Sessions and Keynote Speakers

26th Annual NASPP Conference & Exhibition

26th Annual NASPP Conference


Sessions and Keynote Speakers


Keynote Speakers  |  Full-Length Sessions  |  Power Sessions  |  Presentation Arena  |  Pop-Up Stage  |  Luncheon Roundtable Discussions

Please note that sessions descriptions denote an intended educational level so that you may best select sessions based upon your experience and knowledge within the topic. Educational levels are defined as follows:

  • Level I - Introductory
  • Level II - Intermediate
  • Level III - Advanced


Keynote Speakers


September 26, 2018

Steven Clifford

Former CEO and Author of The CEO Pay Machine

Today, the pay gap between CEOs and their employees is greater than ever—with some estimates placing CEO pay as much as 300-700x greater than that of the average worker. What’s behind this controversial trend in CEO compensation, and where do we go from here?

Join author and former CEO Steven Clifford as he takes on “The CEO Pay Machine” to examine how it works, the role board directors and compensation committees play, and what it all means for companies, shareholders, the economy, and workers themselves. Clifford was CEO for King Broadcasting Company and National Mobile Television, as well as a past director of 13 public and private companies. As Special Deputy Comptroller for the City of New York from 1974 to 1977, Clifford played a key role in helping the city avoid bankruptcy. His book, The CEO Pay Machine, was published by Penguin Publishing Group in May 2017.
 

September 27, 2018

The Changing Role of the Compensation Committee

The game has changed for compensation committees. A host of recent, highly publicized corporate scandals have demonstrated that committees need to more proactively address the risk and reward profile of executive compensation programs.  Join a panel of industry luminaries as they offer guidance on what companies should be doing to assess and manage compensation program risk, with a focus on the use of clawbacks in cases of significant financial or reputational harm to a company. Take a close look at the SEC risk disclosure rules, the compensation committee’s role in reviewing risk created by pay programs, and the proper response to risk for non-financial services companies.

Speakers:

  • Andrew Goldstein, Willis Towers Watson
  • Steven Seelig, Willis Towers Watson
  • Andrew Liazos, McDermott Will & Emery
  • Roy Dunbar, Board Member - Humana and Johnson Controls
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Full-Length Sessions (Sept. 26-27, 2018)

In-depth topics presented in 60 minutes. View by program track:

 


Today's Hottest Topics


The Impact of Tax Reform on Incentive Compensation
A panel of leaders from the Big 4 will discuss how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impacts equity and executive compensation. The panelists will discuss evolving plan design in light of the changes to Section 162(m), financial accounting implications of the TCJA, and strategies to maximize deductions in non-US locations and mitigate the “deemed repatriation” requirement.
Levels II & III

Navigating Equity Plan and Award Changes After Tax Reform and Other Guidance
This panel, featuring an IRS executive, will help you navigate the changing landscape for equity plans and award agreements after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The group will focus on key tax issues, opportunities, and pitfalls when designing or modifying an equity plan or award agreement from government, legal, and accounting perspectives.
Levels II & III

Hot Topics in Equity Compensation
This year promises upheaval and late-breaking developments, both in terms of legislation and plan design, including accounting, tax, securities, and other legal developments. This session, featuring key thought leaders, will cover the latest hot topics in stock compensation.
Levels II & III

The IRS Speaks
Featuring key IRS staffers, this perennially popular session will focus on new tax laws and regulations and provide timely updates on ongoing projects at the IRS impacting stock compensation.
Levels II & III

Around the World in 60 Minutes: Key International Updates
This always popular panel will cover key tax and legal changes around the world—as well as enforcement activity—and provide you with a clear action plan to address recent changes. This session will focus entirely on information relevant only to companies who offer stock compensation to non-US employees.
This session covers issues related to global stock plans only.
Levels II & III


EU Data Protection Laws– Four Months into the EU GDPR and What is Next?
The General Data Privacy Regulation, effective May 2018, introduced stricter requirements for compliance and higher penalties for noncompliance. We’ll discuss the new legal landscape under GDPR, various approaches for covering the transfer of personal data to the EU, and the pros and cons of each approach.
This session covers issues related to global stock plans only.
Levels II & III


Section 16 & Insider Considerations in Today’s Market
Hear the leading authorities on Section 16 and Rule 144 discuss evolving case law, news from the plaintiffs’ bar, recent reporting developments, and guidance from the SEC in these highly visible areas of compliance. Join the most respected experts in these areas!
Levels II & III

10b5-1 Plans: Hot Topics and Current Trends
As Rule 10b5-1 plans continue to increase in popularity, even beyond the C-suite, having strong policies and procedures is a vital part of company and board oversight. This panel will review the hot topics and trends in this area, including current approaches to plan design, policy considerations, and disclosure practices.
Levels II & III

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Executive Compensation


The SEC All-Stars: The Bleeding Edge
Straight talk on the issues of the day from an all-star panel of former senior SEC staffers.
Levels II & III

The Investors Speak
Representatives from leading institutional investment firms provide a frank discussion of their most critical concerns for executive compensation.
Levels II & III

Navigating ISS & Glass Lewis
Learn about the proxy advisors' latest hot button issues so you are prepared for your next Say-on-Pay vote.
Levels II & III

Hot Topics: 50 Practical Nuggets in 60 Minutes
A lightning round of executive compensation hot topics and practical strategies that you can implement immediately.
Levels II & III

The Consultants Speak: Hot Topics in Executive Compensation
Always one of our most popular sessions—our experienced experts will share straight talk on the latest issues, challenges, and best practices for executive compensation.
Levels II & III

Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em? Timing Executive Officer Terminations and Severance
Termination of public company executives who are entitled to severance benefits could negatively impact taxes, proxy reporting and shareholder relations. This session will use real-life scenarios to explain why timing matters in executive terminations. We’ll also discuss how to manage termination consequences and maintain investor confidence through the transition.
Levels II & III

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Compensation Strategy & Design


Time to Invest Some Sweat Equity in Your TSR-based Incentive Plan
Discover how to evaluate performance measures that, in conjunction with or in place of TSR, may achieve better results for your company and shareholders. We’ll explain why these measures may be better drivers of performance and be preferred by proxy advisors when managed correctly.
Levels II & III

Playing Moneyball:  Using Data and Analytics to Design Better LTI Plans
Explore how big data and analysis can create more efficient LTI plans. With three robust datasets from Aon, Fidelity, and ClearBridge, you’ll learn how rising trends can design better plans for shareholders and employees, as well as how designs relate to behavior.
Levels II & III

Director Compensation in the Crosshairs
In this informative session, you’ll discover director compensation trends and how to protect your plan from plaintiffs’ bar litigation. We’ll also discuss best practices for determining director compensation, proxy disclosure strategies, and proxy advisory firms’ evolving approach to director compensation.
Levels II & III

New Tax Laws, Same Uncertainty: US Changes in a Global Context
Expert panelists examine the recent overhaul of the US tax code, sharing ways to maximize the transition period, and expected changes to equity plan design. Additional discussion will include recent tax law changes in other jurisdictions and examination of current political trends and their effect on future tax law.
The focus of this session is split between US and global plans.
Levels II & III


Cash Settled Plans: Has Their Time Arrived?
Dive into cash awards with our industry experts. The panelists will review a case study on cash- vs. stock-settled awards and weigh the pros and cons of providing cash awards to employees.
Levels I & II

Designing an Innovative and Effective Grant Guideline Program
Learn how to create grant guidelines that ensure the right people are compensated and incented to impact your company. We’ll discuss who (and when) to include, how to calculate the right range, and when to make changes to your guidelines. We’ll also review tools to support a global grant review program.
Levels II & III

Evolution of an LTI Program After an IPO
Spirit Airline will share the strategic changes in the design of its LTI program to navigate a volatile stock price, changes in tax law, a growing employee population, and business evolution. Spirit will also share how it successfully balances shareholder interests with the need to retain/incent key talent.
This session covers issues related to global stock plans only.
Levels II & III


What’s Trending in Change-in-Control Benefits?
With data from 200 companies across 10 industries, we’ll explore current trends in CIC benefits, including severance, equity awards, and excise tax protection agreements. We’ll also cover highlights from the Golden Parachute Rules and the issues that arise with executive compensation in M&A.
Level II

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Compensation Best Practices


Technical vs. Practical; The Clash of Technical Accuracy v. Practical Efficiency
Explore the tension between compliance risk and administrative cost when it comes to global stock plans. Panelists will share their experiences in specific countries and discuss the policy, processes, and systems that drive compliance decisions. Learn how they assess exposure and move on.
This session is focused primarily on global stock plans.
Levels II & III


How to Score Your Equity Plan for Success
Find out how your equity program compares to others. We’ll introduce a tool to help you evaluate your program against key metrics, such as value vs. expense, retention, payouts, and more. After completing your scorecard in the session, we’ll poll the audience, share rankings, and discuss how to ensure your plan achieves your goals.
Levels I & II

True Cost of an ESPP
Your ESPP may not cost as much as you think. Explore the expensing and tax benefits of different types of ESPPs and the various costs related to administrating and offering a successful ESPP.
Levels I & II

Going Global: Implementing a Global Stock Plan
Learn about tax, administration, compliance, reporting and fund disbursement matters to consider before expanding to countries like Israel, France or the UK. Attendees can expect a collaborative “ask the audience” approach with game-styled questions, scenarios, and case studies in this interactive session.
This session covers issues related to global stock plans only.
Levels I & II


Your 2018 Global Compliance Check-Up
Using the NASPP/PWC 2018 Global Equity Incentives Survey, this panel will show how to test your global equity program for common compliance problems, including both general administrative concerns and country-specific problem areas. The panelists will also suggest NASPP resources to help you eliminate any unsightly trouble spots and outline ways to maintain a compliance regimen to ensure a clean bill of health.
This session covers issues related to global stock plans only.
Levels I & II

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Accounting & Taxation


The Top 10 Accounting Waves in 2018
Join us as we review the 10 trickiest and most common accounting issues of 2018, including complications relating to performance awards, modifications, CICs, taxes, and more. Not a CPA? Don’t worry—we’ll break down each one in layman’s terms.
Levels I & II

The Big 4 Examination of Your Mobility Practices
Experts from the Big 4 weigh-in with contrasting perspectives on the best mobility practices. The panelists will cover the current state of mobility tracking, integrated solutions for plan sponsors, and how to prioritize various tax, data and technology considerations to create an action plan.
This session covers issues related to global stock plans only.
Levels II & III


Tax Battle: East v West
New York and California’s aggressive pursuit of tax revenue from mobile employees has complicated compliance for companies doing business in those states. Our experts will share their top strategies for taxation of business travelers and teleworkers, tax audits, and more.
Level II

Let’s Get This Started! Build Your Mobility Tax Compliance Program
Industry experts will guide you through building (or expanding upon) your domestic or global income sourcing program. This session will cover assessing risk exposure, securing people resources to define tax policies, and utilizing system resources to manage mobile taxation in the face of varying legislation.
The focus of this session is split between US and global plans.
Levels I & II


End Panic Sessions: Advanced EPS Tips
This panel will take on advanced topics in calculating earnings per share, including best practices for documentation, performance awards, retirement provisions, post-vesting holding periods, and ESPPs. Our equity experts will also cover flux differences, anti-dilutive shares, and what auditors look for.
Levels II & III

The Aftermath of FASB Standard-Setting
Join us as we review the FASB’s most recent changes to ASC 718. Panelists will discuss how companies responded to the changes, sharing survey results and direct experience, as well as emerging best practices and compliance considerations.
Levels II & III

