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September 11, 2018 - Aspiring Director Program

September 11, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

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Member Price: $80
Non-Member Price: $100



Do you aspire to join a corporate board of directors? You won't want to miss this informational program.


This program will focus on pathways to the boardroom through the stories of each panelist.

Location and Time


The California Club
538 S.Flower Street, Main Lounge (1st Floor)
Los Angeles, CA 90071

11:00 a.m.:  Check in and Networking

11:30 a.m.:  Lunch and Program Start

1:15 p.m.:    Program End

Speaker Spotlight


Bala Iyer

Bala Iyer has served on public company boards since 2001 and currently serves on the board of three public companies I H S Markit (INFO), a leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas shaping today’s business landscape, Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) a high performance analog semiconductor company and Power Integrations (POWI), a high voltage power conversion integrated circuit company. He previously served on the boards of QLogic until its acquisition by Cavium in August 2016; Life Technologies, an S&P 500 company, until its acquisition by Thermo Fisher in 2014 for over $15 billion; Overture Services until it was acquired by Yahoo and Conexant Systems until the company was taken private by Golden Gate Capital. As a board member, Bala has overseen more than 50 acquisitions as well as divestitures valued at over $30 billion and has overseen over $10 billion in equity and debt financing and served on several pricing committees. He has chaired Audit as well as Nominating Committees and has served on Compensation Committees. Bala has had a twenty two year career with technology companies and served as CFO of Conexant Systems and VLSI Technologies. Bala has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Virgil Roberts

Virgil Roberts attended UCLA with the dream of becoming a Foreign Service officer, following in the footsteps of diplomat Ralph Bunche. Majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations, Roberts was the co-creator of UCLA’s African American Studies Center, one of the first Black Studies programs in the United States. Prior to graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Roberts passed the Foreign Service Office’s written and oral examinations and received an appointment to the U. S. Foreign Service. Roberts’ interest in foreign affairs led to work as an intern for the Voice of America during the summer of 1967. He has described his experience that summer as a turning point in his life. More than 100 race riots exploded across the nation, and the “Black Consciousness” movement took root across the land. Profoundly affected by the historic shifts in the American body politic, Roberts began to reconsider his decision to be a career Foreign Service officer. Upon graduation from UCLA, the Ford Foundation awarded Roberts a Foreign Affairs Scholar Fellowship. He spent a year pursuing graduate studies in international relations and Constitutional law, but eventually put aside his appointment to the Foreign Service, electing instead to attend Harvard Law School. Roberts received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in spring 1972. His new ambition was to become a civil rights attorney. Employment opportunities with civil rights organizations were limited, however, so he began his legal career as an associate with a prominent Los Angeles law firm: Pacht, Ross, Warne, Bernard & Sears. There, he worked primarily as a civil litigator. In 1976, Roberts left Pacht Ross to form the law firm of Manning & Roberts, continuing his civil litigation practice and representation of entertainment clients primarily from the recording industry. Manning & Roberts represented a number of artists and companies in the music industry. The firm also was involved in civil rights and civil liberties matters. Notable among them was his representation of the NAACP in the Los Angeles school desegregation case (Crawford vs. Board of Education). Roberts joined Solar Records as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 1981, became President of Dick Griffey Productions (DGP) in 1982, and President of Solar Records in 1990. One of the most successful African American-owned record companies in the 80's, Solar had an impressive roster of gold and platinum-selling artists including Babyface, The Whispers, The Calloways, Shalamar, Midnight Star, The Deele, Lakeside, Dynasty, Klymaxx, Absolute, Jody Watley, Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Daniel, Vanity, and Richie Havens. In 1996, Roberts left Solar/DGP to form the law firm of Bobbitt & Roberts. He is managing partner of the firm, which specializes in representing entertainment industry clients, concentrating on television, film, music, theater licensing, and merchandising. Throughout his professional career, Roberts has been actively involved with the community and the legal profession. Currently, Roberts is Chairman of the Board of publicly-traded Broadway Federal Bank, which is based in Los Angeles and trades on the NASDAQ exchange. He also serves on the Board of Directors as Trustee and Audit Committee member for Claremont Graduate School; Board of Trustees of James Irvine Foundation; Chairman of Families In Schools; Director of Southern California Public Radio, the Fedco Foundation, Community Build, and the Alliance for College Ready Public Schools, Vice Chairman of Usher’s New Look Foundation, and Chairman of African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI). Roberts also has served as Chairman of the Board of the California Community Foundation, a philanthropic organization with over one billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) in assets; and Board Chair of the Los Angeles Annenberg Metropolitan Project (LAAMP), a public school reform organization formed with a $53,000,000 challenge grant from Ambassador Walter Annenberg, which under Roberts’ leadership, raised and spent more than $120,000,000 to reform public education in the Los Angeles basin. Roberts has given innumerable lectures and speeches to lawyers and law students interested in the entertainment industry. He has lectured at the law schools of Harvard and UCLA, and has participated in panel discussions for such organizations as the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters, the Black Entertainment & Sports Lawyers Association, the National Association of Securities Professionals, and the American Law Institute. Biographical collections with listings on Roberts include Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who among Black Americans, and Southern California Super Lawyers. He has been honored for his service to the community by the Los Angeles Urban League, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the University of Southern California (USC) School of Education, the UCLA Black Alumni Association, Chaka Khan Foundation, The Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the California Legislative Black Caucus Foundation. At Harvard Law School, Roberts was a recipient of the Felix Frankfurter Scholarship. Roberts, who has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Africa, has traced his ancestral roots to the small village of Pita in Guinea. Roberts is married to writer/editor Brenda (Banks) Roberts, former news deputy for Mayor Tom Bradley and author of “Jazzy Miz Mozetta,” a children’s book that won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award for its illustrations. Virgil and Brenda are the proud parents of two daughters, Gisele Simone and Hayley Tasha.

