This is my first letter as chair of NACD Northwest, so bear with me as I try to do the best I can to follow in the footsteps of Liane Pelletier, our outstanding transformational leader for the past six years. Although Liane has moved on to the past chair role in accordance with our own good governance practice for leadership succession, she will continue to be an influential part of the chapter’s leadership team. Speaking of our leadership team, let me introduce the rest of the group for this coming year: Treasurer Debbie Bevier, Secretary Andrew Bor, Program Committee Chair Elizabeth Huebner, Sponsor Committee Chair Paul Reed, Membership Committee Chair Elizabeth Bastoni, and Nominating & Governance Chair Joanna Lohkamp.
I feel honored and very humbled by the opportunity to work with an outstanding chapter board to develop and deliver meaningful director educational programs and facilitate networking and experience-sharing events for the approximately 750 NACD members associated with the Northwest Chapter. In particular, I want to acknowledge our two newest board members, Sheryl Manning and Robert Burger, who joined us in May 2018. Sheryl and Robert have outstanding experience in the boardroom and are already making great contributions to the chapter.
This year’s NACD Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) report on the board’s role in overseeing complex and atypical risks is extremely timely given that every week we learn of another new challenging situation that has became a major problem for an organization. The Northwest Chapter plans to put the well thought-out insights and recommendations for boards from this BRC report at the center of our programming for the 2018-2019 programming year. We will also continue to provide a robust variety of panel discussions, fireside chats, small group roundtables, and other events that address timely issues you face as board members. Stay tuned for our programming announcements and plan to attend our insightful events to learn more about how boards can help their organizations navigate the increasingly complex issues we all encounter in today’s rapidly changing business environment.
I would be totally remiss if I did not also acknowledge and thank our great group of chapter sponsors. We could not deliver the quantity and quality of programming and events without their support.
THANK YOU SPONSORS!