Modern Governance Summit – Diligent 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

Build Your Best Boardroom: Why Modern Governance Demands Diversity and Inclusion

Strategy & Governance

It has been proven time and again that diverse teams perform more effectively, and the boardroom is no exception. With more pressure on companies to strategically transform, it is imperative to have more gender and racially diverse leaders play a role in achieving the modern governance essential to long-term success. Learn how technology can help organizations can build more diverse and inclusive boards and leadership teams.

Meghan Day, Senior Director, Board Member Experience, Diligent


Secure Virtual Board Meetings: Lessons Learned - Part 1

Security & Collaboration

Now that most organizations have moved to virtual work, it’s important that governance professionals are rapidly adapting board and executive processes to virtual settings. How are other boards and governance teams streamlining the virtual meeting process? How can you ensure sensitive board material remain protected?

In this session, we be joined by Diligent customers to share how they are navigating these challenges and leveraging technology, all while avoiding security risks.

Regan Purcell, Senior Customer Success Manager, Diligent

Helmut Poellinger, Regional Vice President, Diligent

Lisa Pascoe, Vice President, Governance & System Effectiveness, Sparrow Health


Legal Professionals & IT (GC & CIO) how do you work together in this virtual world?

Security & Collaboration

Security threats are at an all-time high now that we are working in a virtual world. It is critical that legal and IT teams collaborate closely to ensure data security as technology processes are shifting. Join us as Diligent's own CISO and General Counsel share best practices for how to work with your IT and security teams towards digital transformation.

Henry Jiang, Chief Information Security Officer, Diligent

Jack Van Arsdale, SVP & General Counsel, Diligent


Best Practices for Reporting and Data Visualization

Strategy & Governance

A picture is worth a thousand words! Join us to learn how you can visualize data to share information and make better decisions across your organization. We will demonstrate how clients are using dashboards and structure charts to display entity data and business insights, providing various teams the details they need.

Kristin Drake, Senior Director Customer Success, Diligent

George Bayer, Assistant Company Secretary, M&G Plc


Subsidiary Governance Best Practices

Risk & Accountability

Not all subsidiaries are created equal. Join us to learn how organizations can optimize their subsidiary governance, including communication across the group, standardizing process, and compliance reporting and oversight to manage risk and protect shareholder value.

Cathy Cartieri, Director of Data Management, Diligent

Andy Casey, Head of Corporate Secretarial Services, Konexo


11:30am - 12:00pm ET

Navigating the Future of [Secure] Work: How Boards Should Adjust to the Shift in Accelerated Cyber Risk

Security & Collaboration

The shift to remote work has accelerated cyber risk. In the new world of work, companies will need new management structures as well as technological frameworks. Digital transformation elevates cyber to an enterprise-wide economic concern. Hear from President of the Internet Security Alliance, Larry Clinton, on cybersecurity practices that can be applied now and when post-COVID-19 mobility resumes.

Henry Jiang, Chief Information Security Officer, Diligent

Larry Clinton, President & CEO, Internet Security Alliance


Secure Virtual Board Meetings: Lessons Learned - Part 2

Security & Collaboration

In Secure Virtual Board Meetings Part 2, we'll take our discussion to the next level, learning to leverage Diligent to build your agenda, take meeting minutes and onboard directors - virtually! We'll take a deep dive into Diligent features that can help you further streamline your secure virtual board meetings process.

Regan Purcell, Senior Customer Success Manager, Diligent

Wendy David, Senior Governance Solutions Advisor, Diligent


Understanding Risk Analytics and How to Deliver Insights to Your Board

Risk & Accountability

Help your board uncover risks and opportunities inside and outside of the boardroom by better understanding risk analytics and how to access to real-time data and AI market analytics.

Ravi Magia, Customer Success Manager, Manzama

Jason Sinyor, Director of Global Sales, Manzama


Entity Governance is a Team Sport: Cross-departmental Collaboration

Security & Collaboration

Successful organizations are collaborating across teams to stay ahead of changing regulations and internal obligations. Join us to learn how clients in areas like Legal, Tax, Treasury and Corporate Accounting are working together to ensure a complete and accurate corporate record

Kristin Drake, Senior Director Customer Success, Diligent

Teresa Redman, Legal Entity Manager, World Fuel Services


Be Deal Ready: Preparing for M&A

Strategy & Governance

The 2nd half of 2020 will see a significant increase in M&A activity. Organizations must be deal ready by proactively implementing a complete and measured review of common closing checklist items and gathering and organizing the files and documents critical to a due diligence review. Don’t miss an opportunity or lose time and money scrambling when the deal arrives; leverage good corporate governance early in order to “Be Deal-Ready”.

