7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens 7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion 7:50 am Program Presentation Begins 9:00 am Adjourn Presentation
9:15 am Final Networking
The role of independent directors continues to shift as the impact of increased regulations, public scrutiny, technology, and communications challenge a board's oversight responsibilities. Similarly, as a generational shift takes place across the board landscape, different experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives will undoubtedly alter the boardroom conversation.
Attendees met to hear insights from NACD leadership: President and CEO, Peter Gleason, NACD Texas TriCities Chapter President, Barbara Duganier and NACD Heartland Chapter Chair, Sandra Lawrence. These leaders shared their thoughts around the landscape of board leadership in 2019-2020 as we kicked off the program season on Sept 5th. They covered topics of leadership, governance, and critical skills, and also shared news of the latest research and new tools and resources available to NACD members.
Director, Noble Energy, Buckeye Partners, Genesys Works, MRC Global, West Monroe Partners, and NACD Texas TriCities Chapter
Ms. Duganier is a member of the Board of Directors of three public companies listed on the NYSE and one private company; Buckeye Partners (NYSE: BPL), a publicly-traded master limited partnership that owns and operates a diversified network of integrated assets providing midstream logistic solutions, consisting of the transportation, storage, processing and marketing of liquid petroleum products. Ms. Duganier chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee; MRC Global (NYSE: MRC) is the leading global distributor of pipe, valve and fitting products and services to the energy and industrial markets. Ms. Duganier chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee, which includes risk oversight; Noble Energy (NYSE:NBL), an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company (board committee memberships to be named imminently); and West Monroe Partners, a privately-held national business and technology consulting firm. Ms. Duganier is a former director of HCC Insurance Holdings (NYSE: HCC), an international specialty insurance group sold to Tokio Marine Holdings during Ms. Duganier’s tenure on the board. She is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow and received the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, issued by Carnegie Mellon University. She is a licensed CPA.
Barbara’s most recent corporate experience was with Accenture. Between 2004 and 2013, she was a senior leader with Accenture’s Outsourcing business, which accounted for ~50% of corporate revenues, and of the Resources Operating Group serving energy, chemicals, utilities and mining companies. Her executive roles included Chief Strategy Officer, Global Growth and Offering Development Lead, and Global Finance Business Services Lead. She was a successful Sales Executive with Accenture as well.
Her most tenured corporate experience was with Arthur Andersen, where for 23 years (1979-2002), Barbara served in C-suite and increasingly responsible business leadership roles. She was in audit for a decade and financial consulting for over a decade. Barbara served as Andersen’s Global CFO during the challenging last two years of the company’s history. She was chosen Global CFO after being one of eight finalists in an intensive Global CEO selection process. Prior, she was Partner-in-Charge (P&L) of the Southwest Region Business Consulting Practice and earlier still, was Partner-in-Charge of the US Strategy, Finance and Economic Consulting Business. Barbara was selected for firm-wide leadership roles on major committees, including the Nominating Committee (Board selection), US Executive Council, and Chairman’s Advisory Council (selected to serve by the CEO), where she was Vice-Chair. Between Andersen and Accenture, Barbara led Duke Energy North America’s Finance Transformation Program, as an independent consultant reporting to the CEO.
Barbara completed INSEAD’s Executive Education Program in 2008, received her CPA in Texas in 1981 and earned her BBA in Accounting in 1979 from John Carroll University. Ms. Duganier is the former National Board Chair of Genesys Works, a national not-for-profit connecting at-risk students to career opportunities and continues to serve on that board. She is the President and a member of the Board of Directors of NACD Texas TriCities. She is a frequent lecturer and panelist on leadership and governance and is an invited judge for both the NYU Stern School of Business and the Rice University business plan competitions.
Chief Executive Officer, NACD
Director, NACD Capital Area Chapter
Chair, Global Network of Director Institutes
Peter Gleason is the President and CEO of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Gleason is a recognized expert on board leadership and corporate governance issues. He serves as a member of NACD's national faculty, is regularly quoted in the national media, and is a frequent presenter on the subjects of corporate governance, executive and director compensation, risk, strategic planning, and board/shareowner relations. He has served as a commissioner on every NACD Blue Ribbon Commission report since joining NACD in 2000. Peter currently serves on the board of NACD and on the advisory board of Nura Health, Inc., a development-stage health-care company. Gleason is also a director of the NACD Capital Area Chapter, Deputy Chair of Global Network of Director Institutes, and is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. He is the former chair of the International Professional Practices Framework Oversight Council of the Institute of Internal Auditors and was formerly a director of The Patriot Fund.
