The National Conversation on Board Diversity: 11/17/16

On November 17, 2016 in cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, C-Suite and senior executives discussed:

Creating Change Through Collective and Individual Action:

How Can We Harness Investor Influence, Legislation, Targeted Publicity, and Other Means to Accelerate Progress for Women on Boards?

Event Cities:


Bentley University: Executive Dining Room

Special Guests: Clay Deutsch, CEO and President, Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc.; Grace Fey, CFA, President, Grace Fey Advisors; Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University; Sophie Vandebroek, Xerox Chief Technology Officer and President, Xerox Innovation Group; Micho SpringChair Global Corporate Practice/President New England, Weber Shandwick.

Corporate Sponsors: John Hancock; PwC

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


Simmons College: Linda K. Paresky Conference Center

Special Guests: Carrie Blair, EVP, Chief HR and Communications Officer, Sun Life Financial; Carol Fulp, President and CEO, The Partnership, Inc.; Walter M. Pressey, Vice Chairman & President (Ret.), Boston Private Financial Holdings; Lynda Connolly, Chief of Staff, Simmons College and Director of the Simmons College Pre-Law Program; Malli Gero, Co-founder and President, 2020 Women on Boards.

Diamond Sponsor: EMC Corporation

Corporate Sponsors: MFS Investment Management; RSM Global

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Boston Campaign Committee and SimmonsLEADS. Co-chairs: Ellen Keiley, President, EMK Consulting Group, LLC and Nancy Leeser, Director Corporate Relations & Business Development, SimmonsLEADS.

CHARLOTTE, NC: Mint Museum Uptown

Special Guests: Jan Heppe, Former President: Burberry Americas, Board Director: Mood Media; Jewell Hoover, Board Director: AARP; Fifth Third Bancorp. Linda Baker Keene, Former Fortune 500 Independent Director: Visa USA; Scholastic, Inc.; Huffy Corporation. Minor Shaw, Board Director: Piedmont Natural Gas; BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.

Event MC: Christine Sperow, Anchor, WBTV News This Morning and WBTV News at Noon

Corporate Sponsors: Dixon Hughes Goodman

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

CHICAGO, IL: Deloitte

Welcome & Introductions: Cindy Burrell, 2020 Women on Boards/Chicago Committee Chair

Host Speaker: Carl Allegretti, Chicago Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP and Chairman and CEO, Deloitte Tax LLP

Eileen Kamerick, Board Director: Associated Banc-Corp; Hochschild Mining (LSE); Legg Mason Closed End Mutual Funds
Sheila Talton, CEO of Gray Matter Analytics and Board Director, Deere & Company; Wintrust Financial Corporation; OGE Energy Corp

Moderator: Pam McElvane, Founder & CEO of Diversity MBA/A P&L Group.

Platinum Sponsor: Deloitte

Gold Sponsor: The Metropolitan Club

Silver Sponsors: Associated Bank, First Bank of Highland Park, Legg Mason Global Asset Management, US Bank

Bronze Sponsors: The HQ Companies; Challis Lowe; Shanita Speaks, The Governance Partners LLC, Freeborn & Peters LLP, Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Dennis Chookaszian, Dr. Charles Moses

Media Sponsor: Diversity MBA/A P&L Group

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Chicago Campaign Committee

COLUMBUS, OH: Otterbein University, Battelle Fine Arts Center

Welcome: Dr. Kathy Krendl, President, Otterbein University

Data Overview: Julie Graber, CEO, GenderEQA

Special Guests: Eleanor Bloxham, President and CEO, The Value Alliance and Corporate Governance Alliance; Steven Davis, Chairman, CEO & Board Director; Kathleen Ransier, Esq., Board Director: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated; Susan Tomasky, Former Senior Executive, American Electric Power.

Moderator: Chasity Kuttrus, Partner and Executive Coach, Executive Elements

Sponsored by: GBQ

Hosted by: Otterbein University

DALLAS, TX: AT&T Performing Arts Center - Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

Welcome and IntroductionsJohn Ward, Managing Director, Communications, Media & Technology, Accenture; Shelly Swanback, Group Operating Officer, Accenture Digital

Keynote Speaker: Roslyn Dawson Thompson, President & CEO, The Dallas Women's Foundation.

