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Top Ten List: Ways We Let Our Directors Down (and How we can do Better)

The Conference Board of Canada, June 16, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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Your directors dedicate their time and bring the skills, knowledge and expertise learned over their careers to help your organization grow and prosper. Too bad that so much of what they have to offer gets wasted! “That may sound harsh, but it is a reality in one way or another at organizations everywhere,” notes Sylvia Groves, President and Creative Director of Governance Studio.

Corporate Secretaries are often the de facto Chief Governance Officer. It is a role that requires great courage as well as great insight. It can be difficult to tell a powerful and esteemed board what it needs to hear, instead of what it wants to hear. A well-informed and courageous Corporate Secretary, who pushes the board to examine important governance issues, creates value for the organization and improves the effectiveness of the board and every director. So how can you be sure that this important role is being filled within your own organization?

Webinar Highlights

In this fast-paced webinar you will learn about the Top 10 Ways Corporate Secretaries let our Directors down and (more importantly) how your organization can do better. Within the Top 10 Ways, Sylvia will explore issues such as:

  1. Poor director life cycle practices that mean our organizations don't get the best of our directors
  2. The ways we waste directors' time before, during and after every meeting
  3. How we expose both our directors and our organizations to unnecessary risk

Join us as Sylvia Groves shares her expertise and provides tons of practical advice on the role of executives and corporate secretaries in supporting your directors and building the best possible board for your organization. Sylvia has "been there and done that". Her insights are drawn from her years of personal experience with one of Canada's governance darlings, her work with scores of clients and her interactions with thousands of directors and Corporate Secretaries in both Canada and abroad.

About Sylvia

Photo of Sylvia GrovesSylvia Groves, FCIS, is a self-proclaimed "governance nerd" who believes in the power of transparency, ethics and continuous improvement to add value. She is the author of AAA+ Minutes™ – The Three Must-Do Fundamentals And 100s Of Practice Tips For Writing Minutes That Protect Your Organization And Its Directors. From her award-winning work in corporate governance, she created Governance Studio, a firm dedicated to Adding Value to Every Seat at the Boardroom Table™. She works exclusively with organizations that seek to apply effective governance practices as a fundamental way to add value. Sylvia's expertise and no-nonsense practical advice has helped thousands of corporate secretaries and directors throughout North America and beyond enhance the effectiveness of their boards and their organizations.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Secretaries and received the Joyce Borden-Reed Distinguished Contribution Award from the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries in 2014. Her latest initiative – Diversity One – is a one-step policy that boards can adopt to easily and painlessly improve diversity. Visit www.GovernanceStudio.ca and www.DiversityOne.org to learn more.

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