The National Conversation on Board Diversity: 11/15/18

On November 15, 2018 in cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, C-Suite and senior executives discussed the topic:

Collaborating with All Companies to Increase Women on Boards


Event Cities:


The Westwood Country Club

Keynote and Discussion: Kris Manos - Board Director, KeyCorp, Columbia Forest Products, & Dexter Apache Holdings.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Austin Campaign CommitteeNACD Austin.




Bentley University

Panelists: Abbie Celniker - Partner, Third Rock VenturesValerie Mosley - CEO, Valmo VentureBarry Nearhos - Independent Director, Eastern Bank & VirtusaLinda Whitlock - Principal, The Whitlock Group.

Platinum SponsorKronos.

Silver SponsorBentley University, Office of the Provost; Eaton Vance; PwC; Unum.

Bronze SponsorBoston Private; BNY Mellon; Breckinridge Capital Advisors; Dassault Systèmes; Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance; Koya Leadership Partners; MITRE; Samet; StratX; Sun Life Investment Management.

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




Simmons University

Moderator: Regina M. Pisa - Emeritus & Partner, Goodwin; Chair, Board of Trustees, Simmons University. 

Speakers: Deborah Jackson - President, Cambridge College; Lead Director, Eastern BankGail Marcus - Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Healthcare Business & Administrative Sciences, Acting Department Chair, PBAS, MCPHS Online, MCPHS UniversityCorey Thomas - President & CEORapid7.

Platinum Sponsor: Dell.

Gold Sponsor: 2U.

Silver Sponsor: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Host Committee Companies: Biogen; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Brown Brothers Harriman; Koya Leadership Partners; Wayfair; Women in Pensions Network.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Boston Campaign Committee; SimmonsLEADS.





Carmel Country Club

Welcome: Jennifer Winstel - Private Client Advisor, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth ManagementPaula Broadwell - CEO, Think Broader Communications LLC; Director, Think Broader 501c3 Foundation.

Opening Remarks: Stephanie Sonnabend - Co-Founder2020 Women on Boards.

Moderator: Anne McGeorge - Operating Partner, Havencrest Healthcare Partners.

Panel Discussion: Doug Lebda - Chairman & CEO, Lending TreeJohn D. Williams - President & CEO, DomtarMary Winston - President, WinsCo Enterprises Inc; Corporate Board Director, DomtarBrie Williams - VP State Street Global; Head of Practice Management, Global SPDR Business.

Opening Remarks: Domtar. NACD Carolinas Chapter. Ernst & Young. Bank of America. Novant Health. Atrium Health; American Tire Distributors

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Charlotte Campaign Committee





The Mid America Club

Welcoming RemarksKathy Graham - 2020 Women on Boards Chicago Campaign Chair.

Keynote PanelistsKapila Kapur Anand - Director: Omega Healthcare Investors, Extended Stay America, and ESH HospitalitySally Blount - Director: Abbott and ULTA BeautyAdela Cepeda - Director: BMO Financial, The UBS Funds, and Mercer Funds.

ModeratorCarol J. Ward - VP of Corporate Secretary, Mondel─ôz International.

Sponsors: Abbott. Accenture. Allstate. Associated Bank. William Blair. CME Group. Deloitte. First Bank of Highland Park. Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Legg Mason. McDonald's. Skadden.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Chicago Campaign Committee


The Point at Otterbein

Opening RemarksDr. John Comerford - President, Otterbein University.

Data OverviewJulie Graber - CEO, GenderEQA.

ModeratorDr. Kathy Krendl - President Emerita, Otterbein University.

ModeratorBarb Smoot - President & CEO, WELD Women for Economic and Leadership DevelopmentJanet Meeks - Co-founder & CEO, Healthcare Alignment AdvisorsAlec Wightman - Partner, BakerHostetlerCorrine Burger - Chief Control Officer, Consumer & Community Banking, JPMorgan Chase.

Sponsors: Cardinal Health.

Hosted by: Otterbein University Women’s Leadership Network Advisory Council.





The Clubs of Prestonwood - The Creek

Keynote SpeakerArcilia Acosta - Director, Legacy Texas Financial Group, TPG Energy Holdings, ONE Gas Incorporated, & Magnolia Oil & Gas; CEO, CARCON Industries/STLMargot Carter - Director, Installed Building Products, Eagle Materials, & Freeman Company; President & Founder, Living Mountain CapitalMichael Fung - Director, Franklin Covey, 99 Cents Only Stores, & Floor and Décor; Former Chief Financial Officer, Walmart; Former Chief Operating Officer, Neiman MarcusCurt Morgan - President & Chief Executive Officer, Vistra Energy.

SponsorsDallas Women's Foundation; Toyota; EY; J.P. Morgan; Paradox Compensation Advisors; SMU Cox; Kohlberg & Company; U.S. Risk; Pinnacle Group; University Crossroads; Yum! Brands, Inc.; Mora's Income Tax & Insurance.  

