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

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