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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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Upcoming Events

December 12, 2019
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Baker McKenzie
452 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018

4th Annual Signature Event
How I Secured My First Board

While there is not a single path to board service, there are several steps you can take to become more successful in your pursuit of your first board.

Be present at our 4th annual signature event and network with WCD members as they share their journey onto recent board assignments. The panel will highlight what worked for them individually and what are the critical activities you should be engaging in as you position yourself for your first board.

Register here

Pamela Lenehan


Pam has 18 years of experience as a public company director, serving on six public company boards where she has been chair of the board, presiding director, and chaired audit and compensation committees. Pam is co-chair of the Boston chapter of WCD and a member of the Boston Women Leaders Network, Massachusetts Women's Forum and the Boston Club.

David Greenberg


David serves as Chair of the Governance and Risk Assessment Committee and a member of the Audit Committee of International Seaways (NYSE: INSW). David's previous board experience includes serving as an independent director - and a member of both the Audit and Compensation Committees - of APCO Worldwide, and as a director of Clean Tech Group.

Maria Rivas, MD


Dr. Rivas is a first time board director. She was appointed by Medidata Solutions to serve on their board and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. She currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at the biopharma business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as EMD Serono in the U.S. and Canada.

Maria Eberle

Baker McKenzie

Maria P. Eberle is a member of the Firm's Tax Group in New York and she also serves as chair of the SALT subpractice group. She advises multinational companies on a full range of state and local tax matters, including tax controversy and litigation.

Event Details

  • 6:00 p.m. - Registration and Networking Cocktail Reception
  • 7:00 p.m. - Welcome Remarks
  • 7:10 p.m. - Panel Discussion and Q&A
  • 8:10 p.m. - Closing Remarks
  • 8:15 p.m. – Desserts and Networking Reception

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Baker Mackenzie
452 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

**Check in with the security desk. Photo ID will be required


This event is free for BoardNext and WCD members who are current with their membership dues and $125 for non-members.

Recap of Past BoardNext NY & LA Events

Corporate Social Responsibility- More Than Window Dressing

Investors and other stakeholders increasingly are demanding that companies and their boards enhance the social responsibility and sustainability of their business practices. Companies should be focusing on a a higher purpose, or more specifically, a purpose beyond generating profits, not only to maximize ROI for shareholders, but also seek to enhance value for all stakeholders, leading to a more resilient business. A leadership that demonstrates care for purpose and people and a corporate culture that is built on trust, care and transparency.

Please join BoardNext as we hear from Drew Train, President & Co-Founder of OBERLAND and Independent Director for Summer Infant, Inc. After racking up more than a dozen national and global cause-marketing awards, and driving social change through tradition, digital, social and mobile campaigns, Drew Train co-founded OBERLAND, a purpose-driven branding agency founded with Bill Oberlander.

Since the beginning, OBERLAND has been championing the purpose-driven path to help marketers and nonprofits do good and do well, with clients including: the Blue Man Group, The Nature Conservancy, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), No Kid Hungry, and the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI). Under Drews leadership, OBERLAND has cultivated powerful campaigns that have resulted in the changing of minds, hearts and perceptions. One of the many have been NYIT’s “The Future Is Ours” campaign which repositioned NYIT as a school that champions the 21st century geek. Students who tinker, invent, and create to shape the future of humanity.

Drew serves on the Board of Directors for Summer Infant, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUMR), a global leader in premium infant and juvenile products, as well as on the Board of Directors for National Alliance on Mental Health NYC.

We are sharing the report – On Purpose by Drew Train. A collection of pieces that lay out the future of purpose-driven advertising in the ever-changing media landscape. Give it a read and share. http://onpurpose.thisisoberland.com/

Moderator: Susan M. Angele
Susan is a Senior Advisor at KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, which provides a powerful combination of resources and insights to help boards deepen their engagement with the critical issues shaping agendas and discussions in the boardroom. Susan is a frequent writer and speaker on board governance issues, including board composition, effectiveness, and diversity, as well as the board’s role with regard to critical areas such as innovation, strategy and risk, culture, the corporation’s role in society, and engagement with investors. Prior to joining KPMG, Susan spent 25+ years as a lawyer and executive in the consumer products industry, where in roles including Vice President, Global Deputy General Counsel at The Hershey Company and Chief Counsel, US Snacks at Mondelez (then a $5billion division of Kraft/Nabisco), she provided legal and business advice and led initiatives that protected value and enabled sustainable, global growth of some of the world’s most famous and best-loved brands.

Susan has served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards, and is a member of Women Corporate Directors, where she led two WCD Thought Leadership Commission reports and is currently chairing the 2018 Thought Leadership Commission. She is an NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Board Leadership Fellow, and a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Sarah Lawrence College.

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