NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Strategic Direction: Planning and Governance

March 15, 2017
Washington, DC



 Program Overview

Strategic planning provides the direction and a future guidepost for an organization's board, its committees, and the management team. With the strategic plan occupying such a significant role in governance, how should the board engage on the front-end of strategy development?

How might the board contribute to strategy formulation, without interfering with the duties and responsibilities of management? What tools are available to the board to influence strategy formulation? What are best practices for committee oversight of strategy development, as well as ongoing strategy alignment and execution?

You will not want to miss this program featuring world-class panelists who will stimulate deep thought, while providing "silver bullet" responses to your questions.

Please join fellow directors for excellent networking followed by a thought provoking examination of Strategic Direction: Planning and Governance. Arrive prepared to experience the exceptional hospitality of our gracious hosts for this event - HoganLovells.


  • Tools and processes for directors to influence strategy formulation
  • Best practices and “lessons learned” to enable directors to evaluate and challenge management’s business assumptions in strategy development
  • How to integrate strategy planning across committees of the full board
  • Unique role of committees in strategy formulation 
  • Key questions directors should ask management and fellow directors




  March 15, 2017 Program Summary

Event Notes


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Location and Time


Hogan Lovells
555 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

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

Program: 6:00pm-7:30pm

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

Speaker Spotlight

Mary K. Bush

Honorable Mary K. Bush

The Honorable Mary K. Bush is internationally recognized for her expertise in global financial markets, banking and corporate governance. She has served three Presidents – as U.S. Director on the IMF Board, head of the Federal Home Loan Bank System and Board member of Sallie Mae. As head of International Finance at Fannie Mae and at Bankers Trust, she led ground-breaking transactions with institutional investors and Fortune 500 companies internationally. She was Chairman of a bipartisan Congressional Commission on transforming U.S. foreign aid and official investment and was a member of the U.S. Treasury Committee on the Audit Profession. She was one of NACD’s top 100 Directors in 2012.

Boards include Discover Financial Services, Marriott International, ManTech International, and T. Rowe Price Group. She is also on the U.S. Advisory Board of the Global Leadership Foundation and is Chairman of Capital Partners for Education. Her M.B.A. in Finance is from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, is from Fisk University.

Jim Schleckser

Jim Schleckser

Jim is the CEO of the Inc. CEO Project and helps leaders grow companies. He specializes in the issues that fast growth firms experience in their business models, talent, processes and systems as they reach higher levels of performance. Jim and his team work with over 100 CEOs of high growth companies to identify and obliterate the things that stand between them and continued organizational success.

With 30 years of leadership in business, he brings experience in leading global organizations in both public and private environments across many functional areas to the table. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Time, Huffington Post and National Public Radio. His ideas have been translated into 9 languages and he has done business in over 27 countries.

Jim Schleckser is the author of the best selling published book, "Great CEOs are Lazy", detailing the behaviors that make the difference in CEO performance. You can get more information at

His insight is sought by dozens of CEOs of growth companies around the country. If you want straight, strategic advice on your business problem - you have found your guy.

He has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Connecticut.

He serves on the board of Defenders as the Chair of Talent & Compensation and previously as the Chair of Governance and Nominating. He also serves on the board of Daniel Defense and Youth with a Mission - San Pedro, DR. He has previously served on the board of Hanover Research.

He is a soccer player, Cross Fitter, prolific reader and outdoorsman. He resides in Potomac, Maryland.



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