The 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity Events. Find one in a city near you!

In cities across the U.S. and throughout the world, C-Suite and senior executives will discuss the topic:

Now is the time: How Can We Help Each Other and Seek Allies to Find a Corporate Board Seat? 

Registration for remaining cities will be available soon, so please keep your eyes on this space to see when they go live!


Event Cities:


NOV. 21

Co-ChairsNeeti Dewan ( & Jill Goodrich (

NOV. 21 | 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Headliners Club

Co-ChairsJanice Jenkins ( & Sara Faivre ( 

Speakers: Nina Richardson - Board Director: Silicon Labs & Resideo; Lynn Atchison - Board Director: Q2 Technologies, Convey & RealMassive. Lisa Hooker - Partner, Technology and Board Practices Odgers BerndtsonAngela Archon - Independent Board Director, H&R Block & The University of Texas - Chemical Engineering Department

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Austin

NOV. 21 | 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Bentley University

Co-ChairsTrish Foster ( & Becky McDougal (

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Boston

NOV. 21 | 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Co-ChairsJessica Bell Van Der Wal ( & Becky Hoover ( 

Speakers: Catherine P. Bessant - Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Bank of America; Board Member: Zurich Insurance Group, USA Field Hockey, Advisory Board for the Ross School of Business at the University of MichiganKaren Narwold - Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Albemarle Corporation; Board Member: Ingevity (Member of Nominating & Governance Committee), Windfield Holdings Pty LtdGene Lowe - President & CEO, SPX Corporation; Board Member: SPX Corporation, Federal Signal Corporation.

Moderator: Michael Simons - Principal & Americas Financial Services South Market Segment Leader, EY.

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Charlotte

NOV. 21 | 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Union League Club

ChairKathy Graham (

Speakers: Sheila Penrose - Non-Executive Chair and Board Director, Jones Lang LaSalle; Board Director, McDonald’sDouglas Waggoner - CEO and Chair of Board of Directors, Echo Global Logistics; Board Director, SP PlusAnna Catalano - Board Director: HollyFrontier, Kraton, Frontdoor, and Willis Towers WatsonNelda Connors - Board Director: Boston Scientific, Delphi Technologies, EnerSys, Echo Global LogisticsEileen Kamerick - Board Director: Associated Bank, Legg Mason Closed-End Funds, Hochschild Mining, AIG Funds & Anchor TrustCindie Jamison - Board Director: Big Lots, Darden Restaurants, Tractor Supply, Office Depot.

National Sponsors and Partner: Bank of America, Cushman & Wakefield, Equilar.

Silver Sponsor: First Bank of Highland Park.

Bronze Sponsor: Brownson, Rehmus & Foxworth, Associated Bank, The HQ Companies.

Advocate Sponsor: RSM, Quantum Development Coaching, BNY Mellon.

2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Chicago

NOV. 21 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Point at Otterbein University

ChairKristine Robbins (

Data Overview: Julie Graber - CEO, GenderEQA.

Keynote Speaker: Anita Perez Ferguson - Visiting Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Princeton; Commentator, WAMC - Northeast Public Radio in New York.

Moderator: Kathy Krendl.

Panelists: Tanny Crane, Dwight Smith.

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Columbus

NOV. 21 | 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco


Co-ChairsTracey Doi (, Thear Suzuki (, Charmaine Tang (

Sponsor: Ernst & Young.

Chaired by: Dallas Campaign Committee.

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Dallas

NEW! DENVER, CO | Cable Center | 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Denver

Speakers: Denny Post - Former CEO, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and BrewsBoard Member: Wyndham Destinations (WYND) and Women's Foodservice Forum. Barbara Mowry - CEO, Gore Creek Advisors; Board Member: National Research Corporation (NRC), IMA Financial Group, and the Kauffman FoundationEric Severson - Chief People Officer, DaVita; Board Member: Human Resources People & Strategy (HRPS), Brighter, IM Human, and the University of Colorado Denver Business School. Dr. Molly Zhang - Former Executive, Orica, Ltd; Board Member: Cooper Standard Automotive, Enerkem, and XG Sciences.

Sponsors: Advanced Energy, Anthem, DaVita, UCHealth, Ardent Mills, Zayo Group, Encana, Crestone Peak, WIPFLi, RHR International, Noodles & Company, AirMethods, NFP, Footers, Keiko Matsuno Photography, UC Health, WonderBound.

Chaired by: Denver Campaign Committee.

DETROIT, MI | The Mint | 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Detroit

Speakers: Jeneanne Hanley - Board of directors, KLA CorpBarbara McQuade - Board of Directors, TCF BankVivian Pickard - Board of Directors, Fifth Third Bank Eastern Michigan.

