John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance

Speaking Engagements

Selected Speaking Engagements

March 2014

The World Bank Corporate Secretariate
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on "Corporate Governance: Principles & Practrices," at the World Bank's Corporate Secretariat-SECCA Strategic Planning, Knowledge Sharing adn Team Workshop:  Contributing Our Best to Sound Corporate Governance, at the World Bank, Washington, D.C.

 

February 2014

Equilar.
Representing the Center, Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere participated in a webcast on peer groups, which was spopnsored by Equilar.  The webinar followed the release fo Equilar's 2014 S&P 1500 Peer Group Report, whihc featured commmentary from:  Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. and Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere from the john L. Weinberg Center for Coporate Governnace. See an Executive Summary of the Report.
 

January 2014

Corporate Directors Forum.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as a panelist on the panle, "Board Tenure and Term Limits: How Long is Long Enough?" at the Corporate Directors Forum 2014, "Directors, Management & Shareholders in Dialogue," at the University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.
 

January 2014

ISS/Governance Exchange
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who participated on the panel in an ISS/Governance Exchange webcast, "Debating Director Compensation Bylaws"
 

December 2013

National Association of Corporate Directors
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on "Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards" at the NACD's Director Professionalism Course in Miami, Florida.
 

November 2013

Insitute for Law & Economics, University of Pennsylvania Law School.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who participated on the Corporate Roundtable
on Mergers and Acquisitions.

November 2013

Delaware State Pension System
The Center was represented by Charles Elson at the Meeting of the Board of the Delaware State Pension System.  He spoke on "Fiduciary Duties of Pension Fund Trustees.
 

November 2013

Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals and the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance
The Center was represented at the "Delaware Law Issues Update" conference by Charles Elson, who gave the luncheon keynote address.

November 2013

Securities Investor Association Singapore
The Center was represented at the 4th Annual Singapore Corporate Governance Week, "Gathering of International Thought Leaders."  Charles Elson partipcated as a speaker and on a panel, "Shareholders and Governance."
 

November 2013

Holland & Knight and RR Donnelley
The Center was represented at the Holland & Knight/RR Donnelley seminar, "Preparing for Your 2014 Proxy Season."  Charles Elson participated on the panels, "The 2014 Proxy Season and Beyond," "Hot Issues from the Institutional Investor and Proxy Advisory Firm Perspective," and "Practical Updates."
 

October 2013

Hansell Advisory Group
The Center was repesented by Charles Elson at an event hosted by the Hansell Advisory Group.  Mr. Elson discussed his recent research on CEO pay practices.
 

October 2013

Roger Williams University School of Law
The Center was represented by Charles Elson at the Federalist Scoiety at the Roger Williams University Law School.  He spoke on "Free market Principles adn the Limits on Government over Corporations."
 

September 2013

Grant Thornton
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who particpated in a rouindtable discussion on "Looking Ahead to 2014:  What's Next in a Say-On-Pay World?"
 

September 2013

National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
The Center was represented at the 2013 Annual NASPP conference.  Charles Elson particpated on a panel, "The Consultants Speak:  Hot Topics in Executive Compensation."
 

September 2013

National Association of Corporate Directors
The Center was represented at the NACD Connecticut Chapter's 7th Annual Directors Summit, "Reflections on a Decade of Extraordinary Corporate Governance Change."  Charles Elson moderated two panels, "Exploring Governance Balance" and "The Impacts of Change & Where are We Headed Next?"

September 2013

GMI Ratings
The Center was represented at GMI Rating's 2013 Public Funds Forum.  Charles Elson participated on a panel, "Using Private Actions."

August 2013

National Association of Corporate Directors. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on “Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards,” at the NACD Director Professionalism course in Newport Beach, CA.

June 2013

International Corporate Governance Network. 
The Center was represented at the ICGN’s 2013 Annual Conference, “Integrating environmental, social and governance factors in investment decisions.”  Charles Elson participated in the “Keynote Debate: Director Independence - much ado about nothing?”

June 2013

American Bar Association. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere, who participated in an ABA webcast on “Challenging the Peer Group Bias for Executive Compensation.” The webcast was the result of a panel at the Spring Meeting of the Business Section of the ABA.

June 2013

Harvard Law School. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson at the Harvard Law School Roundtable on Executive Compensation.  They participated in the ‘Level of Pay” portion of the session on “Terms of Pay Arrangements”  

June 2013

NYSE Euronex.
The Center was represented at a meeting of the NYSE Governance Council. Charles Elson spoke on global issues of importance to Boards, management and investors.

