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Stacy Brown-Philpot was most recently CEO at TaskRabbit after having served as the company’s COO for three years. Before taking the operational helm at TaskRabbit, Stacy served as Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Google Ventures, lending strategic expertise to the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to that, she spent nearly a decade leading global operations for Google’s flagship products, including Search, Chrome, and Google+, and served as Head of Online Sales and Operations for Google India. Stacy founded the Black Googler Network, a seminal component of diversification initiatives at Google and the larger technology industry. She also brings a background in finance from her time at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Goldman Sachs. She was recently appointed to the HP Inc. Board of Directors, was named a 2016 Henry Crown Fellow with the Aspen Institute, and Fortune's 2015 40 Under 40. She holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, an M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and is President Emeritus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association. 




Thasunda Brown Duckett is the Chief Executive Officer of Chase Consumer Banking. Duckett oversees a banking network with more than $600 billion in deposits, 5,000+ branches, 16,000+ ATMs and 50,000 employees serving 25 million households nationwide. Under Duckett’s leadership, Chase has undergone a digital and physical transformation that contributed to its ranking as #1 in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power, #1 for its mobile app, and the #1 most visited online portal among U.S. retail banks. Her team is leading Chase’s first major branch expansion in 10 years, which will add 400 branches in 20 new markets over five years. Duckett is from Texas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Houston, and an MBA from Baylor University. In 2019, Duckett was appointed to the NIKE, Inc. Board of Directors, as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. In addition, she sits on the board of the Children’s Learning Center of Fairfax County. 




As GE Digital’s Chief Technology Officer, Colin Parris leads teams that work to leverage technologies and capabilities across GE to accelerate business impact and create scale advantage for digital transformation. He also champions strategic innovations and identifies and evaluates new, breakthrough technologies and capabilities to accelerate innovative solutions to solve emerging customer problems.  Colin created and leads the Digital Twin Initiative across GE. Colin previously held the position of Vice President, Software and Analytics Research at GE Research in Niskayuna, NY. He holds a PhD, Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley; an MS from Stanford University; an MS, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS, Electrical Engineering from Howard University. Prior to joining GE, Colin worked at IBM where he was an IBM executive for 16 years in roles that spanned research, software development, technology management, and P&L management.




Robert directs Vista’s investment strategy and decisions, governance and investor relations. Vista currently manages equity capital commitments of over $58 billion and oversees a portfolio of more than 60 enterprise software, data and technology-enabled companies that employ over 70,000 people worldwide. Since Vista’s inception, Mr. Smith has supervised over 455 completed transactions representing more than $155 billion in aggregate transaction value. While earning his MBA from Columbia Business School with honors, he served as President of the Black Business Students’ Association and President of the Japan Business Association. After graduation, he worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber, followed by Kraft General Foods, where he obtained two United States and two European patents. In 1994, he joined Goldman Sachs in tech investment banking, first in New York City and then in Silicon Valley. As Co‐Head of Enterprise Systems and Storage, he executed and advised on over $50 billion in merger and acquisition activity with companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Texas Instruments, eBay and Yahoo. Robert has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University and an MBA, Concentration in Finance and Marketing, from Columbia Business School




Marvin Ellison has served as president and CEO of Lowe’s Companies, Inc., since July 2018. Marvin has more than 35 years of retail leadership and operational experience with Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining Lowe’s, Marvin served as chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney Co., where he delivered positive sales growth, reduced debt and generated positive adjusted earnings per share.  He has extensive experience in the home improvement industry, having spent 12 years in senior-level operations roles with Home Depot Inc. Prior to Home Depot, Marvin spent 15 years at Target Corp. in a variety of operational and leadership roles. Marvin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Memphis, where he currently serves on the board of trustees, and he also earned an MBA from Emory University. In addition to the Lowe’s board of directors, Marvin serves on the board of directors for FedEx Corporation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.  



Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields, and a Fortune 100 financial services organization. Roger is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C., on 9/11, Roger led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed. Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, he was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, Roger was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Roger has a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and serves on the New York State Insurance Advisory Board. Roger is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.




René F. Jones is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M&T and its principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank. He was elected to this position, and to the Board of Directors of M&T and M&T Bank, in December 2017. Jones joined M&T Bank in 1992 as an Executive Associate, and went on to hold a number of management positions within the Finance Division. Before joining M&T Bank, Jones held numerous positions at The Group Inc. He began his career with the Boston-based office of Ernst & Young, where he serviced clients in a variety of industries with a primary emphasis on Financial Services. It was at this time Jones earned his designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Jones received a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management Science from Boston College and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Finance, Organization and Markets from the University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business.

