Modern Governance Summit – Boarddocs Agenda

September 17-18, 2020 - Virtual Conference

Thursday, September 17

9:00am - 10:00am ET

Product Showcase Open



10:00am - 10:30am ET

Day 1 Opening Keynote

Join us as Diligent CEO, Brian Stafford, kicks off the Modern Governance Summit with insights on leading during this unique time, accelerating digital transformation and emerging stronger on the other side. Brian will be joined by Technology Leader, Business Executive and Independent Board Director, Merline Saintil and Superintendent of Toledo Public Schools, Dr. Romules Durant for candid conversations about how boards and organizations have faced this monumental year, what it means to lead the moment and how Diligent can help.

Brian Stafford
President & CEO, Diligent Corporation

Brian Stafford is Chief Executive Officer of Diligent Corporation. Mr. Stafford assumed the role of CEO in March 2015 and is responsible for all day-to-day operations, with a focus on accelerating global growth and incorporating scale into the business in order to seamlessly manage the growth. Mr. Stafford previously served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded and led their Growth Stage Tech Practice. While there, he concentrated on helping Growth Stage Technology companies scale faster and did extensive work with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, focusing on growth strategy, sales operations and strategy, pricing, international growth strategy and team building. Prior to his tenure at McKinsey, Mr. Stafford was the Founder, President and CEO of CarOrder, a division of Trilogy Software based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Stafford holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Manhattan.

Merline Saintil
Technology Leader, Business Executive and Independent Board Director on the boards of Banner Bank and LightspeedHQ

Merline Saintil is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of operationalizing strategy and developing global award-winning products in iconic Fortune 500 and privately held companies including Intuit, Yahoo!, PayPal, Adobe, Joyent, and Sun Microsystems. She enjoys advising CEOs and has led and scaled product development teams in global digital transformations for B2B and B2C companies, and executed M&A integrations and divestitures. She was part of the leadership team taking Change Healthcare public in 2019 as COO, R&D-IT.

She currently serves on the boards of Banner Corporation [NASDAQ: BANR] and ShotSpotter, Inc [NASDAQ: SSTI]. She advises both companies on technology trends, innovation, strategy, cyber risk, digital transformation, to name a few. She is a member of the Risk, Compensation and Audit Committees and is certified in Cybersecurity Oversight by NACD and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. She is passionate about coaching emerging leaders, especially supporting girls and underrepresented youth in leadership and technology. Outside of her business interest, Merline has been recognized by her community, including:

  • 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors by Women’s Inc.
  • Member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council
  • Women of Influence 2017 by Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • Business Insider: #6 of the 22 Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for “Sending the Elevator Back Down” by Girls in Tech

Merline is an active member of the CXO community and has been quoted in many major publications, including WSJ, Forbes, Fortune, CNET, CIO Review, and Business Insider.

Dr. Romules Durant
CEO/Superintendent, Toledo Public Schools

Dr. Romules Durant has a special connection to Toledo Public Schools – one like no other. He graduated from Morrison R. Waite High School in 1994 and after earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in 1999, he became a fourth grade teacher for Toledo Public Schools. In fact, he has spent his entire professional career working for the district. After his years as a teacher, he became a dean, an assistant principal, an elementary school principal and an assistant superintendent before being named CEO/Superintendent in December 2013. Dr. Durant has made it his mission to share the good news of TPS in the community. For him, TPS Proud isn’t just a catch phrase, it’s something he lives each day – plus, he wears it on his collar and sleeve. When Dr. Durant became superintendent, he set aggressive goals for the district and introduced a new mission statement that shows his ultimate goal for all students - that they become competitive college and career ready graduates. Since Dr. Durant became superintendent, the district has seen the graduation rate jump 21 percent for all students and closed the achievement gap between Caucasian and African American students. TPS has also recorded an increase in enrollment. In addition to the graduation rate increases, Dr. Durant has worked with his team to add Career Technology programs that provide students with an introduction to possible career options in some of the most sought after industries in northwest Ohio. To make sure that all students can find the best school to foster their talents. Dr. Durant has overseen the creation of thematic schools: four STEMM-based elementary schools, Jones Leadership Academy of Business and the Aerospace & Natural Science Academy of Toledo. The latter two are aimed at preparing high school students for high-tech jobs of the future. Future plans include the introduction of a high school focused on medical careers for students. The continuing momentum throughout Toledo Public Schools can be attributed in large part to Dr. Durant’s visionary approach to running an urban school district. He has never lost sight of the fact that he has the same goal for today’s TPS students as he had for himself - to rise up from modest means to achieve success first in school and then in life.



