LGO Conference in Chicago — May 18th and 19th


Dear LGO alumni,

Early Registration for the 2017 Alumni Conference is now open!

Secure your spot to reunite with classmates, Thomas Roemer and Don Rosenfield in Chicago, Illinois, on May 18th and 19th. We have an exciting agenda and expect a great turnout! Our theme is Digital Manufacturing, and there is no location more appropriate to explore that theme than the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (DMDII).

Our agenda is designed to be both engaging and immersive. In addition to a more socially-focused plant tour, this year you will get to experience a Digital Journey Showcase, including over 10-15 startups that are changing the world of manufacturing one innovation at a time. Come see the latest in Augmented Reality (AR), Robotics, CNC optimization, Advanced Analytics, 3D printing, Cloud Services, Internet of Things (IOT), Drones and more.

A detailed schedule can be found here; more information regarding the plant tour will be added soon as it gets finalized – stay tuned!


  • Thomas Roemer, MIT LGO Executive Director
  • Tom McDermott: Chief Program Officer at UI Labs
  • Lou Rassey (03): Founder, CEO at Two Roads Group
  • Rick Smith: Co-Founder and CEO at Fast Radius, Author of The Great Disruption
  • Jim Lawton (90): Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Rethink Robotics
  • Denise Johnson (97): Group President at Caterpillar Inc.
  • Rod Copes (93): President at Royal Enfield North America
  • Tim Copes (92): Former Vice President at The Boeing Company
  • Don Rosenfield, Founder and former Director, MIT LGO Program

Learn more about our speakers here.

Register before April 15 to take advantage of discounted “Early Bird” rates. Regular rates will be available until May 17th. As always, current LGO students will be able to attend free of charge. Click here to complete registration.

Ticket Type Dates Rate
Early Registration Through April 15 $100
Regular April 16 – May 17 $150
Recent graduates and current students Free



1415 N Cherry Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Out-of-town participants can fly into O’Hare or Midway airports.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
The Alumni Conference organizing committee

Women on Boards: The 30% Coalition

The Thirty Percent Coalition is a unique and groundbreaking national organization of 80 members committed to the goal of women, including women of color, holding 30% of board seats across public companies. Founded in late 2011, the Coalition includes public companies, private equity, institutional investors, professional service firms, national women’s organizations, and government officials for the first time working together to drive the pace of change. The Coalition’s work is on the demand side of board diversity – influencing corporations to strengthen their efforts to increase the number of women on their boards. There is no other organization of this kind in the United States. www.30percentcoalition.org

Key differentiators:

The Coalition is unique and does not duplicate what other organizations are doing. Its goal is to leverage the power of diverse groups and individuals working together and to reinforce and support the important work being done by Coalition members.

The Coalition’s work is grounded in these four guiding principles:

  • Continued focus on the demand side: influencing corporations to strengthen their efforts to increase the number of women on their boards.

  • Focus on global nature of the issue: learning from what is working in other countries and recognizing the international scope of many companies.

  • Focus on the sources of political and financial power: organizing initiatives to harness the power of institutional investors, corporate leaders, and the public sector.

  • Using the collective clout of the Coalition’s members: leveraging the power of our diverse membership by working together on significant joint initiatives and reinforcing and supporting the important work being done by Coalition members individually.

The Coalition’s work is concentrated in three areas:

  • Institutional investors joining together to encourage companies to add women to their boards.

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  • A public sector initiatives committee exploring ways to engage the public sector at the federal, state, and local

    levels in increasing the pace of change

    Members of the Thirty Percent Coalition

    Corporate Partners

    Apollo Capital Management, Holly McMullan, Head of Business Development – North America Avon Products, Inc, Leslie Mays, Vice President, Global Inclusion
    Prudential Financial, Inc., Michele C. Green, Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer
    Sodexo, Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer

    Voya Financial, Elizabeth Derby, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion
    WalMart Stores, Inc., Ben Hasan, SVP & Global Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

    Government Officials

    Janet Cowell, Treasurer of North Carolina
    Thomas P. DiNapoli, Comptroller of New York State Deb Goldberg, Treasurer of Massachusetts
    Nancy Kopp, Treasurer of Maryland
    Seth Magaziner, Treasurer of Rhode Island
    Jim McIntire, Treasurer of Washington
    Denise Nappier, Treasurer of Connecticut
    Timothy A. Reese, Treasurer of Pennsylvania
    Scott Stringer, Comptroller of New York City
    Ted Wheeler, Treasurer of Oregon

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Janet Jankura, Richfield Township Trustee, Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

