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.

The High Cost Of HyperCompetence & Its Cure

Professionals are under tremendous stress, and it’s affecting them personally in health, relationships, and business. According to the American Institute of Stress:Debra Woog

  • 48% of Americans feel their stress has increased over the past five years
  • Stress is the basic cause of 60% of all human illness and disease
  • 54% of Americans say stress has caused them to fight with people close to them

Stress-related healthcare and missed work time cost US companies a whopping $300B annually.  Leaders, especially women professionals, need a new way to be in the work world. Typically they try to do everything they expect of themselves and most of what they imagine others expect. They are too good, for their own good, at getting things done. Many are HyperCompetent: overdoing beyond what’s healthy. They are burning out at an alarming rate. At this talk, participants learn to lead from their unique definitions of success, so that their lives become easier, they achieve satisfying goals, and their energy becomes more of a naturally renewable resource.

Join Debra Woog, a career coach with 25 years of experience leading clients to find new roles and create more fulfilling work life balance; in a discussion on this very relevant topic.

For more information on Brilliant Communications, visit Debra’s website – Connect Two

Continue reading “The High Cost Of HyperCompetence & Its Cure”

Leigh Hafrey Presents: Heroes and Villains, Leading Business, Politics and Civil Society in the 21st Century

Leigh Hafrey“How must we lead in the 21st century, in politics, business, and civil society?  From human nature to global systems, financial services in ancient Greece to the current economic downturn, endangered-peoples movements and extreme sports to Thoreau and social media, the seminar ‘Heroes and Villains’ aims to capture the challenges and solutions we have already articulated for the new century.  Over the past several years, I have taught H&V in various configurations, on three continents, and to a wide range of professional audiences; I look forward to sharing and discussing the seminar, and the leadership principles that shape it, with WLGO.
– Leigh Hafrey, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management

Webinar Details

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
To register for this meeting
1. Go to https://mit.webex.com/mit/j.php?RGID=r30798cdd71385492792863b13c7a2262
2. Register for the meeting

WLGO Webinar Mar 24



Please join us for a special webinar hosted by Rachel Sheinbein, Co Founder and Director of Makeda Capital.  Makeda is investing in public companies with female CEOs. Rachel is also an active angel investor in companies such as Goldieblox, Social Imprints and PV Evolution Labs (recently acquired).   Before starting Makeda, Rachel was a Partner at CMEA Capital, a private equity firm with over $1.2 billion under management. She was formerly a board member for Arcadia Biosciences and Solaria.  


Before CMEA, Ms. Sheinbein was a consultant for start-ups in the areas of bio-plastics, solar and water. For nine years prior, Ms. Sheinbein worked at Intel, in wastewater systems, environmental health & safety, and supply chain IT. Rachel is the President of the board of Expanding Your Horizons Network, a non-profit that encourages girls in math, science, engineering and technology. In addition, Ms. Sheinbein is on the board of the Hadassah Foundation. Ms. Sheinbein holds a Chemical Engineering degree with a concentration in Environmental Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She was also a sponsored fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she received an MBA and a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a focus on operations and supply chain.


– WLGO Team

Webinar Details

WLGO Presents: Rachel Scheinbein
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12:00 pm  |  Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)  |  1 hr


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“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.