Before joining NACD, Gleason was a management consultant with both Ernst & Young and Pritchett & Associates. In addition, he served as Vice President and Director of U.S. Research for Institutional Shareholder Services.
Gleason is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Virginia Tech, from where he has a MBA with concentrations in both Finance and Marketing.
Director â€“ Evergy, Inc., Ivy and Waddell and Reed Mutual Funds Complex Trust
Director – Evergy, Inc., Ivy and Waddell and Reed Mutual Funds Complex Trust, American Shared Hospital Services, Hall Family Foundation; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Heartland NACD; Women Corporate Directors of Kansas City
Sandra A. J. Lawrence retired from The Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics (CMH), Kansas City’s nationally-ranked, pediatric medical center, after having served two years as CAO/EVP and eleven years as CFO/EVP. She was responsible for the Hospital’s finance and accounting; integrated care, network solutions and managed care; human resources; information and digital systems; government relations; occupational health; and other operations. Before joining CMH, Lawrence served 6 years on the Hospital’s Governing Board and 2 years on the Hospital’s Foundation Board.
Prior to her employment with CMH, Lawrence worked at Midwest Research Institute (now MRIGlobal), an independent, not-for-profit laboratory that conducts scientific, applied research and technology development in the areas of defense, energy and the life sciences. Her last role at MRI was as CFO/SVP. During a prior employment period with MRI, she was Director of MRI’s Statistics and Economics Center for Regional Development. Other employment included serving as Vice President of Administration for Gateway, the computer company; and as President of Stern Brothers, a municipal, investment banking firm.
An NACD Board Leadership Fellow, Lawrence’s current board and civic commitments include serving on the board, as Chair of the Nominating, Governance and Corporate Responsibility Committee, and as member of the Compensation Committee of Evergy, Inc. (NYSE: EVRG; S&P 500 Large Cap); as trustee and as member of the Governance Committee of the Ivy and Waddell and Reed (NYSE: WDR) Mutual Funds Complex Trust; on the board, as Chair of the Audit Committee and on the Nominating and Governance Committee of American Shared Hospital Services (NYSE: AMS); on the board, and as Chair of the Audit Committee and on the Investment Committee of the Hall Family Foundation; as Chair of the board of the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors; as trustee, as Chair of the Audit Committee and on the Investment Committee of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; as Co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors Kansas City; and as Advisory Board member to the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.
Past civic activities have included serving on the board, as Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and on the Compensation Committee of Westar Energy (NYSE WR); as Chair of the board and as Treasurer of the Kansas Bioscience Authority; as Chair of the board, as Audit Committee Chair, as Investment Committee member, and as Treasurer of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; on the Finance Committee and as Nominating Task Force Chair of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; on the board and as Co-Chair of the Healthcare Subcommittee of the Mayor’s Bi-State Google Task Force; as a member of the Civic Council; as Co-Chair of the Harvard Club of Kansas City; on the board, on the Audit Committee, and as Organization Strategy Chair of J.E. Dunn Industries; on the CFO Steering Committee of the Children’s Hospital Association; on the board and as Transportation Demand Chair and Small Business Selection Committee member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; as trustee of MRI; as board member and as Treasurer of the Lyric Opera; as Honorary Gala30 Co-Chair 2014 of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey; and on the board and as Treasurer of Turn the Page KC.
Awards, honors and panels have included Deloitte’s “Finance Leadership Program” Panelist; Savoy Magazine’s Top 100 Corporate Directors; Directors & Boards’ “Directors to Watch”; Ingram’s 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders of the Kansas City Area; the Harmony Humanitarian Award; the Central Exchange Woman of the Year Award; and the Outstanding Up and Comer Award.
Lawrence received a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, focusing on finance and real estate; a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, concentrating in civil engineering and urban design; and an A.B. from Vassar College, with a major in psychology and an emphasis in statistics.