Stanford Directors' College 2019: The Event Directors Don't Want to Miss

The annual Directors College takes place from June 23rd to 25th. Here you’ll receive information about the speaker lineup, the two panels I will be involved in, and several educational resources.

From June 23rd to the 25th, 2019, Stanford will host its 25th annual Directors' College. Stanford's Directors' College is one of the premier director education events in the country. Each year directors from public companies convene with nationally recognized experts to address current issues facing Corporate America.

In fact, the Stanford Directors' College is one of our top picks in Woodruff-Sawyer's 2019 Board Education Resource Guide.

Collonade Hallway at Stanford


This year's lineup of keynote speakers includes the following and more:

  • Jay Clayton, Chairman, US Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Adena Friedman, President and CEO, Nasdaq, Inc.
  • Tricia Griffith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Progressive; Director, FedEx Corporation
  • Oscar Munoz, CEO, United Airlines
  • Ruth Porat, CFO, Alphabet

In addition to the keynotes, there is always plenty of interesting sessions. I'll be involved with two panels this year:

Defend Your Company, Defend Yourself: Private Litigation Strategies

June 24, 11:10 am

I've moderated a version of this panel in the past, and the discussion is always a good one. The panel will discuss current litigation issues for corporations, directors, and officers. The panelists will share practical strategies for minimizing and insuring against today's risks.

I'll be moderating this session with expert panelists:

If you're interested in learning more on this topic:

Mergers & Acquisitions

June 24, 1:45 pm

In this intensive session, we'll discuss M&A strategies and implementation from both the buyer side and seller side, including director fiduciary responsibilities in M&A transactions, and more.

I'll be speaking at this session with expert panelists:

  • Tad Freese, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Joseph Grundfest, W. A. Franke Professor of Law and Business and Senior Faculty—Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford Law School
  • David Handler, Partner, Centerview Partners
  • Sonia Nijjar, Partner, Skadden

If you're interested in learning more on this topic:

You can view the full event agenda here including the optional Sunday session.



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