DAY THREE: Friday, June 11, 2021

*All times listed are in U.S. EDT

9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

Karen Mitchell Curran

Managing Partner, KPMG LLP - Fort Lauderdale; Director, WCD Foundation (United States)

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Karen Mitchell Curran is the managing partner of the Fort Lauderdale office of KPMG LLP, a professional firm providing Audit, Tax, and Advisory services. In this role, Karen is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of KPMG’s Fort Lauderdale office. She oversees the activities of approximately 100 partners and professionals and also serves numerous clients.

Karen has devoted virtually all of her time to serving health care and government-related entities during her 33 years providing management advisory and audit services at KPMG, and is currently responsible for the service of a multi-billion dollar entity. She has extensive experience with financial statement attestation and the direction of financial and performance audits performed in accordance with regulatory authorities.

Karen founded and is the current chairperson of the South Florida chapter of KPMG’s Network of Women (KNOW), a multicultural women's network which encourages involvement inside and outside of KPMG and provides support for the betterment of all. For the last three years, she has hosted KPMG’s South Florida annual Executive Women’s Event, which brings female leaders together in an intimate setting that allows for the sharing of inspiration and powerful dialogue. Karen takes a very active role in mentoring women employed by KPMG as well as those who are still accounting students. She regularly takes time out to mentor, meet and connect with these students.

Passionate about serving the South Florida community, Karen has a longstanding relationship with the Miami City Ballet, one of the largest ballet companies in the United States, and previously served as the Chairman and President of its board of trustees. As Chairman, Karen had a critical role in the governance, oversight and growth of this national treasure.

In addition, Karen served on the Board of the Community Foundation of Broward, which provides leadership on community solutions, and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. She served on the Executive, Governance and Audit Committees.

She also is involved with several other organizations including: serving as a board member and co-chair of the South Florida Chapter of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation and a member of the UF Women’s Steering Council. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in accounting from the University of Florida. She is a certified public accountant in Florida.

Susan C. Keating

CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation (United States)

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Susan C. Keating is chief executive officer of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation (WCD).

Prior to joining WCD, Susan was president and chief executive officer of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), the largest and longest-serving nonprofit credit counseling organization in the United States. Under her leadership NFCC members improved the financial well-being of 26 million people with the support of $88 million in funding for housing programs and $36 million for other programs promoting financial wellness and stability.

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 executive positions with NationsBank, MNC Financial and First Bank System.

9:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Establishing and achieving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion goals are imperative for the survival, effectiveness and innovation of today’s corporations. Transformation is borne from diversity of thought, race, gender and ideologies. The WCD Diversity Steering Committee will share details on their initiative, findings and action items.

9:40 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Conversation

Debra L. Lee

Co-Founder, The Monarchs Collective; Director, AT&T, Marriott International, Procter & Gamble, Burberry, Cedars Sinai, American Film Institute, and The Paley Center for Media (United States)

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With a trailblazing career spanning over three decades, Debra L. Lee is one of the most influential female voices in the entertainment industry. Up until May 2018,Lee served as the Chairman & CEO of BET Networks, the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally.

During her tenure, Lee helmed BET’s reinvigorated approach to incorporate philanthropy & authentic programming that led to hits such as The New Edition Story, Being Mary Jane, The BET Awards, Black Girls Rock!, BET Honors and many more. In September 2009, Lee managed the launch of Centric, a 24-hour music and entertainment network. Under her guidance, Centric was rebranded in 2014 as the first network designed for Black women. She also oversees the company’s current growth initiatives, including international distribution of the brand in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to her being named Chairman and CEO, Lee was President and COO of BET Networks for almost 10 years, during which she guided the company to consistent increases in viewership, revenue, and earnings. She first joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel in 1986 after serving more than five years as an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson, a Washington D. C.-based corporate law firm. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment and Billboard’s Power 100, Lee’s achievements in her 30+ year career in the industry have earned her numerous accolades from across the cable industry, as well as recognition as one of this country’s most respected business executives. Lee was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Vanguard Award by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

In February 2017, the GRAMMY Organization recognized Lee with the Salute To Industry Icons Award, on behalf of her major contributions to American music and culture. Lee is currently the first and only woman to receive the distinguished honor. Lee is a committed philanthropist, a Brown University Trustee emeritus; and sits on the Board of Trustees for the American Film Institute, The Paley Center for Media, and The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

In 2011, Debra was appointed by President Obama to the White House Management Advisory Board during his tenure. Lee also currently sits on the Board of Directors for corporations like AT&T, Burberry, Marriott, Procter & Gamble, and Cedars-Sinai. Lee earned her Juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. In 2014, she was awarded with a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from Brown University.

Wonya Lucas

President and Chief Executive Officer, Crown Media Family Networks; Board of Jurors, Peabody Awards; Board of Trustees, Sundance Institute; Co-chair, WCD Atlanta (United States)

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Wonya Lucas is president and chief executive officer of Crown Media Family Networks. Lucas oversees the company’s portfolio of entertainment brands, including linear networks Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama; subscription video on demand service Hallmark Movies Now; and publishing division Hallmark Publishing. Lucas is based in the company’s Studio City office and reports to Mike Perry, president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Prior to joining Crown Media in August of 2020, Lucas was president and chief executive officer of Public Broadcasting Atlanta, where she oversaw Atlanta’s NPR (WABE) and PBS (ATL PBA) stations. Previously, she was president and chief executive officer of TV One, where she became the second African American woman to hold the president and chief executive officer role at a cable television network. Prior to joining TV One, Lucas held several positions at Discovery Communications, including executive vice president and chief operating officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel, and global chief marketing officer, which entailed oversight of marketing in 210 countries and over 130 networks.

Before joining Discovery Communications in 2008, Lucas served as general manager and executive vice president of The Weather Channel Networks, where she was responsible for corporate strategy and development and strategic marketing for The Weather Channel, Weather Channel radio and She joined The Weather Channel Networks from Turner Broadcasting System, where she acted in a variety of roles, including senior vice president of strategic marketing for CNN (, CNN radio, CNN Networks Worldwide and HLN); vice president of business operations and network development for TNT and TBS; and vice president of entertainment marketing for TNT Entertainment properties.

Earlier in her career, Lucas spent several years in various brand management roles for The Coca- Cola Company and Clorox.

Lucas currently serves on the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors and the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees. She received an MBA in Finance and Marketing from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and BS Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She will be based in Los Angeles.

10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Panel Discussion - Trends & Actions

David Chun

Founder and CEO, Equilar (United States)

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David has led Equilar since its inception to become one of the most trusted names in the corporate governance community. David has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Players in Corporate Governance” by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the Disruptor Award by 2020 Women on Boards and Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business. David speaks publicly on corporate governance and board diversity matters, including events hosted by The Conference Board, Deloitte, EY, HR Policy Association, KPMG, NACD, NASDAQ, NYSE, The Society for Corporate Governance and Stanford’s Directors’ College.

David is a Trustee of the Committee for Economic Development (CED) and serves on the boards of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) and the Asian Pacific Fund Community Foundation of San Francisco. He is on Catalyst’s Women on Board Advisory Council, the Silicon Valley Advisory Council of the Commonwealth Club of California, the Women on Boards Advisory Council of the California Partners Project and the Advisory Council of the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation. David is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Past Chair of the SF Bay Chapter, a founding member of the Council of Korean Americans (CKA) and a former advisory board member of the Wharton Center for Entrepreneurship.

Prior to founding Equilar, David was a Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, a global investment bank that has since merged with Credit Suisse. Prior to DLJ, David was a management consultant with Bain & Company and also Kenan Systems, a telecom software developer acquired by Lucent Technologies.

David earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Science with Honors in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

10:20 a.m. - 10:55 a.m.