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Dallas Campaign Committee






SpeakersRic DeVore – Regional President of Detroit & Southeast Michigan, PNC BankAngie Kelly – Office Managing Partner, Ernst & Young DetroitTerri Kline – President & CEO, HAP.

ModeratorDustin Walsh – Award-Winning Senior Reporter, Crain’s Detroit Business

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Detroit Host CommitteeInforum.


The Shard

SpeakersBrenda Trenowden – CBE, Global Chair, 30% Club; Head of FIG Europe, ANZ Bank

Hosted by: Anastasia Scott - Communications Consultant.





Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

ModeratorsRenee Fraser - CEO, Fraser CommunicationsBoard Member, Girls IncBetsy Berkhemer-Credaire - CEO, 2020 Women on Boards; CEO, Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search.

Speakers: Xavier Gutierrez - Managing Director, Clearlake Capital Group; Board Member: Commercial Bank of California, NCAL Bancorp. Diana Ingram - Consulting Director, Oracle Consulting; Board Member: Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. Patti Wagner - CEO, Southern California Gas Company; Board Member: Apogee Enterprises, Inc. Wendy Webb - CEO, Kestrel Advisors; Board Member: ABM Industries, Wynn Resorts & 9 Spokes.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/LA Host Committee


Club 51

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Mexico City Host Committee





Signature Grand

Speakers: Janet Hill - Principal, Hill Family Advisors.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Miami Host Committee


Nashville Airport Marriott

Keynote SpeakerJan Babiak – Independent Board MemberWalgreens Boots Alliance Inc, Bank of Montreal, Euromoney Institutional Investors, GHD Group & GlobalLogic.

Hosted by: Cable.





New York Institute of Technology

ModeratorStephanie Ruhle – Anchor, MSNBC; News Correspondent, NBC.

SpeakersVicki Fuller – Board Director, Williams CompaniesMary Hartman Morris – Investment Officer within Corporate Governance, Investments for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)Molly Campbell – Director, Port Commerce of Port Authority of New York and New JerseyTara Giunta – Partner, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLC; Editor, Breaking the Glass Ceiling -- Women in the BoardroomTanuja Dehne – Board Director, NRG Energy, Inc.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/New York Campaign Committee





Gene Rainbolt Graduate School of Business

Meinders School of Business

Welcome RemarksLinda Cavanaugh – Journalist and Women's Issues Advocate.

Keynote SpeakerClaudia San Pedro - President & Director, Sonic Corp.

Fireside Chat ModeratorDonna Miller – CEO & Co-Founder, Purse Power.

Fireside ChatMindy Meads – Former CEO, Victoria's Secret, Land's End & Aeropostale.

Executive PresenceAnnette White-Klososky – CEO, SurveySaurus; Owner, Women's Executive Board.

Panel ModeratorDeemah Ramadan – CEO, DBG Construction.

PanelMonica SmileyPublisher & CEO, Enterprising Women Magazine. Anita Vanderveer - Sr. Vice President of People, Sonic CorpAvilla Williams - President, INTEGRIS Health Edmond.

Recognition and Meeting CloseKitti Asberry – Executive Director, Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women. Robyn Elliott – Secretary of Communications and Community Development, Chickasaw Nation.

Luncheon WorkshopMiriam Grobman – Founder & CEO, Mirian Grobman Consulting.

SponsorThe Chickasaw Nation;Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Purse Power; Advantage Bank; MTM Recognition; Integris; Women in Business; Lopez Foods; Sonic; Heritage Trust Company; Berkshire Hathaway; Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women; Meinders School of Business; DBG Construction LLC; Devon; The University of Oklahoma; Enterprising Women; MG.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Oklahoma City Campaign Committee


Biltmore Hotel

Keynote Speaker: Kathy Munro – PrincipalBridge West, LLC; Board Director.

Featured Presenter: Sara Dial – Director, Mobile Mini, Inc. & Grand Canyon Education, Inc. 

Moderator: Susan Shultz – Founder, SSA Executive Search International.

Panelists: Glynis Bryan – Global Chief Financial Officer, Insight. Jean Birch - Independent Public Company Director. Kenda Gonzales – Director, Career Education CorporationAlicia Harrison – Board Director, Ryan Companies US Inc.

Presenting Sponsors: Bank 34; National Bank of Arizona; Pay Your Family First; Duffy Group, Inc.; Salt River Project.

Gold Sponsors: Republic Services; Freeport-McMoRan; University of Phoenix; Arizona Public Service Electric Company.

Silver Sponsors: Alvarez & Marsal; ASU Foundation; Avnet; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Carvana; Chas Roberts; CoNecs North America; CopperPoint Insurance; Elontec; Grand Canyon Education; KPMG; Mobile Mini; Poore & Associates; Quarles & Brady; Snell & Wilmer; Sonora Quest Laboratories; Weis Associates; Wells Fargo; WestLand Resources; Women Presidents’ Organization; Women Business Enterprise Council West; Vistage.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Phoenix Campaign Committee





Westin Downtown

Fireside ChatDavid J. Malone - President and CEO, Gateway Financial; Director, FNB Corporation and Highmark Health/Highmark Inc. Carrie Coghill - President and CEO, Coghill Investment Strategies.

