The Los Angeles 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.

Los Angeles Chairs
Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.
betsy@berkhemerclayton.com

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.
betsy@berkhemerclayton.com
Renee Fraser

Renee Fraser

CEO Fraser Communications
rfraser@frasercommunications.com

Renee Fraser

Renee Fraser

CEO Fraser Communications
rfraser@frasercommunications.com
Denita Willoughby

Denita Willoughby

CEO The Willoughby Group
Denita@TheWilloughbyGroupLLC.com

Denita Willoughby

Denita Willoughby

CEO The Willoughby Group
Denita@TheWilloughbyGroupLLC.com
Betty Uribe

Betty Uribe

Managing Director JP Morgan Chase
betty.uribe@chase.com

Betty Uribe

Betty Uribe

Managing Director JP Morgan Chase
betty.uribe@chase.com
Tammy Tucker

Tammy Tucker

Advisory Board Member University of California, Irvine
tammyltucker@outlook.com

Tammy Tucker

Tammy Tucker

Advisory Board Member University of California, Irvine
tammyltucker@outlook.com
Suzanne DeJong

Suzanne DeJong

Partner and Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Leader Ernst & Young
suzanne.dejong@ey.com

Suzanne DeJong

Suzanne DeJong

Partner and Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Leader Ernst & Young
suzanne.dejong@ey.com
Samantha Paxson

Samantha Paxson

Chief Experience Officer CO-OP Financial Services
samantha.paxson@coop.org

Samantha Paxson

Samantha Paxson

Chief Experience Officer CO-OP Financial Services
samantha.paxson@coop.org
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Dominic Ng

Chairman, President & CEO — East West Bank

Mr. Ng graduated from the University of Houston and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Occidental College. He is on the board of Mattel, Inc. and on the board of trustees at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. He was named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as Business Person of the Year, by Forbes as one of the 25 most notable Chinese Americans, and by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 most influential people in Los Angeles. American Banker also recognized Mr. Ng as Banker of the Year, for successfully executing his vision while maintaining discipline on credit, and building East West into one of the nation’s most profitable regional banks. Mr. Ng is a frequent speaker on banking, economics, arts and culture, and philanthropy.
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Corporate Boards: Mattel Inc.,, USC Board of Trustees

Monica Lozano

President and CEO — College Futures Foundation

Monica C. Lozano is President and Chief Executive Officer of College Futures Foundation, a California-based private foundation. Prior to joining College Futures, Lozano spent thirty years in media, twenty of these as editor and publisher of La Opinión, the country’s leading Spanish language daily newspaper. In addition to her work with College Futures Foundation, Lozano serves on the Board of Directors of Apple, and Bank of America. She served on the board of The Walt Disney Company for fifteen years, the University of California Board of Regents including two as chair of the board, the University of Southern California Board of Trustees and numerous corporate, civic, non-profit and philanthropic organizations over the years. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board in 2009 as well as the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in 2011.
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Corporate Boards: Bank of America, Target and Apple

Dave Powers

President & CEO — Deckers Brands

Dave Powers serves as President & CEO of Deckers Brands, a global footwear and apparel company. He focuses on long-term growth and Omni Channel strategies for the company’s five high-performing brands: UGG®, Teva®, Sanuk®, HOKA One One® and Koolaburra®. Under his leadership as President & CEO since 2016, Deckers Brands has received accolades for stellar financial performance and sustainability efforts. In 2019, Deckers was selected by Investor’s Business Daily® as one of the 50 Best ESG Companies: A List of Today’s Top Stocks For Environmental, Social and Governance Values. The company was also recognized by Footwear News as 2020 Company of the Year for its financial performance and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as well as significant charitable giving for COVID-19 relief. In 2020, Dave was named a 2020 Businessperson of the Year by Fortune, ranking number 13 on their list of top executives.
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Renata Simril

President and CEO — LA84 Foundation

Ms. Simril is an accomplished civic and private sector trailblazer with more than 20 years of diversified experience with a commitment to leadership and service. She most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Her earlier career included three seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where she served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs; and over a decade in real estate development with Jones Lang LaSalle, Forest City Development and LCOR, Inc. Her public service included stints as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Housing in the Hahn Administration and as a Development Deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas. Ms. Simril began her career in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. and Germany. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Loyola Marymount University and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from USC.
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Corporate Boards: Steel Connect

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
Steel Connect
Corporate Boards:
Steel Connect

Renata Simril

President and CEO — LA84 Foundation

Corporate Boards:
East West Bancorp
Corporate Boards:
East West Bancorp

Les Sussman

Practice Leader — RGP

Corporate Boards:
Granite Construction
Corporate Boards:
Granite Construction

Gaddi Vasquez

EVP — Edison

Corporate Boards:
Fisker, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
Fisker, Inc.

Wendy J. Greuel

Former City Controller — City of Los Angeles

Corporate Boards:
Scherzer International Corporation; National Association of Corporate Director PSW
Corporate Boards:
Scherzer International Corporation; National Association of Corporate Director PSW

Lisa Quateman

Retired Senior Partner — Polsinelli LLP, Los Angeles

Corporate Boards:
State Farm and Casualty Insurance Company; State Farm Life Insurance Company
Corporate Boards:
State Farm and Casualty Insurance Company; State Farm Life Insurance Company

Susan H. Mallory

Board Director and Former Financial Services Executive — -

Corporate Boards:
Bank OZK; Skytop Strategies
Corporate Boards:
Bank OZK; Skytop Strategies

Beverly Cole

CEO — Cole Renwick, LLC

Corporate Boards:
Versatope Therapeutics, Inc.; Jubel, LLC
Corporate Boards:
Versatope Therapeutics, Inc.; Jubel, LLC

Brenda McCabe

CEO — Next Act Advisors, Inc.

