Engagement & Communication

For Management, Boards and Institutional Shareholders

JUNE 13, 2018
CLEARY GOTTLIEB STEEN & HAMILTON
1 LIBERTY PLAZA
NEW YORK, NY

AGENDA

The Skytop Strategies team is dedicated to crafting thought provoking
agendas that are diverse, not only in areas of thought and experience,
but in the broad range of attending speakers.

Time Description
8:20-8:45 AM Networking Breakfast & Registration
8:45-8:50 Opening Remarks
Bradley Moody, Chief of Staff, Skytop Strategies
8:50-9:20 2018 Proxy Season Recap
Interviewer:
Seth Duppstadt, Senior Vice President, Proxy Insight Limited
Interviewee:
Kern McPherson, Senior Director of North American Research, Glass Lewis
9:20-9:50 Panel Discussion
Setting the Corporate Agenda: What Recent Engagement and the Fink Letter Say About Activism and Passive Investing in Our Disruptive Times

Moderator:
Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, Executive Director, Thirty Percent Coalition
Panelists:
Stephen Brown, Senior Advisor, KPMG
Barbara J. Hart, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowey Dannenberg, P.C.
Alfredo Porretti, Vice President, Shareholder Activism & Corporate Defense, Morgan Stanley
9:50-10:10 Networking Break
10:10-11:10 Front Running, Pushing Back Against, Living With and Surviving Activism
Moderator:
David Whissel, Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Governance, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
Panelists:
Josh Black, Editor in Chief, Activist Insight
Lawrence S. Elbaum, Partner, Commercial & Business Litigation, Vinson and Elkins
Zachary George, Portfolio Manager, FrontFour Capital Group
Steve Pully, Senior Advisor, Speyside Partners; and Corporate Board Member
Eric Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Crescendo Partners
11:10-11:50 Company Transformation: How to Effectuate Real Change and Unlock Company Value
Discussants:

Joseph Berardino, Managing Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal
Pamit Surana, Managing Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal
11:50-12:30 Panel Discussion
Social Trends Impacting Corporate Values: Board Diversity, Advisory Committees and Related Topics

Moderator:
Jacqueline Katzel, Assistant General Counsel, Assistant Corporate Secretary, Honeywell
Panelists:
Michelle Applebaum, Independent Board Director, Northwest Pipe, Advisory Board, Republic Partners
Barbara Berlin, Director, Governance Insights Center, PwC
Ross Campbell, Director of Responsible Investing, Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC
12:30-1:30 Networking Luncheon
1:30-2:15 Panel Discussion
ESG Activism: Confrontational, Collaborative and Shareholder-Focused Engagement

Moderator:
Kern McPherson, Senior Director of North American Research, Glass Lewis
Panelists:
Jared L. Landaw, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Barington Capital Group, L.P.
Sara Law, Vice President, Global Initiatives, CDP
2:15-2:45 Mind the Gap: What Boards Need to Know About Cyber Breach
Discussants:
David Pogemiller, Strategic Partnerships, Forcepoint
Doug Weiner, Cyber Security Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
2:45-3:25 Driving Change: How Shareholders are Engaging to Foster Sustainable Long-Term Outcomes
Discussants:

Tamara C. Belinfanti, Professor of Law, Co-Director, Center for Business and Financial Law, New York Law School, Co- Founder, Ethical Shareholder Initiative
Brian P. Campbell, Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs & General Counsel, DHI Group, Inc.
Alexandra Higgins, Managing Director, Okapi Partners LLC
Walter Siegel, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Henry Schein, Inc.
3:25-3:45 Networking Break
3:45-4:25 Panel Discussion
Rule 14a-8 Update: What SLB-14I Means for the Shareholder Proposal Exclusion Process
Moderator:

Arthur Kohn, Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
Panelists:
Sanford Lewis, Director, The Shareholder Rights Group
Robert Lister, Chief Legal Officer, Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp.
Mary Louise Weber, Associate General Counsel, Verizon
4:25-4:55 Discussion Session
Virtual Shareholder Meetings: What Works, What Doesn’t Work and Trend Highlights
Discussants:

Ted McHugh, Senior Vice President, U.S. IR Lead, Edelman Financial Communications & Capital Markets
Steven Fink, Managing Partner, MessageBank
4:55-5:20 Closing Presentation
The Evolution of Engagement: The Potential of Mediation as a Model

Presenter:
Arthur Kohn, Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
5:20 Closing Remarks
5:20 Program Adjourns, Networking Reception

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