The Sacramento 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.

Sacramento Chairs
Annie V. Lam

Annie V. Lam

Founder/Principal, Lam Consulting Group Executive Director, League of California Cities Women's Caucus
Annie@Lam-consult.com

Annie V. Lam

Annie V. Lam

Founder/Principal, Lam Consulting Group Executive Director, League of California Cities Women's Caucus
Annie@Lam-consult.com
Jenine Jenkins

Jenine Jenkins

Owner J. Smith & Co.
info@jsmithandco.com

Jenine Jenkins

Jenine Jenkins

Owner J. Smith & Co.
info@jsmithandco.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Maria Contreras-Sweet

President and CEO — Rockway Equity Partners

Maria Contreras-Sweet is an American business leader, government official, civic leader and community organizer. She served as a US cabinet member, California state cabinet secretary and investor/entrepreneur. Her achievements in bringing efficiencies and modernization to large scale organizations, have earned her international acclaim. Maria Contreras-Sweet, was sworn in as a member of President Obama’s cabinet as the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) serving through January 20, 2017. She is a founding director of The California Endowment. She served on the original Federal Glass Ceiling Commission, educating the corporate community about eliminating artificial barriers for women and minorities in the workplace. She serves on numerous boards. She has been bestowed five honorary doctorates including from Tufts University and California State University, Los Angeles. Today, Contreras-Sweet is the President and CEO of Rockway Equity Partners and a Director for Sempra Energy.
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Corporate Boards: Sempra Energy

Cheemin Bo-Linn

CEO — Peritus Partners

Cheemin Bo-Linn is CEO of Peritus Partners, a leading data analytics-based valuation accelerator. She currently serves as Lead Independent Director of Blackline Safety and Audit Chair of Kore Wireless. She was recognized as 2021 “Top 100 Diverse Directors” by the Financial Times/Agenda and 2019 “Top 50 Directors” by the Nat’l Association of Corporate Directors. Prior she was inducted into the “Hall of Fame for Women in Technology”, named StemConnector’s “Top 100 CEOs in STEM”, and the YWCA’s and Business Journal’s “Top Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley.” Her senior C-Suite experience includes CEO, CMO, CRO, and VP of IBM running a multibillion-dollar P&L. She was appointed Visiting Professor of the Joint EMBA/MBA program of Columbia University, London School of Business, and the University of Hong Kong specializing in digital transformation and technologies. Her Doctorate degree is from the University of Houston in Computer-based Information Systems and Organizational Change.
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Corporate Boards: Blackline Safety, Kore Wireless

Mona Pasquil Rogers

Director of California Public Policy — Facebook

Mona Pasquil Rogers serves as Head of California Public Policy for Facebook, where she is responsible for managing relationships with policymakers throughout the state. Prior to that, Pasquil Rogers served as Appointments Secretary in the Office of Governors Gavin Newsom and Edmund G. Brown Jr. where she was responsible for helping the Governor build his administration by recruiting top candidates to serve the state. Mona is most proud of her work mentoring California’s youth to become more active in their communities. This work includes founding the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project of California, an organization dedicated to boosting Asian and Pacific Islander youth involvement in California policy. Mona continues her commitment to mentorship and serves as the president of California Women Lead and the California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus Institute.
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Corporate Boards: California American Water Board

Jenine Jenkins

Owner — J. Smith & Co.

Jenine Jenkins is an award-winning Coach, HR Consultant and Diversity and Inclusion Strategist with over 15 years of experience in the human resources discipline. She facilitates instructor-led training while utilizing group exercises, discussion, and real-life examples to facilitate solid understanding. In her capacity as a Consultant, she has served organizations in California, Colorado, and Maryland by providing fundamental leadership training that includes a focus regarding how these skills impact the inclusiveness and belonging of the organization or team. She has worked with organizations such as the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Department of Labor and California State University, Sacramento.
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Stephen Fleming

President & CEO — River City Bank

Since September ’08, Steve has been President & Chief Executive Officer of River City Bank. Under his leadership the Bank has more than quadrupled in size from $800 million to $3.5 billion in total assets. He has over 40 years of banking experience, including 20 years with Bank of America in progressively more senior roles in Sacramento, San Francisco, and London, England. Immediately prior to joining River City Bank, he was the Founder and CEO of Presidio Bank in San Francisco. Previously, he was also the President & CEO of National Bank of the Redwoods in Santa Rosa. Steve is involved in a variety of charitable and community activities, including serving as a board member for the Kelly Foundation (6th largest foundation in the Sacramento region), Capital Region Family Business Center (former President), the Greater Sacramento Area Economic Council, and the Sacramento chapter of Lambda Alpha (former President). Steve is also a member of the Sacramento Host Committee.
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Corporate Boards: River City Bank

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
Sempra Energy
Corporate Boards:
Sempra Energy

Maria Contreras-Sweet

President and CEO — Rockway Equity Partners

Corporate Boards:
Blackline Safety, Kore Wireless
Corporate Boards:
Blackline Safety, Kore Wireless

Cheemin Bo-Linn

CEO — Peritus Partners

Corporate Boards:
California State Personnel Board, California American Water Board
Corporate Boards:
California State Personnel Board, California American Water Board

Mona Pasquil Rogers

Head of California Public Policy — Facebook

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

Teghpreet Ahluwalia

CEO NAWBO-Sacramento Foundation

Teghpreet Ahluwalia

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Angela Blanchard

Partner Political Solutions, LLC

Angela Blanchard

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jodi Hicks

President & Chief Executive Officer Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California

Jodi Hicks

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Andrea Deveau

Executive Vice President Strategies 360

Andrea Deveau

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Anne Staines

CEO, Sagent Marketing; NAWBO CA Education Foundation; American River Bank Foundation

Anne Staines

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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