The Pittsburgh 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.

Pittsburgh Chairs
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Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Barbara Polk

Chief Administrative Officer — John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Barbara is a senior executive with more than 25 years of human resources, operations leadership, DEI, and board governance experience. Barbara is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and is a board member of the Lupus Foundation of America and serves as Secretary and on the Governance Committee. Barbara was a member of the Women’s Food Service Forum Board and served on the Governance Committee. Barbara is currently the Chief Administrative Officer at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Barbara previously held leadership positions at the National Restaurant Association, American Red Cross, Ellucian and XO Communications. Barbara has a BA in political science from Rutgers University and has completed graduate coursework at Harvard Business School, American University and University of Maryland. She is an ICF certified Executive Coach, public speaker and diversity thought leader.
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Corporate Boards: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Lupus Foundation of America

Jo Anne Schwendinger

CLO/Chief Compliance Officer/Secy — II-VI Incorporated

Jo Anne Schwendinger joined II-VI in March 2017 and serves as the Company’s Chief Legal and Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary. Prior to her employment with the Company, Ms. Schwendinger practiced law with the law firm Blank Rome, LLP from August 2016 until February 2017. Previously, Ms. Schwendinger served in various legal roles at Deere & Company from February 2000 until August 2016, including Regional General Counsel and Assistant General Counsel. Ms. Schwendinger holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Université d’Avignon et des Pays de Vaucluse, a Master’s degree from the Université de Strasbourg, Maitrise and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh Law School
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Corporate Boards: CLO/Chief Compliance Officer/Secy

Rear Admiral Marc Y.E. Pelaez, USN Retired

Board Member — II-VI Incorporated

Mr. Pelaez is a Rear Admiral, United States Navy (retired). Rear Admiral Pelaez is currently a private consultant to defense and commercial companies. He was Vice President of Engineering, and later Vice President of Business and Technology Development, for Newport News Shipbuilding, from 1996 until 2001, when it was acquired by Northrop Grumman Corporation. From 1993 to 1996, Rear Admiral Pelaez served as Chief of Naval Research. He served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition) from 1990 to 1993. From 1968 to 1990, he held numerous positions, including command assignments, in the United States Navy. He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.
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Corporate Boards: II-VI Incorporated

Sandra Beach Lin

Board Member — American Electric Power

Sandra Beach Lin is a member of the Board of Directors of AEP, Avient, Trinseo, Interface Biologics, and Ripple Therapeutics. Ms. Beach Lin graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Business degree and received her MBA from the Ross School at the University of Michigan. In 2013 she was named to the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Directorship 100. She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and a 2014 Honoree of the Dallas Business Journal’s Outstanding Directors Award. She is a member of the Executive Board of Delta Delta Delta sorority, the Committee of 200, and the International Women’s Forum and the Dallas Assembly. She is also Co-Chair of the Paradigm for Parity® Coalition.
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Corporate Boards: American Electric PowerAvient

Stephen Klemash

Center for Board Matters Leader — EY Americas

Through several EY leadership positions during his 37-year career, Steve has helped to transform and grow the global EY organization into a $40 billion professional services organization that has been recognized on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list for 22 years in a row. Steve is a strategic thinker and transformative leader with diverse skills. He is known for his ability to embrace change and innovate to achieve desired outcomes. He has been recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the 100 most influential leaders in boardrooms and corporate governance each year from 2018–21.
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Corporate Boards: Robert Morris University

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
Hershey Entertainment &Resorts
Corporate Boards:
Hershey Entertainment &Resorts

Barbara Polk

Chief Administrative Officer — John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Corporate Boards:
II-VI Incorporated
Corporate Boards:
II-VI Incorporated

Patty Hatter

Chief Customer Officer — Palo Alto Networks

Corporate Boards:
The Weir Group PLC
Corporate Boards:
The Weir Group PLC

Barbara S. Jeremiah

Owner — Riverstone Books

Corporate Boards:
United Way and Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation
Corporate Boards:
United Way and Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation

David J. Malone, CLU, ChFC

Chairman & CEO — Gateway Financial Group, Inc.

Corporate Boards:
EY Center for Board Matters
Corporate Boards:
EY Center for Board Matters

Daniel Clifford

EY Board Network Leader — EY Center for Board Matters

Corporate Boards:
Deckers Outdoor Corporation and Brinker International, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
Deckers Outdoor Corporation and Brinker International, Inc.

Cindy L. Davis

Retired Vice President — Nike Inc.

Corporate Boards:
HarbisonWalker International, AZZ, Inc., and Sensient Technologies Corp.
Corporate Boards:
HarbisonWalker International, AZZ, Inc., and Sensient Technologies Corp.

Carol R. Jackson

President, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer — HarbisonWalker International

Corporate Boards:
MSA Safety Incorporated
Corporate Boards:
MSA Safety Incorporated

William M. Lambert

Member of the Board of Directors — MSA Safety Incorporated

Corporate Boards:
My Sister's Place
Corporate Boards:
My Sister's Place

Shawn M. Wright

Partner — Blank Rome LLP

Corporate Boards:
50/50 Women on Boards, National Assn of Women Business Owners Ca (NAWBO-CA)
Corporate Boards:
50/50 Women on Boards, National Assn of Women Business Owners Ca (NAWBO-CA)

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO — 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.

Leadership Committee
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