June 2013

Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School.
The Center was represented at the Millstein Center's Governance Forum, "Corporate Governance in the New 'Normal': The Impact of New Patterns of Corporate Ownership." Charles Elson participated on a panel, "Segmenting Ownership: Revisiting Dual Class Stocks and Extended Holding Periods: Can Dual Class Stock Structures Help Alleviate Short-Term Pressures in Favor of Long-Term Sustainability?"

June 2013

The Conference Board.
Representing the Center, Charles Elson spoke on "Factoring in Competitive and Economic Context - The Real Relevance of Market Trends and Best Practices" at The Conference Board's Executive Compensation Conference in New York, NY.

June 2013

Financial Management Association.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson at the Financial Management Association's 2013 European Conference, which was hosted by the University of Luxembourg. He participated on a panel, "The governance of corporate aquisitions".

June 2013

National Association of Corporate Directors.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on "Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards," at the NACD Director Professionalism course in Boston, MA.

June 2013

The Seminar.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson at The Seminar, an annual forum for senior communications and public affairs executives. Professor Elson participated on a panel, “Restoring Corporate Reputation: A View from the Boardroon.”

May 2013

Center of Executive Compensation.
The Center was represented at the Center of Executive Compensation’s Spring Seminar titled “Executive Compensation: Best Practices for a Post-Dodd-Frank World.”  He spoke on the Elson/Ferrere paper, “Executive Superstars, Peer Groups and Overcompensation:  Cause, Effect and Solution”

May 2013

National Association of Corporate Directors.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on “Effective Talent Management:  thinking Beyond the Paycheck” at a breakfast session at the NACD Spring Forum, Rethinking the Risk Agenda”
 

May 2013

Weinberg Center/The Conference Board.
Representing the Center, Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere participated in a webcast on executive compensation after peer groups, whi was co-sponsored by the Center and The Conference Board.
 

May 2013

The Conference Board.
Representing the Center, Charles Elson spoke on Factoringin Competitive and Economic Context - The Real Relevance of Market Trends and Best Practices."
 

April 2013

Mercer LLC.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who was a speaker on Mercer LLC’s Executive Compensation Forum in New York, NY.
 

April 2013

Citadel Directors Institute.
The Center was represented by Ann Mulé, who served as moderator and a panelist on the panel, “Board Composition, Evaluation, Succession & Diversity,” at the 4th Citadel Directors Institute in Charleston, SC.
 

April 2013

Council of Institutuional Investors.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as a panelist on “Discussion: Does Corporate Governance Add Value?” at the Council of Institutional Investors Spring 2013 Meeting in Washington, DC.
 

April 2013

Brennan Forum, Dominican University.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as moderator for “Diversity in the Boardroom” at the Brennan Forum on Corporate Governance, Dominican University Roundtable in Chicago, IL.
 

April 2013

American Bar Association.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as the moderator and a panelist, and Craig Ferrere (Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Fellow in Corporate Governance), who served as a panelist,  on “Challenging the Peer Group Bias for Executive Compensation,” at the ABA Business Section Spring Meeting in Washington, DC.
 

 

March 2013

 

Wake Forest Law School Business Law Symposium. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere, who were presenters on “Corporate Agency Theory, Internal Promotion Structures and the Creation of Shareholder Value”, at the Wake Forest Law Review Spring 2013 Business Law Symposium – “Agency Theory: Still Viable?”

 

March 2013

Weinberg Center/George Washington Center for Law, Economics & Finance. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as a moderator at the 2013 Private Equity M&A Roundtable, co-sponsored by the Weinberg Center and The George Washington University Center for Law, Economics & Finance, which featured discussion of  legal and governance issues regarding US Private Equity Mergers and Acquisitions.
 

March 2013

University of Iowa. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who provided the “Keynote Address,” at the The Journal of Corporation Law 2013 Spring Banquet at the University of Iowa.
 

February 2013

National Association of Corporate Directors. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on “Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards,” at the NACD Director Professionalism course  in Scottsdale, AZ.
 

February 2013

The Conference Board.
The Center was represented by Ann Mulé, who was a speaker/presenter at the Public Forum conducted by The Conference Board Task Force on Shareholder Engagement in New York, NY.

