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CASE: "WE DON'T NEED NO THIRD PARTY TO ASSESS OUR ETHICS!" VINCENT DICIANNI, AFFILIATED MONITORS, INC.

In this podcast, there is a case you can download called "Help the World." The Board of this global Non-Government Organization must make a decision.

You can read the case and then listen to 15 Board members comment on it.

This 35 minute audio program has a long stretch of silence as the participants read the case. Please fast forward through the silence.



MODERATOR VINCENT L. DICIANNI

Vincent L. DiCianni has served as the president of Affiliated Monitors, Inc. ("AMI") since its inception in 2004. AMI was founded with the goal of creating a company to bridge the gap between regulatory agencies, licensing boards, and corporate bodies.

AMI services include independent compliance/integrity monitoring, compliance/best practices programs, staffing confidential reporting hotlines and independent third party assessments. AMI's practice is global.

Mr. DiCianni served as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was a partner at Boston's Rubin & Rudman. His B.A. and J.D. are from Suffolk University.

"THE SHAREHOLDER ACTIVIST COMES CALLING." MAUREEN WOLFF, SHARON MERRILL ASSOCIATES, INC.

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About Maureen Wolff

Maureen Wolff is Chief Executive Officer of Sharon Merrill Associates, a nationally recognized investor relations strategic advisory firm. For more than 30 years, Sharon Merrill's principals have earned wide recognition for award-winning programs, innovative approaches to investor relations and leadership in IR best practices.

She is a past chairman and board member of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), a NIRI Fellow, Vice Chairman of the NIRI IR Certification committee and a member of NIRI's Senior IR Roundtable steering committee. Maureen is a trusted advisor to CEOs, CFOs and boards of directors on critical communications issues related to corporate governance, shareholder activism and proxy contests, and Regulation Fair Disclosure.

She is a frequent speaker on investor relations issues and has delivered speeches and participated on investor relations panel discussions at conferences sponsored by the New York Stock Exchange, the National Association of Corporate Directors, NIRI, the Publicity Club of New England, Business Wire and other professional development organizations. She has lectured at universities in the Boston area and has appeared on CNBC, and her comments have been featured in national newspapers and magazines, including Bloomberg Magazine, BusinessWeek Online, CFO Magazine, Compliance Week, Financial Week, Financial Times, Investor's Business Daily, IR Update and Management Review. In addition, Maureen has received numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the Publicity Club of New England and Women's Business magazine.

Prior to joining Sharon Merrill in 1985, Maureen held positions in the investor relations and corporate communications departments at Lotus Development Corporation.

"THE MATHEMATICS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING AT BOARD LEVELS: NOMINATION OF INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS IN RELATION TO SOCIAL DISTANCE FROM THE COMPANY'S CEO." KATHY FOGEL, ZINOPLEX, INC.



About Kathy Fogel

This is a 42 minute podcast attended by 13 Board members and CEOs.

Attached to this podcast are the hand outs that Kathy provided.

The hand outs include her research plus a WSJ article plus the definition of "independent" director.

The issue in this discussion is how independent can an independent director be if that director is within the CEO's social network?

Kathy Fogel, an expert in behavioral finance, is CEO of Zinoplex, a big data SaaS company that objectively measures power.

Zinoplex's first product is Zpower, an objective measure of how deep one's connections are versus the LinkedIn focus on the sheer number of connections. Stybel Peabody and Board Options use Zpower as a tool in their retained search candidate research. Other uses of ZPower are as a tool to help focus business development/sales professionals on their most critical relationships.

Kathy has published several papers that answered the conflicting research about the relationship between independent board members and shareholder value. She and her team found evidence that the critical issue is not director independence itself but powerful/independent directors.

A director may be legally independent yet lack the power to raise fundamental questions with the CEO.

An example might be the CEO's selection of a college roommate as an "independent" director or the private equity partner's nomination of a CEO when that CEO depends upon the partner for future CEO assignments or Board roles.

In other research papers she found evidence to suggest that less sector connected CEOs have BETTER acquisition results than well connected CEOs.

Kathy received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada and her BA from Nankai University, China.

www.zinoplex.com

THE CASE OF AN AUDIT COMMITTEE "KEEPING ITS EYES ON THE BALL." TRACY CURLEY, CPA. MARCUM, LLP.

This is an 60 minute podcast featuring 12 Board members discussing a three part case under the direction of Tracy Curley.



TRACY CURLEY

Meet Tracy Curley, Assurance Partner at Marcum, LLP.

Marcum LLP is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the nation, with offices in major business markets throughout the U.S., Grand Cayman and China.

She serves as the New England High Technology Industry Group Leader.

Ms. Curley has been involved in and assisted clients with initial Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registrations, as well as ongoing SEC reporting and compliance, complex accounting and financial matters, and audit engagements. Her experience spans working with private, developmental stage and start-up organizations all the way through publicly traded, international multi-billion dollar corporations.

"THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE MANAGES A DILEMMA."

With changing regulatory disclosure requirements and dynamic markets, the challenge to structure executive compensation plans is becoming more intense. Welcome to our virtual "working session" where we will examine one public company's current conditions, and address key questions related to its executive compensation: stock options versus restricted stock units?

What are the right measures for performance based equity awards? How should they be different from annual bonus plans?

What are the risks and implications of new "pay ratio" requirements?

How do you address the pressures of ISS and Glass-Lewis assessments?

These and other questions (and trends) will be discussed in this engaging and informative podcast.

Ten real Board members went over the case and you are listening to their feedback.

The moderator is Tom Wilson.

First read the Case and then listen to the podcast.




ABOUT TOM WILSON

Tom Wilson works with Boards and senior executives on aligning executive compensation with the company's strategic and core values. The Wilson Group is a boutique total compensation consulting firm in Concord, MA. They help their clients address assessment and design issues related to executive total compensation, sales compensation and employee total rewards. Tom is a national figure on the subject of compensation and is the author of five books including Changes for Challenging Times - A Special Report on Business Conditions and Compensation Trends, Innovative Reward Systems for the Changing Workplace (McGraw Hill) and Rewards That Drive High Performance (AMACOM). He has written over 30 articles, book chapters and special features for Fortune Magazine, the Conference Board, Financial Times and Boards and Directors. Tom is frequently quoted on compensation matters in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Business Journal.

Prior to forming Wilson Group, Tom was the National Director of Rewards for Aubrey Daniels & Associates; General Manager for the New England Region for Hay Group, Inc. Tom also was Director of Organizational Consulting for the Forum Corporation.

"CONFLICTS BETWEEN PRIVATE EQUITY PARTNERS AND PORTFOLIO COMPANY CEOs: THE ROLE OF THE EXTERNAL BOARD MEMBER."

This 50 minute podcast begins with a case, "Bounce Energy Systems."

Read the case and then join our conversation!



MODERATOR LARRY STYBEL

Larry Stybel is a licensed doctoral level psychologist and an entrepreneur who works with complex organizations on leadership issues. He and partner Maryanne Peabody founded Stybel Peabody 36 years ago. Its mission: "leadership and career success" for senior executives. Core services revolve around retained search+, leadership coaching, and executive outplacement.

Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies named by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers in the United States" plus two of the Big Four CPA firms, 60% of the largest twenty Boston law firms, 60% of the largest twenty Massachusetts health care delivery systems, five of the largest seven Massachusetts institutions of higher education, and four top tier private equity firms.

Stybel Peabody does work with Single Family Offices around the world on career and leadership issues. Larry is on the faculty of the Family Office Association Entrepreneurship Institute.

The firm works with retired basketball athletes through the National Basketball Association Retired Players Association, sponsored by both the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association.

Stybel Peabody has a Special Relationship with the Financial Executives International, the professional association of senior corporate finance leaders. Larry gave a speech at the national FEI convention in Colorado Springs in May, 2016.

Larry and Maryanne own a second company called Board Options, Inc.

Founded in 199, Board Options, Inc. provides an online market place so that Nominating & Governance Committees can have a transparent selection of Board candidates from a curated list of qualified and educated Board members around the world. Boardoptions.com also provides online education for Board members and is an expert resource to Boards on governance matters.

Larry received his M.A. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate from Harvard University in organization behavior under Chris Argyris. He began his career with Hay Associates Management Consultants doing executive compensation, organization development, and psychological assessments of leaders at Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to leading his own companies, Larry has been on the Board of the New England Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves on the Boards of Fittus and Zinoplex.

Larry and Maryanne run monthly programs for Boston area board members called Seat at the Table. Six times a year, they meet with Boston area COOs and EVPs for dinner and discussion through the cooforum.org. Larry ran a similar group for CFOs of public companies for the Financial Executives International Boston Chapter.

He is frequently quoted in the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Larry's perspectives about leadership, governance, and career management have been published in the CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW, HARVAR D BUSINESS REVIEW, and MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW. Maryanne and Larry have a book in progress called IN THE WATERFALL: the 21st Century Guide to Successful Job Search and More.

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY publishes their monthly perspectives as "PSCHOLOGY TODAY PLATFORM FOR SUCCESS: the making of great leaders."

      https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/platform-success

"TRENDS IN CYBERSECURITY: A GUIDE FOR BOARD MEMBERS." DON ULSCH, PRICE WATERHOUSE COOPERS AND AUTHOR OF CYBER THREAT. (NEW YORK: WILEY, 2014).

This is a 74 minute podcast from Board Options, Inc.



Don Ulsch

Don Ulsch uncovered one of the largest industrial espionage and financial fraud cases in U.S. history, which was prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Don has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of forensic investigations, cybercrime, national security and information security management. He is in PWC's Cybercrime & Breach Response practice.

Working with many of the most established and well known corporate brands, as well as law enforcement and the intelligence community, he has led many cyber breach investigations and advised executive management on breach management strategy and mitigation execution.

Don's cyber breach investigative work has been across multiple industries, from financial services and defense to retail, manufacturing and healthcare. These cyber breach cases included the compromise of regulated personal information, as well as intellectual property and trade secret theft and fraud.

He was Trusted Advisor to the United States Secrecy Commission, also known as the Moynihan Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy. For more than a decade he worked with the National Security Institute and remains an advisory board member there.

Don has appeared on Fox News as a cybercrime and breach analyst and on other television and radio programs.

He is the author of two books: Threat! Managing Risk in a Hostile World (The IIA Research Foundation, July 2008) and Cyber Threat! How to Manage the Growing Risk of Cyber Attacks (John Wiley & Sons, July 2014).

"WAR GAME BOARD SIMULATION: CUSTOMER RECORDS ARE COMPROMISED BY CYBER THEFT. NOW WHAT SHOULD THE BOARD DO???!!!" JIM SATTERFIELD, FIRESTORM, INC.



Jim Satterfield

James (Jim) W. Satterfield is co-founder of Firestorm®.

Based in Atlanta and with offices around the country, Firestorm focuses on crisis management, threat assessment, disaster preparedness and business continuity planning.

Jim has extensive expertise in the identification and quantification of risk.

Jim has led in the development of national standards for risk management, environmental risk and environmental due diligence.

Jim led the Firestorm team that provided the crisis and media management support at Virginia Tech in response to the shootings.

He was previously EVP for Frontier Insurance Group.

Jim's M.S. in Management & Engineering is from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

"BOARD MEMBERS AND THE COMING LIABILITY TSUNAMI: FUNDING EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT COMMITMENTS."

