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April 6, 2006

Press Contacts:
Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, 512-471-7330, and Cory Leahy, UT-Austin McCombs School of Business, (512) 471-3998.

UT-Austin Conference on Corporate Governance for Early Stage Companies

What: 21st Century Governance for Early Stage Companies Conference
Who: Officers, directors and board members of early stage companies
When: Thurs., May 25, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston, Texas
Other: This conference is accredited by the Institutional Shareholder Services' Accredited Director Education Program

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin's IC2 Institute, School of Law and the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship will host a major conference on corporate governance for directors and officers of early stage companies on Thurs., May 25, at The Houstonian Hotel in Houston. The event, now in its second year, is designed to aid pre- and post-IPO companies navigate the complex world of corporate governance. According to at least one governance expert, last year’s event was the first conference ever devoted exclusively to practical, nuts-and-bolts corporate governance training for early stage companies.

Conference speakers will discuss: CEO role, selection and succession planning; the selection retention, and compensation of directors; and the roles and responsibilities of the audit and compensation committees. In addition, a roundtable of chief executive officers will discuss effective early stage governance strategies.

Among the keynote speakers, Southwest Airline founder Herb Kelleher will discuss the role his board played in the early years of Southwest Airlines, and University of Texas at Austin president Bill Powers, author of The Powers Report Enron investigation, will discuss the lessons of Enron for growing companies.

The conference is accredited for director education by the Institutional Shareholder Services. Conference organizers say their goal is to become the nationally recognized leaders in corporate governance for early stage companies.

IC2 Institute and the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship are research centers of the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin.

Related Links:
For more information about the Conference on Governance for Early Stage Companies, including a complete listing of speakers, go to:
http://www.ic2.org/corporategovernance/.
About Bill Powers: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/wpowers/.