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Essentials Seminar 2015

Essentials 2015

Please note: Online registration is now closed. You can still register onsite at Disney's Boardwalk Inn in Orlando. Save time by completing the registration form in advance.

If you were unable to attend the seminar, we offer you an opportunity to purchase the handouts which include Powerpoint presentation slides prepared by the panel, sample documents, related articles, law firm memos and more. Click here to purchase the handouts.

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Program Description

The three-day Essentials program covers the fundamentals of corporate governance and the corporate secretarial function. This program will provide attendees of public, private and nonprofit companies with a solid framework, practical tips and up-to-date information on the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of Corporate Governance
  • Internal Sources of and Limits on Governance Authority
  • Boards of Directors
  • Board and Committee Meetings
  • Writing Bullet-Proof Minutes
  • Annual Meeting Logistics
  • Records Management and Privacy Issues
  • Shareholder Engagement

Key Seminar Benefits

In addition to practical instruction in the areas of primary concern to Corporate Secretaries and their staff, seminar attendees receive:

  • Comprehensive program workbooks containing speakers' outlines, samples of actual forms or policy materials, and other useful information;
  • The opportunity to meet and work with experienced faculty members who have developed practical solutions to the problems confronted in the Corporate Secretary's office;
  • The opportunity to network with fellow attendees during the various breaks and luncheons to share experiences and solutions to common problems;
  • Substantial discounts on the various reports and guidebooks published by the Society;
  • Assistance in obtaining CLE (continuing legal or other professional education credits) using materials that can be obtained at the seminars.

Registration Fees

  3-Day Program 2-Day Program
Society Member $ 1,140 $ 895
Non-Member $ 1,240 $ 995
Nonprofit Society Member $ 990 $ 745
Nonprofit Non-Member $ 1,090 $ 845

Special Membership Offer for Non-Members

Non-Members are welcome to join the Society at the special educational programs rate of $200 for the first year.

Hotel Accommodations

Disney's Boardwalk Inn
2101 N. Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Orlando, Florida

The Society has reserved a block of rooms at Disney's BoardWalk Resort in Orlando, FL at the special rate of $225 single/double. The rooms will be held until Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Please click here for reservations or call Disney directly at 407-939-4686 and mention the Society of Corporate Secretaries ESSENTIALS seminar.

Theme Park Ticket Discounts

Specially priced theme park ticket discounts are available for seminar attendees by using the link below.

Disney's Magical Express

As a Disney Resort hotel guest you're invited to take advantage of Disney's Magical Express Service providing complimentary luggage and transportation service between Orlando International Airport and your Disney hotel. Reservations are required for this service, and your Disney room reservation confirmation and flight information must be provided. For information and reservations use the link below or call 407-827-6777.

Click here for reservations, theme park tickets and transportation arrangements, advanced dining reservations, Disney's Magical Express, on-line check-in and much more.

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Special Thanks to the Following Sponsors

BridgewayBridgeway Software

Bridgeway helps in-house legal departments run better. As the most recommended and highest rated provider of legal management solutions, we help our clients deliver and optimize in-house legal services - improving the impact of their legal spend management, matter management, corporate governance and e-discovery efforts. This recognition comes not from us, but from our clients and is the most credible, objective, and relevant measure of performance based on actual results. Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Houston, Texas with representative officers in Philadelphia and Toronto. For more information, visit or call 888-272-4699.

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.

For corporations that are looking to simplify shareholder management, efficiently navigate regulatory and compliance requirements and gain further insights about their shareholders, Broadridge offers a uniquely flexible and customizable shareholder program. Broadridge's proven and trusted technology and service structure provides corporations the only single source solution for access to all shareholders, across a range of offerings - including comprehensive transfer agent solutions, data services, proxy processing and  annual meeting services. Broadridge provides issuers with the technology, data and expertise to capture inherent efficiencies and opportunities from their entire shareholder base.

Center for Board ExcellenceCenter for Board Excellence

A trusted partner to general counsels and corporate secretaries everywhere for: Directors & Officers Questionnaires; Board Evaluations, CEO and Management Evaluations; plus Custom Governance and Compliance Evaluation and Questionnaire Solutions. The CBE ethos is to work with you to save time, money, and labor resources.

Computershare | GeorgesonComputershare | Georgeson,

The Industry's Most Trusted Advisors: Computershare and Georgeson are the world's foremost advisors for strategic shareholder services. Investor Services: Our team offers innovative approaches to shareholder management; Governance Services: Our web based entity management, board portal and subsidiary governance solutions - GEMS and Boardworks - deliver proactive ways to stay compliant and minimize risk.; Georgeson: Our core proxy expertise is enhanced by strategic consulting, asset reunification and the Georgeson inVU™ platform - which helps clients gain greater shareholder insight.

Corporation Service CompanyCorporation Service Company (CSC)

Corporation Service Company® (CSC®) provides business, legal, and financial services to many of the world's largest companies, law firms and financial institutions. Founded more than a century ago, our company is dedicated to making business easier, less risky, and more profitable, wherever it's done. We offer a solution for every phase of the business life cycle. CSC supports the work of the corporate secretary and in-house law department with registered agent, entity management, matter management, electronic billing, compliance, and global subsidiary management solutions


DG3 enables clients to be more effective by offering time-saving, easy to use and dependable solutions for the preparation, production and printing of SEC disclosure documents. Our proprietary technologies include Disclosure 2.0, which enables users to prepare elegant disclosures collaboratively in Microsoft Word, and our Graphics Generator, which creates clear, impactful graphics in minutes for both SEC filings and other documents. Our state-of-the-art 175,000 sq. ft. print and fulfillment facility is located in Jersey City, less than 50 miles from Broadridge. Argyle, our advisory division, is led by recognized experts in corporate law, shareholder engagement and SEC disclosure. We propose constructive advice and design solutions to help corporations communicate messages through enhanced SEC disclosure documents, digital media and investor communications.

DiligentDiligent Board Member Services, Inc.

Over 3,200 boards and 68,000 directors, executives and administrators rely on Diligent Boardbooks® to speed and simplify how board materials are produced and reviewed. Providing the world's most widely used board portal, Diligent Board Member Services, Inc. has pioneered ease of use, stringent security and superior training and support since 2001. Diligent has help thousands of corporate secretaries achieve board acceptance and smoothly transition to a new board portal.


Intelligize is a leading provider of a web-based platform that enables law firms, accounting firms, corporations and others to more efficiently research, prepare and draft SEC filings, corporate transactions and various agreements within the fast-changing regulatory environment. Through powerful search, filter, compare, analyze and alert capabilities, its suite of applications is designed to help customers cut down on the amount of time and effort it takes to meet reporting requirements and move through the SEC review process. Headquartered in New York, Intelligize serves Fortune 500 companies, including Chevron, IBM, Microsoft, Verizon and Wal-Mart, and top global accounting and law firms.

MacKenzie Partners, Inc.MacKenzie Partners, Inc.

MacKenzie Partners, Inc. is a full-service proxy solicitation, investor relations and corporate governance consulting firm specializing in mergers-and-acquisitions and proxy contest related transactions. The firm has offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Washington, D.C. and London. MacKenzie's services include - in addition to traditional proxy solicitation - corporate governance consulting, securityholder solicitations, information agent services for tender and exchange offers, beneficial ownership identification, market surveillance and associated financial, investor and media relations services. We work in close partnership with our client's attorneys, investment bankers and other consultants, providing advice and counsel at each stage of the transaction.


PwC's Center for Board Governance is a leading resource to enable directors to more effectively meet the challenges of their critical role. The Center promotes excellence in the boardroom by promoting leading governance practices and is dedicated to better enabling boards and audit committees to perform their important roles. The Center publishes the Annual Corporate Directors Survey, quarterly To the point, monthly BoardroomDirect, and offers forums for directors to discuss current issues.

RR Donnelley Financial ServicesRR Donnelley Financial Services

RR Donnelley Financial Services is the preferred global provider of financial disclosure solutions, helping our clients efficiently meet their regulatory obligations and streamline their SEC reporting process. With a global network of service professionals and innovative technology, RR Donnelley is uniquely positioned to assist companies with all of their financial communications needs.


Verbatim is a leading provider of subsidiary compliance and international governance services. Our unique approach to governance stresses transparency, reliability and efficiency. We go beyond execution of statutory requirements by partnering with clients to improve governance in a pro-active and safe environment. Verbatim's dedicated compliance professionals make subsidiary governance easy, cost effective and predictable so you can focus on strategic priorities. For more information please visit us at or contact us at