As companies merge/acquire it is almost too easy for employee retirement liability to be treated as a secondary concern.

As many U.S. cities know, it is a time bomb.

That time bomb also extends to Board members of private/public companies.

In this program, Marcia Wagner provides us with two cases and discusses Board member risk in managing employee retirement funds. There were 14 Board members in attendance. This program is 75 minutes long.

The Case: Fiduciary Liability Review of 21st Century Company Retirement Plans.



Marcia S. Wagner

Marcia S. Wagner is an attorney, entrepreneur, and advisor to Boards of Fortune 500 companies.

She is the founder of The Wagner Law Group, one of the nation's largest boutique law firms, specializing in ERISA, employee benefits and executive compensation.

Marcia was appointed to the IRS Tax Exempt & Government Entities Advisory Committee and ended her three-year term as the Chair of its Employee Plans subcommittee.

She received the IRS' Commissioner's Award.

Marcia is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. For the past eight years, 401k Wire has listed Ms. Wagner as one of its 100 Most Influential Persons in the 401(k) industry, and she has received the Top Women of Law Award in Massachusetts.

She is listed among the Top 25 Attorneys in New England.

Marcia is a frequent guest on FOX, CNN, Bloomberg, and NBC.

She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

"THE DARK SIDE OF PRIVATE EQUITY: ROLE OF INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS ON PE DOMINATED BOARDS."

This is a 65 minute Podcast containing two cases (see links below) discussed by twelve board members at Board Options' Seat at the Table program.

Case #1: The "Ain't No Sunshine Case."

Case #2: The "Love Lost Case."



Mark DiSalvo

The moderator is Mark DiSalvo of Semaphore, Inc. (www.sema4usa.com)

Semaphore takes over troubled Venture and Private Equity Funds, is a New Markets Tax Credit program provider and advises General and Limited Partners around the world.

Semaphore's corporate headquarters are in Boston with principal offices in New York, Dallas and London. Semaphore currently holds fiduciary obligations as General Partner or Manager for eight Private Equity funds.

A frequent speaker at worldwide industry conferences, Mark was educated at the University of Massachusetts with graduate degrees in Political Studies and Economics. He is a long-time lecturer at the Johnson School of Business at Cornell University and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Mark's areas of expertise revolves around working with private equity investors to turn-around troubled companies, emerging market economics and cross-border M&A. Mark lives in the Boston area.

"THE PROS AND CONS FOR BOARDS TO CONSIDER IN GOING FROM PUBLIC TO PRIVATE." RICHARD MARCUS, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN BILTRITE.

This program was presented at Stybel Peabody/Board Options' Seat at the Table with 15 Board members present.

The podcast covers the pros and cons of going from a public to private company using the framework of a case discussion.

This podcast is 56 minutes long and features PUBLIC TO PRIVATE CASE PART 1 and PUBLIC TO PRIVATE CASE PART 2.




About Our Moderator Richard G. Marcus

Richard G. Marcus is President, Chief Operating Officer and member of the Board of Directors of American Biltrite.

He served as Executive Vice President of Congoleum from 2010 to 2012 and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Congoleum from 1994 to 2010.

His professional experience includes the operations of both manufacturing businesses and jewelry distribution.

For more information about American Biltrite:

http://www.ambilt.com

"NONPROFIT BOARD DUTY WHEN FINANCES ARE MOVING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION."

Case Statement - What Level of ‘Financial Distress' Triggers a Change in Board Fiduciary Obligation. And Obligation to Whom?



About Our Moderator Barry Koslow

Barry Koslow is President and CEO of MKA Executive & Professional Benefits, Inc. in Woburn, MA. For more than forty years, MKA has serves publicly and privately held business and professional entities across the U.S. with customized supplemental non-qualified retirement and deferred compensation plans and retirement cash flow planning.

In his MKA work, Barry deals with Compensation Committees of Boards of Directors.

And he also services on Boards.

He has served on the Board of New England Sinai Hospital for more than 20 years. Barry served as Board Chair for the organization since 2012 through its sale to Steward.

He has served Chair of Special Olympics Massachusetts Board.

Barry is a graduate of Northeastern University and Boston University School of Law.

"WHEN IS SHAREHOLDER VALUE ADVANCED BY BOARDS HIRING LESS SECTOR CONNECTED CEOs?"

This podcast contains a case that was the subject of discussion by the 16 Board members attending Seat at the Table.

The moderator for this program is Kathy Fogel.

The case and the podcast have links below. This program is 60 minutes long.

Link to podcast by Kathy Fogel

Link to Case "OTGiant's acquisition of DMini"




About Kathy Fogel

Kathy Fogel is an economist-turned entrepreneur who cherishes the Schumpeterian theories of innovation and entrepreneurship. After ten years as assistant and associate professors of finance, she founded Zinoplex, Inc. It uses big data to quantify relationship and behavior and helps salespeople and marketers to connect with people outside of their immediate network intelligently. Zinoplex also produces Personal Power Indices (PPI) to measure board members' "power" to influence others, compared to their legal compliance with the formal definition of "independent director."

Powerful directors and legally independent directors are not necessarily the same. Can a director really be independent if the director lacks a base of independent power?

Stybel Peabody has used Zinoplex technology in its retained searches.

More About Kathy:

Sample Research Into Measuring Power of Independent Directors:

http://www.stybelpeabody.com/newsite/pdf/powerfulindependentdirectors.pdf

About Zinoplex:
www.zinoplex.com

"THE BOARD'S ROLE IN THE MARKET BASKET CASE CRISIS."

Business schools will still be teaching about mistakes made by the Board of Directors in the Market Basket Case in 2044.

During 2014 a family dispute about power in a private grocery chain escalated into a full-blown war. One side of the family won. The Board declared a winner.

Unfortunately, Market Basket employees, vendors, and customers preferred the side not selected by the Board.

Guess who won in the end?

What was the process by which this Board got so out of touch with company stakeholders? How can you avoid not knowing where your key stakeholders stand?

ABOUT OUR MODERATORS

Mark Furman and Harry King



Mark Furman

Mark Furman is partner with the Boston law firm of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rogers. He is also Chair of the firm's Litigation Department. Mark has over thirty-five years of experience representing business owners, financial institutions, and families in complex civil litigation. Mark is a member of the Firm's Management Committee.




Harry King

Harry King received the Pulitzer Prize for his work as a journalist when he was with the Boston Globe.

Harry has a crisis communication practice where managing media messaging is critical.

Prior to setting up his own practice, he was news director at The Monitor Channel, city editor at The Boston Globe and managing editor at the Boston Herald American.

"THE ACQUISITION IS DONE: LET THE BLAMING BEGIN!"

According to SRS/Acquiam, M&A Deal Teams Study (2014) 66% of acquisitions valued at $50 Million+ have post-acquisition disputes. How can CEOs and Board members of acquiring companies reduce the post acquisition dispute trend?

This podcast is a discussion between two Grant Thornton partners and 12 Board members or CEOs who were invited to attend this program. The podcast is 55 minutes;

  

Len Pepe and Ben Brandes

Our Moderators:

Len Pepe is Audit Partner and New England Leader of Industries and Markets. Ben Brandes is National Private Equity Director. More details about their background will be given in the podcast.

"A BOARD MEMBER MAY BE VIOLATING DUTY OF LOYALTY PLUS A SIGNED NON-COMPETE AGREEMENT. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT??"

There are two components to this 50 minute audio program: (1) a case written by our Moderator called "Navigating Non-Compete Agreements" and (2) the mp3 of with our Moderator discussing the case with 16 Board members.

Why don't you read the case and then listen to the discussion?



Our Moderator: Alison Reif

Alison Reif is a partner in Boston's Choate, Hall & Stewart's Labor, Employment & Benefits Group, where she has practiced for 17 years. She represents clients in all areas of labor and employment law. Ms. Reif also specializes in advising international companies, particularly in Canada, that are starting operations in the United States and require assistance in navigating United States employment laws.

Ms. Reif has repeatedly been named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer. She serves on the Board of Directors for Greater Boston Legal Services, including on its Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Labor and Employment Sections of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. Ms. Reif received her J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.

"JEFFREY DAVIS AND LARRY STYBEL ON THE FAMILY COUNCIL AS AN ADJUNCT TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF FAMILY BUSINESSES."

Twenty-two Board members, private equity partners, and CEOs attended this program on improving the dynamics of family businesses. This program is 65 minutes and contains an mp3 audio plus a hand out of a Family Business Council used in a consulting project.



About Jeffrey S. Davis

Jeffrey S. Davis is the chairman and founder of Mage, LLC, a firm that provides business consulting and strategic advice to entrepreneurs and family businesses. For more than 30 years, Davis and his firm, have been instrumental to hundreds of entrepreneurs in attaining their business vision and objectives, positioning organizations for rapid growth, market leadership and financial success.

Jeffrey sits on several private and non-profit company boards, providing strategic and growth strategy. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Jewish National Fund, on the National Executive Committee, and as Co-Founder of the Family Business Association.

He hosted two nationally syndicated business radio segments for The Business Radio Network and the Apple Canada Business Report; he currently hosts the web based business-magazine radio show Radio Entrepreneurs, which has connected to over 700,000 people in 26 counties.

Jeffrey has also served as a columnist for the Boston Business Journal on issues faced by small businesses and has written the book, THE 24 TURNAROUND based on six entrepreneurs, and how they succeeded during the last great economic crash.

He did his undergraduate work at Concordia University in Montreal, where he majored in psychology and minored in commerce. He pursued graduate studies in marketing and organizational development at the University of Ottawa. Davis has been an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the Babson graduate school and is a graduate of their SEE program for teaching entrepreneurship.

Jeffrey is the chairman and founder of Mage, LLC, MTP Software and Radio Entrepreneurs.



About Larry Stybel

Larry Stybel is a CEO, entrepreneur, and psychologist. As CEO, he co-founded Stybel Peabody Associates, Inc. in 1979. It was a Boston-centric firm. He transformed the company into Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire and was its President from 1998 until 2000. Larry helped grow Lincolnshire and then structured its integration into Arbora Global (www.arboraglobal.com).

Stybel Peabody, an Arbora Global company has 200 consultants in 25 U.S. cities and 28 countries. Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies named by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers" in the United States plus two of the Big Four CPA firms, 12 of Boston's largest 15 law firms, and 70% of the largest twenty Massachusetts health care delivery systems.

Core services include retained search for positions that "touch the Board:" Board members, CEOs, and CFOs. Other Board-focused work includes Board Self Evaluation, and the Board Options Coaching program to help position leaders for Board Work. The Executive Outplacement program focuses on helping senior level people network at Board levels for their next professional opportunities.

PSYCHOLOGY TODAY MAGAZINE publishes Stybel Peabody's "Platform for Success: the making of great leaders." There were 28,000 downloads over the last twelve months.

        http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/platform-success

Larry is frequently interviewed in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.

Larry enjoys working as a Board member.

Current Board assignments include Zapoint, a venture backed SaaS used in enterprise-wide talent management systems and FitUS, a SaaS service for exercise facilities to allow members to identify accountability partners. He is on the Board of Zinoplex, a technology that objectively measures power to influence others.

Past Board assignments include the National Association of Corporate Directors' New England Chapter and Agon, a company that provides top tier private equity firms with interim leadership teams for troubled portfolio companies.