Panel Discussion - Plans & Actions

Susan C. Keating

CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation (United States)

Susan Angele

Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center (United States)

Brenda J. Gaines

Director, Southern Company Gas, NACD, and Smithsonian Institution National Board; Member, WCD North Florida/South Georgia (United States)

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Brenda J. Gaines retired as President and CEO of Citicorp Diners Club, a member of Citigroup. Gaines was responsible for leading the activities of the North American franchise in the global twenty-nine billion-dollar Diners Club International network.

She served on the Diners Club International Global Board and the Citibank Canada Board of Directors. Prior to joining Citibank, Gaines served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Chicago’s Mayor Harold Washington and as Commissioner of the Department of Housing for the City of Chicago. Gaines received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her graduate degree from Roosevelt University, Chicago.

Ms. Gaines is a director of Southern Company Gas. She is a former director and Audit Chair of Tenet Healthcare, CNA Financial, Inc. and Office Depot and former Compensation Committee Chair of Fannie Mae. She is also a former director of Nicor, Inc. and AGL Resources. Ms. Gaines is a Director on the National Association of Corporate Directors, serves on the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution and Union Mission and Chairs the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service-Affiliations.

Ms. Gaines has twice been honored as one of the NACD Directorship 100. Ebony Magazine named Gaines in “15 at the Top in Corporate America” and Crain’s Chicago Business recognized her as one of the “100 Most Influential Women”. Fortune Magazine and Savoy Magazine recognized Gaines as one of “The Most Powerful Black Executives in America” and Black Enterprise Magazine included her as one of the “Top Fifty Blacks in Corporate America”. Ms. Gaines has been featured in the New York Times “The Boss” column and was also honored by her alma mater, Roosevelt University with the “Otto Wirth Award” for lifetime achievement.

Evelyn D’An

President, D’An Financial Services; Director, Summer Infant, Inc., Enochian BioSciences Inc.; Co-chair, BoardNext New York (United States)

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Evelyn is an experienced Independent Board Director and experienced Chair of Audit, Compensation and Nominating/Governance committees; CFO; Former Big 4 Audit Partner; and Hispanic business leader. Former Senior Finance Leader at a $5B global distributor and service provider for the wireless industry. Evelyn spent 18 years with EY where she served clients in retail, consumer products, technology, financial services, media and other sectors. Was named a Director to Watch by Directors & Boards Magazine.

Her diverse background offers a valuable combination of private equity ownership experience, along with public company corporate governance and reporting. Throughout her career, she has taken on financial and operational leadership roles and most recently is working as a financial advisor to several retail and consumer product direct to consumer businesses and start-ups.

Evelyn has been sitting on corporate boards since 2005. She currently serves on the Board of Summer Infant, a NASDAQ manufacturer of infant and juvenile products, with distribution into major retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Amazon. She chairs the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. In early 2018, she joined the board of Enochian Biosciences, Inc., a NASDAQ biosciences technology start-up engaged in R&D, manufacturing, and clinical trials of products for the human treatment of HIV/AIDS and cancer. She chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Compensation Committee. In March 2020, she joined the Board of GHD, an employee-owned professional services company operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. GHD provides engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services to private and public sector clients. Evelyn currently sits on GHD’s Diversity Council.

She is on the Board of the Florida National Association of Corporate Directors and is a frequent speaker at various NACD Chapters on governance topics. She is also a Co-Chair for BoardNext, an initiative of the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Foundation designed for experienced, highly qualified, board-ready women which offers educational programming, exceptional resources, mentoring and peer group support.

When she is not in the boardroom, she is enjoying time with her two adult kids and family. She enjoys frequent mini-retreats with friends, Soul Cycle and her newest adventure is outdoor cycling.

Cheryl Lynne Jones

President & CEO, Girls Incorporated; Director, Simmons Bank; Member, WCD St. Louis (United States)

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Cheryl Jones is the President & CEO of Girls Incorporated of St. Louis. The mission of Girls, Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold by providing educational, recreational, and cultural programs to girls in a safe environment to enable them to raise their aspirations and realize their potential. In 2015, Girls Incorporated became the number one affiliate. Girls Incorporated of St. Louis serves girls ages 5 to 18. The organization currently serves over 8000+ girls annually.

