Inside America’s Boardrooms: The 8 Most-Watched Episodes

Inside America's Boardrooms episodes

In the month of March, Inside America’s Boardrooms hit 50 episodes. Throughout the last year, we’ve welcomed various guests to the show, representing a range of companies, director roles, and personalities. Also a special thanks to Nasdaq for sharing their MarketSite and studios, and to all my sponsors who have helped to make this show a success.

Given the milestone, we decided it was time to take a trip down memory lane and look at the 8 most popular shows within our first year of production. In ascending order, here they are:

1. The Relationship Between the Corporate Secretary & Board of Directors

  • Guest: Janet McGinness, Corporate Secretary at MasterCard
  • Questions Covered: What should boards expect from their corporate secretary? What type of board education provides the greatest value?

2. Key Steps to Building an Effective Board

  • Guest: Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor of Governance, Law & Ethics at York University
  • Questions Covered: How do boards know if they have good leadership? What are the key steps to building an effective board? How should you approach your board assessment process?

3. The Audit Committee’s Role in Investigations

  • Guest: Paula Loop, Leader of PwC’s Governance Insight Center
  • Questions Covered: What factors should audit committees consider when investigating allegations? How should investigations be structured and subsequently handled?

4. Fostering Audit Relationships: Internal, External, & Audit Committees

  • Guest: Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality
  • Questions Covered: What are best practices for communicating between internal audit, external audit, and the audit committee? How can audit committees improve internal and external audit communication?

5. Future Boardroom Issues That Will Challenge Directors

  • Guest: David Chun, CEO at Equilar
  • Questions Covered: Are you using the right peer group? How will the CEO pay gap ratio affect boards in the coming year?

6. Six Challenges Boards Should Expect in 2016

  • Guest: Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality
  • Questions Covered: How should boards respond to disruptive forces outside of their control? Will boards have the courage to replace non-contributing sitting directors? Why are more companies increasing the mandatory retirement age?

7. What Boards Should Have Learned In 2015

  • Guest: Paula Loop, Leader of PwC’s Governance Insight Center
  • Questions Covered: Regarding cyber risk and shareholder activism, what were the most significant developments of 2015? What were the top governance events in 2015?

8. Vanguard Shares Views On Boards & Engagement

  • Guest: Glenn Booraem, Principal and Head of Corporate Governance at Vanguard
  • Questions Covered: What can boards expect from Vanguard as they become a more vocal investor? Why does Vanguard care about your board composition? Why will Vanguard continue to push boards for engagement?