He was on the Advisory Board for Woosong University's Solbridge International School of Business based in Daejon, South Korea. He has taught management at the Dalian Institute of Technology in China.

He is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA and WHO'S WHO IN BUSINESS & FINANCE.

Larry received his doctorate in organization behavior from Harvard University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed doctoral psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was named Career Management Fellow by the Institute for Career Certification International, the global nonprofit that certifies excellence in career management and leadership development. (www.careercertification.org).

Prior to starting Stybel Peabody, he worked with Fortune 500 companies in the area of executive compensation as a consultant for Hay Associates Management Consultants and wrote a column for JOURNAL OF COMPENSATION & BENEFITS.


"QUESTIONS BOARD MEMBERS SHOULD ASK ABOUT THE CEO'S "HANDLE" ON THE COMPETITION."



Moderator: Lawrence Siff, CEO, Neptune Advisors, Forbes Contributor, HBS Speaker and on the Board of six companies.

This 51 minute program was given at Stybel Peabody's Seat at the Table program. There were 15 Board members attending.

This program includes one MP3 audio file plus one pdf handout.

About Lawrence Siff:

As Chief Executive Officer of Neptune Advisors, Mr. Siff strategically grows middle market companies by sourcing and structuring mergers and acquisitions, leveraging company brands, and providing extensive operational and financial improvements in preparation for a sale.

Prior to founding Neptune Advisors, Mr. Siff was Principal and Managing Director of Gordon Brothers Group, a $50 billion investment and transaction advisory firm. At Gordon Brothers Group, Mr. Siff founded the consumer products and branding businesses, which grew to become two of the firm's largest divisions. As its Director of Strategic Acquisitions, he led acquisitions ranging from $5 million to $1.2 billion. Mr. Siff served on the Executive Committee and was an advisor to GBMP, an equity and debt fund.

He was the President and CEO of Babystripes, Inc., an online retailer of luxury baby gifts, and the President and CEO of Cherry Tree Products, Inc., a manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer of high-end children's clothing. Mr. Siff was the President and CEO of Ambassador Shoe, B-W Footwear Inc. and B/W/A International, where he established operations at 38 factories in 9 countries and successfully sold the company to strategic acquirers.

Mr. Siff began his career at Procter and Gamble where he created the Wholesale Club Division which today accounts for over $3 billion in sales.

Mr. Siff currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kayem Foods, Inc. and Mason Companies, Inc., and is an Industry Advisor for Silverwood Partners, a boutique investment bank. He is a Trustee of the Museum of Science and a Director of the Asia-America Chamber of Commerce, the Two-Ten International Footwear Foundation, the Winsor School Corporation and is a member of the Chief Executives' Club of Boston. He is the past Chairman of the Board of Brimmer and May School and a past Director of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University and the Executive Program at Dartmouth's Amos Tuck Business School.

Mr. Siff is a frequent lecturer at Harvard Business School and is a Contributor to Forbes and Forbes.com.


THE ROLE OF THE BOARD IN REVIEWING M&A ACTIONS.



Moderator: David G. Fubini

This is a 51 minute discussion between David Fubini and the Board members attending "Seat at the Table."

David G. Fubini completed a 34 year career at McKinsey & Company and remains an Emeritus Director acting as counsel to the Firm. During his McKinsey career, David was a long tenured, Managing Director of the Boston Office, a leader of the Firm's North American Organization Practice, as well as the founder and leader of the Firm's Global Merger Integration Practice. He was also a member of and co-chaired many of McKinsey's governance committees and forums. David led McKinsey's efforts in many large global transactions and has deep experience in a wide array of leadership and operational challenges that accompany major strategic transformations.

Examples of these transactions are:

Helped create one of the world's largest Pharmaceutical companies - the largest merger in the industry's history.

Led the effort in the largest corporate, vertical integration in the Global Beverage Industry.

Aided the consolidation of one of the world's largest aluminum companies with an equally prominent mining conglomerate.

Merger of a leading PC manufacturer with a global high tech entrepreneurial company based in the Far East.

Assisted the merger of two of the most prominent global consumer package goods companies.

Supported the reorganization of six sales and marketing divisions, as well as the creation of a new nameplate division, for one of the major U.S. based OEM automotive manufacturers.

Led the organization transformation of one of the world's largest media services company.

David joined the Faculty of the Harvard Business School as a Senior Lecturer with a focus on Organization Leadership and Behavior, Transformative Strategy and Leading Professional Service Operations.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Leidos (formerly SAIC), Compuware and MITRE.

David is Trustee of the University of Massachusetts, a member of the Harvard Business School Dean's Advisory Council and a co- chair of the YMCA Board of Overseers.


THE CEO HAS BEEN ACCUSED AND AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION WAS CONDUCTED. IT COMES DOWN TO 'HE SAID VERSUS SHE SAID.' WHAT IS THE BOARD TO DO?



Moderator: Brian J. MacDonough

This program was given to 15 Board members and takes 55 minutes if you listen to the entire talk.

We begin with the case of "Acme Corporation." Listen to the conversation and make your own judgment if you served on the Acme Board.

Brian MacDonough conducts the case discussion and then provides his legal perspective.

Brian J. MacDonough concentrates his practice in employment law and executive advocacy at Shilepsky O'Connell in Boston. He handles a wide range of matters, including discrimination, retaliation, whistle blowing, wage and hour issues, wrongful termination and contract negotiation and enforcement. Brian was selected by Thomson Reuters to be listed in Massachusetts Rising Stars in the field of labor and employment law for the years 2009 - 2012.


ARE YOU PERCEIVED AS A CALM ASSERTIVE LEADER?

How You Can Tell and Why You Should Care.


In an uncertain, high risk world your stakeholders need you to be both calm and assertive.

If you are perceived by others as too calm and not assertive enough, you may find that that your seat at the decision making table is really a high chair. You know that key leaders like you as a person but do not respect you.

If you are perceived as too assertive and not calm enough, you feel you are the only one in the room with innovative ideas. Potential customers are polite but make excuses instead of signing up.

You have been given feedback before that you need to listening skills could be improved.

Two days after this feedback, you forgot about it.

This 55 minute talk is an integration of five threads: Larry Stybel's consulting work, leadership research, neurobiology research, psycholinguistics research, and a Cable TV show.

This is an "Ideas to Action" program.

If you listen to the 55 minute mp3, view the Power Point Slides, and read the two PSYCHOLOGY TODAY articles below, Larry Stybel will provide up to one hour of free telephone consultation to turn ideas in this program into concrete action for you.

Below are links to the two Stybel Peabody PSYCHOLOGY TODAY MAGAZINE articles:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/platform-success/201310/calm-and-assertive-leaders-have-unique-ways-communicating

    and

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/platform-success/201303/people-want-follow-calm-assertive-leaders



         Dr. Laurence J. Stybel:  
          

About Larry Stybel:

Larry is a psychologist, entrepreneur, and CEO. He is co-founder of Stybel Peabody, an Arbora Global Company. Now in its 35th year, firm provides Leadership & Career Success services for 21% of the one hundred companies named Best Employers in the United States by FORTUNE MAGAZINE plus two of the Big Four CPA firms and 12 of the largest 15 Boston law firms. Core services include Leadership Success (retained search plus on boarding); high potential leadership coaching; and helping leaders in transition manage their careers to success. There are 200 Stybel Peabody consultants in 25 U.S. cities and 28 countries.

Larry is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate from Harvard University. Each month Stybel Peabody writes the "Platform for Success" column in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY MAGAZINE. Stybel Peabody has a Special Relationship with the Financial Executives International and speaks at FEI national conventions and at chapters around the country.

In 2010 he was named a Career Management Fellow (CMF) by the Institute for Career Certification International, the global nonprofit that certifies excellence in career management and leadership development. The designation CMF is equivalent to FACS for surgeons and there are 220 professionals in the world with the title.

Contact:

Larry Stybel

lstybel@stybelpeabody.com

www.stybelpeabody.com

www.boardoptions.com

Tel. 617 594 7627

MANAGING THE “KNOWLEDGE WORKER PARADOX.”

This 52 minute program consists of an mp3, Power Point Slides, Relationship Management Diagnostic Tool and two articles called How To Manage Your Enemies and It's Not Lonely at the Top.

The talk is of value to those who sell and those who want to be more effective in managing critical work relationships.

The “Knowledge Worker Paradox” refers to the following: high level of sophistication when diagnosing issues within one’s technical sphere of competence combined with sloppy thinking when diagnosing work relationships.

Part of the sloppy thinking is that Knowledge Workers lack a coherent, rules-based framework to make such diagnosis.  And part of the sloppy thinking is that they do not care.

But they should.

Accurate diagnosis of work relationships may not be important for individual contributors, but if work gets done with and through others appropriate diagnosis is critical.

There will be case studies involving confusing chums for friends; thinking adversaries are enemies; and failing to convert colleagues into allies.

After showing you how to use the tool, we will focus on the art of chumship. 
 
Chumship takes place in the real world.  We show you where it takes place and how it takes place.
 
Chumship takes place in the virtual world.   We show you where it takes place and how it takes place.
 
Chumship is more than personal relationship management.  From a corporate perspective, we show why companies want to create relationship management systems that create multiple fine threads of customer relationship versus One Thick Chain that binds customers.

Thick Chains include competing on price and strong personal ties between one partner and one corporate officer.  

Thick Chains look impressive but are easily cut if you have the right tools!
 
Your competitors have the right tools!
 
This is a hands-on experience.
 
If you follow the exercises in this talk, you will have an action plan for yourself and for your company.
 
Plus we offer participants up to one hour of free phone consultation to turn ideas into action.  The speaker’s contact information is listed below.

 

Educational Objectives:

  1.      Operationally define The Knowledge Worker Paradox and show examples of how it works.
  2.      Operationally define the six different work relationships and have participants define one person in each category.
  3.      Describe the management of chumship in the real world.
  4.      Describe the management of chumship in the virtual world.
  5.      Have participants put together a plan for what they would do Monday Morning at 8:00 to stimulate more Chums in their work lives. .
  6.      Have participants put together a plan for what the company might do Monday Morning at 8:00am to create more organization systems for employees to create chumship relations with customers and with employees in other functional areas of the company.  

About Larry Stybel:

 
Larry is a psychologist, entrepreneur, and CEO.  He is co-founder of Stybel Peabody, an Arbora Global Company.  Now in its 35th year, firm provides Leadership & Career Success services for 21% of the one hundred companies named Best Employers in the United States by FORTUNE MAGAZINE plus two of the Big Four CPA firms and 12 of the largest 15 Boston law firms. 

Core services include Leadership Success (retained search plus on boarding); high potential leadership coaching; and helping leaders in transition manage their careers to success.  There are 200 Arbora consultants in 25 U.S. cities and 28 countries. 

 
Larry is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate from Harvard University.  Each month PSYCHOLOGY TODAY MAGAZINE features Stybel Peabody’s column, "Platform for Success: the making of great leaders.”  There are 12,000 downloads each year:

          
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/platform-success
 

In 2010 Larry was named a Career Management Fellow (CMF) by the Institute for Career Certification International, the global nonprofit that certifies excellence in career management and leadership development.  The designation CMF is equivalent to FACS for surgeons and there are 220 professionals in the world with the CMF designation. .

This program was given to a group of senior corporate financial executives at the Boston Chapter of the Financial Executives International.

It includes an Mp3, a pdf of HOW TO MANAGE YOUR ENEMIES, and Power Point Slides that were part of the talk.

If you wish up to one hour of free telephone consultation to turn “ideas into action,” you may contact Larry Stybel: 
  

lstybel@stybelpeabody.com
www.stybelpeabody.com
www.boardoptions.com
Tel. 617 594 7627

 

 

WILL COMPENSATION ALTER CEO ALIGNMENT WITH TRADERS OR INVESTORS? EVIDENCE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF STOCK AS A PERCENTAGE OF CEO COMPENSATION.

This 65 minute program begins with the case of a bank Board of Director Compensation Committee looking to examine its CEO pay program. The Board members attending Stybel Peabody "Seat at the Table" are members of the Committee.

After this discussion, we go into published research about the relationship between corporate performance and CEO pay.

This program includes the case used in the discussion.

MEET OUR MODERATORS



Arthur Warren

Arthur Warren is Principal and Owner of Arthur Warren Associates, a compensation advisory firm. He is an independent consultant to Bank and Credit Union Boards with an expertise on a wide range of compensation strategy and pay program design issues.

Arthur has over 30 years experience and currently advises more than 100 community banks in 13 states.

Art is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and has authored numerous articles addressing effective Executive and Director Compensation design and strategy. He is a graduate of the Boston University College of Financial Planning. Art earned a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and a B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from the University of Hartford. He is a member of the American and Massachusetts Bar Associations. Mr. Warren is a frequent public speaker and has addressed both national and New England based organizations. Arthur Warren was voted the Gold Winner in the Banking Consulting category in both The Commercial Record Best of 2013 readers' poll and the Massachusetts Banker & Tradesman Best of 2008 readers' poll.




Abu Jalal

Abu Jalal is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Sawyer Business School in Suffolk University in Boston, MA. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, international finance, financial markets and institutions, and banking. He received his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN and his Ph.D. in Finance from University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. He has written and presented articles and opinions in numerous venues including the World Bank, National Bureau of Economic Research and a number of international conferences. Abu has published numerous original articles in academic journals including Economic Theory, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Developing Areas, Journal of Economics and Business, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.


"OBJECTIVE MEASUREMENT OF POWER/INDEPENDENCE: A TOOL FOR GOVERNANCE AND SALES." KATHY FOGEL, SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY SAWYER BUSINESS SCHOOL.



Moderator: Dr. Kathy Fogel

Dr. Fogel's area of expertise is behavioral finance. She received her B.A. in China at Nankai University and her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is Associate Professor of Finance at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School. She will discuss a new technology she has developed, the "Personal Power/Indepence Index." This is an objective way to measure how central an individual is within important networks.


MANAGING YOUR COMPENSATION CONSULTANTS: A COMPENSATION COMMITTEE GUIDE.

This 80 minute conversation with 10 Board members was conducted at Board Options' offices and is part of our Seat at the Table education program for Board members and senior business leaders.



Moderator: Matthew Stinner, Frederic W. Cook & Company

Frederick W. Cook & Company is an advisor to Board Compensation Committees, with specific expertise in incentive plan design and insight into external trends and developments. Since 1973, the company has served over 2,700 clients. Clients include companies on the S&P 500, the Nasdaq 100, partnerships, ESOPs, and pre-IPO companies.

Matthew is a Managing Director and Head of the Boston Office of Frederic W. Cook & Company. He joined the firm in 2013, having previously been a Senior Managing Director at Pearl Meyer & Partners, a Principal at Mercer HR Consulting and a Partner at Arthur Andersen. He also previously held positions at Fidelity Investments. He holds a B.A. from Hamilton College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.


THE KEEP IT SIMPLE APPROACH TO LEADERSHIP SUCCESSION: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND COMPENSATION SYSTEMS YOU CAN USE.

This is a 45 minute program that consists of an mp3 before an audience of executives plus Power Points used in the program.

NETWORKING IS NOT CHUMSHIP: A GUIDE TO DIAGNOSING AND MANAGING CHUMS IN PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL SPACE.

This one hour program was given to members of the Treasury Management Association meeting in Boston. The key focus is on the paradox of knowledge work: precise thinking about diagnosing technical information combined with sloppy thinking about diagnosing work relationships. This talk provides a systematic way to diagnose work relationship and a set of words so there can be precise communication. A key component of the talk is the concept of chumship versus friendship versus networking. Chumship is conducted in physical space that is not the home and yet not the office. And there are specific ways to use social media to cultivate and to maintain chums. The physical and the virtual management of chumship is discussed.

Click here for a Power Point presentation on Your Guide to Managing Chums.

BOARD MEMBERS DISCUSS HOW TO IMPROVE BOARD COMMUNICATIONS.



Our Moderator, Tom Kennedy

About Our Moderator

Tom Kennedy is an Associated Press award-winning broadcaster, Certified Management Consultant (CMC) by the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) He works with clients on strategic and crisis communication.

Tom brings to his practice over 20 years of on-air media experience in major markets across the US and over 15 years strategic communications consulting experience with CEOs and senior executives of international companies such as IBM, Iron Mountain, Millipore, Roche, Bosch, Hewlett-Packard, MIT and others.

Tom is a Board Member and Director of Communications for IMC USA, a Board Member of WEST (Women Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology), a regular speaker at the Harvard School of Public Health and numerous business groups, a former board member of The Society of Professional Consultants, a professional member of the National Speakers Association and a former adjunct professor in the Communications Studies Department at Emerson College.


"C SUITE INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS AND THE ROLE OF THE BOARD: A CASE STUDY." JONATHAN WOLFMAN AND KAREN GREEN, WILMER HALE.

This is another of our popular case discussions. The case is attached.

Moderators: Karen Green and Jonathan Wolfman.



Our Moderator, Karen Green

Karen Green is a partner in Wilmer Hale's Litigation/Controversy Department and a member of its Investigations and Criminal Litigation, False Claims Act and Life Sciences Practice Groups. She co-chaired Wilmer Hale's Litigation Department from 2004 to 2007, and chaired Hale and Dorr's Litigation Department from 2002 to 2004.

Ms. Green's practice concentrates on complex business litigation, including the defense of white-collar criminal and False Claims Act litigation. She has extensive experience representing companies in high-stakes government investigations and litigation of alleged fraud, bribery, conspiracy and violations of federal statutes, including the Anti-kickback Statute, the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Export Control Act and securities laws. At the request of corporate clients, she also has conducted numerous internal investigations of alleged wrongdoing and has advised their boards on compliance issues.

From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Green was the Deputy US Attorney for the federal District of Massachusetts. She supervised the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases and the litigation of civil cases on behalf of the United States. She also led the office's civil and criminal health care fraud enforcement program and served on the Department of Justice's National Health Care Fraud Working Group.

Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld appointed Ms. Green his chief of staff.

She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School.





Our Moderator, Jonathan Wolfman

Jonathan Wolfman co-chairs the Public Company Counseling Group for Wilmer Hale. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Wolfman has established a practice advising public companies on a wide range of disclosure, corporate governance and compensation issues.

He regularly advises public companies on understanding and addressing new SEC rules and other emerging issues. He has represented a variety of clients in M&A and capital markets transactions.

His clients come from industries such as computers, consumer products, telecommunications, biotechnology and retail.


Honors & Awards

Recognized in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of corporate/M&A for Massachusetts.

Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in the 2007-2013 issues of Boston Magazine.

Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2006-2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for his corporate governance practice.

BTI Client Service All-Star, 2014.

He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.


AUDIT COMMITTEES CAN BETTER MANAGE THE CPA FIRM.

This is a one hour conversation between Tracy Curley and 15 invited Board members at Board Options' Seat at the Table program.



Our Moderator, Tracy Curley

About Our Moderator

Founded in 1982, Moody, Famiglietti & Andronico, LLP is a CPA firm with 100 professionals and 17 partners.

Tracy Curley is Lead Partner of MFA's Public Company Practice.

She has over twenty-five years of experience in public accounting and corporate finance. Industry experience includes manufacturing, retail, construction, oil and gas, technology, life sciences and professional services. She went to West Point Academy.



BORING! HOW TO OVERCOME BOARD IMPATIENCE WITH RISK MANAGEMENT AS A TOPIC. DAVID X. MARTIN. AUTHOR AND RISK MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT FOR OLIVER WYMAN.



Our Moderator, David X. Martin

ABOUT OUR MODERATOR

This 55 minute mp3 features David X. Martin and 15 selected Board members and senior executives at Stybel Peabody Seat at the Table discussing risk management at the Board level.

For this presentation, David brought in four cases. The cases are in the attachment below. Please download so you can be in on the case conversation.

Click here to download the presentation.

David X Martin is a veteran financial executive with Oliver Wyman whose career includes stints at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), Citibank, and AllianceBernstein.

David was the founding Chairman of the Investment Company Institute's Risk Committee (ICIRC), and Co-Chair of the Buy Side Risk Committee, composed of the Chief Risk Officers of the twenty largest asset management firms. He is also an adjunct professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, and author of Risk and the Smart Investor, published by McGraw Hill in the fall of 2010 and author of The Nature of Risk, published by Amazon in 2012. He has also published numerous white papers on compliance and risk, enterprise risk management, corporate governance, and cyber security. David is also a member of the Sanctions Subcommittee of the US Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Economy Policy.

White at AllianceBernstein he served both as Chief Risk officer and a Director of Sanford Bernstein LLC. He was responsible for the oversight of over $875B in assets, and was a member of the firm's committees on: valuation (Chair), ethics, internal controls, compliance, new product approvals (Chair), fraud, business continuity and information security. He has participated in innumerable industry conferences as a featured speaker and expert panel member, and has provided market commentary for Bloomberg Television.

David is a Certified Public Accountant, and received his Master's in Business Administration from New York University.

The mp3 begins with introductions of participants. To skip, move ahead four minutes.

Enjoy!



LISTEN UP: MOST CEO/FOUNDERS FAIL TO SURVIVE THE TRANSITION FROM BEING CEOS OF FOUNDER-DOMINATED BOARDS OF DIRECTORS TO BEING CEOS OF PRIVATE EQUITY DOMINATED BOARDS OF DIRECTORS. STYBEL PEABODY ASSOCIATES INTERVIEWED FIVE PAIRS OF SUCCESSFUL CEO/FOUNDERS AND PRIVATE EQUITY PARTNERS ON THEIR BOARDS. WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM THEIR SUCCESS? THIS MP3 PROGRAM FROM RADIO ENTREPRENEURS WILL BE OF VALUE TO ENTREPRENEURS, CEO, AND PRIVATE EQUITY PARTNERS.

BOARD MEMBERS ARE COVERED BY D&O INSURANCE? THE DELAWARE COURTS HAVE FOUND AN EXCEPTION A HOLE. HOW DO YOU PREVENT FALLING INTO IT?



Our Moderator, Mick Bain

This 74 minute Stybel Peabody/Board Options program is an informal discussion between Mick Bain and 16 Board members about how board members on private equity/venture capital portfolio company Boards might become vulnerable to legal actions and not be covered by D&O insurance. Mr. Bain discusses recent legal interpretations from Delaware Courts regarding law suits involving boards lacking valid external board members.

PE firms may wish to insure that at least two Board members truly have an independent perspective and are not perceived as captive voices of the private equity/venture capital firm.