Institutional Investors

AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer
UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust, Meredith Miller, Corporate Governance Director
Boston Common Asset Management, Geeta Aiyer, Founder & President
California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance Calvert Investments, Shade Brown, Sustainability
City of Philadelphia Board of Pensions & Retirement
Mercy Health, Susan Smith Makos, Socially Responsible Investing
Mercy Investment Services, Susan Smith Makos, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility
Miller/Howard Investments, Luan Steinhilber, Director of Operations and Shareholder Advocacy
PAX World Management, Joseph Keefe, President & CEO
Proxy Impact, Michael Passoff, CEO
RobecoSAM USA, Inc., Nick Barry, Director
Sonen Capital, Danielle Ginach, Impact Manager
The Matterhorn Group at Morgan Stanley, Eve Ellis, Portfolio Managers
The Sustainability Group, Larisa Ruoff, Director of Shareholder Advocacy and Corporate Engagement
Trillium Asset Management, Susan Baker, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy & Corporate Engagement Walden Asset Management, Timothy Smith, Senior Vice President and Director of ESG Shareowner Engagement

Professional Services Firms

Appointed Partners, Marci Nigro, Founder & CEO
Diversified Search, Judith von Seldeneck, Chair & CEO & corporate board member
Diversity in Boardrooms, Cindy Burrell
Ernst & Young, Karyn Twaronite, Americas Inclusiveness Officer
KPMG, Sue Townsen, National Managing Partner of HR, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility Newport Board Group, Helen Bulwik, Partner, Northern California
Paul Hastings, Rhonda Mims, Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility
The Leader’s Edge/Leaders By Design, Molly D. Shepard, Founder & CEO
Trewstar Corporate Board Services, Beth Stewart, CEO & corporate board member

Women’s/Nonprofit Organizations

Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Amanda K. Packel, Deputy Director Catalyst, Deborah Gillis, President & CEO
Committee for Economic Development, Steve Odland, President & CEO
Corporate Women Directors International, Irene Natividad, Co-Chair

Direct Women, Catherine Arrowood, Chair Direct Women Marketing and Professional Alliance Committee Ellevate, Allyson McDonald, President
Forte Foundation, Elissa Sangster, Executive Director
InterOrganization Network (ION), JoAnn Cavallaro, President

Ms. Foundation for Women, Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO National Council of Women’s Organizations, Martha Burk, Chair Emerita POWER, Deirdre Joy Smith, Founder & President
Re:Gender, Áine Duggan, President

SBB Institute for the Development of Women Leaders, Susan Bulkeley Butler, CEO The Boston Club, Toni G. Wolfman
The Conference Board, Donna Dabney, Executive Director Governance Center 2020 Women on Boards, Malli Gero, President

VISION 2020, Rosemarie Greco, Co-Chair & corporate board member
Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation (WBL), Lynn Shapiro Snyder, President Women Corporate Directors (WCD), Susan Stautberg, President
Women in the Boardroom, Sheila Ronning, Founder & CEO
Women Presidents’ Organization, Marsha Firestone
Women’s Leadership Foundation, Donna Evans, President
Womenetics, Elisabeth Marchant, Founder & CEO

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Linda Basch, President Emerita, Re:Gender
Seletha R. Butler, Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Georgia Tech, Scheller College Solange Charas, President, Charas Consulting, Inc.
Doug Conant, CEO, Conant Leadership
Joslyn Ewart, Founder and Principal, Entrust Financial
Carol Frohlinger, Founder, Negotiating Women
Nina Gidwaney, Executive Director of Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase
Suzanne Hopgood, President and CEO, The Hopgood Group & corporate board member
Vicki Kramer, lead author, “Critical Mass on Corporate Boards”
Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, Executive Director, Thirty Percent Coalition
Dianne McKeever, Chief Investment Officer, Ides Capital Management, LP
Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, Pat Mitchell Media & corporate board director
Sue Negrey, Chief Coach, Coach 2 Achieve
Susan Ness, Convener, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom & corporate board member Beverly Cooper Neufeld, President, BCN Consulting Group, LLC
Maureen O’Brien, Director Corporate Governance, The Marco Consulting Group
Mark Sickles, Chairman of the Board – NACD New Jersey, CEO, SuperOrg, Inc
Laura Starks, Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Regents Chair in Finance, McCombs School 0f Business, University of Texas at Austin
Sara L. Terheggen, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Jacki Zehner, President, The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation

Board of Directors


President – Vicki Kramer, lead author, “Critical Mass on Corporate Boards” Vice President – Toni G. Wolfman, The Boston Club
Secretary/Treasurer – Suzanne Hopgood, The Hopgood Group
Executive Director and non-board officer – Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane

Directors at Large

Susan Baker, Vice President, Shareholder Advocacy & Corporate Engagement, Trillium Asset Management Nila Betof, COO, The Leaders Edge/Leaders by Design
Susan Bulkeley Butler, Senior Executive, Accenture (Retired)
Helen Bulwik, Partner, Newport Board Group

