November 2019 Roundtable

November 5, 2019
Harvard Faculty Club

20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

6:45 pm Reception
7:30 pm Dinner

November 6, 2019
Harvard Law School

Wasserstein Hall – Milstein West AB (second floor)
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138

8:00–9:00 am Registration and continental breakfast
9:00–10:30 am First morning session: Keynote session with Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman & Co-Founder, BlackRock
10:30–10:45 am Coffee break
10:45–11:30 am Second morning session
11:30–11:45 am Coffee break
11:45 am –12:40 pm Third morning session
12:40–1:40 pm Lunch
1:40–2:35 pm First afternoon session
2:35–2:55 pm Coffee break
2:55–3:50 pm Final session
4:005:00 pm Issuer-only meeting in Room 3015 and
Mutual fund and pension fund-only meeting in Room 3016


Roundtable Discussion Topics

The Roundtable will focus on current issues in corporate governance. The Roundtable will begin with a keynote session on index fund stewardship with Ms. Barbara G. Novick, Vice Chairman & Co-Founder of BlackRock. Subsequently, depending on the interests of Roundtable participants, subjects that the Roundtable may discuss are: (i) current discussions of stakeholders and corporate purpose, including the recent statement of the Business Roundtable and the broader debate on corporate purpose and stakeholder interests; (ii) engagement between issuers and investors, including topics such as the 2020 proxy season, share buybacks, emerging consensus on governance arrangements, virtual meetings, and the SEC’s new guidance on proxy advisors; and (iii) compensation issues, including current compensation practices and proposals for aligning compensation with corporate purpose.

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