NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Board Talent: Skills, Diversity, Succession and Composition

February 8, 2017
Reston, VA



Program Overview

Great boards are like winning sports teams. They need top performers with the right talent mix and skills/strengths to help their company accomplish its goals. But, many challenges must be tackled to get the talent equation “right”.


The most successful boards align directors’ skills with a company’s short and longer-term business strategy, and have evaluative tools and processes in place to ensure the Board maintains a winning, powerful blend of skills and perspectives.


Please join us for a valuable, interactive discussion on strategies, tools and tactics to ensure a powerful and effective board.  Matching directors’ backgrounds and skills with the company’s strategic needs requires a play book and precision execution.


Our interactive discussions with a world-class panel will allow for takeaways including clear actions you can use to assemble a talented, high-achieving board.



1.  Key questions directors should ask management and fellow directors

2.  How to strategically align directors’ skill mix with company strategy

3.  How to achieve high-power diversity

4.  How to ensure the board’s skill mix is “right”

5.  Planning for board transitions / strategic succession

Location and Time


Reston Town Center CACI Office
11955 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190

Networking and Cocktails: 5:30pm-6:00pm

Program: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Post-program Reception: 7:30pm-8:00pm

Speaker Spotlight


Steve Walker

Steven R. Walker serves as NACD’s Managing Director of the Board Advisory Services and Board Recruitment Services as well as NACD’s General Counsel. Mr. Walker provides guidance for boards and C-suite executives on strategic governance matters. He is a frequent speaker on strategic impact of boards, diversity, composition and board performance. He is a NACD Board Leadership and Governance Fellow.

Prior to NACD, Mr. Walker served in roles including General Counsel and Senior Executives, to Fortune 100 public corporations, and private entities. His industry expertise includes managed healthcare, healthcare delivery, pharmaceuticals, life and health insurance, banking, securities, financial services, technology and emerging technology.

Mr. Walker also served in the government sector as Attorney-Advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance during the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley. He was also Senior Enforcement Counsel with the State of Florida Division of Banking, Finance, Securities and Investor Protection. The breadth of his 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.

Mr. Walker is an alumnus of Florida State University where he earned his BS and JD degrees. He also completed post graduate studies at Oxford University and Emory University.

Candace H. Duncan

Candace “Candy” H. Duncan served KPMG as managing partner for the Washington Metropolitan Area from 2009 to 2013. In this role, Candy was responsible for leading the firm’s quality growth priorities across its Audit, Tax, and Advisory functions in the local marketplace. She served on the Firm’s Board of Directors and was chair of the Nominating Committee for the Firm. She also served on the Firm’s Operations Committee and National Leadership Team for the Audit practice.

Since retiring from KPMG at the end of 2013, Candy has joined the Boards of Discover Financial Services (DFS), FTD Companies, Inc. (FTD) and Teleflex (TFX). She also serves as dean of KPMG’s leadership program for senior partners. In addition she chairs the Advisory Council for the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and has lead the efforts for the advancement of next generation women into the “C Suite”.

Thomas J. Baltimore

Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Park Hotels & Resorts (NSYE: PK) which is the recent lodging REIT spin off from Hilton Worldwide. Park is the second largest lodging REIT with 67 hotels and nearly 35,000 rooms in the U.S. and several international markets and approximately $9 billion in assets. Park is focused on assembling a portfolio of upper upscale and luxury assets in top 25 markets in the US and premium resort destinations.

Mr. Baltimore was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of RLJ Lodging Trust until he resigned in May 2016. In May 2011, Mr. Baltimore successfully led the roll-up and merger of RLJ Development, a hospitality investment firm, with its two affiliated private equity funds, and the subsequent initial public offering of RLJ Lodging Trust (NYSE: RLJ). RLJ is one of the largest U.S. publicly-traded lodging REITs with 125 hotels with more than 20,900 rooms, located in 21 states and the District of Columbia.

Mr. Baltimore was the co-founder and President of RLJ Development, with direct day-to-day responsibility for company operations since its inception in 2000. Under Mr. Baltimore’s leadership, RLJ, through its affiliated private equity funds, raised over $2 billion in equity from major public and corporate pension funds, financial institutions and insurance companies, and acquired or disposed of nearly $7 billion in hotel real estate. Prior to launching RLJ, Mr. Baltimore was a seasoned hospitality executive and between 1988 and 2000, Mr. Baltimore served in senior-level positions at Hilton Hotels Corporation, Host Marriott Services Corporation (Marriott spin-off) and Marriott Corporation, where he was involved in business development, finance and acquisition roles. Mr. Baltimore commenced his career in public accounting at Price Waterhouse.

Mr. Baltimore earned a B.S. degree from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and an M.B.A, from the Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He is a Director of Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) where he chairs the Investment Committee and also serves on the Compensation and Risk Committees. Mr. Baltimore also serves as a Director of Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE: DRE) where he serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and a former Director of Integra Life Sciences Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: IART). He is also a member of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts Executive Board (NAREIT) where he currently serves as First Vice Chair. Mr. Baltimore is a former Trustee of the Darden School Foundation at the University of Virginia, where he is an occasional Guest Lecturer, and previously served as a Board member of the University's Jefferson Scholars Foundation.



Thank you to our event sponsors:


Grant Thornton





Question about this event?

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