The Las Vegas 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.

Las Vegas Chairs
Connye Y Harper

Connye Y Harper

Chair Harper Strategies
connyeharper@gmail.com

Connye Y Harper

Connye Y Harper

Chair Harper Strategies
connyeharper@gmail.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Kneeland Youngblood

Director — Scientific Games Corporation

Mr. Youngblood currently serves on the board of Scientific Games Corporation, TPG Pace Tech Opportunities Corporation and TPG Pace Beneficial Finance Corporation. In addition, he serves on the board of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. He serves and has served on multiple private and not for profit boards, including the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, a Gubernatorial appointment by Governor Ann Richards confirmed by the State Senate, where he chaired the multibillion dollar real estate portfolio. Mr. Youngblood is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and graduated from Princeton University in 1978 with an A.B in Politics/Science in Human Affairs and earned an M.D. degree from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School in 1982.
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Corporate Boards: Scientific Games Corporation and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Adela Cepeda

Director — BMO Financial Corporation

Ms. Cepeda serves as a director of BMO Financial Corp., the U.S. holding company for BMO Harris Bank, with over 15,000 employees and 550 branches located principally in the Midwest. on the boards of the UBS Funds, the Pathway Mutual Funds and chairs the Mercer Mutual Funds. She serves as chair of BMO’s Capital Committee, charged with overseeing the successful execution of Dodd-Frank Stress Testing and the linkages between the Bank’s capital management and business strategy. Ms. Cepeda previously chaired the audit committee of the board of Wyndham International, Inc., a 20,000 employee, publicly traded company that owned and operated hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. In addition to years of experience as a mutual fund and corporate audit committee member or chair, Ms. Cepeda has served as an “audit financial expert.”
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Corporate Boards: BMO Financial Corporation and UBS Funds

Christine Spadafor

Independent Director — Boyd Gaming Corporation

With experience in board governance, Ms. Spadafor serves on the Boards of Directors at Boyd Gaming Corporation, where she is the Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and member of the Audit Committee, and Kindred at Home, where she is the Chair of the Compliance and Quality Committee. She is also on the board of three nonprofit organizations: WBUR Community Advisory Board (an NPR station); Essential Partners; and Synapse, a neuroscience nonprofit established at MIT. Christine Spadafor is an experienced public and private company board director with deep expertise in risk management, regulatory compliance and ESG. She has a demonstrated track record leading large-scale transformational initiatives in domestic and international markets – working at the intersection of strategy, operations, finance and change management/talent development. Ms. Spadafor has also worked extensively in the C-suites with Fortune 500 companies.
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Corporate Boards: Boyd Gaming Corporation and Kindred at Home

Molly Campbell

Infrastructure Advisor — U.S Department of the Treasury

Molly C. Campbell is the former Director of the Port of New York and New Jersey and is currently an Infrastructure Advisor for the U.S. Department of the Treasury Molly is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Granite Construction, headquartered in Watsonville, California; and, 5-year member of the Board at East West Bank, headquartered in Pasadena, California. She serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees of both organizations. Ms. Campbell holds a Master degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a 2019 Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellow.
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Corporate Boards: East West Banking Corporation, Granite Construction

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
Power Medical Interventions, Inc. and Bear Stearns Asset Management Ltd.
Corporate Boards:
Power Medical Interventions, Inc. and Bear Stearns Asset Management Ltd.

Mary Kay Scucci

Board Director — Power Medical Interventions, Inc. and Bear Stearns Asset Management Ltd.

Corporate Boards:
East West Banking Corporation, Granite Construction
Corporate Boards:
East West Banking Corporation, Granite Construction

Molly Campbell

Infrastructure Advisor — U.S Department of the Treasury

Corporate Boards:
BMO Financial Corporation and UBS Funds
Corporate Boards:
BMO Financial Corporation and UBS Funds

Adela Cepeda

Director — BMO Financial Corporation

Corporate Boards:
Boyd Gaming Corporation and Kindred at Home
Corporate Boards:
Boyd Gaming Corporation and Kindred at Home

Christine Spadafor

Independent Director — Boyd Gaming Corporation

Corporate Boards:
Wynn Resorts Limited
Corporate Boards:
Wynn Resorts Limited

Patricia Mulroy

Independent Director

Corporate Boards:
League of Women Voters Nevada , ACLU Nevada
Corporate Boards:
League of Women Voters Nevada , ACLU Nevada

Sondra Cosgrove

President — League of Women Voters Nevada

Corporate Boards:
Las Vegas Chapter 100 Black Women
Corporate Boards:
Las Vegas Chapter 100 Black Women

Sylvia Allen

Former President

Corporate Boards:
Caesars Entertainment
Corporate Boards:
Caesars Entertainment

Jan Jones Blackhurst

Independent Director

Corporate Boards:
United Way of Southern Nevada
Corporate Boards:
United Way of Southern Nevada

Jerrie Merritt

Independent Director

Corporate Boards:
United Way of Southern Nevada, ACLU Nevada
Corporate Boards:
United Way of Southern Nevada, ACLU Nevada

Kyle B. Rahn

Former President and CEO — United Way of Southern Nevada

Corporate Boards:
Children's Advocacy Alliance Nevada
Corporate Boards:
Children's Advocacy Alliance Nevada

Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner

Executive Director

Corporate Boards:
Scientific Games Corporation and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Corporate Boards:
Scientific Games Corporation and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals

Kneeland Youngblood

Director — Scientific Games Corporation

Leadership Committee

Sundee Davis

Audit Senior Manager Las Vegas Deloitte

Sundee Davis

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Ashlee Andrews

Community Relations Manager Bank of America, Las Vegas

Ashlee Andrews

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Keith Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer Boyd Gaming Corporation

Keith Smith

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Monica Moradkhan

Vice President of Community Relations Wynn Resorts, Limited

Monica Moradkhan

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Eileen Moore Johnson

Chief Human Resources Officer Scientific Games Corporation

Eileen Moore Johnson

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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