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Southern California Chapter In-Person Event | Best Board Practices for Public, Private and Nonprofits Organizations
UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Thursday, December 02, 2021, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Category: Southern California

11:00 AM - 01:00 PM (Pacific)
12:00 PM - 02:00 PM (Mountain)
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Central)
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM (Eastern)

After the event ends at 1:00pm, if you would like to join us for some guest networking at the UCLA Luskin Conference Center restaurant, it’s a few minutes walk from the Anderson School.


$20 Registration
Boxed lunch will be provided following the program


LOT 4.  All day the fee is $14.00.  Pay at the Lot.  Enter LOT 4 off of Sunset Blvd.  

Venue Note

All attendees MUST show proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event upon entry. Masks must be worn at all times during the event.  


Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!

"Mock" Board Overview

The Mock Board portion of the event will be a dynamic, interactive and entertaining fictitious private company board meeting.  The board interaction of this highly profitable family-owned firm, will showcase the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of a firm lead by a matriarch’s vision, hobbled by young family members, influenced by outside consultants and professionals, in a period when the company is transitioning from a small, unqualified, lacking knowledge and resources, family management group to a professional, next level executive management team.              

"Mock" Board

  James F. Davidson CM&AA, CM&AP, CPA, CGMA, CFF,

Managing Director & President
Avant Advisory

Jim Davidson is managing director and founder of Avant Advisory Group, a management consulting and operationally focused financial advisory firm that specializes in middle-market M&A. Jim is both a Certified Merger & Acquisitions Advisor (CM&AA) and Certified Merger & Acquisitions Professional (CM&AP). He has obtained CPA and Chartered Global Management Accountant certifications with multiple financial forensics specialization credentials and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Board Advisor (CBA) and Certified Director. Finally, he is both a Certified Turnaround Professional and Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor.

Avant Advisory Group provides M&A transaction support and has performed hundreds of buy-side and sell-side diligence engagements that include financial / quality of earnings and operations for companies ranging from distressed to multi-billion firms. Further, his firm has been engaged by both counsel and buyers/investors to investigate and opine on post-acquisition issues and disputes.

Jim has served in executive positions at both public and private companies ranging from entrepreneurial to multi-billion-dollar firms. After 10 years of accounting, auditing, M&A transaction advisory and other consulting for Big Four Certified Public Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jim transitioned to private industry. He spent over 10 years as a member of several boards of directors and in various financial and executive positions, including president and CEO, COO, CFO, secretary-treasurer, chief accounting officer, and corporate controller.

Jim integrates experience from private industry, public accounting, auditing and consulting. His specialties include mergers and acquisitions, distressed and special situations that comprise insolvency, bankruptcy, financial restructurings, operational turnarounds, and profitability improvement. He uses his expertise to assist with issues of fraud, forensics, and dispute resolution, due diligence, strategic planning, and corporate governance. His combined experience and professional qualifications fulfill financial expert requirements defined by Sarbanes-Oxley, NYSE, and NASDAQ. He also served on the Financial Executives International (“FEI”) committee for Mid-Sized Public Companies. He has served on the Small Business Bankruptcy Task Force of the American Bankruptcy Institute and was past member of the board of directors of the Orange County Forensic Expert Witness Association, past 4-year president and current member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

In over 30 years’ experience, Jim has obtained diversified experience across many industries, including the specialized areas of aerospace & defense; engineering & construction; contracting; industrial products manufacturing & assembly; trucking & transportation; route-based businesses; waste management & disposal; & services; energy – oil & gas, oil shale, ethanol, mining; consumer products & services; restaurants, franchising; retail & wholesale distribution; food processing & packaging; agri-business; healthcare; business & professional services; government & not-for-profit; telecom, media, & technology.

               Dr. Lee Hausner
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Lee Hausner is a clinical psychologist, whose international practice has been directed to dealing with high-net-worth families on challenges of productive use of wealth, family business succession, governance structures in families and family offices and creating multigenerational success in families.  She has assisted universities in developing family business programs, served as a consultant to all the major investment firms and is a highly rated keynote speaker for YPO, WPO, CEO and EO. She has authored several books including the seminal book of wealth in the family, “Children of Paradise…Successful Parenting for Prosperous Families”,” Hats Off to You…Finding Success in Family Business Succession”,” The Legacy Family..the definitive guide to creating a successful multigenerational family”, “Wealth of Wisdom” and a “Founders Guide to creating a Family Foundation”.

She brings to the various non-profit and business boards on which she has served specialized expertise in dealing with the interpersonal dynamics of groups, aligning family goals with business goals and skills in facilitating collaboration among the various disciplines represented on boards.

              Jill Baldauf

Jill is a double Bruin 30+ year veteran of the advertising industry.  Her career has spanned both coasts with key positions at DDB, Grey, Ogilvy & Mather and Benton & Bowles.  Her clients included Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Mars, Henkel as well as toy powerhouses Mattel and Hasbro.  In fact, she launched her own agency, Ampersand, in 2003 with a retainer from Hasbro to work on Disney products.

She returned to her alma mater, UCLA Anderson as Associate Dean, Alumni Relations September, 2014  She served on the Board of Visitors of the Anderson School from 1992 to 1997.

Jill is extremely active in the community and is a serial board member.  She is currently on the Music Center Board, and current Chair of the Blue Ribbon of the Music Center.  She has a 20 year tenure as a Board member of Chrysalis and is the immediate past Board Chair.   Additionally, she is on the board of KHOL – Wyoming’s only community radio station, and just completed a 9 year tenure with the Jackson Hole Land Trust. She has also been a member of boards of The Broad Stage, Wildwood School, Stanford Parents Advisory Board, LA Opera and Neighborhood Youth Association.  Jill is an avid tennis and paddle tennis player.

Jill is married to Steve Grossman, a partner at O’Melveny & Myers.  They have two daughters, Andie and Ella.  Andie is a recent Stanford grad now in her second year of Las School at Hastings, while Ella graduated in 2020 from Colorado College and is residing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Jill is a fifth generation Californian, born in San Diego.  She has a B.A. from UCLA and also received her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School. 

               Mark McConnell

Mark hails from Texas but has made his home in Southern California since 2003.  Mark is a former accountant who has forged a career in the management consulting industry for over 20 years working for firms such as Heidrick & Struggles, RGP, and most recently with McDermott + Bull Interim Leaders.  Mark has extensive experience in client development, project management, and sales leadership.  He lives in Newport Beach with his wife and two daughters. 

             Jack Greenfield
Due Diligence

Jack Greenfield is an angel investor, board member and advisor working with startups and private equity portfolio companies. He currently chairs Due Diligence and serves on the Executive Board and Fund Committee for Tech Coast Angels in Los Angeles.

Before TCA, Mr. Greenfield was Senior Staff Engineer at Google, Senior Director at PayPal, Distinguished Architect at eBay, Principal Architect at Microsoft, Chief Architect at IBM Rational, VP of Engineering at Personal Library Software (AOL), Founder and CTO of Inline Software, and a key hire at NeXT (Apple) and X.Commerce (eBay).

He has an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management with certificates in Finance and Entrepreneurship, and a BS in Physics with Biology minor from George Mason University. He has written two books, many papers and articles, and holds multiple patents.

He is skilled in due diligence, valuation, operational oversight, and strategy development. His technical expertise is in big data, machine learning, cloud computing, ads and commerce, security and privacy. 


Patricia Cabaldon
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Boardroom Performance Group

Pat as a Co-Founder brings a wealth of experience from her experience with Rockwell, McDonell Douglas and Boeing to the Boardroom Performance Group.

Drawing on her world class background in leadership, executive programs/presentations, project management, quality and supply chain expertise, Pat brings unique, powerful performance standards into the Boardroom. 

She has a Master’s degree in quality and wrote her thesis on an online Virtual Baldrige System. She was honored as one of the high-performance women at Boeing, selected for a two-year special assignment at corporate where she where she led major corporate projects and attended Stanford, Wharton and other executive development programs. Patricia served on the board and was Chairman of the 1200 member Boeing Leadership Association.  She has taught seminars for Boeing, universities, organizations, and small groups.

Pat was on the Boeing C-17 team that won the coveted Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award.

Pat, as Co-Chair of Operations has been instrumental in the rapid growth of the Private Director’s Association Southern California Chapter. 



Larry Cabaldon
President, Boardroom Performance Group
Southern California Chapter President, Private Directors Association®

Larry Cabaldon is Founding President of the 200-member Private Director Association Southern California Chapter

Larry founded Boardroom Performance Group in 2008 after more than 25 years’ experience in improving Executive Performance. Previously, Larry was Executive V.P. and Director for top 5 executive search firm DHR International, Director of Executive Search PWC, and Director of Human Resources for a 400-employee bank holding company.

He has presented to California Bankers Association, Western Bankers, CFO Leadership Council and NACD “How to Create a High-Performance Board,” "Board Role in Mergers & Acquisitions," "Board Succession Planning," "Creating a Proud Legacy of Leadership and Value.” He has conducted several Mock Boards.  