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Barbara H. Whye has joined Apple as it’s new VP of Inclusion & Diversity in January, 2021. Barbara was most recently the chief diversity and inclusion officer and corporate vice president of social impact at Intel Corporation. She led Intel’s $300 million Diversity in Technology initiative, which resulted in reaching full representation in Intel’s U.S. workforce in October 2018. She was also responsible for Intel’s investments and programs that deliver positive global impact and enrich lives globally. A recognized force for social change, Whye has been the recipient of multiple industry awards, including the 2019 BLACK ENTERPRISE Most Powerful Women in Corporate Diversity Award, 2019. She was also recognized on Fortune’s 2020 Most Powerful Women list. Whye earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina and her MBA from the University’s Darla Moore School of Business. She is currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University’s school for the Future of Innovation in Society.



Francisco Borges is chairman and managing partner of Landmark Partners and is a member of the private equity, infrastructure and real estate investment committees. He directs Landmark’s strategic planning and investment activities. During his tenure, Landmark has grown and expanded its investor base and secondary market activities globally and across asset type. Prior to joining Landmark in 1999, Mr. Borges was managing director of GE Capital’s Financial Guaranty Insurance Company and capital markets subsidiaries, before which he was treasurer of the State of Connecticut, deputy mayor of the City of Hartford, and legal counsel for the Travelers Insurance Companies. Mr. Borges serves on the board for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Mr. Borges is a former member of the Connecticut and New Jersey bars. He received a JD from the University of Connecticut - School of Law, and a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Mr. Otis has been on the Board of Verizon since 2006. He is the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Darden Restaurants, Inc., the largest company-owned and operated full-service restaurant company in the world. He served as CEO of Darden Restaurants from 2004 to 2014 and as Chairman from 2005 to 2014. After joining Darden in 1995 as Vice President and Treasurer, Mr. Otis served in a number of positions of responsibility, including CFO, EVP, and President of Smokey Bones Barbeque & Grill, a restaurant concept formerly owned and operated by Darden. Mr. Otis also served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 2010 to 2015. He has served as a director of The Travelers Companies, Inc. since 2017 and VF Corporation since 2004. He has also been a director of 138 funds within the MFS Mutual Funds complex since 2017.




Derica Rice has been on the Board of The Walt Disney Company since 2019. He was earlier Executive Vice President of CVS Health and President of CVS Caremark, the pharmacy benefits management business of CVS Health, from March 2018 through February 2020. Prior to that time, he was employed in various executive positions at Eli Lilly and Company since 1990, most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Global Services and Chief Financial Officer from 2006 to 2017. Mr. Rice was a member of the Board of Directors of Target Corporation from 2007 to January 2018. Mr. Rice contributes to the Board with his mix of experience and qualifications in various positions at CVS Health and Eli Lilly and his other public company board experience.



Mr. Williams, has been an Independent Director at J&J since 2011. He has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Inc. (managed care and health insurance) from 2006 to 2010 and as Chairman from 2010 until his retirement in April 2011. He is also an advisor to the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC. In addition, Mr. Williams serves on the Boards of Directors of Peterson Institute for International Economics, the National Academy Foundation and the President's Circle of the National Academics, the Advisory Board of Peterson Center on Healthcare and is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Conference Board. Previously, Mr. Williams served on President Barack Obama's Management Advisory Board from 2011 to January 2017, as Chairman of the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare from 2007 to 2010, as Vice Chairman of The Business Council from 2008 to 2010 and on the Board of MIT Corporation until July 2019.




Mr. Lewis served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Potbelly Corporation, a franchisor of quick service restaurants, from June 2008 until his retirement in November 2017. From September 2005 to February 2008, Mr. Lewis was President and CEO of Sears Holdings Corporation, a nationwide retailer. Prior to being named CEO of Sears, Mr. Lewis was President of Sears Holdings and Chief Executive Officer of KMart and Sears Retail following Sears’ acquisition of Kmart Holding Corporation in March 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Lewis was President and Chief Executive Officer of KMart. Mr. Lewis has also been Chief Multi-Branding and Operating Officer of YUM! Brands, Inc., a franchisor and licensor of quick service restaurants including KFC, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and A&W. He also serves on the board of directors of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Lewis has been a director of Marriott since September 2016 and previously served on the Starwood board of directors from 2013 to September 2016.




