NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

May 8 - Women in the Boardroom: Claim Your Seat and Create Lasting Change -VEGAS

May 8, 2018
Las Vegas, NV



Please  join us for this educational workshop, where we will explore pathways for women to secure a corporate board seat.  Discussions during this timely workshop will include:

Pathways to a Corporate Board Seat
Corporate Social Responsibility
Building Your Personal Brand
Roles of a Corporate Board Member

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  Event Agenda - 5/8/18

Location and Time


Thomas & Mack Moot Courtroom, UNLV Boyd School of Law
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154

7:30 a.m.   Check In, Breakfast, Networking

8:30 a.m.:  Welcome and Program Start

2:30 p.m.:  Closing Comments and Program End

Speaker Spotlight


Greg Arnold

Mr. Arnold has more than 10 years of experience advising Boards and senior management teams on a variety of compensation and governance-related matters in both public and private settings across industries. In addition to his experience as a consultant, Mr. Arnold also worked for several years in a corporate HR leadership role, where he was responsible for leading the compensation, benefits, and HR operations functions for a company with over 50,000 employees.

John Bailey

John R. Bailey has more than 30 years of legal experience. He is the Managing Partner of Bailey Kennedy, a Las Vegas, Nevada, law firm he founded in 2001, which focuses on commercial corporate litigation; healthcare law; corporate and gaming law; and ethics and professional responsibility. Since 2015, Mr. Bailey has been an Independent Director of Boyd Gaming Corporation, where he serves on the Governance and Nominating Committee. He was a Director of SHFL entertainment, Inc. (formerly, Shuffle Master Inc.) from 2008 to 2014, where he served on its Audit Committee, Corporate Governance Committee, and Compensation Committee. He has also served in board positions of a wide range of regulatory and community importance over the last 25 years. He was Chairman and a Commissioner of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and Chairman of the Governing Board of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the College of Southern Nevada Foundation, and he was a member of the Nevada Community Foundation. He is Chairman of the Nevada State Bar Moral Character and Fitness Committee and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for a Better Nevada, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, the Public Education Foundation, and the Cristo Rey St. Viator College Preparatory Las Vegas. Mr. Bailey also is a member of the Institutional Advisory Council of College of Southern Nevada.

Dr. Yasmin Davidds

Dr. Yasmin Davidds is the founder and CEO of the Multicultural Women’s Executive Leadership Institute at USC and the Women’s Institute of Negotiation, organizations dedicated to the teaching, instruction and development of negotiating skills and leadership competencies primarily focused on women in professional, academic and corporate settings.

Linda Faiss

Linda Faiss joined with former State Sen. Helen Foley and Melissa Warren to form Faiss Foley Warren Public Relations & Government Affairs. With a client list that includes Pardee Homes, Summerlin, The Howard Hughes Corp., Inspirada, Cox Communications, the Southern Nevada Water Authority and the Regional Transportation Commission, the agency was created in 1998 and is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. Active in the community, Linda sits on the Board of Trustees for both the Boulder City Hospital and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, the Advisory Council of The Mob Museum - the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, and is a founding member of the International Women’s Forum in Nevada. She is a past board member of Nevada Humanities, University of Nevada Reno Foundation, Community College of Southern Nevada Foundation and Nevada Public Radio. Linda was a director of Aztar Corporation, a publicly traded national gaming and entertainment company, from 1997 until 2007 when the company was sold. She served as a member of the Executive, Compensation and Stock Option, and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees. Aztar owned and operated resort hotels and casinos in Nevada, New Jersey, Indiana and Missouri. Before entering the public relations field, Linda was the City of Las Vegas public information officer and was the city editor for The Valley Times. A journalism major and Sagebrush editor at the University of Nevada Reno, she was an award-winning reporter for the Reno Evening Gazette and Nevada State Journal, and community affairs director for KHJ Radio in Los Angeles, CA. Linda was named “One of the Most Influential Women in Southern Nevada” in 2001 by In Business Las Vegas. She received the Frank McCulloch Lifetime Achievement Award by the University of Nevada Sagebrush Alumni Chapter in 2016.

Maggie Hernandez

Ms. Palau-Hernandez is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hernandez Ventures, a privately held enterprise involved in Spanish media and a variety of business and real estate ventures in the United States and Mexico. Effective April 24, 2018, Ms. Palau-Hernandez will serve on the board of Herbalife, Ltd, an NYSE traded company operating a global nutrition organization in over 90 countries. Ms. Palau-Hernandez also serves on the board of ALJ Regional Holdings, Inc., a NASDAQ traded company engaged in the ownership and operation of diversified consumer product companies. Ms. Palau-Hernandez serves as Co-Chair of the Yale School of Management Council of Global Advisors and Ex-Officio Board Member of the Yale School of Management Board of Advisors. Ms. Palau-Hernandez serves on the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales Commission on Building a Secure and Competitive U.S.-Mexico Border. Ms. Palau-Hernandez is also a Board Member of the Smithsonian National Latino Board and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. Additionally, she serves on the UCLA School of Law Board of Advisors, the UCLA Law Centennial Campaign Cabinet, is a founding Board Member of the UCLA Law Women L.E.A.D. Organization, Co-Chair of the UCLA Law Women L.E.A.D. Inaugural Summit and served as Chair of the 2010 UCLA Law National Reunion Campaign. Ms. Palau-Hernandez is a Trustee Emeritus of the University of San Diego and previously served as a member of the University of San Diego Board of Trustees. Ms. Palau-Hernandez earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of San Diego and her J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law. Ms. Palau-Hernandez was raised and educated in both the United States and Mexico and is fluent in Spanish, both written and spoken. Ms. Palau-Hernandez and her husband Roland have three children, Scott, Charlie and Katie, and divide their time between Pasadena, California, New York City and London.

Roland Hernandez

Mr. Hernandez is the Chairman of the Board of Belmond Ltd., an NYSE listed company based in London. Belmond Ltd. is a luxury hotel company and travel experience provider with a vast portfolio of luxury hotels, train services and river cruises around the world. He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Telemundo Group, Inc. from 1995 to 2000, and also as Chairman from 1998 to 2000. He founded Interspan Communications and served as President from 1986 to 1994. He currently is a non-executive director of MGM Resorts International, Vail Resorts Inc., and U.S. Bancorp, all listed on the NYSE. At MGM Resorts and Vail Resorts, he is lead director on each board. He previously served on the boards of Sony Corporation for five years to 2013, The Ryland Group Inc. for 12 years to 2012, and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for ten years to 2008, all NYSE listed companies. In addition, he is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of Harvard Law School, Yale University’s President’s Council on International Activities, and the Yale School of Management Council of Global Advisors.

Jeanne Jackson

Jeanne P. Jackson is CEO of a private equity and consulting firm that she founded in 2000, MSP Capital, She recently left Nike, Inc. after 17 years, serving first as a Board member for 7 years, then stepping into successive roles inside the Company as President, then Senior Advisor to the CEO. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of McDonalds, Inc. since 1999, where she serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee, and member of the Governance Committee. She also serves on the Boards of Kraft-Heinz, Inc. and Delta Airlines. In the past, Ms. Jackson has also served on the Boards of Nordstrom, Inc., Nike, Inc., Harrah’s Inc., Williams-Sonoma, Inc., CRS Inc., and West Marine, Inc. Ms. Jackson has previously served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of USA, LLC , President and Chief Executive Officer of Banana Republic, a Division of Gap, Inc., while simultaneously as President and Chief Executive Officer for Gap Inc.’s Direct division. Prior to Gap, Inc., Ms. Jackson held various retail management positions with Victoria’s Secret, The Walt Disney Company, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Federated Department Stores. Ms. Jackson has served on the Board of Advisors of the Harvard Graduate School of Business, and University of California, Irvine Merage School of Business. She is the Past President of the United States Ski and Snowboard Foundation Board of Trustees, and has held Board positions on numerous Community Boards. She is currently a member of the International Women's Forum of Las Vegas, and has, in the past, been recognized by Business Week as "One of the Year’s 25 Best Managers", by Fortune as one of "The Most Powerful Women in Business", and by Ad Age as one of "The Most Powerful Women in Sports". Ms. Jackson, with a BS from the University of Colorado, and an MBA from Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration, is married, with two grown children, and currently resides in Henderson, Nevada and Newport Beach, California.

