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Chair & Co-chairs

Lauren Harrell

Head of Commodities - Financial Institutions Group — Chatham Financial

Laura Lake

Chief Investment Officer — Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Alexander Lowry

Executive Director — Gordon College

Vip keynote panelists

Michele Hooper

President and CEO — The Directors' Council

Michele J. Hooper is President and CEO of The Directors’ Council which consults with major companies to improve the effectiveness of their corporate governance.  With  over 30 years of corporate board experience, Michele is an audit committee financial expert with over 20 years experience chairing audit committees of several global companies, a highly-regarded governance expert and business leader. In 2017, Michele was selected as NACD’s Director of the Year. She currently serves on the corporate boards of directors of UnitedHealth Group (Chair, Nominating and Governance), and United Continental Holdings (Chair, Audit Committee). Michele previously served on the boards of directors of PPG Industries, Target Corporation, Seagrams, Warner Music Group and AstraZeneca. Michele serves on the Smithsonian National Board. Michele retired from the boards of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) where she was Chair of the CAQ Working Group focused on Deterring and Detecting Financial Reporting Fraud. Previously, Ms. Hooper served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Voyager Expanded Learning and of Stadtlander Drug Company, Inc.  Prior to joining Stadtlander, Ms. Hooper was Corporate Vice President, Caremark International Inc, and President of the International Business Group, responsible for the expansion of Caremark into Europe, Canada and Japan.  Ms. Hooper began her career at Baxter International and as President of Baxter Canada, Ms. Hooper led Canada’s largest health care and laboratory supplies company.

Corporate Boards: United Continental Holdings, UnitedHealth Group

Erin Essenmacher

Former President and Chief Strategy Officer — National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

Erin Essenmacher is a strategist, content creator, executive, and advisor with 25 years of experience in media, events, strategy and corporate governance, and a seasoned and sought-after public speaker on topics ranging from diversity, talent and culture, to innovation, digital disruption and the board’s role in oversight of strategy and risk. Most recently she served as President and Chief Strategy Officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors with a focus on brand, new product development, strategy, innovation, digital transformation, culture and diversity.  During her tenure at NACD, Erin was instrumental in driving a 90% growth in membership, a four-fold increase in department revenue and more than doubled attendance at NACD’s Global Board Leaders’ Summit – the largest event in the world for corporate board members. She built strong partnerships across multiple key constituencies including start-ups, venture capital, inclusive capitalism, cyber security and diversity equity and inclusion. She also led new product innovation, designing and launching the Dancing with Start-Ups competition, NACD’s NXT Awards honoring diversity in the boardroom, the NACD CES Experience, NACD’s first podcast Future Fluency which she also co-hosted and directed, and the NACD Directorship Certification® a first of its kind professional certification for board members. Prior to NACD, she was an award-winning producer and director whose credits include programming and content for the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Court TV, PBS and independent film, as well as content corporate clients like Apple, Sony and The Gap. Erin has served as a judge and selection committee member for various awards and festivals including the Rice University Business Plan Competition, the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Producer’s Guild Award Documentary Features, and the AFI Docs Film Festival.  

Corporate Boards: Eileen Fisher, Gandhi Brigade/Americorps, Docs in Progress

Roy Dunbar

Director — Humana

Roy Dunbar is founder and CEO of private renewable energy and property development companies. He served in roles as CEO and Chairman of Network Solutions between 2008 and 2010. Network Solutions, subsequently acquired by, was the original Domain Name registrar and provides a suite of web services for Small and Medium enterprises. Dunbar was formerly president Global Technology and Operations at MasterCard from 2004, and also served as a member of MasterCard’s Executive Committee. Dunbar is a strong leader with depth across a number of line and functional disciplines. His leadership is characterized by cultural adaptability, learning agility, strong presence, and excellent communication skills. His career has spanned healthcare, information technology, payments, insurance, the Internet, renewable energy, and small business sector. His experience includes both the US and international markets.

