The National Conversation on Board Diversity: 11/12/13

On November 12, 2013, 2020 Affiliates, friends and supporters participated in the second annual National Conversation on Board Diversity, a national discourse on the need for gender diversity on corporate boards. 11/12/13 events promoted the work being done to increase the number of women on US company boards, and raised critical funds for the 2020 Women on Boards national campaign. 11/12/13 events were held in 18 cities in the US and abroad. Our voices were heard through conventional and social media channels across the globe.

Thank you to everyone who made 11/12/13 such a success!

Altadena, CA

Organized & Hosted by: Lady Sofala

Atlanta, GA

Maggiano's Little Italy

Special Guest (via Skype): Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, President & Co-founder, Berkhemer Clayton Executive Search, Inc. 

Organized & Hosted by: Angela Sinickas and Roxane Romulus.

 Event organizers Roxane Romulus (left) and Angela Sinickas.

Bethesda, MD

Chevy Chase Trust

Special Guest: Lisa Hook, President and CEO, Neustar.

Organized & Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/DC Steering Committee

Sponsored by: Chevy Chase Trust, Jennifer Barnette.

Boise, ID

Albertson's Headquarters

Special Guests: Cheryl Larabee, Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Governance Committee, ZAGG, Inc.; Randy Hales, CEO, President and board member, ZAGG, Inc.

Organized & Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Boise Steering Committee and Golead Idaho.

Sponsored by: Ide Law & StrategyrosieMADEAlbertsons LLC.

 Special guest Cheryl Larabee.

 Special guest Randy Hales.

Boston, MA

Simmons College

Special Guests: Joe Keefe, President and CEO, Pax World Funds; Susan Vinnicombe, Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Endowed Chair in Women's Leadership, School of Management, Simmons College; Cathy Minehan, Dean of the School of Management, Simmons College.

Organized & Hosted by: Simmons College

Sponsored by: EMC Corporation; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; WGBH.

 Special guests (L-R) Joe Keefe, Susan Vinnicombe, and Cathy Minehan.

The Harvard Club

Special Guests: Steven Grossman, Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts; Catherine D'Amato, President and CEO, Greater Boston Food Bank; Maria Cirino, Co-founder and Managing Director, .406 Ventures; Rudy Scarito, Founder and President; RS Finance & Consulting LLC; Stephanie Sonnabend, Chair and Co-founder, 2020 Women on Boards.

Organized & Hosted by: The CFO RoundTable Boston, Boston Women in Finance and The Greater Boston Business Council.

Sponsored by: Commonwealth Financial Network; Hill Holliday; Century BankKPMG LLP.

Event Recap by The CFO RoundTable.

 Special guests (L-R) Stephanie Sonnabend, Maria Cirino, Catherine D'Amato, and Rudy Scarito.

 Special guest Steve Grossman.

Northeastern University

Special Guests: Stephanie Sonnabend, Co-founder & Chair, 2020 Women on Boards, Board of Directors, Century Bank and Trust and Century Bancorp; Henry Nasella, Partner, LNK Partners, Chair, Board of Trustees, Northeastern University, Board of Directors, Au Bon Pain, Natural Food Holdings and Phillips Van Heusen; Mary Baglivo, Global Marketing, VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Northwestern University, Board of Directors, Phillips Van Heusen, Host Hotels & Resorts and Baby Jogger; Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder & CEO, Practically Green, Board of Directors,, The Center for Women & Enterprise and Inspiring Kids; Julie Norris, Senior Client Partner, Board & CEO Services, Korn/Ferry International.

Organized & Hosted by: Northeastern University, The Boston Club and MBA Women Boston Chapter.

Event Recap by Northeastern University and The Boston Club.

 Special guests (L-R) Stephanie Sonnabend, Henry Nasella, Julie Norris, Susan Hunt Stevens and Mary Baglivo.

 Panelists (L-R) Susan Hunt Stevens, Mary Baglivo, and Julie Norris.

Charleston, SC

College of Charleston - School of Business

Special Guests: Gail DePriest, Director, Leadership Development & Corporate Relations, Clemson University; Julie Medich, Attorney, Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.; and Cheryl Morley, Retired Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Monsanto.

