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Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO — 2020 Women on Boards; Berkhemer Clayton, Inc.

Renee White Fraser, PhD

CEO and Founder — Fraser Communications and Host —The Deciders, KABC Radio

Vip keynote panelists

Anne Gates

Board Director

Anne Gates currently serves on the boards of Kroger (chair of Audit committee), Raymond James Financial (Audit and Risk committee), and Tapestry Inc. (Audit committee and Governance/Nominations.) She retired as President, MGA Entertainment, the largest privately held toy company in the United States with a global reach.  Previously, she was EVP and CFO of The Walt Disney Company Consumer Products Division, and past Managing Director for Disney Consumer Products Europe and Emerging Markets, based in London. Her career included working for Pepsi in the U.S. and Europe, Bear Stearns (VP, Investment Banking), AT&T (Marketing) and Bell Labs (Research). Anne also serves on the Boards of Public Media Group SoCal (Chairs the Investment Committee); Cadre, the UC Berkeley Foundation, and Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS). She has served on several other boards, including Super RTL (a German entertainment company). She has also been named to the Power List of Britain’s 100 most influential black people. She received her MS degree from the Engineering School at Columbia University, where she also completed post-graduate work.  She has her BA degree in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley.

Corporate Boards: Kroger, Tapestry, Inc.

Kathleen Brown

Partner — Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Partner at Mannatt, Phelps and Phillips law firm, Kathleen Brown serves on the corporate boards of Sempra Energy, and Stifel wealth management, investment banking, and previously on the board of Forestar Group.  She previously held senior executive positions at Goldman Sachs Inc. and Bank of America. As former elected California State treasurer, she managed a $25 billion bond portfolio, oversaw a $32 billion cash management fund and served as a trustee on the boards of CalPERS and CalSTRS, two of the largest pension funds in the nation. Kathleen served as co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors; co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Capital Budgeting; a commissioner of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works; and a two-term member of the Los Angeles Board of Education. She graduated from Stanford University and earned her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Corporate Boards: Sempra Energy, Stifel Financial Corp

Tracey Doi

Chief Financial Officer — Toyota NA

Tracey Doi is the Chief Financial Officer and Group Vice President of TOYOTA Motor North America. Tracey serves on the board of City National Bank, a Royal Bank of Canada company, with over $60 billion in assets. She chairs the Audit committee and serves on the Risk committee, and previously she served on the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Advisory Council. Tracey is a national board member of 2020 Women on Boards, the National Asian American Pacific Islander Chamber of Commerce, and the Japanese American National  Museum. She supports the Toyota Business Partnering Groups and the Orchid Giving Circle Fund at the Texas Women’s Foundation. Tracey has been recognized three times by Automotive News as one of the Top 100 Women in the automotive industry by D CEO as one of the Top 500 most influential business leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Corporate Boards: City National Bank

Gaddi Vaquez

Senior Vice President of Government Affairs — Southern California Edison (SCE)

Until 2019, Gaddi H. Vasquez served as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and its parent company, Edison International. He was responsible for government relations activities at the Federal and State level, as well as Local Public Affairs. He also served as a member of the executive management committee of Edison International. He is the descendant of a migrant working family and was the first in his family to earn a college degree. He began his 27-year career as a police officer in the City of Orange, California and has served at city, county, state, and federal levels of government. Vasquez has spent most of his life in Orange County and has been a leader in promoting health, safety, and educational opportunities for children and youth in underserved communities. Prior to Edison International, he served as U.S. Ambassador and permanent representative to United Nations Agencies based in Rome, Italy. There he managed a U.S. multi-agency team responsible for oversight of U.N. Organizations which included the World Food Program which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

Corporate Boards: Granite Construction Company, Chapman University Board of Trustees 

Director coaches

Darya Allen-Attar

CEO — Morgan Stanley, Women Founders Network; Founder of Broads Circle

Corporate Boards

Women Founders Foundation

Edie Ames

CEO — Tastes on the Fly

Corporate Boards

The CheeseCake Factory

Nicole Baker

Senior Managing Director — Accenture

Terry Bayer

Independent Director — Health Care Consultant and Mediator Boards

Corporate Boards

California Water Services Group; 2020WOB Get on Board! Workshop Coach

Teresa Bazemore

CEO — Bazemore Consulting LLC

Corporate Boards

Chimera Investment Corporation; Mutual Funds Board of T. Rowe Price

Diana Bonta

Adjunct Professor — UCLA

Corporate Boards

American States Water Company; Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Sandy Brown

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

Source Capital; FPA Funds

Yvette Chappell-Ingram

President & CEO — African American Board Leadership Institute

Corporate Boards

California Dental Board Commissioner (ret.)

Cynthia Cleveland

Partner — CEO Coaching International

Corporate Boards

The Myers-Briggs Company; Indiana University

Beverly Cole

CEO — Cole Renwick, LLC

Corporate Boards

Bank OZK; Skytop Strategies

Barbara Faulkenberry

Major General, USAF (Retired) — U.S. Air Force

Corporate Boards

Callon Petroleum; USA Truck

Robin Ferracone

CEO — Farient Advisors

Corporate Boards

Trupanion, Inc.; WildAid

Lynn Franzoi

Owner — LLF Consulting

Corporate Boards

Delta Dental of California

Sharon Garrett

Management Consultant

Corporate Boards

Ross Dress for Less

Jeff Hoffman

Institute Leader, Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy — The Conference Board

Corporate Boards

International Association of Volunteer Efforts; USC Center on Philosophy & Public Policy

Kathleen Holmgren

Principal — Sage Advice Partners

Corporate Boards

Extreme Networks; Calavo Growers

Diana Ingram

Director, Technology Consulting Services — Oracle Corporation

Corporate Boards

Rexford Industrial Realty

Anna Kan

Independent Director; Chairwoman of the Board

Corporate Boards

CVB Financial/Citizens Business Bank; California Manufacturing Technology Consulting

Francesca Luzuriaga


Corporate Boards

Scan Foundation; Alive Ventures

Mary Machado-Schammel

CEO — Venture Advisors Business Sales and Acquisitions

Corporate Boards

The Ann Peppers Foundation; Georgetown University

Craig Martin

Retired President & CEO — Jacobs Engineering Group

Corporate Boards

Team Industrial Services; Yarlung Records

Susanne Meline

Co-Founder — Francis Capital Management, LLC

Corporate Boards

ClearSign Technologies

Carole Neal

Director of Marketing — Vitamin T

Corporate Boards

Green Dot Public Schools (National); UCLA Academic Advancement Advisory Council

Hoshi Printer

Independent Director — Latronix, Inc.

Corporate Boards


Jeff Sakaguchi

Lead Independent Director —  TrueBlue, Inc.

Corporate Boards

TrueBlue, Inc.; Eccentex

Sonya Sepahban

CEO — OurOffice, Inc.

Corporate Boards

Cooper-Standard Automotive, Inc.

Dr. Larry Taylor

CEO/President — National Association of Corporate Directors-Pacific Southwest Chapter

Corporate Boards

Guided Compass; Novaria Aerospace Management

Carolyn Webb de Macias

Vice President Emerita — University of Southern California

Corporate Boards

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools; Community Coalition of South Los Angeles

Ako Williams

VP General Counsel and Corporate Secretary — Ushio America, Inc.

Corporate Boards

KA Imaging, Inc.

leadership committee members

Vikita Poindexter

President — Poindexter Consulting Group, LLC

Terry Bayer

Board of Directors — California Water Services Group

Domenika Lynch

Executive Director — The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program

Kimberlina Whettam

Principal — Kimberlina Whettam & Associates

Grace Russak

Managing Partner— BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Leona Hiraoka

Senior Advisor — Snider Strategies, LLC

Laura V. Farber

Partner — Hanh & Hanh LLP

Schenae Rourk

Executive Director — NAWBO-CA Corporate Board Pathways Program

Kathryn Shirley

President and CEO — World Management Solutions, Inc.

Andrea Almeida Mack

Managing Director — The TCW Group

Melanie Cibik

General Counsel — Teledyne Technologies

Bernice Ledbetter

Director — Pepperdine Center for Women in Leadership, Pepperdine University

Stefani Freeburg

Director of Business Development — Kusar Legal Services

Suzanne DeJong

Partner — Ernst & Young

Kristen K. O'Connor

CFO and Treasurer — The Ahmanson Foundation

Tina Loza

Managing Partner — Loza & Loza, LLP

Sue Toigo

Founder — Toigo Foundation

Raquel Brigham Brown

Independent Director — Radical Abundant Mindset

Annjanette Isorda

Vice President, Global Brand & Creative — AECOM

Elissa Grossman, PhD

Professor of Clincial Entrepreneurship — USC Marshall School of Business

Michelle Wroan

Managing Partner — KPMG

Diane Bergman

VP, Marketing, Communications & IT — LA Opera (Organization of Women Execs)

Jeri Harman

Founder & Chairman — Avante Capital Partners

John Iino

Global Chair, Diversity & Inclusion — Reed Smith LLP

Darya Allen-Attar

Financial Advisor — Morgan Stanley

 Cynthia McClain-Hill 

Board of Water and Power President, Commissioner — LADWP

Sabrina Steele

Executive Director Corporate Communications & Public Affairs — The Aerospace Corporation

Randall Martinez

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer — Cordoba Corporation

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