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 Warner Baxter, CEO and President of Ameren and Chairman of Civic Progress in St. Louis, who will share his experience in the advancement of boards. The discussion will be moderated by Robin Peppe Sterneck, President of Sterneck Capital Management, LLC and Board Director for EPR Properties.
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 Protiviti and KPMG for co-sponsoring this event. This event is complimentary for members and non-members.
Warner Baxter is chairman, president and chief executive officer of St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation, parent company of rate-regulated energy companies that serve more than 2.4 million electric and 900,000 natural gas customers in Illinois and Missouri. The company, which also develops regional electric transmission projects, had 2018 revenues in excess of $6.2 billion.
During his nearly 25-year tenure at Ameren, Baxter has served in a variety of leadership roles, including chief financial officer and president of Ameren Missouri.
Before joining Ameren in 1995, Baxter served as senior manager in PricewaterhouseCooper’s LLP national office in New York City, serving as one of the firm’s liaisons with the major accounting standard setting bodies in the United States. From 1983 to 1993, Baxter worked in the firm’s St. Louis office, where he provided auditing and consulting services to clients in a variety of industries, including the energy industry.
Baxter earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and has made meaningful and long-lasting contributions to higher education through his involvement with the University of Missouri System. He is a member of the University of Missouri–St. Louis Chancellors Council and serves on the University of Missouri 100 Board.
Today, Baxter sits on several industry boards, including the Edison Electric Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute. He serves on the management committee of The Edison Foundation's Institute for Electric Innovation. He is the chairman of Civic Progress St. Louis and on the executive committee of the St. Louis Regional Chamber. Baxter also serves on the boards of U.S. Bancorp and BJC Healthcare.
In addition, he is actively involved with several charitable organizations, including as chair of the board of directors at Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis, council member of the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer National Board and council member of the St. Louis Chapter of CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri.
A native of St. Louis, Warner and his wife, Cindy, have four children.
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.