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conversation ON BOARD DIVERSITy


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Chair & Co-chairs

Susan Sholinsky

Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker Green

Rochelle Rosato

Global Talent, Learning and Inclusion Leader — Marsh & McLennan Companies

Dawn Langeland

Managing Director — Golin

Sandra Zarraga

Principal | Advisory | Financial Services — Ernst & Young


Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO — 2020 Women on Boards

Since 2018, Betsy has been CEO of the nonprofit 2020 Women on Boards, the leading global education and advocacy campaign committed to increasing the number of women directors on public company boards of directors. A 501c3 research and education nonprofit, 2020WOB produces the annual Global Conversation on Board Diversity in more than 30 cities every November, and Get on Board! Interactive workshops. She is the author of two books, "The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors” and “Winning the Board Game: How Women Directors Make the Difference.”

For 26 years, Betsy has co-owned Berkhemer Clayton, Inc., a retained executive search firm based in Los Angeles, specializing in senior-level and board searches for corporations, universities and nonprofit organizations. The firm is committed to advancing gender and ethnic diversity on corporate boards and in senior management positions throughout the country, with 44% of placed management candidates women and 36% men and women of color.  She previously served on the boards of the Southern California Leadership Network and UCLA Medical Center, and the consumer advisory board for SoCal Edison.

Vip keynote panelists

Robin Ferracone

CEO — Farient Advisors

Robin A. Ferracone is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Farient Advisors LLC, an executive compensation, performance and corporate governance advisory firm, based in New York and Los Angeles. Her boards include Trupanion, Inc., a pet insurance company; WildAid Board (nonprofit) and 2020 Women on Boards. She is a member of NACD, WCD, YPO Gold, the International Women’s Forum (IWF), and the NACD Directorship 100. She has authored the book “Fair Pay Fair Play: Aligning Executive Performance and Pay.” Robin was Chairman of the U.S. West Region for Mercer’s parent company, Marsh & McLennan Companies, and she was market leader and Worldwide Partner at Mercer. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA summa cum laude in Management Science and Economics from Duke University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Corporate Boards: 2020 Women on Boards, Trupanion

Herman Bulls

Vice Chairman, Americas — JLL

Herman E. Bulls is Vice Chairman, Americas of JLL the 2nd largest global commercial real estate firm in the world. During 30 years at JLL, Mr. Bulls has worked in the areas of development, investment management, asset management, facilities operations and business development/retention. Working across the firm’s platform he provides thought leadership, strategic guidance and perspective to senior executive clients for improving organizational performance through real estate. Prior to joining JLL, Bulls completed 12 years of active duty service with the United States Army. He is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. Mr. Bulls received a BS degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School. Mr. Bulls’ awards include the National Association of Corporate Directors Top 100 Directors, Top Blacks in Corporate America and Most Influential Black Directors in Corporate America, Savoy Magazine 2016, 2017 and 2020. 

Corporate Boards: USAA, Comfort Systems, USA

Julie Hill


Julie Hill serves on the boards of Anthem (insurance), The Lord Abbett Family of Funds (a $150 billion New York-based mutual fund management firm), and previously on Lend Lease based in Sydney, Australia. She chaired the Board of Trustees of the University of California Irvine Foundation. Previously, her career included U.S. CEO of Costain Homes based in England, and Mobil Land Development Corp. a division of Mobil Oil in Atlanta.She chaired the board of Human Options, a shelter for abused women and children and Orange County Community Foundation. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and a prior member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She graduated in English from UCLA and has a Master’s in marketing from the University of Georgia. She resides in Newport Coast, CA, and London.

Corporate Boards: Anthem, Inc., Lord Abbett

Joanna Lau

Founder & CEO — Lau Technologies

Joanna Lau is founder and CEO of Lau Technologies, a technology development company which now handles debt financing and previously delivered state of the art products to the US Army and Air Force. Joanna is a member of the Young/World President Organization (YPO/WPO) and served as Chair of the New England Chapter in 2012. Joanna received the Ernest & Young National Turnaround Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Her nonprofit boards include Nellie Mae Education Foundation, New England’s largest philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to education; the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and the National Defense Industrial Association. Education:  MBA from Boston University; MS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University and a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from SUNY at Stony Brook.

Corporate Boards: Nellie Mae Education Foundation, The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

Director coaches

Margaret Preston

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

McCormick & Company, Inc., Otis Worldwide, Inc.

Helaine Suval

President — Suval Consultants, LLC

Corporate Boards

Lenox Inc, UJA-Federation of NY

Andrea H. Bierce

Senior Partner — KPMG (Retired)

Corporate Boards


Deborah Borg

EVP – Chief HR & Communications Officer — Bunge

Corporate Boards

SWM International

Jeannie Diefenderfer

Founder & CEO — CourageNPurpose, LLC

Corporate Boards

Colony Capital, Inc.

