A ‘Powerful Experience’



“Foundations of Corporate Governance,” the second in the African American Board Leadership Institute’s annual series under its Corporate Directors Initiative (CDI), featured a roster of speakers whose collective expertise made for a powerful all-day experience. The forum was held September 9 at the City Club in Los Angeles.

Al_BonnieDr. Bonnie Hill, board member, Banc of California, and Dr. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., former interim dean, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management, provided valuable insights on current corporate board trends and illuminating perspectives on the demands, expectations and realities of corporate board membership.

“It is part of one’s fiduciary responsibility to ask difficult questions,” said Hill, adding that “the board is reminded to use good governance, especially when measuring people of color for board recruitment.

Other distinguished corporate board members on the forum’s speaker roster were Dr. Wanda Austin, former interim president, University of Southern California (USC); Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO, 2020 Women on Boards; AABLI alumna Beverly Cole, MBA, J.D., board member, Bank OZK and Founders First; Chelsea A. Grayson, board member, Vireo Health; John Iino, global chair, Diversity & Inclusion, Reed Smith; Richard Munro, CEO, Invenz, Inc.; Jeff Sakaguchi, lead independent director, True Blue, Inc.; Maria Salinas, president and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Larry Taylor, president and board member, National Association of Corporate Directors (Pacific Southwest) and past AABLI board member.

Photo (seated l-r) Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, CEO, 2020 Women on Boards and Dr. Wanda Austin, former interim president, University of Southern California (USC) (standing l-r) John Iino, global chair, Diversity & Inclusion, Reed Smith; Dr. Larry Taylor, president and board member, National Association of Corporate Directors (Pacific Southwest) and past AABLI board member; Richard Munro, CEO, Invenz, Inc.; Beverly Ryder, AABLI founding board member; Yvette Chappell-Ingram, AABLI president & CEO; Maria Salinas, president and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce; Eugene Boykins, AABLI founding board member; Dr. Bonnie Hill, board member, Banc of California; and Beverly Cole, MBA, J.D., board member, Bank OZK and Founders First and AABLI alumna

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AABLI’s CDI is a leadership development and networking pathway designed to strengthen the pipeline of people of color to serve on corporate boards around the world. It helps participants with the kind of career planning that leads to important roles as future corporate directors. 

In addition to the Corporate Directors Initiative, AABLI’s flagship Board Leadership Certificate Program provides African American professionals with board governance training and career planning tools to help bolster a global pipeline of excellent board candidates.



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