Austin/San Antonio

conversation ON BOARD DIVERSITy


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Chair & Co-chairs

Salena Guipzot

Founder & CEO — The Boardroom Project

Sharon Schweitzer

Cross-Cultural Business Consultant, Author — Access to Culture

Vip keynote panelists

Sonya Medina Williams

Chief Strategist — The Nuff

An international thought leader on the inclusion and advancement of women and girls and an expert in social innovation and coalition building, Sonya Medina Williams is Chief Strategist for The Nuff’s Global Campaign. Medina Williams has spent her career mobilizing and empowering women as catalysts for change. She travels globally to speak about leadership, corporate governance and responsibility and advancing women’s political, social and economic participation. For seven years, she served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Projects to the First Lady. A trusted White House advisor, she developed policies in the areas of education, global health and the empowerment of women.  She served as the Director of the AT&T Global Foundation and later was the VP of Community and External Affairs for Silver Eagle Distributors, the nation’s largest distributor of Anheuser-Busch products. A leading advocate for including more women and minorities on corporate boards and in high level positions within corporate and government realms, Medina Williams founded the Latina Leadership Institute.  She serves on the advisory council of the Next Gen Board Leaders, as well as on the board of directors for Teach for Uganda in Africa and the board of directors for Papa John’s International. Sonya is a graduate of Texas A&M University and received a Master of Public Health at Columbia University.

Corporate Boards: Papa John's International

Director coaches

Pamela Neferkara

Founder & Principal — Elmira Street Associates, LLC

Corporate Boards

French American International School

Vanessa Wilkins

Founder and Lead Innovator — Future School Lab

Corporate Boards

Friends of the Children; Construct Foundation; Oregon Community Foundation; Raido

Michelle Lantow

Corporate Boards

Columbia Banking System; State Auto Mutual Insurance Company; Grand Central Bakery; Women’s Venture Fund

Kelly Williams

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

Corporate Boards

The Greenbrier Companies; Grasshopper Bank

Mariann Hyland

Vice President — People and Culture, Oregon Community Foundation

Corporate Boards

University of Western States

Natalie Hocken

Katherine Durham

leadership committee members

Sara Faivre

Board Director — Business Evolution

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

Partner — Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis

Managing Partner, Portland Office — K&L Gates LLP

Susy Dunn

Chief People Officer and Chief of Staff — Zapproved

Katie Kelley

Senior Vice President — Lee Hecht Harrison

Kirsten Meneghello

Owner and Founder — Illumination Coaching LLC

Alice Tang

Katherine Durham

Sherrill Corbett

Partner — Tonkon Torp

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