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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 BoardNext NY & LA Events

November 27th, 2018
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New York City, New York
3rd Annual Signature Event
How I Joined 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 3rd 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.
Opening Remarks: Susan C. Keating
Susan is the CEO of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), the world’s largest membership organization and community of women corporate board directors serving on more than 8,500 public and private boards around the world. Over the past 17 years, WCD has been instrumental in training women for board service, providing board opportunities, and facilitating introductions to nominating committee chairs around the world. The result has been the placement of over 500 women on corporate boards, private boards, and advisory boards. Susan will share her perspective on recent trends around board placement, California bill, WCD engagement and more.
Susan spent 29 years in financial services before moving into the nonprofit sector, serving as president and chief executive of Allfirst Financial, Inc., the 43rd largest U.S. bank, and the largest U.S. holding of Allied Irish Banks plc (AIB Group). Her additional experience includes managerial and leadership roles with NationsBank, MNC Financial and First Bank System. For more information, please click here.
Moderator: Debra A. Dandeneau
Debra A. Dandeneau is co-chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Restructuring and Insolvency Group and chair of its North America Banking & Finance Group. Her practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights. Debra regularly advises boards and deals with a variety of entities experiencing financial distress, across a range of industries. Over the course of her career, her work has included representations in the real estate, manufacturing, power generation, healthcare, municipal, retail, and service sectors.
Debra has been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2018 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation-Bankruptcy. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 US for Municipal Bankruptcy and Super Lawyers 2006-2018 for Bankruptcy. Super Lawyers has also named Debra among the 2017 Top Women for Bankruptcy Business in New York. For more information, please click here.
Martine Reardon
Martine is the former CMO of Macy’s and is currently a member of the board of Empire Company Limited, Sobeys Inc, a $24 billion dollar grocery and pharmacy retailer that trades on the Canadian Stock Exchange. She is a strategic advisor to the National Retail Federation (NRF) and serves on the advisory boards of Scan & Style and Lumanu, Marketing Technology companies and Collette, a travel and Tour company. For more information, please click here.
Mei-Mei Tuan
Mei-Mei has been a director of both The Bancorp, Inc. and its U.S. subsidiary since 2013 and is also a board member of the Clara Maass Medical Center and its Foundation, and Montclair Kimberley Academy. Ms. Tuan is currently a Managing Director of Trewstar LLC, which provides corporate board services and is the co-founder and Chairman of Notch Partners LLC, a leading human capital partner to private equity funds. She was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs, BankAmerica and BankAustria and has served as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at the Sierra Foundation and the San Francisco Food Bank. For more information, please click here.
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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
345 Park Avenue, The Heritage Center
New York, NY 10154-0102

**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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