The New York 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.

New York Chairs
Afsar Farman-Farmaian

Afsar Farman-Farmaian

General Counsel, Managing Director Varagon Capital Partners
afarman-farmaian@varagon.com

Afsar Farman-Farmaian

Afsar Farman-Farmaian

General Counsel, Managing Director Varagon Capital Partners
afarman-farmaian@varagon.com
Jennifer Mota

Jennifer Mota

FVP, Director of HR MFA Financial, Inc.
jenn.e.mota@gmail.com

Jennifer Mota

Jennifer Mota

FVP, Director of HR MFA Financial, Inc.
jenn.e.mota@gmail.com
Rochelle Rosato

Rochelle Rosato

Global Talent & Inclusion Leader Marsh & McLennan
rochelle.rosato@mmc.com

Rochelle Rosato

Rochelle Rosato

Global Talent & Inclusion Leader Marsh & McLennan
rochelle.rosato@mmc.com
Dana Gilland

Dana Gilland

President and Chair, Board of Directors Nest Egg Foundation, Inc.
dana.marie.gilland@gmail.com

Dana Gilland

Dana Gilland

President and Chair, Board of Directors Nest Egg Foundation, Inc.
dana.marie.gilland@gmail.com
Susan Gross Sholinksy

Susan Gross Sholinksy

Member of the Firm Epstein Becker Green
sgross@ebglaw.com

Susan Gross Sholinksy

Susan Gross Sholinksy

Member of the Firm Epstein Becker Green
sgross@ebglaw.com
Laura Maness

Laura Maness

CEO & Board of Directors Havas
laura.maness@havas.com

Laura Maness

Laura Maness

CEO & Board of Directors Havas
laura.maness@havas.com
Sandra Baker Zarraga

Sandra Baker Zarraga

Partner/Principal EY
sandra.zarraga@ey.com

Sandra Baker Zarraga

Sandra Baker Zarraga

Partner/Principal EY
sandra.zarraga@ey.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Leslie Ireland

Member, Board of Directors — Citigroup, Inc.

S. Leslie Ireland is on the Board of Directors of Citigroup, Inc. She offers insight and perspectives on financial threats face by organizations in the public and private sectors, including cybersecurity and money laundering. She is also a member of: the Board of Directors of the Stimson Center; Chubb Insurance Cyber Advisory Board; Tapestry Networks Cyber Risk Directors Network; and the Board of Advisors for Cyber Florida. She retired from Federal service in November 2016 after 31 years in the Intelligence Community. She was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis from 2010-2016 and took the Presidential appointment at Treasury after 25 years at CIA. Ms. Ireland is the recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest award bestowed by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, personally awarded by the DNI, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (2016 and 2008), and the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal.
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Corporate Boards: Citigroup, Stimson Center, Chubb Insurance Cyber Advisory Board.

Ann Yerger

Advisor, North America Board Practice — Spencer Stuart

Ann Yerger is an advisor to Spencer Stuart’s NA Board Practice, member of Grant Thornton’s Audit Quality Council, and independent director of Bed Bath & Beyond and Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company, chairing the nominating/governance committee and serving on the compensation committee. Prior roles include: executive director of EY’s Center for Board Matters; 20 years at the Council of Institutional Investors with 10 years as executive director; deputy director of the Investor Responsibility Research Center’s corporate governance service, and corporate banking at Wachovia. Ann was a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Investor Advisory Committee of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. She served on Nasdaq Listing and Hearing Review Council, CFA Institute Advisory Council, Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance Advisory Board, and the US Treasury Department’s Advisory Committee, Auditing Profession. She is a CFA charterholder, and graduate of Duke University with MBA from Tulane University.
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Corporate Boards: Bed Bath & Beyond, Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company

Dennis V. Arriola

Chief Executive Officer — AVANGRID, Inc.

Dennis V. Arriola is CEO of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a leading, sustainable energy company with approximately $38 billion in assets operating in 24 U.S. states. Mr. Arriola was appointed CEO of AVANGRID in 2020 from Sempra Energy where he was Executive Vice President and Group President and Chief Sustainability Officer. Throughout his 25+-year career in the energy sector, he has held a variety of leadership positions in gas and electric utilities as well as renewables, including Chairman and CEO of Southern California Gas Co., and Chief Financial Officer of SunPower Corp., San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co. Mr. Arriola holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. He serves as a board Member of Auto Club Enterprises, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Edison Electric Institute, and has been named one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine.
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Corporate Boards: U.S. ChAmber of Commerce and Edison Electric Institute

Teri McClure

General Counsel and Chief Human Resources Officer, — UPS (Retired)

Teri McClure is an experienced public company and non-profit board director. She retired from United Parcel Service, Inc. where she served as SVP on the executive Management Committee of this global logistics company with $70 billion in revenue and more than 450,000 employees operating in over 200 countries and territories. Ms. McClure held various executive roles, including General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Chief Human Resources Officer, and SVP of Audit and Compliance, Public Affairs, Communications and Labor, and previously practiced with the Troutman Sanders law firm, focusing on civil litigation, labor and employment law. Ms. McClure currently serves on the boards of Lennar Corporation, Gypsum Management & Supply, Inc. and JetBlue, publicly traded companies, and non-profit organizations including The Task Force for Global Health, Heart for Africa, the Millennial Bridge and the City of Refuge. Ms. McClure holds a BSBA in Marketing/Economics from Washington University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
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Corporate Boards: JetBlue, Lennar

