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Engagement is a process, not an event – Part 3 of 3

This is the third of a three-part series on board engagement. This post is written from the investor’s perspective.

Glenn Booraem is a Principal of the Vanguard Group, Inc. and the Treasurer of each of the Vanguard Funds. He has worked for Vanguard since 1989 and currently oversees the firm's corporate governance program, covering more than $2 trillion in equity market value. He is a frequent speaker on governance to industry groups and has served on the New York Stock Exchange’s Proxy Working Group and Commission on Corporate Governance.

Calls for better communication between companies and their increasingly institutional owners are nothing new. Corporate governance veterans Kayla Gillan and Rich Koppes (then at the California Public Employees Retirement System)…

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Why are some boards still reluctant to communicate with investors? – Part 2 of 3

This is the second of a three-part series on board engagement. This post is written from the perspective of a public company board member.

Gina France is President and CEO of France Strategic Partners LLC, which provides strategy and transaction advisory services and special project consulting to corporations. She has over 30 years of strategy, investment banking and corporate finance experience and is a 15-year veteran of Wall Street.  She serves on the boards of several public companies, including CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE: CBZ), Cedar Fair L.P. (NYSE: FUN), and FirstMerit Corporation (Nasdaq: FMER). 

Clearly, most boards take their fiduciary duties very seriously, understanding that they are accountable to shareholders and responsible for increasing shareholder value.…

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Finding the right strategy for effective board engagement with shareholders – Part 1 of 3

This is part one of a three-part series on board engagement. Future posts will include perspectives from a public company board member and an institutional investor.

Corporate directors are becoming more involved in shareholder engagement than ever before – not only because of shareholder activism, but also as a proactive strategy to ensure that investors are receiving the right messages and their concerns are addressed.  Their involvement can enhance management presentations by  providing a greater sense of the credibility and commitment of the entire board.

But while a growing number of companies are engaging with investors (see this Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute study), some boards and management teams remain unconvinced about the wisdom of…

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Reflections on a summer in CLE at D&E

As our talented summer interns return to the classroom or move on to begin their careers, we asked them to reflect on their experience at D&E. Each semester our interns leave D&E having been both challenged and empowered to take on real-world work and grow professionally. As you might imagine, first-hand involvement with the Republican National Convention is something they’ll all be putting on their resumes. 

– Angela Almasy and Sarah Hihn, internship coordinators

 

‘I was not hidden away behind the scenes to do menial work’

The best thing I can say about the Dix & Eaton internship experience is that I don’t feel like an intern. I don’t feel like a student, or an observer or a trainee. The best thing this internship has done for me is prepare me to take on a…

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About hometown and professional pride – and the right moment in time

I’m not a native Clevelander, but having spent pretty much half of my life here I’d say my roots are deep enough for me to claim it as my hometown. And having spent more than half of my career at Dix & Eaton, I can definitely call this my professional home.

So please excuse me if I gush a little about how both of my homes shone during the recent Republican National Convention.

Just as our world champion Cavaliers demonstrated the unified power of a team, Clevelanders defied the critics and showed they could host a major convention and entertain 50,000 people.

In all my years here, I’ve never seen such a successful coalescing of diverse interests around a common purpose.

From Republicans to Democrats, City Hall to corporations, law enforcement to labor unions,…

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