7:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m. | Check-in and Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. | Formal Program
9:00 a.m. | Adjourn
We are in the midst of a business revolution with profound implications for companies and how they are governed. Changes involving markets, global competition, regulation, and, perhaps above all, technology are reshaping social and economic life in powerful ways.
NACD’s 2019 Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) took on the challenge of analyzing how boards need to shift their governance, the way they think, operate, communicate, and interact with the business to meet the demands of the future. In the past few years, we’ve seen CEOs focus on reinventing their business to stay relevant. Now, boards need to heed the clarion call of the 2019 BRC to reshape board leadership to stay relevant.
Don’t miss an insightful discussion with these seasoned directors:
Cara Heiden, Former Co-President of Wells Fargo Mortgage and Board Director for GuideOne Insurance, Vermeer Corporation, and Casey’s General Stores Inc.
Diane Bridgewater, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of LCS
Brian Gardner, Former General Council for Hallmark Inc. and Lead Director for Vermeer Corporation
Robin Peppe Sterneck, President of Sterneck Capital Management, LLC and Board Director for EPR Properties and SurveySaurus Board
Attendees will receive a copy of the Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Fit for the Future: An Urgent Imperative for Board Leadership.
Thank you to RSM for sponsoring this event. This event is complimentary for members and non-members.
Please note: a block of sleeping rooms has been reserved for Tuesday, November 19 at a special rate of $202.00 plus taxes at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. Please click here to book your room on or before Wednesday, October 30, 2019 to make your reservation.
Director, GuideOne Insurance, Vermeer Corp., Casey's General Stores Inc.
Cara Heiden is retired co-president of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage (WFHM), a Wells Fargo company and the nation's largest provider of residential mortgages.
Heiden’s responsibilities included joint leadership and strategic direction of the overall business. The following areas within Mortgage reported directly to her: National Consumer Lending, Wholesale Lending, Correspondent Lending, Loan Servicing and Post Closing, Consumer Marketing, Customer Retention, Cross Selling and Joint Ventures.
Heiden focused on leading WFHM to continually achieve outstanding financial goals, nationally promoting the benefits of homeownership, as well as rallying the company’s employees to fulfill on the promise to customers and clients (working together to reach customers’ personal and financial goals through homeownership, and being our clients’ No. 1 partner to help build their business.) Asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives and address numerous other prestigious forums on responsible lending and servicing, Heiden became a national advocate of making sure consumers are treated fairly throughout the mortgage industry. Heiden was frequently recognized in U.S. Banker magazine’s “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking,” ranking 7th the year before her retirement.
Heiden serves on the board of directors for
• GuideOne Insurance, an Iowa-based company that underwrites commercial property and casualty lines of business throughout the United States
• Vermeer Manufacturing Company, an Iowa-based company that manufactures and sells agricultural and industrial equipment throughout the world
• Casey’s General Stores, Inc., a chain of convenience stores in the Midwestern United States
She devotes time to giving back to the community. Over the years, Heiden has served on various boards and capital campaigns such as chair of the board and 2007 campaign chair for the United Way of Central Iowa, past chair of the board of Iowa State University Foundation, member of the ISU College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council, co-chair of Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity’s capital campaign, and tri-chair of Capital Crossroads, a regional economic development and quality of life multi-year strategic plan. In October 2010, Governor Terry Branstad appointed Heiden to the Iowa Innovation Corporation board, a non-profit corporation that serves as Iowa’s innovation intermediary. Currently she is
• director and past chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
• chair of the board of directors for Lutheran Family Service
• governor for Iowa State University Foundation
• chair of the ISU College of Business Dean’s Advisory Council
• member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in various leadership roles
Before Heiden’s 30-year career with Wells Fargo, Heiden spent three years with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young. She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial administration with honors from Iowa State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She and her husband have three daughters.
Brian Gardner served as the executive vice president, General Counsel, at Hallmark Cards Inc. from 2003 until he retired in 2018. He also served as secretary to the Hallmark Board of Directors. As general counsel, he directed the company's in-house legal staff and provided legal and business advice to Hallmark and its subsidiaries on a wide array of general corporate legal matters.
Gardner serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermeer Corporation, which is a privately held manufacturing company headquartered in Pella, Iowa. He has also served on the Board of Directors and as Finance Committee chair of Crown Media Holdings Inc., a previously public but now private company that owns and operates the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel. Prior to joining Hallmark in 2003 and being named a corporate officer, he was co-managing partner at Stinson Morrison Hecker (now known as Stinson Leonard Street), a large law firm headquartered in Kansas City.
He is the past cochair of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Business Council and past board chair of Kansas City Public Television, the Johnson County Community College Foundation, and the Overland Park Convention and Business Bureau.
Gardner holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and earned his law degree from the University of Iowa.
Diane Bridgewater is the EVP, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of LCS. Diane provides strategic, financial and business operations leadership to LCS and the LCS Family of Companies. In addition to directing all financial aspects of the company, Diane is responsible for overseeing the company’s insurance business line and captive insurance company results, the group purchasing organization, CPS, information technology, compliance, regulatory and legal matters. She joined LCS in October of 2006.
Prior to joining LCS, Diane worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred, A DuPont Company. In her years with Pioneer, she held a number of operational and financial roles including: Chief Financial Officer, Vice President and Business Director for North America, Director of Customer and Sales Services for Seed and Crop Protection, Worldwide Finance Director, and other roles. Diane started her career with KPMG.
Diane earned her undergraduate degrees in Accounting and French from the University of Northern Iowa and received her CPA certification in 1986. In addition to the LCS board, Diane also serves on the board of Casey’s General Stores (CASY) where she has served as the chair of the audit committee and chair of the nominating and governance committee. In 2018, she completed her service on the board of Bankers Trust where she also served as Audit Committee Chair.
Diane’s civic and professional involvement has included not-for-profit board membership for United Way of Central Iowa (currently the co-chair for the 2019 Tocqueville Society campaign), AICPA Governing Council, ChildServe, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Iowa, Johnston Community School Foundation, and Hospice of Central Iowa. She was a member of the UNI College of Business Executive Advisory board, served on UNI’s President Search Committee, is a member of the ISCPA and the AICPA, and was a regional coordinator for USA Climbing. Diane is the founder and co-owner of Climb Iowa, Iowa’s largest climbing and training center, and Climb Iowa – East Village, a recently opened bouldering gym.
Robin P. Sterneck is a seasoned executive and board director who brings 30 years of business and leadership experience to the boardroom, her keynotes, workshops, roundtables, and businesses.
Through her work as a senior investment banker at Lehman Brothers and her P&L, site leader, and executive team roles at GE, GE Capital's Insurance business, and Swiss Re after its acquisition of GE Insurance, she is armed with a broad breadth of first-hand experience and strategies. She currently leads Highland Birch Group, a leadership consulting firm, and serves as president of a successful family-owned wealth management business.
As an NACD Fellow, Sterneck also currently serves as an independent director and Compensation and Human Capital chairperson for the board of EPR Properties and as a director for SurveySaurus. She is a founding member of the Kansas City Chapter of Women Corporate Directors and a director on the NACD Heartland Chapter Board. She is a member, speaker, and program facilitator at the Central Exchange, a leading professional women's organization.
Sterneck's recent community leadership roles include the Pembroke Hill School Board, Fundraising and Leadership Development vice chair for the J Community Center, Board and Audit Committee member for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, and chair of WIN for KC, a division of the KC Sports Commission.