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Chair & Co-chairs

Carrie Young

Founder & CEO — Unravel My Travels

Kathleen Duffy

President & CEO — Duffy Group, Inc.


Susan Shultz

CEO — The Board Institute

In 2002, Susan founded The Board Institute, Inc., to improve boards of directors through a suite of web-based, independent, educational tools to help directors evaluate, educate and benchmark their boards, committees and individual directors. Susan is recognized as a leading expert in corporate governance. She authored the highly acclaimed The Board Book, Making Your Corporate Board a Strategic Force in your Company's Success (AMACOM) and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Strategic Finance, the Economist, CFO Magazine, Directorship, Boards & Directors and numerous other media. She has spoken at numerous forums including The Business Roundtable; the Economist CFO Forum, Tokyo; Chengdu Chamber of Commerce; to private equity executives, the advanced director symposium at UCLA; to Women Corporate Directors in Mexico City, Dubai, Helsinki, Bogota, India; The Commonwealth Club; and the Financial Executives Int'l Annual Summit. Susan Shultz founded SSA Executive Search International, Ltd., specializing in building and structuring corporate boards.

Vip keynote panelists

Vada 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

Ken Lamneck

CEO/President — Insight

Ken Lamneck is fascinated with the future and technology, and the way each inspires the other. After five years in the U.S. Army, Ken began his civilian career as an IBM engineer. But he found that sales and marketing better suited his competitive spirit and the servant leadership principles he learned while in uniform. Ken honed his technical knowledge and people skills rising through the ranks at Arrow Electronics. As president of Arrow’s Industrial Computer Products business, he was drawn to the rapid pace of innovation in the emerging IT industry. He moved to Tech Data Corp., where he directed its growth and operations across the United States, Canada and Latin America. In 2010, Ken joined Insight. His approachable, hands-on leadership style motivates his team to always aspire towards The Next Big Thing.

Corporate Boards: Benchmark Electronics

Leslie Dashew

President — The Human Side of Enterprise, LLC

Leslie Dashew is the President of The Human Side of Enterprise, LLC and managing partner of the Aspen Family Business Group.  40 years ago, Leslie has combined her background in organizational development and family therapy to specialize in consultation to family businesses and families of wealth, as well as other organizations, private and public. Her work with family businesses includes prevention of serious problems by helping clients establish the policies, practices and skills of healthy family organizations. She also works with families who are in severe conflict to help them untangle the knots between family and business issues. Leslie's clients come from large and small businesses throughout the U.S. and abroad, in many different industries. Her expertise lies in helping these clients create harmony in the family and prosperity in the business. Leslie has authored or co-authored 4 books and has been recognized for her outstanding contributions to her field of family business advising. Leslie is also active in the community.  She has served on the boards of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the Scottsdale Cultural Council, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, The Arizona Women’s Forum and on committees of the Arizona Community Foundation. 

Corporate Boards: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, The Arizona Women’s Forum

Adriane Brown

Director — Allergan, eBay, Raytheon

Ms. Brown currently sits on the board of directors for eBay, Axon and Washington Research Foundation, International Women’s Forum, and is the Board Chair at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. Ms. Brown serves as a strategic director at Flying Fish Partners, a firm that invests capital and expertise in startups focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Ms. Brown served as president and COO at Intellectual Ventures for 7 years; and 10 years prior, she served as president and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems and vice president and general manager of two Honeywell Aerospace business units. During her early career at Corning, Brown rose from shift supervisor to VP/GM of the Environmental Products Division. Ms. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Old Dominion University. She received her master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Betsy Sanders

President — The Sanders Partnership

Betsy is the founder and principal of The Sanders Partnership, a practice in creating, incubating and nurturing productive collaboration, generative dialogue, appreciative inquiry, lifelong learning and sustainable, responsible actions.  She serves her diverse clients in many ways:

 -As an Advisor to executive and senior management, she is specializing in the development and implementation of people-centered leadership practices. Areas of expertise include building integrated organizational dynamics, mission-based business and marketing strategies, assessing and strengthening corporate culture, and developing quality performance practices.

-As a Catalyst for intentional transformation on every desired level, personal and organizational.

-As a trusted Mentor to individuals seeking to lead productive, balanced lives of stewardship and service. 

-As a Director of national and international organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. 

-As an Author; Lecturer; Convener; workshop Facilitator; inspirational and keynote Speaker

Corporate Boards: Washington Mutual Savings Bank, Walmart

Director coaches

Dr. Mitzi Krockover

Principal and Sr. Consultant — SSB Solutions

Corporate Boards

Golden Seeds

Michelle Tinsley

Co-Founder and COO — YellowBird

Corporate Boards


Bill Pesch

Board Director 

Corporate Boards

Hall Research, AQST Space Systems

Murray Jones

Founder and Principal — NextStart, LLC

Corporate Boards

Absolute Consulting, Inc. and General Electric

Sissie Shank

Owner — Chas Roberts

Corporate Boards

Knight-Swift Corporation

Glynis Bryan

CFO — Insight

Corporate Boards

Pentair and Pinnacle West

Jenn Leuer

CEO — CyberScout

Corporate Boards

BigRentz, OCTANe

Sharon Hwang

COO — Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Corporate Boards

Invest Southwest, Grand Canyon University Colangelo College of Business

Chevy Humphrey

President & CEO — AZ Science Center

Corporate Boards

Grand Canyon Education, Inc., The Phoenix

Rhonda Anderson

Healthcare Consultant — RMA Consulting

Corporate Boards

Children's Action Alliance

Lawrence Taylor

President — Taylor Strategy Group

Corporate Boards

Barrie House Coffee & Tea, Co.

Margie Traylor

CEO — Audacious Studios

Corporate Boards


Sally Brandtneris

CFO — Logicalis

Corporate Boards


Molly Curl

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

Blucora Inc.,  eBay

Carole Hayles

Independent Board Member

Corporate Boards

First National Bancshares, Inc., First National Bank of America

Anita Ganti

Independent Board Member

Corporate Boards

Power Integrations

Shelly Esque

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

MopecCalifornia Water Service Company

Linda Peterson

CEO — Executive Solutions for Healthcare, LLC

Corporate Boards

Metropolitan Opera Auditions, Focus on Lyme

Lisa Bacus

EVP & Global CMO — Cigna

Corporate Boards

Teradata Corporation, Culver's

Michael Garnreiter

Chairman of the Board — Banner Health

Corporate Boards

Axon Enterprises, Knight-Swift Transportation

Malli Gero

Co-Founder — Women on Boards

Corporate Boards

More Than Words

leadership committee members

Jen Vasin

SVP, Human Resources — Insight

Dawn Jones

Director of Policy and External Partnerships — Intel

Bobbie Fox

VP Compliance — Copperpoint

MaryAnn Miller

SVP — Avnet

Jessica Estrada

Audit Senior Manager — Grant Thornton

Carly LaDouceur

Audit Manager — Grant Thornton

Genevieve Dombrowski

VP of Talent — Republic Services

Elise Thorpe

Principal — Lovitt & Touché

Jennifer Mannino

Managing Director — Berkeley Research Group

LaTricia Harper Woods

Founder — Mahogany Xan Communications

Teri Jones

President — Sundt

Antoinette Farmer-Thompson

Deputy VP — ASU

Shannon Bennett

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility — GoDaddy

Catharine Ellingsen

EVP, Chief Legal Officer — Republic Services

Barbara Kennedy

VP of HR — Western Alliance Bank

Nicole Corning

Partner — Buckman Corning

Suzanne Townsen

Partner — KPMG US

Dorothy Baran

Shareholder — May Potenza Baran & Gillespie

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