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In the past five years, board and committee workloads have geometrically increased - by roughly 10% each year - and they continue to trend screamingly upward. What is driving the increasing workload of the typical board member? How have board responsibilities and workloads increased and changed? How can a board member properly deliver on their responsibilities and not miss important factors that drive success or risks that can sink the company? And how do we tackle all of this in a more challenging personnel environment and under increased scrutiny of board performance? Luckily, there is a solution! Find out how the best boards divide and conquer complexity and allow deep dives into these critical and important issues, without drastically increasing the time spent fulfilling their fiduciary commitment.
Bigger boards, or more committees and sub-committees?
Working with management to ensure proper oversight and governance
Innovative tools and methods used by high-performing boards
How to determine who should do what to dig deeper without overstepping
Using third- party outside advisors properly and on the right issues
Insider tips on how to make complex issues simple
Understanding coordination across committees and using sub-committees.
Understanding the critical soft skills: courage, persuasion, passion, chemistry, and the dedication to doing the right things
Karen Horn is a director of Simon Property Group Inc. and chair of their nominating and corporate governance committee. She also serves as vice chair of the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Development and the Rule of Law, and as chair of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Horn is a former director of Norfolk Southern Corp., where she served as chair of the audit committee, of Eli Lilly, where she served as lead director and chair of the compensation committee, and of T. Rowe Price Mutual Funds. She is a partner of Brock Capital Group and was a commissioner of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) on the Effective Lead Director and co-chair of the BRC on the Board and Long-Term Value Creation. Previous positions have included Head of International Private Banking for Bankers Trust, Chairman and CEO of Bank One, Cleveland, and President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She has a PhD in economics from the Johns Hopkins University.
General Lester L. Lyles received his B.S., in mechanical engineering from Howard University in 1968, his M.S. in mechanical/nuclear engineering from New Mexico State University in 1969, and Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from New Mexico State University in 2002, and Urbana University in 2009. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College (1980), the Armed Forces Staff College (1981), the National War College (1985), and the National and International Security Management Course at Harvard University (1991).
General Lyles entered the United States Air Force in 1968 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program. He served in various assignments, including Special Assistant and Aide-De-Camp to the Commander of Air Force Systems Command, and Avionics Division Chief in the F-16 Systems Program Office. He served as Program Director of the Medium-Launch Vehicles Program and Space-Launch Systems offices in 1987 during the recovery from the Challenger Space Shuttle accident. General Lyles became Vice Commander of Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, Utah. He served as Commander of the center from 1993 until 1994, then commanded the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, California, until 1996. General Lyles became the Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization in 1996. In May 1999, he was assigned as Vice Chief of Staff at U.S. Air Force Headquarters. In April 2000, he became the Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The command conducts research, development, test and evaluation, acquisition management services and logistics support for the Air Force. He retired in October 2003.
General Lyles has received many awards and decorations, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster. He was named Astronautics Engineer of the Year by the National Space Club in 1990, and received the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award for outstanding contributions to military equal opportunity policies and programs from the NAACP in 1994. He was named Black Engineer of the Year/Lifetime Achievement in 2003. General Lyles received the General Thomas D. White Award for distinguished service in national security from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2012.
He serves on the Board of Directors for several corporations, including:
General Dynamics Corporation
Battelle Memorial Institute
USAA [United Services Automobile Association] – currently Chairman of the Board of USAA.
General Lyles served on the Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee (“Augustine Committee”) in 2009 developing the agenda for the human spaceflight missions of NASA. He also chaired the National Research Council’s Committee on the Rationale and Goals of the U.S. Civil Space Program in 2009. General Lyles was appointed to the Defense Science Board in 2009, and appointed by the White House to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board from December 2009 to May 2013. General Lyles was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in March 2011. He chaired the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academy of Engineering from 2010 to 2016. In 2013, he was appointed to the Secretary of State’s International Security Board. General Lyles has been a member of the NASA Advisory Council since 2005.
General Lester L. Lyles was born in Washington, DC on 20 April 1946. He currently lives in Vienna, Virginia.