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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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From Our Last Event

July 21st, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Challenges of Re-Opening: Lessons Learned for Boards and C-Suites To Consider 

The most significant challenge identified by Directors and Executives is the need to shape an effective post-crisis strategy. But in addition there are other concerns primary dealing with the ongoing health and safety of employees and customers. Tune in as leaders from Baker & McKenzie share with us some of the lessons already learned and what to plan for next.

The topics for this dynamic event included:

·    The new normal for the workplace – changing the way in which work gets done
·    Keeping our employees and customers safe
·    Culture, communication and your colleagues
·    What is working well?
·    Evaluating and addressing failures
·    Impact of resurgence – pro-active impact planning

Paul Evans
Partner, Baker McKenzie

Paul Evans is a partner in the Employment & Compensation Practice Group in Baker McKenzie's New York office. For over 20 years, Paul's practice has included representation of employers at the US state, federal and appellate level in employment discrimination class actions, employment testing and validation matters, wage and hour class and collective actions, multiplaintiff and other complex labor and employment litigation.

Emily Paige Harbison

Partner, Baker McKenzie

Emily Harbison practices mainly in the area of labor and employment law. Ms. Harbison represents management in all aspects of labor and employment law, including counseling and traditional labor law. She is actively involved in various pro bono efforts.

Amy de La Lama

Partner, Baker McKenzie

Amy specializes in global privacy, data security and cyber security and provides advice to a wide range of pharmaceutical and medical device companies, health care providers, financial institutions, sourcing providers, retail companies, online businesses, and other organizations on these issues.
Head of the Healthcare Regulatory Business Unit and a former member of the firm’s North American Healthcare Steering Committee, Amy has significant experience advising clients on HIPAA related issues as well as GDPR and CCPA readiness and with preparation and implementation of broad-based privacy compliance programs. Amy also assists clients address federal, state and global breach notification requirements and respond to related inquiries from government agencies and other parties.

Billie Wenter

Partner, Baker McKenzie

Billie’s practice includes all aspects of employment compliance and litigation under federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Before specializing in employment law, Billie focused on complex business litigation and class action defense. She also has extensive experience in a variety of substantive areas, including business disputes, white collar criminal defense, consumer protection, intellectual property, and products liability. Prior to entering private practice, Billie served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard C. Tallman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and to the Honorable Alicemarie H. Stotler, U.S. District Judge, Central District of California.

Recap of Past BoardNext NY & LA Events

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.

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.

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