Moderator: Betsy Meter - Managing Partner, Michigan, KPMG.

Chaired by: Detroit Campaign Committee.

NEW! HOUSTON, TX | Briar Club Breakfast | 7:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Houston

Speakers: Melody Meyer - Non-Executive Director: BP, AbbVie, and NOV; President, Melody Meyer Energy LLC; President, Women with Energy LLC; Board of Trustees, Trinity University; Board, National Bureau of Asian ResearchHong Ogle - Houston Market President, Bank of America; Division Executive, Bank of America Private Bank.

Moderator: Linda Lorelle - Emmy and Gracie Award-winning journalist.

Diamond Sponsor: Bank of America.

Gold Sponsor: Kirkland & Ellis.

Corporate Sponsors: IFC Solutions; Reed Smith.

Corporate Sponsors: Women's Energy Network.

Chaired by: Susi Knight.

NEW! LAS VEGAS, NV | Rio Hotel Convention Center | 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Las Vegas

Keynote Speakers: Jan Jones Blackhurst - Executive Vice President Public Policy and Corp. Responsibility, Caesars EntertainmentMalli Gero - Co-Founder, 2020 Women on Boards.

Keynote Panelists: Rose McKinney-James - Managing Principal, McKinney-James & Associates; Board of Directors, MGM Resorts InternationalPatricia Mulroy - Board of Directors, Wynn Resorts LtdEileen Raney - Board of Directors, Everi Holdings, Inc.

Sponsor: Caesars Entertainment.

Chaired by: Latonia Coleman and Connye Harper.



Chaired by: Anastasia Scott.

LOS ANGELES, CA The Intercontinental Hotel | 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM                 

2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - LA

Opening Remarks: Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire - CEO, 2020 Women on Boards & Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search FirmRenee Fraser - CEO, Fraser Communications; Board Member, 2020 Women on Boards.

Keynote Panel: Pedro Pizarro - CEO, Edison International; Board of Trustees, CaltechWendy Webb - Board Member: ABM and Wynn ResortsJeff Sakaguchi - Board Member, TrueBlue IncBonnie Hill - Board Member, Banc of California and The RAND Corporation.  

Sponsor: Bank of America.

Chaired by: Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire and Renee Fraser.

MADRID, SPAIN                

Chaired by: Evelyn Garrity & Mirian Izquierdo Barriuso.


Chaired by: Claudia Hardy and Alexandra Ysenburg.

NEW! MILWAUKEE, WI Marquette University Law School | 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM                 

2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Milwaukee

Keynote Panel: E. Keller Fitzsimmons - Co-Founder, Custom Reality Services; Board Member: BELLE USANancy Hernandez - President and Founder, ABRAZO; President, Hispanic Collaborative; Board Member, Society Insurance; Board of Trustees, Marquette University; Board: United Way of Greater Milwaukee and WaukeshaMichelle Kumbier - SVP, COO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.; Board Member, Abbott LaboratoriesMary Ellen Stanek - Managing Director and CIO, Robert W. Baird & CO.; Board Member, Northwestern Mutual; Board Member, WEC Group Energy Inc.

Chaired by: ML Wattman, Charmaine Hughes Lee, Jennifer Norr, and Cheryl Besaw.

NEW YORK, NY InterContinental NY Barclay | 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM     

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - New York

Keynote Panel: Virginia Gambale - Managing Partner, Azimuth; Board Director: JetBlue Airways and Regis CorporationDr. Maria Rivas - Chief Medical Officer, Merck; Board Member: Metidata Solutions.

Chaired by: Rochelle Rosato, Sandra Baker Zarraga, and Susan Gross Sholinsky.


Chaired by: Donna Miller and Kitti Asberry.

NEW! ORANGE COUNTY, CA | Center Club | 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Orange County

Welcome & Opening Remarks: Shahin Vosough - Host Committee, Orange County 2020 Women on Boards National Conversation on Board Diversity; General Manager, Center Club Orange CountyDita Shemke - Financial Advisor, StifelBetsy Berkemer - Credaire - CEO, 2020 Women on Boards & Berkhemer Clayton Retained Executive Search Firm.

Keynote Panel: Julie Hill - Board Member: Anthem and Lord AbbettPatti Wagner - Board Member: Apogee Enterprises.

Chaired by: Dita Shemke.

PHOENIX, AZ | Biltmore Hotel | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Phoenix

Keynote Panel: Charlotte Guyman - Non-Executive Director, Berkshire Hathaway; Strategic Advisor, CameoWorks; Board Member: and Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine at the University of Washington.

