Speaking

Invited to Speak

Deborah Hicks Midanek loves to talk almost as much as she enjoys listening.  She has been invited to speak in various forums around the world and across the continent.

She has led multi-day workshops for executives in Shanghai and Taipei, served a keynote speaker for various business and governance organizations, and served as faculty for the National Association of Corporate Directors in its Master Classes.

She has also served as Guest Lecturer at Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago; Stern School of Business, New York University; Pace University; Kenan Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. and has appeared frequently on Bloomberg News, CNBC, National Public Radio, SkyRDio, and the ABC Radio Network.

    • Shareholder Communication and Satisfaction: Peril, Pitfalls, and Best Practices, 2015 Private Company Governance Summit, Washington D.C., Co-Facilitator, Michael Rossen, Director of Deloitte’s Center for Global Corporate Governance — May 2015
    • The Impact of Women Serving on Corporate Boards, Panel Session, Women Corporate Directors, May 2014
    • The Role of Committees in Private Company Boards, Panel Session, Private Company Governance Summit, Washington, DC – 2014
    • Is Your Private Company M&A Ready? Break Out Session,Private Company Governance Summit, Washington, DC – 2014
    • Making the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee Work, Master Class Faculty, National Association of Corporate Directors, Charlotte, NC – 2012
    • Diversity in the Boardroom: What Is It, Why to Want It, and How To Get It; Peer to Peer Forum; National Association of Corporate Directors, San Francisco, CA – 2012
    • Slipping on a Banana Peel: How Boards Handle the Unexpected. Panel Moderator; Women Corporate Directors, Fall Summit, New York, NY – 2010
    • Increasing the Effectiveness of the Audit Committee, Keynote Speaker, First Annual General Meeting, Caribbean Association of Audit Committee Members, St. Lucia, West Indies – 2008
    • How New Equity Owners Can Successfully Find and Appoint Board Members for Restructured Companies. Panelist. 2nd Annual Distressed Debt Summit, Financial Research Associates, New York, NY – 2004
    • How to Serve On An Audit Committee. Panelist. 2nd Annual Distressed Debt Summit, Financial Research Associates, LLC, New York, NY – 2003
    • What Are the Fiduciary Duties of the Board of Directors to the Institutional Investor?Panel  Moderator. Corporate Governance Summit: Corporate Accountability, Institutional Investor Events, New York, NY – 2004
    • Corporate Governance in Distressed Situations. The Distressed Debt Summit 2006, Financial Research Associates LLC, Panel Leader and Moderator. New York, NY – 2006
    • Integrating Corporate Governance and Fraud Management into the Turnaround Process, Panelist. The 2006 U.S. Turnaround Management & Distressed Investing Forum, Institutional Investor Events, New York, NY – 2006
    • Corporate Governance: Learn How to Conduct Your Business in Today’s Economic Market. CorporateRestructuring & High Yield Debt: Crisis At Maturity, Strategic Research Institute: Panelist. New York, NY – 2005
    • Corporate Governance: Helping Boards Deal with “Zone of Insolvency” Issues. Panelist. Workouts, Restructurings and M&A Transaction Alternatives: The Dealmaker’s Perspective, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York, NY – 2003
    • The Role of independent Directors in the Drexel Chapter 11 Proceeding; Speaker. National Association of Corporate Directors, New York Chapter.  New York, NY – 1991
    • Case Study: Mississippi Chemical Chapter 11, Panel Moderator. Distressed Investing Conference, Beard Group,New York, NY – 2005
    • Case Study: Hamilton Specialty Bar, Panel Moderator. Seventh Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganizations, Beard Group, Chicago, IL – 2004
    • American Homestar Case Study on Corporate Governance in Distressed Situations, Corporate Governance Conference, Institutional Investor Conferences, New York – 2004
    • Case Study: Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. Panel Moderator. Corporate Reorganizations: Successful Strategies for Restructuring Troubled Companies, Beard Group, Chicago, IL – 2003
    • Finova – Bankruptcy Case Study. Speaker. Corporate Restructuring & High Yield Debt: Crisis At Maturity:  New York, NY – 2002
    • Case Study on Valuation and Finova. Workshop. Turnaround Management Association Advanced Education Workshop,  Boston, MA – 2002
    • Finova – Bankruptcy Case Study. Speaker.  Corporate Restructuring & High Yield Debt: Crisis At Maturity, Strategic Research Institute, New York, NY – 2001
    • Finova Case Study.  Guest Lecturer. Stern School of Business, New York University, MBA Class: New York, NY – 2001
    • Anatomy of a Turnaround. Guest Lecturer, MBA Class.  Stern School of Business, New York University, New York, NY – 2001
    • Case Study: United Companies, Fiduciary Obligations, Shareholder Value & the Internet. Speaker. Corporate Governance Summit: Corporate Accountability, Institutional Investor Events, New York, NY – 2004
    • United Companies Case Study; and the Rise and Fall  of Specialty Finance Companies. Speaker. Merrill Lynch High Yield Bond Conference 1999, Scottsdale, AZ – 1999
    • Cityscape Case Study: Special Concerns for Prepackaged Bankruptcies.  Speaker. Distressed Debt 1998, Strategic Research Institute:  New York, NY – 1998
    • Case Study on the Drexel Chapter 11 Proceeding.  Guest Lecturer. Pace University School of Business: MBA Finance Class – 1995
    • What Does the Board of Directors Do, and Why Do We Need One? Cecil/Pickering Family Meeting; Biltmore Companies Board of Directors Meeting, Asheville, NC – 2012
    • How to Start an Economic Gardening Program to Support Job Growth in Entrepreneurial Companies. Eighth International Economic Gardening Conference, Bellingham, Washington – 2010
    • Turning Around a Family Business: A Case Study; Guest Lecturer, Course in Family Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – 2010
    • Valuation & Succession in a Family Business: A Case Study; Course in Family Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC – 2009
    • Entrepreneurship: The Perils and Pitfalls Of Starting your Own Business; Guest Lecturer, Stern School of Business, New York University, MBA Class, New York, NY – 1991
    • Delegate, Global Entrepreneurship Program, United States Department of State Delegation to Cairo, Egypt, January 2011. Selected as one of 11 venture investors and entrepreneurs to promote high tech entrepreneurship in Egypt as a vehicle of foreign policy. Spoke to various audiences on entrepreneurship and angel and venture investing and exit strategies; served as Judge in Business Plan Competition in which 130 companies competed; two were chosen as prizewinners – 2011
    • How to Succeed in Mergers & Acquisitions: Conducting Due Diligence in Cross Border Corporate Transactions, Multi Day Seminar Leader for senior Business Executives, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China – 2007
    • How to Succeed in Mergers & Acquisitions: Conducting Due Diligence in Cross Border Corporate Transactions, Multi Day Seminar Leader for Senior Business Executives, Taipei, Taiwan – 2007
    • Sustainability of Old Buildings: Preservation for Fun and Profit, Mississippi Heritage Trust Annual Meeting, Hattiesburg – April 2015
    • Risk of Cascading Bad Debt – Preventing a Fund Blow Up, Panel Moderator; Investment Opportunities in Corporate Restructuring, Incremental Advantage Executive Conference Series, New York – 2007
    • Preparing for the Next Default Cycle. The Distressed Debt Summit 2006, Financial Research Associates LLC Panel Leader. New York, NY – 2006
    • Current Trends in Junior Capital. Panelist. The Secured Debt Conference, DealFlow Media, New York, NY – 2006
    • Predictions and Insights into Turnarounds, Restructurings and Distressed Debt  Speaker. Turnaround Management & Corporate Restructuring Summit, Institutional Investor, New York, NY – 2003
    • Profitably Evaluating and Trading Bank Debt. Panel Moderator. Twelfth Annual Conference on Distressed Investing, Beard Group, New York, NY – 2005
    • Issues Arising from Debt Trading in Mega Cases. Panel Moderator. The Distressed Debt Summit 2005, Financial Research Associates LLC, New York, NY – 2005
    • Debtor in Possession and Asset Based Lending in the Turnaround & Restructuring Process. Panelist. Asset Based Lending Symposium, Financial Research Associates, LLC, New York, NY, 2004
    • Endowment Risk Management Association of Governing Boards, Annual Meeting of Trustees – 2004
    • Understanding  Structured Mortgage Derivatives. Speaker, National Education Conference, Palm Beach, FL – 1998
    • The Case for Short Duration Bond Performance, Speaker, Charles Schwab Annual Conference for Investors: Scottsdale, AZ – 1994
    • Evaluating Duration and Convexity Risk in Structured Mortgage Instruments. Hedge Fund Summit, Information Management Network. Speaker. New York, NY – 1994
    • Risk Management  for Colleges and Universities. National Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Meeting – 1994
    • Sell Side Strategies. Speaker. Third Annual Conference on Bankruptcy Sales and Acquisitions – Forging Profit Opportunities from Troubled Companies, Beard Group. San Francisco, CA – 2001
    • Workouts, Restructuring & Bankruptcy: Riding the Wave – How Not To Get Wiped Out When Markets Vibrate. Speaker. The Workouts, Turnarounds and Restructuring Institute, Fulcrum Information Services, Inc. Houston, TX – 2001
    • How to Determine Whether a Company is Worth Buying. Speaker. Troubled and Bankrupt Business Acquisitions, Strategic Research Institute. New York, NY – 2001
    • Locating the Bad Seeds: How Industries Go Bad and How to Avoid Critical Mistakes.  Moderator. 3rd Annual Issuers & Investors Summit on: Leveraged Loans & High Yield Debt, Information Management Network/Frank Fabozzi. New York, NY – 1998
    • Outlook for Bond Market, Annual Press Briefing, No Load Mutual Fund Association – 1996
    • Investing in Bond Funds, Annual Press Briefing, No Load Mutual Fund Association – 1995
    • Understanding the Impact of Derivative Investments on Bond Fund Returns. Annual Press Briefing, No Load Mutual Fund Association – 1994
    • The Basics of Risk Management for Institutional Investors. Speaker. National Education Conference, Palm Beach, FL – 1993
    • Issues Involved in Selecting Counsel, Panel Member,Advanced Bankruptcy Seminar, Texas Bar Association Meetings; Houston, TX – 2012
    • Caught in the Cross Fire: Ethical Dilemmas Facing Attorneys and Advisors in Chapter 11, Panel Discussion,American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC – 2009
    • The Role of the Chief Restructuring Officer, 2nd Annual European Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency Summit, Institutional Investor Events, London, UK – 2004
    • Turnarounds: Opportunity or Nightmare? Panelist, 52nd Annual Management Conference, The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago, IL – 2004
    • Issues Affecting Turnaround Firm Management. Panelist, Turnaround Management Association Annual Conference, New York, NY – 2004
    • Chief Restructuring Officers: Why Are They So Successful in the U.S. Speaker. Cross-Border Restructuring: EuroLegal Conference, London – 2003
    • Effective Restructuring and Turnaround Management: How to Improve the Odds in Today’s Economy.  Panelist, Distressed Debt Investing, Strategic Research Institute, New York, NY – 2003
    • Predictions and Insights into Turnarounds, Restructurings and Distressed Debt. Speaker, Turnaround Management & Corporate Restructuring Summit, Institutional Investors, New York, NY – 2003
    • What Does a Crisis Manager Really Do? Speaker. Advanced Commercial Loan Workout Techniques, New York, NY  – 2003