Financial Reporting, Audit, Compliance: What to Care About If You Don’t Care About Accounting.
Whether you’re from HR, payroll or legal, our finance gurus will walk you through data-driven processes that create audit-proof financial reports. Panelists will offer tips to monitor monthly data trends, leverage current record-keeping systems, and strengthen internal controls.
Levels I, II & III

Valuation 201: How theLatest Trends Affect Fair Value
If you loved last year’s “Valuation 101” program, you won’t want to miss this follow-up session! We’ll illustrate how today’s hottest trends impact award fair value, including post-vest holding periods, payout caps, premium priced options, and option exchanges.
Levels II & III

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Administration & Communication


5 Equity Plan Numbers to Have at Your Fingertips
Don’t dread that urgent call from you CEO looking for data on the equity compensation plan. Be prepared and look like a star! This session will ease your dread by disclosing five key figures plan administrators should always have on hand, plus who will be interested in each figure and how it’s derived.
Level I

Employee Communications: What’s Your Plan?
This interactive session will discuss the most effective methods of communication to help employees fully realize the value of their stock compensation. We’ll explore how to secure management buy-in, sharpen your message, and get your message across, along with the merits of various technology solutions and in-person training.
Levels I & II

Simplifying Global Stock Plans: Easy as ABC and 123
Join us as we take a common-sense approach to the complex world of global stock plans. Dell and Ameriprise will breakdown the most intricate areas, like legal and tax compliance processes, risk minimization, and reducing your suite of stock plan documents.
This session is focused primarily on global stock plans.
Levels I & II


Show Me the Dividend!  Paying Dividends and Equivalents on Awards in the US and Abroad
Dive into the challenges (and rewards) of paying dividends and equivalents globally. We’ll discuss tax withholding requirements, regulations, accounting issues, and the effects on other benefit plans, such as 401(k). With proactive steps and clear communication, these payments can provide an excellent benefit with minimal effort from issuers.
This session is focused primarily on global stock plans.
Levels I & II


A Survivor’s Guide to Ghastly Global Stock Plan Filings
Take an in-depth look at stock plan filings—including tax, foreign exchange, and securities law—in Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the UK. Attendees will gain actionable insights for surviving the most challenging global stock plan filings, as well as tips on which filings can be do-it-yourself projects.
This session covers issues related to global stock plans only.
Levels II & III


Everything I Need to Know about Stock Plan Communication I Learned from Social Media
Clever social media strategies drive action and engagement, and your stock plan communications strategy can, too. Join our creative panelists for a discussion on how you can adapt successful social media techniques into your stock plan communications to educate and captivate your audience.
Levels I, II & III

Show Me the Money! How to Get the Funding You Need.
Industry experts explain the key elements of a strong project proposal and how to make a compelling case every time you request more funding. This interactive workshop will give audience members a chance to collaborate, share ideas, and outline their own proposals for use back in the office.
Levels I, II & III

Solving the Issue of RSU Non-Acceptance
Explore practical solutions to the challenges of grant acceptance for RSUs, including domestic and international tax and accounting and employment law issues. We’ll highlight the administrative challenges of requiring award acceptance and discuss how to evaluate the alternatives to determine the best approach.
Levels I & II

Leveraging Financial Wellness to Improve Perceived Value of Equity Awards
Financial wellness programs, when delivered with equity plans, significantly impact employee retention and compensation satisfaction. Learn how to leverage this powerful connection, use digital toolsets and gamification to boost plan engagement, and how to assess program ROI.
Level II

Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Equity Comp Edition
Test your knowledge in this game-show structured workshop. This fast-paced panel will discuss administrative bugaboos and best practices, including ideal vesting practices, minimum grant thresholds, tax mishaps, W-8Ben gotchas, automation pitfalls, expensive surprises, performance award challenges, and more.
Levels I & II

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Power Sessions (Sept. 28, 2018)


Fast-paced, 25-minute presentations on strategic and thought-provoking topics presented on the event's final day.
 

