NACD 2019 Global Board Leaders Summit

Marsh & McLennan Strategy & Risk Committee Forum

Location: Washington, DC Date: September 21-24, 2019


The National Association of Corporate Director’s (NACD) Global Board Leaders’ Summit, the largest and most influential director forum in the world, attracts more than 1,800 attendees from across the globe. Marsh & McLennan is once again pleased to host its annual Strategy & Risk Committee Forum as part of the overall Summit program. 

Our forum brings together directors and subject matter experts to explore emerging issues at the intersection of risk and strategy. The theme of this year’s forum is the Board of the Future. Through a series of presentations and moderated panels, we will explore areas such as the future of board leadership, governance of emerging technologies and cyber risks, and how directors can help organizations keep a focus on long-term goals.

Learn more about this year’s NACD Global Board Leaders’ Summit.

MMC Speakers

Strategy & Risk Committee Forum Agenda

Join Marsh & McLennan experts and others to explore critical challenges facing directors.

Sunday, September 22
10:30AM - 10:35AM

Welcoming Remarks


  • Lindsey Baker - Senior Manager, Partner Relations, NACD
  • Lucy Nottingham - Director, Marsh & McLennan Insights


10:35AM - 11:30AM

The Future of Board Leadership

In most boardrooms, directors are trying to build a business fit for the twenty-first century with a board model that would have been recognizable in the nineteenth century. Join the co-chair and commissioners from the 2019 NACD Blue Ribbon Commission to learn about applying the far-reaching recommendations for boards, affecting board structure, oversight, composition, culture and disclosure. 


  • Gwendolyn King - President, Podium Prose LLC; Former Director, Lockheed Martin Corp., Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.
  • Gen. Lester Lyles, USAF (Ret.) - Director, General Dynamics Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute Inc. (BMI), KBR Inc.
  • Alex Wittenberg - Executive Director, Marsh & McLennan Insights


11:45AM – 12:30PM

Board Governance of Digital Transformation and Emerging Technologies 

The “combined value” of digitalization across the global economy could generate upwards of $100 trillion over the next 6 years. Drawing on research by NACD and Marsh & McLennan, this session will explore five key principles for board oversight of digital transformation to help directors guide organizations through the complexities to a more digital, data driven future. 


  • Leslie Chacko - Managing Director, Digital Insights and Solutions, Marsh & McLennan Companies
  • Deborah Dunie - Director, Harvest Returns, Objective Interface Systems
  • Myrna Soto - COO, Digital Hands; Director, Spirit Airlines Inc., Consumers Energy Co., CMS Energy Corp.
  • Friso van der Oord - Director of Research, NACD


2:30PM – 3:30PM

Peer Exchange – Emerging Issues in Cyber Risk Oversight 

This session will provide a scenario-based facilitated peer discussion focusing on emerging issues for boards in cyber risk oversight. Share insights and learnings on the roles and responsibilities of directors when the organization faces a cyber attack.  


  • Christopher Hetner - Managing Director, Marsh Risk Consulting; NACD Special Advisor for Cyber Risk; Former Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity Policy, SEC 
  • Robert Vescio - Chief Analytics Officer, Secure Systems Innovations Corp. 


3:45PM – 4:30PM

Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is Your Best Short-Term Strategy

Learn how some of the world’s most prominent business leaders resisted short-term pressures to successfully manage their organizations for the long term, and in turn, aim to create more jobs, more satisfied customers, and more shareholder wealth. 

Hosted by Alex Wittenberg, this conversation with Prof. Michael Useem will share insights from the CEO Academy®, the annual off-the-record gathering of chief executives organized by Wharton, and his latest book.


  • Michael Useem - Professor of Management and Director, Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Alex Wittenberg - Executive Director, Marsh & McLennan Insights 


Download a digital copy of the Sunday, September 22 agenda here. 

Ask the Experts - Innovation and AI

Tuesday, September 24

7:30AM – 8:45AM

The continuous growth and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) has had a major impact across multiple industries. How can boards effectively leverage these disruptive technologies to their organization's benefit? Shareholders don’t require their directors to be experts in AI, but a working knowledge of what is available is imperative in the current business climate.

Join our panel of experts to understand what is available and how you can leverage this technology for your board:

  • Leslie Chacko - Director, Transformative Technologies, Marsh & McLennan Insights
  • Joel Minnick - GM Product Marketing – Machine Learning, Amazon Web Services
  • Prakesh Neelakantan - VP Corporate Strategy, Broadbridge Financial Solutions
  • Heather Redman - Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Flying Fish Partners