Cheryl Jones has served on a corporate board for Reliance Bank 2013-2019. Cheryl served on Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), Compliance and Audit Committees. Reliance was acquired by Simmons Bank in 2019. She currently serves on the Simmons Bank Advisory Committee.

Mrs. Jones served on the board of Directors for The Wilson School (Vice President), Citizens forMissouri Children, YMCA, COCA (Vice President and Strategic Planning Chair), NationalConference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) and YWCA. Served on a variety of advisory committees with Focus St. Louis, The Women’s Foundation and MICDS.

Mrs. Jones for 17 years was the President of Jones & Associates, Inc. Jones & Associates, Inc. focused on providing individuals and organizations with strategies and solutions to bring out their best performance and effect positive change. Cheryl created this company to inspire others to become leaders who can transform corporate and business environment where employees of all diverse backgrounds can experience extraordinary success. Cheryl’s areas of expertise: Leadership; culture; complex systems; change management; recruitment; diversity and inclusion.

Cheryl has customized many services to clients such as Frito-Lay, Ralston Purina, Citigroup, Sara Lee, Edward Jones, Nestle Purina, Pepsi Americas, Tyco Healthcare, Barnes Jewish Hospital, AT&T, Anheuser-Busch and NASA.

Mrs. Jones received a Bachelor of Science from Howard University, in Washington, D.C. She participated in the Executive Development Program at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire. She was selected as an American Express Aspen Institute Fellow (2017) and a participant for the Washington University Business Management for Non-Profit Leaders Program.

Mrs. Jones is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Links Inc. (served on the Executive Council 2014-2018; currently serving on the National Strategic Partnership Committee), and Carrousel, Inc.

Mrs. Jones is married to her husband, John for 30+years. She has one daughter, Brittany. She enjoys reading and traveling.

Anne Sempowski Ward

CEO, CURiO Brands; Director, Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., and SPS Commerce, Inc.; Member, WCD Minnesota (United States)

10:55 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Breakout Session

Led by members of WCD’s Diversity Steering Committee

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Crisis & Risk: Assessing and Mitigating Liabilities in the New Normal

Preparedness matters. Guarding against cyber-attacks, privacy, data and information governance, geopolitical risks, reputation, supply chains, natural disasters, the war on terror…what’s next and are we ready?

Chris Burt

Principal, Halex Consulting Limited; Director, Risk Coalition Research Company Limited (United Kingdom)

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Chris Burt is the principal of Halex Consulting and a co-founder of the Risk Coalition, thought leaders in risk governance and publishers of the acclaimed risk guidance Raising the Bar. He focuses on working with boards and executive management, and has over 25 years’ experience delivering governance, risk management and assurance consultancy to leading UK and European businesses. Chris is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and holds a degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham and a masters in secure e-commerce from Royal Holloway, University of London. Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG where he specialised in technology risk and information security (cyber) consulting, later extending his expertise into enterprise risk management and internal audit consulting with Deloitte. He then worked for several years with a highly regarded London-based boutique governance consultancy, first as a senior associate and then as a partner.

Nicole Reich

CEO, BNP PARIBAS Cardif; Director, COBIS Corp., Diesco, and Gentera y Compartamos; Member, WCD Mexico (Mexico)

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Nicole Reich is an executive with over 30 years in the financial sector both in Mexico and Latin America. Currently, she is Chief Executive Officer for BNP-Paribas Cardif Mexico since 2014. She is also an independent board member in a few companies in Mexico and abroad. Previous to her current role, Nicole served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Grupo Financiero Scotia bank Inverlat S.A. de C.V. from 2007 to September 2012 and Vice President of the National Banks association in Mexico. She was an Executive Vice President of Scotia bank Since April 2010.

