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On The Corporate Director Podcast, we discuss the experiences and ideas behind what’s working in corporate board governance in our digital-tech-fueled world. You’ll hear interviews with corporate leaders who have compelling stories to share, governance researchers with new insights, and conversations with “governance geeks” who are passionate about finding the best ideas out there to help board directors do their work better.

Episodes will feature topics such as: corporate governance, strategy, board culture, risk management, ESG, secure communication, digital transformation through boardroom technology, board meeting management, director recruiting and succession planning, board refreshment, boardroom meeting minutes and other good governance best practices.

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Episode 8: Inspiring Your Board with Forward-Looking Vision

Inspiring Your Board with Forward-Looking Vision

One of the main problems plaguing modern governance is too much looking backward and not enough looking forward. Another one is quality of information. If boards have to make decisions based on data, it stands to reason that they should get the most accurate and relevant information possible.

That’s what Dottie Schindlinger, co-author of Governance in the Digital Age, got to discuss with Susan Forrester, the chair and director of several listed companies, live in Sydney to celebrate the book.

“The only way we can make good decisions is by really good quality information,” Forrester said. “How do I make sure I’ve got the most up to date, real time information that I need, but still remembering that my job as a board member is to govern, not to run the company?” Read more.

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Episode 7: Director Performance Matters - Is a Labor Shortage Looming for Corporate Boards?

Is a Talent Shortage Looming for Corporate Boards?

Corporate boards are under pressure to become more diverse – in age, gender, skill set and more. But younger executives already have full plates, and being a corporate director is becoming an increasingly tough job—one that might seem less attractive to younger candidates than in years past.

Are corporate boards heading toward a labor crisis? Why is the director role becoming so challenging (and maybe even unappealing)? We recently sat down with Nora Denzel, a Silicon Valley tech executive who serves on the boards of AMD, Talend Software, and Ericsson, about how things are changing in corporate boardrooms and where we’re heading.

“The amount of time that I spend now in public board work, it’s probably double what I spent 10 years ago,” Nora said. The game is changing, and directors are challenged to keep up. Board composition and performance have reached the tipping point. Read more.

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Episode 6: Board Culture In a Shrinking World

Board Culture In a Shrinking World with Colin Low

The average age of board directors around the world is 63.5 years old, and that number is climbing every year.

Which begs the question: how do you digitize the modern boardroom when it appears that boards are getting older and older, and are often hesitant to embrace technology? Why should you bother digitizing your board room at all?

Recently, we visited Singapore and had a live taping of an episode of The Corporate Director Podcast with Colin Low, Chairman of the Singapore Investment Development Corporation. Read more.

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Episode 5: Should Directors Do Their Own Due Diligence?

Should Directors Do Their Own Due Diligence?

Communication and transparency go hand-in-hand.

Some organizations are known for making all of their communications public all the time. Others have reinvented themselves so often, you hardly know which version you’re dealing with. When it comes to internal communication, clarity and transparency are key.

We recently sat down with Pamela Coles, a longtime governance professional and currently company secretary of Rolls Royce PLC, to discuss how Rolls Royce is putting into practice some great ideas to drive transparency, information sharing, and a robust organizational culture. Read more.

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Episode 4: The State of Board Diversity

The State of Board Diversity: Where Do We Go From Here?

Diversity is an increasingly center-stage topic, in legislation, pop culture, and nearly every work environment. And there’s no place the effects of diversity are more far-reaching than in corporate board rooms.

On this episode, we sit down with Erin Lantz and Jonathan Nelson to discuss the facts on board diversity. Truly, there’s no one with more relevant perspectives better to discuss these issues than these two guests:

Erin Lantz is corporate director of TrueCar, and VP and GM of Mortgages for Zillow Group, and has an MBA from Harvard. She’s also part of what we call next-gen board directors (board members under 50).

Jonathan pulls his governance expertise from his 10+ years in governance research for a variety of firms. Currently, he is Head of Research at CGLytics, a corporate governance data and analytics platform that covers over 120K people across 5,000 companies. (He has an MA from George Mason.)

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Episode 3: How Digital Disruption Is Challenging Board Rooms

How Digital Disruption Is Challenging Board Rooms

Digital disruption has impacted nearly every industry. Retail, transportation, and even certain parts of healthcare have been upended, as upstarts have supplanted long-standing companies. Research shows that half of the S&P 500 companies will be replaced over the next 10 years. What does that mean?

There’s no escaping digital disruption. The forecast is pretty clear: Disrupt, or be disrupted. We sat down with John Hinshaw, who’s held senior positions and directorships at various companies (like Sysco, Hewlett-Packard, & Verizon Wireless) to discuss how boards today are tackling technological unrest. John’s combined experience as a technology executive and as a director gives him a unique insight.

John Hinshaw is currently on the boards of Sysco, BNY Mellon, Docusign and Illumio.

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Episode 2: Three Ways Directors Can Gain Laser-Focused Insights

3 Ways Directors Can Gain Laser-Focused Insights

Insights are lifeblood for directors. With today’s increasing flow of rapid data and information, directors want more data and more research, and they need it faster.
This week we show board members how to obtain those insights, which research to follow, and how to enable your board to leverage their individual strengths to ask the right questions.

This episode is hosted by Dottie Schindlinger and Meghan Day, with special guests Laurie Yoler and Annie Kors. Laurie Yoler is on the boards of Church & Dwight, Bose, Zoox, and Noon Home. She is also a founding member of the board of directors for Tesla. Annie Kors is the lead researcher for the Diligent Institute, the governance think tank and research arm for Diligent Corporation. Read more.

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Episode 1: The Modern Board Member

The Modern Board Member — What You Need to Know to Continue Making a Positive Impact

We are so excited to share with you our very first episode of The Corporate Director Podcast. We kicked off this podcast by interviewing two exceptional guests: Brian Stafford, President and CEO of Diligent Corporation and Betsy Atkins, serial entrepreneur, three-time CEO, and corporate governance & growth expert.

This episode is all about modern governance. We’re covering how the role of boards has changed over the past decade and what changes we can expect to see in the future. We know you’re going to love it. Read more.

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Episode 0: Why You Should Listen to The Corporate Director Podcast

Why You Should Listen to The Corporate Director Podcast

It seems like there’s a podcast for everyone these days. No matter what profession you’re in, if you search iTunes odds are you’ll find a podcast geared toward you. But how many podcasts exist that are geared exclusively towards board members?

In the corporate governance space, the bar keeps getting higher. There’s a lack of good content out there helping directors navigate as they go. We’re aiming to change that.

Welcome to The Corporate Director Podcast.

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