7:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m. | Check-in and Networking Breakfast
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. | Formal Program
9:00 a.m. | Adjourn
Location: Indian Hills Country Club | 6847 Tomahawk Road, Mission Hills KS
We are in the midst of a business revolution with profound implications for companies and how they are governed. Changes involving markets, global competition, regulation, and, perhaps above all, technology are reshaping social and economic life in powerful ways.
NACD’s 2019 Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) took on the challenge of analyzing how boards need to shift their governance, the way they think, operate, communicate, and interact with the business to meet the demands of the future. In the past few years, we’ve seen CEOs focus on reinventing their business to stay relevant. Now, boards need to heed the clarion call of the 2019 BRC to reshape board leadership to stay relevant.
Don’t miss an insightful discussion with these seasoned directors:
· Beryl Raff, Chairman and CEO of Helzberg Diamonds
· Mark Ruelle, Board Chairman of Evergy, Inc. and former President and CEO of Westar Energy
· Anna Catalano, Board Director for Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corp., HollyFrontier Corp., and Frontdoor, Inc.
Attendees will receive a copy of the Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Fit for the Future: An Urgent Imperative for Board Leadership.
Beryl Raff is Chairman and CEO at Helzberg Diamonds. She is widely recognized throughout the retail industry as an outstanding merchant and strong multi-store retail executive.
Beryl graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and from Drexel University with a Masters of Business Administration. Prior to Helzberg Diamonds she held positions as J.C. Penney’s Executive Vice President for the Fine Jewelry Division and Chairman & CEO of Zale Corporation. Beryl began her career with R. H. Macy & Company in 1975 as an executive trainee.
Beryl has received lifetime achievement awards from both the Women’s Jewelry Association, naming her to its Lifetime Hall of Fame in 1999, and the American Gem Society, who awarded her their lifetime achievement award. She also earned the National Jeweler’s Retailer Hall of Fame in the Majors category in 2009. In 2019, the Jewelers Vigilance Council honored Beryl with the Stanley Schechter Award. Beryl is also a member of the International Women’s Forum, Women Corporate Directors and Women Who Mean Business – Kansas City.
Beryl serves as a Director on the boards of the Larry H. Miller Company, Helen of Troy, Michaels Stores and the Kansas City Symphony. Previously she served on the boards of Group 1 Automotive – a Fortune 500 Company, JoAnn’s Stores, National Board of Make A Wish Foundation and NACD Heartland Chapter. Her industry affiliations include membership Jewelers’ Circular Keystone.
She has one son, Edward, and a life partner, Paul Russell.
Mr. Ruelle is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Evergy, Inc. He served as Chief Executive Officer, President and member of the Board of Directors of Westar Energy (prior to the merger with Great Plains Energy that resulted in the formation of Evergy). Mr. Ruelle previously served Westar Energy as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Ruelle served as President of Nevada Power and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sierra Pacific Resources and Sierra Pacific Power. He serves on the Board of Directors of Stormont-Vail Health Care and various charitable and civic organizations. He has previously served on three other public company boards. Mr. Ruelle received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of North Dakota. He has completed the INPO/MIT Nuclear Reactor Technology Course for executives. Mr. Ruelle has also taught economics at the university level.
Anna C. Catalano manages an active board portfolio, serving as an independent director for both public corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, HollyFrontier Corporation and Frontdoor, Inc. She is a certified Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a board member for the NACD Texas TriCities Chapter. In the not-for-profit sector, she is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association, a board member of the Houston Grand Opera, and an honorary cofounder of the Kellogg Innovation Network of Northwestern University.
With over 30 years of corporate experience, including more than 15 years of service on public boards, Catalano is a renowned expert on the topics of marketing and strategic branding and international business and an outspoken champion of women in business. Her extensive career spanned three continents in both operational and functional roles. In 1995, as president, Amoco Orient Oil Company in Beijing, China, she established the company's downstream presence in the PRC. As senior vice president for Amoco in 1998, she was responsible for the company's U.S. retail business. In her final executive role as group vice president of Marketing for BP in London, she was instrumental in repositioning the BP brand and a primary voice behind the campaign to establish BP's "beyond petroleum" positioning.
Catalano is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and has been recognized on Fortune's ranking of The Most Powerful Women in International Business. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including leadership, board governance, innovation, and the advancement of women in business. Her thoughts on various aspects of leadership can be found on her blog, www.shades-of-leadership.com.