Boards & Business Disruption

How private and family businesses build an engaged and effective board of directors to copilot through today’s turbulence, including blockchain, sexual harassment, cybersecurity, the ‘Amazon’ effect, and more.

Learn from directors, business owners, investors and experts who have been there and can guide you on the governance path to success.

Reserve your seat at the governance conference for directors, owners, and advisors of family-owned, closely-held and private-equity owned businesses of all sizes.

 

 

Featured Speakers

Julia H. Klein

Chairwoman and CEO, C.H. Briggs Co.

Timothy E. Ellsworth

Director, Chair, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.

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Early Registration Pricing (before March 18, 2018)
 
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
$1,675—First attendee
$1,250—Additional attendees from the same company/board
 
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
 
$1,507.50—First Attendee
$1,125—Additional attendees from the same company/board
 
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
$2,350—Each attendee
 
Standard Pricing (after March 18, 2018)
 
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
$1,895—First attendee
$1,395—Additional attendees from the same company/board
 
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
$1,705.50—First Attendee
$1,255.50—Additional attendees from the same company/board
 
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
$2,350—Each attendee

Wednesday May 16

4-5:00 PM Preconference Session
Capitalizing on Business Disruption: Starting and building the private company board
Business disruption is fast and furious today, and boards can play a key role to help private companies manage and capitalize on the turbulence. Get practical and actionable advice from those who know this first hand.
 
This session spotlights past Private Board of the Year awardees who will outline how boards bolstered their success. They will also offer practical steps they took to build their boards and how they managed the transition from a family/insider board to a professional board. Learn the nuts and bolts of their board journeys, including:
 
  • what board structures they choose (advisory or fiduciary, fully or partially independent);  
  • how they find and compensate directors, 
  • lessons they learned and how they adjusted to create high-functioning, strategic boards?

5:30-6:30 PM  Opening Session

Board Dynamics in Private Company Governance: Moving beyond “yes men”
Private company boards are only as effective as company owners and shareholders allow them, and support them, to be. 
 
This session offers practical advice and real examples of how to build collegiality and effectiveness without “yes men” or disengaged directors.  It will answer a host of board dynamic questions:
 
  • How do you create the best ABCs—attitude, behavior and candor—within your board?  
  • How to teach directors about family/private company history, and dynamics to build understanding? 
  • How do you manage that board most effectively?

6:30 pm-7:15 PM  Keynote Interview 

 
7:15-9:00  PM Networking reception and dinner

Thursday, May 17

7:30-8:30 AM Breakfast
 
8:30-8:45 AM Conference Introduction
Business Disruption Shaping Private Company Governance for the Next Five Years
 
8:45-9:15 AM Keynote Interview
 
9:15-9:30 AM Networking Break
 
9:30-10:30 AM  Session
Uber-Sized Governance Lessons: The Private Board’s Role in Shaping Corporate Culture
 
Scandals at Uber, including shady business practices and sexual harassment claims, set off a national conversation on private company governance and the importance of having directors who can guide management and shape business values. 
This session will address the important issue of tone at the top. Successful private boards members and owners will share their experiences on how they established a culture that allows the company to deal successfully with reputational risk, the impact of key social issues, and crises. 
 
10:30-11:00 AM Networking Break
 
11:00-12:00 PM Workshop  
Setting Your Board’s Priorities
 
12:00-12:15 PM Networking Break
 
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch and Keynote Conversation
 
1:30-3:00 PM  Expert Briefings (repeated twice)
  • Defining board roles:  chairman, corporate secretary, lead director, committee chairs
  • Engaging private equity and other outside investments
  • When to sell all or part of the business
  • Cybersecurity Primer for Boards
  • Advisory vs Fiduciary Board?
  • Planning for the most effective board meeting
  • The Board and Succession Planning
  • What's Blockchain, and why should I care?

3:00-3:15 PM Networking Break

 
3:15-4:15 PM  Session
The Owner-Board Relationship: Creating Effective Shareholder/Family, Management and Board Interaction
A private company board can only be effective with trusted and solid relationships between company management/owners, family members and directors.
This session will offer real-world best practices on how to create effective family or owner governance (through family and owners’ councils) and develop systems for effective communication between shareholders and the board.  Solid business governance needs solid ownership governance.
 
