Webinar | Changing Dynamics of Board Support for a CEO in Time of Crisis

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM CST

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Pacific)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Mountain)
01:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Eastern)

Zoom Invitation Will Be Shared the Day of the Event



Please join the Private Directors Association Atlanta Chapter at noon (Central) on July 15th for a webinar where a panel will discuss "Changing Dynamics of Board Support for a CEO in Time of Crisis."





Neeti Dewan
Global Platinum AdvantEdge

Neeti Dewan, The Executive Yogi, is the author of 2 books:  (1) “From Executive to Yogi in Sixty Seconds and her upcoming book is called  (2) “High Level Leadership, Low Level Stress – How to win in business without losing your mind.”  As a CPA and global finance executive, she has worked in the past for PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Ryan as their national and global tax leader. 

She is the CEO of Global Platinum AdvantEdge a firm that provides outsourced CFO, CMO and CTO services.  She is the co-founder of SYMMR, a technology and automation firm based in Atlanta.  She currently serves on the Board of Harvard University, Kennedy School, SunRay Enterprises, Banyan Way and Mozitoo. 

A community leader, Neeti is the Chair of the Atlanta Women on Boards 2020, has served on the Board of the National Association of Women Business Owners as CFO, Alumni Advisory Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers (LA), and Board of Directors of Sycamore Solutions, an international provider of software networking.

She was recognized by the National Diversity Council as “Most Influential and Powerful Women” in Pennsylvania and Atlanta, and by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a “Woman Making A Difference”.  As the CEO of her own consulting firm, she received the SBA award for helping and advocating for small and mid-size businesses.


Susan McLaughlin
Managing Partner
Meraki Search Group

Susan McLaughlin is the Managing Partner of Meraki Search Group, a high end, retained executive search firm.  She has earned her executive search credentials through engagements on both sides of the equation.  She experienced the process from the perspective of one who, as Chief Operating Officer of AGL Resources, President of Bellsouth’s Consumer Services business and executive positions at Citibank and Eastman Kodak, filled numerous top executive operating positions.

Armed with knowledge from her experiences, transitioning to executive search was a natural career progression. It is her special understanding of client needs, and what motivates prospective senior level candidates to consider new challenges that gives her an ability to attract top notch professional talent for clients. Her record of success is revealed in a long list of superior executive placements in the financial services, private equity, transaction processing, FinTech, manufacturing and energy industries.

Sue’s prior board roles have included Target Corporation, Delphi Automotive, nTelos Wireless, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rochester, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Spelman College and Mary Baldwin University.  She served also served on the board of Atlanta-based Prime Revenue, where,  for her role as Lead Director during a capital raise and ownership transition, she earned an Atlanta Business Chronicle/NACD Director of the Year award in 2015  

For many years, Sue has been active in C200 (formerly Committee of 200), a global association of top female executives and entrepreneurs who promote and foster the advancement of women in business leadership. She recently completed her term as the organization’s Chair.  She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum, Women Corporate Directors and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

In addition, she is a member of Business Executives for National Security, a nonpartisan group of senior industry leaders who support initiatives to enhance national security.

Sue earned a B.S. in education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and participated in the University of Michigan’s Global Leadership Program.


Linda Goodman
LG Associates

Linda Goodman is the Principal of LG Associates, a strategy, marketing and qualitative research consultancy based in Connecticut. She is the pioneer of Emotional Trigger Research and author of the book “Why Customers Really Buy: Uncovering the Emotional Triggers that Drives Sales.” A nationally recognized marketing expert, cutting edge change is in her DNA.

For more than twenty years, Linda has successfully helped clients across the B2B and B2C spectrum in privately owned businesses, Fortune 500 companies, venture backed start-ups and non-profits understand, in completely fresh and insightful ways, the emotions of those they seek to influence and how to capitalize on those emotions to drive bottom line results.

She also brings a wealth of experience as a former senior C-Suite executive in marketing, sales, operations, merchandising and general management for national and international corporations. Her competitive strategy to counter a recognized category leader became a Harvard Business School case study. She engineered the most successful new business development initiative in history for one of the country’s major broadcasting networks. And she conceived a plan that generated $10 million in revenue in six months within a commodity industry.

Linda has mastered the art of going beyond what customers, employees or stakeholders say to uncover what they really mean. By decoding the difference, she arms management with the actionable insights needed to succeed in today’s challenging environment.



Gaia Marchisio, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Cox Family Enterprises Centre

Gaia Marchisio, the Executive Director at the Cox Family Enterprise Centre, brings energy, wit, and stunning insight to her work with family enterprises and their advisors. Through visiting scholar appointments at educational institutions across the globe, development of educational materials for training family enterprise consultants, and work with families in a variety of industries internationally, Gaia illuminates the field of family enterprise advising with her diverse perspectives. A discerning facilitator, renowned educator, esteemed speaker, innovative researcher, and compassionate resource, Gaia is a force of positivity for family enterprises and their advisors.

Gaia’s wealth of experience has grown amongst enterprising families and organizations around the globe.As an educator, she has been a visiting faculty member in numerous Family Business Centers in Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. In 2012, the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank, assigned Gaia to develop and deliver the educational training for their family business consultants working in emerging countries. Before this, she was involved with the Family Business Network International, where she presented at annual conferences, developed content for the Next Generation Conferences, and organized and moderated global meetings for next generation family business leaders. Her aptitude in international contexts also extends to her research and consulting. She participates in research projects with international partners from both academic and professional environments (including McKinsey & Company and the Italian Stock Exchange), and advises enterprising families across the planet. In the past she acted as the Chief Learning Officer for the Family Business Network Academy in Asia and she collaborates with the Inter-American Investment Corporation as an educator of family business governance to international participants.

A fourth generation successor in her own family business, her personal foundation instilled her with a strong sense of compassion and empathy. Since, her academic and professional training has given her the perspective to reach beyond her own experiences and fully dedicate herself to families and their enterprises.

Gaia is currently the Aronoff Professor of Family Business, Executive Director of the Cox FamilyEnterprise Centre, and Founder of the Center’s Family Business Clinic™, Gaia has lived in Atlanta since 2006.