The National Conversation on Board Diversity

On November 15, 2017 in cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, C-Suite and senior executives discussed:

Building the Pipeline: How do we Prepare Ourselves and Find Director Opportunities?

Event Cities:


Industrious Ponce City Market

Panel moderator: Tom Furlong - Managing Director, Harvard Group International.

Speaker: Theresa Wenzel - President, Atlanta DreamPaula Dezzutti Hewlette - CEO & Founder, Local Choice Spirits; Board Director: Terressentia Corporation and Christian Jewish CouncilEve Wright - Board Director & Audit Committee Chair, USA Track & Field.

Hosted by: Atlanta Women's Chamber of Commerce


The Austin Club

Special Guest: Jill Griffin - Author, "Earn Your Seat on a Corporate Board".

Sponsors: Broadway Bank; Deloitte; DLA Piper; Mercer; Merrill Lynch; Jill Griffin Executive Learning; NACD Tricities Chapter; Pierpoint Communications; Spredfast; Brenda Ladd Photo


Bentley University

Opening Remarks: Gloria Larson - President, Bentley University.

Panelists: Mohamad Ali - President and CEO, CarboniteGail Deegan - Retired CFO and Former Corporate Board MemberYvonne Garcia - Global Head of Client Solutions and PMO for Investment Manager Services, State Street CorporationDeborah C. Jackson - President, Cambridge College; Board Member: Eastern Bank and John Hancock Investments.

Silver Sponsor: Unum

Bronze Sponsors: Bentley University - Provosts' Office; Carbonite; Dassault Systemes; John Hancock Investments; Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance; PAREXEL; PwC; RSM; State Street.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Boston Campaign Committee and the Bentley University Center for Women and Business.

Simmons College

Corporate Sponsors: Dell; 2U; Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare; Biogen; Brown Brothers Harriman; Koya Leadership Partners; KPMG; UMASS Lowell; Vertex.

Panelists: Jessica Swartz - Senior Director of Strategic Planning, Pfizer Essential Health DivisionLynne Sullivan - Senior Vice President of Finance, Biogen IncSophie Chapelle - Chief Commercial Officer, Scipher Medicine

Moderator: Helen G. Drinan - President, Simmons College.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Boston Campaign Committee and SimmonsLEADS. Chair: Nancy Leeser - Director Corporate Relations & Business Development, SimmonsLEADS.


Queens University

Keynote: Janet Lewis Matricciani - CEO, World Acceptance Corporation.

Panel Moderator: Pamela Davies, Ph.D. - President, Queens University of Charlotte.

Panel Discussion: Shana Plott - CEO, Coleman Lew. Michael Tarwater - Retired President & CEO, Carolinas Healthcare. E. James Ferland - Chairman and CEO, Babcock & WilcoxBrian George - President & CEO, Alex Lee.

In Partnership With: Queens University of Charlotte; NACD Carolinas.

Gold Sponsors: Bank of America; Deloitte; Grant Thorton.

Advocate Sponsors: American Tire Distributors; Carolinas Healthcare; Coleman Lew & Associates; EY; NACD Carolinas, Premier Healthcare.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Charlotte Campaign Committee, Chair: Jennifer Winstel - Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.



Opening Remarks: Malli Gero - Co-founder and President, 2020 Women on Boards.

Keynote Speakers: Kunal Kapoor - CEO and Board Director, Morningstar, Inc. Ana Dutra - Board Director: CME Group; President and CEO, The Executives’ Club of Chicago; Former CEO, Mandala Global Advisors; Former CEO, Leadership and Talent Consulting, Korn/Ferry InternationalKelly C. Chambliss - Board Director: CoreSite Realty Corporation; GM and Managing Partner, Industrial and Distribution Sectors, IBM Global Business Services.

Moderator: Eileen Kamerick - Board Director: Associated Banc-Corp, Legg-Mason Closed End Mutual Funds and Hochschild Mining plc.

