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MISSION: An Informed Board through small group conversations between Board Members, CEOs, and private equity partners about key issues in corporate governance.

Attendance is limited to fifteen to keep the focus on interaction. Most of our meetings use a case-centered framework where attendees become the Board. And the Board must wrestle with the dilemmas in the case.

Discussions are turned into podcasts and are available on boardoptions.com.

TIME: 4:30-6:00PM


Location for all meetings, unless otherwise noted:

Stybel Peabody at Riverside Center
275 Grove Street
Newton, MA 02466
Building 2, 4th Floor
Tel.  617 594 7627

Exit 22 on Route 128 is one Exit North of Route 9/Route 128 and one Exit South of Route Mass Pike/Route 128.

Get off at Exit 22 (Wellesley-Newton). Follow the signs for Grove Street/Newton. Coming from Route 128, 275 Grove Street is immediately past the Riverside Train Station on your left.

  Turn left into entrance and follow the road to the back of the building. You will see an indoor parking lot entrance. Go past the first entrance and take the second one.
  It is likely to be less crowded.
  As you walk into the building from the indoor parking lot, Building #2 is a glass door on the right side of the hall after you pass Rebecca's Restaurant.
  Our meeting room is on the fourth floor.
  For more detailed directions go the URL below:
  To listen to podcasts of previous Seat at the Table Programs:
  Seat Table Programs Podcasts are distributed to Boardoptions' network of 850 global Board members. Visit our network and do a "deep dive" using the keyword search function of your Internet Browser:

If you would like to attend any of the following Seat at the Table programs, please email lstybel@stybelpeabody.com. For more information about us, go to stybelpeabody.com or boardoptions.com.



Feb.  22 Case: "I Can't Stand That Brilliant But Arrogant Board Member……" Steve Jenks, Ph.D. and Fritz Steele, Ph.D. Co-Authors of The Arrogant Leader: Dealing with the Excesses of Power.
March  29 Case: "We Want to Provide a Clear Incentive for the CEO But the Options Are Not Clear: sales volume vs. EBITD vs. share price vs. market share? What time line?" Thomas Wilson, Wilson Group. Tom is the author of Innovative Reward Systems for the Changing Workplace and (with Susan Malanowski) Rewarding Group Performance: An Approach to Designing and Implementing Incentive Pay Programs, and Rewards That Drive High Performance: Success Stories from Leading Organizations.
April  26 Case: "CEO/Chair of an Insurance Company Recommends a Change in the Board of Director Compensation Plan." Karthik Krishnan, Mentorworks, Inc. and Assoc. Professor of Finance, Northeastern University D'Amore McKim School of Business.
May  31 Case: "We're going to fire that SOB. Are you with me?" You are an external Board member of a private equity dominated company and owe your role to the good relations you have with the Managing Partner of the PE Firm. The PE Partner of the portfolio company you sit in is "sick and tired" of the dysfunctional behavior of the Founder/CEO and wants him removed. Larry Stybel, Board Options, Inc.
June  28 "Institutional Turnaround: The Endicott College Story." Founded as a teachers' college for women, this nonprofit institution was slipping into failure. Turnaround CEO Richard Wylie explains the story of a how this institution has become a success.
July  26 Stephanie Sonnabend, former CEO of Sonnesta Hotels, will discuss a family-business oriented governance case.
August  30  
Sept.   27 Case: "The Compensation Committee vs the Audit Committee." George Neble, former managing partner of E&Y’s New England Region and Board member.
Oct.   25 Case: "Nobody is Ready Yet," says the CEO of a second generation family owned business. And you are the external Board member. Louann Muir.