BETTER BOARDS: The Diversity Advantage

Unveiling the Insights of 100 Directors

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OCTOBER 28, 2021  |  12 – 1:30 PM PST  |  VIRTUAL

JOIN US THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28 as we unveil the key themes and findings from our innovative research on best practices of gender and racially diverse boards. Better Boards Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was formed out of a conviction that diverse corporate boards have the power to make the world a better place, creating more equitable workplaces and a fairer society. To capture the best practices of boards capitalizing on diversity, BBI interviewed over 100 corporate directors – 50 men, 50 women, 40% people of color, in line with the U.S. census. These thought leaders shared best practices on inclusion, recruiting, onboarding, board dynamics and board leadership. They also shared insight on the growing impact of boards in a time of ESG and a more stakeholder driven approach.

Individual registration $75 (tax deductible donation)


12:00-12:10  |  Welcome and board diversity trends

12:10-12:30  |  Unveiling Better Boards Research

12:30-1:30    |  Best Practices and Insights from Corporate Directors




Co-Founder | Better Boards Initiative



Director | Commvault, Lumen Technologies, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Quadient



Director | Appvion, Frontdoor, HollyFrontier Corp., Kraton Corp., Willis Towers Watson

Zander Lurie



Director | Momentive, GoPro, Grokker

Kelvin Westbrook



Director | Archer Daniels Midland, Camden Property Trust, The Mosaic Co, T-Mobile US



Senior Advisor, Board Governance | KPMG Board Leadership Center

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Bronze Sponsors

Event Co-Chairs & Committee


Co-Founder, Better Boards Initiative

Director | Woods Bagot Holdings, Smart Wires Technology, NACD Northwest Chapter



Founder & CEO, MAG3 LLC

Director | Portland General Electric, CoreSite Realty Corporation, Wireless Technology Group, AXIS Capital Holdings Limited

Karen Aliabadi

Chief Human Resources Strategist, Delta Dental of Washington

Patty Bedient

Director - Alaska Air Group, Suncor Energy, Park Hotels and Resorts

Beth Birnbaum

Director - Wiley, Fandom, RTS, Ripl, Bridge Legal

Adriane Brown

Director - Director – American Airlines Group, Axon, eBay, KKR

Minerva Butler

Director - Cascadia College, Eastside Health Alliance, EvergreenHealth

Pam Cory

Director - HeyMentor, IAMCP D&I

Elissa Fink

Director - Talend, Qumulo, Pantheon Platform, Intellimize, Uberflip, Conversica

Harini Gokul

Customer Success Leader, Amazon Web Services

Chloe Harford

Director - Roofstock, JetClosing

Karen Lee

Director - Northwest Natural Holding, W. Lease Lewis, Federal Reserve Bank of SF

Kathi Lentzsch

Director - 4FrontVentures

Vanessa Pegueros

Director - BECU Audit Committee, Prisidio

Leslie Rice

Senior Vice President & Division Sales Executive, Wells Fargo

Eve Stacey

Vice President, Go To Market, US Partner Group, Microsoft

Chaitra Vedullapalli

Co-Founder & CMO, Meylah

Kelly Wright

Director - Fastly, Lucid, Plum Acquisition Corp