Panelists: Melisa Denis, Partner, National Tax Industry Leader - Food, Drink and Consumer Products, Global Mobility Services (GMS),KPMG LLP; Valerie Freeman, founder and CEO Imprimis Group; Renee Hornbaker, Chief Financial Officer at Stream Energy; Karyl Innis, Chief Executive Officer at the Innis Group - Author, Keynote Speaker, Executive Coach; Sharon Stufflebeme, Vice President at Pariveda Solutions

Hosted and Sponsored by: Accenture 

Media Partner: DMN Media

DETROIT, MI: Michigan First Credit Union, Lathrup Village

Special Guest: Nancy Gioia, Director: Elexon Corp. and Brady Corp; Former Executive, Global Connectivity, Electrical and User Experience Strategy and Planning, Ford Motor Co.

Hosted by: Inforum

LOS ANGELES, CA: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at The Music Center

Special Guest: Debra L. Reed, Chairman and CEO, Sempra Energy.

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

Corporate Sponsors: Pillsbury; UCLA Anderson School of Management; Spencer Stuart; Lexus; Bank of America; Sempra Energy; SoCal Gas. 

LOUISVILLE, KY: KentuckyOne Health

Special Guest: Vickie Buyniski Gluckman, Founder & Retired CEO, United Medical Resources, Inc.

Sponsored by: KentuckyOne Health

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Louisville Campaign Committee

MADRID, SPAIN: Universidad Europea de Madrid, Campus Alcobendas

Welcome: José María Palomares, Director of Communication, Universidad Europea

Introductions: Marta Pérez Dorao, Director, FECE and Sponsor, Fundación IBWomen

Keynote Speaker: Mirian Izquierdo, President, Fundación IBWomen

Round Table Moderators: María Jesús Alonso, Sponsor, Fundación IBWomen; Gema Esteban, Knowledge Network Director (Telefónica Group Corporate Strategy); Carlos Astiz, Director, Editoriales de Publicaciones Periódicas (AEEPP); Ignacio Quintana, Partner, Unomasdos

Round Table Speakers: José Manuel de la Riva, President, Ametic; Almudena Rodríguez Tarodo, Expert on Employer Branding and Professor, Universidad Europea; Emma Fernández, Consultant, Ezentis and Axway; Almudena Trigo Lorenzo, Partner, BeAble Capital; Jose Luis Sáinz, Consultant, Grupo Prisa; Andrés Rodríguez, President, Spain Media and Director, "El español"; Lourdes Lancho, Assistant Director, "A Vivir Que Son Dos Días"; Matilde Pelegrí, Director, SENDA Group and Premio Empresaria del Año 2015

Closing Remarks: Maria Luisa Poncela, President, Centro de Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI); Marta Muñiz, Dean, Social Sciences and Communication, Universidad Europea

Hosted By: La Fundación IBWomen and la Universidad Europea de Madrid


Special Guests: Wendy Beck, CFO, Norwegian Cruise Line; Anita Britt, CFO, Perry Ellis; Karen Gilmore, VP and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta - Miami Branch; Laurie Levine, VP of Business and Finance, Lynn University; Pat McKay, Partner and Managing Director, Templeton & Company.

Moderator: Nerissa Morris, VP of Human Resources, University of Miami.

Hosted by: WEL (Women Executive Leadership) South Florida

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN: St. Catherine University

Special Guests: Amity Millhiser, Chief Clients Officer, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Senator Patricia Torres Ray, Minnesota State Senate District 63; Dale Kurschner, Editor in Chief, Twin Cities Business Magazine.

Hosted by: St. Catherine University

NEW YORK, NY: 10 Hudson Yards

Introductory Remarks: New York Campaign Committee Co-Chairs, Theano Lianidou and Grace Protos; Angela Guy, CDO, L'Oreal

Special Guests: Katrina Adams, Chair of the Board, CEO and President, United States Tennis Association; Nancy Cooper, Board Director, on the boards of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Mosaic Company, Brunswick Corporation, Teradata Corporation; Honorable Carolyn B. Maloney, Congresswoman; Tim Smith, Director of ESG Shareholder Engagement, Walden Asset Management

Moderator: Bobbie Rebell, Chief U.S. Correspondent for Reuters Business Video

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/New York Campaign Committee, Co-chairs: Theano Lianidou and Grace Protos.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK: Oklahoma City University - Meinders School of Business

Emcee: Robyn Elliott, Secretary of Communications and Community Development, The Chickasaw Nation

Keynote: J. Mike Stice, Dean, College of Earth and Energy, University of Oklahoma, and Director, US Silica and SandRidge Energy

Table Talk with CEOs and Directors: Linda Haneborg, Principal, Linda Haneborg and Associates

Board Member Roles and Responsibilities: Jacque Fiegel, Chairman/Central Oklahoma Market, Prosperity Bank

Director Panel: Martha Burger, Co-Founder, Amethyst Investments; Nancye Green, Board Member, Hallmark; Jeffrey Hyler, Partner, Spencer Stuart; Mary Ricciardello, Board Member, Devon Energy.

