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14th Annual Succession Management Conference
November 08 - 09, 2018 (New York, NY)

2018 Performance Management Conference
November 13 - 14, 2018 (New York, NY)

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Peer Networks

Global Business Services Council
The Global Business Services Council is one of the first communities focused on serving the specific needs of the senior-most leaders in the US working across business functions on a global basis.

Global Investor Relations Executives Council
Senior investor relations officers of large-capitalization companies in both Europe and the United States share best practices in a confidential and member-driven forum. Members value the intimate and candid conversations that develop in the meetings.

Learning, Development & Organizational Performance Council
This council is exclusively for executive-level leaders of talent development, organizational development and learning for their member companies or firms. Members of the council are the most senior leaders of these functions within their organization.

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Publications

China Center Insight Compilation: China's Demographic Shift and Its Impact on MNC Business

Collated in this compilation are extracts of pieces that summarize our thinking on China's momentous demographic transition and its impacts on labor and workforce dynamics and on MNC business in China.

(China Center Publications, May 2018)

China Center Research Brief: Collateral Damage -- American & European exporters in China

Tariffs on China, if they manifest, will hit everyone “under the specified category,” including many US exporters in China, as well as their respective suppliers both in and outside of China. 

(China Center Publications, May 2018)

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Webcasts

Window on Europe's General Data Protection Regulation
May 23, 2018 11:00 AM ET [11:00] (New York), 03:00 PM UTC [15:00]

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to take effect on May 25th. Companies operating in Europe are challenged to comply with one of the most stringent data privacy regulation regimes. But there are also big opportunities for companies to get ahead of the curve in building consumer trust and to compete on “safe” digital products and services. CPE credit available.

Book Discussion: "The Perfect Corporate Board" with Adam J. Epstein
June 04, 2018 12:00 PM ET [12:00] (New York), 04:00 PM UTC [16:00]

Seven out of ten US public companies are “small-cap,” and their board members have huge sway over making these businesses succeed or fail. Hear from author and expert Adam J. Epstein as he explains the unique challenges of small-cap governance as well as best practices for small-cap company board members. CPE credit available

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Blogs

Science based targets – what is it all about?
Science Based Targets (SBTs) for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction are increasingly being discussed, however what they entail in detail is often not well understood.In contrast to a simple incremental approach, targets are considered ‘science-based’, if they aim at carbon reduction in accordance with the internationally agreed global climate change targets. In this blog, we want to give a very brief overview of the approach and its application. (Sustainability Center Blog, May 2018)

Participate in the 2018 Business Contributions to the Arts Survey
The 2018 Business Contributions to the Arts survey, conducted by The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts, is open until Friday, June 8. Please share your data regarding your organization's support for the arts to help us provide important benchmarking information to the corporate philanthropy and arts communities. The survey should take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. (Citizenship and Philanthropy Blog, May 2018)

Digital Media Predictions for a Post-GDPR World
Last week, a business acquaintance made a ballsy prediction on LinkedIn for which he took a fair amount of flak. Posting a comment, I noted that his essential point was not that much of a stretch. Of course, there were nuances to the argument, but a long statement with a bunch of caveats wouldn’t be nearly as interesting or thought-provoking. Predictions have to push at the edges or people won’t pay attention. So, I figured it was time to step onto the ledge and make some predictions. (Society for New Communications Research Blog, May 2018)

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