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Corporate Governance Summit 2009

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Dates and Location Program Fee Program Schedule
Who Should Attend Hotel Information Past Events ISS and Continuing Education

Registration for the 2009 USC Corporate Goverance Summit is closed.

Click here or here to see either of the official Corporate Governance Summit Press Releases.

Keynote Speakers

Christopher Cox - 28th S
EC Chairman, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

Myron Steele - Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court


Guy Adams

arren Bennis

David Berger

Judith Blumenthal

Duke Bristow

Stephen Brown

William F. Coffin

Richard Corgel

Christopher Cox

Chris Crawford

Colleen Cunningham

Robert Deutschman

Terrence Dibble

Neil Dimick

Kate Duchene

James G. Ellis

Joel Friedman

Stanley Gold

Joseph Grundfest

Larry Harris

David Havlek

David Hernand

J. Scott Hodgkins

William Holder

Stephen Krasnow

Larry Livingston

Simon M. Lorne

Ken Merchant

Edward B. Merino

M. Christian Mitchell

Kevin Murphy

Andrew Paalborg

David Robbins
Bob Rollo
Robert Rollo

David Rosenblum

Walter Smiechewicz

Myron Steele

William Sullivan

Les M. Sussman

Daniel Tyukody
Richard J. Welch
Dean Yoost


   Co-Promoting Organizations

Members of the following organizations will receive a discount on registration.  Please contact your organizations directly for the appropriate discount codes.
   NACD Website
  FCDOC Website
  FEI Website

Dates and Locations

November 12 - 13, 2009
Davidson Conference Center        Conference Center Map
USC University Park Campus
3415 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA

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The Program

As global leaders in business education, the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California has established an annual Corporate Governance Summit featuring thought leaders from industry and academia. USC's inaugural session took place Spring 2006 and featured outstanding speakers such as Don Nicolaisen, Dennis Beresford, and Sharon Allen.

The topics and issues associated with Corporate Governance are quite dynamic and evolving daily and are prominent subjects in our news. These issues will be addressed, discussed, and debated at the USC Corporate Governance Summit 2009.

USC's program, teaming with Resources Global Professionals (Resources), Bingham Mc Cutchen LLP, Duff & Phelps and Latham & Watkins, will present Corporate Governance practitioners, experts from the USC Marshall School of Business and the Leventhal School of Accounting, and a wide range of speakers and panelists with hands-on experience.

The program is designed to give directors and executives the information they need to meet the challenges of governance today.

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  Program at a glance:

November 12, 2009 (8am - 6pm)
November 13, 2009 (8am - 2pm) [more]

  How much?
$1,195 early registration (by October 29) [more]

This Program has been accredited by Institutional Shareholder Services for director education.

CPE Eligibility
Approved for 13 CPE units
Resources Global Professionals (Partnership Sponsor)
Bingham McCutchen
Duff & Phelps
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$1,195 early registration until October 29
$1,495 after October 29 (Does not include accommodations).

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Tickets are not included in Corporate Governance Registration fee.  For tickets, please contact the USC ticket office.

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Program Agenda*

November 12, 2009 (8am - 6pm)

  • Emerging Trends in Corporate Governance
  • Q&A with Chief Justice Steele
  • Audit Committee
  • D&O Insurance
  • Leadership and Judgement in the Boardroom
  • Governance at Turbulent Times
  • Risk Committee
  • Changing Litigation Environment
  • The Board's Role in Strategy

November 13, 2009 (8am - 2pm)

  • Activism in Corporate Governance
  • Compliance Committee
  • Compensation Committee
  • The Government in the Boardroom

* Subject to change

                                 Thursday, November 12                             


7:30 - 8:00

8:00 - 9:00

9:00 - 9:45

9:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:00

11:00 - 12:00

Sponsored by Duff & Phelps

James Ellis - Dean of the USC Marshall School of Business
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Emerging Trends in Corporate Governance
Myron T. Steele - 7th Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court               

Q&A with Chief Justice Steele
Moderator Duke Bristow - Professor, Marshall School of Business
Stanley Gold - President and CEO, Shamrock Holdings 
Simon M. Lorne - Vice Chairman & Chief Legal Officer, Millennium Management LLC               
Myron T. Steele - 7th Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court               


Audit Committee Challenges & Opportunities
Moderator Les Sussman - Managing Director, Resources Global Professionals               
Terrence Dibble - Partner (Retired), Risk Management Advisory at KPMG               
Neil Dimick - Chairman Thoratec Corporation and director of several firms
William Holder - Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting, USC Leventhal School of Accounting            

Protecting the Board's Personal Assets From Securities Litigation - D&O Insurance and Legal Advice
Moderator Chris Crawford - Senior Vice President & Regional Practice Leader, Willis Executive Risks
David Hernand - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP
William Sullivan - Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, LLP      

PLENARY SESSION: Leadership and Judgment in the Boardroom
Warren Bennis - University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration Founding Chairman, The Leadership Institute, USC
Robert Rollo - Partner, Heidrick & Struggles                

12:00 - 1:15

NETWORKING LUNCH – Davidson Conference Center
Book signing by Warren Bennis
Sponsored by Resources Global Professionals

1:15 - 2:15

2:15 - 2:30

2:30 - 3:45

3:45 - 4:00

4:00 - 5:00

5:00 - 6:00

PLENARY SESSION: Washington's Legislative Agenda
Colleen Cunningham - Global Managing Director, Resources Global Professionals           