Sponsors: UnravelMyTravels, Republic Services.

Chaired by: Kathleen Duffy and Carrie Young.

NEW! PORTLAND, OR | Multnomah Athletic Club | 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM 

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Portland

Moderator: Suzanne Stevens - Editor, Portland Business Journal

Keynote Panel: Christiana Smith Shi - Founder and Principal, Lovejoy Advisors, LLC; Board Member: UPS, Mondelez Inc., and Habitat for Humanity InternationalMonica Enand - CEO, Zapproved; Chairman of the Board, Auth0.

Sponsors: A to Z Wineworks, Banfield Pet Hospital, BPG Wealth Management LLC, Bullard Law, CO Operations, Coraggio Group, The Driver Group, The Greenbrier Companies, Illumination Coaching, Oregon State University's Business School, Unitus, Wells Fargo, Zapproved. 

Chaired by: Katie Kelley and Stephanie Neuvirth.

SACRAMENTO, CA                

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Sacramento

Platinum Sponsor: Safe Credit Union.

Gold Sponsor: Comstock's Magazine.

Chaired by: Erica Dias.


Chaired by: Annalisa Barrett and Teresa Jacques.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  | Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco | 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM                

2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - San Francisco

Chaired by: Julie Abrams and Nicole Stiles.

SEATTLE, WA | Four Seasons Hotel |11:30 AM - 2:00 PM         

2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Seattle

Panel: Patty Bedient - Lead Director: Alaska Air Group Director; Director: Park Hotels and Resorts, and Suncor EnergyPhyllis Campbell - Chairman, Pacific Northwest and Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Board Director: Alaska Air Group Toyota, Diversity Advisory Board Chair, and US-Japan Council.

Moderator: Liz Huebner - Director: REI and NACD Northwest.

Silver Sponsor: Alaska Airlines.

Bronze Sponsor: Banner Bank, Deloitte, Delta Dental of Washington, Ernst & Young, PWC, Morgan Stanley (The 601 Group), Nordstrom.

Chaired by: Joanna Lohkamp and Carol Nelson.

SOUTH FLORIDA, FL | The Signature Grand |11:00 AM - 2:00 PM        

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - South Florida

Speaker Anousheh Ansari - CEO, XPRIZE Foundation.

Chaired by: Shari Roth and Nina Gordon.

TAMPA BAY, FL Tampa River Center at Julian B. Park | 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Tampa

Speaker: Ken Burdick - CEO, WellCare Health Plans, IncKaren Dahut - Executive Vice President, Booz Allen HamiltonDavid Deno - CEO, Bloomin’ Brands.

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

Platinum SponsorsRaymond James, CDW.

Gold SponsorsWellCare, Bloomin' Brands.

Silver SponsorsTech Data, Mosaic, Epstein Becker Green, Ultimate Medical Academy, Ford Harrison, Fisher Phillips, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Bronze SponsorsWomen in Pensions Network (WiPN), Citi, Sykes Enterprises, Tupperware Brands, Tampa General, Strategy Property Partners.

Supporter SponsorsColliers International, Chacka Marketing, Frazier & Deeter, DTCC, Feldman Equities, Tower Realty Partners, Inc.

Chaired by: Kathy Barlow, Katherine Young, and Penny Parks.

WASHINGTON, DC | Capital Hilton | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM              

2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Washington DC

Panelists: Barbara Lang - Managing Principal & CEO, Lang Strategies, LLC; Board Member: Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, FONZ, Piedmont Realty Trust. Former Board Member: Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority, Cardinal BankDawn Sweeney - President & CEO, National Restaurant Association; CEO, National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation; Board Member: Emma Coalition, SITE Centers Corp., Save the Children Board of Trustees, Bryce Harlow Foundation Board of Governors, U.S. Travel AssociationTony Williams - CEO and Executive Director, Federal City Council; Former Mayor of Washington, D.C.

Moderator: Leslie Ireland - Board Member: Citigroup, The Stimson Center; Chairman, Financial Threats Council.

SponsorsBaker Botts, Lockton, Women in Pnesions Network (WiPN). 

Chaired by: Jill Klein, Stacy Murchison, and Mandi Wedin.


Eventbrite - 2019 National Conversation on Board Diversity - Wilmington

Panelists: Doneene Damon - President, Richards Layton & Finger P.A. Janice Nevin - President & CEO, Christiana Care Health SystemMark Turner - Executive Chairman of the Board, WSFS.

Chaired by: Wilmington Campaign Committee.