Interim President and CEO — The Executive Leadership Council
Crystal Ashby is the interim President and CEO of The Executive Leadership Council, the preeminent membership organization for Black CEOs, board directors, and the most senior Black executives at Fortune 1000, Global 500, and equivalent companies. She leads the organization’s efforts to increase the number of global Black executives in C-suites, on corporate boards, and in global enterprises. Ms. Ashby is an accomplished senior executive, board member, and lawyer with more than 33 years of leadership success, notably over a 22-year career with BP where her roles spanned government and external affairs, law, compliance and ethics, university relations and retail.
Corporate Boards: University of Michigan College of Engineering, Genesys Works
Bonita Coleman Stewart
Vice President, Global Partnerships — Google
Bonita C. Stewart brings extensive consumer technology and operational experience as her career spans over two decades of digital transformation. Since joining Google in 2006, she has driven adoption of digital technologies within the C-suite in the US and globally. She oversees the company’s Global Partnerships team for the largest US publishers across search, mobile apps, commerce, news, media & entertainment, telecommunications, and domains. Previously, she held leadership positions with Chrysler Group and spent 10 years in management with IBM. She also co-founded and led online marketer Nia Enterprises and founded and led One Moment in Time, a formal wear rental company for women. She serves on the boards of Deckers Brands [NYSE:DECK] and Pluralsight.
President & CEO — Siebert, Williams, Shank & Co.
Suzanne Shank is president, CEO, and co-founder of Siebert Williams Shank & Co., LLC, a full-service investment banking firm offering debt and equity origination services to a wide range of Fortune 500 companies and debt underwriting for municipal clients nationally. A 30+year veteran of the financial services industry, Ms. Shank has positioned the firm to hold the distinction of being the top-ranked minority- and woman-owned investment banking firm in the country and the first to lead a bond transaction over $1 billion in par amount. Ms. Shank serves as a director of American Virtual Cloud Technologies, Rocket Cos., and CMS Energy Energy and Consumers Energy. She also serves on the SEC’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee.
Corporate Boards: CMS Energy, Rocket Cos.
Retired Chairman & CEO — BET Networks
With a career spanning three-plus decades, Debra L. Lee is one of the most influential female voices in the entertainment industry. Until May 2018, Lee served as the chairman & CEO of BET Networks. Lee helmed BET’s reinvigorated approach to corporate philanthropy and authentic programming that led to hits such as “The New Edition Story,” “Being Mary Jane,” “The BET Awards,” “Black Girls Rock!,” and “BET Honors.” Lee joined BET in 1986 as vice president and general counsel after serving as an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson, a Washington, D. C.- based corporate law firm. In 2011, Lee was appointed by President Obama to the White House Management Advisory Board. She sits on the boards of AT&T, Burberry, and Marriott.
Corporate Boards: AT&T, Marriott
Kim Harris Jones
Retired Finance Executive — Mondelez International
Kim Harris Jones is a CPA and senior finance executive with 30+ years of experience with expertise in corporate controlling, FP&A, international operations, M&A, divestitures, supply chain, spin-offs, restructuring, and bankruptcy. Kim retired from Mondelez International in 2015. Kim serves on the boards of TrueBlue Inc., United Rentals Inc., and The Fossil Group Inc. At TrueBlue, she chairs the Audit Committee. Kim’s previous roles have included serving as the senior vice president-corporate controller & FP&A lead for Mondelēz International, Kraft Foods, and Chrysler. Kim also served as CFO of Latin Operations for Mondelez. She joined Kraft after 17 years with Chrysler where her last position was SVP-corporate controller and general auditor.Kim began her career working for Deloitte & Touche.
Corporate Boards: United Rentals, Fossil Group
Founder & Principal — Elmira Street Associates, LLC
French American International School
Founder and Lead Innovator — Future School Lab
Friends of the Children; Construct Foundation; Oregon Community Foundation; Raido
Columbia Banking System; State Auto Mutual Insurance Company; Grand Central Bakery; Women’s Venture Fund
Chair & Co-CEO — Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN)
The Greenbrier Companies; Grasshopper Bank
Vice President — People and Culture, Oregon Community Foundation
University of Western States
Retired SVP, Business Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer — Comerica Bank
President & CEO — The Pickard Group
Deputy Director Prosperity — Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity
Chief Community Engagement Officer and Chief of Staff — Technology Association of Oregon
Carrie A. Perez
Relationship Manager, Greater Portland Commercial Banking — Wells Fargo Bank
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion — Portland General Electric
Co-Founder — Office of General Counsel Network LLC
Founder — CEOX
Partner — Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Shiau Yen Chin-Dennis
Managing Partner, Portland Office — K&L Gates LLP
Chief People Officer and Chief of Staff — Zapproved
Senior Vice President — Lee Hecht Harrison
Owner and Founder — Illumination Coaching LLC