Ambassador Award Recipients: Philip B. Flynn - CEO and Board Director, Associated Banc-Corp. Donna Glass - Board Member and Managing Partner, Deloitte Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLPKay W. McCurdy - Retired Partner and Of Counsel, Locke Lord, LLP; Board Director and Chair: Nominating and Governance Committee, Arthur J. Gallagher & CompanySteve Fussell - EVP and CHRO, Abbott; Chairman of the Board and President, Clara Abbott Foundation; Board Director: Abbott FundJerry Krulewitch - EVP, General Counsel, & Secretary for McDonald’s Corporation. Gilda Spencer - SVP, Deputy General Counsel, Dispute Resolution Services for Allstate; Board Director, The Ohio State University Alumni Association board. Christine Castellano - SVP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Ingredion Incorporated.

Gold Sponsors: Accenture; Allstate; Deloitte; The Metropolitan Club; Skadden.

Silver Sponsors: Abbott Laboratories; Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.; CME Group; McDonald's Corporation.

Bronze Sponsors: Associated Bank; First Bank of Highland Park; Legg-Mason Closed End Mutual Funds; William Blair; PR Ability; The HQ Companies, Inc.; Richards Graphic Communication.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Chicago Campaign Committee. Chair: Kathy Graham - President and Founder, The HQ Companies, Inc.


Otterbein University

Opening Remarks: Dr. Kathy Krendl - President, Otterbein University.

Panel Discussion: Chasity Kuttrus - Partner & Executive Coach, Executive Elements. Eleanor Bloxham - President & CEO, The Value Alliance and Corporate Governance Alliance. Jeff Sopp - CEO, Expesite. Yvette McGee Brown - Partner, Jones Day; former Ohio Supreme Court Justice.

Data Overview: Julie Graber - CEO, GenderEQA.

Sponsored by: Accel Inc.; Alliance Data; Big Lots; Cardinal Health; Caster Connection; Donatos; Fifth Third Bank; GBQ Partners; Kensington Hill Partners; The Columbus Partnership; White Castle.

Hosted by: Otterbein University, Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD)


Sacred Heart University

Keynote Speaker: Patricia Lenkov - Founder and President, Agility Executive Search, LLC.

Sponsors: Frontier Communications.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Connecticut Campaign Committee. Chair: Laurie Giles - Founder and President of Next Level Consulting, LLC.


Omni Hotel Frisco

Keynote: Lee Bird III - Chairman & CEO, At Home Group Inc.

Panel of Experts: Rhys Best - Chairman of the Board, MRC Global and Austin Industries; Board Director: Cabot Oil and Gas, Commercial Metals Company, and Trinity IndustryNora Mead Brownell - Board Director: National Grid & Spectra Energy; Founding Partner, ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC. Maribess Miller - Board Director: ZIX, Triumph Bancorp, & Midmark. Billie Williamson - Board Director: Pentair, CSRA Inc, Energy Future Holdings, ITT Exelis, & Annie's Inc. 

Panel Moderator: Tracy Merzi - Publisher, Dallas Business Journal.

Sponsors: At Home Group; Heidrick & Struggles; Nora Mead Brownell; Pier 1 Imports; Tracy Greene.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Dallas-Fort Worth Committee. Co-chairs: Kay Fuhrman - Partner, Heidrick & Struggles; Kristine Schmidt - Independent Board Member.


Great Lakes Culinary Center

Speakers: Denise Ilitch - President, Ilitch Enterprises LLC; Co-Owner, 220 Restaurant Hospitality. Cindy Niekamp - Retired Senior Vice President of Automotive Coatings at PPG Industries Inc. Kathy Oswald - Retired Chief Human Resources Officer at Henry Ford Health System. Dolores Sturdivant - Founder and CEO of TDS Group LLC. 

Moderator: Monica Martinez - Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Comerica Bank.

Partners: Advancing Women in Energy; AWA Foundation; Michigan's Women Commission; Women in Manufacturing, Michigan Chapter. 

Hosted by: Inforum, NAWBO Greater Detroit

LOS ANGELES, CA  **Event on November 16**

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Music Center

Director/CEO Panel: Roxanne Austin - Corporate Director: Target, Teledyne, Abbott Labs. Kate Duchene - CEO, Resources Global Professionals (RGP). Steve Isakowitz - CEO, The Aerospace Corporation. Neil Dimick - Corporate Director: RGP, Mylan Labs, WebMD.

