BoardNext NY/LA & WCD NY/LA Virtual Event


April 25, 2023
12:00-1:00 PM (ET) / 9:00-10:00 AM (PT)

Please join us for an engaging and thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Heidi K. Gardner, Author of Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work. This session will showcase the latest research on smarter collaboration and its applicability to female board and leadership team members. This includes the measurable business and talent benefits of working across silos: greater productivity, higher profit margins, faster innovation, and increased employee and customer loyalty—to name a few.

We will also explore how women board and corporate leaders can maintain effective collaboration in the context of today’s top business challenges, such as economic headwinds; a shifting talent market; and obstacles to greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will reinforce how smarter collaboration fuels connectivity and lays the foundation for a diverse, multigenerational workforce.

The discussion will include concrete steps for current and aspiring board members to achieve four major outcomes:
1. Leadership growth
2. Reduced over-commitment
3. Productivity gains
4. Achievement of their board/leadership team’s top strategic goal

Our goal is for attendees to leave the session with several practical new ideas for leading a collaborative organization.
Event attendees will be shipped a complimentary copy of Dr. Gardner’s book, Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work. During registration, we ask that you please provide your full address.


Laura Estrada Vasquez  

Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Laura is a partner of the Transactional Practice group. She has more than ten years of experience as a lawyer. She has practiced in several areas, particularly in M&A, private equity, corporate law, foreign exchange, and taxes.
Ms. Estrada Vásquez has notable experience in M&A and corporate counseling. Her practice involves foreign and local clients in numerous industries with an emphasis on cross-border M&A transactions and private equity. Her experience includes drafting and negotiating transactional agreements and corporate documents, analysis of transactional structures, coordination and supervision of local and multi-jurisdictional due diligence teams, preparation of legal memoranda, as well as incorporation and liquidation of companies. She assists in all phases of acquisition, merger or sale processes of companies. Ms. Estrada Vásquez is admitted to practice law in New York and Colombia.


Dr. Heidi K. Gardner
Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School; Co-Founder, Gardner & Co.; Best-Selling Author
Dr. Heidi K. Gardner is a sought-after advisor, keynote speaker, and facilitator for organizations across a wide range of industries globally, Named by Thinkers50 as a Next Generation Business Guru, she is a Distinguished Fellow at Harvard Law School and former professor at Harvard Business School. She is currently the faculty chair and instructor in multiple executive education programs at both institutions.
Dr. Gardner works extensively with her team at Gardner & Co.; partnering with boards, executive teams, and other senior leaders to boost performance by embedding the principles and practices of smarter, agile, cross-silo collaboration within those groups and across the broader organization and ecosystem – resulting in concrete, quantifiable performance improvements.
Altogether, Dr. Gardner has authored (or co-authored) more than 100 books, chapters, case studies, and articles. This includes Washington Post best-selling book Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos and newly published Smarter Collaboration: A New Approach to Breaking Down Barriers and Transforming Work. Her research has received the Academy of Management’s’ prize for Outstanding Practical Implications for Management and has been selected multiple times for Harvard Business Review’s “best of” collections. It has also been featured in major media outlets around the globe.
Dr. Gardner has lived and worked on four continents, including as a Fulbright Fellow, and for McKinsey & Co. and Procter & Gamble. She earned her BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude), a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a second master’s and Ph.D. from London Business School.

Please contact Barbara Foley at [email protected] with questions or if you have any difficulties registering for the event.
Teresa Jankovic – BN-New York Co-chair
Lauren Sloan – BN-New York Co-chair
Denise Warren – BN-New York Co-chair
Cynthia Cleveland – BN-LA Co-chair
Renee E. LaBran – BN-LA Co-chair
Susan King – BN-LA Co-chair
Teresa DeLuca – New York Co-chair
Jennie Friedman – New York Co-chair
Patrice P. Jean – New York Co-chair
Kelly Anderson – LA Co-chair
Susan King – LA Co-chair


Baker McKenzie

4/25/2023 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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