2019 WBL Board Program In-Person Program Agenda
Monday, September 16, 2019
1:00 PM - 1:10 PM - Welcome
Speaker: Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green; Boards: Trustmark Companies, Epstein Becker Green, Savor Health and the Maryland/Israel Development Center
What brings us here today? Join us as Lynn Snyder welcomes attendees to the board program, and shares the importance of - and encouragement for - women pursuing board roles. Hear more about Lynn's journey to join several key boards, and get some perspective as you head into the next two days of programming.
1:10 PM - 1:35 PM - Making Board Service Your Next Career Move
Moderator: Mary Anne Mason, CEO, Mason Strategic Advisors
Speaker: Dawn Zier, President and Chief Operating Officer, Board Director, Tivity Health; Boards: The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.and Spirit Airlines
Join Dawn Zier, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Board Director of Tivity Health for a fireside chat with Mary Anne Mason, CEO of Mason Strategic Advisors, as they discuss the value of board service to your career. Previously, Dawn served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and member of the Board for Nutrisystem, prior to the company’s acquisition by Tivity Health in March of 2019. Dawn also serves on the boards of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN) and Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE). Dawn will discuss how board service can bolster visibility, provide broader key experiences, and make you an even better leader and executive. Through Dawn’s experience, this session will help set the stage for understanding how you can contribute to a board and demonstrate the value of board service to your own organization.
1:35 PM - 2:00 PM - What Are Today's Boards Looking For?
Speaker: Katie Bell, Senior Client Partner, Global Account Lead, Healthcare, Korn Ferry
This session is a chance to gain insight into what – and who – today’s boards are looking for. Katie Bell, Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry, has spent the last 20 years working with executives and boards and will share her deep understanding of how boards leverage their current skills and strategically add new talent. Learn more about what skill sets boards are looking for, trends related to board recruiting, and what the current “hot” areas of expertise are. This session will also give an overview of the board search process, what candidates should expect, and some tips for networking with search firms.
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM - Health Care as a Competitive Advantage
Health reform, health insurance, and the health of a company’s employees are concerns at the forefront of every business… after all, how these issues are managed can make or break a company. As a highly regulated industry, health care executives know all about dealing with the government, regulations, and managing customer interests while managing business interests. But, while most boards of directors include “slots” for those knowledgeable about finance, IT, and risk management, they don’t always think to include health care expertise. Learn from the experiences of a health care leader serving on non-health care related boards. Hear about being a value-add, what health care expertise has been most helpful, and discover how a health care background can be a secret weapon.
2:40 PM - 3:10 PM - Break
3:10 PM - 3:40 PM - Creating Your Elevator Pitch
Speakers: Mary Anne Mason, CEO, Mason Strategic Advisors
We’re told if we want a board seat, we need to network, network, network. Do you know how to start the conversation? In this fast-paced, information -overloaded, multimedia society, we have little time to capture interest and differentiate ourselves as someone who can join a board as an impact player. In this workshop, you’ll learn the language of board service and how to demonstrate your credibility as a candidate when authentic relationships count. We’ll share how to uncover your unique value, tell your story, and network with confidence.
4:30 PM - 5:15 PM - Breaking Through to the Boardroom: Advice from Non-Traditional Board Candidates
Moderator: Jodi Hubler, Managing Director, Lemhi Ventures; Boards: Lemhi Ventures portfolio companies Bind On-Demand Health Insurance and Digital Reasoning, Chair of Recondo Technology, Vice Chair of CaringBridge, Medical Alley Association and Central Logic
Panelist: Dawn Bir, Chief Commercial Officer, Reata Pharmaceuticals; Boards: Geron Corporation, The Binghamton University Scientific Advisory Board
Panelist: Mary Ann Christopher, VP, Clinical Operations and Transformation, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Boards: MedBridge, RestorixHealth, Seton Hall University, Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University
Panelist: Deborah Daccord, Partner, Co-Chair Healthcare Transactions, Mintz Levin; Boards: Big Sister Boston, Lasell Village and Fenway Health
Panelist: Sharon Gabrielson, Global Business Solutions Chair, Mayo Clinic; Boards: Board Chair, Sharps Compliance Corp, CyberMdx, Catasys and Strategic Partners, Inc.
Panelist: Maureen Spivack, Senior Industry Advisor, New State Capital Partners; Boards: Board Chair, Community Health Accreditation Partner, Excelin, Austin Pain, Effective School Solutions and Leonard David Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Advisory Board Member
In this session, attendees will hear from board program alumni and other WBL members who have successfully made the leap – with a non-traditional (non-CEO) background -- to seats on major corporate boards. Learn about their journey, how they established their value proposition, and the different contacts and methods they used along the way to locate and approach opportunities. You’ll also have a chance to hear more about how their skill sets have been valuable to the boards on which they sit, and walk away with the ability to use this knowledge as you make your own case.
5:15 PM - 6:00 PM - Break
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Reception
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Dinner
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM - Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:10 AM - Welcome & Overview of the Day
Speaker: Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green
8:10 - 8:25 AM - Lightning Round: Elevator Pitch Networking
Join other attendees in a lightning round of networking, using your now well-refined elevator pitches to network, make your case, and get to know a few others at your table.
8:30 AM - 9:05 AM - How Startup Companies and Advisory Boards Can Advance Your Governance Goals
Speaker: Karen Gryga, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Dreamit Ventures; Boards: Tissue Analytics, Inc., Please Touch Museum, Governance Chair and Executive Board Member, Wharton Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Board Member and Co-President
Some of the best – and most rewarding – opportunities to help a company grow as a director come when working with early stage companies. This session is an opportunity to hear more about how, why, and when early stage companies recruit board talent. Get a better sense of what startup companies are looking for, how they source their board members, the role that investing plays, and how advisory board opportunities factor in to the equation. Our speaker(s) have years of expertise in working with startup companies, have seen first-hand how executives with industry expertise can work with these companies for tremendous results.
9:05 AM - 9:50 AM - Non-Profit Boards: A Uniquely Health Care Opportunity
In some industries, non-profit boards may be a stepping stone to future board goals. But in health care, non-profit organizations represent some of the most integral, core parts of our industry. Major health plans and health systems and the various associations that represent the industry, its patients and physicians are what make up health care’s ecosystem. Also key are the charities that support our organizations, and the industry commissions that advise the government. This session will convey how to set and work towards a goal of serving on one of these boards, and give you a chance to hear from sitting board members. Hear more about how they secured their seats, what they are gaining from this leadership opportunity, and the unique challenges and opportunities that these impactful non-profit board roles represent.
9:50 AM - 10:20 AM - Break
10:20 AM - 11:05 AM - Working with VC and Growth Equity as Advisors and Directors To Add Value
Moderator: Mary Anne Mason, CEO, Mason Strategic Advisors
Private companies are the perfect way to get experience serving on a board of directors. But, where do the growth equity firms look for candidates? At what stages do they consider independent directors, and what skill sets are the most sought-after? Gain insights from a panel of men and women at growth equity firms in the health care space who are in the business of locating independent board members, and see what it would take to get yourself on their radar screen. This panel will include several leaders from growth equity firms and will focus on:
Where do growth equity firms look for candidates?
At what stages are independent directors considered?
What skill sets are the most sought-after from outside candidates?
What skill sets do most of the non-independent directors already have?
What would you suggest to establish a reputation with firms like yours in order to be considered for independent seats?
What happens to your board seat when changes happen with the company (acquisition, IPO, etc)?
11:05 AM - 12:30 PM - Candidate Exchange with Speakers and Search Firms
During this session, you will meet with fellow executives and current board members in a face-to-face setting. This candidate exchange is your chance to get to know sitting board members and share your unique value proposition as a board candidate. To facilitate a dynamic discussion about board service, WBL has pre-assigned networking groups based on your experience and interests and will provide a list of relevant questions related to board service.
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - Lunch
2:00 - 2:40 PM - Conversation with Private Equity
Moderator: Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Founder & President, WBL Foundation, and National Health Care & Life Sciences Practice Leader, Epstein Becker Green
2:40 PM - 3:00 PM - Break
3:00 PM - 3:40 PM - The Public vs Private Board Experience
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM - Negotiating the Opportunity
Moderator: Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO, Berkhemer Clayton, Inc.
4:30 PM - 4:35 PM - Program Close
*All session times, speakers, topics, and descriptions are subject to change.