NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Board Evaluations-Positive or Punitive

March 9, 2016
Washington, DC



Shareholders, regulators and institutional investors are pressuring boards to hold themselves accountable. This distinguished panel of experts will lead a discussion around the myths and realities of board evaluations in the current environment. The panelists will discuss the contrast between third party facilitated and internally conducted evaluations. We will explore the benefits and drawbacks of 360 evaluations and discuss alternatives to this method.  Ultimately, we will contrast board evaluations with nomination for re-election.

Location and Time


Hogan Lovells, LLP
555 13th Street
Washington, DC 20004

Registration/Reception 5:30 p.m.

Program: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Networking 7:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Speaker Spotlight


Ted Dysart

Theodore L. Dysart is a Vice Chairman with Heidrick & Struggles where he is a leader in the Global Board of Directors Practice and an active member of the CEO search practice. Mr. Dysart is responsible for senior-level executive search assignments and is a functional specialist at Heidrick & Struggles, working exclusively on board, CEO and succession planning engagements. He has placed more than 600 executives on the boards of Fortune 500, mid-cap and private companies. BusinessWeek ranked him as one of the 150 most influential head hunters in the world and Executive Search Review named him one of six “executive recruiters to watch”. Over the last several years, he has been named eight times to the Directorship 100, a listing of the most influential individuals in corporate governance by Directorship magazine. In 2011, he was named to the list of “Rising Stars of Corporate Governance” by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at Yale University. Serving as a board and CEO-level advisor, Mr. Dysart helps clients to identify and attract the proper mix of leadership required for building and managing effective businesses. His consultative-driven approach focuses on working with boards to look at long-term development plans for both management and board succession planning. A graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Dysart was a member of the first class to receive a bachelor’s degree in management information systems. He is active in civic circles and serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and The United States Navy Memorial.

Robyn S. Kravit

Robyn S. Kravit is an international business executive with over 30 years of experience in management and venture development, especially in Far East markets. Ms. Kravit provides advice to companies and consulting firms requiring additional Asian expertise on a project basis. She is also the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tethys Research, a biotechnology start-up company. Ms. Kravit began her career in international trade in 1975, and started working in China in 1976. She has established and directed significant China-based operations engaged in the international trading of industrial raw materials, negotiating more than $1 billion in trade contracts and joint-venture agreements. Ms. Kravit has experience in devising marketing plans that adapt to evolving political and economic environments, and has managed every aspect of foreign trade transactions. She has also established and managed profitable new business operations in the U.S and abroad. Ms. Kravit served on the Board of Directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited (NYSE: WSH), a leading global risk management and insurance brokerage firm, as a member of their Audit and Risk Committees. She currently sits on the Advisory Boards of the Abbington lnvestment Group LLC and Motivo lnc. ln 2012, Ms. Kravit was appointed to the Standing Advisory Group (SAG) of the Public Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), an organization established by Congress to oversee the audits of public companies to promote investor protection.

Ms. Kravit became an NACD (NationalAssociation of Corporate Directors) Governance Fellow in 2011 and currently serves on the Board of the Capital Area chapter. She is a past President and Director of FONZ, the organization which manages commercial and educational activities for Smithsonian's National Zoological Park. She previously served on the Advisory Council of Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering and the Board of Governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society. A graduate of Vassar College, Ms. Kravit attended Stanford University's Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taiwan, and earned her Master's degree at Harvard University. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Steven R. Walker

Steven R. Walker serves as the General Counsel, Secretary and Managing Director of the Board Advisory Services. Mr. Walker provides counsel to boards and C-suite executives on a wide range of strategic governance matters. He is a frequent public speaker on the topic of board governance, performance, composition and strategic impact. He is a Board Leadership and Governance Fellow. Mr. Walker has served as general counsel and senior executive to public and private entities ranging from private equity backed start-ups to Fortune 100 corporations in a variety of sectors. Mr. Walker served as an Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance during the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley and as Senior Attorney with the State of Florida Division of Banking, Finance, Securities and Investor Protection. Mr. Walker is the past Co-Chair of the Securities and Governance Forum of the Association of Corporate Counsel Washington Metro Chapter. The breadth of his present and past board service includes Objective Interface Systems, ContractRoom, Orange Bowl Committee, Association of Corporate Counsel-MI Chapter, American Cancer Society-Tampa, and Friends of the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts-Miami.





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