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
Alkermes plc, Amneal Pharmaceuticals
Corporate Boards:
Alkermes plc, Amneal Pharmaceuticals

Emily Peterson Alva

Board Member, Strategic Advisor

Corporate Boards:
eHealth, Inc., Tivity Health
Corporate Boards:
eHealth, Inc., Tivity Health

Erin Russell

Independent Board Director, Audit Chair — N/A

Corporate Boards:
50/50 Women on Boards
Corporate Boards:
50/50 Women on Boards

Robin Ferracone

Founder and CEO — Farient Advisors

Corporate Boards:
Executive Forum
Corporate Boards:
Executive Forum

Terry Preskar

President and Founder — Value Navigators, LLC

Corporate Boards:
MFA Financial, Inc. and Arch Capital Group, Ltd.
Corporate Boards:
MFA Financial, Inc. and Arch Capital Group, Ltd.

Laurie Goodman

Founder and Co-Director — Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute

Corporate Boards:
Fresh Del Monte Produce and 24 Hour Fitness
Corporate Boards:
Fresh Del Monte Produce and 24 Hour Fitness

Lori Marcus

Founder — Courtyard Connections, LLC

Corporate Boards:
USAA Life of New York and Easyknock, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
USAA Life of New York and Easyknock, Inc.

Maureen Adolf

Senior Policy Advisor/Insurance — Eversheds Sutherland, (US) LLP.

Corporate Boards:
UJA-Federation of NY and DOROT
Corporate Boards:
UJA-Federation of NY and DOROT

Helaine Suval

President — Suval Consultants

Corporate Boards:
3 Oxbridges Inc. and The National Robotics Education Foundation
Corporate Boards:
3 Oxbridges Inc. and The National Robotics Education Foundation

JoAnn Laing

President — 3 Oxbridges Inc.

Corporate Boards:
FRMO Corp., and RENN Fund
Corporate Boards:
FRMO Corp., and RENN Fund

Alice Brennan

Senior Advisor — Advaita Capital

Corporate Boards:
Mercer Advisors & Fora Financial
Corporate Boards:
Mercer Advisors & Fora Financial

Stefanie Shelley

President — Edgewood Growth Consulting

Corporate Boards:
Every Mother Counts
Corporate Boards:
Every Mother Counts

Sharmila Makhija, MD

Professor and Department Chair — Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Dept of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Corporate Boards:
Blucora & The Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son
Corporate Boards:
Blucora & The Bank of N.T. Butterfield and Son

Jana Schreuder

Retired COO — The Northern Trust

Corporate Boards:
Surgery Partners & 180 Life Sciences
Corporate Boards:
Surgery Partners & 180 Life Sciences

Teresa DeLuca

Physician Executive, Faculty Advisor — Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Corporate Boards:
Credicorp, Ltd. and Banco de Credito del Peru
Corporate Boards:
Credicorp, Ltd. and Banco de Credito del Peru

Patricia Lizarraga

Managing Partner — Hypatia Capital

Corporate Boards:
DigitalBridge Group, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
DigitalBridge Group, Inc.

Jeannie Diefenderfer

CEO — Center for Higher Ambition Leadership

Corporate Boards:
UBS Bank USA
Corporate Boards:
UBS Bank USA

Andrea H. Bierce

Retired Senior Partner KPMG — KPMG

Corporate Boards:
Agree Realty Corporation
Corporate Boards:
Agree Realty Corporation

Merrie S. Frankel

President — Minerva Realty Consultants

Corporate Boards:
IWG plc; Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
IWG plc; Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.

Laurie Harris

Retired Audit Partner PwC — Retired PwC

Corporate Boards:
McCormick & Company, Inc. and Otis Worldwide Corporation
Corporate Boards:
McCormick & Company, Inc. and Otis Worldwide Corporation

Margaret Preston

Board Member and Managing Director — McCormick & Company, Inc. and Otis Worldwide Corporation

Leadership Committee

Katrina Klier

Chief Marketing Officer PROS

Katrina Klier

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Elizabeth S. Morton

CEO 1 Force Management, LLC

Elizabeth S. Morton

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Lisa Nelson

President KWT Advisory

Lisa Nelson

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Payam Siadatpour

Partner Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Payam Siadatpour

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Shurawl Sibblies

SVP, Colleague Strategic Partner American Express

Shurawl Sibblies

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Breen Sullivan

Founder The Fourth Floor

Breen Sullivan

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Deborah Borg

Chief HR & Communications Officer Bunge

Deborah Borg

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Deborah Cannavino

Member of the Firm Epstein Becker Green

Deborah Cannavino

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Wendy Marcari

Member of the Firm Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Wendy Marcari

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Debbie Fortnum

Co-Founder, COO Macondo Vision

Debbie Fortnum

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jennie Martel

Chief of Brand Protection Colgate-Palmolive Company

Jennie Martel

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Eva De La Rosa

Head of Global Payments Marketing Citigroup

Eva De La Rosa

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Lisa Pillette

Chief Marketing Officer Casper Sleep

Lisa Pillette

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

George Carroll Whipple III

Member of the Firm Epstein Becker Green

George Carroll Whipple III

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Marylee Jenkins

Partner Arent Fox

Marylee Jenkins

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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