Public Board



The goal of the Public Board Circle is to serve as a community for public company directors that facilitates professional development by providing access to thought leaders on relevant topics and a forum where directors can exchange ideas with other public company directors.


Target Audience

The Public Board Circle is open to current public company board members, those who have served as public company directors in the past and are actively seeking new positions, and board members of companies anticipating an IPO. Events are by invitation only. It is necessary to register attendance in advance to be admitted to the Public Board Circle dinners.



The events consist of quarterly dinners at a downtown Palo Alto restaurant that last from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM. The first hour is for cocktails and networking. The dinner starts at 7:00 PM, and includes a discussion led by a guest speaker on a designated topic. The discussion lasts about 40 minutes.



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“I find the quarterly ACG public company director dinners interesting, informative and interactive. I pick up useful cues for my work as a company director; the talks are about timely topics and the interaction with other directors is particularly useful.”- Jon Saxe, Chairman of the Board - SciClone Pharmaceuticals
“I try not to miss the ACG quarterly public company director dinners. I particularly value meeting other Silicon Valley directors in an informal setting where we can share experiences and get to know each other over several meetings. I also find the topics of great relevance in my work as a public director. I recommend the dinners to public company board members!”- C.S. Park, Lead Director - Seagate Technologies
“The Public Board Circle is sponsored by ACG Silicon Valley and is a dinner hosted by Deloitte, Kaye Scholar and Wells Fargo and is a typically attended by 20-25 public board members. Over the last few years I have personally attended virtually all of the gatherings – not because I need another dinner but because of the quality and timeliness of the topics, the presenters, the moderators and the attendees. The discussion environment is open, sometimes spirited but always interesting – I learn something and meet smart, interesting people. I consider the Public Board Circle a very valuable investment of my time. I urge you to check it out!”- E. Thomas Hart, Chairman of the Board - QuickLogic Corporation