Debbie McCormack

Debbie is a managing director of the Center for Board Effectiveness (the "Center") which is committed to supporting executives, boards of directors, and others active in governance by providing them with resources pertaining to current boardroom issues and governance trends. She engages with the firm's large, complex clients to expand and enhance relationships with board members and associations by developing the Board Opportunities program, identify synergies across the role-based programs within Client Experience, and managing the day-to-day operations of the Center.

Rose McKinney-James

Ms. Rose McKinney-James is the former CEO for the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources, (CSTRR) and a former Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission. She also served as Nevada’s first Director of the Department of Business and Industry. She is currently the Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC and McKinney-James & Associates. Her firms provide business-consulting services and advocacy in the areas of public affairs, energy policy, and economic and sustainable development. A registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, Ms. McKinney-James currently represents a range of public and private entities with interests in regulatory and energy policy. Ms. McKinney-James served for twelve years as a member of the Board of Directors for Employers Holdings Inc. She was a member of the Finance Committee and Chaired the Governance and Nomination Committee. Ms. McKinney-James is currently a member of the Board of Directors of MGM Resorts International and MGM Detroit, she also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Toyota Financial Savings Bank, the Alliance to Save Energy, the Energy Foundation and the American Association for Blacks in Energy (AABE). She serves on the Board of Three Square, and NACD Southern California and is also a member of the International Women’s Forum. In 2013, Rose was selected to serve as an Inaugural Ambassador for the C3E initiative supporting increased participation by women in the clean energy sector. Rose is the immediate past Chair of The Clean Energy Project and Chair of Nevada Partners, a nationally recognized workforce development agency. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ms. McKinney-James is a graduate of the Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and received her BA from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan where she was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2013. Ms. McKinney-James is married and the mother of two sons.

Eileen Raney

Eileen is a retired Deloitte partner and public and private board member with deep expertise in management consulting, strategy development, and governance. She currently serves as the chair of the Nominating and Governance committee at Everi Holdings, Inc and is an investor and advisor to Fino Consulting. Eileen recently stepped down as the vice chair and chair of the strategy committee at UMC and currently serves on the UNLV advisory board. Other board positions include the Deloitte US Board, SHFL Entertainment and Nevada Health Centers. During her career with Deloitte, she led both national and global health care practices, served on the US Board of Directors, the US Executive Committee and was the National Managing Part-ner of Research and Development at retirement.

Julius Robinson

Mr. Julius Robinson, Managing Director, serves as Head of MUFG Union Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Group for the Americas. He is responsible for company-wide CSR strategy and programs in the United States, Latin America and Canada, including charitable giving, community outreach, environmental stewardship, and Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) compliance and investment. Mr. Robinson also oversees the bank’s government relations activities and the MUFG Union Bank Foundation, the nonprofit entity that acts as the agent for the bank’s charitable contributions. Mr. Robinson joined the bank in 1986 and has more than 40 years of banking experience and a comprehensive knowledge of credit analysis, underwriting, residential mortgage, and commercial and consumer lending. Mr. Robinson is well known for his community involvement: He is Vice-Chairman of Operation HOPE’s Northwest Board of Directors, and is on the boards of Students Rising Above, MoAD Museum of African Diaspora, California State University Monterey Bay School of Business, Dominguez Dream, USC LAA Corporate Advisory Council, L.A. Latino Chamber Corporate Advisory Board, and is a Committee member of the Bay Area Workforce Council: Boys and Men of Color Initiative. Mr. Robinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations and economics from the United States International University, and completed the post-graduate program with Pacific Coast Banking School at University of Washington, Seattle. In addition, he holds a Certificate of Practice in Corporate Community Involvement from Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Larraine Segil

