conversation ON BOARD DIVERSITy


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Chair & Co-chairs

Jessica Bell van der Wal

CEO & Advisor — Frame Fertility; vdB Consulting, LLC

Jennifer C. Hunter

Partner — EY - Consulting & Global Accounts


Mary Winston

CEO/President — WinsCo Enterprises

Ms. Winston is an experienced executive and corporate board member who served as interim Chief Executive Officer at Bed Bath & Beyond Inc, as well as Chief Financial Officer at three large industry leading corporations. She leverages her executive and financial experience to bring value to the corporate boardroom, where she has years of experience serving as an SEC financial expert. Ms. Winston currently serves on the following public company boards: Acuity Brands Inc (NYSE: AYI), Bed Bath & Beyond Inc (NASDAQ: BBBY), Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS), Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV).

Corporate Boards: Bed Bath & Beyond, Chipotle Mexican Grill

Vip keynote panelists

Ruth G. Shaw

Retired CEO — Duke Power

Ruth, past president and CEO of Duke Power Company, joined her first corporate board in 1992 when she was president of Central Piedmont Community College.  That board was First Union, on which she served through its combination with Wachovia and until its acquisition by Wells Fargo.  She has served on the boards of many Fortune 100 companies, NASDAQ listed companies, private equity-backed companies, and family-owned companies.  She has chaired several compensation committees and several governance committees.  She has also served on audit and sustainability/environmental committees.  She recently retired as a member of the board of Dow Inc. and chair of its compensation committee.  She is currently the Lead Independent Director for DTE Energy; chairs the Governance Committee for SPX Corp; and chairs the Governance Committee for family-owned Southwire, Inc.  Ruth has a PhD from UT at Austin.

Corporate Boards: SPX Corp, Southwire, DTE Energy

Tom Finke

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer — Barings

Tom is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barings, a $327+ billion global financial services firm with offices across the U.S., Europe, Australia and Asia.  Tom has worked in the industry since 1986 and his financial career has included roles in both the banking and investment management industries. He joined the firm in June 2002, when Babson Capital Management acquired First Union Institutional Debt Management (IDM), a $3.6 billion high yield loan manager which he co-founded, from Wachovia Corporation.  From December 2008 to May 2011, Tom also served as EVP and CIO for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company but relinquished these responsibilities to focus on the expanding Babson Capital enterprise.  Tom holds an M.B.A. from Duke and a bachelor's degree from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce.

Corporate Boards: Barings

Linnie M. Haynesworth

Retired Northrup Grumman SVP/GM — Northrup Grumman

Linnie is a highly-regarded operational leader with an extensive background in technology integration, cybersecurity risk management, strategic planning and large complex software-intensive system development, delivery and deployment to US government and international customers.  With P&L operational responsibility for multiple $1B+ divisions, she retired in 2019 as the Sector Vice President and General Manager of the Cyber and Intelligence Mission Solutions Division for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NGC) Mission Systems Sector.  Linnie also led Engineering, Supply Chain and Product Development functions for the NGC space sector.  She received her BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California (USC) and is the recipient of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Mark A. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award.  

Corporate Boards: Truist Financial Corporation, Automatic Data Processing (ADP)

Dorlisa Flur

Corporate Director and Strategic Advisor - Flur Advisory

Dorlisa is a proven corporate executive and experienced board director who is trusted to lead and advise corporations and their executives through periods of uncertainty to sustainable growth and value creation. Before her current role as a strategic advisor to the CEO and board of Southeastern Grocers, Inc., she served as their Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer.  Previously, Dorlisa was EVP, Omnichannel for Belk, and Vice Chair of Strategy and Chief Administrative Officer for Family Dollar Stores, Inc.  Dorlisa transitioned into industry after 16 years with McKinsey & Company, where she was the first woman partner elected in the Southeast. In 2020 she earned the NACD Directorship Certified™ credential, and she is president-elect of the NACD Carolinas board.  She earned her MBA and BS degrees from Duke University, majoring in economics and computer science.

Corporate Boards: Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., Hibbett Sports, US Cold Storage

Director coaches

Cigdem Oktem

Regional Leader — EY Center for Board Matters

Maryann Bruce

Former Fortune 100 Division President & CEO

Corporate Boards

Amalgamated Bank

Anne Atlman

Co-Founder/CEO — Everyone Matters, Inc.

Corporate Boards

SPX Flow, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

Kelly Katterhagan

Founder / Senior Advisor — BlackArch Partners

Corporate Boards

Banner Parent Holdings, Inc., Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust Endowmen

Jennifer Winstel

Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor — Bank of America Private Bank

Corporate Boards

Jr. League Community Advisory Board

Laura Schulte

CEO — LAS Consulting, Independent Board Director

Corporate Boards

State Farm Bank, Grubb Properties

Suzanne Rowland

Board Director

Corporate Boards

SPX Flow, Sealed Air

Wendy Taylor

Chief Audit Executive — CommScope

Corporate Boards

Latin American Coalition

Stephanie Reisinger

General Manager — Veradigm Life Sciences

Corporate Boards

Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central PA, Penn State Advisory Board (Middletown Campus)

Andy Agrawal

Managing Partner — DecisionPoint

Corporate Boards

Double Radius, Respana Therapeutics

Sasha Cahill

Digital Health Entrepreneur; Shareholder & Board Member

Corporate Boards

IBM Hyperprotect, Biopole

Diane Morais

President — Ally Financial

Corporate Boards

Junior Achievement, Charlotte Center City Partners

Stephanie Sonnabend

Co-Founder, Chair of the Board — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc

leadership committee members

Liz Harrison

Partner — McKinsey & Company

Luann Abrams

Founder — CEOX

Naomi Haslitt

Partner — Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis

Managing Partner, Portland Office — K&L Gates LLP

Susy Dunn

Chief People Officer and Chief of Staff — Zapproved

Katie Kelley

Senior Vice President — Lee Hecht Harrison

Kirsten Meneghello

Owner and Founder — Illumination Coaching LLC

Alice Tang

Katherine Durham

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