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The National Conversation on Board Diversity


When: Thursday, November 15, 2018
From 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, PLEASE see below, special note for non-member registration
Where: New York Institute of Technology
1871 Broadway
(Between West 60th and 61st Streets)
New York, New York  10023
United States

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Online registration is closed.

The National Conversation on Board Diversity


Learn how we can collaborate with companies and government to increase the number of women on boards. Per McKinsey & Co., companies with diverse boards were 33% more likely to see better-than-average profits.

Key topics covered:

  • How to prepare yourself professionally for and find board opportunities
  • What you can do in your company to improve diversity in boards and executive management
  • How government, companies and women can collaborate to increase board diversity
  • California’s new law mandating publicly listed CA companies to have at least one woman on their boards of directors by end of 2019.

This is a great event to improve your readiness for board membership – the FWA way.




Stephanie Ruhle imageStephanie Ruhle, anchors “MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle” and “MSNBC Live with Velshi & Ruhle” and is a correspondent at NBC News. She previoulst served as anchor/managing editor for Bloomberg Television and editor-at-large, Bloomberg News. Ruhle regularly interviews titans in politics, business, entertainment and sports. Ruhle has contributed to documentaries including Sharkland: A Mission Blue & Fusion Expedition, The History Channel’s The Making of Trump, and Haiti, Open for Business?, which she produced and hosted. Ruhle broke the 2012 story of the London Whale, the trader behind the 2012 JP Morgan Chase $2bn trading loss. Prior to Bloomberg, Ruhle worked at Deutsche Bank as a Managing Director, Global Markets Senior Relationship Management and began her career at Credit Suisse, becoming their highest-producing credit derivatives salesperson in the US. As a supporter of women’s rights, Ruhle founded the Corporate Investment Bank (CIB) Women's Network and supervised the women on Wall Street steering committee. She is also an active member of the board of trustees for Girls. Inc. New York.


Melissa DeRose imageMelissa DeRosa, Secretary to New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Chairwoman, NYS Council on Women and Girls. In 2017, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo elevated his chief of staff Melissa De Rosa to serve as Secretary to the Governor, the highest unelected position in State government, and the first woman to hold this position. Since April 2013, Melissa DeRosa has served as Communications Director, Strategic Advisor, and most recently Chief of Staff to the Governor. During her tenure, Ms. DeRosa has spearheaded the Governor’s campaigns to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, enact the nation’s strongest paid family leave program, and most recently to establish the Excelsior Scholarship, making New York the first state in the country to provide free public college tuition for middle- and low-income families. In addition, Ms. DeRosa serves as Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls, established by the Governor to recognize and advance women’s rights in New York State. Before joining the Governor’s office, Ms. DeRosa worked in the Attorney General’s Office as Deputy Chief of Staff and as Acting Chief of Staff and prior to that served as the Director of Communications and Legislation for Cordo and Company, an Albany-based government affairs firm.


Vicki FullerVicki Fuller, Board Director, Williams Companies, a premium provider of large-scale infrastructure for natural gas products. She was previously the head of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third largest pension fund in the US, with a value of $207.4 billion (as of March 31, 2018) in assets under management. The NYS Common Fund is using its position to promote diversity on boards. This year it was announced that it would vote against all board directors standing for re-election at companies that have no women on their boards. Previously, she served for 27 years in several leadership positions at AllianceBernstein including as managing director from 2006 to 2012.




Mary Hartman Morris imageMary Hartman Morris, Investment Officer within Corporate Governance, Investments for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). CalSTRS is the largest educator-only public pension fund in the world with a global investment portfolio valued at approximately $227.5 billion as of August 31, 2018. Ms. Morris has 15 years of investment experience and 15 years of technical accounting knowledge as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. She is responsible for working with a dedicated governance and sustainability team to further CalSTRS mission to secure the financial future/retirement benefits for California teachers. Ms. Morris’ main focus areas are Company engagements, financial markets regulatory engagement and assisting in the management of CalSTRS $6 billion activist and sustainability manager portfolio.


Molly Campbell imageMolly Campbell, former Director of Port Commerce, Port Authority of New York/New Jersey, 2019 Fellow - Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative, Corporate Board Member. Molly Campbell was most recently Director of Port Commerce of Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and will be a 2019 University Fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative. Under Molly’s leadership, the Port of New York & New Jersey handled record cargo volumes and recorded major milestones such as welcoming the largest neo-Panamax container ship to call on the East Coast. She joined the Port Authority in July 2015 from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), where she was Director of Financial Management Systems, and earlier served 15 years as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Los Angeles. Molly is a Director of East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ: EWBC) and has served as Chair of the American Association of Port Authorities’ Maritime Economic Development Committee and Vice Chair of the Finance Committee for the International Association of Ports and Harbors.


Tara Giunta imageTara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLC and Editor of Breaking the Glass Ceiling -- Women in the Boardroom. Tara Giunta is a partner in the Washington, DC, office of Paul Hastings LLP and is a Vice Chair of the Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice. The practice was recently recognized by the Global Investigations Review as 2017’s “Most Impressive Investigations Practice” and one of a handful of global “elite” FCPA practice groups. Ms. Giunta was recognized by Global Investigations Review in its inaugural edition of Women in Investigations list, which recognized 100 women across the globe who are “achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law.” Ms. Giunta also serves as Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Diversity Council and Co-Chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. She is Founder and Editor of the firm’s publication, Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom and speaks often on corporate governance, compliance and internal investigations, as well as on board diversity.


Tanjua Dehne imageTanuja Dehne, Independent Director, Senior Advisor, Net-Zero, the B Team. Tanuja Dehne is a public company director and former C-level executive of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 power company. She is Director of both Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc., chairing the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees, and Advanced Disposal Services, chairing the Compensation Committee, and was Director of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. 2012-2017. She is Senior Advisor on corporate governance for the NGO The B Team, which focused on mobilizing global leaders to drive a better way of doing business for the well-being of people and the planet. She serves on Boards of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, HomeFront of New Jersey, Sustainable Jersey, and as Board Chair of Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, and on the Board of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia.


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Event Schedule
5:30 - 8:30 pm Networking and Program

$95 FWA Members  | Registration for FWA Members Only  |  Refreshments included

*Special Note for Non-Member Registration

$125 Non-Member registration is through our event partner 2020 Women on Boards. 
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subway 1/A/B/C/D to Columbus Circle Station.


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Special thanks to Bank of America, Citi and UBS for sponsoring this event


This event is organized by the Directorships and Corporate Governance Committee of the FWA of NY, Inc., and  2020 Women on Boards.


About the FWA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization with a membership of approximately 1000 female and male professionals working in the financial services industry or who hold a financial position in another industry. The FWA has a long tradition of encouraging women to seek career opportunities in finance and business through mentorship and networking.


Reservations Required -- Bring Photo ID -- NO WALK-INS

 Reservations/Cancellations are required by Noon on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.



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