Mick Bain is the partner-in-charge of the Waltham Office and is co-chair of Wilmer Hale's Emerging Company practice. He is also the co-chair of the WilmerHale Energy and Cleantech Group.

Mr. Bain counsels entrepreneurs and emerging companies throughout their lifecycle. He advises companies on formation and governance issues, equity and compensation matters, initial- through late-stage venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and securities laws. Taking a practical business approach, Mr. Bain has helped his clients raise hundreds of millions of dollars in seed-stage and venture capital and has advised his clients through dozens of public offerings and acquisitions.

Mr. Bain counsels companies in a broad range of industries, including software, mobile and telecommunications, storage, fintech, semiconductors, network security, e-commerce, social media and web services, energy and clean tech, and life sciences. His current venture-backed clients include: 1366 Technologies,Blue Danube Labs, Boundless Learning, Casa Systems, Cloudant, Cloud Health, Cloze, CounterTack, FastCap Systems, Fiksu, Kemvi, Laser Light Engines, Lattice Engines, MC10, Mears Technologies, MineralTree, New Forma, Nexage, Reflexis, Retroficiency and Tego. He has worked extensively with some of the country's most high-profile investors and venture capital firms.

Energy and Cleantech Group. Mr. Bain is co-chair of WilmerHale's Energy and Cleantech Group. Companies in the energy and clean technology space that he has represented include: 1366 Technologies, A123, Advanced Transportation Technologies, BandGap Engineering, BioOils, CarbonFlow, Carbon Neutral, Great Bay Power, Houston Street, Khosla Ventures, Maglev Power and WebGen. Mr. Bain has served on the Innovation Task Force of the New England Clean Energy Council.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized for his private equity: venture capital investment practice in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of venture capital law (2009-2014) and corporate law (2010-2014)
  • Named a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer") in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Named a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star" in securities and venture finance in the May 2005 edition of Boston Magazine


ABU JALAL: WHEN BOARDS HIRE OUTSIDERS.



Abu Jalal

The Board's duty to hire CEOs is one of its most critical. Listen to Abu Jalal's examination about what happens when public companies select outside CEOs.

Inside CEO candidates are those within the company. There are two types of outsider candidates.

The first candidate is outside the company but still within the same industry. The second candidate is both outside the company and outside the industry.

What is the impact on share holder value three months and three years later?

We apologize for the poor quality of this 67 minute audio program. Stick with it!

Abu Jalal came to the United States from Bangladesh and is Associate Professor of Finance at Boston's Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

WELCOME TO THE COMPENSATION COMMITTEE. NOW WHAT??!!

  

Below is a case. You are a member of the Compensation Committee of SRW, a public company. Read Part A:

Compensation Committee: Setting the Compensation for the CEO Part 1.

When you are finished reading the case, listen to the mp3 of how several board members would handle this case:

RICHSTONE WILSON COMPENSATION DISCUSSION.

For a copy of how the case actually turned out (no cheating!!) click the link below:

Compensation Committee: Setting the Compensation for the CEO Part 2.


Introducing Case Moderators Ellen Richstone and Tom Wilson

Ellen Richstone was CEO of a global professional services firm, Board member of a Fortune 500 company, and CFO of several well known global technology global companies. Her industry experience includes computer-software/hardware; communications; industrial products, lighting and clean tech, Semiconductors, Consumer Products, Aerospace, Life Sciences and Financial Services. Ellen was named one of the Top 100 Board Diversity Candidates for Public Companies by Agenda (parent Co- Financial Times). In June 2012 Ellen was named to the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (New England). In March 2013, Ellen received the Distinguished Director Award from Corporate Directors Group, a global organization limited to public company board members.

Tom Wilson works with Boards on compensation issues and is a national figure on the subject of compensation. He is the author of five books including Changes for Challenging Times - A Special Report on Business Conditions and Compensation Trends, Innovative Reward Systems for the Changing Workplace (McGraw Hill) and Rewards That Drive High Performance (AMACOM). He has written over 30 articles, book chapters and special features for Fortune Magazine, the Conference Board, Financial Times and Boards and Directors. Tom is frequently quoted on compensation matters in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Business Journal.

Prior to forming Wilson Group, Tom was the National Director of Rewards for Aubrey Daniels & Associates; General Manager for the New England Region for Hay Group, Inc. Tom also was Director of Organizational Consulting for the Forum Corporation.

Seat at the Table is a by invitation only forum where board members, CEOs, and private equity partners get together and discuss issues of corporate governance. The program is sponsored by Board Options, Inc. (www.boardoptions.com).

STAGGERED BOARD ELECTIONS: IMPACT ON IPO SHAREHOLDER VALUE.



William C. Johnson

Good Governance Gurus oppose staggered Board elections. William C. Johnson has examined the evidence and made his report in this 43 minute talk.

William C. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Finance at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. He previously worked for Allegheny Teledyne and Tyco Electronics in engineering and sales positions. William holds a BS in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MBA from the University at Buffalo, and a PhD in Finance from Michigan State University. He is Research Associate at the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire.

BOARDS AND CORPORATE CULTURE.

It is the role of the Board to review and to approve corporate strategy. What about corporate culture?

Peter Drucker once said, "Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast." Southwestern Airlines founder Herb Kelleher called corporate culture the "glue" that keeps Southwestern Airlines ahead of its competition.

Corporate culture is difficult to create and almost impossible for competitors to copy. Culture takes 5-7 years to achieve.

Boards may have a 5-7 year time horizon. But CEOs who are not founders do not have this time horizon.

How should Boards address corporate culture?

Should Boards strive to be culture role models for their companies?

This is a 55 minute conversation between Larry Stybel and U.S. company Board members.

Topics to be covered include:

  1. Role of corporate culture as a competitive weapon.
  2. Recommended common language to discuss culture.
  3. Recommended structure to compensate CEOs for culture.
  4. Recommended common structure to compensate for "teamwork."


Moderator, Larry Stybel



Larry is Vice President of Board Options, a division of Stybel Peabody Associates, Inc. Board Options does global retained search for Boards of Directors. Stybel Peabody, an Arbora Global Company was founded in 1979. Its mission is global Leadership and Career Success. The websites are boardoptions.com and stybelpeabody.com. Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies named by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers" in the United States. There are 200 Arbora Global consultants in 26 countries. Larry is a licensed psychologist with an Ed.D. from Harvard University and an ICCI Board Certified Fellow in the area of Leadership & Career Management. PSYCHOLOGY TODAY MAGAZINE publishes his column, "Platform for Success." Larry is Executive-in-Residence (Rank of Professor) in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School. Larry is on the Board of a venture backed company in the SaaS space and a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter. His articles about corporate governance have appeared in MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW and CORPORATE GOVERNANCE MAGAZINE.

lstybel@stybelpeabody.com

www.boardoptions.com

www.stybelpeabody.com

LISTEN UP: JEFFREY DAVIS OF "RADIO ENTREPRENEURS" INTERVIEWS LARRY STYBEL ABOUT "CALM/ASSERTIVE" LEADERSHIP.

AFTER RETAINED SEARCH.....

This is a 33 minute talk to business owners. It begins with a short case that participants were asked to solve and a demonstration of how the Argyris Technique is used in job interviews to increase the predictive validity.

The talk then goes into the Argyris Technique and the rationale for why it is a useful tool to use in job interviews.

The talk then moves into an overview of the retained search as an industry and why its own research shows that 40% of candidates introduced by such firms are gone after 18 months on the job.

How can buyers of retained search be better equipped to get more valid results?

Click here for PowerPoint presentation

Larry Stybel is co-founder of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company. Established in 1979, there are 250 consultants in 24 countries and 25 cities. Core services revolve around retained search limited to Board members, CEOs, and CFOs; bench strength of leadership, and career management.

Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies listed by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers" in the United States.

Larry is a psychologist and a business leader with a doctorate from Harvard University. PSYCHOLOGY TODAY MAGAZINE publishes his monthly column, "Platform for Success." His areas of expertise revolve around retained search, leadership development, and career management.

The Institute for Career Certification (www.iccicertification.org) is the global agency that provides external certification of professional competence in the fields of career management and leadership development. There are 221 Certificants from 24 countries. Larry is certified by ICCI as a Fellow and has served on its Board of Governors since 2011.

Larry is Executive in Residence in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School in Boston and producer of Suffolk University's national media show, "Inside Leadership."

WHEN DOES THE BOARD "ADVISE/CONSENT" THE STRATEGIC PLAN VERSUS "OWN" THE PLAN?

Meet Our Moderators:

Lisa Haddad and Stuart Cable.

Lisa Haddad is a partner at the law firm Goodwin Procter with a specialization in corporate law. She is known for her work in governance and M&A. Ms. Haddad received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Stuart Cable is a partner at the law firm Goodwin Procter. He represents as outside general counsel public and private companies involved in technology, software, life sciences, professional and business services, alternative energy and financial services. Mr. Cable also represents private equity and venture sources investing in such companies and investment banks serving such industries. He served as chair of Goodwin Procter's Corporate Department (1991-1995), chair of the Hiring Committee (1987-1990), and a member of the Executive Committee (1996-1998) and the Allocations Committee (1995 2000). Mr. Cable currently chairs the firm's Incubator Initiative and leads the firm's initiative in expanding into Asia.

Mr. Cable serves as a member of the President's Leadership Council at Dartmouth College and as Chairman Emeritus of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. He also serves as a member of the Board of Fellows of the Harvard Medical School.

Mr. Cable frequently lectures in the fields of corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions at MIT's Sloan School of Management, the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and the Institute of Outstanding Directors. He has responsibility for directing Goodwin's annual Directors' Forum.

He received his J.D. at Columbia University Law School; M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and B.A. from Dartmouth College.

AFTER HUMAN RESOURCES

This is a 50 minute workshop given to a group of senior HR leaders in Boston. It begins with a demonstration of how Stybel Peabody Associates, Inc. uses the Argyris Technique to increase the predictive validity of job interviews. The case is about a Hallandale Beach, Florida lifeguard who went against corporate policy.

The discussion then moves to the history of human resources and how new technology is making the old concept of HR outdated.

What is the "new" HR for the middle of the 21st Century? And how can HR leaders best advocate their value to CEOs who continue to think about HR as a mid twentieth century hand-maiden of the finance function.

Larry Stybel is co-founder of Stybel Peabody Associates, a Lincolnshire International Company. Core services revolve around retained search, leader development, and career management. Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies named by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best " Employers in the United States.

Click here for powerpoint presentation on "After Human Resources...."

WHEN FAMILY DOMINATED COMPANIES MEET PRIVATE EQUITY. THOMAS J. SHIELDS, SHIELDS & COMPANY.



Thomas J. Shields

One of the options for family dominated companies to derive cash from successful businesses is to sell all or part to private equity firms. What are the tradeoffs?

Thomas J. Shields is a co-founder and managing director of Shields & Company, Inc., a national mid market investment banking and advisory firm established in 1991.

Shields & Company provides finance advisory services in the areas of: mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and recapitalizations, capital raising, financial advisory assignments, and valuations/fairness opinions. The company specializes in the following industry verticals: business services, consumer products, retail companies, manufacturing, distribution, technology and healthcare.

