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The New Administration's Policy Agenda: What Directors Need to Know

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April 13, 2017
Minneapolis, MN




PwC Public Policy Managing Director, Michael O'Brien, provided a Washington update covering the Trump administration's first 100 days and what it means for business, as well as looking forward on what to expect next in Washington in the coming months.

Michael represents PwC and its interests before Congress, the Executive Branch and federal regulatory agencies. He spends most of his time on the Hill, and will bring a uniquely insightful perspective to the program.

Michael's presentation covered the new administration's policy agenda and its impact on the business climate, including:

  • the current political environment;
  • explore the transition from campaign trail talk to firm policy; and
  • dive further into the economy, federal budget, and potential for tax reforms.

Some materials offered by NACD on the topic are:

NACD Directorship Magazine March/April 2017
“The Promise of Deregulation”
“Rules of Engagement”

NACD Resource Library
"Optimism About the Economic Outlook Rises, Impact of Trump Agenda Remains Uncertain”
March 4, 2017

“Separating Signal from Noise: How Corporate Boards Are Making Sense of the New Administration” February 28, 2017|Friso van der Ord

"Dodd-Frank: What Can Directors Expect From the New Administration?"
February 11, 2017




  April 13, 2017 Presentation

Location and Time


Minneapolis Club
729 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402

7:00 AM - Registration/Networking

7:30 AM - Breakfast

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Program

9:00 - 9:30 AM - Post Program Networking


Speaker Spotlight

Michael O'Brien

Michael O'Brien

Michael E. O'Brien joined PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Director in the Office of Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy in 2005. In his current role, Michael represents the firm and its interests before Congress, the Executive Branch and federal regulatory agencies. He has advocated on the firm's behalf on matters including the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley, state and federal taxation, IFRS, litigation reform, and the competitiveness of the U.S. capital markets. Besides assisting in general lobbying activities, Michael has researched and developed periodic political analyses and strategies for firm distribution.

Prior to joining PwC, Michael served as a Legislative Specialist in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Michael served as Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Sheila Bair at the Treasury Department prior to joining the SEC. He began his career in the Office of U.S. Senator Daniel R. Coats of Indiana, serving as a Legislative Assistant for five years.

A native New Yorker, Michael received his BA from Georgetown University and his MBA in finance and public policy from George Washington University.



2 NACD collaborative credits

Thank you to our Chapter Sponsor PwC for offering this program.

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