Travelocity.com founder and Conscious Capitalism co-author among speakers at Sept. 26 Corporate Governance Conference

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RICHARDSON, Texas, Sept. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance will host its 11th annual Corporate Governance Conference on Sept. 26.

The event will feature keynote speaker Terry Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity.com and author of On Innovation. The event also will feature Raj Sisodia, co-author of the best-seller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business with John Mackey, co-CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market.

Steve Bartlett, former U.S. Representative and Dallas Mayor who recently joined Treliant Risk Advisors as senior advisor, will participate in a panel discussion at the event.

The one-day conference will include presentations from leading executives and directors about compensation, politics, board dynamics and risk management. The following sessions will be led by directors and executives from corporations including Hayman Capital Management, L.P., Vedero Software, Trinity Industries, Inc., Lennox International, Inc.:

How Boards Contribute to Strategic Planning and Risk Management

o Todd Bluedorn, Chairman and CEO, Lennox International

o Melendy Lovett, board member of Trinity Industries, senior vice president and president, Education Technology, Texas Instruments Inc.

o Billie Williamson, board member and audit committee chair of Energy Future Holdings

Compensation, Governance as a Competitive Advantage

o Marc Hodak, founder Hodak Value Advisors, LLC

o Yon Jorden, director, Maxwell Technologies

o Sandra Beach Lin, director, American Electric Power

When Should a Company be pro-active in Washington Politics? What are the Do's and Don'ts?

o Steve Bartlett, senior advisor at Treliant Risk Advisors, former U.S. Representative and former Dallas mayor

o Bruce Freed, president and founder, Center for Political Accountability

What Board Members and Top Management Need to Know about the Global Economy

o Richard Howard, managing director, Hayman Capital Management

Conscious Capitalism: What Is It and Should Directors Lead the Way

o Raj Sisoda, co-author Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, professor, Babson College; co-founder and co-chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Results of Recent Research on the Importance of Board Dynamics

o Anthony J. LeVecchio, director, ViewPoint Bank, Viewpoint Financial Group, Inc.

o Rhys J. Best, director, Cabot Oil & Gas Corp., Trinity Industries, Inc., Commercial Metals Company, Crosstex Energy LP

o James Fontaine, director, Vedero Software, Inc.; North Texas Angel Network

Is there an independence problem with long-serving board members?

o James C. Wetherbe, Robert G. Stevenson Chaired Professor in Information Technology, Texas Tech University; former board member, Best Buy

o Cynthia Pharr-Lee, director, CEC Entertainment

o Renèe Hornbaker, director, Eastman Chemical; CFO, Stream Energy

"The Corporate Governance Conference is an excellent opportunity for directors and executives to educate themselves about the latest governance issues," said Dennis McCuistion, director of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance and clinical professor. "We are proud to present some of the top experts in the field who can help board members and executives enhance their ability to protect and promote the interests of their stakeholders."

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Naveen Jindal School of Management, followed by a reception. Registration, which includes meals, is $495. Attendees are eligible for CPE credit. For more information or to register, call 972-883-4925 or Sharon.foster@utdallas.edu or go to http://som.utdallas.edu/iecg/.

The University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management is the largest of UT Dallas' seven schools, with a fall 2013 enrollment of more than 6,700, half of whom are graduate students. The school offers 30 degree and more than a dozen certificate options. It provides outstanding tuition value, a wide variety of classes on campus and online, flexible scheduling and a convenient location.

Financial Times ranks the Jindal School of Management No. 20 worldwide in faculty research productivity. Among public business schools, JSOM's Professional (Part-Time) and Executive MBA programs are ranked in BusinessWeek's top 12. U.S. News & World Report ranks both the Professional and Full-Time MBA programs in the top 20 public university programs in the nation.

CONTACT: Kim Horner, kim.horner@utdallas.edu, 972-883-4463

Source:School of Management UT Dallas