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Chair & Co-chairs

Kathy Barlow, JD

Senior Vice President — Marsh and McLennan Companies

Katherine Young

President and CEO — Young Search Partners, LLC-Executive Search

Nina Gordon

Partner — Nelson Mullins

Shelia Reed

Chief Experience Officer — CX Vantage LLC


Deborah Ellinger

Former President/CEO — Ideal Image, Princeton Review, Restoration Hardware

Deborah is a former CEO with extensive public and private board experience, who is focused on the intersection of consumer products and services, technology, and digitization. She is a Director of iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT); maker of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner and other IoT devices), a director of Covetrus (NASDAQ:CVET); a $4Bn tech-enabled veterinarian services and supply company), and is a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group (a global management consulting firm), helping private equity firms maximize the value of their portfolio companies. Deborah is also on the global board of WDC (Women Corporate Directors).

Corporate Boards: iRobot, Covetrus, WDC (Women Corporate Directors)

Vip keynote panelists

Robert Sanchez

Chairman and CEO — Ryder System, Inc.

Robert Sanchez is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leading commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company. He was named CEO in January 2013 and chairman of the board in May 2013. Over the course of nearly 30 years at Ryder, Mr. Sanchez has held many senior executive leadership positions including president and chief operating officer (COO), chief financial officer (CFO), president of Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), chief information officer (CIO), SVP of Transportation Management within Supply Chain Solutions (SCS), and VP of Asset Management.

Corporate Boards: Texas Instruments, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Susan Story

Retired CEO — American Water Works, Inc.

Susan Story is a highly accomplished and successful leader in business, policy insights and strategy. She served as CEO and CFO of American Water Works, Inc., and as President and CEO of two subsidiaries at Southern Company, Inc. She has extensive experience in water quality, supply and infrastructure; operational, customer, and cyber technology strategy, development and deployment; Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) leadership; and in cultural transformations involving safety improvement, employee engagement, strategic workforce planning, inclusion and diversity, technology development and adoption, and change management. In addition to her seven years at American Water (six as CEO), she also has 31 years experience in the energy and electricity industry.

Corporate Boards: Raymond James Financial, Inc., Dominion Energy, Inc., Newmont Corporation

Christine Duffy

President  — Carnival Cruise Line

Christine is president of Carnival Cruise Line, certified as a Great Place to Work™ and the biggest brand of Miami-based global cruise industry leader Carnival Corp., the world’s largest leisure travel company. She captains a company that annually hosts more than five million guests and employs more than 40,000 people who hail from 110 nations around the globe. Christine is overseeing the construction of two new ships that arrive in 2021 and 2022 that will lead the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) cruise vessels in North America and feature the first roller coaster at sea. She serves on the board of directors of Herschend Family Entertainment, which operates theme parks and attractions in the U.S., and Aimbridge Hospitality, the global leader in hotel management services. She is first vice-chair of the U.S. Travel Association, and sits on the Professional Advisory Board of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of which Carnival is the official celebration partner. Prior to joining Carnival in 2015, Duffy spent four years as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association, the trade association representing the global cruise industry. Prior to CLIA, Christine spent 10 years at Maritz Travel Company, the world’s largest corporate meeting, events and incentive travel company where she served six years as president and CEO.

Corporate Boards: Herschend Family Entertainment, Aimbridge Hospitality

Director coaches

Marie Allen

Founder — The Allen Executive Search

Corporate Boards

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Gena Ashe

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary — Anterix inc.

Corporate Boards

XPO Logistics, Spelman College, Georgetown University Law School

Ruth V. Brophy

CPA- Former CFO and CAO — H.I.G Capital Group

Corporate Boards

Advisor to HIG Capital, Babson College Accelerator

Gerald Czarnicki

Chairman and CEO — The Deltennium Group, Inc.

Corporate Boards

Jack Cooper Enterprises; ECO Building Products

Deborah Ellinger

Former President/CEO — Ideal Image, Princeton Review, Restoration Hardware

Corporate Boards

iRobot, Covetrus, WDC (Women Corporate Directors)

Artemis Emslie

CEO — Cadence Rx

Corporate Boards


Paradigm Outcomes

Marty Evans

Previous CEO — Girl Scouts of America, The American Red Cross

Corporate Boards

US Naval Academy Foundation Board, Len Mattaice Fountation, First Tee

Cynthia Fornelli

Previous Executive Director-Center for Audit Quality & SVP — Bank of America

Corporate Boards

TriplePoint Venture Growth BDC Corporation

Gail Lione

Senior Counsel — Dentons

Corporate Boards

Sargento Foods, Badger Meter, Inc.

Anne McGeorge

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

Magenta Therapeutics

Dawn Zier

Previous CEO — Nutrisystem

Corporate Boards

The Hain Celestial Group, Spirit Airlines, Prestige Consumer Healthcare

Raj Seshadri

President — Data And Services- Mastercard

Corporate Boards

Raymond James Financial, Inc.

Anne Gates

Previous President — MGA Entertainment & EVP Walt Disney Consumer Products

Corporate Boards

Raymond James Financial, Inc. , Kroger

Mary Landry

Retired Coast Guard Admiral

Corporate Boards

United States Automobile Association (USAA), Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Jocelyn Carter-Miller

President — TechEdVentures, SoulTranSync, and Jocelyn Carter-Miller, LLC

Corporate Boards

Principal Financial Group, InterPublic Group, Arlo Technologies, Inc.

Mary Key, Ph.D.

President — Key Associates & The Key Women's Leadership Forum

Sali Osman

NACD Board fellow, CRISC, CISM, CISSP — Executive Cybersecurity & Risk Director

Corporate Boards

Safe Sudan Foundation, Cybersecurity for Broadcasters

Irene Chang Britt

Independent Board Director

Corporate Boards

Dunkin Brands Group, Tailored Brands, Inc. Brighthouse Financial

Jan Fields

Former President — McDonald's USA, LLC

Corporate Boards

Welbilt Inc., Chico's FAS, Taubman Centers Inc., Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

leadership committee members

Mary Key, Ph.D.

President — Key Associates & The Key Women's Leadership Forum

Ashley Agard

Partner — The Clarion Group

Megan Lawler

Director, Transaction Management — Savills

Leela J. Gray

Brigadier General (retired) — U.S. Army

Cara Snow

Chief Community Engagement Officer and Chief of Staff — Technology Association of Oregon

Carrie A. Perez

Relationship Manager, Greater Portland Commercial Banking — Wells Fargo Bank

DeAngeloa Wells

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion — Portland General Electric

Eva Kripalani

Co-Founder — Office of General Counsel Network LLC

Luann Abrams

Founder — CEOX

Naomi Haslitt

Partner — Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis

Managing Partner, Portland Office — K&L Gates LLP

Susy Dunn

Chief People Officer and Chief of Staff — Zapproved

Katie Kelley

Senior Vice President — Lee Hecht Harrison

Kirsten Meneghello

Owner and Founder — Illumination Coaching LLC

Alice Tang

Katherine Durham

Sherrill Corbett

Partner — Tonkon Torp

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