North Florida & South Georgia Chapter Event

North Florida & South Georgia Chapter Event

Dinner & Program

Thursday, May 17
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Lodge Wine Cellar, inside the Oak Room at the Sea Island Lodge
100 Retreat Ave.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522

There is no charge for WCD members to attend the dinner.


Optional Group Cooking Class and Lunch

Friday, May 18
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Georgian Room Restaurant

We hope members will stay for additional networking by attending a cooking class, followed by lunch, at the Georgian Room, the only Forbes “Five-Star” restaurant in Georgia. The cost to participate is $265.36 per person, to be paid on-site, the day of the event. Closed toed shoes must be worn.



To secure your hotel room at the Inn at Sea Island, please call 855.318.8030 and reference the WCD group rate. The room rate is $200.00 per night plus tax.

The Inn at Sea Island
100 Salt Marsh Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522


Dinner program topic:

The Visionary Board’s Imperative: Ensuring Alignment Between Human Capital, Cultural and Strategic Initiatives

Company success relies on both a robust business strategy and a strong, talented team to deliver it. What is the Board’s responsibility for leadership development? If business strategy defines what a company plans to do, then leadership strategy governs how a company will do it. Shouldn’t an active board be equally concerned with both?

In May, WCD and Pearl Meyer released a new Thought Leadership Commission report entitled, The Visionary Board at Work: Developing a Culture of Leadership. As part of this report, a global survey conducted by WCD and Pearl Meyer found that roughly 90% of respondents believe that boards have a responsibility to oversee talent and leadership strategy, but only 11% of boards thought they were doing this well.

During this session, Melissa Means from Pearl Meyer will lead us through a discussion about the board’s role in leadership, culture and strategic initiatives (innovation) and will discuss examples of how a more proactive role for the board has occurred in your companies.


Melissa Means is a managing director with Pearl Meyer with over 20 years of experience in executive and board compensation. She assists clients in designing, implementing and communicating incentive plans and total compensation strategies, pay for performance alignment and shareholder outreach. Melissa works closely with boards and management teams in addressing governance practices, executive transitions/succession planning and aligning pay with business strategies. As a part of regularly being in the boardroom, Melissa also provides context to boards on group behavioral, as well as governance dynamics and interactions among the board and with management. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors and the National Association of Corporate Directors (New England and National), where she also served on the Program Committee. She was co-author of the WCD Thought Leadership Reports in 2014 and 2017. She is a member of The Boston Club, served on the Corporate Board Committee and chaired the Corporate Advisory Board Committee. Melissa was named to the Agenda Compensation 100, a listing of top compensation committee board-ready professionals.

5/17/2018 7:00 PM - 5/18/2018 1:00 PM
The Lodge Wine Cellar 100 Retreat Ave. St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Optional Program Items


Thursday, 17 May 2018

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
7:00 PM

Friday, 18 May 2018

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
11:00 AM

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