused on issues affecting directors of public companies.

At the 2017 forum, we took an inside-out look at the ever changing landscape of public company boardrooms. Have you noticed that the person sitting next to you in the boardroom is Joanne not Joe? Have you been discussing things at board meetings like how cars can talk to washing machines or whether legalized gambling or marijuana may present a business opportunity? Has your board recently encountered a crisis situation as a result of a Tweet that went viral? One thing is for sure, this is not your father’s boardroom.
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10th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

June 7, 2016 – Boston, MA

Goodwin’s 10th Annual Directors Forum included an exciting program focused on innovation in the board room. Educational sessions included fireside chats featuring Google, GE and Elliott Management Corporation, a series of case studies presented in ‘lightning rounds’ and an engaging featured presentation by former President and Executive Chairman of ESPN, Mr. George Bodenheimer.

See the complete 2016 program agenda.

Learn about our 2016 program faculty.

To view video from select program segments, please use the following links:

Welcome Remarks delivered by Stuart Cable, Goodwin
Fireside Chat featuring Steve Vinter, Google, Inc.
Fireside Chat featuring Brackett Denniston, III, General Electric Co.
Lightning Round Case Studies presented by Stuart Cable and Lisa Haddad, Goodwin

9th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

June 3, 2015 – Boston MA

Goodwin’s 2015 Annual Directors Forum included four distinct program components covering a variety of topics of interest to board members of public companies. The 9th Annual event featured the following educational sessions:

  • A Foundational Transaction
  • Cybersecurity: Not If, But When
  • Sitting at the Head of the Table

In addition, we welcomed UCLA Professor, Jerry Kang, who offered an engaging and interactive session on implicit bias and diversity in the boardroom.

View the complete 2015 program agenda.

View video of the ‘A Foundational Transaction’ session.

View slides from the ‘Cybersecurity: Not If But When’ session.

View video from the ‘Cybersecurity: Not If But When’ session.

View video of the ‘Sitting at the Head of the Table’ session.

Learn about our 2015 speakers and presenters.

8th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

June 5, 2014 – Boston, MA

Our 2014 event featured a series of three ‘fireside chats’ in which particpants, including former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Tony Coles, shared their experiences ranging from selling their companies to creating strategic partnerships to dealing with director conflicts.

In addition, our 8th Annual Directors Forum featured a panel, moderated by Goodwin’s Wayne Budd, on the importance of creating and maintaining board diversity.

View the complete 2014 program agenda.

7th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

May 21, 2013 – Boston, MA

Our Forum this year was once again focused on education on a wide variety of topics geared specifically at those who sit on the boards of directors of public companies.

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Learn about our 2013 presenters and speakers.

The 2013 event was comprised of three interactive sessions and a dynamic panel centered on the public/private partnership that created and is managing the One Fund charitable organization set up following the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.

Our “Company for Sale? Responding to an Unsolicited Offer” session explored what happens when a casual inquiry leads to an offer to buy the company, how should the Board respond? Fiduciary duties of the directors in this context, what it means to do a “market check,” and how the Board can effectively manage the process were all included in the discussion.

The “Cybersecurity…it’s not just for CIOs anymore” panel covered how a company’s “crown jewels”—intellectual property, customer relationships, corporate plans, all reflect on its reputation in the marketplace—on the line, cyber attacks and cyber security deserve the Board’s attention. This panel discussed the evolving nature of these risks, how companies can plan for them, and what to do if an attack happens.

“Shareholder Activism & Proxy Contests” set the scene for an activist investor who issued a hostile press release attacking management and the Board, stating that the company should consider its “strategic alternatives,” and threatening a proxy fight. Now what? Various experts in the field explained the alternatives available to the company, what a proxy contest is and how to develop a “winning” strategy in activist situations.

Finally, our featured luncheon panel entitled “Building The One Fund” featured members of the Board of Directors, including representatives of John Hancock and Hill Holiday, Jack Connors, and the administrator of The One Fund. These key players joined the Honorable Mayor Thomas M. Menino, to discussed how The One Fund came together in a time of crisis and how highly successful the public/private partnership has been.

6th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

May 31, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA
June 6, 2012 – Boston, MA

The 6th Annual Directors Forum was designed specifically to address the issues faced by directors of public companies, as well as companies planning to go public in the near future.

This year’s forum is comprised of three interactive sessions and, in Boston, a featured keynote speaker.

