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What is BoardNext?

BoardNext is an initiative of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Foundation designed for experienced, highly qualified, board-ready women which offers educational programming, exceptional resources and peer group support to navigate the path to their first public corporate board. WCD is the largest global organization serving the needs of female directors. BoardNext members will gain access to select WCD resources, networking opportunities, and search firm executives.

How can BoardNext help you?

  • A unique and talented peer group for networking onto a corporate board
  • Strong governance programming covering the latest in boardroom trends, SEC and other regulatory guidelines, and public company issues
  • Curated programs of interest with current WCD members as well as executive search firms
  • Resource center for corporate governance topics  
  • Profile in national potential director database accessed by companies and search firms for board candidates

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The interactive panel discussion will include:

Evelyn D’An, of D’An Financial Services, brings her board experience and extensive knowledge on corporate governance matters to this panel. A former Big 4 Audit Partner, she currently advises business owners and senior management teams on the financial significance of strategic business decisions, corporate and operating structures, and growth of enterprises. Evelyn will share her perspective as director and former Chair of Nom & Gov of onboarding activist investors.

Evelyn Dilsaver spent the first 17 years of her career in the audit and finance function as Controller for a bank and for Charles Schwab and as CFO and Chief Administrative Officer for U.S. Trust. She was given the opportunity to hone her skills in marketing, business development, strategy, M&A and product development, culminating in the role of EVP of Charles Schwab, member of the Management Committee and President and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management.

Melissa Sawyer, a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group and co-head of the Firm’s Corporate Governance & Activism Practice, will moderate the event. In addition to advising clients on public and private M&A transactions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, she also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, activism and takeover defense matters. Ms. Sawyer’s experience spans multiple industries, including consumer and retail, industrials, medtech and insurance.

Quentin Koffey is the Portfolio Manager for Strategic Investments at the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with over $50 billion in assets under management. Based on extensive research and consultation with well-respected and highly experienced operating partners, Mr. Koffey seeks to work actively with management teams of portfolio companies to unlock long-term value for shareholders. Mr. Koffey engages actively with management teams, boards of directors, and shareholders of portfolio companies in strategic, operational, and corporate governance matters.

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