NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Strategic Leadership: Talent Development and Governance

May 17, 2017
Bethesda, MD



"Great vision without great people is irrelevant"

(Jim Collins, Good to Great)


Winning organizations make talent development a top strategic priority. They recognize that people are a critical competitive advantage and one of their organizations’ most important resources. Boards have clear oversight duties in talent development, requiring sharp vision and deft leadership.


How do boards maintain the right oversight balance without assuming management’s role? How does your board ensure management has the right talent strategy, policies, processes and practices in place to successfully execute its short and long-term business goals? What tools, techniques, and practices are highly effective for boards in their oversight role of building and evaluating an organization’s talent? What do directors need to do differently to fulfill their talent development and governance duties in multi-cultural and global environments? 


Join your fellow directors on May 17 at the Congressional Country Club for a highly interactive discussion on strategic talent development and governance led by globally recognized, recently retired President and CEO of Ritz-Carlton Resorts, Simon Cooper. The program will be followed by a reception celebrating the end of NACD Capital Area Chapter's program year.   


Come prepared to sharpen your insights and ask questions to leave with a better understanding of what boards can do to excel in talent development oversight.



• Key questions boards should discuss and ask management

• The roles of board and board committees in talent development oversight

• Best practices: policies, processes, tools, techniques and metrics

• What works, what doesn’t and lessons learned

• Strategies for oversight in a global environment


Location and Time


Congressional Country Club
8500 River Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817

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

Program: 6:00pm-7:30pm

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

Speaker Spotlight

Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper

Mr. Simon F. Cooper is a frequent speaker on leadership, especially relative to global operations, and he has presented to companies such as Credit Suisse, Charles Schwab, DHL, JP Morgan and Harvard Business School.

As President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific for Marriott International, Simon Cooper led the operating performance and growth of the region that includes more than 175 properties and another 150 hotels under development represented by brands like Bulgari, The Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott, Marriott, Renaissance and Courtyard.

From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Cooper served as President for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. During this period, The Ritz-Carlton experienced unprecedented growth including the development of The Ritz-Carlton Residences and the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Reserve hotels. Under his leadership, the company earned the highest accolades. The Luxury Institute named it the "Most Prestigious Luxury Brand" in their surveys from 2005-2010. On numerous occasions, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company won #1 ranking in the J. D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guests Satisfaction Index Survey. In 2009, People Metrics named The Ritz-Carlton the #1 global luxury brand in terms of engaging its guests. In 2009, The Ritz-Carlton won the World Saver Award from Conde Nast for the Community Footprints program at The Ritz-Carlton.

Prior to The Ritz-Carlton, Mr. Cooper was with Marriott International where he served for three years as President of Marriott Lodging Canada and Senior Vice President for Canada and New England.

Mr. Cooper was elected to the Board of Directors of First Horizon National Corporation and served on the Audit Committee in 2005. In 2004, he was appointed to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Canada Institute Advisory Board. In 1999, Mr. Cooper was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the University of Guelph (No. 1 Comprehensive University in Canada, Macleans 99/02.) He still serves on the Board of the School of Management and Economics. In 2010, he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the university. The degree was awarded to Mr. Cooper in recognition of his "leadership and contributions to society and to the university." Mr. Cooper serves as a director on the Compensation Committee for Benchmark Hospitality International and on the Audit Committee of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Born and educated in England, Mr. Cooper earned an MBA from the University of Toronto.



Thank you to our event sponsors:


Chery Bekaert





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