The Indiana 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.

Indiana Chairs
Kirsten Petras

Kirsten Petras

Executive Sales Director Oak Street Funding
Kirstenpetras@gmail.com

Kirsten Petras

Kirsten Petras

Executive Sales Director Oak Street Funding
Kirstenpetras@gmail.com
Shannon Bayer

Shannon Bayer

Vice President Revenue Linkage Inc
sbayer@linkageinc.com

Shannon Bayer

Shannon Bayer

Vice President Revenue Linkage Inc
sbayer@linkageinc.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Anne Nobles

Chair — Citizens Energy Group Board of Directors

Anne retired in 2012 from Eli Lily where she worked for over 22 years in a variety of senior leadership roles throughout the company. Most recently, she served a Senior Vice President for Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. Anne has been a board member of Indiana University Health since 2011. IU Health is a nationally recognized comprehensive health care system and a unique partner of the IU school of medicine. Since 2000, Anne has served first as a trustee and later as a Director of Citizen Energy Group, A public charitable trust providing water, waste water, and energy utilities to customers in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. She has chair of the board since January 2020. Anne received A.B. And A.M. degrees from Harvard university and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law School.
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Corporate Boards: Indiana University Health & Citizens Energy

Robert Wallstrom

CEO, President, Director — Vera Bradley

Robert Wallstrom is a retail executive with extensive brand management expertise, proven leadership and a record of driving growth. As an advocate for the power of business to create positive influence and outcomes for people and communities, Wallstrom places a unique focus on building organizations with strong, diverse cultures that strive to positively impact all stakeholders.
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Corporate Boards: Vera Bradley

Darlene Slaughter

Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer — March of Dimes

Darlene R. Slaughter is a visionary with a passion to remove barriers and provide equal opportunities for all. As the Chief Diversity and Engagement Officer for March of Dimes, Darlene is leading a culture of engagement, innovation, accountability, trust, diversity and inclusion, and supports talent management, leadership development and recruitment initiatives. Darlene’s work in diversity and inclusion has been recognized in various ways. She has received many awards and honors, including SAVOY’s 2012 Top 100 Influential Women in Corporate America, Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching, Black Enterprises’ Top Executives in Diversity, and Heart & Soul’s Women of Substance in Finance and graced the cover of Inclusion Magazine.
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Corporate Boards: Twitter’s ICD Council & American University President’s Diversity Council

Karrah Herring

Chief Equity, Inclusion & Opportunity Officer — Office of the Governor

On November 19, 2020, Indiana governor, Eric Holcomb announced his appointment of Karrah to his cabinet as Indiana’s first-ever Chief Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity Officer for the state. In this role, she works with key collaborators across the state of Indiana to normalize and operationalize equity into every aspect of state workforce engagement and services in order to disrupt systems of inequity and eliminate disparities in education, workforce, healthcare, public safety, business enterprise and more. Within the first 6 months, Karrah has engaged with over 200 stakeholders, built the infrastructure of the office, and in conjunction with other agencies rolled out the State of Indiana’s first ever equity website and Equity Data Portal. Her team’s two-year strategic plan will focus on equity in Community, Economic and Workforce Development.
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Corporate Boards: State of Indiana

Kristin Sherman

Chief Executive Officer — Kovina Therapeutics Inc.

Prior to Kovina Therapeutics, Kristin served as the COO for VMS BioMarketing, A healthcare marketing firm focused on improving patient outcomes. She also held CFO rules for several biotech firms including Calibrium, LLC until it’s acquisition by Novo Nordisk in 2015, and Marcadia Biotech, purchased by Roche in 2010. She served as the Treasurer and VP of Finance for Guidant Corporation during the sale of Guidant to Abbott & Boston Scientific. She began her career in various finance positions with Eli Lilly Company. Kristin was named by the Indianapolis Business Journal as a Woman of Influence. Kristin earned her BA in Economics from Depauw University & her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. She is the incoming Chair for the Community Health Network Board of Directors. She is also a board member for Lacey Diversified
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Corporate Boards: Community Health Network Board and Lacy Diversified Industries

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
Oak Street Funding
Corporate Boards:
Oak Street Funding

Rick Dennen

Founder, CEO, and President — Oak Street Funding

Corporate Boards:
Indiana University Health & Citizens Energy
Corporate Boards:
Indiana University Health & Citizens Energy

Anne Nobles

Chair — Citizens Energy Group Board of Directors

Corporate Boards:
Community Health Network Board and Lacy Diversified Industries
Corporate Boards:
Community Health Network Board and Lacy Diversified Industries

Kristin Sherman

Chief Executive Officer — Kovina Therapeutics Inc.

Corporate Boards:
Director, Elevate Services
Corporate Boards:
Director, Elevate Services

Dawn Haghighi

General Counsel — Murcor Real Estate Services

Corporate Boards:
LiveVox
Corporate Boards:
LiveVox

Susan Morisato

Retired President, Medicare Supplement — UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

Leadership Committee

Jena Fitzpatrick

Client Executive Gibson

Jena Fitzpatrick

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Sarah Turner

Principal Consultant The Faurote Group

Sarah Turner

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Davina Merrell

Relationship Specialist - National Accounts Capital Group / American Funds

Davina Merrell

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Holly R. Bolton

Owner 3chord Marketing

Holly R. Bolton

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Elisabeth Ritz

President Ritz Communication

Elisabeth Ritz

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Julia G. Butchko, Ph.D.

Chief Development and Technology Officer Immunovant, Inc

Julia G. Butchko, Ph.D.

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Leah Curry

President President

Leah Curry

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Courtney Simpkiss

Principal | Indianapolis Market President Gibson

Courtney Simpkiss

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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