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Essentials Seminar for the Corporate Secretary

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Details for next year's Essentials Seminar are still being finalized, but the seminar will be held January 28 - 30, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

Below shows what was offered at the last Essentials Seminar.

Examine responsibilities and purposes of the Corporate Secretary position and learn practical solutions to everyday problems. This seminar is perfect for anyone who is new to the functions of the Corporate Secretary's office and for the veteran secretary seeking a brush-up and update.

Essentials 2014Essentials Seminar
Orlando, Florida
January 29 - 31, 2014
Disney's BoardWalk Inn

Agenda Topics Include

  • Fundamentals of Corporate Governance
  • Internal Sources of and Limits on Governance Authority
  • Boards of Directors
  • Board and Committee Meetings
  • Minutes
  • Annual Meeting
  • Records Management and Privacy Issues
  • Overview of Types of Commercial Products and Services to Support You
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Secretary, Director, HR, IR, Audit: A Conversation

For public companies (large, small and mid-cap):

  • Shareholders
  • Public Company Governance Litigation: What You Need to Know
  • Regulation and Disclosure Basics for Public Companies
  • Public Companies: Section 16, Forms, 10b5-1 Plans and More
  • Hot Issues: Shareholder Activism, Proxy Developments, and SEC Update
  • Corporate Entity Management

For nonprofit companies:

  • Boards and Management
  • Governance: The Legal Landscape
  • Regulations and Financial Management

For private companies:

  • Boards, Shareholders and Managerial and Ownership Transition
  • Compliance
  • Going Public
  • Governance: The Legal Landscape


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.

Hotel Accommodations: 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 Monday, January 7, 2014. For reservations please call Disney directly at 407-939-4686 and mention the Society of Corporate Secretaries ESSENTIALS seminar. To book online, reserve Magical Express airport transportation or purchase discount Disney tickets click here.

Online registration is now closed. You can register onsite at the Disney's BoardWalk Inn. Save time and bring a completed registration form with you.

Click here to download a printable registration form.
Click here to download the seminar brochure.

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