October 21, 2008

Today: “Tackling Your 2009 Compensation Disclosures: The 3rd Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference”

Today is the “Tackling Your 2009 Compensation Disclosures: The 3rd Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference”; tomorrow is the “5th Annual Executive Compensation Conference.” Note you can still register to watch online by using your credit card and getting an ID/pw kicked out automatically to you without having to interface with our Staff (but you can still interface with them if you need to).

How to Attend by Video Webcast: If you are registered to attend online, just log in to or to watch it live or by archive (note that it will take about a day to post the video archives after it’s shown live). A prominent link called “Enter the Conference” on the home pages of those sites will take you directly to today’s Conference.

Remember to use the ID and password that you received for the Conferences (which may not be your normal ID/password for or If you are experiencing technical problems, follow these webcast troubleshooting tips. Here is the Conference Agenda; times are Central.

How to Earn CLE Online: Please read these FAQs about Earning CLE carefully to see if that is possible for you to earn CLE for watching online – and if so, how to accomplish that. Remember you will first need to input your bar number(s) and that you will need to click on the periodic “prompts” all throughout each Conference to earn credit. Both Conferences will be available for CLE credit in all states except Pennsylvania (but hours for each state vary; see the list for each Conference in the FAQs).

How Directors Can Earn ISS Credit: For those directors attending by video webcast, you should sign-up for ISS director education credit using this form. This is meant to facilitate providing information to ISS; they are the ones in charge of accreditation and any disputes will need to be taken up with them.

Soliciting Queries for Our “Compensation Consultants Speaks” Panel

Among the more popular panels during Wednesday’s “5th Annual Executive Compensation Conference” will be the panel entitled “The Consultants Speak: Straight Talk from the Top Experts.” I am soliciting issues or questions to be addressed by the panel if you want to shoot me an email beforehand (they will be posed anonymously).

Moral Hazard and Executive Compensation

Setting the tone for our big executive compensation conferences, we have posted an important new alert on from Fred Cook, founder of Frederic W. Cook & Co. In his piece – “Moral Hazard and Executive Compensation” – Fred addresses what moral hazard means and lays out a number of steps that you can take to mitigate it. We strongly urge you to read this piece and show it to your CEO and directors.

– Broc Romanek