Board Diversity Ambassador AwardNishan Vartanian - President and CEO, MSA Safety.

ModeratorDr. Chris Howard -  President, Robert Morris University.

PanelistsDiane Pearse - President and CEO, Hickory Farms, LLC; Member, MSA Safety Board of Directors. Christy Uffelman - President, Align Leadership; Member, Eat’n Park Board of Directors. Lara Washington -  President, Allegheny Housing Rehabilitation Corp; Member, EQT Midstream Partners LP.

Gold Sponsors: Align Leadership. Coghill Investment Strategies, LLC. Huntley & Huntley. KPMG.

Platinum Sponsors: Allegheny Conference. Aon Empower Results. Ernst & Young. FedEx Ground. Koppers. MSA. UPMC Health Plan.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Pittsburgh Campaign Committee





Sutter Club

PanelistsBarbara O'Connor -  Director, Institute for the Study of Politics & Media, CSUS Emeritus; Board Director, AARP National '10-'16Kimberly Box - Independent Board Director, McGrath Rentcorp & American River BankCassandra Pye - Founder & CEO, 3.14 Communications, LLC; President, California Women Lead; Appointee, State of CaliforniaDonna Wells - Independent Board Director, Betterment & Happy Money; Board Advisor, Mitek SystemDianne Miller -  President & CEO, Wilcox Miller & Nelson; Board Director: CA Chamber of Commerce, UOP, Sacramento Host Committee, AARP Foundation & Umpqua Bank '04-'13.

SponsorsAmerican River Bank; Comstock's; The North Bay Business Journal; NAWBO Sacramento Valley; Riverview Media Photography; Wallrich Creative Communications; HaneyBiz; Sacramento Business Journal; Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program; SMUD.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Sacramento Campaign Committee.




University of San Diego

Opening PresentationAnnalisa Barrett - Lecturer, University of San Diego School of Business; CEO & Founder, Board Governance Research LLC.

PanelistsKimberly Alexy - Board Director: FireEye, Inc., CalAmp, Five9 & AlteryxDenise Jackson - Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, AMN Healthcare; Director, Tractor Supply CompanyVickie Capps - Director: Otonomy, NuVasive, Connecture & OmniGuide.

ModeratorTeresa Jacques - Partner, Major Executive Search.

Event SponsorsMintz; Sempra Energy; Troutman Sanders LLP; University of San Diego School of Business; Major Executive Search.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/San Diego Campaign Committee





The Fairmont Hotel

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/San Francisco Campaign Committee





Columbia Tower Club

Panelists: Adriane Brown – Board Director: Allergan, eBay & Raytheon. Lynda Ziegler - Chairman of the Board, ItronMark Mader - President & CEO, Smartsheet.

Gold Sponsor: Delta Dental of Washington.

Silver Sponsor: Ernst & Young LLP.

Bronze Sponsor: Itron; Nordstrom; Northwestern Mutual Prince Financial Services.

Director Coach Sponsors: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Cray.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Seattle Campaign Committee


Boat House at the Tampa River

ModeratorStacie Schaible - News Anchor, WFLA-TV.

SpeakersBob Dutkowsky - Executive Chairman, Tech Data Corporation. Eileen Kamerick - Corporate Director: AIG Funds, Associated Banc-Corp, Legg Mason & Hochschild Mining. Gail Lione - Corporate Director, Former General Counsel of Harley Davidson. 

Gold Sponsors: Fisher Phillips; Tech Data; Ultimate Medical Academy; Wells Fargo

Silver Sponsors: Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.; EY; FordHarrison; JPMorgan Chase & Co.; KPMG; Pilot Bank; Shumaker; Women in Pensions Network. 

Bronze Sponsors: AGM Holdings; Academy of The Holy Names; Ernst & Young; Epona's Path; Florida Funders; Franklin Templeton Investments; Hill Ward Henderson; HR Contempo; Hunter Law Group; Johnson Jackson; Key Associates; Links Financial; Marsh & McLennan Companies; One Blood; Right Management; Sabal Trust Company; Sharon Docherty Danco PLLC; Shutts & Bowen; Tampa General; The Bank of Tampa; Young Search Partners

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Tampa Campaign Committee; Women Executive Leadership (WEL); CO-chairs: Kathy Barlow, Penny Parks & Katherine Young.






The Hamilton

ModeratorJames MacGregor - Vice President, Local Markets for American City Business Journals Inc.

PanelistsLeslie Ireland - Board MemberCitigroup, IncLetitia Long - Board Member, Raytheon Company & Noblis; Chairman of the Board, Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). Leslie Thornton - SVP & General CounselWGL Holdings, IncBill Weber -  President & CEO, KeyW Corporation.

Event Sponsors: BDO; American University; JLL; The ILEX Group; Chevy Chase Trust; Lockton; Marsh; Skanska; Transwestern; Washington REIT.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/DC Campaign Committee