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About this event

Your board composition is just as important post-IPO as it is before going public. In this Salon, Joan Conley—senior advisor on corporate governance and ESG programs at Nasdaq—will share how to start planning your post-IPO board early and determine the right competencies for your company.

In this deep-dive, we’ll cover everything you need to know after the excitement of the “buzz” wears off. Learn best practices for recruiting and onboarding new board members – including considerations around board size, compensation, diversity, director independence, committee requirements, board mentorship, and more—all through the lens of the post-IPO board. Learn how to optimize engagement between the CEO and board, sustain growth after the IPO celebration, and use storytelling to create a compelling and transparent narrative for investors.  

Whether you’re on the path to IPO or already public, this Salon will give you a framework for success as your board evolves.


Joan Conley Senior Vice President

Joan C. Conley is currently a Senior Advisor on Corporate Governance and ESG Programs at Nasdaq, a role she assumed in January 2021, and a member of several boards. In February 2021, Joan was elected to the board of EJF Acquisition Corp., where she also serves as Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. In July 2021, Joan was elected to the board of Tigo Energy, a private company providing smart module technology for the solar industry. Joan also serves on the Advisory Board of, an entrepreneurial initiative started by Cal Poly students focused on feeding the community by connecting local farmers and consumers in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Additionally, Joan is a member of Executive Women on Boards (EWOB).  Joan has served for decades on the Board and Audit Committees of several non-profit organizations in Washington D.C., including the board of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School.  


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.

Key Details

Nasdaq IPO Series: Considerations for the Post-IPO Board

Thu, Jun 30 @ 9:00am PT (1 hr)

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