May 2023 ABA Board Meeting Minutes

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm ET

In Attendance (Remote)

Danny Caine
Diane Capriola
Jenny Cohen
Cynthia Compton
Jake Cumsky-Whitlock
Joy Dallanegra-Sanger (ABA COO)
Ray Daniels (ABA CCO)
Jeff Deutsch
Kelly Estep
Allison Hill (ABA CEO)
Christine Onorati
Raquel Roque
PK Sindwani (ABA CFO)
Angela María Spring
Jessica Stockton Bagnulo
Lisa Swayze
Tegan Tigani
Holly Weinkauf

Incoming board members were invited to observe this transition meeting if they were available. Newly elected board members Holly Weinkauf, Lisa Swayze, and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo were present as observers.

1:05 pm – 1:18 pm ET: Call to Order

Disclosures of Dualities of Interest and Conflicts of Interest pertaining to the meeting were added to the chat for everyone to review, as well as our commitment to antiracism, equity, access, and representation as a Board and in this meeting.

Newly appointed Board Member, Kathy Burnette, was unable to attend due to her daughter’s graduation from law school. All will officially begin their Board service at the June meeting after the ABA annual meeting on May 25.

1:18 pm – 2:25 pm ET: 2021 – 2023 Governance Review Report Presentation

The Governance Review committee members (Carol Gabanna, Andy Perham, Calvin Crosby, and Valerie Koehler) presented their governance review and recommendations.

The Board then discussed the review and plans to improve the process for next time. This report and the ABA Board’s response will be posted on BookWeb in July 2023.

2:25 pm – 2:44 pm ET: Allison presented her CEO Report and CEO Monitoring Report

A motion to approve the CEO Monitoring Report addressing Ends Policies 1.0 was made by Tegan and seconded by Diane and approved by all.

The Q2 Financial Review was presented by the CEO and CFO PK Sindwani.

Allison presented the ABA Board with a list of current industry threats as suggestions for upcoming Board education, ahead of the Ends Policies review scheduled for June.

2:44 pm ET: Approval of Minutes

A motion to approve minutes from the February 2023 Board meeting was made by Cynthia, seconded by Jake, and approved unanimously by all.

A motion to approve minutes from the April 2023 Board meeting was made by Diane, seconded by Jeff and approved unanimously by all.

3:33 pm – 4:10 pm ET: Williams Jones (the wealth management company that manages ABA’s endowment) made their presentation.

4:10 pm – 4:50 pm ET: Community Forum preparation, discussion, and finalizing.

4:50 pm – 5:00 pm ET: Housekeeping including review of Conflict of Interest Policy and need for updated Conflict of Interest Forms, discussion of new Board self-evaluation form, and miscellaneous follow-up actions.

5:01 pm ET: Adjourn.