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Chair & Co-chairs

Teresa Jacques

Board Practice Leader — Major Executive Search

Jennifer Rubin

Member — Mintz

vip keynote panelists

Carolyn Flowers

Managing Principal — InfraStrategies LLC

Carolyn Flowers is a Managing Principal and partner at InfraStrategies LLC, a strategic advisory consulting firm in transit and rail. Prior to that she worked at AECOM as Senior Vice President leading client and industry relations, business development and marketing strategy for the company’s public transit business line in the United States and Canada. From 2015 to 2017 she was a presidential appointee at the Federal Transit Administration and served as Acting Administrator. From 2010 to 2015 she served as Chief Executive Officer/Director of Public Transit for Charlotte Area Transit System. Prior to joining the City of Charlotte, Flowers was Chief Operations Officer for Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Flowers serves on several transportation industry boards. She is a member of the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Board of Directors. She serves on the TOPS Committee of Transit Cooperative Research Board, on the board of the Eno Foundation and just completed a term on the board of Women’s Transportation Seminar. She currently serves as an independent director for two corporate boards: MV Transportation and Cubic Corporation.

Corporate Boards: Cubic Corporation, MV Transportation

Magda Marquet Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Co-CEO — ALMA Life Sciences, LLC

Dr. Magda Marquet has built, led and commercialized multiple life science companies. She is the co-founder of AltheaDx, a commercial stage, precision medicine company with the world’s leading pharmacogenomics test for anxiety and depression, and ALMA Life Sciences, LLC, an early stage investment firm creating and growing innovative healthcare companies. Dr. Marquet co-founded Althea Technologies and, as its co-CEO with full P&L responsibility, led the company to become a leader in the field and a highly profitable, commercial company. As a result, she guided Althea to a successful acquisition by Ajinomoto, a global Japanese company and leader in amino acid technology. Prior to starting Althea Technologies, Dr. Marquet held several positions in product development and pharmaceutical development in companies such as Vical and Amylin Pharmaceuticals. She currently serves on the following public company Boards: Arcturus Therapeutics (ARCT) where is the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination and Governance Committee as well as Pfenex (PFNX) where she is a member of the Nomination and Governance Committee. She also serves on the Board on several private companies such as ProciseDx and HUYA Biosciences International As a former founder and CEO, Dr Marquet provides the Board with operational, fundraising expertise including venture, private equity and venture debt. She also brings expertise in M&A, global commercial development, regulatory strategies and building a winning culture of innovation and strategic growth. Dr. Marquet holds a Ph.D in Biochemical Engineering from INSA/University of Toulouse, France. She has received numerous prestigious awards throughout her career including the 2005 Regional Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Life Sciences category, the Athena Pinnacle award, the Director of the Year award (Corporate Governance) from the Corporate Directors Forum and has been inducted into the CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. 

Corporate Boards: Arcturus Therapeutics, Pfenex

Director coaches

Lisa Bacus

President & CEO — Oro Vista Ventures LLC

Corporate Boards

Teradata Corporation, Culver's

Lisa Walters-Hoffert

Chief Financial Officer — Daré Bioscience, Inc.

Corporate Boards

Flux Power

Karen Rogge

President, Owner — RYN Group, LLC

Corporate Boards

Kemet Electronics Corporation

Denise Jackson

Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary — AMN Healthcare

Corporate Boards

Tractor Supply Company

Glenda Dorchak

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

ANSYS, CREE, Viavi Solutions

Ciara Kennedy

CEO — Amplyx pharmaceuticals

Corporate Boards

Amplyx pharmaceuticals

Magda Marquet Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Co-CEO — ALMA Life Sciences, LLC

Corporate Boards

Arcturus Therapeutics, Pfenex

Donna Wells

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

Mitek, Apex Technology

Graciela Ivonne Monteagudo

Independent Director

Corporate Boards

WD40, ACCO Brands, Juice Plus

Meera Rao

Independent Director

Corporate Boards


leadership committee members

Annalisa Barrett

Senior Adviser — KPMG Board Leadership Center

Ashley Riggs-Zeigen

Global Marketing Lead — HP, Inc.

Christina De Vaca

Chief Executive Officer — Corporate Directors Forum

Wynter Deagle

Partner, Managing Partner San Diego — Troutman Pepper

Jennifer Litwak, Esq

Executive Director — Housing on Merit

Michelle Leyden Li

Vice President Global Marketing — GlobalFoundries

Tatiana Doran, Esq

Attorney — Tatiana Doran, Attorney at Law

Susan Treadgold

Founder, Executive Coach — Treadgold Executive Development

Rose Bowlus

Attorney — Rose Bowlus Law

Sunnie House

Owner — Sunnie House Strategies

Susan H. Mallory

Board Director and Financial Services Executive, Retired 

Jennifer Jett

Vice President Governance and Corporate Secretary — Sempra Energy

Susan H. Mallory

Board Director and Financial Services Executive, Retired 

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