In the ‘The Role of the Board of Directors in Strategic Planning’ session, the focus was on the role of the Board of Directors in the strategic planning process, including the Board’s oversight of the company’s plans for growth.

Our ‘Tweet Responsibly: Managing Risk, Reaping Rewards Using Social Media’ panel examined the increasing popularity of social media in the business world and on what directors need to be aware of regarding the various technologies and their responsibilities in this ever-changing area.

IPO, no sale, no IPO, no sale…maybe both? In the ‘Navigating a Dual Track Process’ segment of the program, the presenters identified key considerations – including the impact of the new JOBS Act – companies should investigate when contemplating a dual-track strategy of an IPO and potential sale of the company.

Our Boston keynote address was given by Tuck School of Business strategy professor, Ron Adner. Adner addressed the various components of building and implementing a strategic plan as related to boards of directors.


5th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

June 2, 2011 – Palo Alto, CA  
June 9, 2011 – Boston, MA

Our 5th annual conference focused solely on issues affecting directors of public companies. Through keynote remarks, panel discussions and case studies, a variety of topics were addressed including: changes in the whistleblower law and the implications for public company directors, executive compensation issues resulting from Dodd-Frank and other SEC rule changes and the perils and pitfalls of public company M&A activity.

This year’s forum comprised of three primary segments:

  • A Tale of Two Bidders: Responding to an Interloper
  • Executive Compensation: Changes & Challenges for 2011 and Beyond
  • Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank: Bounty Mutiny?

This keynote presentation, delivered by Matthew J. Slaughter,  Associate Dean of the MBA Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and former member of the Council of Economic Advisors, provided an overview of the findings of The Squam Lake Report. This report, which incorporates an immense depth of academic, private sector, and public policy experience and is co-authored by several of the country’s top economists, including Slaughter, contains urgent recommendations that will positively influence everyone’s financial well-being.

Our program faculty for these interactive sessions offered best practices in navigating board-related issues and shared lessons learned from fellow board members, educators and experts in corporate governance law.


4th Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

Remember when being a director of a public company seemed simple? When board meetings were dominated with the basics of how to increase revenue, lower costs and create shareholder value? When directors were able to be more proactive than reactive? Following another year of economic uncertainty and regulatory change, directors are increasingly occupied by matters outside of the company’s core business and strategy. Goodwin’s Fourth Annual Directors Forum, presented in conjunction with Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, focued on two of these areas:

  • Board Management: Politics, Policies and Public Perception
  • Crisis Management: How will you respond when the government comes knocking?

Our program faculty shared best practices in navigating these issues and lessons learned from your fellow board members and our experts in corporate governance law.

View the 2010 Directors Forum agenda.

View the 2010 Directors Forum keynote presentation, ‘Strategy is Creating the Future,’ delivered by Professor Vijay “VG” Govindarajan

If you are interested in following VG’s work on innovation and execution, please sign up for his free Newsletter at http://www.vijaygovindarajan.com/newsletter.html.

3rd Annual Goodwin Directors Forum

March 3, 2009 – Boston, MA

Presented in conjunction with Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the event focused on a variety of strategic issues facing directors in 2009 and featured a mix of industry perspectives and small group sessions. Presenters included Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management, and Paul Argenti, Professor of Corporate Communications, both with the Tuck School of Business. The keynote address was delivered by Jim Woolsey, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency, Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow with Stanford’s Hoover Institution, Venture Partner with VantagePoint and Of Counsel with Goodwin.

View the 2009 Directors Forum agenda.

View the 2009 presentation by Professor Paul Argenti, "Reputation Management: Strategically Targeting Opportunities & Risks".

View the 2009 presentation by Professor Sydney Finkelstein, "Strategies for Mergers and Acquisitions".

2nd Annual Goodwin Procter Directors Forum

March 12, 2008 – Boston, MA

Presented in conjunction with Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the event focused on the strategic and global issues facing public company directors. Presenters included Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at Tuck School of Business; William C. Taylor, founding editor of Fast Company and co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win; and Matthew Slaughter, Professor of International Economics, Associate Dean of the MBA Program and Senior Associate Director for the Center of International Business at Tuck School of Business.

Sydney Finkelstein

Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at Tuck School of Business,
leads a session on “Board Oversight – Learning From Others’ Mistakes.”

William C. Taylor and Regina Pisa

William C. Taylor, co-founder and founding editor of Fast Company magazine, delivered the keynote address.
He is pictured here with Regina Pisa, Chairman Emeritus at Goodwin.