NACD - National Association of Corporate Directors

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From asphalt to grain production and from outpatient care centers to consulting services, all industries are experiencing an underlying current that is stirring unprecedented change. How are constantly changing technologies affecting your boardroom?

Inspired by conversations with directors from a diverse range of industries, NACD is offering this first-of-its-kind event to help directors harness one of today’s most daunting challenges—overseeing technology risks and opportunities.

The NACD Technology Symposium will empower directors with advanced insights on how the latest technology trends from Silicon Valley are shaping the future of your organization—from data analytics to cybersecurity to privacy practices.

Exclusive access to Silicon Valley’s industry experts and venture capitalists on the pulse of technology innovation during an experiential tour will stimulate questions for panel and peer-to-peer discussions, including how best to prepare your board to mitigate technology-related risks and capitalize on these new opportunities.

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Agenda

NACD is curating an immersive, experiential agenda that combines on-site tours of Silicon Valley's leading technology firms and thought-provoking conversations with seasoned directors, technology innovators, venture capitalists, leading executives, and cybersecurity thought leaders:

Day 1 Overview

Join your director peers for an experiential tour of some of the most innovative companies shaping the business landscape. The tour includes immersive, industry-focused discussions and demos with the most influential minds from famed Silicon Valley venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz.

Day 2 Overview

An intimate setting at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay with your director peers will encourage the transformation of ideas into action plans. The interactive day will be filled with keynotes on future trends, panel debates, short takes on big ideas, and peer exchanges—all sure to inspire diverse insights that you can apply in your boardroom.

Discussions will include the following key topics:

  • future trends
  • AI and robotics
  • privacy
  • wearables and the internet of things
  • innovation at scale
  • data & analytics
  • regulations—from net neutrality to patent reform
Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe

Founder & CEO, Dot Brand 360

Jennifer Wolfe is CEO of Dot Brand 360. She founded IP law firm Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby. Wolfe was the first female president of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Capital Association. Her highly acclaimed books—Digital in the Boardroom (2016), Domain Names Rewired (2013), and Brand Rewired (2010)—have been endorsed by senior executives from Microsoft and Uber. She has written a regular column in ClickZ and Search Engine Watch about the impact of the new generic top-level domains on digital marketing and SEO. Wolfe was repeatedly named one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM magazine. She held leadership roles in ICANN and is part of the DirectWomen Institute. Wolfe completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, issued by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

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Jennifer Wolfe is CEO of Dot Brand 360. She founded IP law firm Wolfe, Sadler, Breen, Morasch & Colby. Wolfe was the first female president of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Capital Association. Her highly acclaimed books—Digital in the Boardroom (2016), Domain Names Rewired (2013), and Brand Rewired (2010)—have been endorsed by senior executives from Microsoft and Uber. She has written a regular column in ClickZ and Search Engine Watch about the impact of the new generic top-level domains on digital marketing and SEO. Wolfe was repeatedly named one of the top IP strategists in the world by IAM magazine. She held leadership roles in ICANN and is part of the DirectWomen Institute. Wolfe completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program and earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, issued by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.
Ryan McManus

Ryan McManus

Director, Nortech Systems, Inc.; SVP, Partnerships and Development,, EVRYTHNG

Ryan McManus is senior vice president of partnerships and corporate development for EVRYTHNG, the IoT Smart Products Platform company. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in IoT and AI start-ups as well as in large corporate digital transformations. Prior to joining EVRYTHNG, McManus founded Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy and Transformation practice and served as the Accenture Strategy chief operating officer and as a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A, and International Expansion businesses. McManus has served as an advisor to Fortune 100 companies, technology start-ups, and nonprofits. He has worked in more than 40 countries. McManus serves on two advisory boards with the Aspen Institute. He is the author of several articles on digital business and corporate strategy.

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Ryan McManus is senior vice president of partnerships and corporate development for EVRYTHNG, the IoT Smart Products Platform company. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a leader in IoT and AI start-ups as well as in large corporate digital transformations. Prior to joining EVRYTHNG, McManus founded Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy and Transformation practice and served as the Accenture Strategy chief operating officer and as a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A, and International Expansion businesses. McManus has served as an advisor to Fortune 100 companies, technology start-ups, and nonprofits. He has worked in more than 40 countries. McManus serves on two advisory boards with the Aspen Institute. He is the author of several articles on digital business and corporate strategy.
Colleen Brown

Colleen Brown

Founder, Marca Global

Colleen B. Brown is a former director, president, and CEO of Fisher Communications Inc. and the founder of Marca Global. Brown served in the C-suite of Belo Corp., and as a senior leader at Gannett. Brown is a director of True Blue, DataSphere Technologies, Port Blakely, and Delta Dental of Washington. She served as chair of American Apparel during its reorganization. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an active member of the Aspen Leadership Institute. Brown was selected into the Hall of Fame in 2014 by Gabelli Asset Management for delivering outstanding shareholder value. She received the Outstanding CEO award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. Brown is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

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Colleen B. Brown is a former director, president, and CEO of Fisher Communications Inc. and the founder of Marca Global. Brown served in the C-suite of Belo Corp., and as a senior leader at Gannett. Brown is a director of True Blue, DataSphere Technologies, Port Blakely, and Delta Dental of Washington. She served as chair of American Apparel during its reorganization. She is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an active member of the Aspen Leadership Institute. Brown was selected into the Hall of Fame in 2014 by Gabelli Asset Management for delivering outstanding shareholder value. She received the Outstanding CEO award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. Brown is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Robert Silvers

Robert Silvers

Partner, Paul Hastings LLP; Former Assistant Secretary for Cyber Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Robert Silvers is a partner at Paul Hastings LLP. Silvers is a widely recognized expert on Internet-of-Things security and on effective corporate response to cybersecurity incidents. Until January 2017, Silvers served as the Obama administration’s assistant secretary for cyber policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously, Silvers served as DHS’s deputy chief of staff. Silvers is a senior adjunct fellow at the New York University (NYU) Center on Law and Security. He is designing portions of the curriculum and will teach next year in the new Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy program co-offered by NYU Law School and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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Robert Silvers is a partner at Paul Hastings LLP. Silvers is a widely recognized expert on Internet-of-Things security and on effective corporate response to cybersecurity incidents. Until January 2017, Silvers served as the Obama administration’s assistant secretary for cyber policy at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously, Silvers served as DHS’s deputy chief of staff. Silvers is a senior adjunct fellow at the New York University (NYU) Center on Law and Security. He is designing portions of the curriculum and will teach next year in the new Master of Science in Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy program co-offered by NYU Law School and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.
Scott Lenet

Scott Lenet

Founder and President, Touchdown Ventures

Scott Lenet cofounded Touchdown Ventures in 2014. He began his venture capital career in 1992 as the first associate at Geocapital Partners, a late-stage venture capital firm focused on technology investments. In 2002, he cofounded DFJ Frontier, an early-stage fund making West Coast investments for the DFJ Network. Lenet also worked in product marketing for Trilogy Software and was the cofounder and CEO of SmartFrog.com, which was acquired by Cybergold. Lenet also cofounded the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis(, where he was an adjunct for seven years at the Graduate School of Management. He currently teaches at the Marshall School at the University of Southern California. He serves on the advisory board for the dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis.

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Scott Lenet cofounded Touchdown Ventures in 2014. He began his venture capital career in 1992 as the first associate at Geocapital Partners, a late-stage venture capital firm focused on technology investments. In 2002, he cofounded DFJ Frontier, an early-stage fund making West Coast investments for the DFJ Network. Lenet also worked in product marketing for Trilogy Software and was the cofounder and CEO of SmartFrog.com, which was acquired by Cybergold. Lenet also cofounded the Entrepreneurship Center at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis(, where he was an adjunct for seven years at the Graduate School of Management. He currently teaches at the Marshall School at the University of Southern California. He serves on the advisory board for the dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis.
Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer

CEO, The Palmer Group, LLC

Shelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group. Palmer is Fox 5 New York’s on-air tech expert and host of the Emmy-nominated television show, Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He is also a regular technology commentator for CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox Business News. He is the patented inventor of the underlying technology for Enhanced Television used by response-based advertising systems and programs such as ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Palmer is a popular speaker and moderator at technology and media conferences and a published author. He is a guest lecturer at top-tier colleges and universities. Palmer is a past president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Technology in 2016.

