In this episode, Janet McGinness, Corporate Secretary at Mastercard, highlights the value an effective corporate secretary can bring to the board; she offers several tips on how that relationship’s foundation and philosophy should be structured. Each board of directors is unique in its composition, but corporate secretaries must still find a process that will help the board meet its corporate governance duties while making the board and committees as effective as possible.

McGinness also discusses her approach to board members talking directly to investors as part of a shareholder engagement strategy. She also offers advice on how a corporate secretary can go about organizing a productive continuing board education plan.