She joined Scotia bank in 2005 after a long tenure at Citigroup where she held various senior roles in several Latin American countries, including General Manager and CEO for Peru, Chile and Dominican Republic. She has a Master in Business Administration degree from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico and a bachelor degree in Computer Science from The Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. She is also a graduate of the Executive Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and The Corporate leader program at Harvard School of business.

Jan Elizabeth Tighe

Vice Admiral, U.S Navy (Retired); Director, Goldman Sachs Group, Progressive Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, IronNet, MITRE, and US Naval Academy Foundation; Member, WCD South Florida (United States)

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Jan Tighe currently serves on the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs, the Huntsman Corporation, Progressive Insurance, IronNet Cybersecurity and serves as a Trustee for the MITRE Corporation. Jan retired from the US Navy in August 2018 as a Vice Admiral serving as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and as the 66th Director of Naval Intelligence. Previously, she served as the Commander of the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet where she was the first woman to command a numbered Fleet. A career cryptologist, she served around the globe in leadership positions for both the Navy and the National Security Agency, specializing in Signals Intelligence and Cyber Operations. She earned Naval Aviation Observer Wings and supported Operation DESERT STORM in the EP-3E aircraft. Jan is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and master of science in Applied Mathematics from the Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey CA. Jan is also a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)Governance Fellow.

Brian Zawada

Chief Operating Officer, Castellan Solutions, Inc.

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Brian Zawada is the Chief Operating Officer for Castellan Solutions, a firm specializing in business continuity and operational resilience program design, implementation and continual improvement delivered via consulting, software and staffing services. Prior to being acquired by Castellan, Brian was the co-founder and the Chief Visionary Officer for Avalution Consulting.

Over the past 25years, Brian has actively managed internal business continuity programs and consulted with public and private sector organizations of all sizes, helping them not only design and implement world-class business continuity programs, but also effectively use their response and recovery strategies to minimize impact when faced with a disruption.

In early 2019, Brian and the Avalution team pooled their collective experiences and formally introduced the Business Continuity Operating System (BCOS) to help organizations achieve–and sustain–the right level of resilience.

Outside of his work with Castellan and its clients, Brian previously served as theHead of the United States Delegation to ISO Technical Committee 223, the authors of ISO 22301. Brian contributed to ISO 22301 and led the project team that created ISO 22317, the business impact analysis standard, and ISO 22331, the business continuity strategy determination standard. Brian is also a frequent author and speaker, currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Board of Continuity Insights magazine. Brian also previously served as the Business Continuity Institute US Chapter Board President.

Brian is certified as a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Break & Exhibit Hall Open

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Technology: Actions, Opportunities and Consequences

Technology is the corporate superpower; however, with a superpower comes great responsibility. Artificial intelligence unleashes unconscious bias. Data collection, storage and governance is accompanied by privacy, cyber-attacks and misuse. Geolocation and social listening are early warning indicators to weigh heavily. Autonomous vehicles, drones have tremendous associated risks. Where is the line drawn for social responsibilities of digital platforms? Join leaders from top global technology companies to discuss these issues and much more.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Cyber Security: Understanding the Threat, Providing Credible Challenge and Oversight

A conversation on cyber security and the actions and considerations for boards

S. Leslie Ireland

Former Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of the Treasury; Director, Citigroup, Inc. and The Stimson Center; Member, WCD Washington, D.C. (United States)

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S. Leslie Ireland is on the Board of Directors of Citigroup, Inc. She offers insight and perspectives on financial threats faced by organizations in the public and private sectors, including cybersecurity and money laundering. Her expertise in protecting IT systems from internal and external cybersecurity threats, and setting and evaluating organizational risks, helps enhance the Board’s oversight of cybersecurity and risk management practices.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Stimson Center, a non-partisan policy research center working to resolve the world’s greatest threats to security and prosperity. Ms. Ireland is a member of Tapestry Networks Cyber Risk Directors Network and of the Board of Advisors for Cyber Florida. She retired from Federal service in November 2016 after 31 years in the Intelligence Community. She was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence and Analysis from 2010-2016 and took the Presidential appointment at Treasury after 25 years at CIA. Notable assignments there included President Obama’s daily intelligence briefer during the transition in 2008 and through the first year of his Administration, and the first DNI Iran Mission Manager, where she was responsible for overseeing the intelligence process on Iran for the entire US government.