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Shelly Palmer is CEO of The Palmer Group. Palmer is Fox 5 New York’s on-air tech expert and host of the Emmy-nominated television show, Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He is also a regular technology commentator for CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and Fox Business News. He is the patented inventor of the underlying technology for Enhanced Television used by response-based advertising systems and programs such as ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Palmer is a popular speaker and moderator at technology and media conferences and a published author. He is a guest lecturer at top-tier colleges and universities. Palmer is a past president of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top 10 Voices in Technology in 2016.
Anastassia Lauterbach

Anastassia Lauterbach

Founder & CEO, Lauterbach Ventures; Director, Dun & Bradstreet

Anastassia Lauterbach is a director of Dun & Bradstreet where she chairs the technology and innovation committee and serves on the nomination committee. Most recently, Lauterbach was SVP of Global Business Operations Europe at Qualcomm. Previously, she was SVP of Business Development and Investments at Deutsche Telekom AG and served on the executive operating board. Earlier, she was the firm's acting products and innovation officer. Prior to Deutsche Telekom she was EVP, Group Strategy, at T-Mobile International AG. Prior to T-Mobile, she held roles at Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, McKinsey & Co., and Munich Reinsurance Co. She is the CEO and founder of 1AU-Ventures. Lauterbach serves on the advisory and supervisory boards of several U.S. and European-based technology companies. She trains boards in cybersecurity and cognitive/AI-related technologies and their links to corporate governance. Her book on artificial intelligence will be published by Praeger in 2018.

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Anastassia Lauterbach is a director of Dun & Bradstreet where she chairs the technology and innovation committee and serves on the nomination committee. Most recently, Lauterbach was SVP of Global Business Operations Europe at Qualcomm. Previously, she was SVP of Business Development and Investments at Deutsche Telekom AG and served on the executive operating board. Earlier, she was the firm's acting products and innovation officer. Prior to Deutsche Telekom she was EVP, Group Strategy, at T-Mobile International AG. Prior to T-Mobile, she held roles at Daimler Chrysler Financial Services, McKinsey & Co., and Munich Reinsurance Co. She is the CEO and founder of 1AU-Ventures. Lauterbach serves on the advisory and supervisory boards of several U.S. and European-based technology companies. She trains boards in cybersecurity and cognitive/AI-related technologies and their links to corporate governance. Her book on artificial intelligence will be published by Praeger in 2018.
Sonya Sepahban

Sonya Sepahban

Director, Cooper Standard, Genomenon Inc.; Investment Committee Member, Michigan Angel Fund, Former SVP, General Dynamics

Sonya F. Sepahban is a board member, tech investor, and entrepreneur. Sepahban is the cofounder of PropelWorks, whose initial product, JoinIN, allows start-ups to meet in small groups to leverage peer collaboration and mentorship. Sepahban’s career spans world-class high-tech organizations such as NASA and several major aerospace and technology companies. Most recently, she was senior vice president of engineering, development, and technology at General Dynamics Corp. Sepahban is an angel investor, and also serves on the five-member Investment Committee of the Michigan Angel Fund. She is a director of Cooper Standard, a leading global supplier in the automotive industry, and Genomenon Inc., a high-growth bioinformatics company.

