Future of the Boardroom: Shareholder Expectations
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT
Nasdaq, Him for Her, and the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX) cordially invite you to a virtual session on the Future of the Boardroom: Shareholder Expectations on Wednesday, October 19th from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET/ 9:00 – 10:00 AM PT.

Hear from our seasoned panel of experts as they explore how boards and executive leadership can prepare for proposed and future regulations, the growing importance of board engagement with the investor community, and how to deepen engagement and ongoing dialogue between the board and company leadership to ensure alignment with respect to storytelling.

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image1 Byron Loflin
Global Head of Board Advisory at Nasdaq
image2Gerry Lopez 
Operating Partner and Independent Board Director
image3Rose McKinney-James
Board Director, MGM Resorts International, Toyota Financial Savings Bank, Ioneer, ClearResult and Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc. 
image4Dan Siciliano 
Chairman, Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
image5Debby Soo
CEO, Opentable; Board Director, EverCommerce
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Byron Loflin

Byron Loflin is Global Head of Board Advisory at Nasdaq, where he leads board assessments and boardroom training for Nasdaq Governance Solutions. He is the founder and former CEO of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE) – acquired by Nasdaq in 2019 – and is architect of CBE’s unique board assessment and advisory platform. Byron is recognized in the governance community for developing unique products that address board dynamics, corporate culture, accountability and performance. His experience and expertise are in the design and administration of assessments and advising board chairs, boards, committees, directors and executive management in a full range of corporate governance matters including strategic alignment, best practices, board refreshment, diversity, structures and corporate planning. He and his team have performed several hundred third-party board, committee, peer and CEO self-assessments for organizations of all structures and sizes.

Byron is a graduate of Harvard Business School (OPM) and James Madison University (BA). He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (UK), and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Some of his recent published works include: “Love Your Neighbor,” International Banker Spring 2019, “Guide to Board Assessments,” Corporate Board Member June 2019, “Reboot, Not Refresh,” International Banker Spring 2018; “Board Evaluations: Getting Aligned,” published by Nasdaq 2017, and “Six Reasons Digital D&O Questionnaires Streamline Proxy Disclosure,” published by Nasdaq 2017.

Gerry Lopez 

Gerry Lopez is a global business executive with over 35 years of experience leading transformations and creating shareholder value across diverse businesses and industries, including Hospitality (Extended Stay America), Entertainment (AMC Theatres), Multi-Unit Retail (Starbucks), Food & Beverage (PepsiCo) and Consumer Packaged Goods (Procter & Gamble). Over almost ten years at Extended Stay America and AMC Theatres, Gerry held the title of President and Chief Executive Officer. Since 2018, he has been Head of the Operating Group for SoftBank Investment Advisers [SBIA], manager of the $100B SoftBank Vision Fund 1 and $60 B Vision Fund 2. In October 2021, Gerry was named an Executive-in-Residence at SBIA, advising portfolio Companies in the consumer sector across both Funds.

Mr. Lopez also has fifteen years of service as an independent Board member in public and private companies, in industries as diverse at Energy (TXU), Insurance (Safeco), Retail (REI), Advertising (National CineMedia), Restaurants (Brinker International), Consumer Goods (Newell), Hospitality (OYO Hotels), and Real Estate (Realty Income, CBRE). He was also a Founder and Board co-Chair at Open Road Films, winner of the 2015 Best Picture Oscar for “Spotlight”. Gerry was also a Director for the National Association of Theatre Owners, a Trustee for both the Development Board at the University of Missouri's Trulaske College of Business (Columbia, MO) and the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from GWU in 1980, Gerry continued his education at Harvard University Graduate School of Business earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration with Second Year Honors in 1984.

Rose McKinney-James

Rose McKinney-James has over two decades of experience in advocacy in legislative and utility regulatory proceedings, community and stakeholder outreach.

Ms. McKinney-James began her career in Washington D.C. and relocated to Las Vegas Nevada when recruited to accept a position as Director of Economic Development programs with Operation Life, a community-based economic development center. Thereafter, she served as Economic Development Coordinator for the Nevada Economic Development Corporation (NEDCO). Ms. McKinney-James then transitioned to the City of Las Vegas and served as senior Analyst and Lobbyist and Chief of Staff to the City Manager.
The former President and CEO for the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources, (CSTRR) and former Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission, McKinney-James served as Nevada’s first Director of the Department of Business and Industry.

Her firms provide business-consulting services and advocacy in the areas of government and public affairs, energy policy, strategy, community outreach, diversity and equity training, and economic and sustainable development.

A registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, Rose currently represents a range of public and private entities with interests in government relations, regulatory and energy and public policy. She assists her clients by developing strategic communication and outreach plans and initiatives designed to be executed by utilizing solutions that address unique circumstances and demands. Over the course of her career, she has established and nurtured critical relationships with key decision makers in local, state and federal agencies. She has successfully negotiated and secured support for a variety of complex legislative and business issues.

