Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

This privacy notice is applicable to, which is owned and operated by one of our sponsors, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP ( It governs how sponsors of the Forum collect, use, process, and share personal data collected about you when you visit this website and is provided in accordance with European Data Protection laws (including the General Data Protection Regulation, effective May 25, 2018, as well as other country-specific laws that may be applicable).


  • What Information Is Collected About You?
  • How Is Information About You Collected?
  • How Will Sponsors Use Information Collected About You?
  • Marketing
  • Access to Your Information and Correction
  • Cookies
  • Data Retention and Storage
  • Changes to the International Symposium Privacy Policy
  • How to Contact the Sponsor

What Information Is Collected About You?

Personal data includes any information about an individual that could be used to identify them.

As a sponsor and operator of this website, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP collects, uses, stores and transfers different kinds of personal information about you, such as:

“Contact Data” – includes your work address, email address and telephone numbers;

“Identity Data” – including your first name, last name, and/or title;

“Marketing Data” – including your marketing and communications preferences;

“Profile Data” – including information collected when you visit our site, such as the site that referred you to our site, pages you visit, actions you take on the site, and information you provide through the site;

“Technical Data” – including information about your internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you are using;

“Usage Data” – information about how you use our website.

How Is Information About You Collected?

Information about you is collected in the following ways:
  • Direct interactions – You provide your Contact Data, Identity Data and Profile Data directly when you visit the website, for example, when you register for an event, agree to receive marketing materials, provide feedback and send an email for the conference at
  • Automated means – The website obtains Technical Data automatically by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources – The sponsors receive Technical Data from analytics providers such as Google.

The sponsors also track when you receive and review marketing communications that are sent about the conference.

How Will Sponsors Use Information Collected About You?

The sponsors will only use your personal data in ways permitted by law, which may or may not include consent, depending on the type of data obtained. For information you provide directly, the sponsors will only use this data for the specific purpose for which it was submitted, unless the sponsors consider that they need to use it for another reason compatible with the original purpose.

The sponsors take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, including appropriate encryption and physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where personal data is stored.

In circumstances where you provide the website with personal information to register for one of the sponsors’ events, the sponsors may share such information with contractors or agents employed in the course of planning or hosting of such event. In doing so, access is restricted to personal data to sponsor employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information to process it on the sponsors’ behalf. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations. The sponsors may also share the personal information if they have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request.


The sponsors aim to provide you with choices regarding the use of your data for marketing purposes. The sponsors will not use your personal data to send you marketing materials if you have requested not to receive them.

If you do not wish to receive marketing materials and/or would like to request that the sponsors stop processing your personal data for marketing purposes, you may submit a request to

The sponsors do not share your personal data with any organization other than the sponsoring firms.

Access to Your Information and Correction
EU residents may have certain rights under European data protection law governing the personal data that Robbins Geller processes, including:
  • the right to be informed;
  • the right of access;
  • the right to rectification;
  • the right to restrict processing;
  • the right to data portability;
  • the right to object; and
  • rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling.
To exercise these rights with respect to any data provided to Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, please submit a request here. All requests will be dealt with in accordance with the law.

A “cookie” is a small electronic file that may be downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on every subsequent visit, or another website that recognizes that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device, preferences, and to help improve the user’s online experience.

Sponsor Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP uses cookies with its website. The cookie contains a short unique alphanumeric string so that the firm may recognize a specific user and personalize the site for our users. For example, certain confirmation pages may display the name users provide to the firm. By using our website, you agree that Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP can place these types of cookies on your device.

If you prefer not to receive cookies, you can change the settings in your browser to turn off the use of cookies. If you choose to turn off cookies, it is possible that some areas of the website will not function properly. Please refer to the Help function of your browser for specific information on how to turn off cookies.

Data Retention and Storage

All data collected through this website, including data submitted by you, will be stored in the United States.

The sponsors will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to satisfy the purpose for which it was collected. Examples include satisfying legal, regulatory, accounting, reporting requirements and/or executing legal work for which we were retained by you. The specific retention period applicable to the type of data obtained will depend upon a variety of factors, including the data type, purpose for which it was obtained, and the nature, volume and sensitivity of the personal data, among others. If you would like to know more about data retention, please contact Robbins Geller.

Changes to the International Symposium Privacy Policy

The sponsor reserves the right to change this policy at any time by posting a new privacy policy at this location.

How to Contact the Sponsor
If you have questions concerning this Privacy Notice, wish to obtain additional information, or exercise specific data subject rights pursuant to European law (including the General Data Protection Regulation, and other country-specific data protection laws that may apply), please contact Robbins Geller.
International Symposium

Richard A. Bennett | President & Chief Executive Officer, ValueEdge Advisors LLC

Richard A. Bennett is President and CEO of ValueEdge Advisors, a firm he founded in summer 2014 to help institutional investors engage with their portfolio companies. From 2006 he was CEO and then Chairman of GMI Ratings and its predecessor, The Corporate Library, a globally recognized investment research firm specializing in corporate governance and ESG with offices in London, New York, San Diego, and Portland, Maine. In August 2014, GMI Ratings was sold to MSCI.

He worked as Director of Corporate Governance for LENS, an institutional activist fund, from 1997 to 2002. He served from 2004 to 2016 as a non-executive director of Trucost, Plc, a U.K.-based firm offering products and services that allow companies, governments, and fund managers to better understand their environmental performance. From 2009 to 2014, he served on the Board of Governors of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), and currently serves on the ICGN Nominating Committee. He is an independent director of Biddeford Internet Corporation d/b/a GWI (an ISP and telecom business), Atlantic Trust (Maine) (a fiduciary trust company), and Quoddy Inc. (a footwear brand enterprise).

Mr. Bennett has an extensive background in politics and government service as well as a wide range of private sector experience. A former president of the Maine State Senate, Mr. Bennett served four terms in the Maine Senate and two terms in the state’s House of Representatives. From 2013 to 2017, he was Chairman of the Maine Republican Party and a member of the Republican National Committee. In 2014, he volunteered as a member of the MainePERS ESG Integration Task Force.

Directorship magazine has recognized Mr. Bennett six times in its annual list of the 100 "most influential people in corporate governance and the boardroom." In December 2010, he was named by Global Proxy Watch as one of the "10 people around the world who had the most impact on corporate governance in the previous year."

Mr. Bennett was a member of the board of trustees of Hebron Academy from 2010 to 2019. He was a member of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships from 2005 to 2009. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in 1986 and received his M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine in 2000.