BREAKOUT SESSION A: Does the Board Need a Risk Committee?
Moderator Ed Merino - CEO, Office of the Chairman
Ken Merchant - USC Leventhal School of Accounting, Deloitte and Touche Chair in Accountancy
Walter Smiechewicz - Chief Governance and Risk Consultant, Audit Integrity
Dean Yoost - Managing Partner (Retired), PWC        

Corporate Disclosure Trends Emerging From The Global Financial Crisis
Moderator William F. Coffin - CEO, CCG Investor Relations 
David Berger - Partner Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Joel P. Friedman - Former President, BPO Businesses, Accenture       
David Havlek - VP Investors Relations,    


The Role of the Board in Strategy Formulation
Moderator M. Christian Mitchell - Director, Special Value Opportunities Fund LLC
Robert Deutschman - Vice Chairman of Enron Creditors Recovery Corp.
Larry Livingston - Professor and Music Director, Thornton School of Music          
David Robbins - Partner, Bingham McCutchen
David Rosenblum - Principal, Deloitte LLP

Sponsored by Latham & Watkins


                                 Friday, November 13                            


7:30 - 8:00

8:00 - 9:00

9:00 - 10:15

10:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:45

Sponsored by Duff & Phelps

PLENARY SESSION: Activism in Corporate Governance
Moderator Judith Blumenthal - Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
Guy Adams - Managing Director of GWA Capital Partners, LLC
Stephen Brown - Director of Corporate Governance & Associate General Counsel, TIAA-CREF
Stephen Krasnow - Co-founder and Managing Director, CanFund VE Management Ltd.
Daniel J. Tyukody - Partner at Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP

 PLENARY SESSION: What Today's Board Members Need to Know About Compliance and Risk Management
Moderator Richard Corgel - Executive Director, Ernst & Young LLP
Scott Hodgkins - Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
Simon M. Lorne - Vice Chairman & Chief Legal Officer, Millennium Management LLC               
Drew M. Paalborg - VP Corporate Law, Mattel   


PLENARY SESSION: The Government in the Boardroom
Moderator Richard Welch - Managing Partner, Bingham McCutchen
Joseph Grundfest - W.A. Frank Professor of Law and Business, Stanford University
Kevin Murphy - Kenneth L. Trefftzs Chair in Finance, USC  
11:45 - 1:00

Networking Lunch at the Vineyard Room
Sponsored by Bingham McCutchen

Announcement of CFA Certification Ceremony

Lawrence Harris - Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance and Professor of Finance and Business Economics
1:00 - 2:00


Kate Duchene - Chief Legal Officer/Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Resources Global Professionals

Taming the Budget Beast in the Post Bailout Era

Christopher Cox - Former SEC Chairman, Partner, Bingham McCutchen

Duke Bristow - Professor, Marshall School of Business



Who Should Attend

The program is intended for directors of public, private and non-profit boards, senior executives and senior professionals dealing with governance.

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Hotel Information

PARTICIPANTS, PLEASE READ CAREFULLY! Please select one of the hotels listed below during online registration process (or "I do not require accomodations" if you will not be staying at a hotel during this event). Please note: this selection is being requested for our information ONLY - you will still need to contact your chosen hotel directly in order to make a reservation.

The Omni Hotel

The Omni Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles is a four-star, top-tier hotel situated approximately 2.5 miles north of the USC campus in downtown Los Angeles. There are many fine restaurants and shops in close proximity to the hotel. If you choose to stay at the Omni, please make your reservation as soon as possible and be sure to mention that you are attending an event at USC for a prearranged discounted room rate. You will also need to arrange for your own transportation between the hotel and campus on a daily basis. Hotel Information 251 South Olive Street Los Angeles,California 90012 Phone: (213) 617-3300 Fax: (213) 617-3399.

Click here for special rate reservations. 

The Hilton Checkers Hotel
The other option is the Hilton Checkers Hotel, Los Angeles. Also located in downtown Los Angeles approximately 2 miles from campus, the Hilton Checkers dates back to the 1920's, and has recently been fully restored. It is the only four-diamond boutique hotel in Los Angeles. You will need to arrange for your own transportation between the hotel and campus on a daily basis. For reservations, please call (800) HILTONS

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ISS and Continuing Education

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This Program has been accredited by Institutional Shareholder Services for director education.


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The University of Southern California is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue Notrh, Suite 700 Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Web site:

The USC Corporate Governance Summit has been approved for 13 CPE units.

Program Level: Advanced
Delivery Method: Group-Live
Advanced Preparation: None

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The Corporate Governance Summit is presented in partnership with Resources Global Professionals, a multinational professional services firm (NASDAQ: RECN) that helps business leaders execute internal initiatives. Working as members of client teams, Resources partners with clients to drive internal change across all parts of a global enterprise -- finance and accounting, information management, human capital, supply chain management, legal and internal audit. Resources Global has more than 80 offices across the U.S, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, go to


Past Events

Click to see the Website, Brochure, or Summary from the 2006 Corporate Governance Summit.
2007:  Click to see the Website, Brochure, or Summary from the 2007 Corporate Governance Summit.
2008:  Click to see the Website, Brochure, or Summary from last year's Corporate Governance Summit.


For more information regarding refunds and program cancellation policies, please contact our office at (213) 740-8990.

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