Conference Agenda


Public Plenary Session Program

Wednesday, September 7, 2016



8:30 AM – 1:00 PM        PROGRAM


  • Susan Ness, Conference Chair
  • Dean Vali Nasr, Dean, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

The Campaign from the Hill

  • Congressman Don Beyer of Virginia
  • Introduced by Cid Wilson, President & CEO, HACR

Do We Need a National Campaign for Board Diversity?

  • Tom Quaadman, SVP, U.S. Chamber Comm.
  • David Chun, Founder & CEO, Equilar
  • Prof. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Assoc. Dean, Yale Law School of Management
  • Ron Parker, Pres. & CEO, Executive Leadership Council
  • Brande Stellings, Vice President, Catalyst
  • Moderated by Susan Ness, Conference Chair

The Campaign Begins at the Top: Interview with Peter Grauer

  • Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg, Chair, 30% Club
  • Interviewed by Nina Easton, Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women, International

Where Change Starts – The Role of VCs in Influencing the Public Companies of Tomorrow

  • David Herzl, CEO & Co-Founder, Aclima
  • David Hall, Partner, Revolution Ventures/Revolution Growth
  • Moderated by Jenny Abramson, Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact

McKinsey & Co: Inspiration to Action – Women on Boards 2016

  • Sara O’Rourke, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Co.

Advice from the Campaign Trail

  • William Lauder, Executive Chairman, Estée Lauder Companies
  • Truett Tate, CEO-North America, ANZ Bank
  • Tiger Tyagarajan, President & CEO, Genpact
  • James D. White, Former Chairman, Pres. & CEO, Jamba Juice
  • Interviewed by Nina Easton, Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women, International

The Diversity Campaign in Canada: An Interview with the OSC Vice Chair

  • Vice Chair Monica Kowal, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Interviewed by Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP

Global Competition – Lessons from Successful Campaigns Abroad

  • Denise Wilson, CEO, Hampton-Alexander Review
  • Rhian Richardson, Diversity Manager, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Jacqueline Sheppard, Chair, Emera
  • Loty Salazar, Global Corporate Governance, International Finance Corp.
  • Irene Natividad, President, CWDI
  • Moderated by Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP

Campaign Strategy – Taking Stock of Diversity

  • Edward Knight, EVP, General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Office, NASDAQ
  • Introduced by Gerald Carlson, Managing Partner, KPMG-Washington Metro

Campaign Strategy – States Matter

  • Treasurer James McIntire, Treasurer of the State of Washington
  • Introduced by Jeff Green, Detroit Bureau Chief, Bloomberg

Campaign Strategy – Does Money Follow Good Corporate Governance?

  • Michelle Edkins, Global Head Investments, BlackRock
  • Paul Schneider, Head Corporate Governance, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Mary Morris, Investment Officer, CalSTRS
  • Carol Drake, ICGN Diversity Report, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System
  • Moderated by Jeff Green, Detroit Bureau Chief, Bloomberg


  • Susan Ness, Conference Chair

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