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Sonya F. Sepahban is a board member, tech investor, and entrepreneur. Sepahban is the cofounder of PropelWorks, whose initial product, JoinIN, allows start-ups to meet in small groups to leverage peer collaboration and mentorship. Sepahban’s career spans world-class high-tech organizations such as NASA and several major aerospace and technology companies. Most recently, she was senior vice president of engineering, development, and technology at General Dynamics Corp. Sepahban is an angel investor, and also serves on the five-member Investment Committee of the Michigan Angel Fund. She is a director of Cooper Standard, a leading global supplier in the automotive industry, and Genomenon Inc., a high-growth bioinformatics company.
Andrea Bonime-Blanc

Andrea Bonime-Blanc

CEO & Founder, GEC Risk Advisory LLC,, Chair Emeritus, Ethics & Compliance Association

Andrea Bonime-Blanc is the CEO of GEC Risk Advisory and has held senior executive roles at Bertelsmann, PSEG, and Verint Systems. In early 2017, she was appointed Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight & Management Board of Puerto Rico. In both 2014 and 2015, the Ethisphere Institute recognized her as among the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics.” Additionally, she was named among the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America in 2014. She is chair emeritus of the Ethics and Compliance Association and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bonime-Blanc has published widely and is the author of The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency (2014) and of The Conference Board’s Emerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance (2015). Her next book, Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience & Value, will be published by Routledge/Greenleaf in 2018.

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Andrea Bonime-Blanc is the CEO of GEC Risk Advisory and has held senior executive roles at Bertelsmann, PSEG, and Verint Systems. In early 2017, she was appointed Ethics Advisor to the Financial Oversight & Management Board of Puerto Rico. In both 2014 and 2015, the Ethisphere Institute recognized her as among the “100 Most Influential in Business Ethics.” Additionally, she was named among the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America in 2014. She is chair emeritus of the Ethics and Compliance Association and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bonime-Blanc has published widely and is the author of The Reputation Risk Handbook: Surviving and Thriving in the Age of Hyper-Transparency (2014) and of The Conference Board’s Emerging Practices in Cyber-Risk Governance (2015). Her next book, Gloom to Boom: How Leaders Transform Risk into Resilience & Value, will be published by Routledge/Greenleaf in 2018.
Maureen Conners

Maureen Conners

Director, Fashion Incubator SF, NACD Northern California Chapter; Founder, Conners Consulting

Maureen Conners is the CEO of Conners Consulting, which has a consulting focus on wearable tech for lifestyle brands and on virtual reality and augmented reality for next-generation retail. Conners’ clients have included companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Bausch and Lomb, Polaroid, Monster.com, and Ralph Lauren Corp., among others. She has served as senior vice president of marketing for Mattel, head of marketing for Levi Strauss’ Men’s Jeans Division, and as group marketing manager for Gillette. She is a director of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Northern California Chapter and Fashion Incubator San Francisco, and serves on the advisory board of the Smithsonian Libraries. Conners is a former director of Deckers, where she chaired both the compensation committee and the nominating and governance committee.

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Maureen Conners is the CEO of Conners Consulting, which has a consulting focus on wearable tech for lifestyle brands and on virtual reality and augmented reality for next-generation retail. Conners’ clients have included companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett Packard, Bausch and Lomb, Polaroid, Monster.com, and Ralph Lauren Corp., among others. She has served as senior vice president of marketing for Mattel, head of marketing for Levi Strauss’ Men’s Jeans Division, and as group marketing manager for Gillette. She is a director of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Northern California Chapter and Fashion Incubator San Francisco, and serves on the advisory board of the Smithsonian Libraries. Conners is a former director of Deckers, where she chaired both the compensation committee and the nominating and governance committee.
Barbara Adey

Barbara Adey

CEO, The Adey Group

Barbara Adey develops strategies for companies in intensely competitive markets. She has scaled multiple businesses from zero to hundreds of millions in revenues including a new market entry to $3 billion. Adey has served as a Vice President at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and held executive positions at Cisco in product management, operations and sales. She has led global organizations, overcome international regulatory challenges, and managed product lines in cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT). Over her 14 years at Cisco, Adey developed the strategic plan for Cisco's entry into cloud, drove the creation of Cisco's first vertical in healthcare, and led worldwide sales for the launch of Cisco TelePresence. Adey started her career as an engineer in the telecommunications industry. She has spoken at industry conferences on emerging technologies, security, and privacy. Adey chairs the strategy committee of ALearn, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that helps students from underrepresented backgrounds to succeed in college-track classes.

