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POSTPONED - Annual Directors Reception


When: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
From 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Sidley Austin LLP
787 Seventh Avenue
 New York 10019
United States

Phone: 212-533-2141

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.

Event postponed, new date to be announced
Annual Directors Reception

Getting Personal: Responsibility of Boards for Executive Behavior

boardroom imageThe Annual Directors Reception, the signature event of the FWA’s Directorships and Corporate Governance Committee, will be hosted by the law firm of Sidley Austin on March 31, 2020.

The current corporate climate is evolving. Companies are increasingly accountable to a broad base of stakeholders beyond their respective shareholders, including employees, consumers, and even the general public. Regulatory requirements continue to expand but enforcement is at times inconsistent and administrative guidance often lags significantly behind statutory enactment, leaving an uncertain vacuum in which a more nebulous “market practice” develops. There is a heightened focus on executive behavior, paired with a sense that disreputable behavior by an executive—even when not directly related to the business of the company—should be policed by the company.

This environment raises questions for boards, which are eager to follow best practices. Directors may grapple with what fiduciary responsibility they have to ensure their company’s culture is consistent with contemporary expectations, what tools they have to effect change and how to balance their duty to the expanded stakeholder group.

Sidley Austin partner Audry X. Casusol will moderate a panel of experienced corporate directors and executive officers who will address the questions this trend raises for corporate boards. It will focus on examples of actions a board might take once an issue has surfaced, as well as best practices and proactive steps a board may wish to consider putting in place now, including succession planning, incentive plan design, claw backs, conduct standards and other tools.

Bring along colleagues – this important discussion will go on long after the evening’s end!

Who should attend:

  • Corporate directors interested in a closed-door session with governance experts and highly seasoned directors dealing with complex issues.
  • Senior business leaders and board ready candidates preparing for a board career and interested in what challenges face today’s directors.
  • Investors evaluating the board’s role and performance in these volatile environments and senior executives working with boards who would benefit from listening to experienced speakers sharing their view from the top.
  • HR and compliance executives interested in culture and conduct or responsible for their firm’s conduct code and governance.

Panelists bios coming soon!

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Event Schedule

5:30 - 6:15 PM Registration & Reception
6:15 - 7:45 PM Program
7:45 - 8:00 PM Networking & Reception resumes


$50 FWA Members  |  $80 Non-Members  |  Includes generous hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and great company


Subway: C to 50th Street & 8th Avenue station; B/D/E to 7th Avenue station; B/D/F/M to Rockefeller Center station; N/Q/R to 49th Street station; 1 to 50th Street station.Click for location map.

Sidley logoSpecial thanks to Presidents Circle Company Sidley Austin LLP for hosting this event, and to Holly Gregory and Audry X. Casusol, Partners at Sidley Austin LLP.


This event is organized by the Directorships and Corporate Governance Committee of the FWA of NY.

About the FWA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization with a membership of approximately 800 female and male professionals working in the financial services industry or who hold a financial position in another industry. The FWA has a long tradition of encouraging women to seek career opportunities in finance and business through mentorship and networking.

Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- No Walk-Ins

 Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by Friday, March 27, 2020.


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