Tom currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Clean Harbors, Inc., Ensign Bickford, Inc., The Gem Company, and Jones & Vining, Inc. He also serves on the Investment Committee of Boston Medical Center. Tom was previously on the Board of Directors of BJ's Wholesale Club and was chairman of Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. http://www.shieldsco.com/

He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

This program was delivered at Stybel Peabody/Board Options, Inc.'s Newton, Massachusetts office to a group of 15 Board members, CEOs, private equity partners, and Stybel Peabody alumni.

HOW BOARD MEMBERS CAN BE SKEPTICAL WITHOUT LAPSING INTO CYNICISM.



Do you assume trust until proven otherwise? If so, I have a pound of Goodwill I will sell to you at a 10% discount and will engrave with your name on it for free!

ABOUT MORRIS MCINNES

Morris was the 2011 recipient of the F. Gorham Brigham Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the financial industry, bestowed by the Boston Business Journal and the Financial Executives International of Boston.

He has held two distinguised careers.

Morris is Professor of Accounting, and formerly Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, at Suffolk University's Sawyer Business School. He was previously head of the Accounting Department at MIT Sloan School of Management.

His other career was as a Vice President of Finance for several companies. He has been a Director for several public companies.

Morris' undergraduate degree is in physics, from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and his masters and his doctorate degrees are from the Harvard Business School.

PREDICTIONS FOR THE ECONOMY, Q1 2013.

This is a talk given at the Chamber of Commerce in Massachusetts in December, 2012. Following the predictions there is a short talk on two techniques you can use in 2013 to be a leader who is "calm and assertive."

This talk is 33 minutes by mp3.

"MEASURING WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTANT FOR DIRECTORS: BALANCING THE NEED FOR INFORMATION IN A WORLD OF DATA OVERLOAD/SCARCE TIME."



Peat Miletic

Peat Miletic is a founder of FinMetrix, a firm with headquarters in Boston and clients around the world. His expertise is advanced performance measurement methods for leaders. Peat is an expert in apply lean manufacturing techniques to non-traditional settings like Boards of Directors. He has a B.Sc. in Engineering from University of Belgrade, M.Sc. in Satellite Remote Sensing from University of Bari, and an MBA from Northeastern University.

TRENDS IN ACHIEVING LEADERSHIP BENCH STRENGTH: an interview with "Emory Mulling."



Emory Mulling

Emory Mulling is the founder of our office in Atlanta and a columnist on leadership. He is a member of the Board of Governors of www.careercertification.org the global nonprofit that certifies excellence in leadership and career management. Emory is former President of Lincolnshire International and the author of a book on career management.

FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES INTERNATIONAL: "BEFORE YOU WALK IN THE INTERVIEW ROOM."

This is a talk given to approximately 40 chief financial officers and is 71 minutes long. Athletes know that the game is won or lost BEFORE stepping out on the playing field through the proper pre-game routine. Whether it is a job interview, meeting with investment analysts, or a difficult conversation with a boss what steps can you take to prepare before you walk in the door? This section has an mp3 Audio File plus a Power Point presentation.

The speaker is Larry Stybel.

Larry Stybel is co-founder of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company. Since 1979 it provides companies with "smooth leadership change:" retained search limited to boards of directors, CEOs, and CFOS; improving leadership bench strength, and career management. Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies listed by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers" in the United States. There are 250 Arbora professionals in 25 U.S. cities and 24 countries. For more information, go to stybelpeabody.com and boardoptions.com

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SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT: Brain Science and Leadership.

What are three recent studies by cognitive psychologists that could change your leadership effectiveness? This talk was given to an audience of 70 chief information officers and is 58 minutes long. You should fast forward through the silence since there is an period of the program when the audience was broken into groups and doing an exercise. This program contains an mp3 audio file plus Power Points that fit the audio presentation.

The speaker is Larry Stybel.

Larry Stybel is co-founder of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company. Since 1979 it provides companies with "smooth leadership change:" retained search limited to boards of directors, CEOs, and CFOS; improving leadership bench strength, and career management. Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies listed by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers" in the United States. There are 250 Arbora professionals in 25 U.S. cities and 24 countries. For more information, go to stybelpeabody.com and boardoptions.com

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CREATING BOARD OPTIONS IN YOUR CAREER.

This program was presented to 40 executives from the United States and Germany by Larry Stybel of Boardoptions.com

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TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF........

This is THE standard question in job interviews and cocktail parties. Larry Stybel of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire provides a way to structure an answer using the latest research in brain science. This program was presented to Temple Emmanuel in Andover, Massachusetts.

Click here for powerpoint presentation on "tell me about yourself"

When the Black Swan Waddles Into Your Board Room, What Should You Do?



Richard Nicolazzo

Richard E. Nicolazzo, Founder and Managing Partner of Nicolazzo & Associates, has extensive experience in strategic communications management and planning, merger and acquisition communications, issues management, litigation support, media relations and crisis communications. Clients include leading regional, national and international corporations and organizations.

He has appeared on broadcast business shows such as CNN's Money Line; he authors contributed articles and blogs to major print and online media, including The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and O'Dwyer's, a leading public relations and marketing communications publication; and he has been a featured speaker at Nasdaq/Amex Executive Program Investor Relations Conferences. Richard is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and PRSA's Counselors Academy.

HGSB consultants on boards.

"How Leopards Change Their Spots: incumbent CEOs who alter their board management style as the Board-CEO Power Changes---founder domination to private equity domination to public company board."

SCENARIO:

"Private equity dominated Board fires CEO" is the journalistic equivalent of "dog bites man."

But....

CEO remains in place from founder dominated board to private equity dominated board to public company board is the equivalent of "man bites dog."

Ted Bililies and Larry Stybel spoke before 18 Board members and senior executives for 55 minutes on the topic of how successful CEOs change their operating style with the Board over time.

What are the lessons these successful CEOs can teach CEOs, Board members, and private equity partners?


Ted Bililies and Larry Stybel


Ted has advised the founders, CEOs, and boards of dozens of global organizations such as The World Bank, Credit Suisse, Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, and State Street Corporation, as well as preeminent private equity and alternative asset management firms such as Apax Partners, CVC Capital, Bain Capital, The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, Icahn Associates, Goldman Sachs, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, and Perella Weinberg Partners.

Ted is a frequent speaker at leadership and investment conferences and has been featured in Fortune magazine and on CNBC's Power and Money.

Ted was formerly the founder and general managing partner of the Boston office of Personnel Decisions International, a global management consulting firm, as well as the first head of executive and organizational development at State Street Corp. Ted has been on the faculty of Harvard University for more than a decade, teaching in several of the graduate schools and executive development programs of the university, and has served as a trustee of one of Harvard's major teaching hospitals. Ted led the leadership development segment of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School for five years.

A magnum cum laude graduate of Harvard College, Ted earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. He served as a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts for several years. Ted is active in many professional and charitable organizations in Boston and New York.

tcbililies@ghsmart.com

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Larry's area of expertise is corporate governance, leadership, and senior executive career management.

He is co-founder of a firm that provides "smooth leadership change" services to companies: retained search limited to Board members; helping companies develop deep bench strength of talent at the VP and above level, and keeping leaders loyal through the dignified way that leaders are told "It's time for you to go."

Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company, was founded in 1979. Based in Boston, there are 250 consultants in 25 U.S. cities and 32 countries.

Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies listed by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers in the United States," 70% of the largest twenty law firms in Boston, two of the Big Four CPA firms, 56% of the 25 large firms ranked by BOSTON BUSINESS JOURNALS as "Best Places to Work" and 70% of the largest twenty health care delivery systems in Massachusetts.

Larry has also been retained by top tier private equity firms to work with partners and with portfolio company leaders.

Larry is Executive in Residence in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.

Larry serves on the board of a venture backed company in the SaaS space and on the Board of a company that provides teams to private equity backed portfolio companies. He is a former President of the Boston Human Resources Association and the National Association of Corporate Directors' New England Chapter.

He writes the "Platform for Success" column in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY magazine.

Larry received his doctorate in organization behavior at Harvard University and is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was previously an executive compensation consultant and a columnist with COMPENSATION & BENEFITS MANAGEMENT.

lstybel@stybelpeabody.com

LARRY SIFF ON QUESTIONS BOARD MEMBERS SHOULD ASK CEOs ABOUT HOW THE CEO INTENDS TO BALANCE GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY.



LARRY SIFF.

"Post Acquisition Integration: lessons learned." Susan McCuaig.

In a previous Seat at the Table session, we discussed a trend in Boards to want to spend the necessary time to understand the consequences of an acquisition before the deal is consummated.

How many Boards spend the necessary time to review the consequences of the acquisition AFTER the deal is done?

According to one informal survey, one board in ten structures time to acquisition integration review.

And PWC research suggests that 70% of acquisitions fail to achieve the owner's original objectives.

Coincidence?

The failure of Boards to spend the necessary time to conducting systematic post acquisition integration review increases the probability of mistakes being repeated.

Join us as we continue this conversation with Susan McCuaig.

Susan McCuaig served as the Vice President, Human Resources for CIRCOR International, Inc., a global manufacturer of highly engineered products for the industrial, aerospace and energy markets from May 2005 to October 2011. Previous to that, from December 2003 until May 2005, Ms. McCuaig served as Assistant Vice President Human Resources for State Street Corporation, where she supported State Street's Wealth Managers Services and Securities Finance divisions. From February 2003 through December 2003, she was a human resources advisor to Radius Capital Partners, LLC, a buyout firm engaged in strategic mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications, technology and financial services industries. From November 2001 through February 2003, she served as Vice President of Human Resources for Color Kinetics Incorporated, a full spectrum digital lighting company. From February 2001 through November 2001, she was a partner in Website000 LLC, a business specializing in strategic and organizational development of start-up and emerging growth companies and, prior to that, served as Vice President of Human Resources and Investor Relations for Send.com, Vice President of The Stride Rite Corporation and the Vice President of Professional Development for MAST Industries, Inc a wholly owned division of The Limited, Inc. Ms. McCuaig has an MBA from Suffolk University and also serves on their Management Advisory Board.

This audio file is 55 minutes long.

HOW TO DEVELOP BOARD OPTIONS IN YOUR CAREER: a talk given to the South Florida Chapter of the Financial Executives International.

EVERYONE SAYS "I'M A TEAM PLAYER" DURING JOB INTERVIEWS. HOW CAN YOU FIND THE REAL MCCOY?



WILLIAM BACHMAN. Global Chief Operations Officer, Bingham McCutchin. This is one of the world's largest law firms and ranked six times in a row by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as one of the one hundred "Best Employers in the United States"


LARRY STYBEL: President and Co-Founder of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire (www.stybelpeabody.com), an Arbora Global Company. Since 1979, its mission has been to help companies successfully manage "smooth leadership change." Core services revolve around retained search for Board members, CEOs, and CFOs. It also provides confidential leadership consultation and career management services to leaders. There are 250 consultants in 25 U.S. cities and 31 countries. Clients include 21 of the one hundred companies named by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers in the United States." He also is Executive in Residence at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University.


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NEXT STAGE SOLUTIONS PRESENTS: Leadership Development and Succession Planning.

This mp3 is 122 minutes long and features the following panel:


Moderator:

Bonni DiMatteo, President of Atlantic Consultants.


Panelists:

William Bachman, COO of Bingham, one of the world's largest professional service firms and a five time winner of the FORTUNE MAGAZINE "Best Companies to Work For in the United States."

