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WWLI Executive Module - Governance Training

June 12, 2020
1:00 PM EDT to 5:00 PM EDT
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This Executive Module, Governance Training, is available exclusively to Executive Members and is included with your Executive Membership. 

Our introduction to Corporate Governance will cover a range of topics, including the board composition landscape, preliminary considerations, roles and responsibilities for directors and committees, and board agenda topics.

Agenda (tentative):

  • 1pm Welcome & Check-in – Laura Gross

  • 1:10pm Keynote introduction– Stephanie Tsacoumis

  • 1:10-1:30pm Keynote:  Nicole Geller – Corporate Governance story

  • 1:30-2:00pm Stephanie Tsacoumis – Introduction to Corporate Governance
    • The board landscape and distinctions

  • 2:00pm Introduction of Debbie McCormack and Lissa Perez, Deloitte – Carolyn Thompson

  • 2:00-4:00pm Introduction to Corporate Governance – Debbie McCormack and Lissa Perez
    • Corporate governance basics
    • Deloitte governance framework
    • Directors, boards, and committees, including a close look at the audit committee role.
    • Topics on the board’s agenda

  • 4:00-4:30pm Hot issues – Stephanie Tsacoumis

  • 4:30pm Questions, Wrap up, Next steps – Carolyn Thompson

Following the closing comments, please join us for happy hour treats delivered to you and sponsored by Wells Fargo

About our speakers:

Nicole Geller, Board Member, VC, CEO, Entrepreneur

Nicole Geller currently serves on two technology private company  boards,  two design-build private company boards and a privacy/security board. Nicole is also a principal partner with the local Venture Capital  firm, Blu Venture Investments, focusing on cyber and related technologies. 

Prior to her board roles, Ms. Geller was the founder and CEO of Government Contract Solutions (GCS), a mid-market professional solutions firm serving highly-visible,  intelligence and civilian government clients on a global basis. GCS was known for its stellar customer service and creating significant cost savings for its clients.  Nicole  led the Company to a successful exit in late 2014.    GCS was a Washington Technology Fast 50 Company, a five consecutive years Inc. 5000 recognized company and Nicole was a 2014 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist.

She holds a BS in Economics from George Mason University and serves as a Trustee for the  George Mason University Foundation Board.

Debra Everitt McCormack, Managing Director, Center for Board Effectiveness, Deloitte LLP

Debbie is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Center for Board Effectiveness, and has significant experience advising board members, executives, and others active in governance by providing them with resources pertaining to current boardroom issues and governance trends. She advises and enhances relationships with board members, executives and associations through board-focused symposiums, board insights, onboarding transition labs and has a specific passion for developing future board members. As Chief Operating Officer of the Center, she also leads the overall day-to-day operations, including the development of research for board insights, board education, and director programs. The National Association of Corporate Directors has named her to its 2019 Directorship 100, a national award that honors a select group of individuals who have made significant contributions to excellence in board governance. Debbie is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Lissa Perez, Audit Partner, Deloitte LLP

Lissa Perez has more than 25 years of Auditing and Public Accounting experience serving public and private companies in a variety of industries. She has extensive experience in SEC accounting and reporting matters. She leads our Deloitte Private practice for the Greater Washington area, delivering a distinctive client experience through service offerings tailored to address the unique needs of mid-market and privately held companies. She also leads our Client Accelerator Program for the audit practice, which delivers insights, hot topics, and training for C-Suite and board members.  In her role as an Audit Partner, Lissa is responsible for evaluating and managing engagement risk, as well as resolving significant accounting, auditing, and reporting issues. She has also worked in Deloitte’s National Office consulting with audit teams globally.

As part of a three-year international assignment in Brussels, Belgium, Lissa was the lead Manager for the European operations of five of Deloitte’s largest global clients, coordinating and directing numerous multinational service teams. Her international assignment provided her with a strong appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity and its importance to large, complex organizations. Lissa was also the national AERS Women’s Initiative leader from 2005 through 2010 and served on the Deloitte Foundation Board of Directors. Outside Deloitte, she is actively involved in a number of community organizations.  She is a board member and Treasurer of The Women’s Center and has served in leadership roles for the Girl Scouts, United Way and the YWCA.

Lissa is a cum laude graduate of Miami University of Ohio, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1991. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and is a licensed CPA in Ohio and Virginia.

Stephanie Tsacoumis, Managing Partner, Pebble Beach Associates

Stephanie is the Managing Partner of Pebble Beach Associates.  Her experience as a top firm corporate partner, as general counsel of a leading research university and its medical center and as general counsel of a federal regulatory agency give her a unique ability to assess and resolve legal issues expeditiously and efficiently. Her clients benefit from her combination of substantive expertise, business acumen, experience in managing legal risks and knowledge of the federal regulatory environment.  

As co-partner-in-charge of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s D.C. office, Stephanie represented public and private large, middle market and small businesses, federally-chartered entities and non-profits, and their boards, in wide variety of securities, corporate, transactional, M&A, regulatory, litigation and advisory matters.

At Georgetown University and Medical Center, Stephanie served as chief legal officer, chief compliance officer, member of the senior management team and advisor to the Board and Audit Committee.  In those capacities, she was responsible for university-wide legal affairs and compliance, including for the medical center and international operations.  She also co-led the C-suite team responsible for developing and implementing a global enterprise risk management program.  Notably, she also negotiated and managed the legal aspects of an innovative on-line graduate nursing program.

As general counsel of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Stephanie led, directed and supervised all agency rulemaking, litigation and enforcement, and related investigations and activities.  She also served as chief ethics officer and managed the Office of the Secretary and FOIA Office.  Stephanie’s experience as a senior official of CPSC – which has broad authority over imports and jurisdiction over hazardous substances, pharmaceutical packaging and manufacturers and retailers of over 15,000 consumer products – gave her specialized insight into effective compliance, prevention, education and crisis management efforts.  In addition to her notable litigation and enforcement successes at CPSC, a significant achievement was Stephanie’s development and implementation of compliance program and internal control requirements for regulated entities. 

Stephanie teaches securities law at Georgetown Law Center and to staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) at SEC University.  She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from compliance programs and risk management, to best governance practices, to securities law disclosure requirements and consumer product regulation. 


Executive Modules are planned three times per year to provide leadership training for women interested in increasing their Board profile and presence nationally. Executive Level members work with various community stakeholders including networking and interfacing with a wide variety of currently seated board professionals, companies seeking to increase and expand their board diversity, leadership trainers specializing in executive presence, recruiters, other candidates, and more. 

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