Terence Falk, Governance Advisor, Diligent

Reyner Meikle, President & CEO, Agile Legal Services


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

From Surviving to Thriving through a Corporate Crisis

Risk & Accountability

For many organizations, 2020 has been all about survival. The pandemic and resulting turbulence in the global economy was a "black swan" event that created an unprecedented set of challenges for many organizations; and some were already dealing with changing market dynamics, pressure from shareholders and activists, and scandal. When times are tough, what are the best ways for governance professionals help their organizations to not only survive, but thrive? Our dynamic duo of governance professionals from industries hit hard by recent challenges will share their top survival strategies and lessons learned to help you thrive.

Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director, Diligent Insights

Ellen Whittemore, EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Wynn Resorts


How to Effectively Use Evaluations and Questionnaires to Assess Director Performance

Strategy & Governance

Learn how evaluations and questionnaires can help boards to review and assess board director skills as they relate to long-term strategy and the evolving changes within the marketplace.

Wendy David, Senior Governance Solutions Advisor, Diligent

Jay Joynes, Corporate Compliance & Ethics Program Manager, CRICO/Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions


Best Practices for Remote Sensitive Communication, Collaboration and Meeting Workflow

Security & Collaboration

The current state of business made up of many internal and external business units and stakeholders that are constantly collaborating inside and outside of the organization to get work done. Without policy and stringent controls, different business units are left to move at the speed of business with the convenience and tools that have been part of the 'business as usual' mentality. Ensure that your company's sensitive board and leadership meetings - and the communications, documents and workflows that suppoert them - remain confidential and secure in order to reduce risk.

Jeff Crisci, VP, Modern Governance Solutions, Diligent

Helmut Poellinger, Regional Vice President, Diligent

Tammy Wellcome, Corporate Governance Paralegal, American Water Works


Data Integrity and Management: Playbooks for Success

Cybersecurity & Collaboration

Are you looking for a better way to handle your organizational data? Join us to learn how clients are maintaining data integrity through defining better processes, enhancing data validation, and improving collaboration.

Cathy Cartieri, Director of Data Management, Diligent


Be Audit Ready: Regulatory Requirements and Internal Audit

Risk & Accountability

In today's volatile environment, it is critical to know where you stand with internal and external obligations. Learn how others are creating and approving policies, identifying gaps, implementing and managing process, and reporting on outcomes to ensure they stay ahead of regulatory change and become a strategic business partner.

Michael Nyhuis, Director, Audit & Compliance, Diligent

Kristin Drake, Senior Director Customer Success, Diligent


11:30am - 12:00pm ET

Preparing for the Next Normal: Business Continuity and Risk During COVID-19

Risk & Accountability

Companies at the leading edge of modern governance, responded to the current crisis with confidence - and while they couldn't anticipate COVID-19 and its global impact, were able to act swiftly and with assurance. Swift, confident action even enabled some of these companies to mitigate the downside effects while uncovering other ways to grow – while others are still formulating their initial response.

For others who haven’t modernized their approach, this crisis has highlighted underlying inefficiencies and an inability to be agile. As many are now learning, the cost of reactively responding to a crisis can be much greater than having taken a proactive stand. When the dust settles, those companies cannot afford to settle for where they were before COVID-19. They need to put steps in place now to learn from past mistakes and be prepared for next time, embracing the forward-thinking and proactive measures demanded by modern governance.

Michael Nyhuis, Director, Audit & Compliance, Diligent


Beyond the Boardroom: Private and Secure Leadership Collaboration

Strategy & Governance

Hear from Diligent customers about how they are currently using Diligent products to enable digital transformation beyond the boardroom, across their entire organization.

Nick Flynn, Senior VP, Customer Success, Diligent

Tejal Mehta, Senior Counsel & Assistant Corporate Secretary, TD Bank


Connecting Enterprise Technologies: Leveraging Integrations to Save Time and Improve Data Quality

Security & Collaboration

Diligent integrates with a range of popular third-party platforms to provide an efficient, auditable, and secure workflow process across teams and departments. Learn how Diligent customers are leveraging entity platform integrations to streamline the process of managing business entities and their regulatory needs without compromising security and compliance. We will discuss how to reduce manual data entry and improve data quality while keeping your information secure so you can focus on strategic initiatives versus administrative tasks.

James Brown, Director of Channel Partnerships, Diligent

David Jefferis, Product Manager, Compliance and Governance Services, CSC


Legal Professionals Driving Business Outcomes

Strategy & Governance

The legal team is a critical business partner - make sure you have a seat at the table! Join us for a discussion on how your peers are driving organic and inorganic growth through better management of the corporate record, streamlined processes, and cross-team collaboration.

Terence Falk, Governance Advisor, Diligent


12:15pm – 1:00pm

Closing Keynote



1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Networking Roundtables + Product Showcase Open