This year's NACD Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) is titled Adaptive Governance: Board Oversight of Disruptive Risks. Join your fellow directors to discuss the findings of the report and learn how other boards are dealing with today's uncertain, complex, and ambiguous environment. The volatility of global information networks, shifting business models, disruptive natural events and unpredictable global economics and geopolitics combined with fundamental transformative technology are causing boards to rethink how they govern and how decisions are made. As a result, directors need to assess, discuss, and oversee disruptive risks that could have a significant econominc, operational, and/or reputational impact and provide guidance that helps our companies and organizations be better prepared to respond when the unforseen does occur. Join directors from International Paper, Dunkin Brands and Pepperidge Farm for a lively discussion on real world stories regarding the content of the 2018 BRC and best practices on building board proficiency in adaptive governance and turning uncertainty into sustainable advantage.
Barbara currently serves on the board of directors of publicly traded Devon Energy Corporation and Buckeye Energy Partners, LP as well as privately held Hat Creek Energy Corporation. She is an independent trustee of the Putnam Mutual Funds. She is actively involved with local non-profits, serving on the Finance Committee of Children's Hospital Colorado and on the board of The Denver Foundation, where she chairs its Finance Committee and serves on its Investment Committee. Barbara is a former board chair of Girls, Inc. of Metro Denver.
Barbara Baumann is President of Cross Creek Energy Corporation of Denver, Colorado. She previously worked for Associated Energy Managers, as well as for Amoco Corporation and its subsidiaries, including as Vice President of the company's San Juan Basin Business Unit.
Barbara holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College. She is the current chair of the board of trustees of Mount Holyoke.
Irene Chang Britt is an experienced and forward-thinking independent board director, currently serving on the boards of global coffee & donut chain Dunkin Brands Group Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN – Chair, Nomination and Corporate Governance), menswear leader Tailored Brands Inc. (NYSE: TLRD -- Chair, Nomination and Corporate Governance), top ten life insurance company Brighthouse Financial Inc. (NASDAQ: BHF -- Chair, Nomination and Corporate Governance) and privately held BayBridge Seniors Housing Inc. (Chairperson of the Board). In addition to her current boards, Irene previously served on the boards of food and energy biotech TerraVia Inc. (Chairperson of the Board) and energy company Sunoco, Inc.
She is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow and a frequent speaker on both leadership and corporate governance best practices.
Ilene Gordon is currently the presiding director of International Paper and a director of Lockheed Martin. Ms. Gordon is retired chairman, president and CEO of Ingredion Incorporated (NYSE:INGR).
Formerly, Ms. Gordon was the first female director of five different public companies: Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, United Stationers Inc., Outboard Marine Corporation, Sundstrand Corporation and Zenith Electronics.
Ms. Gordon is: a vice chair of The Conference Board; a member of the MIT Corporation, the Institute’s board of trustees; and on the executive committee of The Economic Club of Chicago. She is listed among Forbes Global Game Changers and was one of FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women for five consecutive years on the U.S. list and two years on the global list.
Ms. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Science degree in management from MIT's Sloan School of Management.
Peter has served as an industry leader charged with market expansion and brand ambassadorship; Southeast region Financial Advisory Practice Leader, setting the strategy, business plan, and leading talent acquisition and development for what was, at the time, a start-up; greater Washington Partner in Charge, Audit and Enterprise Risk Services, where he held operational oversight with P&L, performance, and client satisfaction responsibilities; and most recently, serving as the Office Managing Partner for Florida and Puerto Rico, the equivalent of business unit CEO. The Florida and Puerto Rico practice has over 2,000 professionals with offices in Miami, Boca Raton, Lake Mary, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and San Juan.
Peter has worked with numerous public, multi-national, private, and private equity companies advising their C-Suites, boards of directors, and their board committees on enterprise strategy, growth, innovation, operations, succession, M&A/IPO events, and risk/mitigation issues offering solutions across audit, tax, risk advisory, and consulting services. Industries range from real estate, financial services, and construction to healthcare, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications.