4th Annual Women on Corporate Boards
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DARYA Allen-Attar, Broads Circle Founder, PRESENTS
Sitting pretty on a public company board: should she care what the shareholders think?Â Please join us for a substantive discussion of an illustrative… Show more case study at roundtables followed by a moderated panel discussion.Â
We are pleased to offer 2 hours of education credits through Nacd (National Association of Corporate Directors) and also Cpe credits for accountants .
Roundtable Discussions: Table leaders will facilitate discussion at each table and seating will be assigned prior to the event. A copy of the case study will be sent to registered attendees the week of the event. Table assignments will be given at event check-in.
From our panel: Â Robin Abrams Â Beth Bronner Â Larraine Segil Â Katherine Blair Â Moira Conlon Â Fay Feeney Â Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire
Special Guests: Â Elizabeth Greenwood, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer, Tennenbaum Capital Partners Â Eileen Terry, CEO, Etc Consulting (formerly Chro, Panda Restaurant Group)
Tables of 8 will consist of the following representative roles:
The Investor Shareholder
Management: The CEO
Shareholder Representative, ISS
Hedge Fund Activist Investor
ROBIN Abrams Board Director, HCL Technologies Board Director, Unwired Planet, Inc. Board Director, Sierra Wireless, Inc. Board Director, FactSet Research Systems, Inc. Board Director, Lattice Semiconductor
BETH Bronner Managing Director, Mistral Equity Partners; Board Member, The Goodman Theater; Board Member, President's Advisory Council of Vassar College; Board Member, Marketing Steering Committee, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
LARRAINE Segil CEO of Little Farm Company Board Member, Frontier Communications (Nyse: FTR); Board Member, National Association of Corporate Directors (Nacd) Southern California section; Foundation Board of The Committee of 200; Board of Governors of Cedars Sinai Medical Center; Advisory Board of Edgecast, a Content Delivery Network Company (CDN)
Katherine Blair Partner, K&L Gates LLP
MOIRA Conlon President, Financial Profiles
Event Producers: Fay Feeney, CSP, Arm CEO, Risk for Good; Broads Circle Advisory Board Member; Nacd Director Board Leadership Fellow
BETSY Berkhemer-Credaire President, Berkhemer Clayton Inc. Retained Executive Search; Chairman of Women Corporate Directors (WCD), Southern Ca Chapter
Thanks to K&L Gates for co-sponsoring this event with Broads Circle
Over 30+ years of experience in building and developing high tech companies including executive positions at Norwest Banks (now Wells Fargo), Unisys, Managing Director Apple Asia where she led teams to open the China and India Markets for Apple Computer. CEO of several companies including VeriFone and Palm Computing. In the last decade she has been a â€œhired gunâ€* for investors and assigned to Chemdex (Kleiner Perkins), BlueKite (TPG), Connection to eBay (Accenture), Firefly Mobile.Â
Robin currently serves on several public company boards:Â HCL Technologies, Unwired Planet, Sierra Wireless, FactSet Research and Lattice Semiconductor.Â Robin is focused on two primary non-profit activities: the Los Altos School District finance committee (Cacf) and the Anita Borg Institute which promotes science and technology education and careers for women.
BETH Bronner Managing Director, Mistral Equity Partners LLC
Ms. Bronner is a senior business leader with an outstanding track record delivering strong, profitable revenue and market share growth for marquee brands â€“ Jim Beam, Revlon, Nabisco, At&T, Haagen-Dazs and Citibank.Â She has demonstrated success in change management, business turnarounds, organization restructuring, and high-performance team building.Â Her proven ability to build brands is the result of strong consumer insights, strategic integrated marketing and superior market execution. Ms. Bronner is a Managing Director of Mistral Equity Partners, LLC.Â Mistral is a private equity firm that specializes in the consumer and media sectors.Â Portfolio companies include Shearerâ€™s, Jamba Juice, Worldlynx, LoveSac, Vino Volo, XpresSpa and Country Pure Foods. Ms. Bronner was Global Chief Marketing Officer of Beam Spirits and Wine, President of consumer businesses for Revlon, Haagen-Dazs and Sunbeam and held senior marketing positions across a diverse group of consumer focused product and service industries. Ms Bronner has had significant board director experience.Â Previous board assignments include Assurant, Inc., The Hain Celestial Group, Syms, Inc., Jamba Juice,Â Cool Brands International, Reddy Ice, Inc. and Oak Industries.Â Her committee experience includes audit, compensation and governance as well as two special committees.Â She has chaired the compensation committees for both Hain Celestial and Assurant, the governance committee for Cool Brands and the Assurant Special Committee during an SEC investigation. Ms. Bronner received a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.Â She currently serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations including The Goodman Theater, Presidentâ€™s Advisory Council for Vassar College and The Marketing Steering Committee of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.Â She is a former member of the board of The Cradle Foundation, The University of Chicago Laboratory School, The New School and The Womenâ€™s Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
LARRAINE Segil CEO of Little Farm Company
Larraine Segil is a seasoned senior executive with entrepreneurial general management experience, and a world renowned level of expertise in conflict resolution and the creation, implementation and management of complex business alliances and outsourcing relationships
Partner Emeritus of Vantage Partners, a consulting firm in conflict resolution and internal and external relationship management. She sold her shares of Vantage Partners in 2007
Board of Frontier Communications (Nasdaq: FTR), Stamford CT., a Fortune 300 company; Audit for 5 years, now on Nominating & Governance (since 2005), & Compensation Committees
Advisory Board of Edgecast, Content Delivery Network Company (CDN) in Los Angeles.
Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (Nacd) Southern California section. Chair of Nominating and Governance
Senior research fellow at the Ic2 Institute at the University of Texas, Austin (15 years); on Entrepreneurs Board,Price Center at the UCLA Anderson School of Management (21 years)
Vice Chair of Governing Board and Chair of Foundation Board of The Committee of 200, a global group of Women CEOs
Board of Trustees of Southwestern School of Law & Advisor to Drucker/Southwestern Jdmba alliance
Board of Governors Cedars Sinai Medical Center (20 years) ? Golf 2.0 Business Womenâ€™s Council for the PGA 2012
Keynote speaker on alliances and outsourcing
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles on The Business o f Strategic Alliances for (Southwestern/Drucker) Jdmba candidate s
CEO of family-held, small agricultural holding company, Little Farm Company, CA
2009-2012 On UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/World Health Organization (Who) Tropical Diseases Special Advisory Group on Alliances (Saag) Geneva, Switzerland
Board of The Los Angeles Regional Technology Alliances (Larta) representing 35,000 Southern California early stage technology companies for 16 years
24 years taught executive education at The California Institute of Technology, (Caltech), Pasadena Ca, two day program on Global Alliances
Former CEO of an advanced materials company providing products and services to aerospace and electronics manufacturers worldwide
Co-founded California Thrift and Loan Company & a series of free standing ambulatory care clinics providing medical services; practiced immigration, litigation & corporate law
Author of Six Books â€“ One Fiction (Penguin Books) and Five Business Books (Random House, John Wiley, Amacom . Composer of Music and Creator of Childrenâ€™s Products (Books, CDâ€™s and more).
Creator of two endowment funds for scholarships for women managers in strategic alliances â€“at Jdmba program at The Peter Drucker School of Management & Southwestern School of Law, and at Pepperdine Business School Presidential Key Executive MBA Program.BA Honors in Latin and Classics, JD & MBA degrees.
KATHERINE Blair Partner, K&L Gates, LLP Ms. Blair is a transactional partner practicing in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, and general commercial matters. She serves as the managing partner of the Los Angeles Corporate Practice. She has advised both sellers and buyers on a variety of complex transactions, including stock and asset sales, mergers, management and leveraged buy outs, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and reorganizations. She represents companies in the structure, negotiation, diligence, and completion of transactions ranging from several million dollars to more than $500 million. She has worked in a diverse range of industries, such as mortgage banking, consumer and retail goods, internet and telecommunications, foreign manufacturing, biotechnology, and travel.
Ms. Blair also has extensive experience representing companies and underwriters in various corporate finance and capital market transactions, including IPOs, secondary and follow-on offerings, registered direct and at-the-market offerings, reverse mergers, PIPEs, offshore transactions, trust preferred, debt and preferred stock offerings, tenders offers, going private transactions, and venture capital financings.
She advises companies on state and federal regulatory and governance and compliance matters related to the SEC, Finra, Nyse, Nyse Amex, Nasdaq, state regulators, and other authorities. Ms. Blair also acts as consistent corporate counsel for companies advising them on general corporate matters, including Board and management counseling, disclosure matters and controls, equity compensation, and other business matters.
MOIRA Conlon President, Financial Profiles
As the Founder and President of Financial Profiles, Moira is responsible for many of the firm's key clients. Over her 25 year career, Moira has provided strategic counsel to managements, boards and communications teams of over 100 public and private companies in a variety of industries, including business services, consumer, traditional and renewable energies, engineering & construction services, financial services, health care, technology, and telecom.
Moira has led numerous investor relations programs, assisting clients with valuation issues, corporate positioning and message development, earnings communication, investor presentations, guidance, disclosure, investor and analyst targeting, financial media outreach, analyst days, annual reports and board presentations.
Moira has advised numerous companies on transactions including initial public offerings, spin-offs, divestitures and mergers and acquisitions. She has also provided communications counsel to companies facing a wide variety of crises including significant earnings disappointments, options backdating, activist shareholders, employee lay-offs, management transitions and litigation.
Prior to founding Financial Profiles, Moira was a managing director at The Abernathy MacGregor Group, a leading financial PR firm specializing in transaction communications, crisis communications and investor relations. Previously, Moira was executive vice president of Financial Relations Board, where she directed the agency's West Coast investor relations practice.
Moira began her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co., where she assisted banks and thrifts with equity, debt, money market and mortgage finance transactions.
Moira has a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University. She is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute. Moira is a past judge for Ernst & Young's Greater Los Angeles Area Entrepreneur of the Year Program.
DARYA Allen-Attar Founder, Broads Circle Financial Advisor
Darya founded Broads Circle in 2008 with the goal of creating an exclusive network of senior businesswomen in the Los Angeles area. Broads Circle focuses on Money and Power for women. A "Broad" in our circle is a dynamic, smart, successful woman responsible for driving revenue and growing capital. Our events provide a venue for making high quality revenue connections and are focused on taking women to the next and highest level in business to assume leadership positions. We draw from a wide range of industries, and in fact make a point of holding events which highlight women who lead in all the industries that are well represented in Los Angeles.
With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Darya's forte is strategic wealth management for families and foundations. She is a Cpa and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS), and obtained her MBA from Fordham University. Darya has taught as an adjunct professor of Finance at New York University and has authored many financial planning articles.Â Darya is married with three children, lives in Pacific Palisades, Ca, and currently serves on the Boards of the Westside Ymca Los Angeles and Mann Healthcare Partners. Darya is also the president of the Los Angeles Chapter of AdvisorsÂ in PhilanthropyÂ (La AiP).
Guest Table Discussion Leaders:
ELIZABETH Greenwood General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC (Nasdaq: TCPC) Elizabeth Greenwood is General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Tennenbaum Capital Partners, an alternative investment management firm focused primarily on credit opportunities. She has a diverse legal background, including extensive in-house investment advisor and private equity experience.
She formerly served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Strome Investment Management, L.P. ("Strome"). Prior to Strome, Ms. Greenwood worked at portfolio companies funded by Pacific Capital Group and Ridgestone Corporation, including acting as Assistant General Counsel of Global Crossing Ltd.Â Ms. Greenwood began her legal career as an associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.
Ms. Greenwood is a founding member of the West Coast Chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds and currently serves on the Board of the Association of Women in Alternative Investing. Ms. Greenwood received a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Business Administration with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin.
EILEEN M. Terry CEO, Etc Consulting, LLC (Formerly Chief People Officer, Panda Restaurant Group) A multi-experienced and dimensional woman, Eileen started an active business career, which has spanned the last 35 years. Eileen graduated with degrees in Philosophy and Sociology. She started her business climb with Procter & Gamble. While employed there, and then at Pillsbury Corporation, she perfected her persuasive selling skills. She moved on to Southland Corporation and then Chevron, taking positions from multi-unit oversight to marketing, merchandizing, and operations management. Eileenâ€™s next stop was Blockbuster, where she successfully progressed through several positions before becoming the only female to reach to top ranking of Executive Vice President inside Blockbuster! Eileen was responsible for working all franchisees across the United States and Puerto Rico representing 1,050 stores, the companyâ€™s non-Blockbuster branded domestic retail concepts, and the operation of Blockbusterâ€™s 450 Canadian stores.Â In addition, she served as the Global Diversity Officer driving forward Blockbusterâ€™s global diversity efforts, and successfully developed a world-class diversity council and program that resulted in several national awards by key ethnic/diversity groups.
In 2006, Eileen left corporate America to start her business in Executive Coaching and consulting support. She has successfully supported leadership in the C-Suite, as well as VP and other leadership levels. She is certified in Eq, Mbti, and several other team effectiveness methods. She combines her deep business experience with her natural sense of humor, wrapped up in an impeccable commitment to serving her clients. It is a powerful combination.
In 2011, she took on an Interim Chief People Officer role for one of her key clients. She spent two years helping them work on their culture, senior team, people development process and succession planning. In 2013, she completed her work at Panda, and has enthusiastically returned to her passion â€¦Etc Consulting and Executive Coaching.
Eileen is a widely sought motivational speaker on a range of topics, from Leadership Development, Emotional Intelligence, Diversity Impact, Female Executive Success, and How to create Functional Teams. Additionally, she has always given back to the community by serving on numerous prestigious community and industry boards, several examples being the Womenâ€™s Franchising and Distribution Forum Board, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (Mda), and the Urban League Youth Diversion Board.Â She was also keynote speaker at the inaugural North Texas Gay/Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as well as the Houston Gay/Lesbian Chamber.Â Most recently, she served for 2 years as Co-Chair of the Seattle Mayorâ€™s Commission on Sexual Minorities.
NetworkingÂ and Cocktail Reception - Terrace
Welcome Comments - Ballroom
Keynote Speaker and Introductions
Moderated Panel Discussion of Case Study
Q&A and Closing Comments
7:45-9:00pm - Post-Event Bot tom Line Broads and Executive Broads Dinner to follow (by invitation only):
Roundtable discussions led by panelists:
Â - Pathways for getting your first private company Board seat
Â - If you already have private company experience, how do you move up to a public company Board?
Â - Does it pay to sit on a Corporate Board, in terms of income and future economic opportunities? Â
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Event Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Event Location: Â Luxe Sunset Hotel, Los Angeles (see Google map above right)
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