Category Archives: Corporate Governance

What Matters in the Board Room? Mellody Hobson talks with NACD SoCal

  “It all comes back to the questions.  Peel back the layers of the onion to learn more. What Matters?”  These were some of the comments made today by Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, to members of the Southern … Continue reading

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Proxy Proposals on Charitable Contributions Are Rare, but Will We See More?

Socially responsible investors have become a bigger part of a company’s ownership.  Large funds, such as Vanguard, BlackRock, pension funds and others are exerting their influence for better ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) performance. Various nonprofits are also flexing their muscles. … Continue reading

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Creating Business Value through Social Impact is More Effective when Corporate Citizenship is Built-in, not Bolted-on

Positive social impact, the result of a company’s efforts to do good directed towards solutions to important problems, is more impactful when a company integrates those efforts with their core competencies and through their products and services. Many corporations’ efforts … Continue reading

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Seeing Opportunity in Reputation Risk

Whatever the cause of a reputational hit, boards are liable to be held accountable and can mitigate their own reputation risk by diligently asking the right questions about the company’s ESG and CR strategies, practices, risk management, crisis preparedness, and … Continue reading

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“Abundance & Disruption during an Exponential Era”

Peter Diamandis is one smart, forward thinking and amazing guy.  He is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Top Gun pilot: Risk and Opportunity

Green Hasson and Janks hosted their third nonprofit conference in Los Angeles.  The theme this year focused on their recent report on Nonprofit Risk: Opportunities and Challenges in a High-Risk World.  The keynote speaker was Art de la Cruz, COO … Continue reading

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Unconscious Bias and the Board Room

The National Association of Corporate Director’s Global Board Leader Summit began with a Diversity Symposium. The afternoon convening brought together a variety of perspectives looking at diversity in the broadest sense from skill sets, experience, background and the more commonly … Continue reading

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India – Dealing with the New Regime

In September, Chinese President Xi Jinping made a three-day visit to India whereby he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed three pacts. Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to PM Modi. U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, … Continue reading

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Corporate Sustainability: The Board’s Role

“Value creation, long-term business resiliency, strategic risk management, and stewardship represent the essence of the board’s role in overseeing corporate sustainability activities. Sustainability oversight is increasingly becoming a board-level issue for several reasons. First and most fundamentally, boards are meant … Continue reading

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Cyber Threats, a Sobering and Optimistic View

With the high profile cyber compromises of such large retailers, such as Target and Home Depot, along with many other types of businesses, puts this topic front and center at this year’s National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Conference. … Continue reading

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