Corporate Boards: Humana, Johnson Controls, SiteOne Landscape Supplies

Ana Dutra

CEO — Mandala Global Advisors, Inc

A Brazilian with 30 years of experience in global P&L management, corporate governance, M&A, technology and business growth in 25+ countries, Ana led global P&Ls with companies such as IBM, Korn Ferry and Accenture and helps Boards and CEOs transform businesses. She holds an MBA from Kellogg, a MsEcon and a JD, all summa cum laude. She received the Chicago United Business Leader of Color, Nueva Estrella Latina and Women in History Awards. As Korn Ferry Consulting CEO (NYSE: KFY), she created $500+ MM global business through M&A, technology and digitalization. Ana serves as a Director at the CME Group (CME-NASDAQ), the largest fin-tech company in the world; Eletrobras (NYSE: EBR), world’s 4th largest energy renewables and 7th largest energy company; Harvest Inc. (NCSX: HARV), a leader in the cannabis industry; First Internet Bank (NASDAQ: INBK), Elkay Industries and M. Holland, a global plastics company. She is a senior advisor for Mazakali and AiRo. Ana chairs the Latino Corporate Directors Educational Foundation and the Board Initiative at Women Business Collaborative. Ana also serves on the Boards of Chicago Innovation, Blessings in a Backpack and the World Sustainability Forum. Ana is and avid triathlete and yoga practitioner and is the best-selling author of Lessons in Leadership: Detoxing the workplace.

Corporate Boards: CME Group, Eletrobras

Caroline Tsay

CEO — Compute Software

Caroline Tsay is CEO of Compute Software, a cloud decisions software company based in Mountain View, CA. Prior to Compute Software, Caroline was Vice President and General Manager of Software at Hewlett Packard Enterprise from 2013 to 2016. She previously held product leadership positions at Yahoo! across the e-commerce, search, and advertising businesses. Before Yahoo!, she spent three years at IBM Global Services as a Senior Consultant in Supply Chain and CRM. Caroline serves as an independent board director for The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) and Morningstar (NASDAQ: MORN). She formerly served on the board of Rosetta Stone (NYSE: RST) and as a Strategic Advisor to late stage VC-backed NextRoll Group (formerly AdRoll Group). She has been recognized as Silicon Valley Business Journal's 40 Under 40 and The National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. She holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Science, both from Stanford University.

Corporate Boards: Coca-Cola, Morningstar

Director coaches

Maria Rivas

Chief Medical Officer — EMD Serono, Inc.

Corporate Boards

Medidata Solutions

Michele Ashby

CEO & Founder — Ashby Consulting Enterprises LLC

Corporate Boards

McEwen Mining Inc., Mene Inc.

Graciela I. Monteagudo

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

WD40, ACCO Brands, Juice Plus

Cynthia E. Clark

Professor — Bentley University

Corporate Boards

Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance

Maryann Bruce

Former Fortune 100 Division President & CEO

Corporate Boards

Amalgamated Bank

Thomas C. Leppert

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

Fluor Corporation, View, Inc.

Deborah Rosati

Corporate Director, Founder & CEO — Women Get On Board Inc.

Corporate Boards

Khiron Life Sciences Corp., Lift & Co.

Nancy Sheppard

Founder — Woman2Boards

Sara Faivre

Independent Board Director

Corporate Boards

Sara Faivre, Inc.

Christine Spadafor

CEO — SpadaforClay Group

Amy Rojik

Founder and Director — BDO USA, LLP

Corporate Boards

Khiron Life Sciences Corp., Lift & Co.

Howard Brod Brownstein

President — The Brownstein Corporation

Sheila Ronning

CEO and Founder — Women in the Boardroom

Jan Molino

President and CEO — Aspire Ascend

Coco Brown

Founder and CEO  — Athena Alliance

leadership committee members

Denise Thompson

Trade Operations Specialist — Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Dominica Ribeiro

Chief Marketing Officer — Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Sara Chanda

Senior Portfolio Manager — Breckinridge Capital Advisors

Brenda B. Travaglini

Senior Vice President — BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Sharon Lee Thony

Founder & Principal — SLT Consulting

Rekha Kamat

3DEXPERIENCE Platform Business Development Executive — Dassault Systèmes

Katie Kelley

Senior Vice President — Lee Hecht Harrison

Kirsten Meneghello

Owner and Founder — Illumination Coaching LLC

Alice Tang

Katherine Durham

Sherrill Corbett

Partner — Tonkon Torp

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