Engagement & Communication

For Management, Boards and Institutional Shareholders

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
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 Program Agenda
8:00-8:40 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:40-8:45 Welcome Remarks
Christopher P. Skroupa, Founder & CEO, Skytop Strategies
8:45-9:15 Keynote Presentation
Corporate Character: Impact of CSR as Emerging Risks and Value Drivers in Engagement and Communication
Presenter:

Georg Kell, Chairman, Arabesque and Founding Executive Director, UN Global Compact
9:15-9:40 Armchair Chat
Integrated Reporting: From Tangible to Intangible Valuation in Corporate Disclosure
Discussants:
Yafit Cohn, Vice President, Chief Sustainability Officer and Group General Counsel, The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Arthur Kohn, Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
Martin Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer, JUST Capital
9:40-9:55 Presentation
Corporate Disclosure: A Powerful Tool for Identifying Climate Risks & Opportunities
Presenter:
Lauren Wisbeski, Sector Lead – Corporate Engagement, Carbon Disclosure Project
9:55-10:35 Panel Discussion
The “E” of ESG: How Stakeholders are Engaging on Creating Value, Responsibly
Moderator:

David Hackett, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Panelists:
Margaret Brown, Associate, Morgan Stanley
Tim Kubarych, Deputy Director of Research and Partner of the Firm, Harding Loevner LP
George Parker, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Laurel Peacock, Director Sustainability, NRG Energy
10:35-11:15 Panel Discussion
The “S” of ESG: How Stakeholders are Challenging Companies to Adapt Global Standards, Locally
Moderator:

Stephen L. Brown, Senior Advisor,Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
Panelists:
Jessica Bissey, Head of Corporate Citizenship, Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Booz Allen Hamilton
Katie Lever, Chief Legal Counsel, Drew Las Vegas
Jake Walko, Vice President, ESG Investing, Neuberger Berman
Heidi Welsh, Executive Director, Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2)
11:15-11:35 Networking Break
11:35-12:15 Panel Discussion
The Globalization of Engagement: A Regional Comparative of Best Practices in Stakeholder Relations
Moderator:

Jeremy Fielding, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kekst CNC
Panelists:
Stephen L. Brown, Senior Advisor,Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
Friederike Edelmann, Director Investor Relations at Criteo | Member, Standards Advisory Group
Jenna E. Levine, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
12:15-12:45 PM Interview
Small and Mid Cap Companies: Emerging Issues and Opportunities
Interviewer:

Duncan M. Herrington, CFA, Managing Director | Head of Activism Response & Contested Situations, Raymond James
Interviewee:
Darin Lippoldt, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, Neurocrine Biosciences
Christine Pellizzari, Chief Legal Officer, Insmed Incorporated
12:45-2:00 Networking Luncheon
2:00-2:40 Panel Discussion
Legal Disclosure Issues: What to, What Not to and How to Disclose
Moderator:
Kai Liekefett, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Panelists:
Michael D. Hutchinson, Vice President and Advisor to the CEO, Stryker Corporation
James R. Reid, EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary, Fortis Inc.
Steven Yadegari, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Cramer Rosenthal & McGlynn
2:40-3:20 Panel Discussion
PG&E Case Story: An Analysis of a Proxy Fight
Moderator:

Arthur Kohn, Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
Panelists:
Josh Black, Editor-In-Chief, Activist Insight
Patrick Gadson, New York Shareholder Activism Practice Chair, Vinson & Elkins
Bob Marese, Managing Director, MacKenzie Partners, Inc.
3:20-4:20 Panel Discussion
Outlook for the 2020 Proxy Season: Emerging Issues and How to Prepare to Address Them
Moderator:
Stephen L. Brown, Senior Advisor, Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
Panelists:
George P. Long, III, Managing Chief Counsel, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
Vidish J. Shah, CFA, Associate, Morgan Stanley
Bruce Goldfarb, President & Chief Executive Officer, Okapi Partners
Jeremy Fielding, President & Chief Executive Officer, Kekst CNC
Randall Rice, Deputy Director, Communications and Shareholder Engagement, Rhode Island State Treasury
4:20-4:50 Panel Discussions
Helping Investor Relations and Sustainability Executives Find a Common Language: Findings from a Recent Workshop
Moderator:
Jim O’Donnell,  Senior Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal
Panelists:
Stephen L. Brown, Senior Advisor,Board Leadership Center, KPMG LLP
Arthur Kohn, Partner, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
Duncan Herrington, Managing Director,  Raymond James
4:50-5:25 Panel Discussion
ISS and Glass Lewis: Emerging I
ssues and Practices
Interviewer:

Andrew Ramonas, Reporter, Bloomberg Law
Interviewee:
Michelle Lowry, TD Bank Professor of Finance, Academic Director,  Raj & Kamla Gupta Corporate Governance Institute
5:25-6:30 Networking Reception

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