Developing Effective Communications and Relationships with the Board



  • The Executive Leadership Series

    Pre registration for this event is no longer available.
    On-site registration is available, although space is very limited.

    This first session will address:

    Developing Effective Communications and Relationships with the Board

    Developing a strong and effective relationship with the Board of Directors is integral to the success of any company. Harvesting the knowledge and contacts of the board members can help the company accelerate growth and/or take the company to the next level. This case study will draw out discussion associated with key board issues, both during good and difficult times. This case examines how to navigate through these periods and achieve the active support of the Board of Directors which can be the difference between prosperity and failure.


    Michael Abbott (bio), Founder and CTO, Composite Software

    Aneel Bhusri, Partner, Greylock and current Board Member at Peoplesoft

    Peter Fenton, Partner, Accel Partners

    Rick Wilson (bio), Executive Director, Sentium

    Program Originally Designed By:

    White And Lee in conjunction with PriceWaterHouseCoopers


    Program Overview

    The continuation of our Executive Leadership Series program designed to provide management teams, including CEO, COO, and VP levels, with case-study materials and highly interactive discussion on the current issues, trends and solutions to problems confronting mid and later-stage companies in the Valley. Cases in these sessions will be studied under the Socratic method, like business school.

    Upon registration for the program, cases will be sent to registrants in advance of each session. This will truly be a "leadership" program, where all attendees will be expected to read the cases and be prepared to actively participate in the discussion bringing their experiences to the classroom.

    Cases will be on fictitious companies that highlight issues facing real companies real-time, with facts being layered on top of facts to replicate the complexities of resolving issues in complex situations.

    This program is unique, and it is not for the faint of heart or wall flower among us. As in business school, we will all teach and share with each other... but without the exam. Make it through this program and you'll run circles around your competitors... unless they are sitting next to you!


    Future Executive Leadership Series Sessions

    Save these Dates! More information to follow.

    Fri Apr 30 - Manage For Profitability: Impact Your Bottom Line Through An Integrated Product Strategy

    Fri May 21 - Execution: Why Results Don’t Match the Vision


    Speaker Bios


    Michael Abbott

    Abbott founded Composite Software in 2002 and has raised $17.25 million dollars in financing to date. Composite Software is pioneering the development of a next-generation enterprise information integration product called the Composite Information Server. The Composite Information Server provides a single interface that allows for querying of web services, XML files, relational databases and directories in real-time via both SQL and XQuery. Prior to founding Composite, he was CTO and EVP of Electron Economy, a supply chain software company named to Upside’s list of Top 100 companies of 2001. Prior to Electron Economy, as the Director of Java Solutions for USWeb/CKS, Abbott led the design and implementation of multimillion-dollar engagements and initiated strategic alliances with key technology partners. He has published widely and speaks regularly on database and XML topics and participates in a JSR Expert Group 156 and 225, and on the XML Query Working Group at the W3C. Abbott completed Ph.D. research at the University of Washington and is a member of IEEE and ACM (SIGMOD).


    Rick Wilson

    Richard Wilson is Executive Director of the Sentium Leadership Institute and Executive Producer of the Leaders of the New Century (LNC) project.

    The LNC project is one of the most significant ongoing studies into the fundamentals of performance leadership. To date, more than 200 leaders of top performing organizations in business, arts, entertainment, the community and sports have been interviewed. Among them are Michael Dell, Carly Fiorina, Quincy Jones, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Carl Lewis, Maya Angelou, Charles Schwab and Jack Welch.

    Sentium has distilled the hundreds of hours of audio and video tape into a powerful leadership development program entitled "Leading a High Performance Organization". This program is the distilled knowledge of today’s top leaders and provides both the tools and know-how necessary to become a performance leader.


    Event Logistics


    8:00-8:30am Registraion/Networking/Continental Breakfast

    8:30-10:00am Presentation by Rick Wilson

    10:00-10:15am Break

    10:15-11:45am Case Study

    11:45am-12:15pm Break and Light Snack

    12:15-1:00pm Case Study Continuation



    SDForum Center

    111 W. Saint John, Suite 200

    San Jose, CA 95113



    Cost (Continental breakfast and snacks included)

    $50 SDForum Members

    $75 Non-Members

    Pre registration for this event is no longer available.
    On-site registration is available, although space is very limited.