Noon - 1:00 pm

Special Pre-Event Workshop for Board-Ready Executives

You’re up against thousands of other qualified board candidates for that coveted board seat. To stand out in the crowd, your communication tools must exude the same level of excellence as your qualifications. This interactive workshop will provide tangible ways to strengthen your board bio and LinkedIn profile, as well as help you create a plan to unleash the potential of your extended network. You’ll have the opportunity to finetune your personal value proposition and share it with other participants for feedback.

1:00 – 1:30 pm

Registration and Networking

1:30 – 1:40 pm


1:40 – 2:30 pm

​In Search of Greatness: Getting Board Composition Right

As boards continue to navigate competitive pressures and emerging risks, the people sitting around the board table have never been more important. At the same time, the spotlight on board diversity remains bright, and today’s boards are being forced to assess their current board makeup and evaluate changes. But it’s critical that, in doing so, boards avoid a check-the-box or episodic approach and address board refreshment in a strategic fashion. 

This panel will share tactics to improve your board’s processes to identify current and potential skill gaps as the starting point for the board composition conversation. And then you’ll gain new solutions to old director recruitment “problems” — looking at how the new director profile is evolving, moving beyond traditional board candidates and developing methods to boost the pipeline of qualified directors.  

Jay Henderson

Board Member Illinois Tool Works, Northern Trust and The J.M. Smucker Co.

Maria Moats

Leader, PwC Governance Insights Center

Yolanda Coffield

Yolanda Coffield

Chief People Officer, PwC

Victor Arias

Victor Arias

Co-Founder, Latino Corporate Directors Association; Former Board Member, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

2:30 – 3:20 pm

Onboarding: Rx for a Successful Board

Today’s new board members are more likely to be younger, more diverse and arriving in the boardroom with little to no existing board experience. Effective boards understand that making onboarding a priority is a vital piece of governance. It’s incumbent upon boards to facilitate a structured process that acclimates new directors and positions them to make meaningful contributions early in their tenure.  

This panel will explore little-known obstacles and creative solutions to onboarding new board talent. You’ll learn progressive approaches to getting new directors up to speed and contributing quickly. 

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Katie Doyle

Board Member, Perrigo, Orgain, FoodScience Corporation and Monterey Bay Herb Company

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Lily Hughes

Board Member, NUBURU; Chair, DirectWomen; Former Chief Legal Officer, Public Storage and Arrow Electronics

3:20 – 3:40 pm

Networking Break

3:40 – 4:30 pm

Unpacking Board Culture Dynamics

What’s the biggest obstacle to creating a high-performing board? Derailed discussions, dismissed opinions, side conversations, and dominating personalities pop up in every boardroom. Each director brings his or her own habits, preferences, past experiences, and individual biases that all impact the board’s culture and decision-making. How do you create a board culture that supports candid conversations and enhances each individual director’s performance and contributions?  

This panel will help you understand the important dynamics involved in creating a well-functioning board and learn how to overcome barriers like groupthink and common, unintentional biases. 

Christine Spadafor

Board Member, Boyd Gaming Corporation Former Board Member, Kindred at Home

Elise Walton

Principal, Pearl Meyer

John Driver

Board Member, Broadway Financial Corporation, City First Bank, N.A., and Vital Energy, Inc.

4:30 – 5:00 pm

1:1 Attendee Discussions

Connect with board-ready executives and current board members in a fast-paced and enjoyable setting. This is your chance to make meaningful connections, share experiences, and exchange ideas with industry leaders.

5:00 – 5:15 pm

Spotlighting Board Resources

We are pleased to collaborate with an esteemed group of board-diversity focused organizations on creating stronger boardrooms. In a rapid-fire setting, each organization will provide a quick preview of their organization’s mission and how they are supporting both current and future board members.

5:15 – 6:30 pm

Networking Cocktail Reception