Governance in Gotham - The Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals New York, Eastern New England, Fairfield-Westchester and Hartford Chapters 2009 Regional Fall Conference

Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 01:00

This Conference will take place September 30 - October 2, 2009 at The Time Warner Center, New York, New York.

Corporate governance is experiencing a period of dramatic change - the unprecedented events of the past year have triggered legislative, regulatory and market developments that will impact boards and the governance professionals that support them for many years to come. How can you stay in front of these developments without busting your ever-tightening budget? Our Fall Conference is designed to bring you the greatest value by offering the latest and greatest on these issues from our roster of experts at a significantly lower cost than last year.

Now more than ever before, you need a conference that will offer everything in one forum - best practices from leaders in the field, opportunity for timely, interactive discussions and knowledge sharing with your peers and CLE credit (including ethics) to boot! Our experts will provide timely advice and critical "takeaways" for the most difficult issues facing you and your boards - including hot issues in executive compensation, risk management, SEC enforcement, board recruitment and composition, the federalization of corporate governance and what to do to prepare for what will certainly be a challenging proxy season. The conference will also include our traditional "nuts and bolts" discussion of best practices on many day to day areas of your responsibility.

Our keynote speaker, as always, is a can't miss - Kenneth R. Feinberg, Special Master for Compensation, U.S. Department of Treasury.

Panels and scheduled speakers include:

Keynote Speaker - Kenneth R. Feinberg, Founder and Managing Partner, Feinberg Rozen LLP, Special Master for Compensation, U.S. Department of Treasury

2009 Proxy Season Overview and Expectations for 2010 - Eileen Cohen, Managing Director, JP Morgan Asset Management; Patrick McGurn, Special Counsel, RiskMetrics Group; Brian Lane, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Fred Marquardt, Managing Director, Morrow & Co.; Robert Lamm, Senior Corporate Counsel, Pfizer, Inc.

Hot Issues in Compensation - Kenneth Bertsch, Executive Director, Corporate Governance, Morgan Stanley Investment Management; Margaret Nelson, First Vice President and Executive Compensation and Benefits Counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Ronald M. Schneider, Director, Business Development, Proxy Solicitation and Meeting Services, BNY Mellon Shareowner Services; Samuel K. Lee, Corporate Secretary, Chief Compliance Officer and Deputy General Counsel, Northeast Utilities.

SEC Disclosure and Rulemaking Update - Brian Breheny, Deputy Director for Legal and Regulatory Policy, Division of Corporation Finance, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; John W. White, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP ; Neila B. Radin, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Risk Management - Suzanne Hopgood, President & CEO, The Hopgood Group, LLC; Cynthia Schmitt, Chief Financial Officer, Global Financial Services, Pitney Bowes; Nicole Sandford, Partner, Board Advisory Services and Northeast Corporate Governance Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP; J. Travis Laster, Partner, Abrams & Laster LLP; Christoph Pereira, Senior Corporate, Securities & Finance Counsel, General Electric Company.

SEC Enforcement Update - Lorin Reisner, Deputy Director, Division of Enforcement, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Spencer G. Smul, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Secretary, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Board Recruitment and Composition and the New SEC Rules - Edward J. Durkin, Director, Corporate Affairs Department, United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America; Charles King, Managing Director, Global Board Services, Korn/Ferry International; Anthony Horan, Secretary, JP Morgan Chase & Co.; Stuart Levine, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC; Darla Stuckey, Assistant Secretary, American Express Company

The Federalization of Corporate Governance - Stephen Davis, Senior Fellow, Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance, Yale University School of Management; Stephen Lamb, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; Former Vice Chancellor, Delaware Court of Chancery; Janice O'Neill, Senior Vice President, Corporate Compliance, NYSE Regulation Inc.

There will be a welcome reception for Conference attendees on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at the Warwick Hotel from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Our program will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2009 and end by 2:00 pm on Friday, October 2, 2009. The Conference will also include dinner on Thursday evening.

The cost of the Conference is a budget friendly $495 (a 17 percent discount off last year's price). Register for the Conference using the registration form at no later than September 15, 2009.

Paul F. Washington, is President of the New York Chapter and Eric M. Sherbet is Vice President and Program Chair, New York Chapter.

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