Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fairmont Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh | 7:30 am-Noon

Keynote Speaker: Brenda J. Lauderback

Pittsburgh native and Robert Morris University graduate. Current Chairman of Denny’s Corporation and Former President of Wholesale and Retail for Nine West Group, Inc., a footwear manufacturer and distributor.

2017 Board Diversity Ambassador Award:

David Bronczek, President and Chief Operating Officer, FedEx Corp

Join us as 2016 award winner, Leroy Ball, President & CEO, Koppers, presents the award to Henry Maier, President & CEO, FedEx Ground, who will accept on behalf of FedEx Corp.

Panel Discussion:

Listen as corporate directors from some of Pittsburgh’s most innovative companies address the key question of Building the Pipeline: How do women better prepare themselves and find director opportunities?

  • Panelists: Kay Cole James, President and Founder, The Gloucester Institute; Member, PNC Board of Directors

  • W. Howard Morris, President & Chief Investment Officer, The Prairie & Tireman Group; Member, Owens Corning Board of Directors

  • Susie Shipley, President, Huntington Bank, Western PA and Ohio Valley Region; Member, UPMC Board of Directors; Member, UPMC Health Plan Board of Directors

  • Sandra Volpe, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning, Communications and Contractor Relations, FedEx Ground; Member, Republic Services Inc. Board of Directors

  • Moderated by: Diane Holder, Executive Vice President, UPMC; President, UPMC Insurance Services Division; President and CEO, UPMC Health Plan

Facilitated Table Discussions:

Your Roadmap to Board Ready – Excellence. Experience. Exposure.

Engage with a man or woman currently serving on a corporate board as they share their best practices and lessons learned. NEW THIS YEAR: In addition to hearing personal board trajectory stories, participants will be able to self-select into tables that are content-specific to engage with leaders around board ready development issues that include: building a sustainable network to get to the boardroom, men’s roles in empowering women, board interviewing tips, next steps for C-level execs, and more.

"Building the Pipeline: How do women better prepare themselves and find director opportunities?"


Malli Gero and Stephanie Sonnabend founded 2020 Women on Boards in December 2010.


To increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020


A 10‐year consumer‐oriented, grass roots campaign that is redefining good corporate governance, gender diversity standards and creating a cultural imperative for corporate action. We congratulate companies for achieving or surpassing the 20% goal and encourage companies that don't to do better. We provide this information and related benchmarks in the 2020 Gender Diversity Directory, a database of public and private companies showing board composition by gender. The 2020 Women on Boards Campaign publishes the 2020 Index, an annual analysis of the board composition of Fortune 1000 companies.

To learn more about the history of women on boards in Pittsburgh click here.


A rich portal for information about women in the boardroom, a window of visibility to the performance of public boards and a resource center for all constituencies.


Women account for over 80% of all consumer purchases and make up roughly 50% of the workforce in the U.S., but they currently hold only 18.8% of the corporate board seats within Fortune 1000 companies. Most Americans today have no idea of the makeup of corporate boards, even in the companies they work for.


The reasons for increasing women’s representation on boards is simple:

Diversity of Thought: Women on boards bring different perspectives to the difficult issues facing today’s corporations. It is widely believed that diversity of thought result in better decisions.

Essential Skills: Senior women executives offer the skills and experience that most boards need, including industry knowledge, operational experience and functional expertise.

Staying Competitive: A diverse board is better positioned to thrive in today’s global economy where the pace of change is accelerating and rapidly changing economic realities require nimble, strategic and well informed directors.

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2020 Women on Board is the national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020. Each year they produce a Gender Diversity Directory, which ranks companies on a Winning to Zero scale.

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