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 will discuss:

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

Event Cities (to-date):


2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Atlanta

Swan Coach House | 11:00 AM–1:00 PM

Hosted by: The Atlanta Women's Chamber of Commerce


Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Austin

The Austin Club | 7:30-10:00AM

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


Bentley University | 5:30-8:30PM

2020 Women on Boards 2017

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: John Hancock.

Silver Sponsor: Unum

Bronze Sponsors: Dassault Systemes; Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance; PAREXEL; PwC; State Street.

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

Simmons College | 7:30-9:30AM

Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity

Corporate Sponsors: Dell; Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare.

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 MedicineHelen 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.


Eventbrite - National Conversation on Board Diversity

Queens University | 4:00-7:00PM

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 - CEO, Carolinas Healthcare. E. James Ferland - CEO, Babcock & WilcoxBrian George - CEO, Alex Lee.

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

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


Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Chicago Sponsors

Deloitte | 5:30-8:00PM

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

Special Guests: Ana Dutra - President and CEO, The Executives' Club of Chicago.

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


Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Columbus

Otterbein University | 7:00-9:00AM

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: GBQ

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


Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Connecticut

Sacred Heart University | 5:00–8:00 PM

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

Sponsors: Jack Welch College of Business 

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


Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Dallas-Fort Worth

Omni Hotel Frisco | 7:00-11:00AM

Keynote: Lee Bird III - Chairman, President & 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. 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.

Sponsored by:  Charles Krug Winery; Heidrick & Struggles. 

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


2020 Women on Boards - Detroit Event Registration

Great Lakes Culinary Center | 07:30- 09:30 AM

Speakers: 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; Michigan's Women Commission. 

Hosted by: Inforum, NAWBO Greater Detroit

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

Eventbrite - 2020 Women on Boards - Los Angeles Luncheon

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, The Music Center | 11:30AM-2:00PM

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

Corporate Sponsors: Resources Global Professionals; Sempra Energy; Abernathy MacGregor; Bank of America; Spencer Stuart; USC Marshall School; Pillsbury Law; Fraser Communications; Berkhemer Clayton Executive Search; 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


Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Miami

The Signature Grand - Fort Lauderdale | Noon-2:00PM

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


Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - NYC

UBS Financial Services | 5:30-8:00PM

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. Sachi Vora - Principal, Member of CEO & Board of Directors Practice, Heidrick & Struggles.

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. 


Eventbrite - 2017 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Oklahoma City

OCU Meinders School of Business | 7:30AM-Noon

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.

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


2020 Women on Boards - Phoenix Event Registration

Montelucia Resort, Scottsdale | 8:00AM-Noon

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: Pay Your Family First; Bank 34; Montelucia Resort & Spa; NB|AZ

Silver Sponsors: Alliance Bank of Arizona; Banner Health.

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

PITTSBURGH, PA  **Event on November 16**

2020 Women on Boards - Pittsburgh Event Registration

Fairmont Hotel | 7:30AM-Noon

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.

Special Guests: 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.

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


2020 Women on Boards - San Diego Event Registration

 WD-40 Company Headquarters Building | 6:00- 9:00PM

Sponsor: WD-40 Company
Hosted by: 2020 Women on Boards/San Diego Campaign Committee. Chair: Annalisa Barrett


2020 Women on Boards - San Francisco Event Registration

The Westin St. Francis | 7:30-10:00AM

Platinum SponsorBDO

Gold Sponsors: Union Bank; Evercore.

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

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.


2020 Women on Boards - Washington DC Event Registration

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club | 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

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 - Managing Principal, Greysteel Capital Markets;
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.

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.