He served 13 years as a Director of the Forum for Corporate Directors, President of USC Commerce Associates (an 1,800-member alumni support organization), Advisor to the Dean's Board for Concordia University School of Business, Chairman of Options for Youth (recovering 3000 high school dropouts), and for many other charitable organizations.

Larry's BS degree is from California State University Northridge, where he also excelled at varsity basketball and was the Charter President of Delta Upsilon. 

"Board" Overview

What is board excellence? The Board Panel portion of the event will feature several distinguished academic, association and industry leaders sharing their views and experience on the subject of board excellence for the private company.     The panel will focus on best practices for boards, creating high-performance boards and nurturing value-creating boards.  The panel will address how business schools and private companies can collaborate to forge a community of board excellence.  



Michael E. Rivera
Chief Executive Office, Association for Corporate Growth – West
Founding Director, USC Marshall Venture Fund
Adjunct Faculty, Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, USC Marshall School of Business

Michael currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Corporate Growth – West, a membership organization representing private equity and venture capital firms, investment and merchant banks, law and accounting firms, consultancies, and other service providers in Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.

Prior to ACG, Michael spent two years at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business where he ran academic programs. He is the Founding Director of the USC Marshall Venture Fund. The USC Marshall Venture Fund is an industry agnostic venture capital fund investing in early-stage startups founded by USC students, alumni, faculty, and staff or that stem from intellectual property generated at the University. The mission is to further integrate USC in the early-stage startup and venture ecosystem to offer unparalleled academic opportunity for students, catalyze entrepreneurship at USC, generate financial returns for the Fund, and contribute to the economy of Southern California. Michael continues at USC Marshall as adjunct faculty teaching graduate students in the Marshall Venture Lab, a second-year MBA course he designed.

Michael joined USC after eleven years as the Founder & President of 6th Street Ventures, an early[1]stage investment firm based in Santa Monica. 6th Street Ventures makes equity investments across various technology sectors. Michael also founded 6th Street Investments, a debt and equity fund focused on commercial real estate. Michael serves as a mentor for Quake Accelerator and Blackstone LaunchPad in Los Angeles.

In 2006, Michael founded and launched a franchise development group, 6th Street Fitness, for the purpose of building and operating Planet Fitness gyms. 6th Street Fitness currently operates locations across Wisconsin and California.

In 2010, Michael co-founded Westside Trading Company, a commodity trading firm based in central California. In his role at Westside, Michael managed international banking and operations while actively trading commodities. With Westside on course to reach its revenue goal of $90 million for 2013, Michael exited to focus on expanding the 6th Street family of investments.

Michael began his career as an attorney and registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C. representing corporate clients.

Michael received his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University School of Law and his B.A. from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. Bar. He serves on the Board of the Georgetown University Scholarship Program and the Jason E. Sabbag Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Ian O. Williamson
UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Ian O. Williamson was appointed dean of The UCI Paul Merage School of Business on January 1, 2021. Prior to joining the Merage School, he served as pro vice[1]chancellor and dean of commerce at the Wellington School of Business and Government at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Williamson received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University. He has served as a faculty member at Melbourne Business School, Rutgers Business School, the Zurich Institute of Business Education, the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland and Institut Teknologi Bandung.

Williamson is a globally recognized expert in the area of human resource management. His research examines the impact of “talent pipelines” on organizational and community outcomes. Williamson has assisted executives in over 20 countries across six continents enhance firm operational and financial outcomes, improve talent recruitment and retention, enhance firm innovation and understand the impact of social issues on firm outcomes.

Williamson’s research has been published in leading academic journals (e.g. Academy of Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology) and has been covered by leading media outlets across the world. He has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy Management Review, Academy of Management Education and Learning, Journal of Management and Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal and Journal of Management.

He is a past recipient of the Academy of Management (AOM) Education Division Best Paper Award for his research on high performing teams, the AOM Human Resource Division Best Paper Award for his research on the effect of employee mobility on firm performance and the AOM Ralph Alexander Best Dissertation Award for his research examining the top management team (TMT) selection decisions of Fortune 500 firms. He is a recipient of the AOM Best Practices Mentoring Award for his role as the founding President of the Management Faculty of Color Association (MFCA). He also received the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School Outstanding PhD Student Award.

