Oversight of corporate culture is a key responsibility for boards that has been affirmed in proxy statements, annual reports, and on websites of many public companies. While recognizing the importance of overseeing corporate culture, boards can experience difficulty assessing it. The process of assessing culture is often seen as more qualitative, and less quantitative. Paul DeNicola, Principal, PwC Governance Insights Center, and Trish Oelrich, Director Federal Home Loan Bank Office of Finance will lead this interactive session with a case study and peer exchange which looks at ways to better assess company culture.
Paul DeNicola is a Principal in PwC's Governance Insights Center where he works to extend the firm's leadership in the area of corporate governance. A frequent speaker at forums for directors and governance professionals, Paul also advises boards and executive teams on emerging governance issues. He has twice been named to Directorship Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in U.S. corporate governance.
Paul is an Associate Professor at New York University's Stern School of Business where he teaches courses in corporate governance and professional responsibility. He also serves on the board of The Society for Corporate Governance, The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and on the Markets Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional Investors.
Prior to joining PwC, Paul was Director of The Conference Board Governance Center, where he oversaw educational and research initiatives in corporate governance, enterprise risk management and business ethics.
Paul earned his BA and MA degrees in interdisciplinary studies from New York University and completed a PhD in philosophy and communications at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee Switzerland.
Trish is the Audit Committee Chair for the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) - Office Finance. Previously she was Audit Committee Chair for Pepco Holdings a Fortune 500 electric utility before their sale to Exelon Corporation. Trish is an experienced corporate board member and invaluable resource for helping companies create strategies that deal with the risks that emerge as business re-invents itself in a digital world. With a focus on moving to the emerging global marketplace, she guides the conversation and inspires others to think more broadly about the impact of technology, the importance of building a moral and ethical culture, forming a balanced approach to enterprise and social risk management, and addressing cyber security risks. She is an advisory board member for the Raj and Kamala Gupta Governance Institute and a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Audit Committee Members, Inc. (AACMI). She also serves as co-chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Women Corporate Directors and member of the NJ NACD Board of Directors. Trish, a CPA, holds a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Systems.