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Webinar | Bare Bone Board Basics Episode #4 - How to Conduct an Effective Board Meeting
Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM CST
Category: Multi-Chapter

02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Pacific)
03:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Mountain)
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Central)
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM (Eastern)

Zoom invitation will be shared the day before the event.


What does a successful airplane ride have in common with a successful corporate board of directors meeting? Both should be anticlimactic. And both should be preceded with plenty of behind-the-scenes preparation. This fourth episode of Bare Bone Board Basics puts into play (or, more aptly, puts into a play) some of the best practices used by experienced corporate directors for planning, prepping for, participating in, and following up from a meeting of a company’s board of directors. While this episode covers the basics mechanics (e.g., recognizing a quorum, calling the meeting to order, approval of the minutes of the prior meeting, etc.), its focus is more substantive. Through the use of hypothetical scenarios, this episode #4 places its panelists into the roles of board members of specific companies addressing a variety of specific issues, with the moderator breaking the “fourth wall” to lead a discussion about their actions, inactions, and reactions. This webinar is of utility to brand new and veteran directors alike.

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!


    Kathleen Murray
Angel Investor | Board Advisor

Kathy Murray is an approachable and creative business growth executive, board member, angel investor and advisor. Kathy is Co-Founder of Tech Up for Women and Principal of McMorran Strategists. Earlier, Kathy held key C-Suite roles at publicly-traded firms and partnerships - Aetna, PwC and FARO. Currently, she is Fiduciary Board Member & Diversification Committee Chair of Daily Gazette (Winner of 2021 Private Directors Magazine Board Award), Founder of Executive Forum Angels, Board Chair of Harvard Business School Women's Association, Life Trustee for University of Rochester, and Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association, Kathy received a BA in Math/General Science from the University of Rochester and the Advanced Management Program Degree from Harvard Business School.

  Allan Grafman
Chair of the Audit Committee

Allan Grafman has served on 12 boards, including 4 public, 4 private equity-owned and 4 venture-sponsored. He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee of a public company (IDW) and also Audit Committee member for a REIT, and has served on Compensation and Governance Committees as well.   Specific past experience includes serving as the Chairman of the Board of a Nasdaq listed video game company and other entertainment, media and consumer focused entities.  He is currently a licensed investment banker raising capital for companies. Allan comes to board service building on executive roles at All Media Ventures, Archie Comics, Hallmark, Tribune, ABC and Disney.  He received his BA from Indiana University (PBK), Masters (Fellow) and MBA from Columbia (BGS).

    Bob Lerner
Investment Management Executive
Board Member and Advisor

Robert L. Lerner has 35 years’ experience in the investment management industry. Bob has co-founded and invested in several successful startups and has been a director to private and public companies. He has been a trusted advisor to early-stage hedge funds, investment research firms, and growth equity investment funds. His focus is on business development, product design, strategy, business operations, and compliance. He currently is chairman of InfraSight Software Corporation. Bob is a graduate of Cornell University and Boston University Law School.

             James Mitchell
Managing Partner
JMJ Advisors, LLC.

James has a 30+ year career as a leader in business, financial services, and government including 25-years with GE. His expertise in the legislative process and regulatory provide a unique perspective to regulated companies. James has over two decades of governance and board leadership roles with several national non-profit organizations. James is Chairman of the Board of Directors and chairs two board Committees of Fora Financial. James is the Founder of JMJ Advisors, a consulting firm which advises senior business leaders and their organizations. James is a Qualified Financial Expert, has expertise in M&A and as CIO ($5.0B AUM). He has also managed domestic equity portfolios (financial services). James graduated with a B.S. from Purdue and holds an MBA from The Wharton School.


    Jonathan Friedland
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Helsinger LLP

Jonathan Friedland is a partner with Sugar Felsenthal, where he regularly counsels boards of directors and owners of companies in financial distress. His broad experience includes representing companies, buyers, and committees in chapter 11 bankruptcy, out-of-court workouts, and liquidations. He also has substantial experience in running a wide variety of corporate transactions and a wide array of commercial litigation. Peers and legal publications recognize Jonathan as a leading corporate restructuring and insolvency attorney. For example, he has been rated for many years as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell, 10/10 by AVVO, and 10/10 by Justia). Jonathan is the principal author of two leading legal treatises and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles widely cited by legal scholars. Jonathan graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany University (in three years) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.