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The Value of Enterprise-Wide Diversity: A Director's View

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This program will use portions of the 2017 NACD Blue Ribbon Commission Report.

About NACD Colorado

NACD Colorado Chapter serves directors surrounding the Denver, Colorado metro and Rocky Mountain areas, including Boulder, Ft. Collins, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Wyoming.  Join local corporate directors for exceptional educational programs and peer-to-peer interaction.  We offer the following to our members:

Programs: Eight (8) evening educational programs per year with current director-related topics that also include a time to network with peers. 

Roundtables: Invitation only roundtable programs tailored to member directors who currently serve on specific Board Committees (e.g., Audit, Comp, Nom/Gov). There are approximately eight (8) Roundtable sessions held annually and the sessions are organized as small gatherings where directors can contribute and learn from peers. Upcoming 2017 Roundtable programs will be held in February, March, April, June and August.  For more information about attending and participation requirements, please send an email to

Annual Appreciation Event: Our Annual Member Appreciation Event is an opportunity to thank our members for your support of NACD CO.

NACD Colorado Chapter News


NACD Colorado Chapter Awards Annual Ronald I. Zall Scholarship

Denver, CO (June 2017) – The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Colorado Chapter, the advocate for the profession of directorship, today announced Michael “Mike” Fordyce as this year’s recipient of NACD’s Ronald I. Zall Scholarship. Ronnie Zall’s full life ended on May 4, 2017 and we are all the privileged benefactors of his pioneering work and dedication to director education. The NACD Colorado Chapter will honor this dedication with the presentation of the second annual award during the chapter’s June 2017 Member Appreciation Event.

The first member of NACD’s faculty and its director for two decades, Ronald Zall (Ronnie) predicted that all boards would one day embrace director education.

“We are pleased to award Mike Fordyce the Ronald Zall Scholarship as we honor Ronnie and his efforts and dedication to the advancement of board leadership,” said NACD Colorado Chapter Chairman, Debra Koenig.

 Mike Fordyce is the President and CEO of Craig Hospital.  He served on the board of directors from 1998-2005 and was chair of the board from 2003-04. Prior to joining Craig Hospital, he served as chief administrative officer at Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national health care system. Mike was with CHI for 21 years, providing a strong background in administration, strategy, organizational development, and human resources. Through Mike’s efforts, and working along with effective Board Chairs, the Craig Hospital Board joined NACD and has improved effective governance that has supported the overwhelming success of the Hospital.


Save the Date: 2017/18 Programs

 We're planning another great program year.  More details to follow:

 September 20, 2017

October 18, 2017

November 15, 2017

January 17, 2018

February 21, 2018

March 21, 2018

April 18, 2018

May 16, 2018

June 20, 2018


How Corporate Board Members Can and Should Influence Innovation

The Colorado Chapter of NACD held an educational event on the board's role in innovation.  Curated by NACD CO Board Member Catharine Merigold, the panel included Diego Rodriquez, Global Managing Director of IDEO; Dave Drach, TechStars VP of Corporate Strategy; and Barbara Mowry, NACD CO Board Member.  Afterwards, Dave Drach wrote this post, which gives specific suggestions on what a board member can do to influence innovation.  A great read to jump start your thinking! 


News you can use

Our sponsor IMA recently published their Executive Risk Quarterly Report for 1st Quarter 2017, highlighting the latest news and topics of concern in executive liability insurance policies.  We feel this information is pertinent in our role in keeping you informed of current matters impacting excellent directorship. Read the report here.



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