The National Conversation on Board Diversity: 11/20/14

On November 20, 2014 in cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, C-Suite and senior executives discussed:

"What will it take for the U.S. to become a global leader in the advancement of women to company boards?"

Will states or the federal government need to legislate change?
Will a SEC or legislative ‘comply or explain’ directive work?
Will women need to be more visible on the issue?
Will men need to be more vocal in their support of the inclusion movement?
Will shareholders need to engage on the question of diversity?

Thank you to everyone who made the third annual National Conversation on Board Diversity such a success!


Event Cities:


Boise, ID

Albertson's Headquarters

Special Guests: Susan Morris, President, Intermountain Division, Albertsons; Ann C. Nelson, Partner, KPMG.

Moderator: Cece Gassner, Counsel, Perkins Coie.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Boise Chapter & Go Lead Idaho, Inc.

Sponsored by: Perkins Coie

Boston, MA

Simmons College

Special Guests: Marty Gervasi, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.; Connie McCann, Senior Partner, Global Financial Services Practice, Spencer Stuart; Evelyn Murphy, President, The WAGE Project; Bob F. Rivers, President and Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Bank; Susan Vinnicombe, Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership, Simmons School of Management.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Boston Chapter & SimmonsLEADS

Sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare; U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management; Brown Brothers Harriman; The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Bentley University

Special Guests:  Jason Baron, Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager, U.S. Trust; Mike Bonney, CEO, Cubist Pharmaceuticals; Dr. Patricia Flynn, Trustee Professor of Economics and Management, Bentley University, Board of Directors: Columbia Funds; Toni Wolfman, Vice President, Thirty Percent Coalition.

Moderator: Betsy Myers, Founding Director, Bentley University Center for Women and Business

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Boston Chapter, The Bentley University Center for Women and Business & The Boston Club

Sponsored by: Brown Brothers Harriman, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare

Bozeman, MT

The Commons

Welcome: Britt Ide, President, Ide Law & Strategy, PLLC, Board of Directors: PCS Edventures.

Special Guest: Dorothy Bradley, Nominating and Corporate Governance Director: Northwestern Energy, National Advisor for the American Prairie Foundation, Board Member: One Montana.

Hosted by: Montana State University, Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship

Sponored By: Kath Williams + Associates, Prospera Business Network, Leaf & Bean

Chicago, IL

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom, Chicago Merchandise Mart

Welcome: Dr. Judi Spaletto, Chair, 2020 Women on Boards/Chicago Chapter; Board Member, Roosevelt University's Walter Heller College of Business.

Special Guests: Adela Cepeda, Founder and President of A.C. Advisory, Inc., Board of Directors: BMO Financial Group; Mike Victorson, President and CEO, M3 Insurance Solutions, Inc.

Moderator: Simmi Singh, Head of Healthcare Services, Egon Zehnder International.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Chicago Chapter

Sponored by: Sub-Zero and Wolf 

Dallas, TX

University of Dallas - Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business

Special Guests: Terry Allen, CEO, 1016 Media/Founder Emerging Women's Business Camp; Arlivia Gamble-Swann, Vice President, State Farm Insurance Companies - Agency/Sales Resources and Agency Recruiting; Dr. Joy Macci, CEO, Joy of Sport/Founder USNC-UN Women Dallas/Forth Worth Chapter; Dr. Nicole A. Roberson, Director, Diversity & EEO, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART); Angeles Valenciano, President & EVP, National Diversity Council.

Moderator: Kimberly C. Fields, Irving CVB, Board Member.

Hosted by: University of Dallas, Gupta College of Business

Sponsored by: IMAGINE Well, Inc.

Press: The Dallas Morning News; UD News

Denver, CO

University of the Rockies

Special Guests: Paul Washington, Executive Director, Denver Office of Economic Development; Taylor Simonton, Director, Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc., Double Eagle Petroleum Co., Keating Capital, Inc.; Jill Tietjen, President and CEO, Technically Speaking, Inc; Christianna Wood, Chairman of the Board, Global Reporting Initiative; Tim Wolf, President, Wolf Interests, Inc.

Hosted by: Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce & Women's Leadership Foundation

Detroit, MI

400 Renaissance Center

Welcome: Anne Doyle, Author, Speaker, Consultant, President, Anne Doyle Strategies

Special Guest: Kathleen McQuiggan, Senior Advisor, Gender Diversity Initiatives, PAX World Management LLC 

Hosted by: Inforum Center for Leadership

Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Signature Grand

Special Guests: Madeleine Condit, CEO, Madeleine Condit and Associates; Stephanie Sonnabend, Co-founder and Chair of 2020 Women on Boards, Board of Directors: Century Bank and Trust, Century Bancorp and Sperry Van Ness International Corporation.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/Southern Florida Chapter & Women Executive Leadership

Greenville, SC

Greenville ONE

Special Guests: Catherine E. Heigel, General Counsel and Corporate Strategies Officer, Elliott Davis, LLC.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/South Carolina Chapter