Erin Selleck, Moderator

Erin Selleck is an experienced financial executive, advisor, and corporate director. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of Broadway Financial Corp (NASDAQ: BYFC) and its subsidiary, Broadway Federal Bank, where she serves as Chair of the Audit Committee, and member of the Risk/Compliance and Loan Committees. Erin is also a member of the Advisory Board of DoubleCheck Solutions, an early stage financial technology company. She previously served on advisory boards for CleanBlu, a private water reclamation technologies company, and the Women Founders Network, a virtual accelerator that connects women founders with the resources they need to grow their businesses. As a director and advisor, Erin provides oversight, guidance and mentorship to these companies as they grow, expand nationally and globally, and create value for shareholders and investors. Prior to becoming a director and advisor, Erin had a successful 30-year career in the financial services industry. She served as Senior Executive Vice President and Treasurer for Union Bank, a top-25 U. S. bank and a key subsidiary of Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Her many accomplishments at Union Bank include successfully guiding the bank through the most significant financial crisis of the modern era, presiding over meaningful growth (2.6x) in the bank’s balance sheet, and expertly navigating an increasingly challenging economic and regulatory environment in the banking industry. She is the recipient of a number of professional honors, including being named a “Woman to Watch” by American Banker Magazine in 2012. Erin transformed the treasury function at Union Bank, creating a strategic treasury unit with a shareholder value focus. She provided expert leadership of all corporate treasury functions for the bank and holding company, and had P&L responsibility for the bank’s $20 billion investment portfolio, which she grew from $6 billion during her tenure while consistently delivering abovebudget returns. In addition to her responsibilities as Treasurer, Erin served as a Policy Making Officer and a member of Union Bank’s Executive Committee. In this capacity, she drove growth and profitability and she directed major corporate policies, including strategic and financial issues, M&A, and the risk profile of the company. Of particular note is the significant role she played in the parent company (MUFG) initiative to combine and integrate all U. S. operations, including Union Bank, into the newly created MUFG Americas Holdings Corp. Erin joined Union Bank in 2002 and was promoted to SEVP in 2012 following a succession of progressive leadership positions. She began her career in the financial services industry at Bank of America, where she served as Vice President and Manager in Corporate Treasury holding various roles within that division with increasing responsibility. Erin currently serves on the Board of Heal the Bay. She has previously served on the Boards of the National Association of Corporate Treasurers, Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, and the Organization of Women Executives. Her leadership roles in these non-profit organizations have included President, Audit Committee Chair, Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance Committee Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.



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