The Chicago / Midwest Conversation on Board Diversity

Leading the Way to Diverse & Gender-Balanced Boards

Each two-hour City/State Conversation includes a VIP Panel Session followed by a one-hour Strategic Networking Session with a Director Coach.

Chicago / Midwest Chairs
Annette R. Martinez

Annette R. Martinez

Senior Vice President/CHRO State Farm Insurance Companies
annette.r.martinez.cae0@statefarm.com

Annette R. Martinez

Annette R. Martinez

Senior Vice President/CHRO State Farm Insurance Companies
annette.r.martinez.cae0@statefarm.com
Jennifer Norr

Jennifer Norr

President of WIPN CUNA Mutual Group
jennifer.norr@gmail.com

Jennifer Norr

Jennifer Norr

President of WIPN CUNA Mutual Group
jennifer.norr@gmail.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Denise R. Cade

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary — IDEX Corporation

Denise R Cade leads all legal, regulatory, compliance, information security/cybersecurity, ESG and corporate governance matters for IDEX Corporation, an S&P 500 global technology and manufacturing company of a diverse product set, including the Jaws of Life® rescue tools. Prior to joining IDEX , Denise was senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of SunCoke Energy, Inc. and its controlled company, SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. From 2005 to 2011, Denise was with PPG Industries, Inc., most recently as assistant general counsel, securities and finance, and corporate secretary. While there she also served as chief mergers and acquisition counsel and general counsel for the Glass and Fiber Glass Division. Denise began her career in private law practice, specializing in corporate law, securities law, and corporate transactions. She was a partner at Shaw Pittman LLP. Denise received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in journalism from Marquette University.
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Corporate Boards: Phillips 66 and Teledyne Technologies Inc

Helene D. Gayle, M.D., M.P.H

CEO — The Chicago Community Trust

Dr. Gayle is president and CEO of The Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations. Under her leadership, the Trust has adopted a new strategic focus on closing the racial and ethnic wealth gap in the Chicago region. For almost a decade, Dr. Gayle was president and CEO of CARE, a leading international humanitarian organization. An expert on global development, humanitarian and health issues, she spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control, working primarily on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Gayle earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University. She serves on public company and nonprofit boards, including The Coca-Cola Company, Organon, Palo Alto Networks, Brookings Institution, Center for Strategic and International Studies, New America, ONE Campaign, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Economic Club of Chicago.
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Corporate Boards: Coca-Cola Company

Christiana Smith Shi

Founder and Principal — Lovejoy Advisors, LLC

Christiana Smith Shi is the former President of Nike, Inc. Global Direct-to-Consumer. Ms. Smith Shi joined Nike in 2010 as the Chief Operating Officer for Global DTC, responsible for overseeing DTC’s Global Store Operations, Real Estate, Finance, Supply Chain Operations and Information Technology. In 2012, she was named VP of E-Commerce, responsible for driving the integrated global e-commerce strategy and business for Nike, Inc. In 2013, she became President of Nike’s Direct to Consumer business, leading Nike’s retail and ecommerce businesses globally. She retired from Nike in 2016, and is currently serving as a director on the boards of Mondelez International and UPS Inc. She came to Nike after spending 24 years with McKinsey & Company, Inc., where she was elected Senior Partner in 2000. Christiana is a recognized leader in the retail sector. Christiana is a graduate of Stanford University and has an MBA from Harvard University.
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Corporate Boards: Mondelez International and UPS Inc.

Kathleen Ligocki

Serial CEO

Kathleen Ligocki is a serial CEO, leading four venture capital backed companies (Agility Fuel Solutions, Harvest Power, Next Autoworks, GS Motors) and one Fortune 1000 public company (Tower Automotive). She brings 40 years of global executive experience including Ford, United Technologies, and GM. Kathleen has been a board member of five public companies, seventeen private companies, and numerous non-profits. She is a board member of Lear Corporation, PPG, Carpenter Technology, and Qell Acquisition Corp. Kathleen earned a BA with highest distinction from Indiana University Kokomo and an MBA from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Corporate Boards: Lear Corporation and PPG

Sanjay Khosla

Senior Fellow — Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Sanjay spent over 30 years transforming international businesses. As President of Kraft International, Sanjay grew the business from $5 billion to $16 billion in 6 years while improving profitability by 50%. Sanjay was involved with the acquisitions of Cadbury and Danone Biscuits which he successfully helped integrate with Kraft Foods. Prior to Kraft, Sanjay spent over 27 years at Unilever, where he transformed the Lipton Tea business worldwide. Sanjay is a trained and certified executive coach and works with a number of CEOs and senior leaders. He is an advisor to many enterprises and is also involved in M&A activity. Sanjay is currently a director at Zoetis, Inc. Sanjay is the co-author of Fewer Bigger Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth, which was named the Best Business Book (2014) by The Globe and Mail and one of the 10 Mind-Altering Business Books (2014) by the Huffington Post.
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Corporate Boards: Zoetis, Inc.

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
State Farm Life Insurance Company
Corporate Boards:
State Farm Life Insurance Company

Susan Mallory

Independent Director

Corporate Boards:
Framework IT and Angeles Investors
Corporate Boards:
Framework IT and Angeles Investors

Rodrigo Garcia

Corporate Boards:
WEC Energy Group and Delta Dental of WI
Corporate Boards:
WEC Energy Group and Delta Dental of WI

Cristy Garcia-Thomas

Chief External Affairs Officer — Advocate Aurora Health Care, Inc

Corporate Boards:
LiveVox
Corporate Boards:
LiveVox

Susan Morisato

Retired President, Medicare Supplement — UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

Corporate Boards:
Badger Meter, Inc and Sargento Foods
Corporate Boards:
Badger Meter, Inc and Sargento Foods

Gail Lione

Senior Counsel — Dentons US

Corporate Boards:
Mechdyne Corporation
Corporate Boards:
Mechdyne Corporation

Lisa M. Pendergast

Retired VP Treasurer and Investments — MGIC Investment Corporation

Corporate Boards:
Concentrix and First Midwest Bancorp
Corporate Boards:
Concentrix and First Midwest Bancorp

Kathryn Hayley

Board Director

Leadership Committee

Julie R. Majka

Senior Compliance Director Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co

Julie R. Majka

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Racquel Harris

Former Marketing & Retail Executive

Racquel Harris

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Stacie Kuhlman

Midwest Regional President BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Stacie Kuhlman

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Susan Morisato

Former President Insurance Solutions at UnitedHealthcare

Susan Morisato

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Kim Yapchai

SVP, Chief ESG Officer Tenneco

Kim Yapchai

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Gail Lione

Senior counsel, Dentons US LLP Corporate Boards: Badger Meter, Inc and Sargento Foods

Gail Lione

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jackie Mortenson

Director of Services Milwaukee Women

Jackie Mortenson

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Elisa Davis

Elisa Davis

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Chandra Brown

CEO MxD

Chandra Brown

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Graceann Bennett

Founder & Chief Strategist PLAYBOOK STUDIO

Graceann Bennett

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Kaaren Neuendorf

Assistant Director, Client Experience Sub-Journey Northwestern Mutual

Kaaren Neuendorf

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Karen McConnaughay

Director Illinois Tollway Authority

Karen McConnaughay

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Rodrigo Garcia

Rodrigo Garcia

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Sue Shimoyama-See

Former Global VP Sales & Marketing Operations

Sue Shimoyama-See

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Janet Malzone

National Managing Partner – Audit Grant Thorton

Janet Malzone

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Michelle Drew Rodriguez

VP Corporate Strategy & Development, Tenneco Corporate Board: HydraForce Inc.

Michelle Drew Rodriguez

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Trilise Evans

Managing Director EY

Trilise Evans

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Dalana Brand

VP People Experience and Head of Diversity & Inclusion Twitter

Dalana Brand

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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