June 12, 2012

Issues Faced by Non-Profit Boards in 2012 – Is it ever going to get better?

Law Offices of Bingham McCutchen One Federal Street, Boston MA
Program Start: 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
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Issues Faced by Non-Profit Boards in 2012 – Is it ever going to get better?

The Offices of Bingham McCutchen, One Federal Street, Boston MA
Fees: $60 for NACD Members, $95 for Nonmember attendees

This event confers 2 collaborative credits for NACD Board Leadership Fellows and NACD Governance Fellows

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Risk management, director liability, board and management succession planning, management compensation, impact of social media – these are issues traditionally faced by Boards of for-profit companies, but not so much by the Boards of non-profits. How times have changed! We are delighted to have two prominent non-profit Board members, Susan Friedman of the Boston Ballet and Linda Whitlock of Brigham and Women’s Hospital to address these issues and other relevant issues as well, such as the impact of the current economic downturn on development strategies. The panel will be moderated by Pat Gray, a former Boston Ballet Trustee and PwC partner.

About the Panel:


Susan Friedman is a strategy consultant with her own practice, serving both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.  She began her career with the Boston Consulting Group, later becoming a founding partner of Telesis, Inc., subsequently joined Alliance Consulting Group and established her own practice in 1992. Ms. Friedman is a Trustee and former Chair of Boston Ballet, a trustee of the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis, and on the Board of Advisors for Jewish Family and Children’s Services.  She has also served on the boards of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and Lesley University, as well as served as Co-Chair of the WGBH Community Advisory Board. She has an AB with honors in economics from Brown University where she was commencement speaker, attended the London School of Economics, and has an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School. 


Linda Whitlock is the Principal of The Whitlock Group, which provides management and governance consulting to CEOs and Boards of Directors.  She is the immediate past President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Ms. Whitlock has been an active participant on more than 20 corporate and non-profit boards, including the board of the Boston Stock Exchange.  She currently serves on the boards of Cambridge Bancorp/Cambridge Trust Company, The Princeton Review, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brandeis University; Boston Museum; and Boston World Partnerships.  An alumna of Mount Holyoke College with a Masters degree from the University of Michigan, Ms. Whitlock served in the administrations of Massachusetts Governors Dukakis and King, and has been appointed by Governors Romney and King and Boston Mayor Menino to an array of boards and commissions.  Ms. Whitlock taught at MIT, Tufts, and the University of Michigan, and has been a Senior Fellow at Boston University’s School of Management.

Beth Boland is a Partner in the Securities Litigation and Corporate Governance Group at Bingham Mccutchen, LLP.  Recently named one of Massachusetts’ "most influential attorneys" by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and one of the top 50 Massachusetts female lawyers by Boston Magazine, she represents clients in SEC and attorney general investigations, shareholder disputes and derivative actions, and fraudulent sales practice class actions and privacy issues in a variety of industries, including financial services, high-tech and manufacturing/retail. She has extensive experience handling corporate governance enforcement actions brought by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, and serves as lead counsel representing special committees of corporate boards in connection with, e.g., CEO compensation and stock option internal investigations, whistleblower claims over accounting writedowns and major strategic transactions such as a sale of the company. Active on many fronts in the legal community, Beth co-chaired the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Task Force on Corporate Governance, and has served on the boards of many non-profits, including President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. She was recently appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts to serve on the state Lottery Commission along with the Massachusetts Treasurer.

In 1997, Lois Lindauer founded Lois L. Lindauer Searches to help Boston nonprofits find talented professionals to advance their missions. Today the company has completed over 350 searches in the United States and Canada and boasts a platinum list of clients including Columbia University, Harvard Law School, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Plimoth Plantation, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Chicago, among others. 


Ms. Lindauer’s nonprofit board activities continue her commitment to the philanthropy profession. In 2000, she created Sisters in Development with the dual purpose of attracting women of color to the development profession and providing a network for those already working as fundraisers. Ms. Lindauer served as chair of this group through 2009. Also among her board service was The Commonwealth Institute, whose mission is to provide resources for womenbusiness owners, and Women in Development, a non–profit professional association that promotes and supports the advancement of women in the development profession. Ms. Lindauer also founded the Nonprofit Board Resource Program, which to date has placed over 200 women on nonprofit boards.  She is currently a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, a premier group of women leaders across industries and sectors, and The Boston Club, the largest organization of female executives and professionals promoting the advancement of women to significant and visible leadership roles.


Prior to her commitment to philanthropy, Ms. Lindauer was Founder and CEO of The Diet Workshop, a national group weight control program, and was the first woman to utilize the franchise system of distribution to grow her business. For 25 years, her headquarters supported 3,000 entrepreneurs across the United States. When Ms. Lindauer sold The Diet Workshop, the system was generating gross revenues of $25 million. 

About the Moderator:


Patrick Gray was an audit partner in the Boston office of PricewaterhouseCoopers for 25 years. He specialized in technology and services based companies and led the Boston and US Technology practices for Price Waterhouse. Pat most recently led PwC’s US corporate Governance Group and in this capacity was responsible for strengthening PwC’s relationship with Board members. This role included identification, analysis and discussion with Board and PwC personnel of evolving corporate governance issues in the area of external reporting and disclosure and in other relevant areas, such as risk management, proxy access, say-on-pay, implications of SEC communications, audit committee optimization and working with proxy advisory services. Pat currently serves on the Board of Sancilio and Company, a privately held, research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on cardiovascular disease, dental products and women's health. Pat was a Trustee of the Boston Ballet for 15 years and has been involved with various other non-profit entities as well. Pat holds a BS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a CPA.


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