Ms. Ireland is the recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest award bestowed by the Secretary of the Treasury, the Intelligence Community Seal Medallion, personally awarded by the DNI, the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal (2016 and 2008), and the CIA Intelligence Commendation Medal. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Georgetown University.

Richard H. Ledgett, Jr.

Former Deputy Director, National Security Agency; Director, M&T Bank; Senior Visiting Fellow, The MITRE Corporation (United States)

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Mr. Ledgett has four decades of intelligence and cyber experience, including 29 years with the National Security Agency (NSA), where he served as Deputy Director from January 2014 until his retirement in April 2017. He was the Agency’s chief operating officer, responsible for providing foreign intelligence and protecting the nation’s most important national security-related networks and information.

Mr. Ledgett led NSA’s Media Leaks Task Force, NSA’s 24/7 Cyber Threat Operations Center (NTOC), global language and analytic operations, global collection and cryptanalytic operations, and all NSA operations in the Pacific. Mr. Ledgett was the Intelligence Community’s first National Intelligence Manager for Cyber, serving as principal advisor to the Director of National Intelligence on all cyber matters. He was also the DNI’s Director for Collection, overseeing all of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s collection programs.

His civilian awards include the National Security Medal, the Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards, the National Intelligence Distinguished and Superior Service Medals, the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the CJCS Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the NSA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the NSA Exceptional and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, and the CIA Donovan Award.

Mr. Ledgett is a Director on the Board of M&T Bank, a Senior Visiting Fellow at The MITRE Corporation, a Trustee of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, and serves on several corporate and startup advisory boards.

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Intended and Unintended Consequences of Big Tech Panel

Jennifer L. Richter

Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Director, Drake University Law School Board of Governors (United States)

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Jennifer currently works on the next evolution of wireless networks, including regulatory and transactional matters to support deployment of small cell and 5G technologies that will enable Smart Cities and the Internet of Things (loT). She is an industry leader working with innovators, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to solve questions regarding acceptable communications solutions for airborne unmanned systems (drones and automated air taxis).

She serves as a subject matter expert for the FCC, the FAA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and represents two of the three top providers of Video Relay Services (VRS) for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Jennifer provides compliance and strategic advice, and litigation support to companies that must comply with the requirements of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). She is the head of the communications and information technology practice and member of the partnership admissions and the regulatory practice steering committees.

Jennifer Richter has represented technology and communications companies and investors for nearly three decades. She brings years of in-depth experience in the technology and communications field to her clients in the industry. She gained her insider’s knowledge of the business while serving as vice president and general counsel of a wireless communications company she helped build and sell to the Sprint Corporation.

Jennifer is recognized for exceptional depth in matters related to the wireless networks—spectrum transactions and wireless regulation. Jennifer represents a number of clients on drone applications, strategies and compliance. She was a voting member on the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee that studied and made recommendations to the FAA Administrator about technologies to enable remote tracking and identification of UAS. She serves on the steering committee of the ANSI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative (UASSC). Jennifer is an active participant in NASA’s UASUTM working groups.

She is a subject matter expert on the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council on UAS, and the Department of Homeland Security’s CIPAC, which is studying how to protect critical infrastructure from drones. For the CTIA/NASA UAS Working Group, Jennifer is active with members, the FCC and the FAA on spectrum solutions for UAS, including UAS command/control links, tracking and identification, payload communications, collision avoidance and UAS traffic management system.

She earned her J.D. from Drake University and is admitted to the District of Columbia bar.

