From Washington to Wall Street: Perspectives and Insights for the Boardroom
J.C. Watts Jr.'s multi-faceted background gives him a unique perspective on board governance, especially in light of pending governmental changes coming from the U.S. national elections. Drawing from his experiences as a U.S. Representative from Oklahoma, as a director of public companies and non-profits, and as an entrepreneur with several successful ventures, Mr. Watts will provide insights that will be valuable to all Directors. Mr. Watts has served on the boards of Dillards, Terex, Clear Channel Communications, and CSX Transportation. Currently, he serves as President and CEO of Feed the Children United States. Join Moderator, NACD Colorado Chapter's Mark Goodman, for this timely conversation. Mr. Watts' comprehensive knowledge and the upcoming national elections promises the potential for a spirited discussion. This thought-provoking evening is one not to miss!
In Fireside Chat format, moderator, NACD Colorado Chapter's Mark Goodman, will facilitate this timely conversation. Mr. Watts' comprehensive knowledge and the upcoming national elections promises the potential for a spirited discussion. This thought-provoking evening is one not to miss!
Location and Time
Denver Country Club
1700 E. 1st Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80218
J.C. Watts, Jr.J.C. Watts, Jr. With a diverse portfolio ranging from athletics to ministry, to business and non-profit, J.C. Watts has guided many teams to victory.
Watts is president and CEO of Feed the Children, a charitable organization headquartered in Oklahoma City with global reach. At Feed the Children, he develops key initiatives and partnerships, and strengthens existing programs’ reach.
Watts’ political background started at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission where he learned invaluable skills as a leader. Watts was elected as Oklahoma Congressman in 1994. He was chosen by his peers to serve as chairman of the Republican Conference, the fourth-ranking leadership position in the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives, in 1998. He co-authored President Clinton’s American Community Renewal and New Markets Act and authored President Bush’s faith-based initiative, the Community Solutions Act of 2001. Watts served eight years in congress, before moving on to other business opportunities.
Watts has extensive experience in helping others nationally and internationally. He created the J.C. and Frankie Watts Foundation to support the advancement of vulnerable Americans in the areas of education, economics and health. He led two congressional trade missions to Africa. He co-founded and co-chaired the Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa and served on the board of the Corporate Council on Africa. He has also served on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Watts’ wide-ranging business experience began at the close of his athletic career. Since, he has built a diverse business portfolio that includes the first African-American owned John Deere dealerships in America. In 2003, Watts started Watts Partners, a government affairs consulting firm where he provides strategic focus and program leadership to the firm’s business engagements, alliances and initiatives. Watts currently serves on the company board of Dillard’s Department Stores.
Watts was born on November 18, 1957, in Eufaula, Oklahoma. He graduated from Eufaula High School in 1976 and attended the University of Oklahoma until his graduation in 1981 with a B.A. in journalism. While at the University of Oklahoma, he was quarterback for the Sooners. From 1981 to 1986, he started for Ottawa and Toronto in the Canadian Football League. After completing his football career, Watts returned to Oklahoma to become youth minister at Sunnylane Baptist Church in Del City.
Watts divides his time between Oklahoma and Washington D.C. with his wife. He also is a loving father to six grown children.