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Technology vs the World: Trends in Stock Plan Design

July 16, 2020

11:30 am - 1 pm Central Time

Come join the Austin Chapter in Thursday, July 16th for a review of equity trends in our current landscape. Please register at

Speaker Information

Barbara A. Baksa, CEP
Executive Director
National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
Barbara Baksa serves as Executive Director for the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP).  In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she oversees all NASPP member programs and services, including the NASPP Annual Conference, online educational programs, webcasts on current developments, website content, surveys and research, regional chapters, and industry involvement.
Barbara is a frequent speaker on equity compensation related topics, has authored numerous white papers and articles on stock compensation and has contributed chapters to four books on equity compensation. She is the author of the book “Accounting for Equity Compensation,” published by the National Center for Employee Ownership and a required text for the Certified Equity Professionals exam. Barbara also serves as editor of The NASPP Advisor.
Barbara began her career in equity compensation over 20 years ago. She is a Certified Equity Professional, member of the Curriculum Committee and the Advisory Board of the CEP Institute at Santa Clara University, and an Executive Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. Barbara has a BA in English from the University of Iowa.

Tara Tays 
Managing Director
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Tara Tays has over 17 years of combined consulting and corporate experience advising management and compensation committees on a wide range of compensation matters including:

• Assessing market compensation levels and appropriate competitive posture of all components of employee pay and benefits, including the design of customized compensation and benefit surveys and studies
• Evaluating, designing, implementing, and administering annual and long-term incentive programs, including various types of equity-based compensation for private and public companies
• Drafting term sheets for employment agreements, change-in-control agreements, and long-term incentive plan arrangements
• Consulting on change-in-control, severance, spin-off, and merger-related compensation issues, including change-in-control arrangements, and merger integration incentives
• Educating clients in understanding “Hot Topics” in executive and board of director compensation practices

Tara is the lead consultant responsible for long-term incentive plan design and stock administration surveys co-sponsored by Deloitte Consulting and the National Association of Stock Plan Professional. She has also co-authored Deloitte’s Hot Topics whitepaper on Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — Abstracts and Observations. Tara was a Keynote Speaker at NASPP's 2014 Annual conference and has presented at various WorldatWork Total Rewards conferences.

Tara has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Southern California and is a member of the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals.

Event Details

Under the current economic environment, establishing a competitive long-term incentive program is crucial for companies to motivate, retain and attract employees; assessing the competitiveness of your company’s programs against industry peers is critical to this process. This informative session will provide the latest trends in stock plan design from the 2019 Domestic Stock Plan Design Survey, the most in-depth long-term incentive design survey data available in the market (co-sponsored by the NASPP and Deloitte Consulting LLP). Also, we plan to share with you how companies may be adjusting their long-term incentive programs in response to COVID-19.
The topics for this session will include the following:
  •  Prevalence of equity vehicles granted
  • Types of vehicles granted by employee level
  • Length and type of vesting/performance period of equity awards
  • Metrics used to measure performance
  • Termination provisions (e.g., retirement, change in control, death, and disability)
  • Burn rate and overhang levels
  • Prevalence of claw back provisions and common terms & condition
  • Changes to equity awards in response to COVID-19

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