Organized & Hosted by: College of Charleston


Denver, CO

Wells Fargo

Special Guests: Barbara Mowry, Chairman of the Board, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Taylor Simonton, Independent Director, Keating Capital, Inc. and Zynex, Inc.;  Jill Tietjen, Independent Director, Merrick & Company and Georgia Transmission Corporation.

Organized & Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Denver Steering Committee, Women's Leadership Foundation and Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce.

 Special guests (L-R) Taylor Simonton, Jill Tietjen, and Barbara Mowry.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Holland & Knight

Special Guest: Janet Jankura, Director, Green Earth Technologies, Inc.

Organized & Hosted by: Women Executive Leadership

Los Angeles, CA

The California Club

Special Guests: Lydia Kennard, Corporate Director, URS Corp and ProLogis, Inc.; Gabriel Greene, Corporate Director, Whole Foods; Diana Bontá, Corporate Director, American States Water Co.; Leonard Schaeffer, Corporate Director, RAND Corp and Amgen (ret. 7/13).

Organized & Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Los Angeles Steering Committee

Sponsored by: The California Endowment

 Special guest Leonard Schaeffer (left) and Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, 2020 Women on Boards/LA Chapter Co-chair.

 Renee Fraser (left), 2020 Women on Boards/LA Chapter Co-chair, and special guest Lydia Kennard.

Louisville, KY

UofL University Club

Special Guest: Cecelia Wooden, Korn Ferry.

Organized & Hosted by: Jane Hardy, Laurie Schalow, Diane Medley, Meredith Loeb and Joan Coleman

Sponsored by: Korn/Ferry International

McLean, VA

McCormick & Schmick's

Special Guest: Janet Hill, Principal, Hill Family Advisors.

Organized & Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/DC Steering Committee and Women in Technology/The Leadership Foundry

Event Recap by Women in Technology.

Miami, FL

Holland & Knight

Special Guest: Janet Jankura, Director, Green Earth Technologies, Inc.

Organized & Hosted by: Women Executive Leadership

New Orleans, LA

Royal Sonesta Hotel

Special Guests: Donna Fraiche, Partner, Baker Donelson; Kacie Kelly, Commissioner, BioDistrict; Ann Knapp, Board of Directors, Blue Cross Blue Shield LA; PK Scheerle, Former CEO, Scheerle RN & Associates.

Organized & Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/New Orleans Steering Committee

New York, NY

The Yale Club

Special Guests: Stephen Brown, Senior Director, Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF; Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Law, Governance & Ethics, York University; Virginia Gambale, Managing Partner, Azimuth Partners LLC; Mary J. Steele Guilfoile, Chairman, MG Advisors, Inc.; Carol Hymowitz, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg.

Organized & Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/New York Steering Committee

Sponsored by: Denihan Hospitality Group; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Thomson Reuters; U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Falk Communications and Research.

Norwalk, CT


Special Guest: Jennifer Addams Baldock, a former director of Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, and former General Counsel of World Color Press, Inc.

Organized & Hosted by: Rachel Stern

Seattle, WA

Pike Place Market Atrium Lofts

Special Guests: Malli Gero, Co-founder & Executive Director, 2020 Women on Boards; Sonya Erickson, Cooley, LLP; Mae Numata, Columbia Banking Systems; Kristen Lloyd Helton, PROFUSA.

Organized & Hosted by: Molly Schlobohm and Rhonda Rhyne (Co-chairs), and Erin Kay Treanor, Jana Morrelli, Amanda Geissman, Jamie Cantu and Lisa Quast (Steering Committee).

Sponsored by: Alaska Air Group; Cooley LLPChateau Ste. Michelle; Premier Corporate Productions; and Prevencio, Inc.

Stockholm, Sweden

Nordic Women INVESTING in Women Summit

Organized & Hosted by: Women INVESTING in Women Institute

Washington D.C.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Special Guest: Linda Rabbitt, CEO and Chairman, Rand Construction Corporation.

Organized & Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/DC Steering Committee

Sponsored by: Lee Chou Family Foundation; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman; Washington Real Estate Investment Trust.