23rd Annual Conference
Leading in a World of Exponential Change

Thursday, November 18 & Friday, November 19, 2021
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa
Austin, Texas

About

Our two-day Annual Conference is designed to encourage conversation and inspire professional advancement through a series of short, dynamic presentations from industry leaders and networking events. Each year, the topic of the Conference centers around leadership with over 250 members in attendance. The Annual Conference fee is included in the yearly membership dues.

The 23rd Annual Conference took place on Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, 2021 at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. This year’s conference topic centers around Leading in a World of Exponential Change.

Features

  • Learn Best Practices
  • Discuss Leadership
  • Receive CLE Credit
  • Connect with Peers

Annual Conference is Free for Members

2021 Conference Highlights

2021 Schedule

Thursday, November 18, 2021

12:30 PM – 2:00 PMKick-Off Welcome Session: PERSPECTIVES ON CHANGE LEADERSHIP
C. Allen Parker
Retired Interim Chief Executive Officer & President, Former Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Wells Fargo & Company
Moderated By: Steve Burns, Partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
2:05 PM – 2:25 PMTalk 1: WHAT THE BOARD WANTS: CYBER-INFORMED WITHOUT CYBER-FRENZY
Erin Nealy Cox
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis | Former United States Attorney (NDTX)
2:25 PM – 2:45 PMTalk 2: LEADERSHIP IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY
Jack Balagia
Adjunct Professor, University of Texas School of Law | Former Vice President & General Counsel, Exxon Mobil Corporation
2:45 PM – 3:15 PMNetworking Break w/ Snacks
3:20 PM – 3:40 PMTalk 3: FIRST LESSON IN CRISIS COMMUNICATION IS NO MISTAKES
Merrie Spaeth
Founder and President, Spaeth Communications
3:40 PM – 4:00 PMTalk 4: WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS
Shamoil T. Shipchandler
Chief Counsel, Risk & Regulatory Legal Group, Charles Schwab | Former Senior Officer, SEC and DOJ
4:00 PM – 4:05 PMThank You & Housekeeping
6:00 PMMagna Stella Reception Begins

Friday, November 19, 2021

8:15 AM - 8:55 AMNetworking Breakfast
9:00 AM - 9:10 AMGathering, Thank You & Housekeeping
9:10 AM - 9:30 AMTalk 5: CEO TRANSITIONS AND THE GENERAL COUNSEL
Carlos Hernandez
Retired CEO and Former CLO & Secretary, Fluor Corporation | Board Member of Steward Health Care
9:30 AM - 9:50 AMTalk 6: ALLYSHIP & INCLUSION
Rana Nawas
Chief Revenue Officer, Velostics | Founder of #1 Middle East Business Podcast, When Women Win
9:50 AM - 10:20 AMNetworking Break w/ Snacks
10:25 AM - 10:45 AMTalk 7: FROM VALUES TO VALUE: PROGRESSING YOUR ESG AGENDA
Hannah Orowitz
Senior Managing Director, Corporate Governance, Georgeson LLC
10:45 AM - 11:05 AMTalk 8: PROPHETIC CITY: TRACKING THE ECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSFORMATIONS THROUGH FORTY YEARS OF HOUSTON SURVEYS
Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D.
Founding Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research | Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Rice University
11:05 AM - 11:25 AMTalk 9: HOW COVID TAUGHT ME TO BE A BETTER LEADER
Julia A. Simon
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Mary Kay Inc.
11:25 AM - 11:40 AM Thank You, Evaluations, Prize Drawings & Save the Date for 2022
12:00 PM - 2:30 PMFarewell Luncheon & Party at The County Line
(optional)

Jack Balagia

Adjunct Professor,
University of Texas School of Law

Former Vice President & General Counsel,
Exxon Mobil Corporation

Carlos Hernandez

Retired CEO and Former CLO & Secretary,
Fluor Corporation

Board Member of Steward Health Care

Stephen L. Klineberg, Ph.D.

Founding Director,
Kinder Institute for Urban Research

Professor Emeritus of Sociology,
Rice University

Rana Nawas

Chief Revenue Officer,
Velostics

Founder of #1 Middle East Business Podcast,
When Women Win

Erin Nealy Cox

Former United States Attorney (NDTX)

Partner,
Kirkland & Ellis

Hannah Orowitz

Senior Managing Director, Corporate Governance,
Georgeson LLC

C. Allen Parker

Retired Interim Chief Executive Officer & President, Former Senior Executive Vice President & General Counsel,
Wells Fargo & Company

Shamoil T. Shipchandler

Chief Counsel, Risk & Regulatory Legal Group,
Charles Schwab

Former Senior Officer,
SEC and DOJ

Julia A. Simon

Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary,
Mary Kay Inc.

Merrie Spaeth

Founder and President,
Spaeth Communications

2021 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Conference Bag Sponsor

Kick-off Luncheon Sponsor

Souvenir Sponsor

Farewell Lunch Sponsor

Welcome Goodie Bag Sponsor

Breakfast Sponsor

Lanyard Sponsor

Conference Prize Sponsor

Charging Station Sponsor

Refreshments Sponsors

Face Mask Sponsor

Professional UV Phone Sanitizing Station Sponsor

Wifi Sponsor

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