Tania Binder

Consultant - Board, CEO, Private Equity and Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Spencer Stuart (United States)

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Tania Binder is a member of Spencer Stuart’s Board, CEO, Private Equity and Technology, Media & Telecommunications practices. She specializes in enterprise (B2B, SaaS, infrastructure) and consumer software from both a search and leadership advisory capacity. Specifically, she recruits and assesses board directors, CEOs, general managers, chief revenue officers, chief marketing officers and other core members of leadership teams responsible for driving transformation and growth. In addition to her work with clients, Tania has led Spencer Stuart’s West Coast offices and has served on the firm’s North American Operating Committee.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Tania served as general manager of a San Francisco-based boutique firm specializing in recruiting technology leaders for high-growth venture-backed tech companies.

Previously, she was senior vice president at TRX Training, where she built the company’s worldwide sales operations and grew the organization’s sales, digital and customer service capability across retail, enterprise and government channels. Earlier in her career, Tania was with BMC Software, where she held several senior management roles in sales, marketing and business development, leading large-scale sales teams and managing client relationships with major enterprise customers.

Tania earned both a bachelor’s in human biology (neuroscience) and a master’s in organizational behavior from Stanford University.

Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas

President, Farkas Global Strategies, LLC; Director, Franklin & Marshall College, Project 2049 Institute, and Supporters of Civil Society (United States)

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Dr. Evelyn N. Farkas is President of Farkas Global Strategies, serving as a senior advisor for U.S. clients seeking international business and business with the federal government. She advises clients on interaction with U.S. and foreign governments and Congress, and personally knows many of the senior Biden Administration officials (including several reporting directly to the President), and many members of Congress.

Farkas has three decades of experience working on national security policy – including export control policy, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, and risk mitigation-- in the U.S. executive, legislative branch, private sector and for international organizations overseas. In 2019-2020, she ran to represent New York’s 17th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. Prior to that, she was Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Atlantic Council and National Security Contributor for NBC/MSNBC.

She served from 2012 to 2015 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia, Balkans, Caucasus and conventional arms control. From 2010 to 2012 she was Senior Advisor for Public-Private Partnership to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Special Advisor to the Secretary of Defense for the NATO Summit. Prior to that, she was Executive Director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism and senior fellow at the American Security Project. From 2001 to 2008, she served as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee responsible for Asia Pacific, Western Hemisphere, Special Operations Command, and policy issues including combatting terrorism, and export control.

From 1997-2001, Farkas was a professor of international relations at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College. She served 1996-97 in Bosnia with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She has published numerous journal articles and opinion pieces and Fractured States and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, Ethiopia, and Bosnia in the 1990s (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press). She speaks Hungarian and German, has studied French, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Russian and Hindi.

Dr. Farkas obtained her MA and Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the NAACP, Belizean Grove, the Executive Steering Committee of Leadership Council- Women in National Security and the Board of Trustees of Franklin & Marshall College, where she is Vice Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee and member of the Technology Committee, which considers issues of cybersecurity and privacy.

She will be joining the board of Project 2049, a non-profit focused on China and East Asia.

Shamla Naidoo

Managing Partner, IBM; Director, QBE NA (United States)

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Shamla Naidoo is an accomplished executive with experience managing hundreds of millions of dollars in budgets for large, globally distributed teams who support operations in 170 countries. As Managing Partner of IBM Global Security Services, Shamla is one of the most influential security executives among Fortune 50 companies. Her advice and thought leadership in strategy and execution is sought by governments, public institutions, and private companies. Her ability to communicate complex technical concepts into simpler, more understandable terms is highly regarded.

Shamla has worked in Information Technology and Information Security over the last 38 years, in every role from programmer, network designer, engineer, functional director to global leader. She has earned the respect of industry peers by taking the time to understand their businesses inside and out - aligning her activities with strategic business objectives. Her training as a lawyer gives her a unique ability to align business objectives with the legal requirements specific to different industries. She has earned the affection of her team by acting as a catalyst for unprecedented change, helping organizations achieve dynamic results, leading to growth opportunities for the business and for individual contributors.