MSNBC has named Rashida Jones as President, succeeding Phil Griffin Ms. Jones, currently a senior vice president at the network, will become the highest-ranking Black woman in the TV news industry. Ms. Jones, 39, currently oversees daytime news coverage for the network and breaking news and specials for NBC’s broadcast news division. Ms. Jones, who once served as director of live programming for the Weather Channel, joined NBCUniversal seven years ago. MSNBC staff members took notice of what has been a steady ascent - this past April, she was handed oversight of MSNBC’s daytime news coverage, and within three months, she had added weekend news programming to her portfolio. By the fall, Ms. Jones produced two town-hall events with the 2020 presidential candidates and helped supervise preparation for Kristen Welker, the NBC correspondent who moderated the second presidential debate. She joined MSNBC in 2013 and has had prior stints at WIS-TV and Weather Channel.



Mr. Bell, has been a Director at JP Morgan Chase & Co. since 2011. He was Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company, an aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft, from 2003 until his retirement in 2012. He has served as Boeing’s principal interface with the board’s Audit Committee. He was Vice President of contracts and pricing for Boeing Space and Communications from 1996 to 2000, and before that served as director of business management of the Space Station Electric Power System at the Boeing Rocketdyne unit. Mr. Bell has been a director of Dow Inc. since 2019, of CDW Corporation since 2005, and of Apple Inc. since 2015. He was a director of Dow DuPont Inc., formerly Dow Chemical Company Inc., from 2005 until 2019. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Rush University Medical Center. Mr. Bell graduated from California State University at Los Angeles.

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Rosalind Brewer has just been appointed as CEO of Walgreens, becoming the only Black woman leading a Fortune 500 Company. Previously, as chief operating officer and group president for Starbucks, Roz Brewer led the company’s operating businesses across the Americas (Canada, U.S. and Latin America), and Starbucks license stores as well as the global functions of marketing, technology, supply chain, product innovation, and store development organizations. Roz was appointed to the Starbucks board of directors in March 2017. Prior to joining Starbucks, Roz served as president and chief executive officer of Sam’s Club, the eighth largest U.S. retailer with sales of $57 billion for fiscal year 2016. Roz joined Sam’s Club, the members-only warehouse channel of Walmart Inc. in 2012 and made history by becoming the first woman and first African American to lead a Walmart division. In 2018, Fortune ranked her #33 on its list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Prior to Walmart, she was with Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 22 years, starting as a scientist and ultimately serving as president of the Global Nonwovens Sector in 2004. Roz earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Spelman College and attended Wharton’s Advanced Management Program and Stanford University’s Directors’ College. She is a current director of Amazon and a former director of Lockheed Martin and Molson Coors Brewing Company. She also chairs the board of trustees at Spelman College

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Kim D. Saunders is president and CEO of the National Bankers Association (‘NBA”), the premier trade association for the nation’s minority financial institutions (“MDI”).   She has served on the NBA’s Board of Directors since 2013 and was appointed its President and CEO in October 2018.  She is the second female president and CEO since the NBA’s founding in 1927.Ms. Saunders is also the founder, president and CEO of the Eads Group, Inc. (“EGI”), a community-bank-focused multidisciplinary consulting firm. Prior to founding EGI, she served as president and CEO of M&F Bancorp and its wholly owned subsidiary, Mechanics & Farmers Bank (“M&F”) from 2007 to 2014, where she led its acquisition of Mutual Community Savings Bank, Inc., SSB. Ms. Saunders  has also been president and CEO of Consolidated Bank and Trust Company (“CB&T”) where she helped guide the company back to profitability for the first time in six years. She was the second female president and CEO in CB&T’s more than century-old history, a distinction she also held at M&F. Ms. Saunders launched her banking career with The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City.Ms. Saunders holds a B.S. in Economics (Finance) from the Wharton School and honorary doctorate from Shaw University.



Ever since 2002, Linda has been chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company — where she became the first African American woman CEO among the top five of the Black Enterprise 100s largest black-owned companies. As President of the Chicago Public Library Board of Directors, she has significantly streamlined processes as well as brought a hands-on community approach to the Board. Linda also serves on the Board of Directors of Omnicom Group, Grubhub, Enova and is also a council member of The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Northwestern Memorial Corporation; a trustee at the Art Institute of Chicago and is a founder member of Adweek’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. She previously served on the boards of Continental Bank; Bausch & Lomb; Dial Corporation; Viad Corp.; MoneyGram; Quaker Oats; Kimberly-Clark and Tesla.




Ms. Brown became a Venture Partner at Flying Fish Fund, a venture capital firm, in 2018. Prior to that, Ms. Brown served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Intellectual Ventures, an invention and investment company that commercializes inventions. Before joining Intellectual Ventures, Ms. Brown served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell Transportation Systems. Over the course of 10 years at Honeywell, she held leadership positions serving the aerospace and automotive markets globally. Prior to Honeywell, Ms. Brown spent 19 years at Corning, Inc., ultimately serving as Vice President and General Manager, Environmental Products Division, having started her career there as a shift supervisor. She currently serves on the Boards of Axon and eBay. She has also served on the Boards of Raytheon and Allergan

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Ms. Washington brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the technology and consumer space to Five Below. She is currently the SVP and Global Head of Strategic Partners, Lodging and Vacation Rentals at Expedia Group, whose brands include Expedia,, Orbitz and VRBO. Prior to that, she was at Egon Zehnder, a global management consulting and executive search firm, and Uber, where she grew businesses from startup to scale and ran one of the top five U.S. markets. She founded Kahnoodle, which was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s 100 Brilliant Companies of 2012. She earned a joint graduate degree: a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a BA in political science and public policy. In March this year, she was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine.



Gabrielle Sulzberger co-founded Rustic Canyon/Fontis Partners, L.P. (RC/Fontis), a private equity fund in 2005 and serves as its general partner. Prior to joining Fontis Partners, Gabrielle served as CFO of several public and private companies, including Gluecode Software, a venture-backed open source software company which was sold to IBM, and Crown Services, a California based consolidation of commercial contractors. Until August of 2017, Ms. Sulzberger served as Chairman of the board of Whole Foods, where for 13 years she had previously served as Chair of the company’s audit committee. She currently serves on the board of MasterCard, Brixmor Property Group, where she chairs the governance committee, and three private-equity backed companies: Acorns, Cerevel Therapeutics, where she serves as Chair of the Audit Committee, and True Food Kitchen, where she serves as Chairman of the Board. Previously Ms. Sulzberger served on the four other public company boards: Teva Pharmaceuticals, Stage Stores, IndyMac Bank, and Bright Horizons, and numerous private company boards. Gabrielle is a Trustee of the Ford Foundation, and is chair of the governance committee. She also serves on the Boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sesame Street Workshop, TimesUp and Trinity Church Wall Street. She is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Ms. Sulzberger received her B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. She received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.



With more than 25 years of leadership and technology experience in both the retail and financial sectors, Fumbi Chima currently serves as BECU’s executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO). As CIO of Washington’s largest credit union, Fumbi is responsible for leading the organization’s technology strategy, information security and IT operations for its nearly 2,500 employees. She is also committed to ensuring BECU’s more than 1.2 million members have secure, seamless access to their accounts – online and in-branch, using leading edge technology. Prior to BECU, she served as chief information officer at adidas in Germany, where she led a customer-centric digital transformation, creating and operating an agile digital foundation. Before joining adidas, Fumbi served as CIO for several other global organizations, including Fox Network Group, Burberry, Walmart Asia’s business operations and American Express’ global corporate technologies. In addition to technology, Fumbi’s background showcases a dedication to diversity, women’s empowerment and inclusion.  Currently, she serves on the corporate boards for Africa Prudential and Work & Co, holds advisory roles for SAP Executive Advisory and Apptio EMEA Advisory, and is on the board of Women at Risk International Foundation. Fumbi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Philosophy from The University of Hull, U.K.

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Diedra Nelson joined Emerson Collective as CFO in July of this year. Prior to taking on this assignment, she was the chief financial officer of the Wing, Nelson rounds out an all-female leadership team alongside cofounders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan. Nelson, who was the CFO at Glamsquad and held finance roles at SoulCycle prior to joining the Wing in early 2018, has shepherded the coworking space and social club through a period of rapid growth. Since the Wing made its debut in October 2016, more than 12,000 members have flocked to its pink-hued spaces; in that time, the Wing has raised nearly $118 million and expanded its footprint to 11 locations, including an international outpost in London. As a queer black woman, Nelson says she sometimes catches business leaders and investors off guard. “When they hear me introduce myself as CFO of the Wing,” Nelson said in a recent Black Enterprise interview, “there is almost always a visible moment of disbelief, followed by a realization that their reaction was a result of the implicit bias they are harboring.” When the coronavirus hit, the Wing temporarily closed its spaces and suspended membership fees. But the startup is keeping its community alive through a newsletter and on its app, where home cooks and entrepreneurs gather across more than 200 member groups tailored to specific interests. 



