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01/19/18 Houston | No Surprises - CEO Assessments

January 19, 2018
Houston, TX

Member Price: Complimentary
Non-Member Price: $75



One of the primary responsibilities of a Board is to assess the CEO and how they are leading the company.

In a world where business is continually disrupted by new technologies and social changes, how do boards really understand how a CEO is leading and what type of culture he/she is creating?

Our members and guests joined us for a candid conversation on different approaches for Boards and CEO’s to have transparent processes and communications about expectations and performance.


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Location and Time


Junior League of Houston
1811 Brian Oaks
Houston, TX 77057

7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens
7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion
7:50 am Program Presentation Begins
8:30 am Audience Q&A
9:00 am Adjourn Presentation

9:15 am Final Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Laura Nichol

Partner, RIO Advisors, LP
Director, Fifth Ward Redevelopment Corporation and the NACD Texas TriCities Chapter

Laura Nichol is the founder of RIO Advisors, a growth advisory firm that works with Boards, CEOs and executive teams to implement strategies for long term value creation. RIO helps leaders identify strategic possibilities, build implementation frameworks that create clarity and focus, and manage organizational change positively. She serves as a thought partner and trusted advisor to a broad network of successful leaders across a wide variety of industries.

Laura brings an extensive background in business leadership, a unique investment approach to building organizational capacity and a disciplined exploration of possibility to each engagement. Her work is shaped by her training as a banker and almost 20 years in corporate roles. On the senior leadership team at American General Financial Group and as senior human resources executive at Chase Bank of Texas she led successful implementation of strategic growth by working with leadership to shift organizational culture. Laura continually develops ideas for her clients through intense study with masters in the field of economics, neuroscience, forecasting and group dynamics.

Laura is just completed serving as Chair of the Board of Hope and Healing Institute & Center, and is currently a Board member of the Fifth Ward Redevelopment Corporation and the Tri-Cities Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Laura is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Lynn Elsenhans

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sunoco, Inc. and Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P.
Director, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Baker Hughes a GE Company, the United Way of Greater Houston, and the Texas Medical Center

Lynn L. Elsenhans served Sunoco, a refining, petrochemical, logistics, and oil products retail company, from 2008 to 2012. Prior to her service with Sunoco, Ms. Elsenhans worked for Royal Dutch Shell for more than 28 years where she held a number of executive roles including Executive Vice President of global manufacturing, President Shell Oil Company, and CEO Shell Oil Products U.S. Ms. Elsenhans is currently a director of GlaxoSmithKline plc, Baker Hughes a GE Company, the United Way of Greater Houston, and the Texas Medical Center. She is a Trustee Emeritus of Rice University and a former member of the Jones School Council of Overseers.

Duane Radtke

President and CEO, Valiant Energy
Director, Kris Energy, Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation, Devon Energy Corp.

Mr. Duane C. Radtke has over 45 years of experience in management, engineering, and business development in the energy industry. He has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Valiant Exploration LLC since 2008.

Mr. Radtke served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Dominion Exploration and Production, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, Inc., from 2001 to 2007. During that period, he also served as Executive Vice-President of Consolidated Natural Gas Company, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources, Inc. Prior to his tenure with Dominion Resources, Inc., Mr. Radtke was an executive with Santa Fe Snyder where he served in various capacities, including Executive Vice-President of Production. Following Devon’s acquisition of Santa Fe Snyder in 2000, Mr. Radtke served as President of Devon’s international division until joining Dominion.

Mr. Radtke is currently a director of Kris Energy Ltd. and serves as chairman of both the investment committee and the compensation committee. He is also a director of Devon Energy Corporation where he is chairman of the compensation committee and a member of the reserves committee. He previously served as lead director of Sabine Oil & Gas Corporation, as chairman of the American Exploration and Production Council, as a director of Smith International, Inc., and as a director of Consolidated Natural Gas Company. Mr. Radtke is also non-executive chairman of Bazean Corporation, a private technology company. Mr. Radtke has also previously been a board member of multiple not for profit organizations.

Mr. Radtke holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, 1971.



Question about this Event?

Contact NACD Texas TriCities Chapter 5773 Woodway Dr, Box 258, Houston, TX, 77057 phone: 832-369-7110 email: