Diligent’s Modern Governance 100 is a global recognition program that celebrates exceptional professionals in governance, risk, compliance, ESG and local communities who are helping to build successful, equitable and sustainable organizations. These individuals are leading with purpose and driving their organizations toward sustainable and simplified modern governance practices and visibility across the organization, this work deserves to be celebrated.


Now in its fourth year, the Modern Governance 100 is a world-leading recognition program shining a spotlight on the world’s top governance, risk, compliance and ESG professionals. Diligent is honored to champion and celebrate those at the forefront of driving the future of modern governance globally.


From large organizations to local communities, these governance luminaries are moving their organizations forward by providing meaningful insight for enhanced accountability and improved decision-making.

  • RECEIVE EXEMPLARY RECOGNITION
  • GLOBAL NETWORK
  • SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES
  • CONTINUED EDUCATION
  • 2021 RECIPIENTS
RECEIVE EXEMPLARY RECOGNITION
Be Honored as a Modern Leader
As a Modern Governance 100 honoree, you’ll join the exclusive ranks of our global recipients—both past and present. You’ll be celebrated during Diligent’s Modern Governance Summit and enjoy additional recognition in future programs and related events.
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GLOBAL NETWORK
Join a Community of Your Peers
Recipients of the Modern Governance 100 join an elite network of peers around the world and across numerous industries. As part of this unique community, you’ll connect regularly with other honorees through virtual and/or hybrid networking opportunities.
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SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES
Become a Renowned Modern Governance Leader
Modern Governance 100 leaders are tapped for a variety of speaking opportunities with Diligent. These notable engagements will enhance your public speaking prowess, amplify your name recognition and boost your career.
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CONTINUED EDUCATION
Continued Education Opportunities
With recognition as a Modern Governance 100 honoree, you’ll gain access to ongoing learning and development opportunities, including the annual Modern Governance Summit and discounted rates for Diligent’s Climate Leadership Certificate program.
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2021 RECIPIENTS
Meet the 2021 Influential Modern Governance Leaders
For inspiration, check out last year’s Modern Governance 100 recipients, who continue to boldly champion governance, risk, compliance and ESG while going above and beyond for their companies and their communities.
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Nomination Categories


Compliance & Business
Ethics Leader

An individual evolving a risk department to stay on top of ever-changing regulations, ensuring the organization can stay compliant externally while building a culture of ethics internally.

Strategic Audit & Risk Management Advisor

A bold leader creating an integrated view of audit and risk to monitor and mitigate risks, including cybersecurity so that leaders can focus on achieving success, rather than only avoiding disaster.

ESG, Diversity &
Climate Trailblazer

A forward thinker putting initiatives in place to measure and report on ESG in a meaningful way, helping their organization to do better and to hold it accountable to stakeholders, communities, and the planet.

Outstanding Community Ally

An individual who has shown an outstanding commitment to supporting their local community and school districts by driving positive change in their governance practices.

Modern Governance Innovator 

An individual championing the ability for board members and executives to collaborate quickly and securely to get things done effectively and to move at the speed of the business.

Judging Panel

Compliance & Business Ethics Leader

Susan Kilsby, Board Member at Diageo; Fortune Brands Home & Security; Unilever

Susan Kilsby

Board Member at Diageo; Fortune Brands Home & Security; Unilever
Michael Volkov, CEO, The Volkov Law Group LLC

Michael Volkov

CEO, The Volkov Law Group LLC
Jack Van Arsdale, Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Jack Van Arsdale

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

ESG, Diversity & Climate Trailblazer

Colin Low, Global Independent Board Director & former Chairman of the Board

Colin Low

Global Independent Board Director & former Chairman of the Board
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Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO & Founder, Competent Boards
Amanda Carty, General Manager, ESG & Data Intelligence, Diligent

Amanda Carty

General Manager, ESG & Data Intelligence, Diligent

Modern Governance Innovator

Susan Forrester, Non-Executive Director, Jumbo Interactive, Healthengine Ltd, and Plenti Ltd

Susan Forrester

Non-Executive Director, Jumbo Interactive, Healthengine Ltd, and Plenti Ltd
TK Kerstetter, Founder and CEO of Boardroom Resources, Co-Founder of Corporate Board Member

TK Kerstetter

Founder and CEO of Boardroom Resources, Co-Founder of Corporate Board Member
Lisa Edwards, President & COO, Diligent and Board Member, Colgate-Palmolive

Lisa Edwards

President & COO, Diligent and Board Member, Colgate-Palmolive

Outstanding Community Ally

Brian Farmer, Executive Director, Wyoming School Boards Association

Brian Farmer

Executive Director, Wyoming School Boards Association
Marcy Traxler, Senior Vice President of Network Advancement, Easterseals

Marcy Traxler

Senior Vice President of Network Advancement, Easterseals
MarKeith Allen, SVP and General Managing, Mission-Driven Organizations, Diligent

MarKeith Allen

SVP and General Managing, Mission-Driven Organizations, Diligent

Strategic Audit & Risk Management Advisor

David Larcker, Director: Corporate Governance Research Initiative at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; The James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business

David Larcker

Director: Corporate Governance Research Initiative at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; The James Irvin Miller Professor of Accounting at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Sherry Williams, EVP, Chief Risk Officer, Amalgamated Bank

Sherry Williams

EVP, Chief Risk Officer, Amalgamated Bank
Dan Zitting, Chief Product Strategy Officer, Diligent

Dan Zitting

Chief Product Strategy Officer, Diligent

FAQs

  • How are recipients selected?
    Recipients are selected by an expert panel of judges based on the nomination form submitted. Be sure to include all information relevant to the category you are submitting a nomination for and where possible include details of the outcomes that have been achieved.
  • When will recipients be announced?
    The 2022 Modern Governance 100 recipients will be announced at Diligent’s Modern Governance Summit – the largest gathering of governance, risk, audit, compliance and ESG professionals from across the globe. You can register here to attend.

2021 Modern Governance 100 Recipients

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