In 2018, the activist and journalist Willis became the first black transgender woman to hold a senior leadership role at Out magazine. During her two-year tenure at the LGBTQ publication, she led the highly regarded Trans Obituaries Project, which honored the lives of trans women who had died before their time and proposed ways to take action against the epidemic of violence against them. In addition to her journalism, Willis has become a force for change and a voice for intersectionality. Willis has worked as a Soros Equality Fellow at the nonprofit Transgender Law Center, where she founded Black Trans Circles. The ongoing program provides spaces for black trans women to share their experiences and come together to organize for justice. At the 2017 Women’s March, she spoke to a crowd of millions in Washington, D.C., about the importance of inclusivity in social justice movements.




Aicha S. Evans is CEO of self-driving car company Zoox. In June 2020, Evans led the acquisition of her company by Amazon for US$1.3 billion. Evans is the first African American female CEO of an autonomous vehicle technology company. She was formerly SVP and chief strategy officer at Intel Corporation. She was responsible for driving Intel’s long-term strategy to transform from a PC-centric company to a data-centric company, as well as leading rapid decision making and company-wide execution of the strategy. Previously Evans was general manager of the Communication and Devices Group, responsible for driving wireless engineering for multi-comm products and Intel platforms, including modems, RF, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM, LTE, WLAN/WWAN as well as emerging wireless technologies such as 5G. Additionally, she worked in Israel managing WiFi engineering and product lines. Prior to Intel, Evans spent 10 years in various engineering management positions at Rockwell Semiconductors, Conexant and Skyworks. She was appointed to the Anita Borg Institute board of trustees in 2016 and to the supervisory board of SAP in 2017. Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The George Washington University.




As Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, Craig Cuffie oversees Direct and Indirect Sourcing, Procurement, Shared Services, Supplier Diversity and Data Center Fulfillment at Salesforce, the leader in customer relationship management software in the “cloud.” In that role, he and his team manage $3.5 billion of procurement spend, as Salesforce seeks to reach its revenue growth target of more than $20 billion. Before joining Salesforce, he served as managing director at Eagle Island Advisors, a boutique private equity firm focused on sourcing lower mid-market opportunities in the third-party logistics industry. Moreover, he’s held various senior management roles throughout the years at revolutionary companies including Jawbone, Clearwire, and Intuit. Cuffie has over 18 years of experience in aerospace and high technology companies, most notably with Quantum Inc., Lam Research Inc., and United Technologies Corp. Cuffie is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the Stanford Global Supply Chain Forum, and the Institute for Supply Management. He received his master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.



Charles is the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Infor, the world’s third largest provider of enterprise software applications. Prior to Infor, Phillips was President of Oracle Corporation and a member of its Board of Directors. During his seven and a half year-tenure, the company tripled in size and successfully acquired 70 companies. Prior to Oracle, Charles Phillips was a Managing Director in the Technology Group at Morgan Stanley, where he was an Institutional Investor All Star for ten consecutive years. Before his Wall Street years, Phillips was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 2nd Battalion, 10th Marines artillery unit. Phillips serves on the Boards of Viacom Corporation, Santander Bank, Apollo Theater, BENS (Business Executives For National Security), Jazz at Lincoln Center, the NYPD Foundationthe United States Air Force Academy Endowment Fund, The New York City Public Library, and The Posse Foundation. Phillips also served on the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness chaired by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Phillips holds a BS in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a JD from New York Law School, an MBA from Hampton University. He is also a member of the Georgia State Bar.

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Marc Jones is one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative technology entrepreneurs. As Chairman, President & CEO of Aeris Communications, Marc and his team have spent over a decade helping the world’s largest companies fundamentally improve their business through the Internet of Things (IoT). Named by Goldman Sachs as one of the nation’s best entrepreneurs in 2012 and 2013, Marc grew up in Chicago before coming west to Stanford University where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees. In his early thirties, he was named President and COO of Madge Networks, where he helped to turn a young $40M revenue company into a $500M industry leader. Madge’s successful IPO took place during Marc’s tenure. After Madge Networks, Marc served as the Chairman, President & CEO of Visionael, a pioneer in enterprise network management and automation, raising over $40M to fuel their rapid growth. In addition to his professional work, Marc sits on the Board of Directors for Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) and Stanford Health Care and is on the Board of Trustees for Stanford University.




