Morning Breakout Session 2 | Diversity and Inclusion: A Company Issue, Not Just a Board Issue

What role do company leaders have in ensuring that a company’s values on diverse leadership are reflected not just in the boardroom, but across the entire organization and at executive levels? Gender diversity is often a lead consideration, but organizations need to go further to ensure that diverse backgrounds, cultures, and expertise are in place to put the company in a better position to flourish and better align with all of its constituents and stakeholders.  How can company leaders work with executive management and up through the board to take the lead in challenging the corporate culture and ensuring that diversity and inclusion are not just the “right thing to do,” but measures that further the business agenda?


  • Ty Francis, Executive Vice President and Group Publisher, Ethisphere



  • Nancy Dowling, Vice President and General Counsel, Danone – United States


  • Samyra Hicks, Assistant General Counsel, Compliance Matters, Porsche Cars North America, Inc.


  • Veta Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)