June 11, 2008 07:15 ET

New Jersey Chapter of National Association of Corporate Directors Features Corporate Governance Expert at Upcoming Event

The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin Will Share Insights on Business-Critical Topic of "Board and Shareholder Communication"

RIDGEWOOD, NJ--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - The New Jersey Chapter of NACD today announced details of its next event. Being held Wednesday, June 25, 2008 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Highlawn Pavilion, East Rock Reservation, West Orange, N.J., it will feature The Honorable Barbara Hackman Franklin, one of the most accomplished business minds and corporate governance experts in the U.S. Franklin's presentation will focus on the business-critical topic of "Board and Shareholder Communication."

Currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a private investment and consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., she is a respected advisor to American companies doing business in global markets and a leading expert on corporate governance, auditing and financial reporting practices. As the 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, she achieved a major goal -- increasing American exports -- with emphasis on market opening initiatives in China, Russia, Japan and Mexico. She has been a director of 14 public companies and is presently serving as a director of two: Aetna Inc. and The Dow Chemical Company. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and was one of the first women graduates of the Harvard Business School.

The topic of board and shareholder communication is being examined by this year's NACD Blue Ribbon Commission. Among the questions being reviewed are how such communications are handled by boards when shareholders request meetings, and when and under what circumstances boards should request meetings with shareholders. The Commission's report is expected to be released this fall.

Mark Sickles, founding president and CEO of NACD's New Jersey chapter, commented, "We're honored to end our current season with such a noteworthy event and impressive speaker. Barbara has earned the respect of many of the world's political and corporate leaders. Her presentation will give our attendees the actionable information they need to analyze and advance their own board and shareholder communication practices as well as the opportunity to input to the Blue Ribbon Commission's report. It's a not-to-be missed evening."

The fee for members is $50. The fee for non-members is $85. To register for this event, please call (866)648-3369 or email Jim O'Leary at by Monday, June 23, 2008. More information is available at the NACD-NJ Web site, located at

More About NACD-NJ

NACD New Jersey (NACDNJ) is one of nearly 20 chapters in the growing network of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Founded in 1977, NACD is a national non-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to serving the corporate governance needs of corporate boards and individual board members.

NACD's 17,500 members and customers represent companies ranging from Fortune 100 public companies to small, over-the-counter, closely held, and private firms. NACD promotes high professional board standards, creates forums for peer interaction, enhances director effectiveness, communicates and monitors the policy interests of directors, conducts benchmarking research, and educates boards and directors concerning traditional and cutting-edge issues.

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