October 10, 2019 | Washington, D.C.

The Future of Investing:
Focus on Corporate Governance

The three traditional pillars of corporate governance—transparency, accountability, and security—have long been understood to be almost exclusively in the service of maximizing shareholder profits. But the past few years have seen many corporate leaders and boards of directors thinking much more broadly about a definition of value beyond strict profitability and what it means to lead in today’s hyper-connected society. Recently, the Business Roundtable, which represents the chief executives of 192 companies, issued a statement saying business leaders should commit to balancing the needs of shareholders with those of customers, employees, suppliers and local communities. This is remarkable both in its repudiation of long-standing corporate dogma that posits increasing profits is the only metric that matters, and for its implications for private companies who have no shareholders but are facing the same pressures to balance profits with purpose.

October 10 - Thursday

9:00 am

Welcome Remarks

9:10 am

What’s Top of Mind for Today’s Corporate Directors?

From cyber security to diversity to rapidly changing technology, environmental risks and regulatory requirements, there is no shortage of concerns for corporate board directors. We’ll go behind the scenes with some top business names to find out how boards are prioritizing needs to meet challenges, and what they see as the next evolution in this critical corporate relationship.



9:40 am

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders: Training the Next Generation of Financial Executives

Leaders shape culture and culture affects outcomes: What does it mean to be an effective and enlightened leader? Like most industries, finance has seen seismic shifts in the way business is conducted, requiring new approaches to leadership that reflect the needs of a changing marketplace and new realities for customers, employees and suppliers. We’ll talk with the founding team of the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship about their mission to improve public trust in the finance industry and help support a new generation of leadership.



10:10 am

Bloomberg Intelligence Presents: Putting the "G" in ESG


10:25 am

Building and Keeping Investor Trust

As the notion of shareholder primacy evolves, so too does the issue of shareholder trust. How can boards and stakeholders work together to increase shareholder confidence?



10:55 am

Closing Remarks


The Honorable Mary K. Bush

Chairman Bush International, LLC

Rob Du Boff

ESG Analyst Bloomberg Intelligence

Bruce H. Goldfarb

President and CEO Okapi Partners

Josh Hochberg

General Manager Edelman

Diane Holt

Team Lead, Transactional Bloomberg Law

Ryan McCormack

QQQ Equity ETF Strategist Invesco US

Trevor Norwitz

Partner, Corporate Development Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Veta T. Richardson

President & CEO Association of Corporate Counsel

David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman The Carlyle Group

Jennifer Simpson

Executive Director Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship

Chris Varelas

Founding Partner, Executive Committee Riverwood Capital Partners L.P.

Steven R. Walker

General Counsel & Managing Director, Board Services Group National Association of Corporate Directors

Peggy Collins

Managing Editor, U.S. Economy Bloomberg News


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