The Carolinas 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.

Carolinas Chairs
Jessica Bell van der Wal

Jessica Bell van der Wal

CEO & Advisor Frame Fertility; vdB Consulting, LLC
jbells15@gmail.com

Jessica Bell van der Wal

Jessica Bell van der Wal

CEO & Advisor Frame Fertility; vdB Consulting, LLC
jbells15@gmail.com
Jennifer C. Hunter

Jennifer C. Hunter

Partner EY - Consulting & Global Accounts
Jennifer.c.hunter@ey.com

Jennifer C. Hunter

Jennifer C. Hunter

Partner EY - Consulting & Global Accounts
Jennifer.c.hunter@ey.com
Moderator & VIP Keynote Panelists

Peter Browning

Founder and Managing Director — Peter Browning Partners, LLC

Peter is the founder and Managing Director of Peter Browning Partners, LLC, a board advisory service. He served as elected Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Gypsum Company, seeing the company through and out of bankruptcy. After which, he joined Sonoco Products Company as President and Chief Executive Officer. In March,2002, he was appointed Dean of the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte where he served until May 2005. He has served on the board of directors of fourteen publicly traded companies, including ten years at Wachovia Corporation, sixteen years at Lowes Companies, sixteen years at Nucor Corporation where he served as non-executive chairman and lead director, and finally, fourteen years at EnPro Industries. In that time, he has been Chairman and CEO, CEO, non-executive chair, lead director and chair of audit, compensation, and governance/nominating committees. In the fall of 2004 Board Alert Magazine selected Peter as one of eight “Outstanding Directors of the Year” for his role in the successful CEO transitions at Lowe’s and Nucor. He is the coauthor of “The Director’s Manual: A Framework for Board Governance” published by Wiley in February 2016.
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Corporate Boards: Acuity Brands, ScanSource, GMS

Angel Shelton Willis

VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL AND SECRETARY — Sealed Air

Angel serves as Sealed Air’s Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary as well as the Executive Sponsor of Sealed Air’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Council. Angel has more than 25 years of legal experience. Prior to joining Sealed Air in 2019, she served in several leadership roles at Ingersoll Rand, including Vice President and Deputy General Counsel. Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Angel served as Corporate Counsel at Cummins Inc. and as an Associate at Ice Miller. Angel is a member of the SPX Corporation board of directors and serves on the board’s nominating and governance committee. She holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s in business administration and a Bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Clemson University.
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Corporate Boards: SPX Corporation

Glenn Eisenberg

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer — Labcorp

Glenn has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Labcorp since 2014. Prior to joining Labcorp, he served as Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, and Chief Financial Officer at The Timken Company, a leading global manufacturer of highly engineered bearings and power transmission product brands. He also previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer of United Dominion Industries, a global diversified industrial company, after working in several executive roles at the company, including Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President of its Test Instrumentation Segment. Glenn serves on the board of directors of US Ecology, where he Chairs the Audit Committee. He previously served on the boards of directors of Family Dollar Stores, Alpha Natural Resources, and Perspecta. He received his B.A. from Tulane University and his M.B.A. from Georgia State University.
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Corporate Boards: US Ecology, Perspecta, Alpha Natural Resources

Marcia J. Avedon, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources, Marketing and Communications Officer — Trane Technologies

Marcia is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources, Marketing and Communications Officer for Trane Technologies, formerly Ingersoll Rand plc. At Ingersoll Rand, a global diversified industrial and technology company with over $16B in revenue, she was on the executive team with company-wide responsibilities for human resources, public affairs, government relations, community relations/philanthropy, corporate communications, strategic marketing and brand management. She serves as an officer of the company, reporting to the Chairman and CEO, and is the senior leader supporting the compensation committee of the Board of Directors and supports the governance and nominating committee. Marcia currently serves on the Board for Generac Power Systems and was previously on the Board at GCP Applied Technologies, Lincoln Financial and the Center for Creative Leadership. Marcia holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from George Washington University and a B.A. from University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She has received numerous awards including the highest honor as a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources and was recognized as one of the “Top 100 candidates to Serve on Board Compensation Committees” by Agenda Journal.
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Corporate Boards: Generac Power Systems, Lincoln Financial, GCP

Jorge M. Gomez

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer — Dentsply Sirona

Jorge has served as Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Dentsply Sirona, Inc. since August 2019. Dentsply Sirona is the largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies including, software and workflow solutions, serving customers in more than 120 countries. He is responsible for leading Dentsply Sirona’s global finance organization including strategic finance, FP&A, Accounting, Treasury, Tax, Corporate Audit, and Investor Relations. In addition, he is responsible for the Information Technology function. Jorge also leads “Beyond”, the company’s sustainability and ESG program. Prior to Dentsply Sirona, he was Chief Financial Officer of Cardinal Health Inc., a Fortune 14 company. He joined Cardinal Health in 2006 where he held other positions including Medical Segment CFO, Pharmaceutical Segment CFO, Corporate Treasurer and Corporate Controller before being appointed Chief Financial Officer. Earlier in his career, Jorge held financial and business leadership positions of progressive responsibility at General Motors, including posts in New York City, Singapore, Belgium, and Brazil. He began his career with Jefferson Smurfit in their finance development program after earning a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Colombia and a M.B.A. from the University of Hartford. Jorge currently serves as a member of the Boards of Directors for Xylem, Inc and Pear Holdings Corporation. Xylem is a leading global water technology provider, serving customers in more than 150 countries with innovative solutions to their most complex water challenges. Pear Holdings Corp. is the leader in developing and commercializing prescription digital therapeutics to treat serious disease.
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Corporate Boards: Xylem, Pear Holdings

Director Coaches

Liz Harrison

Partner — McKinsey & Company

Corporate Boards:
Amalgamated Bank, RealBlocks Advisory Board
Corporate Boards:
Amalgamated Bank, RealBlocks Advisory Board

Maryann Bruce

Independent Director & Former Fortune 100 Division President & CEO

Corporate Boards:
IBM Hyperprotect, Biopole
Corporate Boards:
IBM Hyperprotect, Biopole

Sasha Cahill

Digital Health Entrepreneur; Shareholder & Board member

Stephanie Sonnabend

Co-Founder, Chair / Co-Chair of the Board — 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Corporate Boards:
SPX Flow, Sealed Air
Corporate Boards:
SPX Flow, Sealed Air

Suzanne Rowland

Board Director — Ashland Global Holdings, Inc.

Corporate Boards:
Latin American Coalition
Corporate Boards:
Latin American Coalition

Wendy Taylor

Chief Audit Executive — CommScope

Corporate Boards:
State Farm Bank, Grubb Properties
Corporate Boards:
State Farm Bank, Grubb Properties

Laura Schulte

CEO — LAS Consulting, Independent Board Director

Corporate Boards:
Jr. League Community Advisory Board
Corporate Boards:
Jr. League Community Advisory Board

Jennifer Winstel

Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor — Bank of America Private Bank

Corporate Boards:
Banner Parent Holdings, Inc., Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust Endowmen
Corporate Boards:
Banner Parent Holdings, Inc., Greater Charlotte Cultural Trust Endowmen

Kelly Katterhagen

Founder / Senior Advisor — BlackArch Partners

Corporate Boards:
SPX Flow, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.
Corporate Boards:
SPX Flow, Siemens Government Technologies, Inc.

Anne Altman

Co-Founder/CEO — Everyone Matters, Inc.

Cigdem Oktem

Regional Leader — EY Center for Board Matters

Corporate Boards:
Junior Achievement, Charlotte Center City Partners
Corporate Boards:
Junior Achievement, Charlotte Center City Partners

Diane Morais

President — Ally Financial

Leadership Committee

Liz Houston

Head of External Relations in the Southern United States McKinsey & Company

Liz Houston

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Jennifer Winstel

Senior Vice President, Private Client Advisor Bank of America Private Bank

Jennifer Winstel

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Laura Schulte

CEO LAS Consulting, Independent Board Director

Laura Schulte

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Diane Morais

President Ally Financial

Diane Morais

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Liz Harrison

Partner McKinsey & Company

Liz Harrison

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Wendy Taylor

Chief Audit Executive CommScope

Wendy Taylor

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Nithya Ruff

Executive Director, Head of Open Source Comcast

Nithya Ruff

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Karen Wiltgren

Principal RSM US LLP

Karen Wiltgren

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Holly Paeper

VP/General Manager & Commercial Head Trane Technologies

Holly Paeper

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Catherine LaCour

Chief Marketing Officer Blackbaud

Catherine LaCour

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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