Creating Impactful Incentive Plans: Flexibility in the Absence of 162(m)
Join us to explore the framework for enhancing incentive plans with more robust, value-driven measures and methods for identifying and integrating value drivers into performance-based equity plans.
The focus of this session is split between US and global plans.
Level II


The New Allure of Premium-Priced Options
Do premium-priced options represent a no-fuss, no-muss approach to pay-for-performance? We’ll dive into the benefits and downfalls of these awards and explain how companies use them effectively to grant equity.
Levels II & III

Unconventional Wisdom: Thinking Outside Your System
Think outside of the standard equity software program functionality and learn creative ideas to get more value for your equity program. Attendees will gain insights to resolve common system shortcomings and boost efficiency of equity administration.
Level II

Mastering Your Metrics: How Statistics Can Help You Select the Right Performance Metrics
This innovative session will show you a more analytical approach to selecting metrics can help you construct an optimal performance award program. Learn strategies to better address how metric volatility compares to shareholder return, confront your own biases in metric selection, and improve your incentive programs.
Levels II & III

From Table to Able: Combating ESPP Payroll Compliance
Expert panelists dive into the payroll management challenges that plague domestic and global ESPPs today. From reporting to administration, attendees will discover actionable solutions to strengthen payroll compliance procedures while boosting efficiency and saving time and money.
Levels I, II & III

Alexa: Exercise My Stock Options
You can now use voice recognition to authenticate access to your stock plan account or scan a Snap code to enroll in ESPP. This workshop will guide you through ground-breaking technology that impacts stock plans, you, and your participants.
Levels I, II & III

Brexit: What to Consider with Your Program?
Brexit will be here in 2019; it’s imperative that companies with a UK presence begin assessing their needs. Explore what your company must do to develop an action plan that will keep the organization’s global workforce secure through these unprecedented times.
This session is focused primarily on global stock plans.
Level II


Establishing Guiding Principles for Executive Compensation
Willis Towers Watson has taken the lead in developing a comprehensive compendium of overarching and operational principles for the governance and design of executive compensation. Join us for an introduction to the WTW framework and discover how guiding principles help make more effective executive compensation decisions.
Levels I, II & III

Planning Strategies for Employees
Learn key financial planning strategies for equity compensation, including ways to maximize the value of stock grants and ESPPs, approaches to tax planning, estate planning ideas, and monetization for concentrated stock.
Levels I, II & III

Straight Talk from Participants: What They Aren’t Telling You
Hear insights from Charles Schwab’s Annual Employee Study for Employers, which surveyed 1,000 active equity compensation/ESPP participants and learn key findings that will help you make more informed decisions in managing your stock plans and improve your participants’ experiences.
Level I

10 Negotiating Tips for Stock Plan Professionals
Negotiation is a skill that stock plan professionals rely on every day. Join us for 10 practical tips to optimize your negotiation strategy, including negotiating your own compensation.
Levels I & II

Equity Outliers: Are They Really Doing That?
Plan and grant features that are outside of the market norm are often disregarded, yet they represent the most innovative practices. We’ll review grant practices from the past two years of SEC filings and other resources to determine market trends and to get a glimpse of future stock plan designs.
Levels I, II & III

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Presentation Arena (Sept. 26-27, 2018)


Let top experts help you get more out of breaks and lunches with quick, dynamic talks on hot industry topics.
 

