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About this event

In this Salon, Michael Stiller—Head of ESG Advisory & Engagement at Nasdaq will share best practices on ESG oversight for pre-IPO boards and examine the following:

  • Governance & Oversight: Implementing board oversight of sustainability and ESG early-on
  • Strategy Starts at the Top: The board’s role in embedding ESG and sustainability into corporate strategy
  • Identification of an ESG Strategy: Identifying the areas of focus, metrics and KPIs of a company
  • Preparing for the Public Markets: Building a highly functional and diverse board that meets public market expectations.


Michael Stiller Head of ESG Advisory & Engagement

Mike Stiller is responsible for the day-to-day management and strategic direction of Nasdaq's ESG Advisory practice. The practice consists of a global team that partners with public and private companies to initiate and advance ESG programs built for capital markets audiences. Engagements can range from advising senior management and boards on environmental, social and governance (ESG) topics to guiding companies through ESG strategy building and designing ESG engagement strategies with long-term investors.

Mike has spent the last ten years with Nasdaq in various capacities, including business development, strategy, and advising corporates on institutional investors & capital markets topics. Prior to joining Nasdaq, Mike spent time on the buy-side at a technology, media and telecom (TMT) hedge fund and a macroeconomic volatility arbitrage fund.


Coco Brown CEO

Coco is founder and CEO of Athena Alliance. Prior to her current roles, Coco served as President, COO, and Board Director of Taos, a market leader in IT Services serving hundreds of F1000 companies, including Apple, Cisco, ebay, Facebook, and Silicon Valley Bank. Coco brings rich experience across F1000 companies, start-ups, and nonprofits in the roles of CEO, COO, advisor, and Board member to Athena. She possesses a unique understanding of the breadth of challenges and opportunities of leadership. She empowers leaders to execute successfully, working with them to develop the relationship between a company’s strategy and its organizational design and environment. Coco’s expertise in developing and strengthening these important linkages makes her a powerful C-level advisor and Board member. In addition to serving on the Board of Taos from 2004 to 2014, Coco served as a Board Director for MentorNet during its rebranding, product transformation, and subsequent acquisition by Great Minds in STEM. Coco was on the finance committee supporting the Board of Directors of Samasource and established the Operating Committee for the Silicon Valley arm of Golden Seeds, a New York-based early-stage investment firm. She also currently serves as Chair of the Nominating Committee for the Anita Borg Technology Leadership Award, one of the most prestigious awards honoring women in technology.

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ESG for the Pre-IPO Board

Wed, Sep 28 @ 12:00pm PT (1 hr)

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