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MARCH 21 - Five Key Questions Directors of Emerging Companies Should be Asking

March 21, 2017
Santa Monica, CA

Member Price: $60
Non-Member Price: $75



The relevant key questions on compensation, legal, accounting, talent management and capital access in this changing business climate will be asked and answered during this program.  There will be five speakers, each with a ten minute "Ted Talk-like" presentation that addresses one of these key questions.  The program will be moderated by an established corporate director.  Subsequently, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the speaker(s) of their choice for a more intimate conversation.  There will be applicability for privately owned and publicly traded companies.  Directors will not want to miss the discussion.

Location and Time


DoubleTree Hilton
1707 4th Street, Marquee Ball Room
Santa Monica, CA 90401

11:00 a.m.   Registration / Networking
11:30 a.m.   Lunch and Program
 1:30 p.m.   Program End

Speaker Spotlight


Linda Steffen

Ms. Steffen is the Lead Consultant for Meridian in Los Angeles. She has held senior consulting roles with Farient Advisors, Compensia, Towers Watson (formerly Watson Wyatt) and Deloitte. Linda also headed the compensation group at Linda began her career as a corporate banker in Chicago. She is a recognized thought leader in the areas of performance measures, incentive design and the compensation risk/ return proposition. She holds BS in Finance from Miami University and a MBA from University of Chicago. Ms. Steffan will discuss a Key Compensation Question.

Larry Cabaldon

Mr. Cabaldon is the CEO of Boardroom Performance Group. He is an expert in talent management with over 30 years in human resources, executive recruiting/staffing, executive and director assessment and boardroom performance consulting. Past positions where he led the human resource practices include Union Bank, Bank Holding Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers and DHR International Search. Over the years he has helped to select over 500 executives and conducted evaluations of over 300 corporate directors. Further, he has developed TSR metric to measure boardroom talent. Mr. Cabaldon will discuss a Key Talent Management Question.

Jonathan Friedman

Mr. Friedman is a Partner at the law firm of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP. His practice focuses on venture capital, corporate finance, intellectual property licensing, M&A, securities law and business matters. As a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen, Jonathan also enjoys facilitating cross border transactions. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, an M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the California Bar, the New York Bar and the Massachusetts Bar. Mr. Friedman will discuss a Key Legal Question.

Michelle Wroan

Ms.Wroan is an audit partner in KPMG’s Technology and Media practice based in the Los Angeles office serving public and nonpublic clients. She leads the Venture Capital for KPMG’s Pacific Southwest region serving emerging growth and pre-IPO companies. She serves on the Board of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles and the UCLA South Bay Alumni Chancellor’s Society. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and is a certified public accountant in California and New York. She completed KPMG’s lead partner academy at the Wharton Business School and its Executive Leadership Institute for Women. Ms. Wroan will discuss a Key Accounting Question.

Elliot Hinds

Elliot Hinds is a corporate and energy partner at Crowell & Moring, LLP, which is among the top 100 US law firms with seven offices worldwide. He is a trusted strategic legal advisor sought after to structure and negotiate debt and equity financings and M&A transactions and to advise on the execution of growth strategies. He has particular depth in the clean technology and renewable energy industries, where he engages extensively in project development and financing transactions. He earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center and his BA from UC Berkeley.





Stubbs, Alderton & Markiles

Question about this Event?

Contact Anne Ettley 

Southern California Chapter

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Redondo Beach, CA, 90277

phone: 310-817-0432