Chicago | Bridging the Gap: How to Build a Diverse Board

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
05:00 PM - 07:30 PM CST
U.S. Bank | U.S. Bank Building
190 S LaSalle Street, Floor 40
Chicago, IL 60603



The look and feel of the Boardroom is evolving; but at a slow pace. Shifting demographics and the desire to outperform are at the forefront of many companies and business owners. Achieving a diverse boardroom has been a slow journey, however, diversity has doubled in the past two decades. Statistics have proven that a diverse boardroom brings many benefits.

Our panelist will discuss; how business owners find qualified, diverse candidates, how companies are putting forth these much-needed changes, and why companies should not ignore this issue.


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Ana Dutra
Mandala Global Advisors

Ana is an experienced Corporate Board Director of publicly traded and private global corporations. She was the CEO of ­The Executives’ Club, a 112-year-old world-class senior executives organization focused on innovation, technology, Diversity & Inclusion and leadership development for Boards and top leaders. Prior to that, as a CEO and proxy officer of Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY), Ana created a $500 MM global business through the combination of organic growth, 7 global acquisitions, innovative go-to-market approaches and incorporation of technology and digitalization of products and services. Currently, Ana is a Director on the Boards of the CME Group (CME-NASDAQ), a fin-tech global futures exchange; Eletrobras (NYSE: EBR), the 4th largest global renewable energy company; Greeley and Hansen, a global engineering and manufacturing company; Lifespace Senior Living Communities, Elkay Manufacturing and is a senior advisor for technology firms. She has been the chair and member of Audit, Compensation, Governance, Nomination and Risk Committees. Ana also serves on the Boards of ­ e Committee of 200, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Blessings-ina- Backpack and Latino Corporate Directors Association and ­The World Sustainability Forum. Ana is an NACD Board Fellow and a member of the American College of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors, ­The Chicago Network and ­The Commercial Club of Chicago.


Amy Fahey

Amy is currently an advisor on the launch of a business bank in Chicago, with a focus on growing the small business economy and advancing women’s role within it. ­ e bank will be an Illinois state-chartered institution, with an expected launch in 2020.

Fahey spent 29 years at JPMorgan Chase, and its predecessor Chicago-based organizations, functioning in a variety of roles including Head of Credit Risk Management for Business Banking, Head of Midwest Middle Market Banking, Chief Financial Officer Commercial Banking, and Head of Investor Relations, as well as various other positions in finance, risk management and technology. Amy was a member of the Midwest Executive Committee and of the JPMorgan Midwest Foundation.

Since retiring from banking, Amy has provided consulting services to a number of non-profit entities, including Opportunity International, an organization immersed in the micro-lending business supporting predominantly women-owned businesses in developing countries. She is currently the Chair of the Board for Milaan Foundation, an organization supporting adolescent girls in India through education and leadership training. During her career, Fahey has been on numerous non-profit boards including United Way, Goodman ­Theater, All Chicago Making Homelessness History, and IC Catholic Prep.


Jennifer Caroll Finger
DHR International, Inc.

Jennifer’s experience spans executive search and leadership assessment for a diverse portfolio of growth and customer-centric organizations, ranging in size, scale and ownership, and all with a core strategic goal of world-class customer understanding and engagement. ­ e breadth of cross-industry

leadership work includes Emerging Boards, CEO, Divisional President, Chief Marketing Officer and Customer Experience Officer engagements, as well as a host of customer-driven roles in Digital, Media, Consumer Insights, Innovation, MarTech, Data Analytics, Marketing/Market Research, Business Intelligence, Product Development, Strategy, Brand Planning and Advertising.


Rebecca J. Wing
COO, GC and Corporate Secretary
LW Lands, Corp. 

Rebecca Wing is an internationally experienced CEO, COO, General Counsel and Financial Services Expert. Ms. Wing has over 25 years of experience in advising companies. Her global experience traverses multiple continents and countries having done business in over 80 countries. Ms. Wing is also a corporate board director for a privately held manufacturer and director/corporate secretary for a real estate developer/investor. Ms. Wing was the former General Counsel for PFGBest, the world’s largest retail commodity brokerage firm. Additionally, Ms. Wing is a qualified SEC financial expert. As part of a corporate governance initiative, Ms. Wing was chosen to be one of 21 women selected for the 2009 Class of DirectWomen. She is a founding member of the Private Directors Association and serves as the Chief Compliance Officer as well as a Chicago Chapter Board of Directors. Additionally, Ms. Wing is a co-chair for the Chicago Steering Committee of 2020 Women on Boards. A frequent panelist on Corporate Governance and past chair for the ABA–Derivatives & Futures Law Ethics Committee, Ms. Wing was also a guest lecturer at WIPL, Skytop Strategies, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program and John Marshall Law School. Ms. Wing was featured in a 2008 article appearing in Inside Counsel concerning controlling litigation cost.



Marsha Cruzan
Regional Market President
U.S. Bank

Marsha is a financial veteran with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. She oversees commercial banking operations in Illinois, Wisconsin, Northern Indiana and Michigan. Marsha was named Who’s Who in Chicago Business by Crain’s from 2012-2018 and was named one of Crain’s Notable Women in Commercial Banking in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, Marsha was named in Crain’s Notable Women Executives over 50 list. Marsha has provided strategic and tactical advice to the boards and management of mid-corporate and middle market companies concerning optimal capital structure and achieving the most favorable financing terms and conditions. Her experience includes working with companies of all sizes and credit quality across many industries. Her clients include both public and private companies with global operations. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences and presented to Boards of Directors, the rating agencies and investor groups.