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Chair & Co-chairs

Ursula Mentjes

President — Sales Coach Now

Wendy Porter

Owner/Chief Events Officer — Wendy Porter Events LLC


Kevin D. Wright

Managing Partner/CEO — Aeriis Insights Group

Kevin Wright is the Managing Partner & CEO of Aeriis Insights Group. A leadership consultancy servicing large corporate, non-profit and association clients in the areas of leadership, strategic management and diversity and inclusion. He’s held a myriad of leadership roles at three Fortune 125 companies, U.S. Bank, Target and Bank of America with responsibilities spanning five countries. Kevin holds an MBA from The Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University and a BS in Business from Delaware State University.

Corporate Boards: NorthPoint Health and Wellness Centers,  Infinity Systems

Special Speaker

Kristen Kimmell

Head of Advisor Recruiting & Field Marketing — RBC Wealth Management

As head of Advisor Recruiting and Field Marketing, Kristen Kimmell leads the firm’s efforts to invite the best talent in the industry to join the firm’s 2,000-strong financial advisor base. In her role, Kimmell works closely with the firm’s global head of diversity and human resources to recruit and retain diverse talent in both the advisor and corporate ranks. She is also the leader of the firm’s push to cultivate a diverse and inclusive advisor force and elevate the role of women within the wealth management industry. Kristen is a board member of the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, which works to end child abuse and neglect, and she also sits on the SIFMA Foundation board, an industry organization dedicated to fostering financial education and an understanding of the markets. She is a former board member of the Tubman Center, which promotes safe and healthy individuals and families through education and support services.

Corporate Boards: Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, SIFMA Foundation

Vip keynote panelists

Dawn Owens

Chief Executive Officer — TripleTree Holdings

Dawn Owens is the Chief Executive Officer of TripleTree Holdings, responsible for leading the firm as it advances and supports the healthcare industry in its role as both strategic advisor and investor. In her role, Dawn engages industry stakeholders, from innovative and earlier-stage companies to Fortune 200 leaders, to understand the market forces driving disruption and the potential for continued innovation in healthcare. Dawn leverages 25+ years of experience, including CEO of OptumHealth, to advise and invest in innovative and high-growth healthcare technology and services businesses. Dawn serves on the Boards of Directors for Grove City College, Navvis, The Emily Program, MacroHealth, InformedDNA and Revel | NovuHealth

Corporate Boards: Grove City College, Navvis

Susan Morisato

Former President — Insurance Solutions, UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement

Susan Morisato is a seasoned Healthcare executive with a passion serving the Medicare eligible population. While a health actuary by training, Susan led the country's largest Medicare Supplement program of $12B in annual revenue, growing the business by doubling earnings, and achieving over 30% market share. She was also UnitedHealthcare's COO of their Medicare Advantage business. Susan has deep knowledge of the Medicare consumer from a payer and consumer perspective, as well as experience with the regulatory bodies of CMS, and State Insurance Departments. Susan has served on internal company boards, trade association boards, and nonprofits. She served as Chair, Treasurer and Chair of Comp and Benefits for LIMRA International, the financial services trade association. She currently serves on the University of Illinois LAS Alumni Association Council, and the university's Actuarial Science Advisory Board.

Corporate Boards: LIMRA International, University of Illinois Actuarial Science Advisory Board

Allison Wing

Former Chief Consumer Officer — Bright Health

Allison Wing Recognized among Women's Inc Top 100 Corporate Board of Directors in 2019, Ali is a customer-focused, digitally native & data-driven independent director helping boards with innovation, transformation and growth in a rapidly changing world. Ali currently serves on the boards of Casey’s General Stores (NASDAQ: CASY), Christopher & Banks (OTCMKTS: CBKC) & Worldwide Orphans (WWO). As part of her Board duties, Ali serves on the Compensation Committees of Caseys & CBK, as well as the Nom/Gov & Executive Committees of CBK & WWO. Previously, Ali served as a director for Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) until it was sold to Marlin Equity in early 2018. Ali is currently enrolled in Harvard’s 2020/2021 Corporate Governance Certificate Program. Ali holds a dual JD / MBA from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Corporate Boards: Casey's General Store, Christopher & Banks

Sheri H. Edison

Executive Vice President and General Counsel — Amcor plc

Sheri Edison is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Amcor plc, a global leader in the development and production of responsible packaging for food, beverage, pharmaceutical, medical, home and personal care and other products. At Amcor, Ms. Edison’s responsibilities include corporate governance, global compliance and legal operations for 250 sites across more than 40 countries. Prior to Amcor, Ms. Edison served as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Office and Secretary of Bemis Company, Inc., until it was acquired by Amcor in 2019. Prior to joining Bemis, Ms. Edison held senior management and general counsel positions at Hill-Rom, Inc., Hillenbrand Industries and LTV Steel. Ms. Edison currently serves on the boards of American Family Insurance and Cardinal Health and on the Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin Waisman Center. She is a member and Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and an alumnae of the DirectWomen Board Institute.

Corporate Boards: American Family Insurance; Cardinal Health

Director coaches

Jeff Sakaguchi

Independent Director — TrueBlue, Inc.

Corporate Boards

Eccentex, ThinkIQ

Patti Wagner

Former CEO — Southern California Gas Company

Corporate Boards

Apogee Enterprises, Primoris Services Corp. and California Water Services

Teresa Bazemore

CEO — Bazemore Consulting LLC

Corporate Boards

Chimera Investment Corporation; Mutual Funds Board of T. Rowe Price

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc

Stephanie Sonnabend

Co-Founder, Chair of the Board — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc

Malli Gero

Co-Founder, Vice Chair of the Board and Senior Advisor — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc

leadership committee members

Cathy Paper

President — RockPaperStar

Jill McNamee

CEO — McNamee Real Estate Team

Molly Rice

Partner — Spyglass

Teresa McFarland

Founder — McFarland Communications

Jill Sweiven

Executive Consultant — Genloven Consulting

Maureen Brener

Former Marketing Executive — General Mills and Land O’ Lakes

Sue Lang

Executive Producer / Founder — Slang Productions, LLC

Jill Blihovde 

Business Development Executive

Sheila Green

Senior Consultant — Tunheim

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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