Day 2: September 13, 2022

*Please note, all times listed are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Networking (Sponsored by Goldman Sachs)
Open to All Attendees

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

LATAM Group Breakfast 

8:00 a.m. - 8:10 am

Welcome and Introduction

  • Jennifer Reynolds, CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation 

  • Karen Mitchell Curran, WCD’s Lead Director & KPMG Partner

8:10 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.

Fireside Chat - Private Equity Focused: Creating Long-Term Value Through Governance Open to All Attendees
Strong corporate governance has been proven to increase the value returned to investors, and directors of PE-backed company boards are actively overseeing critical value drivers such as ESG, digital disruption, finance transformation, cyber security, and human capital management. This fireside chat will cover how directors can make an impact, best practices for working with management, and the value of board diversity in the PE sphere.


  • Tania Carnegie, Principal, Advisory, KPMG LLP (US)

  • Christine Anderson, Senior Managing Director & Global Head of External Relations, Blackstone; Director, Diligent and Bumble (US)

  • Elizabeth Lewis, Deputy Head of ESG, Blackstone (US)

8:40 a.m. - 9:25 a.m.

Panel: Success Factors for Private Equity Boards Open to All Attendees
This panel will take a deeper dive on private equity board governance and how to get on a PE-backed board.

  • Phyllis Caldwell, Managing Director, Wroxton Civic Ventures LLC

  • David Chun, CEO, Equilar

  • Anne Sempowski Ward, CEO of CURiO and Director at SPS Commerce and Vanda Pharmaceuticals

  • Janet Wong, Director, Enviva Inc, Lucid Group, Lumentum Holdings and SHINE Technologies

9:25 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


Panel: Transformative Leadership & Trust Open to All Attendees
Transformative leadership is necessary to ensure future growth and long-term sustainability. As companies face continued challenges from the pandemic, industry transformation, shifting employee and consumer preferences, what can business leaders and board members do to build trust and lead their organizations forward? How can a culture of trust and transparency be created and encouraged, while also preparing for disruptive times and minimizing risks associated with a rapidly changing environment?

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

  • Kerry Berchem, Partner, Akin Gump (US)  

  • Esi Eggelston Bracey, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer NA, Beauty & Personal Care - Unilever; Director Six Flags & Williams Sonoma (US)

  • Suzanne Burns, Consultant, Spencer Stuart

  • Richard Edelman, CEO, Edelman (US) (Moderator)

  • Leslie Seidman, Director, GE & Moody’s (US)

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Panel: Countering Ever-Present Cyber and Ransomware Attacks Open to All Attendees
Cyber and ransomware threats are a persistent concern for companies and governments, with even great escalation due to the conflict in Ukraine and additional sanctions placed on Russia. Are new protocols and defenses necessary; and, if so, what critical actions must companies be taking now to be prepared. In addition, The U.S. SEC has proposed a new rule that would require cyber incident reporting within four days, periodic updates be disclosed, and management’s board’s role and oversight of cybersecurity risks. What should boards be seeing from management and what questions should be asked by the board?

  • Dr. Lisa Costa, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, United States Space Force (former CIO, USSOCOM) (US)

  • Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach, MD The ExCo Leadership Group, Director RiskQ, easyJet plc, Aira Technologies Inc. (Germany) 

  • Jan Tighe, Vice Admiral (Retired), U.S. Navy, Director, Goldman, Huntsman, Progressive, IronNet (US)

  • Palmina Fava, Partner, Vinson & Elkins (Moderator) (US)

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Exploring the New Digital Frontier: Web 3.0 and the Metaverse - What the Board Needs to Know Open to All Attendees 
Built on blockchain technology, cryptoassets and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Web 3.0 is continuing to evolve the internet. In addition, companies of all sizes have started to enter the Metaverse, which incorporates AI/AR, and will transform the way companies interact with customers, shareholders, and employees. How do these new platforms work? What should companies do to prepare now for future engagement? What questions should board members ask of management regarding new tech deployment and enablement?