Shamla serves as an independent director of QBENA and on advisory and academic boards.. She is a member of the Security 50, the top security executives in the world, recognized by the World 50. She has been admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the DC Bar and also teaches technology and privacy law at UIC, John Marshall Law School.

Heather Redman

Co-Founder & Managing Director, Flying Fish Partners; Director, Coldstream Wealth Management, Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Washington Technology Industry Association, Beneficial State Bank, Washington State University, Global EIR; Advisor, Blokable; Member, WCD Seattle (United States)

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Heather Redman is Co-Founder & Managing Partner at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm investing in artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics companies. She serves on the boards of Beneficial State Bank (Lead Independent Director and member Audit & Technology Committees), Coldstream Holdings Inc., Greater Seattle Metropolitan Chamber (past Chair), Washington Technology Industry Association (Chair), Technology Alliance, the Ruckelshaus Center, Institute for Systems Biology and as a Regent of the Washington State University. She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coalition, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT, the advisory board of iInovate, and as a mentor at Techstars. She was named to the 2020 Power 100 and 2019 Director of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal. Heather is active in local and national policy and politics. She speaks and writes frequently on a variety of topics. She holds a JD (with distinction) from Stanford and her BA from Reed.

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Closing Address

Larry Fink

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc. (United States)

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Laurence D. Fink is Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackRock. He and seven partners founded BlackRock in 1988, and under his leadership, the firm has grown into a global leader in investment and technology solutions. BlackRock’s mission is to help investors build better financial futures and the firm is trusted to manage more money than any other investment company in the world. Mr. Fink has been named one of the "World's Greatest Leaders" by Fortune, and Barron's has named him one of the "World's Best CEOs" for 14 consecutive years.

Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Mr. Fink was a member of the Management Committee and a Managing Director of The First Boston Corporation. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of New York University (NYU) and the World Economic Forum, and is Co-Chairman of the NYU Langone Medical Center Board of Trustees. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Rescue Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management in Beijing and on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City.

Mr. Fink earned an MBA with a concentration in real estate from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1976 and a BA in political science from UCLA in 1974.

Sue Wagner

Director, Apple, BlackRock, Inc., Swiss Re AG, Samsara Networks, Color Genomics; Member, WCD New York (United States)

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Sue Wagner is a co-founder and Director of BlackRock, where she served as Vice Chairman and a member of the Global Executive and Operating Committees before retiring in 2012. Over the course of her nearly 25 years at the firm, Ms. Wagner served as Chief Operating Officer, head of Strategy and Corporate Development, and started and ran the Alternative Investments and International client businesses. She also co-founded and chaired BlackRock’s Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) and sponsored the Women’s Leadership Forum.

Throughout her tenure at BlackRock, Ms. Wagner led strategy development and coordinated the firm's strategic initiatives, including BlackRock's mergers with PNC, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Barclays Global Investors, joint ventures in Japan, China and India, the firm’s initial public offering, and the launch of BlackRock Solutions.

Prior to founding BlackRock, Ms. Wagner was a Vice President in the Mortgage Finance Group at Lehman Brothers, where her innovative work with clients was cited as "Deal of the Month" (Nov. 1986) and "Deal of the Year" (Jan. 1987) by Investment Dealers' Digest. Ms. Wagner previously assisted in writing and editing Conversations with Economists, which was named one of the ten best business and economics books published in 1984 by both Business Week and Forbes.

Ms. Wagner was named among Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business," included on similar lists published by the Financial Times and Crain’s New York, and honored by the National Council for Research on Women. She graduated with honors from Wellesley College with a BA in English and economics, and earned an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago, where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Recently honored by the National Association of Corporate Directors, Ms. Wagner serves on the Boards of Apple, BlackRock, Swiss Re, Color Genomics, Samsara and Wellesley College.

3:15 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Camille Asaro

Audit Partner, Investment Management, KPMG LLP; Lead Director and Board Chair, WCD Foundation; Member, WCD New York (United States)

Susan C. Keating

CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation (United States)