4:15-5:15 PM Concurrent Workshops
 
Preparing the Next Generation for Board Service
Identifying, developing and training management and family members for board roles
Board Composition, Refreshment and Diversity
How to refresh your board and build the most effective diversity of experiences and background. What should your board look like?  What skills do you need--M&A experience, technology, strategy or more? How diverse should your board be in terms of gender and ethnicity? 
 
6:30-9:00 PM Group Dinner and Private Boards of the Year Awards

Friday, May 18

7:30-8:30 AM  Breakfast
 
8:30-9:15 AM Keynote Interview
 
9:15-9:30 AM Networking Break
 
9:30-10:30 AM Workshop 
Private Board Best Practices
 
10:30-10:45 AM Networking Break
10:45-11:45 AM Session
 
The Private Board’s Role in Digital Disruption:  Your co-pilot through turbulence
All private companies need to push management to address the impact of digital disruption on their companies, whether it’s the ‘Amazon’ effect, cybersecurity or such emerging technologies as blockchain. 
 
This session will offer real-world guidance on how the board can maintain ‘noses in, fingers out’ with management, and still develop ensure the shareholders they represent have solid strategies for the digital future.
 
11:45 AM Conference close

Confirmed Speakers

Julia H. Klein

Chairwoman and CEO, C.H. Briggs Co.

Julia H. Klein is Chairwoman and CEO of C.H. Briggs Co., a value-added distributor of specialty building products headquartered in Reading, PA. Past and current Board service includes C.H. Briggs, Hedwin Corporation, Arbill Safety Supply, Reading Health System, Reading Physicians Network, Berks County Community Foundation, and the National Association of Wholesalers. She is a frequent speaker on technology, governance, entrepreneurship, and women’s issues, has a particular interest in closely held and family enterprises.

Julia Klein is a Chairwoman & CEO, Board Director, and leader in the building materials distribution industry. As C.E.O. and Chairwoman of C.H. Briggs Company, she transformed a local business into a super-regional, professionally managed platform company.

With expertise in strategy, governance, mergers and acquisitions, technology and supply chain solutions, and the residential and commercial construction industries, Ms. Klein has led C.H. Briggs for over 20 years. The Company is one of the nation’s largest independently owned distributors of specialty building materials. Customers include manufacturers, architects and designers of specialty interior products. Ms. Klein has successfully integrated 6 acquisitions expanding the C.H. Briggs footprint throughout the Middle Atlantic and Southeast.

Strategic use of new technology has established the company’s reputation as an innovator and Ms. Klein’s reputation as a thought leader in the industry. Over the last 20 years Briggs has achieved top quartile performance in its segment, and is among the nation’s top 100 women-owned businesses.

She has served as C.E.O. and Chairwoman of C.H. Briggs since 2007. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of Hedwin Corporation in Baltimore, Reading Physician Partners, the Reading Health System, Springboard Enterprises, Arzu Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of Modern Distribution Management, and is Co-Chair of the Committee of 200 Northeast Region. Most recently, Ms. Klein was elected to The College of Wooster’s Board of Trustees. She is a former member of the Advisory Boards of Quaker Maid Meats, Inc. and Arbill Industries, Inc.

She and C.H. Briggs have received numerous industry and community awards. Ms. Klein was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards© in Greater Philadelphia, and was honored with the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame Award, the Athena Award, and as a Distinguished Girl Scout Alumna by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. She also received the SmartCEO magazine Brava Award and Best Managed Companies in Philadelphia.

Ms. Klein is actively involved in numerous professional organizations. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the NAW (National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors) Institute for Distribution Excellence, the Board of Directors of the North American Building Materials Distribution Association, and the Cabinet Industry Distribution Association, which she helped establish. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and a former member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); she is also a member of the Committee of 200, an international organization of women entrepreneurs, executives, and board members.

She was a member of the Board of the Berks County Community Foundation for 11 years, served as Chairwoman and continues as a member of its Governance Committee. Ms. Klein served on the Governance Committee of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and was a founding member of BEP.

She earned a M.A. in Public Policy as an Urban Scholars Fellow at the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Ms. Klein and her husband have a college-aged son and live in Reading, Pennsylvania.