    • Issues from the Creditor’s Perspective: Struggling with Professional Fees, Debtor’s Counsel Practices, and On-Going Bad Management in Chapter 11.  Panel Moderator, Distressed Investing 2001: Maximizing Profits in the Distressed Debt Market. Beard Group, New York, NY – 2003
    • Workshop Leader, Valuing Distressed Companies – Challenges At Home and Abroad,Global Distressed Investing Summit, Financial Research Associates, LLC, New York – 2008
    • Workshop Leader, Hard to Value Portfolios: Keys to Accurate Valuation. Valuation of Hard to Value Securities and Portfolios Conference, Financial Research Associates LLC:  New York, NY – 2007
    • Workshop Leader, Valuing Distressed Companies – Techniques & Strategies to Enhance Investor Returns.  Conference Chair, Distressed Debt Summit 2006, Financial Research Associates, LLC: New York, NY – 2006
    • Workshop Leader, Valuing Distressed Companies – Techniques & Strategies to Enhance Investor Returns.  Conference Chair, Distressed Debt Summit 2005, Financial Research Associates, LLC: New York, NY   – 2005
    • Conference Co-Chair, 11th Annual Distressed Investing Conference,Beard Group, New York, NY – 2004
    • Conference Chair, Corporate Governance Summit: Corporate Accountability, New York, NY – 2004
    • Conference Chair, Turnaround Management and Corporate Restructuring Summit III, New York – 2004
    • Workshop Leader, Valuing Distressed Companies – Techniques & Strategies to Enhance Investor Returns. – 2004
    • Conference Chair, Distressed Debt Summit 2004, Financial Research Associates, LLC: New York, NY – 2004
    • Conference Co-Chair, 2nd Annual European Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency Summit, London, UK – 2003
    • Conference Co-Chair, Second Annual Distressed Debt Summit, New York – 2003
    • Conference Co-Chair, 10th Annual Distressed Investing Conference, Beard Group, New York, NY – 2003
    • Conference Chair, Turnaround Management and Corporate Restructuring Summit II,New York – 2003
    • Conference Chair, Advanced Commercial Loan Workout Techniques, New York, NY – 2003
    • Workshop Leader, Valuing Distressed Companies – Techniques & Strategies to Enhance Investor Returns. – 2003
    • Conference Chair , Distressed Debt Summit 2003, Financial Research Associates, LLC:  New York, NY – 2003
    • Conference Co-Chair, 9th Annual Distressed Investing Conference,Beard Group, New York, NY – 2002
    • Conference Chair, Turnaround Management & Corporate Restructuring Summit I, New York, NY – 2002
    • Workshop Leader, Valuing Distressed Companies – Techniques & Strategies to Enhance Investor Returns. – 2002
    • Conference Chair, Distressed Debt Summit 2002 Financial Research Associates, LLC:  New York, NY – 2002
    • Conference Co-Chair, 8th Annual Distressed Investing Conference, Beard Group, New York, NY – 2001
    • Workshop Leader, Valuing Distressed Companies – Techniques & Strategies to Enhance Investor Returns. – 2001
    • Conference Chair, Distressed Debt Summit 2001, Financial Research Associates, LLC:  New York, NY – 2001
    • Conference Co-Chair, The Workouts, Turnarounds and Restructuring Institute, Fulcrum Information Services, Inc. Houston, TX – 2001
    • Workshop Leader.  Development of Market Multiples. The 2001 Distressed Debt Summit, New York, NY – 2001
    • Conference Co-Chair, Third Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganizations: Successful Strategies For Restructuring Troubled Companies, Beard Group, Chicago, IL – 2001
    • Conference Co-Chair, Second Annual Conference on Corporate Reorganizations: Successful Strategies For Restructuring Troubled Companies, Beard Group, Chicago, IL – 2000
    • Conference Co-Chair, First Annual Conference on Corporate Re-Organizations: Successful Strategies for Restructuring Troubled Companies, Beard Group, Chicago, IL – 1999
    • Conference Chair, Distressed Debt Investing, Beard Group/Renaissance American Management – 1998