How can Boards Take an Active Role in Ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Attention to Current Social Issues? “Ripped from the headlines,” this discussion will tackle how board members can best assess corporate culture, and feel assured that governance channels are working effectively. In these evolving areas, what constitutes appropriate director inquiry – in other words, where does ‘oversight’ stop and ‘management’ begin? What’s newly available to help boards understand a corporation’s true culture, and how best are those tools used?
Our panelists and moderator bring decades of practical experience as directors of high-powered boards, a deep understanding of cutting-edge data instruments that are being used to capture and understand cultural trends within corporations.
Mary A. Winston is an experienced C-Suite executive, SEC financial expert and corporate board member. Formerly, she served as CFO at three large industry-leading corporations, across multiple industries. Ms. Winston currently serves on the board of four Fortune 500 firms: Dover Corporation, Domtar Corporation, Supervalu Inc., and Acuity Brands Inc. She served as Audit Committee Chair for ten years and is now serving as a member on various committees including Audit, Finance, Compensation and Governance. Ms. Winston is also the Board Chair and President of the NACD Carolinas Chapter.
Barton Edgerton is NACD’s Senior Manager of Governance Analytics where he is responsible for generating insights to elevate board performance through data. Over the past 20 years, he has worked with a variety of boards, private equity firms, and Fortune 500 executives. His research experience includes nearly 10 years at CEB and as an academic at Tufts University. Barton completed his undergraduate work at Colgate University and has two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
Zev J. Eigen is the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Syndio Solutions--the world’s leader in data scientific applications solving modern organizations’ most pressing business problems, focused on diversity and inclusion and closing the gender pay gap.
Dr. Eigen has been at the forefront of cutting edge applications in HR for more than a decade. He combines his uniquely overlapping areas of expertise in labor and employment law with his deep experience in data science, predictive modeling and economic sociological research. He is a nationally recognized expert in these fields appearing in the media frequently (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, NPR, Bloomberg News, Reuters, Chicago Tribune, NBC, CBS, FOX, etc.), and is a frequent speaker on HR Tech and data science and law. Dr. Eigen is invited regularly to lecture and present his work at academic institutions and professional organizations globally.
Dr. Eigen served as full time law professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He was also the Irving S. Ribicoff Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and held a visiting professorship at NYU Law School, where he is a research fellow. Dr. Eigen is the former Global Director of Data Analytics with Littler Mendelson, and former Senior Counsel, Labor Relations with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in Los Angeles, California. He holds a PhD from MIT (’09), a JD from Cornell Law School (’99) and BS from Cornell University (’96).
Cynthia Jamison, serves on the Board of Directors of Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), a position she has held since 2002, where she is Chairman of the Board, after serving as Lead Director, and Chair of the Audit, Compensation & Corporate Governance Committees. Since 2013, she also serves on the Office Depot Board (NASDAQ: ODP) where she Chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nominating & Governance committee. Ms Jamison was elected to serve on the Darden Restaurants Board (NYSE: DRI) in October 2014 as part of a complete Board replacement slate through Starboard Value’s proxy fight; there, she serves as Chair of the Audit Committee as well as serving on the Compensation and CEO Search committees. In May of 2015 she joined the BigLots, Inc (NYSE: BIG) Board where she sits on the Audit Committee and Chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee. Her previous Board roles includes: Horizon Organic Holdings, Cellu Tissue, Caribe Media and B&G Foods.
Prior to her full-time Board service, Cynthia had an executive career as a “Crisis CFO”. In that capacity, she served as a partner with Tatum, LLP from June 1999 through May 2009. She has been the Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operating Officer of several publicly and privately held companies including eMac, Inc, a joint venture between McDonald’s Corporation and KKR & Co. L.P., and Cosi, Inc. (NASDAQ:COSI), the casual dining chain, SurePayroll, a payroll processing firm, and and Illinois Superconductor, a radio frequency cellular technology company. From 2006 on, Cindie was in a Managing Partner role within Tatum, and served in several additional capacities, including as Managing Partner of the CFO Services practice where she led 300+ CFO partners and sat on the firm’s Operating Committee. From 2009 until her retirement in 2012 she served as the Chief Financial Officer of AquaSpy, Inc., an Australian environmentally responsible irrigation company. She still serves on that (private) board and remains a personal investor in the company. Prior to her CFO roles, she held executive positions of increasing responsibility at Arthur Andersen, Kraft General Foods, Hewitt Associates , Allied Domecq (Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin Robbins) and Chart House Enterprises.
She is a frequent keynote speaker on CFO and Boardroom topics, and quoted as a financial/economic expert in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, CFO Magazine, Agenda, Board Member and the Economist. She is also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and was awarded the “Top 100 Director” honor in 2017.