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Webinar | Building a Better Board: Do This, Not That
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM CDT
Category: Nashville

06:00 AM - 07:00 AM (Pacific)
07:00 AM - 08:00 AM (Mountain)
08:00 AM - 09:00 AM (Central)
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Eastern)

Zoom invitation will be shared the day before the event.


Join PDA Nashville for a panel discussion with seasoned board members sharing their insights and experiences across the lifespan of a board. We’ll hear their "lessons learned" including strategic thinking about board positions, governance education for members, transparency, and more. You'll leave with information about what to do and what not to do in building a successful board.

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!



Vic Gatto
Jumpstart Health Investors


Vic has been an investor in healthcare and technology since 2001. He has made over 200 investments in early-stage innovation companies in the areas of healthcare services, medical devices, diagnostic tools, technology, and data analytics. Vic co-founded Jumpstart Health Investors in 2014. Designed to be a new type of healthcare investment platform, the firm leverages four complimentary business units to covey and unfair advantage to investors, innovators and industry. Before Jumpstart, Vic served as a Partner at two different venture capital firms, focusing his investment activity primarily in healthcare services and technology. In the 1990s, before switching to the investor side of the table, Vic co-founded and subsequently sold a software company. Vic was the seed investor in Change Healthcare. He helped grow the company from a concept to the multi-billion enterprise it is today. Vic served on the Board of Directors for seven years. He also joined Change in a fulltime capacity as President during a critical transition period. As President, Vic helped the original Founders define the skills needed to lead the company forward. He then recruited a two-person team of Chairman and CEO to leave a large publicly traded healthcare company to lead the growth of Change Healthcare. The company is now publicly traded on Nasdaq and valued in excess of $1.5B. As the healthcare industry has begun to change, Vic has worked to educate investors about the opportunity in private health innovation. He has created over 50 written posts and video interviews online to discuss the topics of healthcare change, innovation and investment under the flagship brand: The Health Storm. Vic lives in Nashville with his wife and two sons. He has a MBA from Vanderbilt University and a BA from Amherst College.


Dr. Michael T. Nettles
Senior Vice President
Educational Testing Service


Dr. Michael T. Nettles is the Senior Vice President and the Edmund W. Gordon Chair of Policy Evaluation and Research, ETS. Nettles has a national reputation as a policy researcher on educational assessment, student performance and achievement and educational equity. His publications reflect his broad interest in public policy, student and faculty access, opportunity, achievement, and assessment at both the K–12 and post secondary levels. In August 2014, President Barack Obama appointed Nettles to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He was appointed by two U.S. Secretaries of Education to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which oversees and develops policies for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). He also served for eight years on both the College Board of Trustees and the GRE Board. Nettles now serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), member of the Board of Trustees of the Peddie School, member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), and member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Nettles earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of Tennessee. He earned Master’s degrees in political science and higher education, and a Ph.D. in education at Iowa State University.


Ralph Jones
Executive Chairman
Jones Family of Companies

Ralph is the Executive Chairman of the Jones Family of Companies, a multi-generational family business in the textile manufacturing industry. Founded in 1936, the firm operates in 6 states with 4 manufacturing locations. Ralph operates from the perspective that vulnerability-based leadership combined with knowledge-based resources creates trust and influences others in the direction that is best aligned with an organization’s vision, mission and goals. He joined his family’s values-centric 85-year-old business following college and began the process of working throughout the entire organization from the ground floor. As he rose through the company, his greatest strength emerged as a leader who saw through a problem to its root cause and developed sustainable solutions. Strategic moves have become the hallmark of the company’s resilience in a difficult industry. As he moved into senior executive leadership roles, he established succession planning initiatives and persuaded the family to bring in non-family senior leadership executives and a majority non-family board to position the company for long-term growth and continued success. As a servant leader, long term success for the Jones Family of Companies has been built on passion, transparency, and trust among all stakeholders.



Becky Sharpe
Owner and CEO
International Scholarship and Tuition Services


Becky Sharpe’s passion is helping people grow. As the CEO/Owner of International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Collegiate Sports Data, and WatchGameFilm, her focus is effective leadership and innovation via continuous growth. Becky makes vision a reality through building effective organizations. In addition, she serves on two corporate boards. Gobbell Hays Partners is an engineering firm. ISTS is one of Nashville’s Top Workplaces and has been awarded the When Work Works award for exemplary workplace practices and has made Inc. magazine’s list of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America three times. Her community non-profit-board work includes: Vistage International, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Scouts, Sister Cities, Nashville Sports Council, The Private Directors Association, Nashville Coaching Coalition, and Walk Bike Nashville. Becky has twice been named as a recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s Women of Influence Awards. Becky is married to Michael and they have 3 children.