A passionate educator, Williamson has been recognized for his innovative approaches to business education. He is a past recipient of the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business Krowe Teaching Award, the Melbourne Business School Senior Executive MBA Teaching Award, the University of Melbourne Award for Excellence and Innovation in Indigenous Higher Education, and the Business/Higher Education Round Table CPA Australia/ABDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration. Williamson was inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame for his efforts to enhance diversity in academia and the business world.


Jason Lee

  • Previously co-led the energy private equity arm of Oaktree Capital Management where he directly led numerous investments in energy efficiency, renewables, energy infrastructure construction, services and software  
  • Prior to Oaktree worked in consulting (Ascend), operations (Amerix, Youbet.com) and investment banking (J.P. Morgan) and served on a number of private and public company boards  
  • Faculty member of UCLA Anderson School of Management teaching courses on private equity, impact investing, financial analysis and valuation and entrepreneurship
  • Received a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management  

Kathy E. Magliato MD, MBA, FACS
Cordex Systems, Inc.

Dr. Magliato is one of the few female cardiothoracic surgeons in the world. She founded and directed a Multidisciplinary Women’s Health Center to address the cardiac needs of female patients at Providence Saint John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA, where she is currently on staff. Prior to joining Saint John’s Medical Center, Dr. Magliato was a heart/lung transplant surgeon and Director of the Mechanical Assist Device/Artificial Heart Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Magliato received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at Union College in Schenectady, New York where she graduated with Cum Laude honors. She served on the Union College Board of Trustees for 12 years after which she received an Emeritus board member status. After earning her medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Magliato completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Akron General Medical Center. Further postgraduate training included a research fellowship in thoracic organ transplantation at the University of Michigan Medical Center (Ann Arbor) and a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center (Chicago). Dr Magliato also completed a fellowship in heart transplantation, lung transplantation, and ventricular assist devices at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In 2006, she earned an Executive MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Dr. Magliato’s areas of expertise include congestive heart failure, heart transplantation, lung transplantation, heart disease in women and artificial heart technology. She has served as a consultant to a wide array of biomedical technology companies including start-up ventures, privately held companies and mature public companies. She holds a patent on a cardiac diagnostic medical device that is under development by her company, Cordex Systems Inc., where she serves as Founder, CEO and CMO. In October of 2017, Dr. Magliato was recognized by Goldman Sachs as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs in the US.

Dr. Magliato has served as either principal investigator or co-investigator for many clinical trials, including overseeing the Jarvik Artificial Heart trial for the US and has contributed numerous articles and abstracts to the medical literature. Additionally, she has a keen interest in promoting cardiac health for women and is the Past President of the Board of the Greater LA County American Heart Association where she was the first woman to ever hold this position. She was promoted to the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Board, which is the largest of their 7 affiliate boards, and assumed the role of President in 2019. Dr. Magliato also currently serves as a national spokesperson for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Magliato is the recipient of many national and regional awards including the Women’s Leadership Exchange 2003 Compass Award and, in 2006, was initiated into the American College of Surgeons. In 2008, Dr. Magliato was honored at the American Red Cross gala, along with the cast of Grey’s Anatomy, and received their “Spirit of Humanitarianism” award. In 2010, she and Kate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, were awarded the Exceptional Women award in Boston. In 2012, Dr. Magliato was named “One of the Most Inspirational Alumni” of UCLA Anderson School of Management as part of their 75th anniversary celebration. In 2013, Dr. Magliato received The Distinguished Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University. This, their highest award, was also presented to the 16th Surgeon General of the United States. In 2016, she received the Women’s Day Magazine/AHA Red Dress Award along with Vivek Murthy, the Surgeon General of the United States, which recognized her work in promoting women’s health. Previous recipients include President Bill Clinton, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Barbara Walters and Sanjay Gupta, MD. In 2018, Case Western Reserve University presented Dr. Magliato with the Professional Achievement Award to recognize her career accomplishments and professional leadership. Most recently, in November of 2020, Dr. Magliato was awarded the Alumni Gold Medal by Union College in recognition of her many years of dedicated service to the college.

Dr. Magliato has been highlighted by the media as an expert in heart disease and has been seen on NBC’s iVillage and Home & Family, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News as well as being featured on WebMD and EverydayHealth.com. She has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles including Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest and Woman’s Day magazines. She also appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, The Doctors Show, The Dr. Oz Show and HBO’s Emmy winning series, The John Oliver Show. Dr. Magliato was interviewed by Barbara Walters for a 20/20 segment about heart disease that included President Bill Clinton, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Charlie Rose and Regis Philbin. Additionally, she has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey network and hosted a SoulPancake segment produced by Rainn Wilson and Oprah Winfrey. Dr. Magliato recently worked with Queen Latifah on a heart failure Public Service Announcement and with Hall of Fame quarterback, Joe Montana, on an exercise campaign entitled Breakaway from Heart DiseaseTM. She has worked on character development with actresses Brooke Smith, Mary McDonnell and Kim Raver, all of who have played cardiac surgeons on Grey’s Anatomy. Dr. Magliato has been featured in several documentaries including Lifetime’s “Everywoman” and the National Geographic Explorer series “The Moment of Death”.

Dr. Magliato’s memoir “HEART MATTERS” was published by Random House Publishing in February 2010 and received a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly and a 4 out of 4-star review in People Magazine. In April 2016, “HEART MATTERS” made the New York Times Best Seller List for both print and eBook versions. Her book was optioned by Universal Studios in 2014 and made into a scripted medical drama, “HEARTBEAT”, by NBC for the 2016 television season. Dr. Magliato is an Executive Producer and was played by Melissa George. She was also a Co-Executive producer on the scripted TNT series, “PROOF”.

With hundreds of speaking engagements throughout the world, she is a sought-after lecturer and has been an invited speaker on a multitude of topics to both professional and lay audiences.  Her lecture on women’s leadership entitled “Leading with Your Heart” was recently presented at the Maria Shriver Women’s Conference in Los Angeles, hosted by actresses Geena Davis, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling and attended by more than 1000 girls from 90 middle schools and high schools throughout Los Angeles.

Born in Upstate NY on an apple farm, Dr. Magliato lives in Pacific Palisades, California, with her husband, Nick Nissen MD, who is also a surgeon and is the Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation and Director of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. They have two sons, ages fifteen and seventeen.


Alfred E. Osborne, Jr, PhD
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Global Economics,
Management and Entrepreneurship
UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management

Alfred E. Osborne, Jr, PhD Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Global Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management is Faculty Director of the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He recently served as Interim Dean of the Anderson School of Management.

Dr. Osborne currently serves as a director of Kaiser Aluminum, Inc., Wedbush Capital, and the First Pacific Advisors (FPA) Family of mutual funds. His non-profit affiliations include serving as Chair and Trustee of Fidelity Charitable, a trustee of Harvard-Westlake School and a director or the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation.

He served for many years on corporate boards of Times Mirror Company, US Filter Corporation, Greyhound Lines, Inc., First Interstate Bank of California, Nordstrom, Inc. and K2, Inc., among others. As an economic fellow at the Brookings Institution and an SEC Fellow, he directed studies at the commission that contributed to changes in Rule 144, Regulation D, and other exemptive requirements to the securities laws designed to lower costs and improve liquidity and capital market access to venture capitalists and emerging growth firms alike. He has also served as Governor of the Investment Company Institute and the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; and is an advisor and consultant to several other business organizations.

Dr. Osborne was educated at Stanford University where he earned B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an MBA in Finance, an M.A. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Business Economics.



Michael Anderson
Executive Vice President, Firestone Partners
Southern California Chapter, Program Co-Chair, Private Directors Association

Mike Anderson is a nationally recognized investment company executive and licensed fiduciary. Based in Los Angeles, California, he is Executive Vice President of Firestone Partners, an Independent Registered Investment Advisor. In a career spanning more than 35 years, Mike has managed over $3 billion in client assets, advised over 25,000 clients to and/or through retirement, and managed assets in the highest tier of American business, the Fortune 100. He has served as a board director and executive officer for organizations on both the regional and national levels. As a two-time graduate of UCLA, Mike is engaged in alumni leadership, university governance, and campus-wide philanthropy. In 2017, he was nominated and elected as a life member of the UCLA Order of the Golden Bruin by his peers for exemplary service to the University. He has produced and hosted financial internet podcasts for many years, including his current project, The Anderson Files. He and his wife Denise live in Chatsworth, California.


Norma Williams, Esq.
Program Committee Co-Chair 

Norma Williams is an attorney and the owner of Williams & Associates, a commercial real estate law firm in Los Angeles. She represents parties in sophisticated financing, leasing, and purchase and sale transactions. She has been elected to honorary membership in the most prestigious associations of North American real estate attorneys and has risen to leadership and board service in them.
Ms. Williams is a frequent speaker and writer on commercial real estate law topics and has published over fifty articles. Known for being rigorously current on the law, she has also, since 2015, authored a concise annual Newsletter on new California laws affecting commercial real estate that is read by legal and businesspersons across the country.
Ms. Williams received her B.A. Degree Magna Cum Laude from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her J.D. degree from the University of California, Berkeley.