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Increasing Diversity, From the Top Down:

Why Board Diversity Matters to Your Organization

Hear from organization leaders, serial board members, and strategic advisors on their best recommendations to achieve transformational outcomes through DEI implementation, starting from the top.

Thursday, October 28 | 12pm ET

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Your board sets the tone and direction of your entire organization. Despite clear benefits of diverse boards, like higher revenue, retention rates, and productivity, the great majority of corporate boards remain homogenous. 

Studies show that board diversity has improved in recent years but still has a long way to go. In 2021, women make up more than 50% of the U.S. population and 56% of U.S. college graduates but hold only 27% of board seats in the S&P 500. Women of color make up 18% of the population but hold just 4.6% of board seats in the Fortune 500. It’s time for change.

In this webinar, we will:

  • Review the business benefits of diversifying your board, plus dispel common misconceptions 
  • Share action-oriented strategies for developing a diverse board member pipeline
  • Discuss ways to improve DEI education at the board level so members can model inclusive behavior and advocate for organization-wide DEI implementation

Can't attend live? Register anyway to receive the webinar recording, plus a copy of our latest whitepaper, Board Diversity: a Catalyst for Organizational Success.

meet the panel


Donald Thompson, CDE

Co-Founder & CEO, The Diversity Movement

Donald is co-founder and CEO of The Diversity Movement. He was recently recognized as one of Forbes’ Next 1000 and has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for three consecutive years. Donald is a certified diversity executive, speaker, investor, and advisor for organizations of all sizes in industries where inequities among underrepresented people are prevalent. He is the chairman of the board at Walk West and sits on boards for Vidant Health, TowneBank Raleigh, the Raleigh Chamber, and more. He is also a mentor for Google for Startups - Black Founders Exchange.

Hilda Pinnix-Ragland

Managing Partner, AHK Global Resources, LLC

In a career that spans from corporate affairs and business executive to progressive roles in auditing, finance, operations, P&L management, regulatory and compliance, and economic development -- Hilda is acknowledged for building best-in-class organizations that consistently achieve aggressive strategic goals, revenue, and profit objectives. She is also a dedicated board member/advisor to numerous industry, educational, and community organizations including Southwest Water Company, RTI International, and 8 Rivers Capital.

Paul Dillon

CEO, Dillon Consulting Services LLC

Paul A. Dillon is the president and CEO of Dillon Consulting Services LLC, which serves the veteran community. He is a former U.S. Army Reserve officer and Vietnam veteran, who was awarded two Bronze Star Medals. He created and teaches a highly unique graduate-level course on veterans’ issues as an Adjunct Instructor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Paul has served in leadership positions on numerous non-profit boards and governmental committees and commissions.

Suzanne Miglucci

Board Director, Terra Dotta

With a breadth of expertise from CEO to board director and digital transformation expert, Suzanne Miglucci has a +20-year track record of leadership success across publicly-traded and privately-held technology, retail, and ecommerce companies. Ms. Miglucci’s professional background is strongly rooted in bringing new technologies to market, driving product development, re-branding organizations, and transforming business models to realize greatest revenue potential and shareholder value. Suzanne serves as board director for private equity-backed technology firm, Terra Dotta, where she assists this software leader in the international education and travel risk sector. Suzanne also serves as chair of OnBoardNC, a NC-based organization focused on shrinking the boardroom gender gap, and as board director for NACD’s Research Triangle Chapter.

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