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14-16 September 2015
Scottsdale, AZ, US

NECF 2015 - Special Events
Extended Learning sessions were offered at no additional cost. Separate registration was required. Only current National Equity Compensation Forum registrants may register for the NECF Extended Learning Series.

in association with WorldatWorkMonday, 14 September 2:30pm — 4:30pm

Organizations today face intense pressure and unprecedented scrutiny to demonstrate that executive pay is aligned with performance. There is growing concern that such pressure is forcing pay design conformity that erodes pay for performance linkage and alignment with shareholder interests.

Attendees joined us for an in-depth and engaging discussion about facing the challenges in designing effective executive pay programs that pass muster with the growing list of interested parties and critics.

WorldatWork assembled a panel of experts who explored challenges and successes in aligning executive pay with performance. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Say on Pay voting and how it has impacted pay for performance for better and for worse.
  • Resisting the growing trend toward a homogeneous and one-size-fits-all approach to plan design in favor of one tailored for a company's unique business strategy and goals.
  • Long-term performance measurement and the challenges in choosing the right robust goals and timeframes for measurement that will result in sustained shareholder value over time.
  • The latest update regarding SEC proposed rules for pay-for-performance disclosure and hear how organizations have already effectively demonstrated alignment between pay and performance in their proxy statements.
CPE Credit: 1.0
Field of Study: Personnel/HR
Level: I, II, III

Mindful Working Workshop
Monday, 14 September 2:30pm — 4:30pm

Christy Cassisa, UCSD Center for MindfulAll delegates were invited to a pre-conference Mindful Working Workshop, led by Christy Cassisa - Director of WorkLife Integration Programs at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, as part of their registration. Designed to help participants respond to the negative impact of stress on workplace productivity and employee health, this innovative and dynamic workshop helped attendees incorporate mindfulness practice into their daily business and personal lives. We learned how to be present in the moment and leverage the practice of mindfulness to stay engaged, focused and fulfilled in all aspects of your life.
For those interested, Mindfulness Consultations - was offered as part of Monday's conference program. Delegates who participated in this program can expect to see:
  • Decreased levels of stress
  • Increased productivity and creativity
  • Increased compassion for self and others - improved relationships
  • A shift in perception - better decision making, more positive outlook
  • Increased emotional intelligence- overall improved effectiveness and happiness

CPE Credit: 1.0
Field of Study: Personal Development
Level: I, II, III
When something can help you slow down, mellow out and help you appreciate the small things in life we usually call into question its legality. But meditation is something that can do all that while taking mere minutes out of your schedule to help you enjoy the rest of your day more thoroughly and completely. I discovered this first hand six months ago when I took a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course through my employer, an experience that has truly changed my life (when your family can tell you've missed a day of meditation you know it works!). I encourage each of you to take the time and try it out at the upcoming NECF and judge for yourself, I know you'll be very happy you did. Lisa Vitiello Murzic, Stock Administration Senior Manager Qualcomm
Issuer Advisory Council Meeting – Great Resource Discussion

GEO Issuer Advisory CouncilMonday, 14 September 10:30am — 12:00pm


This exclusive issuer only event was designed for members of GEO's Issuer Advisory Council to have dynamic dialogue regarding global issues with peers from around the world and offer advice on GEO matters from issues as complex as the organization's strategic direction to practical matters such as future conference locations.

This meeting focused on Great Resources. Much like your standard book club, attendees gathered to share their best resources. They shared their most favorite resource/thought leadership; such as a blog, newsletter, webinar, conference or favorite website, and share a synopsis of the lessons you've recently learned from it.

Issuer Roundtable & Luncheon

GEO Issuer RoundtableMonday, 14 September 12:15pm — 2:00pm


Back by popular demand, GEO and issuer representatives from the GEO board hosted a special networking opportunity specifically for attendees from companies that offer equity-based plans to their employees (corporate issuer attendees).

This was your special lunch to socialize and network with your peers, including issuer representatives from the GEO board, and discuss topics of greatest interest and concern in an open forum.

If you've enjoyed this luncheon in the past, then you were sure to be impressed by this event. A raffle for great prizes also took place!

Raffle Prizes Exclusively Sponsored by KPMG

Raffle Prizes Exclusively Sponsored by KPMG

Networking Mixer

Monday, 14 September 4:45pm — 5:45pm

They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Do you have a love for food and drink? If so, this event was sure to win your affections! We fueled your appetite and quenched your thirst in this fun mixer where official tasting Chefs guided you through the basic steps of creating a selection of popular Southwestern recipes—all from scratch. Participants collaborate with colleagues and new friends and created delicious and refreshing recipes!

Opening Reception

Monday, 14 September 6:00pm — 7:30pm

Attendees joined old friends and colleagues and made new acquaintances at this networking event that celebrated the best of the Wild West. Plenty of food and beverage were available, including a very unique tequila tasting experience, led by the resort’s resident Tequila Goddess.

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley

Sponsored by Morgan Stanley


SweatworkingTuesday, 15 September 7:00am — 8:00am

Attendees who wanted to get outside and have a good time with current or prospective clients and/or colleagues at NECF, tried "sweatworking". This growing practice of meeting clients and colleagues in a more active setting like NECF is a great alternative and is the perfect way to combine daily exercise with work productivity. The result is a "post-workout smoothie rather than a three-hour lunch" and that's just beneficial the whole way 'round. Fitness sweatworking options at NECF that were sure to get your blood pumping and the conversation flowing include hatha yoga, a spin class or a simple run or walk. Before you know it, you’ll be tweet bragging: "Just got an hour at the gym and landed a deal!"

Hatha Yoga Class met at Well & Being Spa

Hatha (or sun/moon) is a balanced yoga practice that uses slow movements, focuses on proper alignment and breathing. Well-suited for beginners and practiced yogis alike. Bare feet, all levels. Duration: 60 minutes.

Spin Class met at Well & Being Spa

A cardio workout on the stationary Star Trac Spinner bike. Classes were technique and terrains based and focus on sprints and climbs that can make an unpredictable ride that is fun and challenging. Wear athletic shoes, all levels. Capacity: 10, Duration: 60-minutes.

Fun Run met at Well & Being Spa

A resort guide led the GEO group on a run around the grounds of the beautiful Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Wear athletic shoes, all levels welcome. Duration: 60-minutes.

Happy Hour

Tuesday, 15 September 5:30pm — 6:30pm

Attendees joined colleagues for drinks and snacks and unwound from a long day of learning and sharing. This was a great opportunity to network before heading to dinner and we were expecting a very special guest greeter with a saddlebag full of cold refreshments!

Sponsored by iSP Advisors

Sponsored by iSP Advisors