The San Diego 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.

San Diego Chairs
Teresa Jacques

Teresa Jacques

Partner, Board Practice Major Executive Search
tjacques@majorexecutivesearch.com

Teresa Jacques

Teresa Jacques

Partner, Board Practice Major Executive Search
tjacques@majorexecutivesearch.com
Jennifer Rubin

Jennifer Rubin

Member Mintz
jbrubin@mintz.com

Jennifer Rubin

Jennifer Rubin

Member Mintz
jbrubin@mintz.com
Sunnie House

Sunnie House

Principal and Founder Sunnie House Strategies
sunnie@shousestrategies.com

Sunnie House

Sunnie House

Principal and Founder Sunnie House Strategies
sunnie@shousestrategies.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Sue Siegel

Board Member, CEO, VC

Sue Siegel has served as a CEO, VC, and Board Director. Sue has been recognized as Fortune’s “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Health Care,” as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” and was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Global Corporate Venture in 2020. She is an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and is a featured “Multiplier” in the bestselling book: “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.” Sue has served on 20 boards over the past 20+ years. Her Board portfolio includes Illumina (ILMN), Align (ALGN), Nevro (NVRO), the Kaiser Family Foundation, the UC Berkeley Bakar BioEnginuity Hub, and she is Chairman of MIT’s The Engine. Sue is a Lecturer on Entrepreneurship at MIT Sloan School of Management. Sue drove the growth of Affymetrix. from a pre-revenue start-up to a multi-billion publicly-listed company that shaped the emerging genomics industry, including addressing the bioethical issues of its day. She served on President Obama’s Working Group for the Precision Medicine Initiative, was a founding board member of the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Science, and served as a selection judge for White House Fellows across administrations. Sue was GE’s Chief Innovation Officer, CEO of GE Ventures & Licensing, and CEO, Healthymagination. Prior to GE, she was a VC General Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, leading investments in Life Sciences & Health.
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Corporate Boards: Align, Illumina

Sylvia Acevedo

Independent Director

Corporate Board Director, C-Suite Executive, Community leader, Author and Rocket-scientist. Devout believer in the power of transformation to change and improve lives, communities, organizations – and the world. Recognized leader whose Innovation and growth strategies have been hallmarks of her career. Board member of Qualcomm, serving on the Governance Committee. Author of Path to the Stars, which details Sylvia’s personal journey from the dirt roads of Las Cruces, New Mexico, to working as a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the top executive tiers of Apple, Dell, IBM, Qualcomm and other U.S. technology leaders. Most recently served as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA and White House Commissioner under President Obama’s for Educational Excellence. Driver of the Administration’s Early Childhood Dual Language Education Policy. National speaker on Cybersecurity, Workforce, Education and leadership.
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Corporate Boards: Qualcomm

Graciela Ivonne Monteagudo

Independent Director

Graciela Monteagudo is an experienced Board Director, former CEO, Global Marketer and passionate advocate for the advancement of women and Latinos in the US. Over the course of her career, Graciela has gone from being one of the few female engineers in Mexico to turning into one of a few women and Latino executives in charge of multibillion-dollar businesses in the US and abroad, recently becoming one of the very few Latinas on Boards. Graciela has 30 years of Marketing/General Management experience working for Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, Mead Johnson/Bristol Myers and Walmart. She brings to the Board a diverse perspective regarding Domestic/International Markets, Digital Marketing/E-Commerce and has been recognized by WomenInc. Magazine as one of the 2019 Most Influential Corporate Directors and by Hispanic Executive Magazine for the 2020 Best of the Boardroom issue.
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Corporate Boards: WD40 Company, iHeart Media

Ken Denman

Partner — Sway Ventures

Ken Denman is a general partner at Sway Ventures and a voting member of the Investment Committee. Ken brings nearly two decades of CEO experience to Sway Ventures’ consumer and enterprise investments, garnered through successful transformations at several companies. Ken was previously co-founder, President and CEO of Emotient, Inc., a developer of software technology to analyze facial expressions, before the company was acquired by Apple in 2016. He was the CEO of Openwave Systems, Inc., subsequent to his role as the Chairman and CEO of iPass, Inc., for which he led a successful IPO. Ken was also CEO of MediaOne International based in London. He is a member of the boards of directors of Costco Wholesale, VMWare and Motorola Solutions, where he is the lead independent director and chair of the nominating and governance committee. He was also appointed to boards of the Foster School and the University of Washington Foundation.
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Corporate Boards: Costco Wholesale, Motorola Solutions

Director Coaches
Corporate Boards:
WD40 Company, iHeart Media
Corporate Boards:
WD40 Company, iHeart Media

Graciela Ivonne Monteagudo

Independent Director

Corporate Boards:
Enersys
Corporate Boards:
Enersys

Caroline Chan

VP/GM Network Business Incubator Division — Intel

Corporate Boards:
Trustpilot, SilverBox Capital, LLC
Corporate Boards:
Trustpilot, SilverBox Capital, LLC

Joe Hurd

Global Managing Director — SOSV

Corporate Boards:
Poly, Splashtop
Corporate Boards:
Poly, Splashtop

Yael Zheng

Independent Director

Corporate Boards:
Flux Power, Altamont Pharma Acquisition Corp
Corporate Boards:
Flux Power, Altamont Pharma Acquisition Corp

Lisa Walters-Hoffert

Chief Financial Officer — Daré Bioscience, Inc.

Corporate Boards:
Arcturus Therapeutics, AnaptysBio
Corporate Boards:
Arcturus Therapeutics, AnaptysBio

Magda Marquet Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Co-CEO — ALMA Life Sciences, LLC

Corporate Boards:
National Express Group, Circlepoint
Corporate Boards:
National Express Group, Circlepoint

Carolyn Flowers

Managing Principal — InfraStrategies LLC

Leadership Committee

Pangaea Holdings

Marketplace Expansion Manager Hyperikon

Pangaea Holdings

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Valeria Garcia

Global Strategy & Business Development Manager Hyperikon

Valeria Garcia

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Michelle Leyden Li

Vice president, Head of Global Brand & Marketing GlobalFoundries

Michelle Leyden Li

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jennifer Jett

Vice President - Governance & Corporate Secretary Sempra

Jennifer Jett

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Rachel Williams

Vice President, Head of People DermTech, Inc.

Rachel Williams

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Susan Mallory

Independent Director State Farm Life Insurance Company

Susan Mallory

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Christina De Vaca

Chief Executive Officer Corporate Directors Forum

Christina De Vaca

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Susan Treadgold

Founder, Executive Coach Treadgold Executive Development

Susan Treadgold

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Annalisa Barrett

Senior Advisor KPMG Board Leadership Center

Annalisa Barrett

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Neda Safarzadeh

Head, Sr. Director, IR/PR/Marketing Arcturus Therapeutics

Neda Safarzadeh

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Wynter Deagle

Partner Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Wynter Deagle

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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