Lyn Kaplan, Business Performance Advisor at Insperity, a national HR services firm.

Lisa Sasso, Executive Coach at Medical Development Partners.

Larry Stybel, President of Stybel & Peabody, an Arbora Global Company and Executive in Residence at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. There are 250 Arbora consultants in 31 countries and 25 U.S. cities.


-    How to hire for success?
-    How to train and support a valued employee from field to management?
-    What are key components to building a highly effective executive team?
-    What assessment tools do I need to evaluate and define talent?
-    What are best practices in implementing a successful succession plan?

THE NEW ACTIVIST INVESTOR: A GUIDE FOR BOARD MEMBERS AND CEOs.



EDWARD TERINO

Edward Terino has served as a director of S1 Corporation (NASDAQ:SONE), a leading provider of integrated banking and payment solutions. Mr. Terino has served as a director of Baltic Trading Ltd. (NYSE:BALT), an international dry bulk shipping company. Mr. Terino is also a director of SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEAC), a leader in the delivery of multi-screen video.

Mr. Terino began his career at Deloitte & Touche and spent 9 years in their consulting services organization. Mr. Terino received his Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Sciences in Management from Northeastern University. He is on the Board of Advisors of the nonprofit Center for Innovation & Change Leadership (CICL), a national think tank for the study of how companies achieve shareholder value through innovation/collaboration.

GLOVES OFF: HOW TO KILL YOUR COMPETITION

Fast forward through the first six minutes of this 70 minute presentation given to members of the Financial Executives International in Boston.

Key concepts: (1) there are three underlying reasons why previous models for seizing opportunities do not work in today's job market and will continue to fail (2) how to engage in Dunkin Donuts Research (3) key web based resources executives can use to kill their competition and (4) the "Killer Close" to seal the deal.

Larry Stybel is President/Co-founder of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company. There are 250 Arbora professionals in 25 U.S. cities and 31 countries. Its mission is to help companies manage smooth leadership change: retained search limited to Board members, CEOs and CFOs; helping high potential leaders and helping senior executives manage aggressive job search campaigns. Larry is a contributor on leadership and career management to both HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW and PSYCHOLOGY TODAY. He also is Executive in Residence at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston. Larry received his doctorate in organization behavior at Harvard University and is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is one of 122 career management professionals from 21 countries to be awarded by his peers the title "Career Management Fellow." This designation is awarded by the Institute for Career Certification International.

For more information go to www.stybelpeabody.com.

Larry can be reached at Lstybel@stybelpeabody.com and would love your comments on this talk.

GEORGE NEBLE, CPA OF ERNST & YOUNG ON MANAGING THE TRIANGLE OF THE BOARD, THE AUDIT COMMITTEE, AND THE CPA FIRM.

George Neble is a Partner with Ernst & Young with over 30 years experience in serving multinational companies. He has unique expertise in assisting with multiple M&A transactions, and IPOs. Clients include Stream Global Services, Acme Packet, EnerNOC, Phase Forward, ATG, Glasshouse Technologies, Powerspan, and Skillsoft. He is a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management. He received his B.S. from Boston College.

This talk was given to a group of Board members. It is 80 minutes long.

WATCH THIS: LARRY STYBEL ON HOW SENIOR MANAGERS CAN FRAME DISCUSSIONS WITH THEIR CEOs FROM A BOARD PERSPECTIVE

3: LEADERSHIP BY THE NUMBER

There are three parts to this 45 minute talk: (1) why the number 3 is potent based on research into the limits of human cognition (2) three questions leaders might consider asking before taking on new assignments and (3) three questions to ask to "close the sale" on products, services, or ideas.

Part of this talk is based on Larry Stybel's HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW article on the subject.

The talk is based on an "Ideas to Action" workshop given to executives from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland.

The presenter is Larry Stybel. He is Executive in Residence at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University and President of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire. Founded in 1979, Stybel Peabody helps companies manage "smooth leadership change" with 250 professionals in 31 countries. Clients include 21 of the one hundred companies named by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers" in the United States. He is on the Board of Governors of the Institute for Career Certification International and one of 122 professionals from 22 countries to be elected an Institute Fellow. (www.careercertification.org).

TO LISTEN TO THE TALK, CLICK HERE.

TRENDS IN VENTURE CAPITAL AND ANGEL INVESTING.



RICHARD LUCASH

Richard Lucash is both a legal advisor to growing companies and an investor.

He is special counsel for McCarther & English, LLC's Corporate, Securities and Financial Institutions Practice Group. Richard's legal practice focuses on financing, technology transfer and intellectual property.

Richard's investment experience includes founding LaunchPad Venture Group, recognized as one of the top angel organizations in Boston. He serves on its Board. There are nearly one hundred LaunchPad members.

Mr. Lucash has a B.S. in Physics from MIT and a J.D. from the Cornell Law School.

The talk is 58 minutes.

THREE QUESTIONS TO ASK TO DETERMINE IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR CAREER: MURRAY'S LAW OF SUCCESS.

LISA STEPHANIAN BURTON OF WILMER HALE ON RISK FACTORS FACED BY MEMBERS OF BOARDS OF DIRECTORS.



LISA STEPHANIAN BURTON

Lisa Stephanian Burton is a partner in WilmerHale's Labor and Employment Practice Group and chair of the Immigration Group.

Ms. Burton counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment issues, including the labor and employment implications of mergers and acquisitions. She enjoys speaking on hot topics in labor and employment. Most recently, Ms. Burton presented on "Monitoring and Restricting Employees' Use of the Internet, Social Networking and Blogging" at WilmerHale's Annual Employment Law Update.

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME IN NETWORKING.

Part 1 and Part 2

FOR SENIOR LEVEL PROFESSIONALS ONLY: THE NEW ABCs OF NETWORKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES.

Whether you are an executive seeking new employment, new consulting assignments, or new sales you might find this talk of value. It was given at the Senior HR Networking Group of Boston and is 118 minutes long.

The speaker is Larry Stybel.

Larry is co-founder of stybelpeabody.com and boardoptions.com. He has a doctorate in organization behavior from Harvard University, is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and is one of 240 career management specialists from 21 countries to be named Fellow, Institute for Career Coaching International. His articles on leadership, careers, and corporate governance appear in CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, and MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW.

FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES INTERNATIONAL TALK ON 'IMPROVING YOUR GAME' IN NETWORKING:

Founded in 1936, Financial Executives International is the professional association for senior corporate finance leaders. This 115 minute talk was given to 45 FEI members and guests.

Larry Stybel of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire says these are different existential positions leaders have about networking. Those leaders who engage in networking should focus on getting an accountability buddy, stop talking about themselves, focus on networking to the third level of the network chain, and read HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. Those leaders who are networkers should focus on achieving a public image of being network nodes to powerful people. And these powerful people owe them favors.

Stybel says that there are only three ways to insure you outlive your wealth. Being a networker is more fun and less risky than the other two ways.

Larry Stybel is President of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company. Founded in 1979, the company works with the world's best companies in helping to manage smooth leadership change. Clients include 21% of the FORTUNE MAGAZINE one hundred companies named Best Employers in the United States. Core leadership change services include Retained Search+, high potential leadership work, and Executive retained search. There are 250 Arbora consultants in 31 countries.

Larry received his doctorate in organization behavior from Harvard University and is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is one of 240 Career Management Fellows of the Institute of Career Coaching International. Fellows are nominated by professional peers. And the body of their work is reviewed by a Board of Governors. In 2011, Larry was elected by his peers to become a Governor of the Institute. (www.careercertification.org).

THREE STORIES FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE SECTOR LEADERS:

  1. THE INSTIVIDUAL MARKET: IS YOUR BUSINESS COMPETING EFFECTIVELY?
  2. HOW YOU CAN WIN IN A WORLD WHERE RISK MANAGEMENT IS A BOARD OBSESSION WHILE COST CONTAINMENT IS AN OPERATING MANAGEMENT OBSESSION?
  3. HOW WE DEALT (BADLY) WITH THE EMOTIONS OF EXHILARATION/FEAR WHEN FOUNDING STYBEL PEABODY IN 1979.

Larry Stybel of Stybel Peabody gave this 45 minute talk to an audience of experienced management consultants at the Institute for Management Consulting. This speech was part of the "Beyond the Curve" series on key issues which will impact leaders in the professional services sector.

HOW LEADERS CAN MOVE THE CONVERSATION FROM IMPORTANT/NOT URGENT TO IMPORTANT/URGENT.

This 32 minute speech was given to a global association of health club owners/managers is part of the Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire "Productive Conversations" series.

In the health club industry, new membership acquisition is less than existing membership departures. Larry Stybel argues that exercise is one of life's important/not urgent issues. What are some practical techniques owners can use to position the value proposition so that the perception of urgency and importance exists?

Larry Stybel is President/CEO of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company. Founded in 1979, there are 250 consultants in 31 countries. Its mission is to help companies manage "smooth leadership change when the stakes are high." (sp) Clients include 21 of FORTUNE MAGAZINE'S "The Top One Hundred Companies to Work For." Larry is also Executive in Residence at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston.

As a Board Member, When is a Deal Not a Deal? Your Company Announced a Deal and an Interloper Comes Knocking: the Case of Data Domain and EMC? Stuart Cable, Goodwin Procter.

This 73 minute program was taped before an audience of Board members and CEOs. He discusses a case of a public company agreeing to be acquired by a second tier player in its industry and not getting bids from the largest player in the industry.



ATTORNEY STUART CABLE

Stuart Cable represents as outside general counsel public and private companies involved in technology, software, life sciences, professional and business services, alternative energy and financial services. Mr. Cable also represents private equity and venture sources investing in such companies and investment banks serving such industries. He served as chair of Goodwin Procter's Corporate Department (1991-1995), chair of the Hiring Committee (1987-1990), and a member of the Executive Committee (1996-1998) and the Allocations Committee (1995 2000). Mr. Cable currently chairs the firm's Incubator Initiative and leads the firm's initiative in expanding into Asia.

Mr. Cable serves as a member of the President's Leadership Council at Dartmouth College and as Chairman Emeritus of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. He also serves as a member of the Board of Fellows of the Harvard Medical School.

Mr. Cable frequently lectures in the fields of corporate governance and mergers and acquisitions at MIT's Sloan School of Management, the Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College and the Institute of Outstanding Directors. He has responsibility for directing Goodwin's annual Directors' Forum.

BOSTON BUSINESS ALLIANCE TALK: HOW SUCCESSFUL COMPANIES PIVOT DURING TIMES OF TURBULENCE.

HOW TO MANAGE THE "PIVOTS" IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL LIFE.

This is a 33 minute program that was a keynote address to the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

It was given by Larry Stybel.

Larry is co-founder of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company. Founded in 1979, the firm's mission is helping institutions and companies achieve "smooth leadership change:" Retained Search+, development of high potential leaders, and Executive retained search. There are 250 Arbora professionals in 31 countries. Clients include 21 of the one hundred companies named Best Employers by FORTUNE MAGAZINE.

Larry is a contributor to HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ON MANAGING CAREERS IN TOUGH TIIMES (Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2010) and writes a blog on leadership/career management for HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW. His articles on leadership have appeared in HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, and CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW. He is frequently quoted on leadership and career management issues in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL and is an international keynote speaker. Larry also is Executive in Residence at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University and Producer of "Inside Leadership," a national media program that honors "self made leaders." He is on the Board of a venture backed SaaS company and a University in South Korea.

