The National Conversation on Board Diversity: 11/19/15

On November 19, 2015 in cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, C-Suite and senior executives discussed:

Recruiting Beyond the C-Suite:
Why and How Do Winning Companies Recruit to Maximize Board Effectiveness?



Special GuestsMichael Jeans, Board Director: AMICA Mutual Insurance Co., Former Chairman of New Directions; Ellen Richstone, Board Director, Public: BioAmber, eMagin Corporation, Board Director, Private: Proteck Valuation Services, Paxeramed; Michelle Stacy, Board Director: iRobot Corporation, Tervis Tumbler Company, Young Innovations Inc., Coravin (Private).

Moderator: Priscilla H. DouglasExecutive Coach & Author, P.H. Douglas & Associates.

Hosted by: The Boston Club and Northeastern University Women Who Inspire Speaker Series.


Special Guests: Richard DeWolfe, Chairman, ManuLife; Tom Erickson, CEO, Acquia; Shira Goodman, President, Staples North American Commercial; Chris Schuster, President and CEO, Emerson Hospital.

Hosts and Moderators: Gloria Larson, President, Bentley University; Betsy Myers, Founding Director, Bentley Center for Women and Business; Susan Adams, Professor of Management, Bentley University.

Corporate Sponsor: John Hancock


Special Guests: Payal Agrawal Divakaran, Senior Associate at .406 Ventures. Juliette Mayers, Founder and CEO, Inspiration Zone LLC; Board Member: Eastern Bank, U.S. Small Business Federal Advisory Board, Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board, The Boston Club Board of Directors; Emeritus Board President, Action for Boston Community Development. Regina Pisa, Chairman Emeritus of Goodwin Procter LLP; Chair of the Board of Trustees of Simmons College; Board of Directors and a Past President of the Massachusetts Women's Forum; member of The Committee of 200, and The Commonwealth Institute Advisory Board.

Moderator: Callie Crossley, Host, Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, WGBH

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


Mint Museum Uptown

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

Keynote: Tom Skains, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Piedmont Natural Gas

Fireside Chat Hosted by Coleman Lew, Featuring: Becky Johnson, Chief Marketing and Cullinary Officer, Bob Evans Farms

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

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Charlotte Campaign Committee


Seyfarth Shaw

Introductory Remarks: Dr. Judi Spaletto, Chair, 2020 Women on Boards/Chicago Campaign Committee

Special Guests: Challis Lowe, Compensation Committee Chair, Seaway Bank & Trust; Laura Pearl, Chief Financial Officer, Instadium; Stephanie Sonnabend, Co-founder & Chair, 2020 Women on Boards. 

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Chicago Campaign Committee

Corporate Sponsors: Seyfarth Shaw; AT&T; Visuals4u; Action Inclusion.


Skyline Club

Special Guests: Mary Petrovich, Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group; Irene Spanos, Director, Economic Development & Community Affairs for Oakland County; Maria Thompson, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Arsenal Venture Partners.

Hosted by: Inforum and NAWBO Greater Detroit


The L.A. Hotel Downtown

Special Guests: Marilyn Alexander, Board Member: Tutor-Perini, Torchmark; Amanda Kimball, Research Director, UC Davis Graduate School of Management; Peter Taylor, Board Member: Edison International.

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.


University Club Louisville

Special Guest: Jennifer Pendergast PhD, co-author of Building a Successful Family Business Board, senior consultant with The Family Business Consulting Group.


Signature Grand

Special Guests: Amy Barry, SVP and CHRO, Lakeland Regional Health; Janice Block, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer, Kaplan Inc.; Beverly Clampett, VP, Talent Excellence, Kaplan Inc; Jaffus Hardrick, VP, Human Resources, Florida International University; John Hrabusa, SVP, Human Resources and Public Affairs, Publix; Frank Lopez, SVP, Human Resources, Ryder System, Inc.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Southern Florida Campaign Committee and Women Executive Leadership

Press: The Sun Sentinel


St. Catherine University

Keynote: Reatha Clark King, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board, National Association of Corporate Directors

Event MC: Roshini Rajkumar, Radio Host, News & Views with Roshini Rajkumar on WCCO Radio

Event Sponsor: Wells Fargo


Thomson Reuters

Welcome and Introductory RemarksEileen Lynch, Senior Vice President for Global Brand Marketing, Thomson Reuters.

Special Guests: Robin Abrams, Private Investor, and Board Member: Factset, HCL Technologies Ltd., Sierra Wireless, Inc., Lattice Semiconductor Corporation; Susan H. Alexander, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary: Biogen; Aaron Dhir, Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, CA, and author of Challenging Boardroom Homogeneity; Michelle Edkins, Global Head of Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment, BlackRock; Judith Reinsdorf, EVP and General Counsel, Tyco, and Board Member: Dun & Bradstreet.

Moderator: Susie Gharib, Senior Special Correspondent, Fortune Magazine.

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

Sponsored by: Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Thomson Reuters; Biogen; New York Life; Pillsbury.


Meinders School of Business

Welcome and Introduction: Martha Burger, Master of Ceremonies, Co-Founder, Amethyst Investments and Board Member, Oklahoma State Board of Health 

Women's Contribution to Team Intelligence: Barbara Crandall, PhD, Professor Emerita, Oklahoma City University; Anita Williams Woolley, Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business and Co-Author of the Harvard Business Review Article, What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women.

Women on Boards Panel: Kelly Fry (moderator),  Editor/Vice President of News, OPUBCO Communications Group; Jill Castilla (panelist), CEO and Director, Citizens Bank of Edmond and Citizens Bankshares, Inc.; Jacque Fiegel (panelist), Area Chairman, Central Oklahoma Region Prosperity Bank and Board Member, Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.; Ed Sanchez (panelist), CEO, Lopez Foods, Inc. and former President of the Latin American and Canadian Group for McDonalds Corporation where he was also on the Board of Directors as an Advisory Director.

Board Recruitment: Shelly FustSenior Client Partner, Global Energy/Industrial Practice, Leader Sustainable Solutions Center of Excellence, Korn Ferry; Cathryn Gabor, Global Energy/Industrial/Chemical Sectors and Financial Officer and CHRO Center of Excellence, Korn Ferry.

Hosted by: Donna Miller, Chapter Chair, Oklahoma Women Presidents' Organization, and President of the Executive Resource Center.

Press: The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's Own, NewsOK


National Bank of Arizona Conference Center

Special Guests: Nicole Carroll, Vice President, News and Executive Editor, The Arizona Republic - Republic Media; Dr. Amy Hillman, Dean and Rusty Lyon Chair of Strategy, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University; Shirley Weis, Former Chief Administrative Officer, Mayo Clinic.

Hosted by: Ellevate Phoenix; Take The Lead.


The Fairmont Hotel

Honoree & Keynote: Richard Harshman, Chairman, President and CEO, ATI.

Special Guests & Panelists: Anne Nemer Dhanda, Director, Global Talent Development, PPG Industries; Laura Ellsworth, Jones Day, Partner-in-Charge, Pittsburgh Office; Marsha Jones, Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, PNC Financial Services Group; Jeff Smith, Vice President of Human Resources, FedEx Ground; Sadaf Parvaiz, Associate Director, Americas Inclusiveness Office, Ernst & Young; Christy Uffelman, BCC MHCS, Partner, Align.

Presenting Sponsor: Ernst & Young

Event Sponsors: Align Leadership, LLC; Coghill Investment Strategies, LLC

Press: The Pittsburgh Business Times


Osher Map Library

Special Guests: Don Gooding, Executive Director, Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development and Maine Angels Investment Network; Mike Heffernan, Founder, Mobiquity; Sandra Stone, Chair, Maine Angels Investment Network; Terry Sutton, COO, Davo Technologies.

Moderator: Susan Dench, Founder + President, Success & Co.


AMN Healthcare

Special Guests: Annalisa Barrett, Cinical Professor of Finance at University of San Diego's School of Business Administration, Founder and CEO of Board Governance Research LLC, Senior Advisor for ValueEdge Advisors; Susan Major, Founder and CEO, Major Executive Search; Susan Salka, CEO and President of AMN Healthcare, Board Member: AMN Healthcare, BIOCOM; Sue Swenson, Board Member: Wells Fargo, Novatel Wireless, Harmonic, Spirent Communications, First Responder Network Authority.

Moderator: Susan H. Snow, Corporate Human Resources Director, Pristine Environments; Board Member: Basin Water, Inc. and TAC Financial, Inc.

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


Hilton San Francisco Financial District

Introductory Remarks: Nancy Sheppard, Event Chair & Founder/CEO, Women2Boards.

Special Guests: Dr Donna Hamin, CEO: Intrabond Capital U.S., Inc., Executive Director: BoardAccess™ Program; Joe Griesedieck, Vice Chairman & Co-leader: Board & CEO Services of Korn/Ferry; Robin Greenway MacGillivrary, Director and Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee: Simpson Manufacturing Company.

Moderator: Alison Davis, Founder of Fifth Era, Director: Royal Bank of Scotland, Fiserv, Unisys, and Diamond Foods.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/San Francisco Host Committee; Women2Boards.

Sponsored by: Pillsbury; Diamond Foods; Deloitte; Evercore Wealth Management; First Foundation; Presidio Bank.


The Tampa Club

Special Guests: Carolyn Chin, CEO: Cebiz, Board Member: ConsultantFlorida, President: NACD; Jane FinleyBoard of Directors: Publix, Tampa Chapter President- WCD; Cynthia McCagueBoard of Directors: Pier 1 Imports, Retired SVP: Global Human Resources- The Coca-Cola Company; Marlene SpaltenPresident and CEO: The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. 

Moderator: Stacie Schaible, News Anchor, WFLA Channel 8.

Sponsored by: USF Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.


Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Special Guests: Patty Stonesifer, CEO of Martha's Table, former CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Board Member: Amazon; Rebecca Cooper, creator and anchor of the 'Washington Business Report', and Executive-in-Residence and Special Assistant to the Dean of American University's Kogod School of Business.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/DC Campaign Committe.

Corporate Sponsors: Pillsbury; American University; Washington Business Journal; Chevy Chase Trust Financial Advisors.