The Northwest Chapter of NACD consists of approximately 850 members in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The 17 members of the chapter’s Board of Directors, along with our many great sponsors, strive to provide a wide range of high-quality educational experiences for members throughout the year.
During this last program year (July 1–June 30), more than 650 members and guests attended 19 programs, including The Challenges Facing Private Company Boards, Adaptive Governance: Board Oversight of Disruptive Risks, Environmental Governance and Social Risks, and Transformative Acquisitions. We also held numerous roundtables structured as peer exchange discussions with subject matter experts and directors serving on audit, compensation, and nominating governance committees. Additionally we held up close and personal fireside chats with high-profile business leaders, learning more from these successful leaders on how the board of directors can help companies succeed. The feedback from the attendees at these 19 programs was an enthusiastic thumbs up, with overall average satisfaction scores of 4.75 out of a perfect 5.0.
As successful as this last year was, we realize, just like in all of your companies, we now must focus on making this next year even better. The good news is we have a great start on doing exactly that. Here is a sneak preview of some of the programs we have planned for this coming year.
First up will be a dynamite program on innovation and disruptive technologies. We also will have a major program on the findings and recommendations from this year’s NACD Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Leadership, as well as a fresh look at the current issues facing private companies. We will be expanding the number of roundtables we have this year to not only look at the challenges facing board committees but also to delve more deeply into topics such as cybersecurity, the unique challenges facing independent chairs/lead directors, and the role of the general counsel as a strategic asset to the board.
Please keep a lookout for the upcoming announcements on these 2019–2020 programs for specific details on dates, times, and location.
Lastly, I would be totally remiss in not thanking our great sponsors that make it possible to develop and deliver these high-quality educational programs. Their financial support and collaboration are critical. Please note who these sponsors are, as shown on this website, and the specific individuals at these organizations who work with us to deliver these great programs.
On behalf of the entire board of NACD Northwest, we thank you—our members—for attending these programs and sharing your knowledge and experience.
Please do not hesitate to contact our executive director, Karin Martinez, or any chapter board member if you have a question or suggestion on how NACD Northwest can better serve you.