Leading ShotSpotter since 2010, Ralph is dedicated to helping law enforcement agencies provide equal protection for at-risk, underserved neighborhoods, reducing gun violence and restoring police as trusted guardians of the community. Clark led the transformation of ShotSpotter to a SaaS based business model ultimately taking the company public in 2017. Clark was previously CEO of GuardianEdge Technologies Inc. where he drove its acquisition by Symantec. Earlier in his career he worked for IBM, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Clark received the 2019 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award for Northern California. He is a former board member and chair of Pacific Community Ventures, former board member and chair of the Oakland Boys and Girls Club, former trustee and Vice-Chair of the Oakland Museum of California, is a member of Harvard Business School’s California Advisory Board and is a trustee of the American Conservatory Theater. He holds a B.S. in economics from the University of the Pacific and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.



Corey Thomas was elected to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust in 2019. He received his B.E. degree from Vanderbilt in 1998 and MBA from Harvard Business School in 2002. Mr. Thomas is chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Rapid7, a cybersecurity company.  In 2018, he was elected to the Cyber Threat Alliance (CTA) Board of Directors and the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council.  He serves on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Board of Directors, sitting on its audit and health care quality and affordability committees.  He also serves on the LPL Financial Board of Directors, sitting on the Audit Committee.  In 2016, he was appointed to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Digital Economy Board of Advisors and resigned in 2017 to denounce “bigotry, racism, hate and violence, and to respect diversity and uphold the values of an inclusive America.”  Mr. Thomas is one of seventeen co-founders of Pillar, a venture capital firm that invests in and supports entrepreneurs.  Prior to joining Rapid7, he worked at Parallels, Microsoft, Deloitte Consulting, and AT&T. 

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Joining TIAA in 2017, Sean is the Senior EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer at TIAA where he is responsible for the organization’s global workforce, including compensation and benefits, talent acquisition, organizational design and effectiveness, and inclusion and diversity. He also oversees the organization’s internal communications strategy, which focuses on driving the alignment and engagement of approximately 16,500 employees. Previously, he held the Chief People Officer position at National Life Group. Prior to that, Sean served as the U.S. Head of HR and Associate Communications at Sun Life Financial U.S., and also held senior executive HR roles at Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, and the United Bank for Africa. He started his career and spent over 18 years at Merrill Lynch & Co., where he last served as First Vice President and Head of International HR based in London. Sean also led HR for Merrill Lynch’s Japan Wealth Management business unit based in Tokyo.




Ann-Marie Campbell is executive vice president of U.S. stores and international operations, leading more than 2,200 stores and more than 400,000 associates, as well as supply chain, merchandising, sourcing and strategy for The Home Depot Canada and The Home Depot Mexico. Formerly, she served as executive vice president of U.S. stores, where she led the company’s three U.S. operating divisions comprised of nearly 2,000 U.S. stores. Ann-Marie began her career with The Home Depot in 1985 as a cashier in South Florida. She learned her first lessons in retail from her grandmother in Jamaica, who owned a small furniture store and had a reputation for friendly, top-notch customer service. After more than 35 years with the company, Ann-Marie brings a deep understanding of The Home Depot’s operations, culture and customers.



Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Kimberly has enjoyed a successful 25+ year professional career in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries such as Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer. Since 2011 Kimberly has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a local organization serving only the Bay Area, to an international organization with seven chapters across the U.S. and in Johannesburg, South Africa. Black Girls CODE has currently reached over 3000 students and continues to grow and thrive. Kimberly serves on the National Champions Board for the National Girls Collaborative Project, and the National Board of the NCWIT K-12 Alliance. In August 2012 Kimberly was given the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area. In 2013 Kimberly was highlighted by Business Insider on its list of “The 25 Most Influential African- Americans in Technology” and was named to The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists. A highlight of 2013 for Kimberly was being invited to the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in tech inclusion and for her focus on bridging the digital divide for girls of color. 




