Part 1, Thursday, September 10, 2020
11:00 am – 3:05 pm CDT (including two 10-min. breaks)


Fundamentals of Good Corporate Governance
D. Kuprionis

   Principles of good board governance
   Corporate entity types
   Key stakeholders
   Sources of authority, internal and external
   Regulators and standard setters
   Overview of fiduciary duties (more deeply discussed in session #2) 
   The importance of board governance guidelines
   What constitutes good board governance

Responsibilities of Board Members and Management
M. Miller

   Board structure and composition
   Responsibilities of the board
   Duty of care
   Duty of loyalty
   Fiduciary duties and board member liability
   Board committees and committee structure
   Board oversight and evaluation
   Succession planning

Blurred Lines: When the Chain of Command is
Compromised by Governance Crisis
J. Tishler

   When does an “ordinary” crisis becomes a governance crisis?
   How do you prepare for a governance crisis?
   What to do when crisis occurs?
   Who are the key team members?
   Setting expectations from recognition to resolution to denouement
   What does the post-crisis world look like?

Part 2, Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 am – 1:25 pm CDT (including a 10-min. break)


Cybersecurity Update
H. Urata-Thompson

   Understanding cybersecurity risks
   Management and board member training
   Implementing internal controls and best practices
   Cybersecurity insurance
   Recent developments in cybersecurity: examining the latest attacks and defenses


Addressing Ethical Questions in Corporate Governance
K. Lowe

   Handling conflicts of interest
   Protecting confidential and proprietary information
   Preventing opportunities for self-dealing
   Maintaining honesty and transparency

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Denise Kuprionis

The Governance Solutions Group

The Governance Solutions Group
Ms. Kurprionis is president of The Governance Solutions Group, a board advisory practice. Through GSG, she shares the knowledge she has gained from her 25 years in public, private and nonprofit boardrooms. She is a Senior Fellow at the Conference Board’s ESG Center, is an NACD Board Governance Fellow and is active in the Society for Governance Professionals. Prior to founding GSG, she was a successful corporate officer at The E.W. Scripps Company-Scripps Networks.

Kimberly Lowe

Avisen Legal, PA

Ms. Lowe partners with entrepreneurs, executive management, boards of directors, multi-generation families, shareholders and investors on all aspects of the business life cycle from formation to operation to exit. Ms. Lowe advises private and public companies and partnerships, nonprofit organizations and cooperatives on general corporate matters, corporate governance, debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, SEC and IRS compliance, business strategy, joint ventures and complex reorganizations. She advises public charities; private foundations; social ventures; churches; educational, athletic, and community organizations; and trade associations on all aspects of the nonprofit business life cycle including entity selection, formation, tax-exempt status, board governance, investigations, financing, sustainable revenue strategies, joint ventures, reorganizations, mergers and dissolutions. Ms. Lowe chaired the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act Drafting Committee, a committee of Minnesota lawyers, business professionals and legislators tasked with drafting Minnesota’s Benefit Corporation statute. Ms. Lowe is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association Business Law Section’s Executive Committee.

Mason Miller

Miller Edwards Rambicure PLLC

Managing Partner, Miller Edwards Rambicure PLLC, Attorneys at Law
Mr. Miller focuses his practice on business law, both transactional and litigation, and has extensive experience in construction, minerals, banking, and other commercial matters. His clients include construction companies, developers, municipalities, private equity funds, energy companies, regional and national banks, professional athletes and other large institutions. Mr. Miller has personally represented over a dozen publicly-traded companies in a wide variety of engagements.

John Tishler

Shephard Mullin

Partner at Shephard Mullin
Mr. Tishler is a partner at the global law firm Sheppard Mullin. Mr. Tishler’s practice includes corporate governance, capital markets, corporate finance, business transactions, mergers and acquisitions and technology. Mr. Tishler frequently serves as special counsel for companies experiencing complex corporate governance issues, including NYSE and NASDAQ listed issuers. Boards regularly report the value Mr. Tishler brings via clarity, practicality and ability to navigate uncertainties. Mr. Tishler is a frequent writer and speaker on corporate governance, having addressed the Society of Corporate Governance Professionals, the Association of Corporate Counsel and Accounting Day. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School.

Harumi Urata-Thompson

HUT Consulting, LLC

Harumi Urata-Thompson HUT Consulting, LLC, New York
Ms. Urata-Thompson is CEO of HUT Consulting. She specializes in leading and advising companies on taking innovative paths to achieve strategic, operational and marketing success in their businesses. Currently, she is consulting to and serving on the board of directors of several companies. In addition, she acts as mentor to a number of people and speaks at numerous events. Subjects include artificial intelligence, blockchain, cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, outerspace, cross-border business, and diversity and inclusion. She also recently launched a space data company
Prior to starting HUT Consulting, Ms. Urata-Thompson was the chief operating officer for CFA Society New York (previously New York Society of Security Analysts), a nonprofit affiliate of the CFA Institute with 10,000 financial professionals previously. As COO, she was responsible for operating all aspects of the organization, and she successfully improved its performance through offering better value to its members, instituting significantly better operating processes, developing corporate partnerships, and establishing a new business model for attracting revenues from sponsors. Before CFA Society New York, Ms. Urata-Thompson spent 14 years at Thomson Reuters where she held various positions including: director at the corporate level overseeing innovation and managing a portfolio of mobile products across divisions; chief of staff to the CEO of the Healthcare and Science business, where she oversaw all management activities of five business units, including acquisitions, business and product management, and planning for an annual $900M budget covering 4,300 employees; and product manager looking after the company’s fixed income business, while launching the most significant product in this division’s history. Ms. Urata-Thompson began her career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and Citigroup, working in fixed income sales and mergers & acquisitions.
Ms. Harata-Thompson has an MBA degree from INSEAD in France and a BA degree, magna cum laude, in business from Sophia University in Japan. She is a chartered financial analyst, certified project management professional, an advanced communicator and leader of Toastmasters, and she is bilingual in English and Japanese. Ms. Urata-Thompson has traveled extensively, plays piano, and keenly follows performing arts.