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Winning a Seat on the Board

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: October 17, 2019
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  • The current landscape of the Boardroom/C-Suite
  • Why has the landscape changed?
  • What can be done to help your organization achieve gender diversity in the boardroom?
  • Effects of increasing gender diversity in the boardroom
  • What roadblocks can women experience to getting on the board?
  • How legal professionals can prepare for their first board seat?
  • Tips for getting on a board
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour and 3 minutes
Recorded: October 17, 2019


When corporate boards are more diverse, everyone wins; from consumers to employees to shareholders. A 2015 finding by MSCI found that companies with at least one woman on the board outperformed other companies of similar size by at least 5% from 2012 to 2014. Today, we’re beginning to see legislators getting involved in this particular gender diversity issue and in 2018 we saw California become the first state to require every publicly held corporation have at least one woman on its board of directors by the end of 2019. Several other states have also passed nonbinding resolutions encouraging corporations to better gender diversify their boards. This seems to signify a more active role from legislators when it comes to gender diversity in business, so what should we expect in the coming years? In this session, speakers will discuss not only how you can achieve your own corporate board position but also the trends in gender diversity legislation.

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence, and Power in Law Conference on October 17th, 2019.

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Rose Marie Glazer

Deputy General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

Rose Marie E. Glazer became Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Deputy General Counsel of AIG in March 2017. She leads the corporate governance, securities, mergers and acquisitions and administrative services legal teams within GLCR.

Before joining AIG, Rose Marie was Senior Vice President and General Counsel – Americas for Siemens where she oversaw all aspects of the Siemens legal department throughout North and South America beginning in 2012. Prior to that she was General Counsel of Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division. Before becoming general counsel, Rose Marie was an Associate General Counsel and Compliance Officer at Siemens PLM Software. Rose Marie has also served as interim General Counsel of Siemens' Mesoamerica operations in Mexico City.

In November 2004, Rose Marie joined Siemens PLM Software from Telvista, Inc., an international contact center company. Rose Marie was Telvista's Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining Telvista, Rose Marie held in-house counsel positions at Allied Riser Communications and American Airlines. Before that, she was an attorney with the law firm Jones Day in Dallas.

Rose Marie earned her law degree, cum laude, from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas. She also has a BBA in Accounting, summa cum laude, and a BA in Spanish, summa cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

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Dr. Julie Shimer

Former CEO
Welch Allyn

Dr. Julie Shimer served until 2012 in the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Innovation Officer of Welch Allyn, a $700 million revenue global manufacturer of medical equipment. From 2001 to 2007, she was CEO of Vocera Communications, a wireless communications company. Earlier in her career, she held positions at noteworthy businesses such as 3Com, Motorola, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and Bethlehem Steel. Dr. Shimer serves on the board of directors of Masimo, a global medical technology developer and manufacturer of innovative noninvasive patient monitoring technologies (2019–present), Halyard Health (2014–present). She previously served on the boards of Earthlink and Netgear. She also serves on several nonprofit boards. She is a senior member of the Society of Women Engineers and a member of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Dr. Shimer has a B.S. in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Lehigh University. She has been married to her husband, Jary, since 1973. They live in New Mexico, where they are enjoying retirement.

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Mary Francia

Odgers Berndtson

Mary Francia is a Partner in the Board Practice and based in the Atlanta office. She brings 25 years of international leadership and executive management experience in Telecom, Consumer Electronics, Media, and Healthcare to help boards with composition strategy and succession planning. Before joining Odgers Berndtson, Mary was Managing Director at SEROWIRES; a management consulting and advisory for market development, portfolio transformation, and risk management. Previously, she held strategy, marketing and sales roles at Nokia, Royal Philips, Time Warner Cable, Flex, and Air-Liquide in Europe and the Americas. She has also been a business strategy advisor at EICTA (Digital Europe); Philips Research, Bell Labs; The US National Science Foundation, and several technology incubators. Mary holds a Bachelor in Business Administration and an MBA in International Business. She also earned a Certification from INSEAD in International Corporate Governance and since 2014, serves on the Board of the INSEAD Directors Network. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

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Sarah Ernst

Alston & Bird

Sarah handles capital markets and business transactions for companies and investors, and advises on corporate governance matters, with an emphasis in the health care sector. She safeguards the value of her clients’ deals by proactively analyzing risks and offering working solutions. Her clients benefit from her effective representation and common sense approach. Sarah Ernst served as the president of OnBoard, an organization that works to increase the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards, from 2015 to 2017. During her tenure, Georgia hit the 60% mark of companies with at least one woman on their board, an increase of 33% over 24 years. Sarah has been a strong advocate for women’s advancement at Alston & Bird. She served as the Atlanta leader of the A&B Women’s Initiative for the past eight years and now serves as co-chair of the firm-wide Women’s Initiative. She also serves as the diversity partner in the Health Care practice group. Sarah received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she was managing editor of the Oklahoma Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Sarah received her B.S.F.S., cum laude, from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She also attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1997 until 1999. Sarah has been named one of Law360’s “Rising Stars,” selected by the Atlanta Business Chronicle to its list of “40 Under 40” business leaders, recognized by the Daily Report as one of 25 “On the Rise” attorneys, and named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers.

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Mimi Gross

General Counsel
Clough Capital Partners LP

Mimi Gross is the General Counsel at Clough Capital Partners L.P., where she advises the firm with regard to a wide range of issues, including structural and fund formation matters, strategic initiatives, regulatory compliance and reporting, and other operations and management issues. Clough Capital is an SEC-registered investment adviser, providing investment management to hedge funds, mutual funds and separately managed accounts.

Prior to joining Clough Capital, Mimi served as Counsel at Bingham McCutchen LLP, where her practice focused on the representation of both US and international investment advisors and funds, including hedge funds, funds of funds, private equity funds and real estate funds. Mimi holds B.C.L., LL.B. and B.A. degrees from McGill University. Mimi is a member of the Boston committee of 100 Women in Hedge Funds.

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