NACD Research Triangle Chapter Announces Speakers And Topics For Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Program

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Virtual Program April 6-7 Features Directors of Major Companies, Partnerships to Expand Reach

The Research Triangle Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors, an organization that empowers directors to lead with confidence in the boardroom, today announced the program lineup for its April 6-7 session, Leading From the Boardroom: The Diversity Imperative. The program is designed for current and aspiring corporate directors, and organizations interested in the latest data and insights on diversity, equity and inclusion and board decision-making. The program also will cover how individuals can prepare for service on a for-profit board and ways to advance skills as a sitting director. It is open to members and non-members of NACD.

Featured speakers include directors from a diverse set of corporate boards, including Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Fifth Third Bank, Bassett Furniture Industries, Sunoco Products, Syneos Health and ChannelAdvisor. They will address topics ranging from what companies are seeking in board directors; strategic priorities for corporations and implications for corporate governance; and balancing the racial justice movement and brand management. The complete lineup and registration information can be found at

The program is presented in partnership with OnBoardNC, an organization that identifies and onboards highly qualified, board-ready female executives from the greater Research Triangle Park region, and the Director Diversity Initiative (DDI) of the UNC School of Law, which works with profit and non-profit boards of directors to increase their gender, racial and ethnic diversity. This is the first time that the 3 organizations have collaborated on education and outreach for the benefit of current and aspiring corporate directors. Deloitte, Fox Rothschild LLP, and Stanton Chase Executive Search Consultants are program sponsors contributing their expertise.

“We are excited by the opportunity to work with our partners and sponsors to offer the latest information on how boards are integrating new perspectives and skill sets,” says Wendy Burden, NACD Research Triangle Chapter board member. “Investors and customers increasingly are asking that the composition of corporate boards reflect the broader community. This program is designed both to make the business case for increased board diversity and help prepare potential candidates for service as directors.”

Suzanne Miglucci, board member of OnBoardNC, says that Leading From the Boardroom: The Diversity Imperative aligns directly with the organization’s mission. “OnBoardNC was founded with the goal of shrinking the boardroom gender gap,” she says. “Research confirms that organizations that support diverse talent, develop inclusive leaders and foster an equitable culture deliver higher shareholder return and generate greater profits. This partnership with the NACD Research Triangle Chapter and diversity, equity and inclusion program help us further our objectives and lead by example.”

“Participants at this program will get a great introduction to how to begin their board journey,” according to Lissa Broome, the head of DDI at UNC School of Law. “We are excited to help potential diverse directors identify their skills and how they might contribute to a corporate boardroom. We’ll also discuss some very practical next steps.”

The program will include virtual networking sessions that pair sitting directors and subject matter experts with aspiring directors for conversation and mentorship. Program participants also will receive a set of curated resource materials to enhance their learning experience.


About NACD Research Triangle Chapter:
NACD elevates board performance by providing board members with practical insights through world-class education, leading-edge research, and an ever-growing network of directors. The Research Triangle Chapter includes more than 300 corporate board members and individuals, and provides educational programs, connections and access to thought leadership. NACD aspires to a world where all stakeholders recognize corporate directors as trusted stewards of long-term value creation.

About OnBoardNC:
Founded in 2015, OnBoardNC is a non-profit organization that is focused on shrinking the boardroom gender gap. We identify and onboard highly qualified, board-ready female executives from the greater Research Triangle Park region. We offer programmatic and networking opportunities to the group, and actively promote OnBoardNC and our members into organizations that may be seeking new board directors or are influential in the placement of board candidates.

About the UNC School of Law Director Diversity Initiative:
The Director Diversity Initiative (DDI) works with for profit and non-profit boards of directors to increase their gender, racial and ethnic diversity. The initiative distributes information about board diversity in North Carolina, provides training for those interested in corporate board service, and maintains a database of potential diverse board directors

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