What is Private Director Symposium?

Private Director Symposium events feature speakers, perspectives and practical information on the most relevant of topics to help C-Suite executives, board members and their trusted advisors to Learn – Govern – Grow – Connect.

  • Learn – From leading experts in areas of board service such as cybersecurity, M&A, insolvency, risk management, family business and private equity.
  • Govern – Implement board, business and governance best practices to help you and your organization thrive.
  • Grow – Your skills, perspectives and board level experiences to help your business grow.
  • Connect – With your peers in leadership roles within privately controlled businesses across the tri-state area and beyond!

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4:00 – 4:10 pm Introductory Remarks
4:10 – 5:30 pm Cybersecurity & Data Privacy – For the Private Company Director
This panel will first address the prevention and preparation elements of data security and explain why board involvement is necessary. The panel will outline the laws and regulations currently in play and highlight best practices regarding the development and implementation of internal information security policies and incident response plans.

The panel will then present several interactive breach response tabletop exercises. Each hypothetical will frame a particular issue that may arise in the context of a security incident or data breach, and will provide the audience with practical tips for application in the event of a cybersecurity incident at their respective companies.


  • Cassandra Porter, Cognizant
    Lead, Americas and APAC Data Privacy Teams; Director, Sr. Privacy Counsel (Americas)
  • David Ross, Baker Tilly
    Principal, Privacy Practice Leader, Cybersecurity Practice Leader
  • Kari Rollins, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
  • Elizabeth Vandesteeg, Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger
    Chair, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice
5:30 – 5:40 pm Break
5:40 – 7:00 pm M&A Considerations – For the Private Company Director
When considering approving an M&A transaction, whether on the buy-side or sell-side, corporate directors must consider and assess many factors in order to properly fulfill their fiduciary duties. And, at the same time, they must provide an appropriate level of oversight in managing executive management, outside counsel, and other advisors.

This panel will guide the audience through the timeline of an M&A transaction from the unique perspective of the company’s board of directors and provide an eye-opening behind the scenes look at the internal workings of a board in action when dealing with an M&A transaction.


7:00 – 8:00 pm Cocktail Reception & Networking

Event Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors:

Ernst & Young - Building a better working world BoardBookit

Silver Sponsors:

Point Road Group Baker Tilly
Smartroom by BMC Group  

Organizational Co-Sponsors:

Association of Corporate Growth - NYC Chapter Financial Executives International - NYC Chapter
New York Institute of Credit Private Directors Association - National Organization, Metro NYC Chapter
NY Metro Chapter of the Society of Information Management Society for Corporate Governance

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