Merrie Frankel

President/Founder — Minerva Realty Consultants

Corporate Boards

Agree Realty Corporation

Ramona Heine

Co-Founder — Heine & Kim Fiduciary Partners LLC

Corporate Boards

MUFG Investor Services, UBS Investment Funds

Gail Lieberman

Managing Partner — Rudder Capital LLC

Corporate Boards


Patricia Lizarraga

Managing Partner — Hypatia Capital

Corporate Boards

Credicorp, Ltd., Banco de Credito del Peru

Lori Tauber Marcus

Founder — Courtyard Connections, LLC

Corporate Boards

Phunware, Golub Corporation (dba Price Chopper)

Amy Radin

Advisor, Director, Author — Daily Innovator LLC

Corporate Boards


Jana Schreuder

Retired Chief Operating Officer — The Northern Trust

Corporate Boards

Blucora Inc. ; Butterfield Group

Stefanie L. Shelley

Executive Advisor, Coach and Board Director

Corporate Boards

Mercer Advisors, Fora Financial

Rowena Track

CEO — Boys and Girls Club of Stamford

Corporate Boards

University of New Haven, Stamford Partnership

Sheila Hooda

CEO/President — Alpha Advisory Partners

Corporate Boards

Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company

Marilyn Skony Stamm

President & CEO — Stamm International Corp

Corporate Boards

The Stamm International Corp., Powrmatic Ltd., UK

Erin Russell

Operating Advisor — Starboard Value Acquisition Corp

Corporate Boards

Kadant Inc., Tivity Health

Kate Buggeln

Board Director

Corporate Boards 

Five Below, cabi Clothing

Dr. Sharmila Makhija, MD

Professor and University Chair — Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Dept of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Corporate Boards 

Every Mother Counts

JoAnn Laing

President and CEO — 3 Oxbridges Inc.

Corporate Boards 

3 Oxbridges Inc., The National Robotics Education Foundation

Maureen Adolf

Senior Policy Adviser/Insurance — Eversheds Sutherland

Corporate Boards

USAA Life of New York, Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Alice Brennan

Board Director

Corporate Boards 

RENN Fund, Inc.

Bonnie Hill, Ed.D

President — B. Hill Enterprises, LLC

Corporate Boards 

Banc of California, The RAND Corporation

Ann Sardini

President — In Progress Advisors

Corporate Boards

Treehouse Foods.Pier 1 Imports 

Teresa DeLuca, MD, MBA

Managing Director — NY Life Science Venture Fund, Columbia University

Corporate Boards

Surgery Partners , North Bud

Laurie Harris

Audit Partner (Retired) — PwC

Corporate Boards

IWG PLC, Synchronoss Technologies Inc.

Laurie Goodman

Corporate Boards

MFA, Arch Capital Group, Ltd.

Emily Peterson Alva

Stragegic Advisor & Private Investor

Robin Josephs

Corporate Boards

MFA, iStar

Barbara Faulkenberry

Major General, USAF (Retired) — U.S. Air Force

Corporate Boards

Callon Petroleum; USA Truck

Maria Rivas

Chief Medical Officer — EMD Serono, Inc.

Corporate Boards

Medidata Solutions

Alfreda Bradley-Coar

Principal — Bradley Coar Group

Sheila Hopkins

EVP & President Global Vision Care (Retired) — Bausch+Lomb

Corporate Boards

Prestige Consumer Healthcare

leadership committee members

Robyn Muskat Frank

VP Diversity/General Counsel — Centerforce USA

Fran Green

Partner — Epstein Becker Green

Michelle Capezza

Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Michelle Middleton

EVP — Chubb Overseas General

Kelly Wallace

Managing Director — TrailRunner International

Dr. Sandi Webster

CEO — Sandi Webster LLC

Melissa Jampol

Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker Green

Jennifer Mota, FVP

Director of Human Resources — MFA Financial, Inc.

Tamara Bock

Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Deborah Cannavino

Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Erika Collins

Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker Green

Gretchen Harders

Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Deborah R. Chatman

Former Director — J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., UBS

Deborah Borg

EVP – Chief HR & Communications Officer — Bunge

Wendy Marcari

Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Dana Gilland

President, Chair of Board of Directors — Nest Egg Foundation, Inc.

Jen Mulrooney

Vice President, Regional Retirement Consultant — American Century Investments

Ann Sardini

President —  In Progress Advisors

Afsar Farman-Farmaian

General Counsel — Varagon Capital Partners

George Carroll Whipple III

Board of Directors and Member of the Firm — Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Payam Siadatpour

Partner — Eversheds Southerland

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