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High Functioning Boards: A Look Forward and a Look Back

February 21, 2018
Denver, CO

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Member Price: $49
Non-Member Price: $64



During this fascinating panel, we’ll learn from two deeply experienced directors from right here in Colorado: Steve Reinemund and Denise O’Leary. They will provide insights into how their boards successfully navigated both the issues arising from the Great Recession and those that came with the economic rebound over the past decade. They’ll cast their eyes forward, offering their views on the critical issues looming on the horizon for directors in a variety of industries. And our panelists will speak about how their corporate board experiences have informed their work serving on large nonprofit boards. We’ll be considering questions such as how to:


  • Strategically align directors’ skill mix with company strategy
  • Achieve high-power diversity
  • Ensure the board’s skill mix is right
  • Plan for board transitions/strategic succession


Mr. Reinemund is the former CEO and chairman of PepsiCo and currently serves on the boards of ExxonMobil, Marriott International, and Wal-Mart. Ms. O’Leary currently serves on the boards of Medtronic, US Airways, and Calpine Energy, following her earlier role as a general partner at Menlo Ventures. And moderating this high-powered fireside chat will be Julie Casella, a senior director with Alvarez & Marsal’s HR practice in New York.


Location and Time


Denver Country Club
1700 East 1st Avenue
Denver, CO 80218

5:30 - 6:30 pm Cocktails & Networking

6:30 - 8:00 pm Dinner & Program

Speaker Spotlight


Steve Reinemund

Steve is the former Chair and CEO of Pepsico, Inc, and the Retired Dean of Business and Professor of Leadership and Strategy at Wake Forest University. He currently serves on the boards of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., ExxonMobil Corporation, and Marriott International, Inc. Steve previously served as a director of Johnson & Johnson and American Express Company. He is a director of privately held Chick-fil-A, Inc., and serves as a trustee of the United States Naval Academy and the Cooper Clinic Institute. Steve graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He received a MBA from the University of Virginia, and has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Johnson and Wales University and Bryant University. He and his wife Gail have recently re-located to the Denver area.

Denise O'Leary

Denise was formerly a General Partner with Menlo Ventures, and has been a private venture capital investor in a variety of early stage companies. She currently is a director of American Airlines Group, Inc., Calpine Corporation, and Medtronic, plc. and was formerly a director of US Airways Group, Inc., Del Monte Foods, ALZA Corporation, Chiron Corporation, America West Holding Corporation, and numerous private companies. She is the current chair-elect of the board of trustees of the University of Denver and serves as a trustee of the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and is a member of Rose Community Foundation’s Investment Committee. Additionally, she was appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper to the board of Connect for Health Colorado, the state health exchange. She previously served as a trustee of The Denver Foundation and of Stanford University, where she chaired the Committee of the Medical Center. Denise graduated from Stanford University and received an MBA from Harvard University. She and her husband, Kent Thiry, live in the Denver area.

Julie Casella, Moderator

With over 20 years of experience as a human resources consultant, she specializes in redesigning HR functions, streamlining compensation and benefit plans and their attendant costs, leveraging talent and undertaking sensitive assignments for management and boards. She assists public, private, private equity, hedge fund, asset management, real estate, family office and foundation clients structure compensation packages for executives which are fair, competitive, and which leverage performance. Prior to joining A&M, Julie was with Compensation & Benefit Solutions. Prior to that she spent over 20 years at CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC (“CCMP”) and its predecessor firms, JP Morgan Partners/Chase Capital Partners/Chemical Venture Partners. As Managing Director and Head of Human Capital, she served as strategic advisor to CCMP and its portfolio companies. Her practice focused on pre-acquisition due diligence, post-acquisition operational integration, restructuring, and talent management. She also played a key role in executive, director and employee compensation matters, during the portfolio company hold period, through the sale or IPO process, and after the public offering. Ms. Casella earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Pace University, an master's with honors from The New School with a post master's concentrations in labor relations, Compensation and Organizational Development. She served on the Board of LHP Hospital Group, Inc. and on the Advisory Board of Truveris. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of the Pace University Dyson School of Arts & Sciences, as well as, the Women in Business Alumnae Council. Her published articles include: Private Equity IPOs: Five Executive Compensation Traps to Avoid, Journal of Private Equity, Summer 2013 and Public Company Executive Pay-Best Practices from Private Equity, Benefits Law Journal, Spring 2017.



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