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Barbara Adey develops strategies for companies in intensely competitive markets. She has scaled multiple businesses from zero to hundreds of millions in revenues including a new market entry to $3 billion. Adey has served as a Vice President at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and held executive positions at Cisco in product management, operations and sales. She has led global organizations, overcome international regulatory challenges, and managed product lines in cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT). Over her 14 years at Cisco, Adey developed the strategic plan for Cisco's entry into cloud, drove the creation of Cisco's first vertical in healthcare, and led worldwide sales for the launch of Cisco TelePresence. Adey started her career as an engineer in the telecommunications industry. She has spoken at industry conferences on emerging technologies, security, and privacy. Adey chairs the strategy committee of ALearn, a Silicon Valley nonprofit that helps students from underrepresented backgrounds to succeed in college-track classes.
Ray Rothrock

Ray Rothrock

CEO & Chair, RedSeal Inc.; Partner Emeritus, Venrock; Director, Check Point Software, GAIN (Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear), Roku, Inc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Corporation, Tri Alpha Energy, Inc., Team8, UTIMCO

Ray Rothrock has three decades of business leadership investing in, advising, and leading many of the technology and cybersecurity companies that form the fabric of today's network. Presently CEO and chair of cybersecurity analytics company, RedSeal, he is also VC emeritus at Venrock Ventures. He sits on the boards of several U.S. and Israeli cybersecurity companies including Check Point Software Technologies, CTERA Networks, Team8, Appthority, and Shape Security. Rothrock was listed on Forbes Midas List until 2012. He is a former chair of the National Venture Capital Association. Rothrock has provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Energy Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In 2015, the MIT Corporation elected Rothrock to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's board of trustees.

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Ray Rothrock has three decades of business leadership investing in, advising, and leading many of the technology and cybersecurity companies that form the fabric of today's network. Presently CEO and chair of cybersecurity analytics company, RedSeal, he is also VC emeritus at Venrock Ventures. He sits on the boards of several U.S. and Israeli cybersecurity companies including Check Point Software Technologies, CTERA Networks, Team8, Appthority, and Shape Security. Rothrock was listed on Forbes Midas List until 2012. He is a former chair of the National Venture Capital Association. Rothrock has provided testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Energy Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In 2015, the MIT Corporation elected Rothrock to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's board of trustees.
Erin Essenmacher

Erin Essenmacher

Chief Programming Officer, National Association of Corporate Directors

Erin Essenmacher serves as the chief programming officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), responsible for oversight and execution of more than 60 education programs and events a year. Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with nearly 20 years of experience in writing, research, outreach, and broadcast and non-broadcast production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV. She chairs Ghandi Brigade's board and is chair emeritus of Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C.'s board.

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Erin Essenmacher serves as the chief programming officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), responsible for oversight and execution of more than 60 education programs and events a year. Essenmacher is also an award-winning writer, director, and producer with nearly 20 years of experience in writing, research, outreach, and broadcast and non-broadcast production. She has written, directed, and produced films for PBS, The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, the History Channel, and Court TV. She chairs Ghandi Brigade's board and is chair emeritus of Women in Film and Video of Washington, D.C.'s board.
Danny Le

Danny Le

Partner, KPMG LLP

As one of the original founders of KPMG's information security services practice, Danny Le brings more than 20 years of global experience in IT governance and transformation to the firm. Le is also leading KPMG's Cyber innovations for the Internet of Things and Connected Vehicles. As an industry focus, Le is working in KPMG's Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice within the Media and Entertainment sector. Previously, Le completed a 10-year rotation to Beijing, China, to develop and lead KPMG's Consulting practice in China. Coming back to the United States, he is applying this experience to help expand KPMG's Cyber service line, focused on information security and resilience. Danny is bringing real-life experience in serving global multinationals working across different regulatory-jurisdiction and business requirements.