Los Angeles, CA

City Club Los Angeles

Special Guests: Molly Campbell, Deputy Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles, Board Member: East West Bancorp, Inc., East West Bank; Ronee Hagen, Board Member: Southern Company, Newmont Mining, PGI; Julie Hill, Board Member: WellPoint/Anthem Blue Cross, Lord Abbett Funds; James Hunt, Board Member: Brown & Brown, Inc., JobSync Inc., Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/LA Chapter

Affiliated Partners: Japan America Society "Women's Leadership Counts" Series, National Association of Women Business Owners California

Sponsored by: Pillsbury, Avery Dennison, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Southern California Edison, Anthem Blue Cross, American Express, California State University Fullerton, First Foundation Advisors, Global Organization for Leadership and Diversity, Morgan Stanley, Mount St. Mary's College, Quigley-Simpson Advertising, Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, Spencer Stuart, Southern California Gas Company, TracksGlobal Business Consulting and Executive Coaching, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S. Trust.

Louisville, KY

Big Springs Country Club

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards Louisville Support Team

Madrid, Spain

Hosted by: Women CEO

Event Chair: Mirian Izquierdo

New York, NY

Bank of America Tower

Welcome: Lisa Carnoy, Division Executive for North East and Metro New York, U.S. Trust

Special Guests: Michael Garland, Assistant Comptroller for Environmental, Social and Governance, New York City Office of the Comptroller; Deborah Gillis, President and CEO, Catalyst; Nancy J. Karch, Senior Advisor, Centerview Capital Holdings, and Director of Kate Spade & Company(Chair), Mastercard International, Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Genworth Financial Inc., and Corporate Executive Board Company; Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

Moderator: Patsy Doerr, Chief Diversity Officer, Thomson Reuters.

Supporting Organizations: 2020 Women on Boards/New York Chapter, The Beijing Platform for Action, Catalyst, NYSE Governance Services, UN Women.

Sponsored by: U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management, Pillsbury, Thomson Reuters, Falk Communications and Research.

Palo Alto, CA

Stanford Law School

Welcome: Amanda K. Packel, Deputy Director, Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance.

Special Guests: Joseph Grundfest, W.A. Franke Professor of Law and Business, Stanford Law School; Hannah-Beth Jackson, Senator, California Senate District 19; Catherine P. Lego, Experienced Board Director and Founder, Lego Ventures LLC; Aeisha Mastagni, Investment Officer III, Corporate Governance Unit, California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Moderator: Sara L. Terheggen, Ph.D., Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Hosted by: Stanford University Rock Center for Corporate Governance; Stanford Women on Boards Initiative; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; Vision 2020 Project.

San Diego, CA

AMN Healthcare

Special Guests: Phyllis R. Caldwell, Board Member: American Capital Senior Floating, Ltd., City First Bank of DC, Low Income Investment Fund, and Center for International Forestry Research; Susan Salka, CEO, AMN Healthcare Services, Board Member: BIOCOM, The Campanile Foundation at San Diego State University, and the editorial advisory board, Director & Boards; Sue Swenson, Board Member: Wells Fargo, Novatel Wireless, Inc., Harmonic, Inc., Spirent Communications plc, and the First Responder Network Authority.

Moderator: Denise Gitsham, Co-founder and Principal, 7 Second Strategies.

Tampa, FL

Amalie Arena

Special Guests: Paul Reilly, CEO, Raymond James Financial, Board of Directors: Raymond James Financial; Jim Shimberg, EVP and General Counsel, Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment; Stephanie Sonnabend, Co-founder and Chair of 2020 Women on Boards, Board of Directors: Century Bank and Trust, Century Bancorp and Sperry Van Ness International Corporation; Susan Story, President and CEO, American Water, Board of Directors: American Water, Raymond James Financial.

Moderator: Stacy Schaible, WFLA News Channel 8

Hosted by: Stacey Allaster, Women's Tennis Association; Tready Smith, Bayshore Capital Advisors, LLC; Katherine Young, Young Search Partners, LLC.

Sponsored by: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Raymond James Financial, Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment, Women's Tennis Association, Advocate Health, Faithful Express/Faithful Delivery, Franklin Templeton, Masonite, Sykes Enterprises, The Bank of Tampa, Bloomin' Brands, Inc., Blue Grace, Brock Communications, Warren Averett.

Press: Tampa Bay Business Journal

Washington DC

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Special Guest: The Honorable Mary K. Bush, Chairman and Founder of Bush International, LLC; Board of Directors: Discover Financial Services, ManTech International Corporation, Marriott International and T. Rowe Price.

Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/DC Chapter

Sponsored by: Michelle S. Lee, STG International, Inc.; Calvert Asset Management; Chevy Chase Trust; Washington REIT; Pillsbury; American University Kogod School of Business.

Press: Chevy Chase Trust BLOG; Washington Business Journal