Corporate Governance 2021: Business as a Driving Force for Social Change

Sep. 30, 2021
8:45 am - 6:00 pm

About This Event

In the wake of the Covid-19 global crisis, social unrest, a tumultuous Presidential election and transition, the priorities and expectations of corporations has changed. From investing in sustainable manufacturing and clean energy to improving diversity and imposing ethical guidelines, revived calls for pro-ESG reform have left many boards scrambling to keep up with the times and manage investor expectations. Money managers have begun to screen for fossil fuel-related stocks and vote against company management teams that refuse making environmentally friendly decisions.

With such stark criticism and investor backlash, ESG concerns are forcing a reassessment of risk and asset allocation at the world’s top companies. But will this new way of thinking create a wholesale reorganization of the capital markets? What are the things that every company needs to do to be a part of the new economy and to use its business as a driving force for social change, not just profits?

Join The Deal and Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” and co-anchor of “Squawk on The Street” on CNBC, for a day of networking and education comprising compelling one-on-one keynote interviews and panel discussions to explore what issues are hot in the boardroom and how the world’s largest institutional investors are placing these initiatives at the center of their investment approach.

Speakers

Marc Benioff
Chair & CEO, Salesforce

Marc Benioff is Chair, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Salesforce and a pioneer of cloud computing.

 

Under Benioff’s leadership, Salesforce is the #1 provider of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software globally.

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Laura Alber
Chief Executive Officer, President, Director, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
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Scott Barshay
Partner, Chair Corporate Department, Paul Weiss
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Ana Patricia Botín
Executive Chairman, Banco Santander, S.A.
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Brian Cornell
Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corp.
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Jim Cramer
Host, “Mad Money with Jim Cramer”; Co-Anchor, “Squawk on The Street”, CNBC
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Amelia DeLuca
Managing Director, Sustainability, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
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Carmine Di Sibio
Global Chairman and CEO, EY
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Marvin Ellison
President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
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Peter Feld
Managing Member, Portfolio Manager and the Head of Research, Starboard Value
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Bruce H. Goldfarb
President and Chief Executive Officer, Okapi Partners
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Dave Portnoy
Founder, Barstool Sports
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Sarah Teslik
Partner, Joele Frank
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Agenda

8:45am – 8:55am
Opening Remarks

James J. Cramer, Host, “Mad Money with Jim Cramer”; Co-Anchor, “Squawk on The Street”, CNBC

8:55am – 9:20am
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Laura Alber, Chief Executive Officer, President, Director, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

9:20am – 9:45am
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Brian Cornell, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Target Corp.

9:45am – 10:00am
Networking Break
10:00am – 10:40am
Going Carbon Neutral: The Earth Is a Stakeholder

Shareholders and management teams at the world’s top companies aren’t the only ones invested in sustainable practices to reduce carbon footprints. The earth, an often-overlooked stakeholder in global commerce, is perhaps the one with the most to lose in the fight against carbon emissions. What is the best path toward going carbon-neutral? How are companies attracting investment and support from shareholders in a shift toward more eco-friendly practices? How do companies shift toward carbon-neutral and sustainable practices without gravely sacrificing profits? Does all of this really matter?

Panelist: Amelia DeLuca, Managing Director, Sustainability, Delta Air Lines, Inc.

Panelist: Sarah Teslik, Partner, Joele Frank

10:40am – 11:05am
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Ana Patricia Botín, Executive Chairman, Banco Santander, S.A.

11:05am – 11:45am
The Changing Role of the CEO: Driving Diversity from the Top Down

Diversity cannot be viewed as a mandate from a federal or state agency; it is a necessity for running a successful business. Customers, employees and investors are holding CEOs and boards accountable for creating a more diverse workforce from a gender, racial, cultural and generational standpoint. How can CEOs balance concerns around diversity and inclusion while managing the evolving expectations of their employees, customers, partners, investors and society?

11:45am – 12:10pm
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce

12:10pm – 1:10pm
Networking Luncheon
1:10pm – 1:35pm
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Carmine Di Sibio, Global Chairman and CEO, EY

1:35pm – 2:15pm
Scandal and Crisis Management

No matter the best efforts of a leadership team, crisis can hit anywhere and anytime. How does a company handle a major global crisis, social or political unrest, environmental disaster, human tragedy or executive corruption scandal? What do you do if a celebrity or public figure urges their followers to boycott your company? How do you handle a CEO who is undermining the principles of the company? How do shareholders and board members respond, and what steps should companies take, to reduce permanent long-term damage from these types of crises?

Panelist: Bruce Goldfarb, President and Chief Executive Officer, Okapi Partners

2:15pm – 2:40pm
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Scott Barshay, Partner, Chair Corporate Department, Paul Weiss

2:40pm – 2:55pm
Networking Break
2:55pm – 3:20pm
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Marvin Ellison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.

3:20pm – 4:00pm
Creating Real Opportunity

Companies – large and small, public and private – are under enormous pressure from society to be more inclusive and provide more real opportunities for diverse communities. But should the onus be put solely on Corporate America, or should schools and community programs be held accountable too? All companies seem to have their own concepts, but with everyone approaching it differently, have we determined what really works and what doesn’t? Who is auditing these programs for success? This panel will discuss ideas around creating consistent paths for creating opportunity across all parts of society while exploring what is proving to be the least effective, and how we can measure success.

4:00pm – 4:25pm
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Peter Feld, Managing Member, Portfolio Manager and the Head of Research, Starboard Value

4:25pm – 4:50pm
Keynote Interview

Jim Cramer interviews Dave Portnoy, Founder, Barstool Sports

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Cocktail Reception

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