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: ASC, IRS, SAB, OMG....
If you enjoyed last year’s “ASC, ASU, IRS, OMG” session at NASPP, don’t miss this follow-up workshop! We’ll examine changes to the TCJA and how those changes impact equity compensation arrangements, accounting and tax considerations, payroll reporting, and more.
The focus of this session is split between US and global plans.
Level II


Telling Great Proxy Stories with Visualization
Discover how leading companies use visualization to tell more compelling proxy stories, deconstruct complex award designs, explain pay-for-performance relationships, justify the use of specific peer firms, and more. We’ll share live examples to spark ideas that can be implemented immediately.
Levels II & III

Using Financial Planning to Align Equity Plan Expense with Perceived Value
Equity compensation participants must understand the key financial planning concepts necessary to optimize their equity grants and holdings. Join this workshop to explore how adding a financial planning component to your stock plan program can maximize its value to employees.
The focus of this session is split between US and global plans.
Levels I, II & III


Business Intelligence Samurai: Slicing and Dicing Data, and Creating Beautiful Reports and Analysis Like a Seasoned Pro
This innovative session will demonstrate how to analyze your equity compensation data alongside data from other sources to gain a new perspective of your plan. We’ll provide a simple-use case to show you just how easy it is to get a full view of your organization with Microsoft’s FREE Power BI Desktop.
Levels I, II & III

High-Impact Rewards: Are Stock-Based Compensation Plans Keeping Pace?
Bersin™, Deloitte Consulting LLP’s High-Impact Rewards research, offers innovative insights into how high-performing companies evolve their awards approaches. This session will explore the implications of these findings for stock plans and the people who develop and administer them.
Levels I, II & III

Issues and Mistakes in Counting the Vote
Join us as we highlight the most common issues and mistakes companies make when counting votes and announcing the results of their shareholders meeting.
Levels II & III

Release Secrets Unlocked: Best Practice Tips for a Smooth Release
From ensuring completion of tax elections, to clearly defining the fair market value for the release date, our expert panel will share valuable experiences and tips to create a smooth award release.
Levels I & II

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Pop-Up Stage (Sept. 26-27, 2018)


Another great opportunity to hear from leading experts during breaks and lunches is the new Pop-Up Stage in the NASPP HUB offering insightful takes on trending topics.

You Can't Value What You Don't Understand: Increasing Employee Engagement, by UBS Equity Plan Advisory Services

Automation in an Equity Compensation World, by E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc.

10b5-1 Automation, by E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc.

Equity Data Management for Corporate Actions, by Certent

Evolve & Grow: Leading-Edge Solutions to UP Your Optional Maturity Game, by Deloitte

The Evolution of the Participant Experience: The Importance of Effective Communication and Education for All Levels and Generations in the Workforce, by TD Ameritrade Stock Plan Services

Stay a Step Ahead of Trends in Workplace Financial Wellness, by Charles Schwab

Concentrated and Complex: Diversification Alternatives for Executives, by Morgan Stanley Global Stock Plan Services

Take Equity Compensation Planning to the Next Level, by Fidelity Stock Plan Services

The 280G Conundrum: How to Determine What Is Post Change-in-Control Reasonable Compensation for a Non-Compete, by Golden Parachute Tax Solutions

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Luncheon Roundtable Discussions (Sept. 27, 2018)


From 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Sept. 27, you will have opportunity to sit, have lunch, and engage in productive, moderated discussions on your chose of 8 pre-selected topics of note in our profession. No need to sign up in advance—if there is room at a table discussing a topic that interests you, sit down, and join the discussion.
 

Accounting and Financial Reporting Challenges, hosted by Rob Miceli of Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Administration of Restricted Stock Units, hosted by Sean Ross of Charles Schwab             

Employee Education and Communication, hosted by Ken Puritz of Computershare    
      
Design and Administration of Performance Awards, hosted by Robert Slaughter of E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc.

Employee Education and Communication, hosted by Jeanne Hurley Cosby of Fidelity Stock Plan Services

Rule 10b5-1 Plans, hosted by Christine Cognetti McCasland of Morgan Stanley   

Rule 10b5-1 Plans, hosted by Scott Shuryn of TD Ameritrade       

Insider Trading and Compliance, hosted by Bill Radtke of UBS Equity Plan Advisory Services         


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