Lloyd A. Carney is chairman and CEO of Carney Global Ventures, LLC, a global investment vehicle, since March 2007. Mr. Carney served as chairman and chief executive officer of ChaSerg Technology Acquisition Corp, a Special Purpose Acquisition Corp, Previously, he served as CEO and director of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., a global supplier of networking hardware and software following the completion of Brocade’s acquisition by Broadcom Limited. Prior to this role, he was CEO and a director of Xsigo Systems, an information technology and hardware company. He also served as CEO and chairman of the board of Micromuse, Inc., a networking management software company, acquired by IBM, During his career, Mr. Carney held senior leadership roles at Juniper Networks, Inc., a networking equipment provider, Nortel Networks Inc., a former telecommunications and data networking equipment manufacturer, and Bay Networks, Inc., a computer networking products manufacturer. Mr. Carney serves as the chairman of the boards of directors of Grid Dynamics Holdings, Inc. and Nuance Communications, Inc. and also serves on the board of directors of Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Visa. Previously, he was a director of Technicolor S.A. until 2015. Mr. Carney holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering Technology and an Honorary PhD from the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in Applied Business Management from Lesley College.





Leo S. Mackay, Jr. is SVP of Ethics and Enterprise Assurance for Lockheed Martin Corporation. As the chief audit executive, he provides independent, objective assurance and advisory activity to improve the corporation’s operations. He is also on the Board of Directors of LM Ventures, Lockheed Martin’s $200M venture capital fund. Dr. Mackay previously served as vice president of Corporate Domestic Business Development; and president of ICGS, LLC, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman focused on the U.S. Coast Guard’s modernization. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Dr. Mackay was a secretary of the Navy Distinguished Midshipman Graduate. After pilot training, he spent three years flying the F-14 and graduated from the U.S. Navy’s Fighter Weapons School (Topgun). He is a veteran of Operation Earnest Will. Dr. Mackay was deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, and the designated chief operating officer, of the second largest U.S. cabinet agency. Dr. Mackay is a member of the U.S. Naval Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is an independent director of Cognizant, Inc., and USAA Federal Savings Bank and also serves as a strategic advisor to Pegasus Capital Advisors. Dr. Mackay earned a master's degree and doctorate in public policy from Harvard University. He was a Kennedy Fellow, Harvard MacArthur Scholar, Graduate Prize Fellow, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Science and International Affairs. 



Angela Archon is an Independent Board Director and highly accomplished executive, with expertise in digital transformation, information technology, and operational excellence. Formerly, she was the Chief Operating Officer in the Watson Health Division of IBM Corporation, a multinational information technology company, with ~$80B in revenue. Angela is currently a member of the Board of Directors for H&R Block, a company who provides global consumer tax preparation services, with revenues over $3.1B. Angela also serves on the Boards of Switch, CommonSpirit Health and University of Texas, Department of Chemical Engineering Advisory Board. Angela has earned multiple, recent accolades: WomenInc magazine honored Angela Archon as one of “2018 Most Influential Corporate Directors.” Black Enterprise magazine named Angela Archon as one of 2017’s Top “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.” Savoy magazine recognized Angela Archon as one of the “2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors.” Angela was also featured in Working Mother magazine (May 2016), in an article entitled “The Changing Face of STEM.” Angela holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Systems Engineering, from the University of Texas at Austin; and post-graduation, Angela earned her license as a Professional Engineer.

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Kelvin R. Westbrook is President and CEO of KRW Advisors, LLC, a firm that provides strategic and general business consulting services to companies in telecommunications, media and other industries. Mr. Westbrook is a member of the boards of several public companies, including Archer Daniels Midland Company; Camden Property Trust; Stifel Financial Corp. and T-Mobile US, Inc., and currently serves or has served as the chairman of various board committees. In addition, he serves on the boards of Commerce Bank (St. Louis), N.A.; BJC Healthcare (Chairman), a multi-billion dollar not-for-profit healthcare system; St. Louis Children’s Hospital (Chairman), a nationally-ranked children’s hospital; and the St. Louis Internship Program.  He is a member of the Washington University School of Medicine National Council and the Business Program Advisory Council of Harris Stowe State University, and devotes energy to other community projects and charity work in St. Louis. He previously served on the boards of Angelica Corporation (2001-2008), the National Cable Satellite Corporation, better known as C-SPAN (2002-2011), and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (1999-2007) and has been featured by Black Enterprise magazine as the CEO of one of the nation’s 100 largest businesses owned by African Americans. Mr. Westbrook received an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington (1977) and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School (1982).

