NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

The Board's Role in Innovation

April 19, 2017
Denver, CO



What is the board’s role in this increasingly crucial area?  What questions/processes/environment must be set up at the board level to ensure that your company is looking not only at the 5-year plan but over the horizon?   How do you look not only at competitors but potential competitors that may not yet exist?  How are successful innovation companies set up - or what do they do that you don’t?  

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Location and Time


1644 Platte Street
Denver, CO 80202

6:00-7:00 pm Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres & Registration

7:00-8:15 pm Program

8:15 pm Program Concludes


Speaker Spotlight


Barbara Mowry

Barbara Mowry serves as CEO and founder of GoreCreek Advisors a management consulting firm focused on working with CEOs and Boards of Directors on business strategy and innovation. Her prior experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of the Data Integration Division of Oracle Corporation. She joined Oracle as a result of the successful acquisition by Oracle of Silver Creek Systems the leader in product data integration and data mastering solutions where she served as President and CEO. Her extensive experience includes roles as senior executive in 3 Fortune 500 companies as well as CEO of 4 entrepreneurial ventures. She has founded companies and raised significant venture capital resulting in the successful sale of three of the companies. She has lead both business to business as well as business to consumer focused companies including Requisite Technology, Comcast (TCI) and United Airlines. Her experience includes piloting organizations through rapid growth and international expansions, and merger and aquisition experience on both the buy and sell side. Spearheading the launch of new products, patented technology, and operating pioneering solutions such as the Mileage Plus program for United Airlines that focus on customer and business success has kept her at the forefront of innovation. She is the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Kauffman Foundation, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Overseers of the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota. She is a Board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors where she is a Leadership Fellow, a member of the Committee of 200, an invitation-only organization comprised of the worldÍs most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, The International Womens Forum, and Women Corporate Directors. She has served as a judge at the Ernst and Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and has served on public company boards such as Gaiam and Real Goods Solar. Barbara has a bachelor's degree from Miami University, Oxford Ohio, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez is a senior partner at IDEO, a founding professor at the Stanford, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence Emeritus at Harvard Business School, and a Visiting Scientist at the MIT Media Lab. Diego has held a variety of high-impact leadership roles at IDEO. His many years spent as an IDEO Bay Area office head—the general manager of a creative community of 300 people—provided him with a wellspring of insights into the art and science of leading a culture of innovation. Diego pioneered a new IDEO design discipline called Business Design, which has since become a core part of the firm’s offering. Since 2014 Diego has been leading IDEO Futures, a group focused on creating new businesses for IDEO. By providing funding, strategic guidance, and roll-up-your sleeves operating know-how, Diego and team work across the firm to bring new ventures to market. So far they’ve launched several new offerings, including IDEO U, coLAB, and IDEO’s Startup-in-Residence program. A dedicated educator, Diego is committed to growing future innovators. At Stanford, he created a new paradigm for active learning with his class Creating Infectious Action. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, he advised students on startups, worked with professors on innovation-related topics, and collaborated with the Harvard Innovation Lab. His influential blog Metacool is an opinion leader on business, technology, and innovation. Fast Company calls it “a must-read for anyone who wants to incorporate design thinking into their work.” Diego has received many accolades, including a Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award, and he holds multiple patents. In 2010, Fortune named him one of “The Smartest People in Tech.” Prior to IDEO, Diego did cutting-edge work as an R&D engineer at HP and as a marketer at Intuit. He earned bachelor’s degrees with honors in engineering and humanities from Stanford, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Dave Drach

In his role at Techstars, Dave builds relationships between startups and corporates so they can prosper together. He focuses on teaching startups how to best engage corporate partners. He helps corporate partners create the very best startup engagement engines and drive innovation into their organizations while solving problems in new, disruptive ways. He's worked at the interface between some of the most innovative startups in the world and the largest corporate partners for over 20 years. With a small team at Techstars he crafted the first corporate backed, partnership driven, true startup accelerator with the powered by Techstars model and have evolved that model into deep, successful partnerships with corporations like Microsoft, Barclays, Disney, Nike, and Ford. At Techstars he has built a wide variety of engagement models with companies like Google, Chase, Amazon, Verizon, P&G and IBM.

Catharine Merigold, Moderator

Catharine is a proven board member, venture capitalist, and operating executive. She has served on approximately 20 boards for public, private, and non-profit organizations, and has led Compensation, Audit, and Executive Committees. Catharine's passion is creating the active bridge between innovation/technology and high-growth businesses. She has worked with raw technologies out of universities, early-stage start-up businesses, and innovation in large and public companies. She has served in operational and board roles across a broad range of technologies, including software, hardware, consumer and telecommunications services. Catharine has over 20 years of experience in venture capital - first at Centennial Ventures, and then as founder and managing partner at Vista Ventures. As an experienced venture investor and board member, Catharine is a trusted mentor and counselor to senior management. Catharine received her BS with final honors from Washington University in St. Louis (1978), and her MBA from Stanford University (1991). She speaks French, and has studied Spanish and Dutch.



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