Tackling Your First, Massive Board Book

Q: I’ve been elected to my first board seat, a mid-cap regional health services firm.  I’m familiar with this sector and the company, have spoken with the management team, and know a couple of current board members, so I have the essentials pretty well.  But now, ten days before my first board meeting, I’ve just… Read More

What Leadership Looks Like: No Matter the Field

Imagine a leadership training program disguised as a baseball team. Gathered in the outfield after the championship game, the Captain stood and pointed to each player, citing their contributions throughout the season. Each player beamed with pride as some highlight of his performance was detailed. The victory had truly been a team victory, with contributions… Read More

Reaffirming the Good Friday Agreement

Testimony of Mitchell B. Reiss   U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment and Cyber Wednesday, May 5, 2021 “Reaffirming the Good Friday Agreement” Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee: Thank you for inviting me to testify today about the status of the Good Friday Agreement, the… Read More

After Black Lives Matter, Now Comes the Hard Part

The Black Lives Matter movement and civil rights protests across the country, triggered by the issue of police violence, have heightened awareness of racial inequality. Public and private institutions are issuing statements of solidarity, re-examining their hiring practices and workplace cultures, and promising social justice. These good intentions should be applauded. But the hard part… Read More

Should You Donate Company Shares Before an Exit?

Philanthropy is important to many privately held business owners who often include charitable endeavors as part of their post-exit plans. Yet even those who earmark exit proceeds for their favorite nonprofit sometimes fail to appreciate the savings that charitable planning can create. That helps explain why many business owners overlook philanthropy in their pre-transaction planning…. Read More

The Global Stakes on Why Black Lives Matter

The United States and China are currently engaged in a complex relationship. While retaining important aspects of cooperation, it is increasingly characterized by rivalries that span multiple domains, including national security, trade, finance, advanced technologies, cyber, and space.  Often minimized or overlooked, however, is an important ideological element to this competition. To read more, please… Read More