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Co-Chair — Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Founder of Pivotal Ventures
Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. As the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of the world’s largest philanthropy. She is also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in the United States, and the author of the bestselling book The Moment of Lift. Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. Melinda spent the first decade of her career developing multimedia products at Microsoft before leaving the company to focus on her family and philanthropic work. She lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband, Bill. They have three children, Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe.
President and co-CEO — Ariel Investments
Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President of Ariel Investments, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust, Vice-Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation and a director of JPMorgan Chase, will address greater diversity on corporate boards. Mellody is the former Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation and a previous long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies. Additionally, she currently serves as Vice-Chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mellody is also the Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides teens with high-quality after school and summer programs, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, where she serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute. Named as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world, Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. In 2019 she was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to a Princeton graduate whose career embodies a national commitment to service.
Corporate Boards: JPMorgan Chase, Starbucks Corporation
Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director — Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Ambassador Melanne Verveer served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries and developing the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Amb. Verveer currently serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanship.
Non-profit Boards: Atlantic Council, National Endowment for Democracy
Paula A. Johnson MD, MPH
President — Wellesley College
Paula A. Johnson is the 14th President of Wellesley College. She is globally recognized for her role in advancing women’s health and well-being through innovation in medical research, clinical care, health policy, and education. A cardiologist, President Johnson was the Grayce A. Young Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She founded the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she led in the field of women’s health, focusing on the discovery of sex and gender differences in health and disease across organ systems. In her three years as president of Wellesley, President Johnson has advanced women’s higher education, championing cross-campus efforts to integrate the ideals of inclusive excellence into every aspect of academic and residential life. President Johnson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for her contributions to science, medicine, and public health. She has been recognized as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine. President Johnson attended Harvard and Radcliffe colleges, received her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Corporate Boards: Eaton Vance, West Pharmaceuticals
Former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. She serves as Board Chair of When We All Vote and Co-Chair of The United State of Women. She also serves on the boards of Lyft, Sweetgreen, Ariel Investments, 2U, the Innocence Project, Time’s Up, the Economic Club of Chicago and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Finding My Voice, was published in 2019 and updated in paperback in 2020. Ms. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. Ms. Jarrett worked throughout her tenure at the White House to mobilize elected officials, business and community leaders, and diverse groups of advocates. She led the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand and strengthen access to the middle class, and boost American businesses and our economy. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world. She oversaw the Administration’s advocacy for workplace policies that empower working families, including equal pay, raising the minimum wage, paid leave, paid sick days, workplace flexibility, affordable childcare, and a culture free from sexual harassment. She led the campaigns to reform our criminal justice system, end sexual assault, and reduce gun violence.
Corporate Boards: Lyft and Sweetgreen
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer — Bank of America
Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world. Bank of America has been recognized as a leader in financial services, including on Fortune magazine’s list of The Best Big Companies to Work For, named Global Finance’s Best Bank in the United States and North America in 2020 and is the top global bank on Fortune’s Change the World list. Moynihan participates in several organizations that focus on economic and market trends, including the World Economic Forum International Business Council (chair), the Financial Services Forum, the Bank Policy Institute, the Business Roundtable, the Clearing House, the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable (co-chair), the Business Council and the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. Moynihan leads the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a member of the museum council for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Moynihan is also a member of the Brown University Corporation's Board of Fellows, the Catalyst Board of Directors, the Council on Competitiveness Board of Directors, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Board and the Appeal of Conscience Board of Trustees.
Corporate Boards: Brown University Corporation's Board of Fellows, The Catalyst Board of Directors
Chairman and CEO — RW2 Enterprises, LLC
Ronald A. Williams is Chairman and CEO of RW2 Enterprises, LLC and is the former Chairman and CEO of health insurance giant Aetna Inc. Mr. Williams is the bestselling author of “Learning to Lead: The Journey to Leading Yourself, Leading Others, and Leading an Organization”, where he provides tested leadership advice, whether you’re searching for a new career, looking for proven management solutions, or seeking to transform an organization. Developed from Mr. Williams’s own personal and professional journey, as well as the experiences of some of America’s leading CEOs, his strategies emerge from engaging stories, outlined with practical steps that will help you achieve your most important career and life goals. Mr. Williams focuses his energy on private equity, values-based leadership and transformational change, and health care value creation. Through his firm, RW2 Enterprises, Mr. Williams counsels C-Suite corporate executives on strategy and transformational leadership. He is Operating Advisor to private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice and serves as Chairman of portfolio company agilon health. He is Lead Director of American Express and Director of The Boeing Company and Johnson & Johnson. Mr. Williams became president and joined Aetna’s Board in 2002 (Aetna had a full year 2001 continuing operations loss of - $0.46 per share for a $292 million loss). In 2006, he became chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, Aetna was named FORTUNE's most admired company in the Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care category for three consecutive years. In 2011, the year he retired, Aetna had full-year operating earnings of $5.17 per share. The Market capitalization grew from $4.7 billion in 2001 to $15.3 billion in 2011 and the company ranked 77th on the Fortune 100 list. Mr. Williams is Chairman of The Conference Board, a member of the President’s Circle of the National Academies and a member of the Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He served on President Obama’s President’s Management Advisory Board from 2011 to 2017. He is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds an M.S. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Corporate Boards: American Express, The Boeing Company, Johnson & Johnson
Founder & Chief Executive Officer — Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
Eric Yuan founded Zoom in 2011 to deliver happiness and bring teams together in a frictionless video environment. Zoom’s video-first unified communications platform continues to dramatically transform the way leading global enterprises communicate. Under Eric’s leadership, Zoom was one of the highest-performing tech IPOs of 2019.
Chief Executive — Latino Corporate Directors Association
Gina Diez Barroso
Founder — Dalia Empower, Grupo Diarq
Santander Bank, Americas Society Council of the Americas ASCOA
Susan C. Keating
Chief Executive Officer — WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation
Founder & CEO — ewoman Inc.
Kobayashi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Japan Post Co., Ltd., AGP Corporation
Denise Wilson White
OBE, Chief Executive — Hampton-Alexander Review
University of Hull
President — 30% Coalition Club
ICE Clear Europe, 30% Club,
Professor Neharika Vohra
Vice Chancellor — Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University
Star Union Daichi, Harsha Engineers
Founder — Professional Women Roundtable (PWR), RisingTideAfrica
California State Senator
Diversity & Inclusion Global Chair — Reed Smith LLP
2020 Women on Boards
CEO - 2020 Women on Boards, Inc.
Co-Founder, Vice Chair of the Board and Senior Advisor — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc.
Co-Founder, Chair of the Board — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc.