Leadership diversity is a high-profile issue for companies of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 500 organizations. Current events, ESG priorities, and developing disclosure requirements from federal and state regulators, venture capital funds, and institutional investors push early-stage and established ventures and corporations to rethink diversity and inclusion within their governance structures.  This issue is becoming more salient as at least ten publicly traded companies have been sued in shareholder derivative lawsuits alleging that corporate boards breached their fiduciary duties by failing to ensure diversity and inclusion in the boardroom.  Despite substantial research establishing the social and economic benefits of diverse boards, changing the face of corporate governance remains difficult for many companies.

This program will focus on three areas:

  1. The Evolving Landscape of Board Diversity
  2. The Benefits of Board Diversity and Ethical Considerations
  3. Practical Steps to Eliminate Bias and Implement Meaningful Change

Program participants include:
Moderator:  Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper, Senior Managing Partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group


  • Todd Federman, Managing Director, North Coast Ventures
  • Pamela Gibbs, Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Minority and Women Inclusion
  • Eric Douglas Keene, Managing Director, RSR Partners and Founder, Keene Advisory Group
  • Kimberly Reed, Managing Director of Talent at Blue Point Capital Partners
  • Richik Sarkar, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP