NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Portland I Director Roundtable: Board Diversity - Women Serving on Boards

November 15, 2016
Portand, OR



Most individuals today have limited or no knowledge about the makeup of corporate boards, even in the companies they work for or have investments in.  Currently board diversity is relatively limited with approximately 17-18% of corporate directors in 2015 being women.

Good corporate governance benefits from individuals with different backgrounds, experiences and insights.  Advancing women to positions of leadership brings many positive attributes and strengthens the board by including increased diversity of thought, shareholder representation, availability of essential skills and different approaches to various business issues and challenges.

Our discussion will be geared for leaders and owners of businesses who are interested in the advantages of a diverse board and who are looking to help the company meet these challenges either by building a better board or by advancing the capability of the one they have.

Attendance is limited to up to 15 NACD members and guests who are current board members.

Location and Time


Ruth Chris Steakhouse
850 SW Broadway
Portand, OR 97204

12 noon - 1:30 pm: Lunch & Roundtable

Speaker Spotlight


Sheryl Manning

Sheryl Manning has had a 21 year professional career as a CPA in former Big 8 public accounting firms and private practice, and over ten years of board service on corporate, non-profit, community and governmental boards. Sheryl currently serves as Audit Committee Chair and a member of the Finance, Compensation and Strategic Collaboration committees of Legacy Health, a six-hospital $1.5 billion health system headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Sheryl also recently joined the board of Allen Trust Company, and is a board member of several charitable organizations. Past board experience includes Oregon Public Broadcasting, Capital Pacific Bancorp, Albina Community Bank, as well as numerous nonprofit and governmental boards and committees.

Michelle Lantow

Michelle Lantow has had more than 25 year professional career as a CPA in a former Big 8 public accounting firm and private practice jobs including Corporate Controller, Investor relations, President and CFO of many successful companies including New Seasons Market, McCormick & Schmicks, Lucy Activewear and the Gap. Michelle has served on board of directors for five years including the board of directors of Columbia Bank, New Seasons Market, Sizzle Pie Pizza, and the advisory board for Portland State University.

Cindy Tortorici

Cindy Tortorici is a Business Consultant, Executive Coach, and Entrepreneur who specializes in inspiring leaders to combine their passion and purpose to get results. After a corporate career as a business strategist and executive for Nike Inc, Saks Fifth Avenue and May Company, Cindy followed her muse and created The Link For Women, LLC in 2004. Cindy is a member of The Creating WE Institute and partners with The Hyatt Leadership Forum. She works with a cutting edge team of experts who support women to flourish at their "Seat at the Table'. Cindy has been acknowledged as a Woman of Influence by the Portland Business Journal and One of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Town by the NW Women's Journal A social entrepreneur, She has also been honored as the Volunteer of the Year for Girls Inc. of the Pacific NW where she was a Board member and the interim Executive Director and remains as an advisor. Cindy is a Board member and has been an Ambassador for The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. Tortorici was a Trustee for Oregon Ballet Theatre for 9 years and Jamii Moja for 3 years.



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