Closing Celebration

Leading the Way to Diverse & Gender-Balanced Boards

Participate in The Closing Celebration and ask the panel anything about pursuing a board or board service!

To culminate our Conversation series on Board Diversity, join us on Friday, November 19 at 11 am – 12 pm PT/2-3 pm ET to ask our CEO and esteemed panelists your questions about board service. All registrants are invited to The Closing Celebration, which is already part of your agenda.  


Betsy Berkhemer

CEO — Women on Board

Corporate Boards: Women on Board

Malli Gero

Vice Chair of the Board — 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.

Esther Aguilera

President and CEO — Latino Corporate Directors Association (LCDA)

Julie Hill

Member Board of Directors — Anthem, Inc.

“Julie Hill is a member of the board of directors of Anthem (a Fortune 50 company and the largest U.S. health insurance company by member), the Lord Abbett Family of Funds, (a $160 billion New York-based mutual fund management firm), UNYQ corporation (a medical wearables company) and was previously on the board of Lend Lease, based in Sydney, Australia, (a $7 billion international construction, development, investment and management firm, publicly traded on the Australian exchange.) Ms. Hill founded Hillsdale Development, a home building and land development company based in Newport Beach, California, in 1998, and The Hill Company, which has a portfolio of interests. From 1991-1998, Ms. Hill was president and Chief Executive Officer in the US of Costain Homes, a division of the Costain Group based in London, England. She was previously a senior executive with Mobil Land Development Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia, a division of Mobil Oil. Ms. Hill is active in numerous philanthropic endeavors. She is the first woman Chair of the Board Trustees of UCI (University of California, Irvine.) She was a long-time Chair of the board of directors of Human Options, a shelter for abused women and children. As CEO of Costain Homes, the company built the ULI award-winning domestic violence shelter. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Los Angeles Trusteeship, and is a prior member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She has traveled to Burma to work with refugees, is a champion of various human rights organizations, and supports several international women’s rights philanthropies. Her passions are women’s rights issues both in the developed and developing worlds, and finding ways to improve corporate social responsibility and integrity.”
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Vada O’Hara Manager

President & CEO — Manager Global Consulting Group, LLC

Vada Manager is president and chief executive officer of Manager Global Holdings LLC, and as senior counsel / international advisory council member of APCO Worldwide. Previously, Manager served as the Senior Director of Global Issues Management for Nike, Inc. from 2006 until March 2009 and he held various management positions at Nike and Levi’s between 1994 and 2009. Manager serves on the board of trustees of Arizona State University (ASU) and serves on the board of directors of Helios Education Foundation, Think TRUE, ASU Center for Race and Democracy, Genesis Academy, the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities at Lewis & Clark Community College and Spread the Vote. He previously served as a director of Ashland Global Holdings Inc. from 2008 until January 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Arizona State University and performed graduate work at the London School of Economics. Manager has been a Valvoline director since September 2016.
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Corporate Boards: Valvoline and Helios Education Foundation

Anna Kan

Director — CVB Financial Corp (NASDAQ: CVBF)

Anna Kan currently serves as the Independent Director of CVB Financial Corp, holding company for Citizens Business Bank (NASQ:CVBF). She is the chair of the Trust Services Committee and serves on the audit committee, risk management committee, nomination and governance committee, and compensation committee. She is also the Chairwoman of the Board of California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), the largest MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership). She is the chair of the executive committee and serves on the strategic planning committee. Ms. Kan meets with legislatures at the local, state and national level regularly to discuss issues regarding manufacturing and to address government’s role in promoting small and medium-sized businesses in California and nationwide. In addition to her board and advisory work, she is the founder of Mustard Seed Enterprises, a company that invests in early stage companies and an incubator of several entrepreneurial ventures.
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Corporate Boards: CVB Financial Corp., California Manufacturing Technology Consulting


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Expert Panelists

Adi Ignatius

Editor-in-Chief — Harvard Business Review

Adi Ignatius joined Harvard Business Review as Editor-in-Chief in January 2009, and oversees editorial operations for HBR magazine, the website, and HBR’s book-publishing division. He is also the publisher of HBR Press. Previously, Ignatius served as the No. 2 editor at TIME, where he oversaw the week-to-week editing of the magazine and was responsible for many of TIME’s special editions, including the Person of the Year and TIME 100 franchises. Ignatius worked overseas as a journalist for nearly 20 years. He served as Editor of TIME Asia, based in Hong Kong. Before joining TIME, he worked for many years at the Wall Street Journal, serving as the newspaper’s Bureau Chief in Beijing, and later as Bureau Chief in Moscow. He later served as Managing Editor of the Central European Economic Review and Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. Ignatius was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1990. He received his BA in History in 1981 from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland’s college in Okinawa. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society and serves or has served on the advisory boards of DocuSign, Foreign Affairs, The Wire, Climate & Capital, and the SUNY Journalism School.
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Liz Hilton Segel

Global Leader, Industry Practices — McKinsey & Company

Liz Hilton Segel is McKinsey’s global leader for industry practices, with oversight over our 21 global sector domains. In this role, Liz is responsible for firm client service, focusing on shaping the firm’s future capabilities and client service approaches to better meet the needs of our clients. She is also a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council, the firm’s equivalent of the board of directors, and the firm’s 15-person global leadership team known as the Acceleration Team. She previously served as McKinsey’s managing partner of North America, leader of the Marketing & Sales Practice in the Americas, and managing partner of the New York office. Since joining the firm, Liz has partnered with clients on their transformations, including strategy, implementation, and capability building, with a focus on consumer marketing, growth strategy, and performance improvement. Liz serves on the boards of the Partnership for New York City, the Conference Board, and the Central Park Conservancy. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Hall of Fame Academy and is a founding member of the Harvard Business School Women’s Club of New York.
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Corporate Boards: Partnership for New York City, The Conference Board, The Central Park Conservancy


Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Stephanie Sonnabend

Co-Founder & Chair 50/50 Women on Boards

Stephanie Sonnabend

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Malli Gero

Vice Chair of the Board 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.

Malli Gero

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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