Orange County

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Chair & Co-chairs

Dita Shemke

Wealth Advisor — Stifel

Jessica Ferrante

CEO/COO — Ferrante Consulting


Connie Dieken

Founder — Influence360˚ and The Dieken Group

Connie Dieken is the founder of Influence360˚ and The Dieken Group, a strategic advisory firm to C-suite executives on five continents.   She helps senior leaders at the world’s biggest brands influence positive change during their organizations’ defining moments. Her clients are leaders at some the best-known global brands including Apple, Coca-Cola, HP, Nestlé, and P&G.

Vip keynote panelists

Kate Duchene

Chief Executive Officer — RGP

Kate joined RGP in 1999 as the company’s first corporate counsel. Since then, she has operated in numerous executive roles, including legal, corporate secretary, human resources, marketing and RGP legal. Now, as Chief Executive Officer and President, a role she assumed in late 2016, Kate is focused on leading RGP through successful operational and digital transformation to serve clients and consultants with greater agility and improved experience. Prior to joining RGP, Kate practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers LLP, in Los Angeles, California, focusing on litigation and specializing in people issues. Kate received her J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. In addition to serving on RGP Board, she spent over 18 years serving on the board of Human Options, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. Kate also served on the board of the California Minority Counsel Program for six years. Currently, Kate serves on the boards for the Orange County Community Foundation and the University of California Irvine Foundation.

Corporate Boards: Orange County Community Foundation, University of California Irvine Foundation

Garry Ridge

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer — WD-40 Company

Garry O. Ridge is Chairman and CEO of WD-40 Company. He joined WD-40 Company in 1987 and held various leadership positions in the company before being appointed to CEO in 1997. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches leadership development, talent management, and succession planning in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership program. He is passionate about the learning and empowering organizational culture he has helped establish at the WD-40 Company. In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard outlining his effective leadership techniques, titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called ‘Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.’ A native of Australia, Mr. Ridge holds a certificate in Modern Retailing and wholesale distribution and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego. In addition to serving on WD-40 Company’s Board, he is a member of Advisory Boards for both Gorilla Glue Company and University of San Diego School of Business.

Corporate Boards: Gorilla Glue Company, University of San Diego School of Business

Arnold Pinkston

Corporate Vice President, General Counsel — Edwards Lifesciences

Arnold A. Pinkston joined Edwards as Corporate Vice President, General Counsel in July 2019. Pinkston has more than 30 years of experience as a lawyer and business leader including serving as general counsel at Allergan, general counsel at Beckman Coulter, deputy general counsel at Eli Lilly and Company and chief legal officer at CoreLogic, Inc. Throughout his career he has built and led high-performing global teams and managed complex business and legal issues relating to litigation, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, board governance, compliance, finance and securities. Pinkston currently serves as a board member for Bio-Rad Laboratories NYSE: BIO and the Forum for Corporate Directors. He is also on the Orange County Community Foundation’s Board of Governors. He received a bachelor's degree in geophysics from Yale College and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School.

Corporate Boards: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Janus Capital Group

Liz Williams

CEO — Drybar

Liz Williams is the CEO of Drybar Holdings. In this role she is responsible for the oversight and growth of the Drybar retail shops in the U.S. and around the world. Before joining Drybar, Liz served as the President of Taco Bell International with responsibility for the brand across 30 countries. Prior to this role, Liz was the Taco Bell Global CFO, leading Finance, Strategy, IT and eCommerce. Before joining Yum, Liz spent six years with The Boston Consulting Group in the Consumer and Retail practices and seven years at Dell Computer. Liz received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Liz serves on the board of StitchFix, the leading online personal styling service. Liz is married to Spencer and has two children.

Corporate Boards: Drybar, Stitchfix

Director coaches

Ako Williams

Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary — Ushio America

Corporate Boards

KA Imaging Inc.

Laurie Schalow

Chief Corporate Affairs & Food Safety Officer — Chipotle Mexican Grill

Corporate Boards

Maryhurst Hospital, Muhammad Ali Center

Barbara Lubash

Principal — Atlantic Pacific Advisors

Corporate Boards

Advanced ICU Care, Clew Medical

Betsy MacLean

President — H Maclean Realty Company

Corporate Boards

Universal mCloud Corp

Carolyn Beaver

Board & Audit Committee Member — MaxLinear

Corporate Boards

MaxLinear, Organovo Holdings

Christobel Selecky

Principal — Population Health Strategies

Corporate Boards

Immunity Bio, Satellite Healthcare

Jaynie M. Studenmund

Retired COO

Corporate Boards

CoreLogic, EXL Service

Lynne Bolduc, Esq.

Partner Attorney — FitzGerald Yap Kreditor LLP

Corporate Boards

National Investment Banking Association, Calmetto Management Group, Inc.

Margarethe Wiersema

Dean's Professorship — University of California, Irvine

Corporate Boards

Internationally Recognized Expert on Corporate Board Governance

Terry Bayer

COO — Upfront Resolution

Corporate Boards

California Water Service Group, Apria Healthcare Group

Julie England

Retired Vice President — Texas Instruments

Corporate Boards

TTM Technologies, Smartrac

Katie Koster

Managing Director — Piper Sandler & Co.

Corporate Boards

Polar Power, Inc., Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc

Beverly Wyse

Retired VPGM — Boeing Company

Corporate Boards

Heroux Devtek, Olin College, InvestigateWest. 

Brenda Morris

Partner— Csuite Financial Partners

Corporate Boards

Boot Barn, Duluth Trading Company

Brigitte Frankel

Partner — Spencer Stuart

Corporate Boards 

Board Director Recruiter

Cheryl Barrett

Partner — Ferruzzo & Ferruzzo LLP

Corporate Boards

Goodwill Industries Orange County, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning OC

Christine Bucklin

Managing Director — Gryphon Investors

Corporate Boards

Infinera, Roessler Chadwick Foundation Group

Christine Scheuneman

Corporate Director / Strategic Advisor

Corporate Boards

Farmers & Merchants Bank, Simpluris

Danielle Dy Buncio

Founder, President, CEO — VIATechnik, LLC

Corporate Boards

Ryan Companies US, JF Brennan Company

Kim Sentovich

Managing Director — New Paradigm Retail Consulting

Corporate Boards

One Stop Systems, CHOC

Lisa Locklear

Vice President & Chief Financial Officer — Avanir Pharmaceuticals

Corporate Boards

Gemological Institute of America

Monica Digilio

Former CHRO Caesars Entertainment Group

Corporate Boards

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Cornell University, Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Patti Wagner

Former CEO — Southern California Gas Company

Corporate Boards

Apogee Enterprises, Primoris Services Corp. and California Water Services

Sharon Garrett

Management Consultant — SD Garrett Enterprises

Corporate Boards

Ross Stores

Sue King

Advisory Partner — KPMG

Corporate Boards

Board Advisor & Presenter to Fortune 100 Companies, Girl Scouts Orange County

Susan Thronson

Board Member — Trulieve

Corporate Boards

Angie's List, Sonic Drive-Ins

Patti Wagner

Former CEO — Southern California Gas Company

Corporate Boards

Apogee Enterprises, California Water Service Group

leadership committee members

Cindy Juhas

Chief Strategy Officer — CME Corp

Dr. Shawn Andrews

Founder and CEO — Andrews Research International

Elise Luckham

VP, Director Corporate Real Estate — First American

Jennifer Haas

EVP Sales and Marketing — Noteworth

Judith Lukomski

Founder and Chief Evolution Officer — Transitions Today

Julie Shaver

VP, Corporate Development — RGP

Katy Goshtasbi, JD

CEO — Puris Consulting

Marguarite Clark

Principal — Marguarite Clark Public Relations

Marla Noel

President — OC Growth Advisors

Pam Hedges

President — Hedges & Associates, Inc.

Susan L. Heller

Co-Managing Shareholder of Orange County Office and Chair of Global Trademark & Brand Management Practice — Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Traci Shirachi

CEO — The Mark

Laurie Schalow

Chief Corporate Affairs & Food Safety Officer — Chipotle Mexican Grill

Katherine Koster

Managing Director — Piper Sandler & Co.

Joanne Schroeder

Vice President — Arcadis

Sue Padernacht

CEO and Founder — Ncline Leadership Strategies

Lea Petersen

Public Affairs Manager — Southern California Gas Company

Jan Steiner

CEO/Visionary — Make Dust!

Gloria Lee

Client Relationship Partner — Rutan & Tucker LLP

Di Pritchett

Executive Director — South Coast Metro Alliance

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