Corporate Sponsors: Resources Global Professionals; Aerospace; SoCalGas; Sempra Energy; USC Marshall School of Business; Target; Teledyne Technologies; UCLA Anderson School of Management; Equilar; RHR; Bank of America; Abernathy MacGregor; AECOMLTC Properties; Ernst & Young; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Spencer Stuart; Fraser Communications; Berkhemer Clayton, Inc.; Lentini Design.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/LA Host Committee. Co-chairs: Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire - CEO, Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search; Renee Fraser, Ph.D. - CEO, Fraser Communications.


Hosted by: womenCEO


The Signature Grand

Join us for a stimulating panel discussion on how to find director opportunities. Learn firsthand how our amazing panel of execs made it to the C-Suite. Learn firsthand from these successful individuals what propelled them to the top and what inspiring advice they can share to get to board level positions.

Our distinguished panel includes: Guy Cote - Partner, Heidrick & Struggles. Maritza Gomez Montiel - Board Member: RCCL. Jason Liberty - CFO, RCCL. Lisanne Dorion - Board Member: Bacardi; and Scott Northcutt - CHRO, Bacardi.

Our esteemed moderator is: Nerissa Morris -  VP Human Resources, University of Miami.

Hosted by: Women's Executive Leadership (WEL) South Florida


UBS Financial Services

Special Guests: Marge Magner - founding member and Partner, Brysam Global Partners; Chairman of the Board, TEGNA; Lead Director, Accenture; Director, Ally Financial Inc. Joann S. Lublin - Management News Editor, Wall Street Journal. Susan Chapman-Hughes - Senior Vice President, American ExpressMichele Heid - Senior Partner, Heidrick & Struggles International.

Moderator: Patti Domm - Markets Editor, CNBC.

Sponsored by: UBS Financial Services

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/New York Campaign Committee. Co-chairs: Chris Olsen - Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, UBS Financial Services; and Tammy Scholtes -  Event Project Manager, 2020 Women on Boards.

Co-hosted by: The Financial Women's Association Inc. 


OCU Meinders School of Business

Welcome and Introductions: Lindy Ritz - former Director of the FAA.

Keynote: Passion to Action: 6 Steps to Create a Personal Strategic Plan, Stephanie Sonnabend -  Chair and Co-founder, 2020 Women on Boards.

Table Topics: New Research - Fresh Insights to End the Glass Ceiling; Potential Solution Discussion, Nancy Parsons - Author and CEO of the CDR Assessment Group.

Panel: Dr. Terry Neese - Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women and the Small Business Advisory Council. Jacque Fiegel - Prosperity Bank and Jack Henry and Associates. Debbie Fleming - Meinders School of Business and Oklahoma Capital Bank. Jennifer Grigsby - Ascent Resources and Cross First Bank. Marran Ogilvie -   Four Corners Property Trust, LSB Industries and Korea Fund.

Recognition of 'W' Companies and Meeting Close: Donna Miller - Oklahoma WPO Chapter Chair, Co-Founder and CEO of Purse Power, Inc. Kitty Asberry – Executive Director, Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women.

Sponsors: The Cherokee Nation; LSB Industries; Sonic Industries Services; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Devon Energy; Lopez Foods; Purse Power; The University of Oklahoma Price College of Business; Executive & Professional Education Center at Meinders School of Business.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Oklahoma City Campaign Committee, Chair: Donna Miller - Co-Founder and CEO, Purse Power, Inc.


Montelucia Resort, Scottsdale

Keynote Speaker: Frances Fragos Townsend - Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc.; Board Director, Scientific Games Corporation, The Western Union Company.

Presenting Sponsors: Freeport-McMoRan; Pay Your Family First; Bank 34; Montelucia Resort & Spa; NB|AZ; Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Silver Sponsors: Alliance Bank of Arizona; Banner University Health Plans; Chas Roberts; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; CoNecs North America; Dignity Health; Duffy Group; Elontec; KPMG; Mindful Planet; Quarles & Brady LLC; Salt River Project; Snell & Wilmer; Sonora Quest Laboratories; West Valley National Bank; Women Presidents’ Organization; First Fidelity Bank; Prisma; US Bank; Vistage; I-ology.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Arizona Steering Committee; Chair: Sharon Lechter; Vice Chairs: Deborah Bateman, Elaine Ralls.

