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Managing Scandals and Trusts

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: John S. Griswald, Founder & Senior Advisor, Emeritus, CommonFound Institute emeritus. Senior Consultant, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (ABG) Universities, large trusts, and foundations are better able to fulfill their responsibilities under the leadership of strong, competent boards. Critical to these organizations’ continued sustainability are the skills, values, and financial competence of...


High Stakes Boardroom Mayhem

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Andrea Gordon, JD Have you ever thought that you could write a modern day crime novel based on what you’ve seen, with your own eyes, as a public company director? Or, like so many others, do you simply deny that “questionable” events ever occurred or dread whether they will ever come to light? Real life boardroom mysteries are unraveling in the world now, as you’ll hear in this next episode of the Boardrooms’ Best. My guest,...


D&O Liabilities: CYA Or Bust!

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Perry Granof Show: Part 2 of 2 There’s so much more than what you might expect is need to ensure that you, a director of a Public, Private, PE/VC, family-owned, or not-for-profit firm, are properly protected, right up until the end game. In this show you’ll learn how to access indispensable resources, some simply right at your fingertips! In addition: Have you heard of the risks associated with GDPR exposures? No? Are you...


D&O Ins, Outs, Dos and Don’ts

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Perry Granof Show: Part 1 of 2 New directors, typically, have the best intentions to do what’s right in their roles as directors. Despite good intentions, things sometimes happen beyond anyone’s control. Your duties as a board member, whether they be on a public, private, family-owned, venture-backed, investment fund, or not-for-profit board, can vary widely. Regardless, at a base level, your main responsibility is to ensure...


Trust as a Strategy.

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Dr. Martha Rogers In this episode, Nancy May and Dr. Martha Rogers discuss how trust can make or break a company. Most board members would say that building trust is part of their responsibilities, yet how many really understand the economic consequences of lost trust, until it’s too late. Learn how gaining and keeping trust, combined with honest and transparent execution should form the backbone of your corporate strategy....


How Talent, Integrity, and Culture Drives Financial Outcomes

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Kevin Silva, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Voya Financial, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and member of the Board, New York Institute of Technology Companies that build their backbones on wisdom, judgment and character and use them to conduct their business seem to be the ones able to come out on top in any fray. Doing what’s right doesn’t happen by accident, but doing so consistently needs...


Holiday Episode - How The Hole In The Wall Gang Leads With Grace.

Host: Nancy May, President and CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Ray Lamontagne, Chairman of the Board, The Hole In The Wall Gang Fund, Inc. Leading, from the start of an idea through to building an international phenomenon, takes vision, persistence, and some keen skills. When it’s a not-for-profit vision, building from the ground up, with volunteers, is far more challenging, and takes greater strength and talent. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp was the vision of Paul Newman, who, with the...


Deriving More Value From The Boardroom

Independent Directors can keep relevant, by integrating their thinking across multiple industries, thus contributing more than the average board member. Host: Nancy May, CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Michael J. Critelli, Board Member, Eaton Corporation; Director Emeritus, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals; Former CEO and Chairman, Pitney Bowes. In this episode, Nancy May speaks with Mike Critelli, corporate director and former CEO of one of the most recognized Fortune 500 companies, about how he...


Quantum Board Factor

The implications of Quantum Computing can make or break you in the boardroom and beyond! Host: Nancy May, CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Dr. Mark Jackson, Scientific Lead, Cambridge Quantum Computing Most boards try to cover their butts by bringing a tech guru onto their board. But did you know that having an up-to-date understanding of technology and computing not be enough? Blockchains can be broken and may themselves become a thing of the past in just a few short years. The new...


IPO Countdown!

Countdown to an IPO - Learn about the groundwork that set this company on its fast moving trajectory. Host: Nancy May, CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Keith Krach, Chairman, DocuSign Ever wonder why your company lags instead of leads? CEOs get jammed into traditional molds by boards that have gotten too comfortable with the same old or become overly protective. Breaking out of that mold and building new markets requires adopting proactive thinking and getting everyone to boldly go...


The Wild Wild, East of 瓷的 Boards!

Host: Nancy May, CEO, The BoardBench Companies Guests: Cynthia DiBartolo, CEO, Tigress Financial. One of the leading women-owned independent financial firms on the Street! In this episode we tackle the issues surrounding joining the board of a Chinese publicly traded company. Not all public boards are “created equal.” Many wannabe directors, and even seasoned directors, are courted by these companies. You need to take a deeper dive into, and understand what you’re signing up for. Young...


The CEO's CYA. . . or bust!

The CEO's CYA. . or bust! Who’s got your back? Host: Nancy May, CEO, the BoardBench Companies Guests: Henry Morgenbesser and Michael Katzke How much CEOs get paid is often an easy hit for news outlets and for stirring up outrage. But have you ever wondered how those CEOs were able to get what they wanted? As a corporate director, how would you feel if your CEO got expert help when looking for what they thought they deserved from the board? Emotions may run high in the discussions, but...


How to Retain Your Control.

The Ups And Downs of Being a High-Flying CEO/Founder. Host: Nancy May, CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: Mark Herschberg, the White Knight VC investor, tech/cyber expert and director. Have you ever seen a CEO/ founder lose control of the company that he/she started to outside investors? How often do you see pre-IPO and new public company boards fall on their faces? Or see directors paralyzed by cyber-attacks and other disasters? In this episode of the Boardrooms’ Best, you’ll get the...


How Boards Can Lead With Values That Build Trust

How Boards Can Lead with Values that Build Trust. Host: Nancy May, CEO, BoardBench Companies Guest: General Tom Kolditz From a very early age, we all get lessons and see examples of what’s right and wrong. These lessons stick with and follow each of us to very different degrees. Which may explain why some corporate board directors and CEOs make otherwise puzzling, but very poor decisions for themselves and their companies. Leading from the point of trust takes time and consistently...


Here's Your White Horse Rider!

Rogue Busters: Who Ya Gonna Call? When directors get blindsided, their first instinct is to call in outside counsel. While that sometimes works, you need the right inside person to ride to the rescue! Learn from one of the best turnaround General Counsels, Ken Handal, who's cleaned up challenging environments and led companies back onto the straight and narrow. Your Host: Nancy May and Guest: Kenneth Handal -- Trusted Turnaround General Counsel. Lessons for Boards, CEOs, and high-profile...


Courageous Directors Lead!

How to lead when the going gets tough. Many directors talk tough, but when things get rough, some start to focus, while others fall apart. Steering a company over the rapids takes courage! Join your host Nancy May and Karyn Barsa as they dissect just how to test, challenge, and focus leaders, directors, and investors on the issues at hand without triggering anxieties, resentment, and treachery. Host: Nancy May, and Show Guest: Karyn Barsa, Public Company Director and retail CEO...


Innovate and Profit with Your Board

How boards can find cash where it's least expected. While innovation is often the mantra at strong companies, few leaders know how to direct the process profitably. It's not all fun and games - but it can be exciting. Join your host Nancy May, and Bryan Mattimore, one of the country's most creative innovators as they unveil the mysteries of how to drive organic growth and business success by encouraging imagination and unleashing creativity. Host: Nancy May Guest: Bryan Mattimore, Chief...


Deep into Boardroom with CIA Jack!

Lessons for Boardroom leaders, CEOs and high-profile entrepreneurs who dare to challenge themselves and their boards to new levels of excellence worldwide. How your due diligence might bite you in the boardroom and beyond. Learn to avoid disaster and cover your assets!. Your Host: Nancy May Guest: Jack Devine, Founding Partner and President The Arkin Group