You are invited to attend the 2020 NACD Northwest Chapter Non-Executive Board Chair/Lead Independent Director Peer Exchange. This invitation-only event is for current or recent past non-executive chairs or independent lead directors from leading Pacific Northwest companies.
The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. on March 16 at Aerlume, located at 2003 Western Ave., Seattle, WA, and will include a 1.5- to 2-hour interactive discussion followed by a cocktail reception and dinner where participants will be able to network in a casual environment.
The peer discussion will be facilitated by Susan Angele, senior advisor at KPMG’s Board Leadership Center and local NACD Northwest board member. The event is intended to be an informal discussion among attendees on current topics of mutual interest, particularly as they relate to current challenges board leaders are facing in today’s environment. Some of the topics that will be discussed include the following:
There are a multitude of megatrends that are shaping a fundamentally different (and rapidly changing) operating reality for business. It’s clear that these trends (tech, geopolitics, climate change, social activism) are forcing companies to adapt and rethink how they create and preserve value. How should the modus operandi of the board change in this dynamic environment?
How have you used your board leadership role to transform your boardroom? What have been the most difficult changes to orchestrate in making your boards fit for the future? How did you overcome resistance/inertia?
If the talent on the board is deficient for the challenges of today’s environment, how do you as a board leader help lead the process to make changes? How does your board hold directors accountable if they are not carrying their weight?
The relationship between the board leader and the CEO is critical in order to draw on the full potential of the board without crossing the line into management. In this period of disruption (and opportunity) coming from so many different directions, how can the board leader and the CEO create a constructive, trusting relationship?
Senior Advisor, Board Governance, KPMG's Board Leadership Center
As a senior advisor, Board Governance, at KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, Susan Angele is a frequent writer and speaker on topics of importance to corporate directors. The Board Leadership Center works to champion outstanding corporate governance to drive long-term corporate value and enhance investor confidence, engaging with directors, business leaders, and experts to help articulate business challenges through a board lens and promote director education and continuous boardroom improvement. She joined KPMG after 25 years in the consumer products industry. In roles including global deputy general counsel and chief governance officer at The Hershey Company and chief counsel at US Snacks at Mondelez (then Kraft/Nabisco), she provided legal and business advice and led initiatives that protected value and enabled sustainable global growth of some of the world’s most famous and best-loved brands.Â
Angele has served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards, ranging in size and scope from a tech start-up to the Council of Better Business Bureaus, a national umbrella organization encompassing approximately 100 organizations devoted to instilling marketplace trust among their more than 250,000 member businesses, charities, and advertising agencies. She currently serves on two nonprofit boards, as nonexecutive chair of Courseworld, a nonprofit technology platform devoted to providing the world’s best liberal arts content online, and as a board member of the Institute for Mindful Leadership. Angele is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and a member of Women Corporate Directors (WCD) where she chaired the 2016 WCD Thought Leadership Commission on Visionary Board.