Modern Governance Summit – Boarddocs Agenda

September 17-18, 2020 - Virtual Conference

Thursday, September 17

9:00am - 10:00am ET

Product Showcase Open



10:00am - 10:30am ET

Day 1 Opening Keynote

Join us as Diligent CEO, Brian Stafford, kicks off the Modern Governance Summit, discussing the Diligent vision and what it means to Lead the Moment.

Brian Stafford, President & CEO, Diligent Corporation



10:45am - 11:15am ET

Virtual Board Meetings: Maintaining Transparency and Staying Connected in Uncertain Times

Risk & Accountability

Learn how to most effectively hold virtual meetings, while sharing important information and receiving public feedback, leveraging the capabilities of BoardDocs to manage the flow of information. This session will feature a BoardDocs subscriber whose school district held virtual board meetings for the first time during the pandemic. The customer will share the story of how they organized the process, provided training, ensured the board had the equipment and connectivity they needed, and how they handled communication with the public and stakeholders.

Dennis Rohlfing, Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Cynthia Gray, Executive Secretary, Huntington County Community School Corporation


Collaborative Agenda Creation

Security & Collaboration

This session will introduce practices for ensuring that your agendas are being created efficiently by allowing content contributions using an intuitive and controlled submission process.

Sylvia Raye, Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Ryan Ash Hale, District IT Staff/Project Manaer, Akron Public Schools

Ruth Huck, Board Secretary, Warren County School District


11:30am - 12:00pm ET

Called to Order: Parliamentary Procedure 101

Risk & Accountability

In this session you will hear from BoardDocs customers on best practices for keeping meetings on task and controlling communications - virtually!

Diana Freeman, Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Ann Macfarlane, Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Jurassic Parliament


Improving Board Adoption and Success in a Complex Operating Environment

Strategy & Governance

Learning how to share information and conduct meetings in a virtual environment is new territory for public sector organizations who have been forced to adapt to changing circumstances. It's critical that board members be well prepared and set up for success. This session will spotlight how organizations are achieving success in improving board adoption in uncertain times.

Dennis Rohlfing, Implementation Specialist, BoardDocs

Lisa Workman, Trustee Liaison Officer, Upper Canada District School Board


12:15pm - 1:00pm ET

What You (and Your Board) Need to Know about the Future of ESG

Keynote Session

At the beginning of 2020, it seemed that climate change and climate action would dominate board agendas for the rest of the year. Then the pandemic hit, quickly followed by a global social movement against systemic racism and injustice. Boards are now challenged to adopt an "ESG-mindset" on everything from the health and safety of employees and customers, to aligning strategy to environmental sustainability, to ensuring their governance practices keep pace with social movements. What does all of this mean for those of us who support the work of boards? Our closing panel of Day 1 features experts on ESG topics who will provide their perspectives on where we are headed and what governance professionals and their boards should know for the future.

Helle Bank Jorgensen, CEO and Executive Director, Competent Boards

Doug Chia, President, Soundboard Governance LLC

Pamela Passman, former President & CEO of CREATe, Vice Chair, The Ethisphere Institute and former Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation


1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Networking Roundtables + Product Showcase Open


Friday, September 18

9:00am - 10:00am ET

Product Showcase Open



10:00am - 10:30am ET

Day 2 Opening Keynote



10:45am - 11:15am ET

Structuring Agendas for Maximum Efficiency and Effectiveness

Security & Collaboration

This session will feature information on how organizations are leveraging the full capabilities of BoardDocs to produce accessible, highly legible, and well organized agendas, striking an appropriate balance between effective use of content fields to prevent the need to drill down to access summary information, and thoughtfully developed supporting attachments with logical naming conventions.

Merritt Brooks, Implementation Specialist, BoardDocs

Adriana Sano, Administrative Assistant, Imperial Valley CCD


The Genius of Policies in BoardDocs – Part 1

Risk & Accountability

Join us for BoardDocs Policies part 1 of 2, in which we will introduce the various foundational features and methods to empower users to take on policy tasks with ease. This session is open to subscribers who may have already been trained in policies or someone who is brand new to the tool.

Angela De Los Santos, Director - Policy Services, Diligent

Michele Doyle, Policy Specialist, Diligent

Gillian Chapman, Superintendent, Teton County School District #1


11:30am - 12:00pm ET

The Genius of Policies in BoardDocs – Part 2

Reputation & Transparency

Part 2 of the Genius of Policies on BoardDocs will dive deeper into advanced Policies features and how to use the tool to assess compliance practices.

Angela De Los Santos, Director - Policy Services, Diligent

Michele Doyle, Policy Specialist, Diligent

Heather Masshardt, Director of Policy Services, PSBA


Strategic Plans: The Key to Achieving Your Vision

Strategy & Governance

Ensure the public is well informed about your organization's strategic vision by being transparent about strategic plans. This session will review best practices for organizing library documents into an effective and accessible structure for easy access by the board and public.

Diana Roadcap, Implementation Specialist, BoardDocs

Cindy Poulton, Administrative Assistance to the Board, Roanoke City Public Schools


12:15pm – 1:00pm

Closing Keynote



1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Networking Roundtables + Product Showcase Open