Diverse Voices Matter: Women on Boards of Directors Virtual Event
Having an effective board of directors is crucial to any organization. Yet nearly one in 10 boards have no women leadership. Among the largest 3,000 U.S. publicly traded companies, only one in five board members are women.
Gender diversity on a board is one way to bring diverse perspectives to an organization. Women serving on boards helps to broaden the talent at all levels.
That’s why the KC Chamber’s Women’s Leadership programming is hosting a discussion with Karen Daniel, 2020 ATHENA Award Recipient and retired Black & Veatch CFO, Wendy Doyle, President & CEO of United WE, Luann Feehan, President & CEO of Nonprofit Connect, and Nicole Jacobs-Silvey, President & Founder of Connection Coach KC.
The virtual panel will address the definitions of various boards and governance structures, share the type of experience needed to be successful in board service, how to prepare for board service by asking the right questions, and answer your burning questions about this important topic.
We encourage you to include your questions for the panel during your registration process.
Karen Daniel retired in July 2018 as Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer and President of the Global Finance & Technology Solutions division for Black & Veatch (B&V). She is currently one of the owners of the Kansas City Royals. Karen also served on the KC Chamber Board of Directors from 2011-2018, and was Chair of the Board of Directors in 2017. Over the course of her career, she has served on several notable boards and councils including: President Obama’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa, Northwest Missouri State University Foundation Board of Directors, Women’s Employment Network Board of Directors.
Karen has also received multiple recognitions including the 2020 KC Chamber ATHENA leadership award. In 2008, she was named the first CFO of the Year by the Kansas City Business Journal, and was recognized in 2005 by the Business Journal as part of the Women Who Mean Business.
Wendy Doyle is the President & CEO of the United WE, formerly the Women’s Foundation, where she advances all women’s economic and civic leadership to make meaningful change. She has served as a nonprofit consultant, focusing on board development and strategic planning and fundraising management, and as the Executive Vice President of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas. Wendy has served on the boards of Nonprofit Connect and Civic Opera Theater.
Luann Feehan is the Executive Director of Nonprofit Connect. She is a Certified BoardSource Governance Trainer and DiSC Behavioral Assessment Trainer, bringing over 20 years of experience in leading successful nonprofit teams. Luann is a sought-after expert on nonprofit trends and best practices, and is a leading voice in Kansas City’s nonprofit community.
Nicole Jacobs-Silvey is the President & Founder of Connection Coach KC. She created a training series called “At the Table” that assists not-for-profit boards with the intentional recruitment and retention of board members from diverse backgrounds. The training series focuses on the principles of shared power and inclusive leadership as the foundation of a strong board culture. Nicole has over 20 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector.
Thank you to our 2021 Women's Leadership Sponsors!
Our Presenting Sponsors are Bank Midwest and KPMG. Our Service Sponsors are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, Children's Mercy, CommunityAmerica Credit Union, FleishmanHillard, Grant Thornton, Hallmark, HNTB, McCownGordon Construction, PNC Bank, Shook Hardy & Bacon, T-Mobile, The University of Kansas Health System, and UMB.