Sacramento One of 30 Cities Hosting “Conversation” Event by 2020 Women on Boards, Nov. 15 at Sutter Club

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Sacramento will host one of thirty “conversation” events nationwide on Nov. 15 to address 2020 Women on Boards, a national campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on corporate boards to 20% by 2020, and educating women on what it takes to be a part of a corporate board. The campaign redefines successful corporate governance, gender diversity standards, and creates a cultural imperative for corporate action.

“As regional chair of the National Conversation on Board Diversity, I felt it was vital that Sacramento join the 30 cities around the world in having this critical conversation,” explained Erica Dias MBA, organizer and emcee for the event.

Sacramento will host one of thirty “conversation” events nationwide on Nov. 15 to address 2020 Women on Boards, a national campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of women on corporate boards to 20% by 2020, and educating women on what it takes to be a part of a corporate board. The campaign redefines successful corporate governance, gender diversity standards, and creates a cultural imperative for corporate action. The event will take place at the Sutter Club, 1220 9th Street, Sacramento, Calif.

A luncheon panel will be the highlight of the day where conversation will take place among a carefully curated group of accomplished women who have deep experience working on boards. Panel includes:

  • Moderator, Barbara O’Connor - Director of the Institute for Study of Politics & Media; CSUS Emeritus; Board Director for AARP National, 2010-2016

Panelists:

  • Kimberly Box – CEO & Director, Gatekeeper Innovation Inc.; Independent Board Director for McGrath Rentcorp and American River Bank; Director, Nat’l Assn. of Corporate Directors, Nor Cal
  • Cassandra Pye – Founder/CEO, 3.14 Communications, LLC; President, California Women Lead Appointee, State of CA (ret.)
  • Donna Wells – Independent Board Dir. Betterment & Happy Money; Board Advisor, Mitek System
  • Diane Miller – CEO & President, Wilcox Miller & Nelson; Board Director CA Chamber of Commerce, UOP, CPI, Sacramento Host Committee, AARP Foundation, Umpqua Bank (2004-2013) and Humboldt Bancorp (2003-2004)

“As regional chair of the National Conversation on Board Diversity, I felt it was vital that Sacramento join the 30 cities around the world in having this critical conversation,” explained Erica Dias MBA, organizer and emcee for the event. “Among the topics to be discussed will be how to make the most of the landmark legislation that becomes effective on January 1, 2019 and how to best connect the most qualified women with the publicly-traded corporations who will be looking to comply with California’s new requirement.”

“We have an amazing pool of qualified women that have a valuable voice to bring to corporate boards. This event is designed to help them learn what is expected of corporate board members vs. nonprofit board members and the experience typically needed to successfully participate as a board member,” explained Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO of the 2020 Women on Boards National Campaign. “We want them to walk away motivated and encouraged with the understanding of how their unique qualities and talent can expand their career on a path to corporate board leadership.”

The presenting sponsor of the event is American River Bank [AMRB]. Platinum sponsors are Comstock’s Magazine, Sacramento Business Journal, North Bay Business Journal and Haney Biz New Media Marketing. Additional sponsors include Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, SMUD, Safe Credit Union, Watermark, Morgan Stanley, Atherton Public Relations, National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and International Association of Women (IAW).

About 2020 Women on Boards
Founded in Boston in 2010, 2020 Women on Boards is the national campaign to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. 2020 Women on Boards is known for its research on the gender composition of boards of directors, including its proprietary 2020 Gender Diversity Directory, which ranks nearly 2000 companies on a “W” (winning) to “Z” (zero) scale. The list of Z companies with no women on their boards currently or for the past 6 years is available by contacting info@2020WOB.com. 2020 Women on Boards leverages its research with its annual National Conversation on Board Diversity, which will take place November 15th and 16th in cities across the U.S. For more information visit http://www.2020wob.com.

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