October 16, 2012

Webcast: “Secrets of the Corporate Secretary Department”

Tune in tomorrow for the webcast – “Secrets of the Corporate Secretary Department” – to hear the current Chair of the Society of Corporate Secretaries – and three former Chairs – as they debunk myths on how to run the corporate secretary department as well as provide oodles of practice pointers. The panel includes Lydia Beebe of Chevron; Ken Wagner of Peabody Energy; Carol Ward of Mondelez International (formerly Kraft Foods); and Susan Wolf, formerly of Schering-Plough.

Among the topics of this program are:

– How to leverage outside resources & technology
– Best ways to feed and care for the board
– How to best manage a budget
– Ways to streamline the board materials process
– Ways to optimize director orientation & education
– How best to involve directors in shareholder engagement
– Being a governance subject matter expert and resource
– Logistics, contingency plans and last minute changes for board meetings

Nuggets in Responses to Corp Fin Comment Letters: Iran & Syria Travel Plans

Recently, Michelle Leder of (who recently bought back her site from Morningstar) tweeted about the interesting stats on travel to Iran and Syria booked via Expedia in this response to a Corp Fin comment letter. The comments came from Corp Fin’s Office of Global Security Risk. You never know what you’ll find in responses to comment letters…

Catch-Up Now: “Say-on-Pay Workshop Conference”

The video archive of last weeks’ pair of Conferences – the “7th Annual Proxy Disclosure Conference” & “Say-on-Pay Workshop: 9th Annual Executive Compensation Conference” – are posted. Hopefully, you’ve talked to some of the many that attended this event and heard how much practical guidance was imparted (people come from all over the world; I sat at lunch one day with someone that came all the way from Israel). Our panels really delivered this year – and it’s not too late to watch them as you can still register and watch the panels now or when you are gearing up to draft your proxy materials.

Our Week of Conferences: Sights

It was New Orleans, so there were numerous thrills outside the Conference, starting with a Sunday NFL night game next door in the beautifully lit Super Dome – those Saints fans sure know how to get dressed up. The next day, the city temporarily lost it’s drinking water:

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The Conference wouldn’t feel right without the annual race of pigs from AON Hewitt/Radford (see this video from a few years back):

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As a button maker myself, I was excited to see these magnets from Kenexa that had hilarious statements on them:

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– Broc Romanek