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As one of the original founders of KPMG's information security services practice, Danny Le brings more than 20 years of global experience in IT governance and transformation to the firm. Le is also leading KPMG's Cyber innovations for the Internet of Things and Connected Vehicles. As an industry focus, Le is working in KPMG's Technology, Media, and Telecommunications practice within the Media and Entertainment sector. Previously, Le completed a 10-year rotation to Beijing, China, to develop and lead KPMG's Consulting practice in China. Coming back to the United States, he is applying this experience to help expand KPMG's Cyber service line, focused on information security and resilience. Danny is bringing real-life experience in serving global multinationals working across different regulatory-jurisdiction and business requirements.
Ashik Ardeshna

Ashik Ardeshna

Partner and Head of Strategic IT and Operations Practice, Americas, Oliver Wyman

Ashik Ardeshna is a partner with Oliver Wyman. He has more than 15 years of experience in strategy and transformation consulting in the United States and Europe and is Oliver Wyman's West Coast Market Lead. Ardeshna has led numerous engagements at regional and global firms that offer services in a range of sectors including the financial, automotive, distribution, and media sectors. His work with senior client executives has focused on IT transformation and optimization; platform and technology architecture/design at the information and application layer; complex operations and technology transformation programs to reduce cost and improve productivity; and organization design and governance for technology and operations shared services or utilities. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Ardeshna was an executive with Accenture and a principal at Booz Allen.

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Ashik Ardeshna is a partner with Oliver Wyman. He has more than 15 years of experience in strategy and transformation consulting in the United States and Europe and is Oliver Wyman's West Coast Market Lead. Ardeshna has led numerous engagements at regional and global firms that offer services in a range of sectors including the financial, automotive, distribution, and media sectors. His work with senior client executives has focused on IT transformation and optimization; platform and technology architecture/design at the information and application layer; complex operations and technology transformation programs to reduce cost and improve productivity; and organization design and governance for technology and operations shared services or utilities. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Ardeshna was an executive with Accenture and a principal at Booz Allen.
Horacio Barakat

Horacio Barakat

Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc.

Horacio Barakat is vice president of corporate strategy at Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. and is responsible for the development and execution of the company's blockchain strategy, including principal investment and organic product development activities. Prior to joining Broadridge, Barakat held a variety of roles in investment banking at Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Sterne Agee, providing M&A and capital raising advice to financial services and financial technology firms.

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Horacio Barakat is vice president of corporate strategy at Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc. and is responsible for the development and execution of the company's blockchain strategy, including principal investment and organic product development activities. Prior to joining Broadridge, Barakat held a variety of roles in investment banking at Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Sterne Agee, providing M&A and capital raising advice to financial services and financial technology firms.
Gerri Elliott

Gerri Elliott

Director, Whirlpool, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Imperva, Charlotte Russe, Puppet Labs; Founder, Boardrooms

Gerri Elliott is an independent board member of Whirlpool, Bed Bath and Beyond, Imperva, Charlotte Russe and Puppet Labs. She is the founder of Boardrooms.com, a website serving executive women who serve or want to serve on corporate boards. Elliott also serves on the advisory boards of BoardList, a Silicon Valley effort to increase the diversity of technology boards, and the Center for Executive Women at Kellogg School of Management. Previously, Elliott was executive vice president, chief customer officer for Juniper Networks. She also served as corporate vice president of Microsoft Corp. and was cohead of the company's $10B North American subsidiary. Prior to Microsoft, Elliott spent 22 years with IBM both in the U.S. and abroad. She held key executive and management positions with IBM in strategy development, services and consulting, product management, and sales field and headquarters leadership. Based out of Tokyo for two years, Elliott served as vice president of IBM's Asia Pacific Distribution Sector. She was then promoted to a larger role as vice president of the Americas Distribution Sector.

