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Getting on Boards

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Monday, October 26, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Getting on Boards

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We need more diversity in the boardroom and at our next talk, our panel of experts, who specialize in board recruitment or are on boards themselves, will share valuable insights on how to secure corporate board seats.  

 

About the panelists 

An influential economist on the international stage whose career has spanned Europe, the United States, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, Professor Noreena Hertz advises some of the biggest organisations and most senior figures in the world on strategy, decision-making and data, global economic and geo-political trends, millennials/Generation K and corporate social responsibility. Her best-selling books, “Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World” (2013), “IOU: The Debt Threat” (2004), and “The Silent Takeover” (2003), are examples of her own prescient thinking, and have been published in 22 countries.

Noreena served as a member of Citigroup’s Politics and Economics Global Advisory Board between 2007-08, and as a member of the Advisory Group steering McKinsey CEO Dominic Barton’s Inclusive Capitalism Taskforce between 2012 and 2013. In 2014 she joined the Board of Warner Music Group. In 2015 she joined the Digital Transformation Board of RWE AG, one of Europe's leading energy companies.

Noreena’s insights are much sought after on leading current affairs/politics/economics television and radio programmes, and she frequently appears on such flagship programmes as BBC's Newsnight and Question Time. She has been interviewed on shows such as the US’s Charlie Rose and Sky’s Hard Talk, as well as equivalent programmes in Europe and Asia.  Noreena has been described by the Observer as “one of the world’s leading young thinkers” and Vogue as “one of the world’s most inspiring women.” In September 2013 she was the Cover Story of Newsweek. She is Honorary Professor at the Centre for the Study of Decision-Making, University College London. 

Matrice Ellis-Kirk is Managing Director at RSR Partners, a leading board and executive recruiting firm. She is a senior member of the firm’s Board Recruiting Practice and head of the firm’s Dallas office. Having a passion for topics related to corporate governance, her current search work focuses on the boardroom. Matrice is active within the business and civic communities, serving on a number of boards, including the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, North Texas Tollway Authority, and The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation. She has served on the University of Pennsylvania Board of Visitors, as a non-executive director of public company boards, and also as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council.

Prior to joining RSR Partners, Matrice worked for over 18 years with two global recruiting firms, Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart. There she led board assignments for non-executive directors for public and privately held companies. She also conducted senior level search assignments for business-to-consumer companies across multiple functions. In addition, while at Heidrick, she was managing partner leading Diversity Advisory Services and the Global Knowledge Management organization; and as a member of the management committee, in a North America corporate role leading the Client Service Organization where she streamlined internal processes.

Prior to a career in search, Matrice spent several years leading the Dallas office as vice president and office manager of Apex Securities, a Texas-based investment banking firm. Previously, she worked as director of the Office of Management and Budget with Dallas Area Rapid Transit and earlier with MBank Dallas in several banking roles. Matrice holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Ron, have two children, Elizabeth and Catherine.

 

Ellie Wheeler is a Principal at Greycroft Partners, based in the firm’s New York office. Ellie focuses on investment opportunities across the digital ecosystem, with an emphasis over the last few years on B2B and B2C commerce innovation, consumer applications, and security. Ellie manages several investments for Greycroft, including BaubleBar, Buzz Points, NuOrder, Flashpoint Intel, Eloquii, and Plain Vanilla Games (QuizUp).

Prior to joining Greycroft, Ellie worked in a similar role during business school evaluating investment opportunities at Lowercase Capital. Before w'''orking with Lowercase, Ellie worked at Cisco in Corporate Development doing acquisitions, investments, and strategy within the unified communications, enterprise software, and video sectors. While at Cisco, she was involved in multiple acquisitions and investments, including PostPath, Jabber, Xobni, and Tandberg. Ellie’s past experience also includes working briefly at the London-based venture capital firm DN Capital, focused on early stage transactional businesses including Windeln.de and Mister Spex. She began her career in growth capital private equity at Summit Partners in Boston.

Ellie graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BA in Psychology and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

 

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