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Tampa Bay Chapter Virtual Event | Charting Your Board Service Journey – Let's Plan an Exciting Adventure: Highly Experienced Directors – D-E-I Trailblazers
Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Category: Tampa Bay

03:00 PM - 04:30 PM (Pacific)
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM (Mountain)
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM (Central)
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM (Eastern)



Special summer cohort program exploring the wide range of board service paths and roles available to PDA members. 

During the fifth installment of the series, the cohort will explore the Highly Experienced Director role. Two highly experienced directors, Stephanie Sonnabend and Mary Ann Bruce, will join us to share their journey to leadership in the boardroom. Both are Diversity-Equity-Inclusion trailblazers and represent Best-in-Class Directors.

As Seated Board members are elevated to board leadership roles, their experience and knowledge must reflect the latest governance best practices. Assuming the role of Chairperson, Lead Independent Director, chair of core or specialized committees (e.g., Enterprise Risk Oversight, M&A) can be incredibly challenging. These individuals are setting the future direction of the organizations they are selected to lead.

Each program will be recorded and available for replay for existing PDA members via the PDA website a few days following each event.

Event Schedule

June 8th    Week # 1 – Welcome, Kick-off, and Cohort Orientation   
June 22nd Week # 2 – Preparation and Packing List for Your Bucket List Destination
July 6th     Week # 3 – Let Your Passion Drive Your Service
July 20th   Week # 4 – Fuel You Passion and Get Licensed to Thrill   
Aug 10th   Week # 5 – Highly Experienced Directors – D-E-I Trailblazers 
Aug 24th   Week # 6 – Capstone – Members Share Board Bucket List and Vision Board Ultimate

Please note that you need to register for each individual session listed above. 

Cohort Sign-up and Participation Overview

Overview of the procedures and workflow to sign up for the Tampa Bay Summer Cohort. Describes the registration process, program logistics, and distribution of documents and artifacts used to support the Zoom sessions.


Infographic that will be used as a reference throughout the sessions.

Thank you to our National and Gold Chapter Sponsors!

Session Leader


Jeff Sauntry
Tampa Bay PDA Executive Committee Member

Mr. Sauntry is the CEO of Risk Neutral. He is a results-focused board member and senior executive with publicly traded and private organizations. Leader of core operations for professional services, platform as a service (PaaS), cybersecurity, technology, and telecommunications firms. He is a subject matter expert in risk management, regulatory compliance, privacy, go-to-market strategy, digital transformation, eCommerce, fraud, cyber and physical security.  A trusted advisor able to translate complex business challenges into actionable initiatives designed to minimize deviation from expected outcomes, Mr. Sauntry thrives at the intersection of innovation and value creation. He believes cognitive diversity and sound corporate governance create a competitive differentiator for the organizations he serves.



Maryann Bruce
Highly Experienced Corporate Director 
Former Fortune 100 Division President & CEO

Maryann Bruce is a highly experienced corporate director and former Fortune 200 Division President and CEO.
  • Served on a dozen public, private, mutual fund, advisory, and nonprofit boards
  • Currently serves on the Audit and Enterprise Risk Oversight Committees of the Board of Amalgamated Bank (NASDAQ: AMAL) which completed a successful IPO in 2018, the Advisory Board of RealBlocks, and Chairs the Board of Wrestle Like A Girl.
  • Former independent director of MBIA (NYSE: MBI) and Atlanta Life Financial Group
  • Former Trustee of the Allianz Global Investors and PNC Funds
  • Served on two public company boards with private equity board representation
  • Has been the Chair of various committees - compensation, finance, investment, and nominating
  • 30 years of success with full P&L responsibility in the financial services industry
  • Former President of Evergreen Investments Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Wachovia
  • Honored by Directors & Boards as one of 20 accomplished female board members in Directors to Watch
  • Earned the CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from the NACD
  • Graduated magna cum laude from Duke, BA Economics