JoAnn Cavallaro, President InterOrganization Network (ION)
Solange Charas, President, Charas Consulting, Inc.
Lloyd Ebright, Pennsylvania Treasury
Nina Gidwaney, Executive Director of Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase
Rhonda Mims, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility, Paul Hastings
Amanda Packel, Deputy Director, Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University Jennifer Peet, Director of Legal Affairs for the Oregon State Treasurer

Elissa Sangster, Executive Director, Forte Foundation
Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance at CalSTRS
Mark Sickles, Chairman of the Board – NACD New Jersey, CEO, SuperOrg, Inc Deirdre Joy Smith, Founder & President, POWER

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As we prepare for the next decade, we wish to gather inputs from across the network. The Steering Committee will be hosting focus groups to collect inputs on the purpose, vison, and mission of our group and the methods and technology used to serve our community. We invite you to engage in creating the future of WLGO. To join WLGO or participate in one of the focus groups, please contact Michele Parrish at michele@parrishparters.com.

“What’s Your Brilliance? A Framework for Fulfilling Work”

NOV 12TH:  “What’s Your Brilliance?  A Framework for Fulfilling Work”

Debra WoogPresented by Debra Woog. November 12th  1PDT/4pm EDT. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what makes you unique and how to stand out from others.  Feel free to Invite a friend.  This session is open to all professional women who wish to make a difference with their life’s work.

Leadership on Boards Panel: May 22 Noon PDT/3pm PDT

Women Leaders of Global Operations (WLGO) PRESENTS:

Leadership on Boards

Improved Performance though Director Diversity 

May 22nd Noon PDT/3pm EDT via WebEx

What do boards really do?

Why would you want to be on a board?

 How does one become a director?

How does one become a true leader on a board? 

How does board leadership improve organizational performance?

These questions and more will be answered in this WLGO sponsored webinar with special guests (bios below): 

Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire, Author of The Board Game, Retained Executive Search

Denise Johnson, VP Caterpillar, Sloan Alumna, LGO Operating Committee Member

Mark Parrish, President & CEO Stuart Dean Company  

Stephanie Sonnabend, Public Company CEO, President and Director, Co-Founder and Chair at 2020 Women on Boards, Sloan Alumna


To Register Go To:

1. Go to https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=269385057&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

2. Register for the meeting.  Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.  To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=269385057&RG=1&UID=0&ORT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D 

3. Complete the 30sec pre-panel survey; Go to:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2RK68DK

San Francisco Face to Face Events

WLGO San Francisco Meet-Up (March 8, 2014)

The first WLGO Bay Area meet-up took place at Foreign Cinema in SF on 3/8/2014, coincident with the International Women Day.  Eight of us met up to exchange tidbits on life after LGO and happenings in LGO.  There were interests to connect offline, since 6 of 8 are based in SF.  We’ve also realized that this allowed alumnae to reach out to earlier and recent graduates.  We teased that this was an atypical table, with all technically-oriented women spanning careers in academia, venture capital, big corporations in high tech and biotech, and operations consulting.  What a microcosm of WLGO community!

The next event is scheduled on April 30 from 6:30-9:00PM in SF (location TBD).  This is a pre-LGO alumni conference event, to take advantage of conference attendance from May 1 – 2.   Please stay tuned for more information from the conference planning committee!         

–        By Bonnie and Annie


Clockwise from bottom left:  Amy Lin (’10), Bonnie Kao (’93), Linda Chao (’93), Rachel Sheinbein (’04), Annie Kang (’12), Dhanya Rangaraj (’13), Tatiana Bonnefoi (’12) and Tamara Buckfelder (’09)

Promise-based Management and Living



Amiel Handelsman Presents:  Promise-based Management and Living

This recording is now available on the WebEx service site. Click the link below to play it: 


 Small changes in how you speak and listen can make a big difference in your leadership and career. Whether you are leading execution of critical projects or navigating the challenges of work/life balance, the ability to make and keep promises—and guide others to do the same—is crucial for success. What is the difference between a fuzzy promise and a solid promise? What are the attributes of an effective request? What are the four legitimate responses to a request? How do you negotiate when you or someone else cannot fulfill a promise on time? Who is responsible for reporting completion, and what happens if they don’t?  We’ll use these questions as a guide for exploring the common breakdowns you experience in work and the rest of life—and how to resolve them with skill and power. 


Amiel Handelsman is an executive coach and change consultant based in Portland, Oregon. He has coached many women leaders, from front-line managers to executives developing billion-dollar businesses. He is the author of Practice Greatness: Escape Small Thinking, Listen Like A Master, And Lead With Your Best (forthcoming, 2014). He is the proud husband of LGO grad, Julie Endress.

Topic: WLGO Presents: Amiel Handelsman 
Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014 
Time: 12:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00) 

To register
1. Go to https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?ED=51657393&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiM0 
2. Register for the meeting. 
3. Check for confirmation email with instructions on how to join