The Global Conversation on Board Diversity

Leading the Way to Diverse & Gender-Balanced Boards

Valuing, supporting, and building diverse workplace cultures creates opportunities that challenge conventional perceptions, ignite creativity, and enrich our conversations, connections, and communities. 

On November 3, 2021, hear from CEOs, Board Directors, and Experts who are changing corporate culture by instituting inclusive educational programs and hiring practices that welcome, attract, and advocate for diverse talent and board directors. 

The Global Conversation ticket includes one City or State event of your choice where you will join a panel of experts in that region and, depending on your career level or topic of interest, interact in a live networking session led by a board director who will coach you in your board pursuit or discuss innovative practices to help accelerate diversity. 

If you’re committed to driving the movement toward diversity and gender balance in the workplace and on boards, join more than 7,000 board-ready women, board directors, leaders, colleagues, and allies in our network who are in your corner and dedicated to your advancement.

Headline Speakers

Colin Angle

Chairman, CEO and Founder — iRobot

Colin Angle is Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Co-Founder of iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT). Over the last three-plus decades, Colin’s leadership has transformed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off into the world’s leading manufacturer of practical robots. As of today, iRobot has sold more than 30 million robots worldwide, revolutionizing the way people clean their homes. In iRobot’s early days, Colin and his team designed the behavior-controlled rovers for NASA that led to the Sojourner exploring Mars in 1997. The company’s robots have also revealed mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Giza found harmful subsea oil in the Gulf of Mexico and saved thousands of lives in areas of conflict and crisis around the globe. Colin began his work in robotics at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where he first teamed with iRobot co-founders Helen Greiner and Dr. Rodney Brooks. Over the years, Colin’s leadership of iRobot has been recognized with numerous professional awards. He has been named CEO of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council, a Mass High Tech All-Star, one of Fortune Small Business Magazine’s Best Bosses, and New England Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Colin serves as a Board Director for Ixcela, Chairman of the Board for Science from Scientists, and Board Director and Executive Chairman for Robots in Service of the Environment (RSE).
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Corporate Boards: Ixcela, Science from Scientists and Robots in Service of the Environment (RSE)

Dr. Wanda Austin

CEO — MakingSpace, Inc.

Wanda M. Austin is an American businesswoman who is internationally recognized for her work in aeronautics and systems engineering. She is co-founder of MakingSpace, Inc., a systems engineering and leadership development consultant, STEMinist, and a motivational speaker. She is the author of Making Space: Strategic Leadership for a Complex World. She served as interim president of the University of Southern California (USC) for the 2018-2019 academic year, and led the institution through a crucial transition period. She is the former president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the application of science and technology toward critical issues affecting the nation’s space program. From January 2008 to October 2016, Wanda led the organization’s 3,600 employees and managed annual revenues of $950 million at 17 U.S. locations. She retired after 37 years of service. Wanda served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology until January 2017, advising the president of the United States in areas where an understanding of science, technology, and innovation was key to forming effective U.S. policy. She is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Chevron Corporation, Amgen Inc., and Virgin Galactic. She has served on the USC Board of Trustees since 2010. USC has awarded her its Distinguished Alumni Award, an honorary doctorate, and its highest honor, the Presidential Medallion.
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Corporate Boards: Chevron, Amgen and Virgin Galactic

Anne Chow

CEO — AT&T Business

Anne was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business in September 2019. She’s responsible for a $35B operating unit which serves nearly 3 million business customers around the world across all sectors. She and her team provide customers with integrated communications solutions spanning fiber, mobility, edge computing, collaboration, and cybersecurity technologies to enable and transform their businesses. She is the first woman to hold this position and first woman of color CEO in AT&T’s history. She currently serves on the Board of the Directors of Franklin Covey Co (NYSE: FC). Anne is a member of the Dallas Mavericks Advisory Council (D-MAC), the President’s Advisory Board at Georgia Tech, and the Business Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. She is the co-author of “The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams”, an Amazon #1 best-selling book. Anne holds a Master of Business Administration with distinction from The Johnson School at Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell. She is also a graduate of the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School of Music. Anne was recently named to Fortune’s 2020 Most Powerful Women in Business and Forbes 2021 CEO Next list.
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Corporate Boards: Franklin Covey Co

Tricia Griffith

President and Chief Executive Officer — The Progressive Corporation

Tricia Griffith was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and elected to the Board of Directors in July of 2016. She is responsible for helping the company become consumers’ number one choice and destination for auto and other insurance. Prior to being named CEO, Griffith served as Personal Lines Chief Operating Officer since April, 2015 overseeing the Company’s Personal Lines, Claims and Customer Relationship Management groups. Tricia joined Progressive as a claims representative in 1988 and has served in many key leadership positions during her tenure. She held several managerial positions in the Claims division before being named Chief Human Resource Officer in 2002. In 2008, she returned to Claims as the group president, overseeing all claims functions. Prior to being named Personal Lines Chief Operating Officer, Tricia was President of Customer Operations, overseeing claims and the customer management group, which comprises the company’s contact center group (sales and delivery), as well as the customer experience, systems experience and workforce management groups. Tricia has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business’ Advanced Management Program. She serves on the board of directors at FedEx, is a member and sits on the board of the Business Roundtable and is an associate of the Business Council. In December 2018, Tricia was the first woman to be named the Businessperson of the Year by Fortune, and ranked 54th on the Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women list. Since taking over the CEO role, she has been named one of the “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine each of the last three years.
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Corporate Boards: The Progressive Corporation, The Children’s Place, Inc.

Whitney Wolfe Herd

Founder and CEO — Bumble

Whitney Wolfe Herd is the Founder and CEO of Bumble, the parent company that operates Badoo and Bumble, two of the world’s highest-grossing dating apps with millions of users worldwide. Bumble has over 700 employees in offices in Austin, London, and Moscow. In 2014, Wolfe Herd launched the Bumble app as the only connection platform where women make the first move and control the interaction. As the company has grown, Wolfe Herd has executed upon her vision of making Bumble the first social network where women make the first move to one that helps facilitate empowered connections across all areas of life. The company launched Bumble BFF in 2016 as a friend-finding feature and launched Bumble Bizz for professional networking in 2017. In January 2020, Wolfe Herd welcomed Blackstone as Bumble’s new majority owner with a shared vision of growth for Badoo and Bumble. In 2021, Wolfe Herd led Bumble’s IPO as the youngest woman CEO to ever take a company public. Prior to Bumble, Whitney Wolfe Herd co-founded Tinder, where she served as the Vice President of Marketing. In 2018, Wolfe Herd was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Forbes “30 Under 30” list, the Bloomberg 50 and InStyle’s 50 Women Who Are Changing the World. Wolfe Herd has been on the cover of Fast Company, Forbes and WIRED magazines.
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Corporate Boards: Imagine Entertainment, Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Michael Hsu

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer — Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Michael Hsu is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Kimberly-Clark Corporation and serves on its Board of Directors. Before becoming CEO in January 2019, Mr. Hsu served as chief operating officer, leading day-to-day operations of Kimberly-Clark’s business units, along with the global innovation, marketing, and supply chain functions. Joining Kimberly-Clark in 2012 as group president of the company’s nearly $8 billion North American Consumer Products business, he quickly became known as a leader with passion and vision who could drive growth and value creation. Prior to Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Hsu was executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Kraft Foods. Before Kraft, he spent six years at H.J. Heinz, holding the positions of vice president of marketing for Ore-Ida and Frozen Meals, and later as president for Foodservice. He launched his career in the consumer products industry as a consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton, where he rose to partner in the firm’s consumer practice. Mr. Hsu serves on the Board of Directors for United Way USA. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
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Corporate Boards: Texas Instruments, Inc., Catalyst

Enrique Lores

President & Chief Executive Officer — HP Inc.

Enrique Lores is the President and CEO of HP Inc., a global technology leader whose innovative product and service portfolio spans personal systems, printing, 3D printing, and digital manufacturing. A Fortune 100 company with operations in more than 170 countries, HP Inc., creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere while championing sustainable impact and diversity in the communities where it does business. Under Lore’s leadership, HP is driving a bold strategy to advance its leadership in Personal Systems and Printing, disrupt industrial sectors through innovative solutions, and transform how it operates to serve its customers better. During his 30-year HP career, Lores has held senior leadership positions spanning HP’s Personal Systems, Print, Industrial, and Service businesses. He is deeply rooted in the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability that positively impacts people, the planet, and communities worldwide. He is an advocate for its Sustainable Impact Strategy, aligning business and societal needs. Lores began his career as an HP intern, earning a degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and an MBA from ESADE Business School. He serves on the boards of PayPal, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and ESADE Business School.
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Corporate Boards: Paypal

Kiran Smith

Chief Marketing Officer — iRobot

As iRobot’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kiran Smith leads iRobot’s global marketing team, driving consumer marketing strategy in the U.S. and overseas. She has been with iRobot since August 2020. A computer scientist turned marketer, Kiran was most recently CEO of Arnold Worldwide, a leading global creative advertising agency headquartered in Boston, delivering services across various consumer verticals. Before Arnold, Kiran held several brand marketing leadership roles at Brookstone, Stride Rite, and two of the largest supermarket chains in the U.S. In addition, Kiran has a strong background in professional services. Earlier in her career, Kiran held leadership positions at Accenture and Alliance Consulting Group, providing strategic planning and analysis to propel the growth and diversification of several iconic global brands and Fortune 500 companies. Kiran holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Bucknell University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
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Corporate Boards: Imagine Entertainment, Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Heather Bender

VP, Talent — iRobot

Heather is the VP of Talent at iRobot, responsible for leading the efforts to elevate and renew the company’s talent strategies and culture as iRobot continues to transform to a consumer technology company. Heather is responsible for the global HR Business Partner teams, Talent Management, Organizational Development, Learning and Development and Diversity & Inclusion. Heather has nearly 20 years of experience leading global HR organizations for companies like HERE Technologies, Nokia and Sun Microsystems.
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Expert Panelists

Adi Ignatius

Editor-in-Chief — Harvard Business Review

Adi Ignatius joined Harvard Business Review as Editor-in-Chief in January 2009, and oversees editorial operations for HBR magazine, the website, and HBR’s book-publishing division. He is also the publisher of HBR Press. Previously, Ignatius served as the No. 2 editor at TIME, where he oversaw the week-to-week editing of the magazine and was responsible for many of TIME’s special editions, including the Person of the Year and TIME 100 franchises. Ignatius worked overseas as a journalist for nearly 20 years. He served as Editor of TIME Asia, based in Hong Kong. Before joining TIME, he worked for many years at the Wall Street Journal, serving as the newspaper’s Bureau Chief in Beijing, and later as Bureau Chief in Moscow. He later served as Managing Editor of the Central European Economic Review and Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. Ignatius was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1990. He received his BA in History in 1981 from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland’s college in Okinawa. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Asia Society and serves or has served on the advisory boards of DocuSign, Foreign Affairs, The Wire, Climate & Capital, and the SUNY Journalism School.
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Liz Hilton Segel

Global Leader, Industry Practices — McKinsey & Company

Liz Hilton Segel is McKinsey’s global leader for industry practices, with oversight over our 21 global sector domains. In this role, Liz is responsible for firm client service, focusing on shaping the firm’s future capabilities and client service approaches to better meet the needs of our clients. She is also a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council, the firm’s equivalent of the board of directors, and the firm’s 15-person global leadership team known as the Acceleration Team. She previously served as McKinsey’s managing partner of North America, leader of the Marketing & Sales Practice in the Americas, and managing partner of the New York office. Since joining the firm, Liz has partnered with clients on their transformations, including strategy, implementation, and capability building, with a focus on consumer marketing, growth strategy, and performance improvement. Liz serves on the boards of the Partnership for New York City, the Conference Board, and the Central Park Conservancy. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Marketing Association’s Marketing Hall of Fame Academy and is a founding member of the Harvard Business School Women’s Club of New York.
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Corporate Boards: Partnership for New York City, The Conference Board, The Central Park Conservancy


Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Stephanie Sonnabend

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

Stephanie Sonnabend

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

Malli Gero

Vice Chair of the Board 50/50 Women on Boards, Inc.

Malli Gero

50/50 Women on Boards, Inc

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