McKinney-James serves as a member of the Board of Directors for MGM Resorts International (MGM NYSE), Toyota Financial Savings Bank, Ioneer (ASX: INR, NASDAQ: IONR), ClearResult and Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ: PPBI).

Rose is the recipient of the inaugural GreenBiz Verge VANGUARD Award and the DirectWomen Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Board excellence. McKinney-James is listed in the Black Enterprise Registry of Black Corporate Directors and in SAVOY Magazine Power 300 among the most influential African American corporate Directors. She served as a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team and was honored to be selected as an Electoral College Elector for Nevada.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ms. McKinney-James is a graduate of the Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and received her BA from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. Ms. McKinney-James is married and the mother of two sons.

Dan Siciliano 

Daniel Siciliano is a successful technology entrepreneur, an independent director on the board of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco, and a recognized expert in corporate strategy and governance, capital financial markets, technological disruption (including fintech, AI and cybersecurity), and executive compensation. From 2000 to 2015, Siciliano was co-founder, CEO and ultimately Executive Chairman of LawLogix Group, Inc. – a global software technology company named 9 consecutive times to the Inc. 500/5000, several times ranked as one of the Top 100 fastest growing private software companies in the US, and named to the US Hispanic Business 500 (largest) and Hispanic Business 100 (fastest growing) lists for 2010 and 2011. In 2012 he sold a majority stake of the company to PNC Riverarch Capital, continued as Executive Chairman, and led the sale of the company to Hyland Software/Thoma Bravo in 2015. Total aggregate returns to all investors exceeded $100,000,000. Siciliano is qualified as an audit committee financial expert under NYSE Manual Section 303A.07(a). He has served on the audit and finance committees, was chair of the governance committee, and is currently Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco (FHLBSF). The bank, with total assets in excess of $100 billion, is one of the largest liquidity providers and public debt issuers in the world. Though FHLBSF is subject to SEC public company filing requirements (NYSE rules), it is structured as a federally regulated private bank mutual cooperative owned by both publicly traded and private banking institutions. Siciliano is a Fellow at Stanford Law School (CodeX), Emeritus Co-Director of Stanford’s Directors’ College, prior Co-Chair of the We Robot Conference on AI/ Robotics, Law, and Policy, and is the immediate past faculty director of the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Along with Professors Joe Grundfest, Larry Kramer, Dave Larcker and Rob Daines, he co-founded the Rock Center in 2006 and, as a Professor of the Practice and Associate Dean at Stanford Law School, led the Center until 2017. His teaching includes Finance, Corporate Governance, and Venture Capital. He has served as faculty director for dozens of custom executive education programs in more than 20 countries including extended engagements and involvement with Fortune 1000 executives and board members throughout Asia, the Middle East, Latin America (including South America) and Europe. His work has included expert testimony in front of both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives and for 2009, 2010, and 2011, alongside leading academics and business leaders such as Ben Bernanke, Paul Krugman, and Carl Icahn, Professor Siciliano was named to the “Directorship 100” – a list of the most influential people in corporate governance. Siciliano is a co-founder, board member, and Chairman of the Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange (SVDX), Chairman of the national non-partisan American Immigration Council, past-President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #1057, and an active member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Association and board member of the Latino Corporate Directors’ Education Foundation. In 2017, Siciliano founded Optemy, a new type of technology consultancy that trains and advises boards and executives on topics of disruption/change management, the impact of autonomous (AI/ML/robotic) systems and innovations, related executive compensation and multi-generational talent management strategies, corporate compliance, and technological competitiveness and security. As CEO of Optemy, he leads more than a dozen affiliated experts and academics who serve clients in 10 countries across four continents. Individually and through Optemy, he has served as a strategy consultant and trainer to the Board of Directors of more than a dozen Fortune 1000 companies (including Google, Microsoft, Fedex, Disney, Entergy, Tesla and Applied Materials), is an early stage investor in cooperation with Heroic Ventures and a consultant to several firms and companies in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, India, and Latin America. He is a native Spanish speaker and his personal interests include general aviation and space sciences, the culinary specialties of the Oaxaca region of Mexico, and marine biology. He lives in Los Altos, California with his family.

Debby Soo 

Debby Soo has served as a member of the EverCommerce board of directors since March 2021. Ms. Soo is the Chief Executive Officer of OpenTable, Inc., a real-time online reservation network, a role she has held since August 2020. Previously, Ms. Soo served in a number of roles at Kayak Software Corporation, including Chief Commercial Officer from August 2017 to July 2020, Senior Vice President of Business Development from January 2017 to July 2017, Vice President of Asia Pacific from May 2014 to January 2017, Senior Director of New Markets from July 2013 to May 2014, and previously as Director of Product Marketing, and Mobile Business Development Manager and Mobile Project Manager. From December 2020 to March 2021, Ms. Soo served on the board of directors of Lesson Nine GmbH, an education services company operating as Babbel, where she also served as a member of the compensation committee. Ms. Soo received her M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship and General Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, her M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and her B.A. in East Asian Studies with a minor in Economics from Stanford University.

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