AUTHENITIC INCLUSION as a Business Imperitive

What Every Business Owner, Director, and Employee Should Know!

Event 14 Overview



Tuesday October 27, 2020| 

12:00 pm – 01:45 pm| EDT 


Web Interactive Connect with Computer and Camera


Member:            Complimentary

Non-Member:   $30


Hear the Secrets, Stories, & Best Practices from Three (3) Board Directors, Fortune 500 Business, Diversity and Governance Experts.  Prepare to Ask the Experts Your Theories or Questions!


Who Is This For?

  • Board Directors & Chairs
  • Emerging Board Directors
  • ESOP Executives and Leaders
  • Family Office Professionals
  • Family Board Members
  • PE/VC Operators
  • CEO’s and Owners
  • C-Suite Executives
  • Shareholder Representatives
  • Financial Service Providers 
  • Lenders

What Will You Hear?

Overview: Authentic Inclusion must be elevated to the Board level to ensure that systemic change and transformation can take place.  In this Panel/Webinar we will dive into Inclusion from the perspective of  Digital Transformation, Psychological underpinnings of bias, and hear from active Board members on how they are thinking about and approaching this topic as well as what implementation plans they have today.

Value to Audience: Addressing current events that require Board attention & action. Attendees will be challenged on their current thinking. With this organic understanding the audience will be motivated to move from talking to authentic action toward Inclusion as a Business Imperative and not a check box exercise.

Key Takeaways:

  • The Board must believe deeply that diversity brings different perspectives to the innovation process – driving better results, profits, happier customers and employees, and enhancing the human capital experience.
  • Board members need to have a conscious awareness that D&I must be not just discussed but enacted.
  • The board must drive the coupling of message & action through all aspects of the business.
  • The audience will have new understanding where implementation gets stuck and how to address it as a Board Member

      Agenda for the Event

      •  12:00  PM EDT    Intros & Presentation
      •  12:20  PM EDT    Interactive panel
      •   01: 45 PM EDT     End

      In this Peer Led – you will be able to ask your questions directly of these exceptional leaders and network and meet your peers  So, be prepared.

      Private Company Board Director Panelists

      Frances West

      Founder, PDA Boston

      Speaker and Author ... see more
      Frances West is an internationally recognized thought leader, speaker, strategy adviser, and women-in-technology trailblazer known for her work in innovation, technology, and business transformation. She is the author of "Authentic Inclusion™ Drives Disruptive Innovation" and founder of FrancesWestCo, a global strategy advisory company focused on operationalizing inclusion as a business and technology imperative.  Her insightful knowledge and "human first" approach come from her personal journey as a first-generation, non-English speaking immigrant and her career as a technology executive, which includes being IBM's first Chief Accessibility Officer. Frances' expertise has been highly sought after by governments, businesses, nonprofits and startups. She was invited to be the sole IT expert witness to testify before the US Senate on the need to pass the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. 
      She recently was appointed as an instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Massachusetts in Boston in recognition of her work in accessibility, research, and digital inclusion. Frances was born in Taiwan and educated in Hong Kong and the US. She is married with two sons and currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts.
      Frances West
      John Evans

      Licensing Executive, 
      Johnson Controls,
      Founder, Member

      C-Suite Exec ...see more

      John is currently the Licensing Executive at Johnson Controls, a provider of Intelligent Building Systems and Solutions.  Previously, John worked at IBM Corporation  in various positions, including Business Development Manager for the Worldwide Accessibility Center, Business Development Executive in the Technology and IP Licensing practice in IBM Corporate Headquarters, and Managing Partner of the National Insurance Solutions practice in IBM Global Services. He has served as President of The Elmwood Foundation, a housing non-profit in Providence, RI and is a martial arts enthusiast.

      Denise Brookhouse
      John Evans
      Lisa S. Thompson

      Founder, PDA Boston
      Founder & CEO, Sturbridge Growth Partners

      Board Director, Management Advisor, C-Suite Exec ...see more

      Lisa is the Founder & CEO of Sturbridge Growth Partners, a virtual management consulting firm dedicated to driving profitable organic growth for clients. They serve a variety of industries including: manufacturing, medical technologies, chemicals, DTC and retail, SaaS/software, and B2B services. She and her teams have driven hundreds of millions of dollars in gross profits over the past 25 years. Lisa is a founding member of PDA’s Boston/New England chapter and she sits on the board of Consigli Construction ( where she serves as chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and on the Nominating Committee.


      David Karofsky
      Lisa S. Thompson


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