ION Welcomes New Board Members Laura Marks (WEL) and Pam Porter (The Forum)

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New Directors’ HR and Financial Experience Support ION Mission to Increase Number of Women in Public Boardrooms

We’ll rely on Laura’s experience in HR and as a diversity advocate to advance women to the boardroom, and Pam’s experience in the financial industry to help educate investors about how gender diversity is linked to positive fiscal performance.

The InterOrganization Network (ION) has appointed two new board members. Laura Marks, representing ION Member Organization Women Executive Leadership (Florida), replaces Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane and Pam Porter, representing ION Member Organization The Forum of Executive Women (Pennsylvania), replaces Vicki Kramer.

“We’re grateful to Charlotte as former ION president and to Vicki as an ION cofounder. They both went above and beyond their board member responsibilities, working tirelessly over the years to build a strong foundation for ION’s success,” said ION President Sarah Meyerrose. “In the coming years, we’ll rely on Laura’s experience in human resources and as a diversity advocate to further ION’s mission to advance more women to the boardroom, and Pam’s experience in the financial industry to help us educate investors about how gender diversity is linked to positive fiscal performance.”

Laura Marks is principal of LM Resources, an organization that provides outsource solutions in operations and human resources management. Additionally, she serves as president of Women Executive Leadership (WEL), an ION member organization for which she has led the planning, executing and delivering of various gender diversity initiatives. Ms. Marks has extensive experience in real estate and human resources and currently serves as board chairman of the Back On Track Network, Inc., a faith-based career support organization. Ms. Marks has also chaired the HR Business Education and Training Program sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, an organization in which she remains active.

Pam Porter is executive vice president of strategic consulting at Opportunity Finance Network, a national membership organization for the community development financial institutions industry. At OFM, she leads the organization's consulting practice, providing services to community development lenders, banks, foundations and social impact investors. She has three decades of experience in the business and finance sectors and is an active member of The Forum of Executive Women. Ms. Porter is also a board member of Colonial American Bank and was appointed by the Department of Commerce to serve on the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige National Quality Award.

About ION
ION, the InterOrganization Network, is a national nonprofit organization representing more than 10,000 women dedicated to increasing the number of women on for-profit boards and in executive suites. Formed in 2004, ION creates a national voice for its 15 regional member organizations to influence decision makers, build awareness of gender-diverse boards and expand opportunities and connections for executive women. ION’s founding partner is KPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm and U.S. member firm of KPMG International. ION recently published its eighth annual status report of women directors and executive officers of public companies in 14 regions of the U.S., highlighting opportunities for both organizations and individuals to diversify the composition of national corporate leadership.

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