He received his doctorate from Harvard University and is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Larry can be reached at Lstybel@stybelpeabody.com

His websites are www.stybelpeabody.com and www.boardoptions.com

MANAGING THE AUDIT COMMITTEE-CPA-CEO/CFO RELATIONSHIP.

This is a 50 minute audio of Scott Levy moderating a discussion with Board members.



Scott Levy is Managing Partner of Grant Thornton's Boston office. In this role, Scott is responsible for ensuring the quality of service for clients of the firm's audit, tax, and advisory practices.

He has more than twenty years of experience advising clients on business and accounting issues. In addition, he has assisted companies to raise capital in both the public and private markets. Scott's industry experience includes software, manufacturing, and retail. Current and past clients include Cognex Corporation, Nathan's Famous, Tumi Luggage, and Einstein Bagels. Prior to joining the Boston office, Scott served Grant Thornton as Assistant Managing Partner of the New York Cluster. He was ranked by CRAIN'S NEW YORK BUSINESS as one of the "Forty Under Forty." Scott serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs and Junior Achievement. He received a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York, Albany.

NEW RULES FOR A NEW ECONOMY: THE EMPLOYMENT INTERVIEW.

This is a talk presented by the Boston Chapter of the Financial Executives International (www.feiboston.org) on October 13, 2010. It is 80 minutes long.

Topics include: (1) developing your personal Leading Indicator of Change for your career (2) review of outcome literature on the predictive validity of employment interviews (3) options for structuring realistic job previews to improve the predictive validity (4) Chris Argyris' Theory of Action Perspective and its implication for improving the predictive validity of employment interviews (5) How Warren Buffett uses self disparagement as a technique to rapidly bond with people (6) Dealing with issues of Age, Salary, Disability, and Job Title, and (7) Using Circadian Rhythm to your advantage and (8) the Killer Close.

This program is designed for all participants iin the employment interview----employers seeking talent as well as job candidates.

Larry Stybel is President of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company and Executive in Residence at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston. Founded in 1979, the firm's mission is helping client companies achieve "Smooth Leadership Change:" Retained Search+ limited to Board, CEO, and CFO roles; coaching of high potential leaders, and Executive retained search. There are 250 Arbora professionals in 31 countries. Clients include 21% of the one hundred companies named by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers in the United States."

Larry writes a blog on leadership and career management for HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW and is frequently published in HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW and MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW. He is a contributor to HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ON MANAGING YOUR CAREER IN TURBULENT TIMES (Boston: Harvard Business Press, 2010) and J. G. McLellan (ed.) PRACTICAL CASE STUDIES FOR COMPANY DIRECTORS. (Charleston, SC: Directors Dilemma, 2010). Articles by or about him have appeared in THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, ABC NEWS, BUSINESS WEEK, CNN, CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW, DIRECTORSHIP, FORBES, FORTUNE, and THE NEW YORK TIMES. He received his doctorate in organization behavior from Harvard University and is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to Stybel Peabody, he was an executive compensation consultant for Hay Associates Management Consultants. Larry serves on the Boards of Zapoint and the Center for Innovation & Change Leadership. He is on the Advisory Board for Solbridge University in Korea and has given talks on leadership in the People's Republic of China and Australia.

To contact Larry Stybel:



Lstybel@stybelpeabody.com
www.stybelpeabody.com
www.boardoptions.com

A PERSPECTIVE ON RISK MANAGEMENT FOR BOARD MEMBERS WHO LOVE TO FOCUS ON ASSET ENHANCEMENT AND FIND RISK MANAGEMENT BORING/FRIGHTENING.

Michael Carpenter advises Boards on risk. Much of his work has been in the financial services sector. Companies he has worked with include John Hancock Funds, Transamerica/IDEX, MFS Retirement Services, and Rydex Global Advisors.

His articles on risk and investment have appeared in Investment News, The NAPFA Advisor, Transitions magazine, and most recently The Journal of Financial Planning.

His approach to risk management is to help board members understand risk issues in non technical, user-friendly ways.

Michael is author of The "Risk-Wise" Investor- How to better Understand and Manage Risk (New York, John Wiley & Sons, 2009). His website is www.RiskWiseInvestor.com


"How to Get Great Non-U.S. Talent to Join Boards of U.S. Companies." Fred Foulkes. Boston University School of Management and the Human Resources Policy Institute.

This program is 61 minutes long.

Fred K. Foulkes, Moderator.


Fred's governance experience includes service on the Board of Panera Bread, a public company. He also is on the Boards of Appropriate Technology Corporation, Cambridge Medical, Deploy Solutions, Diagnostics Concepts and Bright Horizons Family Solutions.

Fred received his A.B. degree from Princeton University, and M.B.A. and D.B.A. degrees from Harvard Business School. He was a member of the Harvard Business School faculty before joining the faculty of Boston University. He teaches courses in human resources management and organizational behavior. Prior to entering teaching, he was employed by Chrysler Corporation.

LEADING SIMPLY WITHOUT BEING A SIMPLETON.

This is a 34 minute presentation to a conference of university alumni. The focus is on a simple framework using elements of the Basic Accounting Equation and how it can help make better board selection, team staffing, and management development recommendations.

The powerpoints used in this talk can be obtained by contacting lstybel@stybelpeabody.com

The speaker is Larry Stybel.

For more information about Larry, go to www.linkedin.com/in/lstybel

LES CHARM AND LARRY STYBEL ON BOARDS OF DIRECTORS, a program sponsored by the Exit Planning Exchange.

LES CHARM has been a partner in the firm of Youngman & Charm since 1972. The firm specializes in directorship functions for firms owned and operated by entrepreneurs and in assisting companies that are experiencing operating and/or financial problems. Youngman & Charm has operated in a variety of industries, channels of distribution, and has been involved in many successful financings and acquisitions and mergers.

From 1977 through 1990, Les was chairman and president of a major distributor and specialty retail chain. He has been active in other specialty marketing companies, and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Franchise Association. He was a director of the National Association of Corporate Directors-New England. He currently is on the board of several firms where he generally sits as the lead director.

Les is Executive in Residence at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Professor Charm has taught throughout the world on a variety of topics regarding entrepreneurship and governance. He is on the President's Council at Babson, and is the recipient of the Appel Award for Entrepreneurship.

Les can be reached at charm@babson.edu



LARRY STYBEL is Vice President of Board Options, Inc. and co-founder of Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire, an Arbora Global Company.

Board Options, Inc. provides resources to nominating and governance committees in the field of talent management at the Board level: retained search for board members and board self-evaluation programs using National Association of Corporate Directors standards. Boardoptions.com is ranked by Google as the #1 website for Board Talent.

Stybel Peabody Lincolnshire was founded in 1979 with a focus on helping companies manage "smooth leadership change when the stakes are high." Core services revolve around Board search, leadership development with high potential executives, and executive level career consultation. Clients include 21 of the 100 companies named by FORTUNE MAGAZINE as "Best Employers." The website is stybelpeabody.com.

He also is Executive in Residence at the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston.

Larry writes a blog on leadership and career management for HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW and is contributor to HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ON CAREER MANAGEMENT IN TURBULENT TIMES. (Boston: Harvard Business Review, 2009). He is also contributor to J. G. McLellan (ed.) PRACTICAL CASE STUDIES FOR COMPANY DIRECTORS. (Charleston, SC: Directors Dilemma, 2010).

His work on leadership, governance, and career management has appeared in CALIFORNIA MANAGEMENT REVIEW, DIRECTORSHIP, HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW, and MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW. He is a keynote speaker at trade associations/conventions around the world.

Larry received his doctorate in organization behavior at Harvard University and is certified as a leadership coach by Korn/Ferry International and Lore International. Larry is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Larry is listed in WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA and WHO'S WHO IN BUSINESS & FINANCE.

At Suffolk University, Larry is producer and host of the national show, "Inside Leadership." This is a series of in-depth interviews with "self made" men and women. Programs are taped in front of a college student audience.

He is on the Board of the Center for Innovation and Change Leadership and Zapoint, a venture backed technology company in the talent management space. Previous Board experiences include COMPENSATION & BENEFITS MANAGEMENT JOURNAL, the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter, CS Technologies, and the National Human Resource Association.

Larry can be reached at lstybel@boardoptions.com

OVERVIEW OF THE RETAINED SEARCH INDUSTRY: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE. PLUS THE ROLE OF RETAINED SEARCH IN FINDING BOARD OF DIRECTOR TALENT.

David is Founder of Executive Search Information Services. Its mission is helping companies improve executive recruiting effectiveness, including managing search activity and selecting and engaging search firms.
He also is facilitator of the Executive Search Information Exchange, a network of executive talent officers from 50 leading corporations, sharing information on best practices in executive recruiting worldwide. David's clients include more than 100 of the Fortune 500.

When it's time for the board to convey negative news to the CEO, a Board Options, Inc. Interview with Barry Greiff, M.D.

Society of association executives: larry stybel on "aligning the stars of your board." A well diversified board has one or two bright stars, many stars to do the heavy lifting, rising stars, and setting stars. Setting stars can be of great value on your board if they are given the right assignments. How do you identify and screen out shooting stars? They can be deadly for ceos! Download this free mp3. 90 minutes.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN NEGOTIATION OF EXECUTIVE EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS.

CGQ AS A CAREER AND INVESTMENT CANARY IN THE COAL MINE: a review of the Corporate Governance Quotient Version 3 and its distribution channels. The talk also includes a discussion of the Stybel Peabody HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW piece on "Managing Your Career in Three Dimensions." There is also a discussion about techniques for dealing with age-related issues during job interviews. This talk was given at the Boston Chapter of the Financial Executives International on March 10, 2010. 56 minutes.

Management will be in the middle in the coming war for talent AND the war between talent. Larry stybel of stybel peabody lincolnshire gave this webinar to pharmacy leaders sponsored by pharmacy one.

"Seizing opportunities in 3-d." This talk was given by larry stybel of stybel peabody for the members of the financial executives international of boston.

How to diagnose grumpy cultures, grumpy-oriented organizational structures, and grumpy job candidates. Larry stybel of stybel peabody lincolnshire gave a speech to the assabet valley chamber of commerce.

What Boards and Owners Should Know About Trends in Private Equity Financing. Bruce Macrae. Hastings Equity Partners. 55 Minutes.

Bruce MacRae. Bruce is a partner at Hastings Equity Partners. Prior to joining Hastings Equity Partners, Bruce co-founded Parthenon Capital where he led numerous investments in the business services, distribution, manufacturing, and publishing sectors. Before Parthenon, Bruce was the CEO/Director of Flow Control Equipment, Inc., an oil field & gas pipeline equipment manufacturer located in Houston, Texas. While leading Flow Control, Bruce was responsible for developing and executing a strategic plan that involved M&A, an expansion of international distribution, and a reduction of manufacturing costs - all of which led to a 50% growth in revenues and nearly 4x increase of earnings in less than two years. Bruce holds a BSME with honors from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MSIE from Purdue University. In addition, he received his M.B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan. The website is hastingsequity.com. Hastings Equity invests in manufacturing , distribution, or service companies with $8 million+ in sales. Hastings Investors represent the personal capital and talent of 40 business executives, many of whom have either led Fortune 500 companies or large private equity firms.

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