Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 9:15 AM to 5:15 PM

@Clayton Hall, University of Delaware : 

The focus of the 2017 Corporate Governance Symposium will be “Governance Issues of Critical Importance to Boards and Investors in 2017.”  The Symposium will begin with an address by our John L. Weinberg Distinguished Speaker – Ronald P. O’Hanley, President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors. Mr. O’Hanley will be followed by a panel of representatives from the corporate and investor community, and a former Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court, during which each panelist will share what matters most to them in 2017.  The panelists are:

  • Amy Bilbija, Managing Director, Strategic Governance Advisors
  • Glenn Booraem, Principal & Fund Treasurer, Vanguard
  • H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Abe Friedman, Managing Partner, CamberView Partners
  • Joann S. Lublin, Management News Editor, The Wall Street Journal
  • Ronald P. O’Hanley, President and CEO, State Street Global Advisors
  • Brian L. Schorr, Partner and Chief Legal Officer, Trian Fund Management, L.P.
  • Linda E. Scott, Managing Director and Associate Corporate Secretary, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Myron T. Steele, Partner, Potter Anderson & Corroon, LLP; and former Chief Justice, Delaware Supreme Court

Moderator:  Charles M. Elson, Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., Chair in Corporate Governance, D­­irector of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, and Professor of Finance

The panel will be followed by Joann Lublin from The Wall Street Journal, who will be our luncheon speaker.  She will be discussing her recently published book, Earning It:  Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. 

The presentation of academic papers on topics that are of critical importance to boards and investors will occur in the afternoon. The papers being presented are:

  • Captured Boards”:  The Rise of “Super Directors” and the Case for a Board Suite, by Kobi Kastiel, Harvard Law School (Q&A Participant) and Yaron Nili, University of Wisconsin Law School (Presenter)
    Winner of the Best Paper Award
    Click here for a copy of the paper

    Discussant:  Jeffrey Gordon, Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • The Golden Leash and the Fiduciary Duty of Loyalty, by Greg Shill, Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance (Presenter)
    Click here for a copy of the paper

    Discussant:  David M. Silk, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Affiliated Corporate Donations and Director Independence, by Ye Cai, Santa Clara University; Jin Xu, Virginia Tech, Pamplin College of Business (Presenter); and Jun Yang, Indiana University.
    Click here for a copy of the paper

    Discussant:  Todd Gormley, Washington University in St. Louis

 DE CLE/CPE: Approval for DE CLE is pending.  CPE credits will be provided by our event partner, Sallie Mae.  There is no charge for the program, which includes a  complimentary lunch,   A book signing for Ms. Lublin’s book will take place during the lunch break after her talk, and copies of the book will be available for purchase.

To Register go to:https://wccg-cgsym2017.eventbrite.com


Global Delaware Blog Pre-Event Article

UDaily Post-Event Article

CorpGov.net Post-Event Article

Transcript of address of Ron O’Hanley, President and CEO of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA)

SSGA’s Guidance on Enhancing Gender Diversity on Boards

SSGA March 7, 2017 Press Release on Gender Diversity

SSGA’s • Enhancing Gender Diversity on Boards

“State Street to Start Voting Against Companies That Don’t Have Women Directors,” Joann Lublin and Sarah Krouse, The Wall Street Journal, March 7, 2017 (subscription only)

Investor Stewardship Group (main website)

ISG’s Stewardship Principles

ISG’s Corporate Governance Principles for Listed Companies

Commonsense Principles (main website)

Commonsense Principles (open letter)

Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance

Ron O’Hanley  (SSGA) January 26, 2017 letter and guidelines on sustainability and strategy

Ron O’Hanley (SSGA) February 26, 2016 letter and guidelines on effective independent board leadership 

SSGA – Protecting Long-Term Shareholder Interests in Activist Engagements, October 10, 2016

SSGA – Climate Change Risk Oversight Framework for Directors, Rakhi Kumar and Michael Younis,March 14, 2016

SSGA – Guidelines for Mitigating Reputational Risk in C-Suite Pay,” , June 1, 2016

William F. McNabb (Chairman and CEO of Vanguard) Letter to Directors, February 27, 2015

Larry Fink (CEO, BlackRock) Annual Letter to CEOs, January 24, 2017

Post-Event Articles

State Street Votes Against 400 Companies Citing Gender Diversity, The Wall Street Journal, July 25, 2017 (subscription)