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Chair & Co-chairs

Robin Tompkins

Founder & Principal — Olive Hill

MardiLyn Saathoff

Senior Vice President & General Counsel — NW Natural


Katie Kelley

Senior Vice President — Lee Hecht Harrison

A division of The Adecco Group—the world’s leading HR solutions partner—LHH’s 4,000 coaches and colleagues work with more than 7,000 organizations in over 60 countries around the world. LHH has the local expertise, global infrastructure, and industry-leading technology to manage the complexity of critical workforce initiatives and the challenges of transformation during these times of crisis. In her position as SVP, Talent Development, Katie is charged with establishing talent development strategy, driving sales, and managing LHH's coaching and consulting regional practices for the United States western states.  Katie primarily works with Fortune 500 and top technology companies along the West Coast. Katie successfully brought the 2020 Women on Boards inaugural campaign to Portland in 2019 to a sold out crowd and we look forward to growing the awareness of this essential campaign state-wide in 2020. Ms. Kelley earned a B.A. in Psychology at Boston College and a Masters in Social Work at Smith College.  She went on to complete her post graduate clinical work as a psychotherapist at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. After three years in sales management at Novartis in New York City, Katie relocated to Portland and ran her own company Katie Kelley Networks for six years.  Katie's first book, "Career Courage" was published by Harper Collins in 2016.

Vip keynote panelists

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado

Head of Strategy, VP & GM — Macy’s

Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado is committed to enhancing the quality of lives and businesses through her work with next generation consumer brands – overseeing acquisitions, new brand and business developments, and critical business transformations. Anddria is the youngest Black public board director in the country, serving on the board of Umpqua Bank, where she is a member of the Finance and Capital Committee and Compensation Committee. Anddria received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark Atlanta University. Her professional work and development insights have earned recognition in several publications, including Forbes, Architectural Digest, Black Enterprise, and The Everygirl.

Corporate Boards: Umpqua Bank, Diligent Corporation

Vada O. Manager

President & CEO — Manager Global Consulting Group, LLC

Vada O. Manager is Founder/CEO of Manager Global Holdings, LLC and Sr. Counselor of APCO Worldwide. Previously, Vada was a member of the Corporate Leadership Team at Nike Inc. and served on several M&A transaction teams. Mr. Manager served in a very similar role at Levi Strauss & Co. and was also an investment banker. Mr. Manager serves as G&N Board Chair for leading automotive lubricants company Valvoline. He is also a board member for the Helios Education Foundation, where he serves on the Finance and Nominating Committee. He recently served as chairman of West Point’s Civilian Public Affairs Committee. Vada is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he was also inducted into its CLAS Hall of Fame. His other affiliations include: the London School of Economics; American Council on Germany; ASU’s Center for Race & Democracy; Spread The Vote and, the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.

Corporate Boards: Valvoline, Helios Education Foundation

Cathy Stauffer

Independent Director

Cathy is an experienced public and private company board member, private equity board chair and advisor across a variety of industries including industrial technology, consumer, retail, CPG and real estate. With 30+ years’ experience driving high growth businesses Cathy is a collaborative partner to boards and management teams, with a focus on growth, innovation and business transformations. Committed to strong governance, leadership, ESG and culture, Cathy is highly attuned to board effectiveness and diversity and CEO development and succession planning and is a member of the Consumer Technology Association Board of Industry Leaders and a NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

Corporate Boards: FLIR Systems, BevMo!, The Swig Company

Kelly Williams

Chair & Co-CEO — Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN)

Kelly Williams is the Founding Chair and Co-CEO of the Private Equity Women Investor Network, the largest organization for senior women in the Private Equity industry. She also serves as CEO of The Williams Legacy Foundation, focusing its philanthropy on advancing opportunities for women and minorities in the financial services industry, as well as promoting opportunities for fellowship among diverse groups. Kelly is a Member of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a Trustee of the New York School of Interior Design, a Board Trustee for the Nantucket Historical Association, the Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and a Trustee of the National Philanthropic Trust.

Corporate Boards: The Greenbrier Companies, Grasshopper Bank

Director coaches

Pamela Neferkará

Founder & Principal — Elmira Street Associates, LLC

Corporate Boards

Cover FX


Vanessa Wilkins

Founder and Lead Innovator — Future School Lab

Corporate Boards

Friends of the Children, Raido

Michelle Lantow

Corporate Boards

State Auto Mutual Insurance Company, Grand Central Bakery

Kathy Long Holland

President/Founder — Long Sherpa Design

Corporate Boards

Galt Foundation, Tec Laboratories, Assemble Inc.

Mariann Hyland

Vice President — People and Culture, Oregon Community Foundation

Corporate Boards

University of Western States

Natalie Hocken

Senior Vice President and General Counsel — Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Corporate Boards

HomeServices of America, Inc., NVE Insurance Company, Inc.

Katherine Durham

Retired Chief Marketing Officer and VP — The Standard, HP

Corporate Boards

OnPoint Community Credit Union, Analytics Genie

Diane Fraiman

Managing Director — Voyager Capital

Corporate Boards

Act on Software, Providence Women's Health

Ken Thrasher

Corporate Boards

NW Natural, Compli

Maxine Dexter, MD

Oregon State Representative

Corporate Boards

Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, Northwest Permanente, P.C.

Dr. Elanna Yalow

Chief Academic Officer — KinderCare Education

Corporate Boards

U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Guardian Early Learning

Heidi Pozzo

Owner — Pozzo Consulting

Corporate Boards

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Pam Horan

Partner — Horan MediaTech Advisors

Corporate Boards

Mediasmith Inc, dPrism Advisors, GearBrain

Angela Jackson

Managing Director — Portland Seed Fund

Corporate Boards

Angel Capital Association, Portland Business Alliance

Jill Hedrick

Limited Partner and Advisor — Oregon Venture Fund

Corporate Boards

Megh Computing

Kerri Hoyt-Pack

Founder — The Liberty Collective

Corporate Boards

Oregon Food Bank

Linda Pearce

EVP & Retired CFO — Tillamook County Creamery Association

Corporate Boards

Port of Portland

Patty Ross

Founder — PMR Consulting LLC

Corporate Boards

Nautilus, Inc., MMC Corp, 4word

Sandra McDonough

President & CEO — Oregon Business & Industry

Corporate Boards

U.S. Bank, Regence Oregon, New Avenues for Youth

Susan Cain

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

Lithia Motors, Inc.

Christiana Smith Shi

Corporate Director and Senior Advisor — McKinsey & Co., Inc

Corporate Boards

United Parcel Service (UPS), Inc., Mondelez International Inc., Habitat for Humanity International

Jill Nelson

Executive Partner — Elevate Capital

Corporate Boards

Ruby.com, Legacy Health Foundation, Oregon Technology Business Center

Carol Kruse

Board Director and Investor/Advisor

Corporate Boards

Valvoline Inc., ThinkX, Pioneer Courthouse Square

Julie Harrelson

Managing Director — Cascade Seed Fund

Corporate Boards

U.S. Bank, 44North Ventures

Peggy Maguire

President — Cambia Health Foundation

Corporate Boards

Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation, Dress for Success Oregon 

Dave Chen

CEO & Chairman — Equilibrium

Corporate Boards

AppHarvest, Revol Greens

Kay Thompson, PhD

CEO — TSG International

Corporate Boards

Cliffs Resort

leadership committee members

Alisa Johnston

Commercial Banking Leader, Senior Vice President — Wells Fargo

Amy Prosenjak

President and CEO — A to Z Wineworks

Anna Arredondo

Market Development Manager — K&L Gates LLP

Audrey Iffert

Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives, College of Business — Oregon State University

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

Executive Committee, Partner — Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis

Managing Partner, Portland Office — K&L Gates LLP

Kirsten Meneghello

Owner and Founder — Illumination Coaching LLC

Katie Kelley

Senior Vice President — Lee Hecht Harrison

Alice Tang

Vice President, Partner — BPG Wealth Management

Linda Williams

Market Ambassador — Washington Trust Bank

Sherrill Corbett

Partner — Tonkon Torp

Laurie Dornan

Senior Vice President of Human Resources — The Greenbrier Companies

Jason Brauser

Partner — Stoel Rives LLP

Sheila Murty

EVP, People and Culture — Tillamook County Creamery Association

Gail Baker

SVP of Strategic Communications — Cambia Health Solutions

Local Sponsors

Restaurant Partners

We encourage you to support local female-owned restaurants/caterers. Please consider pre-ordering a takeout or delivered boxed lunch for the day of the event from one of the following restaurants: