NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Seattle I The Board's Role in Corporate Culture

October 12, 2017
Seattle, WA



NACD will publish a Blue Ribbon Commission report on the Board and Corporate Culture on October 1. Phyllis Campbell was one of the Commissioners who developed this report and she will pair with J. Ritchie to discuss the findings of this very timely report. Culture oversight is a key board responsibility that is linked with strategy formation, CEO selection and risk oversight. There is no question that strong cultures contribute significantly to corporate success but it is not always obvious how directors can influence and monitor a company's overall culture. Culture formation has many components and Phyllis and J. will discuss how directors can break them down into manageable pieces that can be monitored by the board. Please join us for what should be a lively discussion.


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Event Notes


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Location and Time


Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Metropole Room
411 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Networking Reception

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Program

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Networking Reeption 

Speaker Spotlight


John Ritchie

J. Ritchie served as the Corporate Vice President of Total Rewards at Microsoft from 2006 until 2017.  He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for World at Work, a professional association for approximately 20,000 total rewards professionals spread throughout the world. As Corporate Vice President of Total Rewards at Microsoft his responsibilities included: broad-based global compensation, executive compensation including Compensation Committee materials and agendas, US benefits, international benefits strategy and philosophy, global mobility and relocation, stock design and administration, M&A, and employee performance systems. He actively participated with the Compensation Committee and Board as the company transitioned to its first CEO who was not a founder or early employee. J. led the re-invention of Microsoft’s employee performance and development approach in 2013, making Microsoft one of the first and the largest employer to redefine performance, redefine manager and employee coaching, abolish performance ratings and focus on business impact as the basis for compensation. The new approach supported the company’s transformation path of both its business and underlying culture. He authored a paper that chronicles the journey and lessons: “Transforming a Company: How Microsoft’s New Employee Performance System Supports its Business and Cultural Transformation”

Phyllis Campbell

Phyllis Campbell is the Chairman, Pacific Northwest for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Previously, Phyllis served as the President/CEO of The Seattle Foundation, the largest community foundation in Washington. Prior to that, Phyllis was the President/CEO of U.S. Bank of Washington for over six years. Phyllis is the lead independent director for Alaska Air Group, a NYSE listed company. She served on the Nordstrom board of directors from 2005-2016 and chaired the Audit Committee for seven years. She currently serves on the North American Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) of Toyota. Phyllis is on the nonprofit boards of PATH, the US-Japan Council, and the global advisory board of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), among others. She is a member of the NACD Governance National Advisory Council. She is a frequently requested speaker on governance, audit and risk-related topics and has spoken at a number of global conferences. Her awards have included the following: In 2016, she was recognized as the “First Citizen” of Seattle/King County. In 2015, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Seattle Business Magazine and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vision from the Mountaintop Award. She also was the Pinnacle Award recipient of the 2015 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards. In 2014, she was recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a “Top 100” Director, as chosen by a committee of her peers and The Ascend/Deloitte Inspirational Award. She was the inaugural NACD Director of the Year Award from the Pacific Northwest chapter, Top Women in Finance Award from Women of Color Magazine in 2010 and Woman Who Makes A Difference Award from the International Women’s Forum. She was also awarded the 36th Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award from Washington State University.



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