PITTSBURGH, PA  **Event on November 16**

Fairmont Hotel

Opening Remarks: Stephanie Sonnabend - Chair and Co-founder, 2020 Women on Boards.

Keynote: Brenda Lauderback - Chairman of the Board, Denny's Corporation; Board Director: Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.; Select Comfort Corporation.

Panelists: Kay Cole James - President and Founder, The Gloucester Institute; Board Director: PNC. W. Howard Morris -  President & Chief Investment Officer, The Prairie & Tireman Group; Member, Owens Corning Board of DirectorsSusie Shipley - President, Huntington Bank, Western PA and Ohio Valley Region; Board Director: UPMC, UPMC Health Plan. Sandra Volpe - Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Communications and Contractor Relations, FedEx Ground; Board Director: Republic Services Inc.

Moderator: Diane Holder - Executive Vice President, UPMC; President, UPMC Insurance Services Division; President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan.

Platinum Sponsors: Allegheny Conference on Community Development; FedEx; Koppers; EY; UPMC Health Care.

Gold Sponsors: Align Leadership; Coghill Investment Strategies, LLC; MSA.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Pittsburgh Campaign Committee. Co-chairs: Christy Uffelman, BCC MHCS - Partner, Align Leadership, LLC; Kristen Hemmings - Operations & Client Service Manager, Coghill Investment Strategies, LLC.


 WD-40 Company Headquarters

Welcoming Remarks: Toni G. Atkins - California Senator.

Panelists: Annalisa Barrett - Director, University of San Diego School of BusinessJulia Brown - Director, Albireo Pharma, Inc. and American Gene TechnologiesChristina deVaca - CEO, Corporate Directors ForumWilliam Jones - Director, Sempra Energy and certain funds under management at Capital Research and Management GroupSusan Major - Founder & CEO of Major Executive SearchSusan Snow - Principal, Transitional Finance PartnersSusan Swenson - Director, Wells Fargo and Harmonic Inc. Martha Wyrsch - EVP & General Counsel, Sempra Energy; Director, Spectris plc.

Lead Sponsor: WD-40 Company

Event Sponsors: Latham & Watkins; Mintz Levin; Procopio; Sempra Energy; Troutman Sanders; University of San Diego School of Business.

Diversity Champions: Board Governance Research; Eden Yaege, Kleinfelder; Morrison & Foerster; Tyson & Mendes; William Jones.

Event Partners: Corporate Directors Forum; Lawyers Club of San Diego; National Association of Women Business Owners - San Diego; National Women's Political Caucus; Run Women Run.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/San Diego Campaign Committee. Chair: Annalisa Barrett



The Westin St. Francis

Platinum SponsorBDO

Gold Sponsors: Union Bank; Evercore; Equilar; Tricentis; ShowNets.

Silver Sponsors: Robert Half; Protiviti; First Republic; Redwood Trust; SoFi; Wells Fargo.

Supporting Organizations: The Athena Alliance; Stanford Women on Boards; The Boardlist; Women Corporate Directors; NACD Northern California Chapter; Association for Corporate Growth, SF; Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center.

Managing Partner: How Women Lead

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/San Francisco Campaign Committee, How Women Lead.


Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

Moderator: James MacGregor - Market President and Publisher, Washington Business Journal.

Panelists: Victoria Harker - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Tegna, Inc.; Board Member: Xylem, Inc. Mindi McClure - Board Member, Independence Realty Trust, Inc. Cathy Graham - Chief Financial Officer, 2UKenneth Daly - Retired CEO, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Betty Hudson - President, Hudson & Associates; Board Member: AFLAC; Retired EVP/CCO, National Geographic Society.

SponsorsCapital One; 2U; American University; Altus Group; Chevy Chase Trust; Jones Lang LaSalle; Marsh; Skanska; Transwestern; TriBridge Partners; Washington REIT; Women in Technology.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/DC Campaign CommitteeCo-chairs: Jill Klein - Executive in Residence, American University.Stacy Murchison - Chief Marketing Officer, Chevy Chase Trust.