NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Shareholder Activism - The Good and Bad of Activism

February 24, 2016
San Francisco, CA



Shareholder Activism - The Good and Bad of Activism:

Insider Stories and Practical Advice

for Boards of Directors






Allison Bennignton

General Counsel and Partner, ValueAct

Prior to joining ValueAct Capital in April 2004, Mrs. Bennington was the General Counsel of Atriax, Ltd. (“Atriax”), a joint venture of Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Citibank and Reuters. Prior to joining Atriax, Mrs. Bennington was a Managing Director of Robertson Stephens, a full service investment bank, where she ran the Legal Department. Mrs. Bennington was previously a Partner in the London office of Brobeck Hale and Dorr International. Mrs. Bennington is a director of Seitel Inc. and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School. She has a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.officer.




Sarah B. Teslik

Senior Vice President – Communications, Public Affairs and Governance

Sarah B. Teslik, was appointed senior vice president – Communications, Public Affairs and Governance in May 2014. She previously served as senior vice president – Policy and Governance since October 2006. Prior to joining the company, she was chief executive officer of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. from November 2004 to October 2006, and executive director of the Council of Institutional Investors from July 1988 to October 2004. Teslik holds a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, a master’s degree from Oxford University, and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University.



Evelyn Dilsaver

Evelyn Dilsaver

SMember of the Board, Northern California Chapter NACD Board Memberships: Aeropostale, Inc., Blue Shield of California, Tempur Sealy, Health Equity & Protiviti

A former CPA at Ernst, Evelyn spent the first 17 years of her career in the audit and finance function as controller for a bank and for Charles Schwab and as CFO for U.S. Trust, a wealth management firm. She was given the opportunity to hone her skills in marketing, business development, strategy, M&A and product development, culminating in the role of EVP of Charles Schwab, member of the Management Committee and president and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management.

Evelyn is a recognized leader in building motivated teams in the public and non-profit world. As president and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management she was responsible for all aspects of the business, growing the assets to over $200 B while generating $1 B in revenue. Recognized in the community for her leadership, she has received SF Business Times "100 Most Influential Woman" award, 2003-2009; CSU East Bay Alumnae of the year, 2008; and SF Business Times "Outstanding Director", 2014.

Evelyn has served on several public and private boards and currently serves on public company boards Aeropostale (ARO) where she chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee, Tempur-pedic (TPX) where she is a member of the Audit Committee and Health Equity (HQY) where she chairs the Audit Committee; large private companies Blue Shield of CA where she chairs the Audit Commmittee and is a member of the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees, global consulting firm Protiviti and leadership roles in several non-profit boards, including the Commonwealth Club, CSU East Bay Foundation, and the NACD NorCal chapter. She is a graduate of CSU East Bay and Stanford Senior Executive Program.


Location and Time


900 7th Street.
San Francisco, CA

5:30 PM to 7:30 PM



A special thank you to Recology Golden Gate, a 100% employee owned company, for providing the space for this event. 


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