Larraine Segil is a seasoned Entrepreneurial Executive and public and private Corporate Board member, with general management experience. She applies her extensive strategic, management, conflict resolution and leadership expertise in a selective Executive Coaching practice for CEO's. Ms. Segil has a world renowned level of expertise in strategic cross cultural conflict resolution & the creation, implementation & management of complex global business alliances & outsourcing relationships in healthcare, tech, consumer products, manufacturing, aerospace, and FINTECH. She also has startup & turnaround experience and a strong record for innovative problem solving, enabling buy-in for complex change management, especially in cross cultural organizations, having lived in South Africa, Canada and the Middle East, and having taught senior executives about Alliances for 30 years in the Americas, Europe, United Kingdom, China, Singapore. Ms. Segil's board experience includes: Vantage Partners LLC (Owner/Partner - sold in 2007), Frontier Communications - Audit, Nom/Gov, Comp & Retirement , Kandela Inc. (current Chairman), Vanir Construction Management. (Audit and Nom), NACD Southern California chapter (Chair Nom/Gov), Advisory Board APCO Worldwide. Ms. Segil is an Adjunct Professor of Law at: Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles (Alliances and Mobile App Challenge), and Pepperdine University School of Law (Alliances). Ms. Segil runs a family-held, small urban farm company, Little Farm Company, CA providing cheeses, jams and organic produce to local buyers (hobby business). She holds a BA degree, a Graduate Honors Degree in Latin and Classics, a JD degree and an MBA degree. She is he author of six books – one fiction and five business books.

Larry Taylor

Dr. Larry Taylor is a seasoned independent corporate director, having served on publicly traded, private owned, advisory and non-profit boards. Currently he is the President of the National Association of Corporate Directors (SoCal). He serves on the boards of the NACD (SoCal), Claremont Graduate University, and the African American Board Leadership Institute. He is Chairman of Novaria Aerospace Group’s Board of Management Representatives and is the vice-Chairman of the Capital Expert’s Innovation Council. Previously, he was the Principal-in-Charge of the West Coast Productivity Improvement Consulting Practice at Deloitte & Touche overseeing all productivity consulting projects West of the Mississippi River in a variety of private sector industries and government agencies. As a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young’s Manufacturing Consulting Practice he had oversight for numerous manufacturing projects, including implementation of MRP implementations, Cost Control analyses and Incentive systems. He was a founder, board member and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of OBN Holdings, a publicly traded firm where he had oversight for financial reporting to the Security & Exchange Commission, the Nasdaq Stock Exchange (OTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Public Company Oversight Accounting Board as well as all mergers & acquisitions, capital budgeting, forecasting and banking activities. He was the founder, board member and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for The Creighton Group, Inc, a privately-owned international environmental management firm where he provide consulting, auditing and training services in over twenty countries under the auspice of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Small Business Administration, the California Manufacturing Technology Center and the U.S. Environmental Training Institute. As a consultant, Dr. Taylor’s clients ranged from large aerospace firms such as Lockheed, Boeing, General Dynamics, Hughes Aerospace, Rockwell Aerospace, Honeywell, McDonnell Douglas, Teledyne and TRW to government entities such as the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Corp of Engineers, U.S. EPA, and various Grand Juries to foreign governments such as Thailand, South Africa, Malaysia, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, China, India and others to hundreds of small manufacturing companies around the world. Dr. Taylor began his career with General Motors as a production worker and member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. While at General Motors he held several management positions, including purchasing buyer, quality control manager, materials management manager, production manager and engineering technician. At Norris Industries, an aerospace manufacturer, he had several executive positions, including manufacturing control director, research & development leader, facility relocation leader and special projects manager. During his forty-five year career, he has served on over twenty boards; participated in numerous M&A negotiations; and conducted hundreds of management audits, consulting engagements and training programs. Dr. Taylor earned a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute, an MBA in Finance from Pepperdine University and a PhD in Executive Management from the Drucker Business School at Claremont Graduate University. He is a NACD Board Governance Fellow. Further, he holds the NACD Cybersecurity Certificate and the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Certificate. He was Lead Auditor for the ISO Management Standards. Dr. Taylor taught management at California State University (LA), the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), the Penang Development Training Institute (Malaysia), the International Public-Private Partnership and the U.S. Environmental Training Institute. He was a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (an institutional investor organization that oversees $26 trillion of investments) and was the Honorary Director General for the Institute of Corporate Directors in India. He has authored three books on corporate governance and organizational culture: “The New Breed of Independent Corporate Director”, “Private Sector Praises”, and “Enhancing the Tone-at-the-Bottom”.

Mary Beth Vitale

Ms. Vitale is a former CEO with 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and consumer products industries. Her board experience is extensive. At CoBiz Financial, she is Chair of the Nominating Governance Committee and former Chair of the Audit Committee. She was just selected to serve on the board of GEHA, a health and dental insurance provider to Federal employees where she chairs the Risk and Technology Committee and serves on the executive committee. Prior to that, she was Chair of the Board for Westwind Media, spent five years on the Board of Intrado ”• sitting on the Audit, Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees ”• and served three years with RMI, an internet service provider on the Audit Committee. She also acted as Chair of the Compensation Committee and member of the Audit Committee at Zynex, Inc. Additionally, Ms. Vitale is the former Lead Director for Eye-ris, a business intelligence software firm and a founding member of former Governor Owen’s Commission on Science and Technology where she has been instrumental in providing strategic direction over the past eight years. Ms. Vitale has had the NACD Director Certificate since 2006 and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She is an SEC audit committee financial expert and was awarded the Cyber Security Oversight certificate. As a member of the NACD faculty for their Board Advisory Services (BAS) unit, she delivers customized in-boardroom training specializing in Cyber Security, board evaluation and director professionalism courses. Ms. Vitale is a frequent presenter at many technology and financial conferences across the nation, where she favors the topic of Board Governance. Most recently, she chaired the successful resolution that passed in the Colorado Legislature that encourages increased board representation of women on publicly traded boards of directors in Colorado. In 2016 she was featured in Directors and Boards magazine as a Director to Watch issue. She received a B.A. from Hillsdale College, an M.S. from the University of Colorado and completed the Advanced Management Program from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shelley Gitomer

As Vice President of Philanthropy & Community Engagement for MGM Resorts International since 2013, Shelley Gitomer is charged with enhancing the Company’s strategic goodwill and alliances with communities, achieving closer alignment with the business mission and promoting the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform. She is responsible for corporate philanthropy, volunteerism and is President of the employee-driven MGM Resorts Foundation. Ms. Gitomer brings to her role more than 30 years of experience in the management of philanthropic programs in such fields as higher education, social service agencies and health care; strategic and program planning and implementation; corporate giving; and execution of major capital fundraising campaigns. Before joining MGM Resorts in 2013, she served for 10 years as Vice President for Development at Nevada Cancer Institute, where she played a primary role in raising more than $200 million to develop that institution and oversaw corporate and foundation relations, special events and data management. Prior to that, Ms. Gitomer served as the Assistant Dean for Development & Alumni Relations at the University of Maryland School of Law. During her time there, she successfully led the school’s first major capital campaign for building expansion, exceeding the $18 million goal. Ms. Gitomer’s previous experience also includes work as the Director of Development for the Johns Hopkins Cancer Center where she managed a comprehensive fund-raising program to meet capital, endowment and programmatic needs in cancer research, patient care and medical education. Earlier, she was the Director of the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal/Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore. Ms. Gitomer serves on the advisory boards of Teach for America, UNLV School of Medicine, Public Education Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. She is also the co-chair of the Nevada Corporate Giving Council.

Julie Murray



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