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Kim is currently on the Board of Directors of 3 Fortune 500 Companies and a world-renowned medical non-profit. In 2018, following its acquisition of Andeavor, a NYSE company with annual revenues of $35 billion (2017), Kim was appointed to the Board of Directors of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, a NYSE company with annual revenues of $96.5 billion (2018). In 2018, Kim was elected to the Board of Directors of Celanese Corporation, a NYSE company with annual revenues of $7.2 billion (2018). In 2015, Kim was appointed to the Board of Directors of Lennox International Inc., a NYSE company with annual revenues of $3.9 billion (2018). In 2014, Kim joined the Board of Trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees and is a member of its International Board of Directors.  Johns Hopkins Medicine is an $8.2 billion (FY 2018) nonprofit which includes Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins International. Kim also sits on the Board of Directors of Haven for Hope, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of homeless individuals in San Antonio, Texas.  She is also on the Advisory Board of Innovative Lawyers Summit, organized by Financial Times and RSG Consulting. She holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  



As CEO of AARP, Jo Ann Jenkins leads the world’s largest non-profit, nonpartisan membership organization, harnessing the power and passion of almost 2,300 staff members, 60,000 volunteers and numerous strategic partners. Since joining the organization in 2010 and heading it since 2014, she has transformed AARP into a leader in social change, dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live and age. Jo Ann Jenkins holds a variety of board and advisory positions including AARP Board of Directors; General Mills Board of Directors, The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, Stanford School of Medicine Board of Fellows, AVNET Board of Directors; World Economic Forum Stewardship Board for the Education, Gender, and Work System Initiative; World Economic Forum, Board of Governors for the Health Systems Initiative; Vice-Chair, International Oversight Board, National Academy of Medicine’s “Healthy Longevity” initiative. In 2019, she received the Baldridge Leadership Award, and was named by Fortune as “One of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”.After earning her Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, she graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program.  Jenkins also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from both Spring Hill College and Washington College.




Allan C. Golston leads the foundation’s efforts to advance educational opportunity and student achievement in the United States to ensure that all students — and particularly low-income students and students of color — receive a high-quality education that leads to success in college and their careers. He oversees the U.S. Program’s major areas of investment — Education, Economic Mobility and Opportunity, Special Initiatives, and Family Homelessness and Community Grants in Washington State. Originally joining the foundation in 2000 as the CFO, Allan felt a deep connection to the U.S. Program education work — which spans early learning, K-12, and postsecondary — and began serving as president in 2006. Allan’s professional background is in finance, health care, and education. He holds an MBA from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado. Allan is an active community volunteer and serves on the boards of a number of regional and national organizations, including Charter Schools Growth Fund, Harley-Davidson, and Stryker Corporation.




Ronald is Founder, Managing Partner of Gennx360 Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in industrial and business services companies in the U.S. middle market, since 2006. Prior to launching Gennx360 Capital Partners, Mr. Blaylock founded and managed Blaylock & Company, an investment banking firm. Also held senior management positions at UBS, PaineWebber Group and Citicorp. Director of CarMax, Inc., Urban One, Inc. (formerly Radio One, Inc.) and W.R. Berkley, Inc., an insurance holding company. Director of Syncreon U.S., a for-profit private company. He has been a Member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, Board of Overseers of New York University Stern School of Business and Pfizer since 2017 - as a Member of Compensation and Audit Committees.



Ms Clement currently serves on the Boards of Cincinnati Insurance Companies and Fifth Third Bancorp. Ms. Clement-Holmes was chief information officer of publicly traded The Procter & Gamble Company from 2015 to 2017. She retired from Procter & Gamble on January 31, 2018, following a 35-year career. As Procter & Gamble’s CIO, Ms. Clement-Holmes led the entire global information technology organization (2,500 IT professionals), set strategic direction and drove technology innovation. She also played the roles of SVP, Global Business Services and chief diversity officer. Ms. Clement-Holmes built her expertise in leveraging emerging business technologies to support speed and innovation during her career at Procter & Gamble. 




Georgette Kiser is an operating executive at The Carlyle Group where she is advising across the firm and in particular, the firm’s Global Technology and Solutions (GTS) organization, by developing and driving IT strategies across the global enterprise. Prior to this Ms. Kiser served as a Managing Director and the CIO (Chief Information Officer ) for The Caryle Group driving the global technical strategy and solutions. Prior to The Carlyle Group, Ms. Kiser was the Vice President of T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. where she headed Enterprise Solutions and Capabilities within the Services and Technology Organization. Prior to T. Rowe Price, Ms. Kiser worked for General Electric within their Aerospace Unit. Ms. Kiser earned a B.S. in Mathematics, with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, a M.S. in Mathematics from Villanova University, and an M.B.A from the University of Baltimore. Ms. Kiser serves on the Boards of Aflac and Ad