 

February 2013

University of Pennsylvania.  
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as moderator for “Decision Making in the Leadership Chair,” at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
 

January 2013

National Association of Corporate Directors.  
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who  served as a panelist on the panel, “CEO Pay: Groundhog Day or a New Day Dawning?”Executive Compensation–Where Everyone is “Above Average, Really? New considerations in executive pay,” at the NACD’s Corporate Directors Forum 2013, in San Diego, CA.
 

January 2013

Northwestern University School of Law. 
The Center was represented by Ann Mulé, who  served as a panelist on the panel, “Preparing Your Proxy Statement and Annual Report,” at the 40th Annual Securities Regulation Institute sponsored by Northwestern University School of Law in Coronado, CA.
 

January 2013

Activist Investor Conference.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as a panelist on the panel, "The Activist Toolkit: What Methods are Activists Using to Successfully Influence Reforms?" at The Activist Investor Conference 2013.
 

January 2013

Weinberg Center/The Conference Board.
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who was a speaker at a webcast, "Director Roundtable: Executive Compensation and the Utility of Peer Groups," which was co-sponsored by the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance and The Conference Board Governance Center, New York, NY.
 

November 2012

Ross Roundtable, NYU. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who participated in “Impact of Reemergence of Consulting Practices at Major Audit Firms,” at the Ross Roundtable presented at the Stern School of Business, New York University, New York, NY.
 

November 2012

Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere, who spoke on “The Problem with Peer Groups,” at the Midwest Regional Fall Conference of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals in Chicago, IL.
 

November 2012

Tapestry Network. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on “Peer Groups: Challenges and Opportunities,” at the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN) Meeting, Tapestry Network.
 

October 2012

The Conference Board. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on “What Directors and Senior Executives Need to Know about Performance-aligned Compensation,” at the 2012 Executive Compensation Conference sponsored by The Conference Board in San Francisco, CA.
 

October 2012

Investor Responsibility Research Center. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere, who spoke about the paper that they co-authored, “Executive Superstars, Peer Groups and Over-Compensation: Cause, Effect and Solution,” at an Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute Webinar.
 

September 2012

UCLA Law School. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson and Craig Ferrere, who gave a presentation on their co-authored paper, "Executive Superstars, Peer  Over-Compensation - Cause, Effect and Solution,” at the Business Law Breakfast sponsored by the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law in Los Angeles, CA.
 

September 2012

National Association of Corporate Directors. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who spoke on “The Problem with Peer Groups,” at a meeting of the NACD Southern California Chapter.
 

September 2012

Practising Law Institute. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as a panelist on the panel “Corporate Social Responsibility,” at the 10th Annual Directors’ Institute on Corporate Governance presented by the Practising Law Institute.
 

September 2012

Ross Roundtable, NYU. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who served as panelist in a discussion on “The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002:  Ten Years Later,” at the Ross Roundtable at the Stern School of Business at New York University in New York, NY.
 

September 2012

Practising Law Institute. 
The Weinberg Center was represented at the Practising Law Institute’s Tenth Annual Directors Institute.  Charles Elson participated on a panel, “Corporate Social Responsibility.”   The panel discussed the new expectations facing boards of directors in the arena of social responsibility.
 

September 2012

Financial Women’s Association.
The Weinberg Center was represented at a meeting of the Financial Women’s Association.  Ann Mulé was a presenter on “Issues Facing Directors in U. S. Companies Today,” at a meeting sponsored by the Directorship and Corporate Governance Committee.  Ms. Mulé spoke about some of the important issues facing directors of US public companies today.  She focused on three areas: 1) The rise in the voice and power of the large institutional shareholder that has led to increasing director/company engagement with those shareholders; 2) The increasing globalization of corporate governance practices and why it is important for US directors to understand non-US practices; and 3) Board composition, culture and what is important for a high performance board. 

 

September 2012

The Conference Board. 
The Weinberg Center was represented at The Conference Board’s 2012 Executive Compensation Conference.  Charles Elson participated on a panel, “What Directors and Senior Executives Need to Know about Performance-aligned Compensation,” at the Executive Compensation Conference in New York.  Professor Elson spoke extensively about peer groups, CEO transferability and the compensation issue – making specific reference to the Weinberg Center’s new research paper “Executive Superstars, Peer Groups and Over-Compensation – Cause, Effect and Solution,” written by Craig Ferrere, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Fellow in Corporate Governance, and Professor Elson.
 

August 2012

National Association of Corporate Directors. 
The Weinberg Center was represented at the NACD’s Director Professionalism course in Dana Point, CA. Charles Elson spoke on “Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards.”   He spoke about the board’s fiduciary duties that lie at the heart of corporate governance.  He explained why board members are legally obligated to act on behalf of an organization’s shareholders to ensure that the company is properly managed, and described the corporate laws to which boards are held accountable.
 

August 2012

American Bar Association. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who moderated a panel on “Dual Class Stock – Value Enhancer or Corporate Governance Killer?” which was sponsored by the Corporate Governance Committee at the American Bar Association annual meeting in Chicago, IL 
 

May 2012

American Chamber of Commerce, Czech Republic. 
The American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic hosted Charles Elson of the Weinberg Center. He spoke on “The Past, Present and Future of Corporate Governance” and discussed the following topics:  Have the Sarbanes-Oxley regulations decreased fraud or only increased paperwork?; Has the Dodd-Frank Reform Act made Wall Street more accountable?; Should executive compensation be regulated?; Does America’s regulatory focus on shareholder value work better than a policy based on stakeholder value?  In addition, Professor Elson spoke to a group of Czech business and finance leaders at a luncheon at the Ambassador’s residence.  His topic was corporate governance and its relation to effective business ethics.
 

May 2012

RAND Corporation. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who participated in a symposium on “Corporate Culture and Ethical Leadership Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines:  What Should Boards, Management and Policymakers Do Now?” sponsored by the RAND Corporation.
 

April 2012

National Association of Corporate Directors. 
Representing the Center, Charles Elson spoke on “Fiduciary Duties of Corporate Boards,” at the NACD’s Director Professionalism course.  He spoke about the board’s fiduciary duties that lie at the heart of corporate governance.  He explained why board members are legally obligated to act on behalf of an organization’s shareholders to ensure that the company is properly managed, and described the corporate laws to which boards are held accountable.
 

April 2012

Amherst College
The Weinberg Center was represented at an Amherst College conference on “The Constitution and the Imagining of America.” Charles Elson spoke at the conference on “Corporate Governance Reform and the Unintended Consequences of the Dodd-Frank Act.”  He also participated on a panel, “The Constitution and the Corporate:  Corporate Power, Social Justice, and Democratic Possibility,” during which he spoke on the origins of the governance reform contained in Dodd-Frank and that despite the fact they were important changes in compensation practices, the federalization of the reforms would lead to less effective board governance–he argued that the reforms were best implemented through investor and judicial pressure as opposed to a federal mandate.
 

April 2012

Brennan Forum, Dominican University. 
The Weinberg Center was represented at the Edward A. Brennan Forum on Corporate Governance at Brennan School of Business at Dominican University.  Charles Elson served as moderator for a panel on executive compensation, “The $10 Million Question:  A Discussion on Executive Compensation,”  which  covered the following topics: how boards can avoid paying excessive compensation while still retaining the talent they need; how to balance long- and short-term incentive; hiring independent compensation consultants; and the impact of “say-on-pay.”
 

April 2012

Weil Gotschal Roundtable, Yale Law School. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who participated at the Weil Gotshal & Manges Roundtable at the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law.
 

March 2012

Duke University. 
The Weinberg Center was represented at the Duke University program on “The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis.” Charles Elson spoke on how unprecedented legislative and policy shifts stemming from the world’s ongoing financial crises are impacting the investment community, corporate boards and management and modern corporate governance theory. He spoke on a panel with Duke Law Professor Lawrence Baxter. This program was jointly sponsored by The Federalist Society and the Duke Law School Career & Professional Development Center.
 

February 2012

University of Pennsylvania/NYU. 
Representing the Center, Charles Elson participated in the Eighth Annual Penn/NYU Conference on Law and Finance at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Philadelphia, PA.
 

January 2012

National Association of Corporate Directors. 
Representing the Center, Charles Elson was a speaker in a webinar on “From the Battlefield to the Boardroom,” presented by the National Association of Corporate Directors.
 

January 2012

Corporate Directors Forum. 
The Center was represented by Charles Elson, who moderated “Who Shall Govern the Proxy Governance Organizations?” at the Directors, Management & Shareholders in Dialogue Conference at the Corporate Directors Forum.
 

January 2012

University of Idaho School of Law
Representing the Center, Charles Elson spoke on “Resolving the Compensation Conundrum,” at the University of Idaho School of Law, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies.
 

January 2012

Gonzaga University School of Law. 
Representing the Center, Charles Elson spoke on “Resolving the Compensation Conundrum,” at the Gonzaga University School of Law, Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies.
 

 

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