Corporate Boards:
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Corporate Boards:
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Angela Gardner

Partner — Heidrick and Struggles

Corporate Boards:
Trupanion, Inc.; WildAid
Corporate Boards:
Trupanion, Inc.; WildAid

Robin Ferracone

CEO — Farient Advisors

Corporate Boards:
Alive Ventures; Scan Foundation
Corporate Boards:
Alive Ventures; Scan Foundation

Francesca Luzuriaga

Director — -

Corporate Boards:
TrueBlue, Inc.; Eccentex
Corporate Boards:
TrueBlue, Inc.; Eccentex

Jeff Sakaguchi

Lead Independent Director — TrueBlue, Inc.

Corporate Boards:
American States Water Company; Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Corporate Boards:
American States Water Company; Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Diana Bonta

Adjunct Professor — UCLA

Corporate Boards:
The Cheesecake Factory
Corporate Boards:
The Cheesecake Factory

Edie Ames

CEO — Tastes on the Fly

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

Dawn Haghighi

General Counsel — Murcor Real Estate Services

Corporate Boards:
The Ann Peppers Foundation; Georgetown University
Corporate Boards:
The Ann Peppers Foundation; Georgetown University

Mary Machado-Schammel

CEO — Venture Advisors Business Sales and Acquisitions

Corporate Boards:
Lantronix - Audit Committee Chair; AerNos, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
Lantronix - Audit Committee Chair; AerNos, Inc.

Hoshi Printer

Independent Director — -

Corporate Boards:
Points of Light; National Association of Corporate Directors, Pacific Southwest Chapter
Corporate Boards:
Points of Light; National Association of Corporate Directors, Pacific Southwest Chapter

Jeff Hoffman

Institute Leader, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy, ESG Center — The Conference Board

Corporate Boards:
Virco Manufacturing; Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Committee
Corporate Boards:
Virco Manufacturing; Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Committee

Craig Levra

Chief Operating Officer — Goodwill Southern California

Corporate Boards:
Chairman, Guided Compass; Chairman, Novaria Aerospace Management Representatives
Corporate Boards:
Chairman, Guided Compass; Chairman, Novaria Aerospace Management Representatives

Larry Taylor, PhD.

CEO/President — National Association of Corporate Directors-Pacific Southwest Chapter

Corporate Boards:
KA Imaging Inc.
Corporate Boards:
KA Imaging Inc.

Ako Shimada Williams

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary — Ushio America, Inc.

Corporate Boards:
UCLA Academic Advancement Program, Advisory Board; Green Dot Public Schools, National Board of Directors
Corporate Boards:
UCLA Academic Advancement Program, Advisory Board; Green Dot Public Schools, National Board of Directors

Carole Neal

Director of Marketing — Aquent / Vitamin T

Corporate Boards:
STEM Advantage
Corporate Boards:
STEM Advantage

Angela J Gardner

Partner — Heidrick & Struggles

Leadership Committee

Annjanette Isorda

Vice President, Global Brand & Creative AECOM

Annjanette Isorda

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Laura Farber

Partner Hahn & Hahn LLP

Laura Farber

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jeri Harman

Founder & Chairman Avante Capital Partners

Jeri Harman

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Kristen K. O’Connor

CFO and Treasurer The Ahmanson Foundation

Kristen K. O’Connor

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

John Iino

Global Chief Diversity Officer Reed Smith LLP

John Iino

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Christine Simmons

Chief Operations Officer ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES ARTS & SCIENCES

Christine Simmons

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Anisha Goodly

Managing Director - EM Portfolio Specialist TCW

Anisha Goodly

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Paige Serden

Senior Director Gantry

Paige Serden

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Melinda Franklin

West Region Executive Director, Corporate Responsibility/Community Engagement JP Morgan Chase

Melinda Franklin

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Betty Uribe

Managing Director, California Divisional Director JP Morgan Chase

Betty Uribe

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Melanie S. Cibik

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary Teledyne Technologies Incorporated

Melanie S. Cibik

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Kathleen Milford

CPA, Director, Tax CBIZ

Kathleen Milford

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Leisa Wu

Board Member Community Partners

Leisa Wu

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Raquel Brigham Brown

Independent Director Radical Abundant Mindset

Raquel Brigham Brown

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Garrett Gin

Local Market Executive - Greater LA Bank of America

Garrett Gin

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Kimberlina Whettam

Principal Kimberlina Whettam & Associates

Kimberlina Whettam

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Stefani Freeburg

Director of Business Development Kusar

Stefani Freeburg

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jessica Word

President Word and Brown

Jessica Word

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Angela E. Underwood Jacobs

Senior Vice President, GSC North Region Manager California Bank and Trust

Angela E. Underwood Jacobs

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Monica Dean

Managing Director Marshall School of Business University of Southern California

Monica Dean

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Eva Tang

CFO and SVP of Finance American States Water Company

Eva Tang

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Rachel Sandoval

Regional Director, Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Kaiser Permanente

Rachel Sandoval

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Joy Albritten

Visual Marketing Manager, Big 5 Sporting Goods; Executive MBA Candidate, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Joy Albritten

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Stacy Phillips

Partner & Author Blank Rome

Stacy Phillips

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Joanne Hanson Bonney

Managing Director, Investment Operations Ares Management Corporation

Joanne Hanson Bonney

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Trisha Muse

Director, Community Relations SoCalGas

Trisha Muse

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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