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Gerri Elliott is an independent board member of Whirlpool, Bed Bath and Beyond, Imperva, Charlotte Russe and Puppet Labs. She is the founder of Boardrooms.com, a website serving executive women who serve or want to serve on corporate boards. Elliott also serves on the advisory boards of BoardList, a Silicon Valley effort to increase the diversity of technology boards, and the Center for Executive Women at Kellogg School of Management. Previously, Elliott was executive vice president, chief customer officer for Juniper Networks. She also served as corporate vice president of Microsoft Corp. and was cohead of the company's $10B North American subsidiary. Prior to Microsoft, Elliott spent 22 years with IBM both in the U.S. and abroad. She held key executive and management positions with IBM in strategy development, services and consulting, product management, and sales field and headquarters leadership. Based out of Tokyo for two years, Elliott served as vice president of IBM's Asia Pacific Distribution Sector. She was then promoted to a larger role as vice president of the Americas Distribution Sector.
Bonny Simi

Bonny Simi

President, JetBlue Technology Ventures; Independent Director, Red Lion Hotel Corp.

Bonny Simi is the President of JetBlue Technology Ventures, the Silicon Valley innovation hub for JetBlue Airway's investment and incubation of emerging startups at the intersection of technology, travel, and hospitality. She also serves as an independent director for Red Lion Hotel Corp. (NYSE:RLH). Simi is also an airline pilot, engineer, Olympic athlete, TV Commentator and has 30 years in the aviation industry. She developed the award winning “Voice of the Customer” program at JetBlue and most recently was the head of Talent for the airline. Uniquely, she is also a qualified airline captain for JetBlue. Prior to JetBlue, Simi was a pilot at United Airlines, flying 727, 737 and 777 jets domestically and internationally. She is a 3 time Olympian and 10 time national champion in the sports of luge and bobsled.

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Bonny Simi is the President of JetBlue Technology Ventures, the Silicon Valley innovation hub for JetBlue Airway's investment and incubation of emerging startups at the intersection of technology, travel, and hospitality. She also serves as an independent director for Red Lion Hotel Corp. (NYSE:RLH). Simi is also an airline pilot, engineer, Olympic athlete, TV Commentator and has 30 years in the aviation industry. She developed the award winning “Voice of the Customer” program at JetBlue and most recently was the head of Talent for the airline. Uniquely, she is also a qualified airline captain for JetBlue. Prior to JetBlue, Simi was a pilot at United Airlines, flying 727, 737 and 777 jets domestically and internationally. She is a 3 time Olympian and 10 time national champion in the sports of luge and bobsled.
Benedict Evans

Benedict Evans

Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

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Venue

Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay
1 Miramontes Point Road
Half Moon Bay, CA  94019

NACD has reserved a block of guestrooms at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay at the group rate of $360/night, and a daily resort fee of $10, plus applicable taxes.  Reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 888-293-0524 and giving the group name “NACD”. The rate will be available until June 16, 2017, or until sold out.

Accreditation

NACD Fellowship® Credits: 10 Skill and 6 Collaborative

10 Skill Credits 6 Skill Credits

This program offers Fellowship Credits for NACD members working toward attaining or maintaining NACD Fellowship—The Gold Standard Director Credential®.

Contact

Register by phone: 202-572-2088

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Event registrations are not guaranteed until payment is received. Each cancelled registration will be assessed a $500 cancellation fee. Cancellations must be received in writing no fewer than 30 calendar days before the event start date in order to qualify for a partial refund. If written notice is given within 29 calendar days of the event start date, registrants will forfeit the entire program fee unless it is transferred to another NACD program pursuant to the following transfer policy.

Application for transfer credit must be received within 30 calendar days of the date on which NACD receives written notice of cancellation. Transferred credit (less the $500 cancellation fee) will apply only to eligible NACD programs that occur within 12 months of a cancellation. Please submit all cancellations and transfer requests via e-mail to registration@NACDonline.org or via fax to 866-536-9044.