  • Jesse Bryan, CEO, The Belief Agency (US)

  • Agustina Fainguersch, Managing Director, Spanish-Speaking Latin America & Miami at Meta (Latin America)

  • Cecilia Giordano, President & CEO Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mercer (Latin America) 

  • Anu Puvvada, Managing Director, KPMG LLP (US) (Moderator)

  • Marie Wieck, Executive Partner, Ethos Capital

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

*All sessions listed are concurrent

Option 1: Lunch & Networking

Option 2: Industry Breakout - Future of Energy (Sponsored by Vinson & Elkins

  • ​On August 12, 2022 – a little over two weeks after the legislation was announced, the Inflation Reduction Act (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Biden. This Act represents one of the most sweeping pieces of climate policy legislation ever enacted in the United States, and is anticipated to spur record setting growth of green and clean energy and drive trillions of dollars of investment into the industry. This breakout session will explore the energy provisions in the IRA and what it may mean for the future of the energy industry.

    • Sarah Morgan, Partner, Capital Markets and Mergers & Acquisitions, Vinson & Elkins

    • Lauren Collins, Partner, Tax, Vinson & Elkins


Option 3: Industry Breakout: IFC Nominee Directorship Center Briefing (Sponsored by IFC)

  • Presentation about IFC’s approach to strengthening the role of women on the boards of investee companies

    • Marie-Laurence Guy, Head, Nominee Directorship Center, IFC

    • Jakob Rusinek, Operations Officer, IFC

1:15 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.

Diversifying the Board - The Journey and Experiences of Women of Color 

Gender diversity on boards is still a long way from parity, and the percentages of people of color on boards is dismal. During this discussion, the panelists will cover their personal journeys to the boardroom, their experiences once at the table, and recommendations for women who have board aspirations.

  • Bernadette S Aulestia, Chief Growth Officer, Callisto Media, Inc.; Director, Openmind Learning, Inc., Nexstar Media Group, Inc, Candoo Tech, Encantos Inc, The 1k Project, Inkwell, and Dennys Corp (US)

  • Olu Beck, CEO, The Beck Group NJ LLC; Director, Saputo Group, Denny’s Corporation, Hostess Brands, and Freshpet (US)

  • Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Director, Equitable Holdings, Inc, Xenia Hotels & Resorts, Inc., and Compass Group Plc (US)

  • Tina Reich, Director, (US)

  • Ilana Wolfe, Head of Corporate Board Engagement, Goldman Sachs

1:55 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


2:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

  • Jennifer Reynolds, CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation 

  • Karen Mitchell Curran, WCD's Lead Director & KPMG Partner 

Peer Exchanges Open to WCD Members and Non-Members Who Serve on a Board

*All sessions listed are concurrent

Option 1: Nominating & Governance: Board Accountability Amidst Transition & Global Challenges - (Sponsored by Spencer Stuart)

Boards and management teams are pivoting to a new normal amidst transition and global challenges, taking a fresh look at themselves including their overall performance, suitability as individual directors, and preparedness to navigate new strategic goals, missions and skills that may be needed amidst today’s global challenges. Investors, regulators, and other stakeholders are calling for greater transparency around board effectiveness and performance across a wide range of issues. Our speakers will address good practices to improve board and management engagement and performance including as board refreshment and potential leadership transitions occur. What can boards do better to foster an inclusive board culture and prepare for the future needs of the business, workforce, and stakeholders?

  • Lydia Beebe, Principal, LIBB Advisors LLC, Chair of the Board, EQT Corporation, Director, Kansas City Southern Railway Company, Aemetis (US)

  • Christine Edwards, Principal, Red Bee Consulting LLC; Director, BMO Financial Group and Rush University Medical Center (US)

  • Kathleen Tamayo, Consultant, Chicago, Spencer Stuart (Moderator) (US)

Option 2: Private Company & Family Business Networking Session

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Nominating & Governance Peer Group Cocktail Reception (Sponsored by Spencer Stuart)

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fireside Chat & Panel: HCM and Workforce of Future Open to All Attendees

Human capital management including diversity and corporate culture are top of mind for business leaders today. Now, more than ever, leaders are expected to be strategic, decisive and forward-thinking, while also showing empathy, purpose and understanding for

employees and stakeholders including taking positions on societal issues such as the environment, diversity, and social inequities.

How has the board’s oversight role evolved in recent years and what leading boards are doing and/or should be doing to ensure a healthy, engaged, diverse and productive workplace and leadership team. What questions can board members ask of management to get a better understanding of the strength, diversity and wellbeing of their workforce and workplace?

2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

  • Andrea Avila, CEO, Randstad Argentina & Uruguay (Argentina)

  • Patricia Pomies, COO Globant (NYSE: GLOB)

  • Susan Salka, CEO, AMN Healthcare