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DC Metro Chapter In-Person Event | 2023 Board Trends
KPMG Washington
1801 K Street NW
Washington, DC
Thursday, January 26, 2023, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EST
Category: DC Metro

2023 Board Trends


The New Year brings an opportunity to reflect on key Board issues of the past -- ESG, cybersecurity, diversity, digital transformation, sustainability and more -- and take a look at what might be new for 2023. Join our stellar panel of board experts to talk more about the trends we expect to be talking about all year. 


$25  Member Registration Fee
$  0 Guest of Members (PDA members, please use promo code MemberGuest)
$35 Non-Members

Please note that this is an in-person-only event. Registration is required.  


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Anna Alonzo 
Board Member
Potlatch Deltic

Anne Alonzo is a former global C-suite executive, CEO of a commodity marketing board and senior government official with a diverse background leading C- level/executive roles at Fortune 500s – Amoco, Kraft Foods Inc., and Corteva Agriscience and led public and non profit organizations – US EPA, DOC, State and USDA as well as the American Egg Board and National Foreign Trade Council.

Anne brings to public and high growth companies 30+ years of experience and board insights on business strategy, advancing global ESG/corporate responsibility (CSR) goals, mitigating risk, and navigating regulatory frameworks as well as a robust network of private and government relationships across the world.

Presently, Anne serves as an independent Board Director at Potlatch Deltic (Nasdaq: PCH), a leading timber and wood products public company and Board Member, Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S. She also serves in an advisory capacity to firms focused on climate change and regenerative agriculture impact investing.


Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Bruce Crawford
Board Member
George C. Marshall International Center

Lieutenant General (Retired) Bruce T. Crawford is an inspired, thought leader of character with over thirty-six years of leadership, executive management, national security, digital transformation, and cybersecurity experience.

After retiring from the U.S. Army in October 2020, Bruce joined Jacobs as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Development, Growth and Sales in the $5B government-focused Critical Mission Solutions Line of Business. In his most recent role as Chief of Innovation, Chair of the Digital Advisory Group and Director of the Global Digital Center of Excellence, Bruce led the company’s global digital transformation and innovation initiatives.

Prior to joining Jacobs’ Bruce held a C-Suite level position serving as the U.S. Army’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and senior Information Technology (IT) accountable official, where he performed the duties as the principal enterprise IT and cybersecurity policy advisor to the Secretary of the Army and the Army Chief of Staff. Bruce’s duties and responsibilities also included execution and oversight of the Army’s $15B annual IT budget, the Army's data and cloud migrations, digital transformation, and delivery of IT capabilities from the tactical edge to the enterprise at 288 locations in 143 countries world-wide.


Erin Essenmacher
Founder and President
Feisty Aphrodite Media

Erin Essenmacher is a c-suite leader, award-winning storyteller, strategic advisor and board member with a proven talent for synthesizing complex issues, market trends, emerging ideas and stakeholder perspectives to create visionary and results-focused strategy.  As President and Chief Strategy Officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Erin's innovative approach coupled with a keen understanding of strategy development, implementation and team building helped fuel triple-digit growth not just in her department but across the organization. Her work transformed NACD into a thought leader on a broad range of issues from ESG, diversity and culture to digital transformation, cyber risk and competitive disruption. Under her leadership, NACD doubled its membership, saw a 400% increase in education revenue, and a three-fold increase in engagement with its content and events. Key to this success was an eye for marrying market trends with new product development and expanding strategic partnerships across key constituencies including industry groups, think tanks, venture capital, government agencies like the SEC and DHS, members of Congress, NGOs, media and higher education.



Susan Angele
Senior Advisor, Board Governance
KPMG's Board Leadership Center

Susan Angele is a Senior Advisor at KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, which provides a powerful combination of resources and insight to help boards deepen their engagement on the critical issues shaping boardroom agendas and discussions. She is a frequent writer and speaker on board governance topics, including strategy, risk, culture, the corporation’s role in society, and board composition and effectiveness. Susan is a lawyer and former Fortune 500 executive, with 25+ years in the consumer products industry, including roles as Vice President, Global Deputy General Counsel, and Chief Governance Officer at The Hershey Company, and Chief Counsel, US Snacks at Mondelez (then a $5 billion division of Kraft/Nabisco), where she provided strategic advice through a legal lens and led initiatives that protected value and enabled sustainable, global growth of some of the world’s most famous and best-loved brands. Susan is a member of Women Corporate Directors and has led WCD Thought Leadership Commissions on topics including visionary boards and board decision-making. She is a champion of board diversity, and on behalf of KPMG serves as a member of the Equilar Diversity Network, and drives KPMG’s strategic and educational support of LCDA (Latino Corporate Directors Association), Ascend/Pinnacle, Quorum, and the Hispanic IT Executive Council, among others. In 2020, Susan was selected for inclusion in the NACD Directorship 100, which recognizes influential directors and leaders in corporate governance. She has also been a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Leadership Fellow and serves as an advisor for the GLG Institute. She has served on the board of numerous nonprofits, including the Council of Better Business Bureaus, the umbrella organization for the Better Business Bureau (BBB) system. She currently serves on the boards of the Institute for Mindful Leadership and The Latino Corporate Directors Education Foundation (LCDEF). She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an editor of the Columbia Law Review.