Timothy E. Ellsworth

Director, Chair, Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.

Timothy E. Ellsworth joined EBI as a summer employee in 1968 and is a permanent employee in 1976.  After various executive roles at EBI’s Darworth Company, Ensign-Bickford Optics, Corporate Development and Corporate Research units, Mr. Ellsworth formed and led Ensign-Bickford Coatings Company and was CEO of Advanced Glass Treatment Systems (AGTS).  In 1994, he resigned from the Company, acquired AGTS from EBI and joined the EBI Board of Directors as a fifth generation family member and successor to his father, John E. Ellsworth, former President and Chairman.  Mr. Ellsworth serves on the Audit and Proxy Committees and formerly chaired the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.  In addition to his Board work for EBI, Tim is CEO of The Peak Experience, LLC, a real estate investment company, and participates on various other corporate and non-profit boards.  He is also a former member of the Simsbury Economic Development Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.  Mr. Ellsworth holds a BFA degree from St. Lawrence University and completed his MFA and MBA degrees at R.I.T. 


Registration

 
Early Registration Pricing (before March 18, 2018)
 
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
$1,675—First attendee
$1,250—Additional attendees from the same company/board
 
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
 
$1,507.50—First Attendee
$1,125—Additional attendees from the same company/board
 
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
$2,350—Each attendee
 
Standard Pricing (after March 18, 2018)
 
Private company owners, shareholders, managers and investors, and public and private company board members:
$1,895—First attendee
$1,395—Additional attendees from the same company/board
 
Past attendees of the Private Company Governance Summit or the Transitions Conferences qualify for an additional discount on their registration fees:
$1,705.50—First Attendee
$1,255.50—Additional attendees from the same company/board
 
All other attendees: advisers, consultants, others allied to the field:
$2,350—Each attendee

Conference Hotel

Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center is a vibrant hotel that captures the city’s dynamic spirit. The hotel has recently completed a multimillion-dollar transformation that has included dramatically-redesigned accommodations; public areas, including the lobby and a new 24-hour fitness center; meeting venues; and Fringetree, the new signature restaurant. The 406 newly-transformed guest rooms and suites are designed with your comfort in mind. Sleep well in the Heavenly® Bed and refresh in the Heavenly® Bath. Mini-refrigerators and 50-inch LCD flat screen TVs add a touch of aesthetic functionality. Every room also offers wireless High Speed Internet Access and 24-hour room service. Reenergize in the all-new 24-hour WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, featuring state-of-the-art weight machines, free weights, and cardio equipment. Blending modern design with healthful menu offerings, Fringetree is an innovative restaurant and lounge that provides the ideal atmosphere for a delectable meal or handcrafted cocktail. Fringetree’s grab-and-go counter serves Starbucks® coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and light fare. The Westin Washington D.C. City Center’s central location makes it easy to appreciate the world-renowned buildings and historical monuments found throughout the city. The hotel is served by two metro stations: McPherson Square on the Blue/Orange lines and Farragut North on the Red line. The Washington Convention Center is just five blocks east, and the White House is five blocks south. Shops, restaurants, and nightclubs are just four blocks west on Connecticut Avenue.

A limited number of rooms are available at a special conference group rate of $299 per night which includes complimentary guest room internet, plus taxes which are presently 14.5% and subject to change. Reservations must be made prior to the cut-off date of Tuesday, April 25, 2018. Reservations may be made online here.

Reservations may also be made by calling 1-888-627-9035 and reference “Directors and Boards”

The hotel is located close to three airports: Reagan National Airport, 4 miles; Dulles International Airport, 27 miles; and Baltimore Washington International Airport, 32 miles.

About Conference

Directors & Boards, Family Business Magazine and Private Company Director invite owners, shareholders and board members of privately-held companies to the Private Company Governance Summit 2018, May 16-18, 2018, at the Westin City Center, Washington, D.C.
 
The sixth annual Private Company Governance Summit is the only national conference focused exclusively on the unique governance challenges of privately-owned businesses, including closely-held companies, family-owned companies and private equity-owned companies.
 
Directors and Boards
Private Company Director
Family Business Magazine