Acknowledgements and Meeting Close: Donna Miller, Oklahoma Chapter Chair, Women Presidents' Organization; Debbie Fleming, Adjunct Professor of Finance, Meinders School of Business.

Sponsored by: Chickasaw Nation, Cherokee Nation, LSB Industries, Devon Energy, Executive Resource Center, Women Presidents' Organization.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Oklahoma City Campaign Committee, Chair: Donna Miller, Founder and President, Executive Resource Center.

PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE, AZ: First Western Trust, Scottsdale

Moderator: Michelle Applebaum, Director: Northwest Pipe; former Senior Executive: Salomon Brothers

Special Guests: Barb Allen, Director: RLI Corp, former Executive Vice President: Quaker Oats; Katie Pushor, Founder: Inner Capital, Director: Insight Enterprises, Bank of Arizona, Creative Testing Solutions; Susan Shultz, Founder & CEO: The Board Institute, Inc., President: SSA Executive Search International/INAC Global, Author: The Board Book.

Hosted by: Trish Stark, President: First Western Trust, Scottsdale.

PITTSBURGH, PA: Wyndham Grand Downtown Pittsburgh

Panel Discussion: Leroy Ball, President & CEO, Koppers Inc.; Randall Dearth, Chairman, President & CEO, Calgon Carbon; Trina Gordon, President & CEO, Boyden World Corporation; Moderator: Dmitri Shiry, Managing Partner, Deloitte.

Development Session: Christy Uffelman, BCC MHCS, Partner, Align Leadership, LLC.

Presenting Sponsors: Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Boyden World Corporation, Deloitte, Koppers Inc.

Event Sponsors: Align Leadership, LLC; Coghill Investment Strategies, LLC; Huntington Bank; University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business; MSA; UPMC Health Plan.

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

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Special Guests: Eileen Rominger, Partner, CamberView Partners; Jennifer Holmstrom, Talent Partner, Highland Capital Partners; Liz Michaels, Chief of Staff and Director ESG/SRI & Women's Inclusion Project, Aperio Group; Martha Schuman, Vice President, Western Division, Pax World Investments.

Diamond Sponsors: BDO, BlackRock

Gold Table Sponsors: Deloitte, Equilar, Netgear

Bronze Table Sponsors: Bloomberg, BoardWise, CamberView Partners, Evercore Wealth Management, Fifth Era, First Foundation Advisors, Johanne Bouchard, King & Spalding, Lee Hecht Harrison, Morrison & Foerster, Pac-12 Conference, Perkins Coie, Presidio Bank, Provititi/Robert Half, ReedSmith, The Boardlist, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Supporting Organizations: Association for Corporate Growth, San Francisco; Stanford Women on Boards; The Boardlist; WomenCorporateDirectors.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/San Francisco Host Committee, Chair: Nancy Sheppard, Founder & CEO, Women2Boards.

TAMPA, FL: The Amalie Arena

Special Guests: Robert Kueppers, Partner, Sage Partners; Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO, Deloitte LLP. TK Kerstetter, Founder and CEO, Boardroom Resources; Host, "Inside America's Boardrooms". Rhonda Mims, SVP and Chief of Public Affairs, WellCare. Linda Rebrovick, Senior Client Partner, Morgan Samuels; Board Director: Tribridge Financial.

Moderator: Stacie Schaible, News Anchor, WFLA Channel 8

Signature Sponsor: Tribridge

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Tampa Host Committee and WEL (Women Executive Leadership) Tampa, Chair: Katherine Young, President, Young Search Partners Retained Executive Search, WEL Board of Directors.

WASHINGTON, DC: Maggiano's Little Italy - Chevy Chase

Welcome: Stephanie Sonnabend, Co-Founder and Chair, 2020 Women on Boards.

Special Guests: Phyllis R. Caldwell, Founder & Managing Director, Wroxton Civic Ventures LLC; Board Chair: Ocwen Financial Corporation; Board Director: American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd; City First Bank of DC; Low Income Investment Fund. Candace H. Duncan, Retired Managing Partner, KPMG LLC; Board Director: Discover Financial Services; FTD Companies, Inc.; Teleflex Inc. Robert J. Stevens, Retired Chairman, President & CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Lead Director: Monsanto Company; Board Director: United States Steel Corporation.

Presenting Sponsor: NACD

Gold Sponsors: Tribridge Financial; U2

Bronze Sponsors: American University; Chevy Chase Trust.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/DC Campaign Committee, Co-chairs: Jill Klein and Stacy Murchison.