10:45am - 11:15am ET

Virtual Board Meetings: Maintaining Transparency and Staying Connected in Uncertain Times

Risk & Accountability

Learn how to most effectively hold virtual meetings, while sharing important information and receiving public feedback, leveraging the capabilities of BoardDocs to manage the flow of information. This session will feature a BoardDocs subscriber whose school district held virtual board meetings for the first time during the pandemic. The customer will share the story of how they organized the process, provided training, ensured the board had the equipment and connectivity they needed, and how they handled communication with the public and stakeholders.

Dennis Rohlfing
Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Implementation Specialist Dennis Rohlfing is a former math teacher, middle school assistant principal, and executive technology director for the City of St Charles School District in Missouri. He retired after 37 years of service to the district. Having spent many years in education, he is highly qualified to speak with school district leadership, school boards, and other governing bodies about the issues facing their organizations while addressing how BoardDocs can be used to increase efficiency and lower costs.

Cynthia Gray
Executive Secretary, Huntington County Community School Corporation

Mrs. Cindy Gray is currently in her sixteenth year of service as the Executive Secretary for the Huntington County Community School Corporation and her twenty-fifth year in the district. Prior to her promotion to this position, Mrs. Gray served as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Curriculum for the Huntington Schools for seven years. Preceding her central office experiences, she served for two years as a grade one Instructional Assistant and Recess Aide at Northwest Elementary School in the Huntington School Corporation.In her current role as the Executive Secretary, Mrs. Gray was called upon to serve directly with the Superintendent, Administrators and Board of School Trustees. She has taught beginner level half-day professional development classes to staff in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Her educational degrees include a graduate of Huntington North High School in Huntington, Indiana. She also earned her Cosmetology license from Ravenscroft Beauty College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Collaborative Agenda Creation

Security & Collaboration

This session will introduce practices for ensuring that your agendas are being created efficiently by allowing content contributions using an intuitive and controlled submission process.

Sylvia Raye
Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Implementation Specialist Sylvia is a former Human Resources professional with more than 21 years’ experience in employee training and development and facilitating customized corporate training workshops. Sylvia has provided training for employees within the Banking, Telecommunications, Healthcare and Manufacturing industries on software applications and a variety of topics. Among her most requested trainings were change and conflict management, principles of management and leadership and employment law.

Ryan Ash Hale
Technology Support Specialist, Akron Public Schools Administration

Ryan Hale works for Akron Public Schools as their webmaster, BoardDocs support, and network/server performance monitor designer. He is a Google Certified Trainer and have presented at conferences for technology in education. Ryan’s passion is teaching and sharing technology with others so they are comfortable and confident.

Ruth Huck
Board Secretary, Warren County School District

For 28 years, Ruth has served the Warren County School District in several capacities with Business Services and the Superintendent’s Office. For the past nineteen years she has served as the Board Secretary, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, and Right-to-Know Officer.From 2006-2013 she worked with the Pennsylvania School Boards Department of School Board Secretaries, and served two years as its president. She was seated four years on the PSBA Board of Directors under the leadership of Tom Gentzel, former PSBA and NSBA Executive Director.Ruth wrote numerous articles for PSBA’s magazine the Bulletin regarding the work of school board secretaries and served on the editing committee for the School Board Secretary’s Handbook revision in 2009. She has also presented at new board secretary trainings across the Commonwealth and at annual state conferences.


11:30am - 12:00pm ET

Called to Order: Parliamentary Procedure 101

Risk & Accountability

In this session you will hear from BoardDocs customers on best practices for keeping meetings on task and controlling communications - virtually!

Diana Freeman
Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Implementation Specialist Diana is a former senior consultant with the Texas Association of School Boards and a former school board member in Hamilton, TX. She has over 30 years’ experience in education, at all levels and in many capacities, from public school teacher and librarian to collegeinstructor. Diana is passionate about education and loves to help board members be more efficient in their work so they can focus on students.

Ann Macfarlane
Professional Registered Parliamentarian, Jurassic Parliament

Ann G. Macfarlane developed her unique twist on Robert’s Rules of Order, “Jurassic Parliament,” in 2000. She offers an interactive and user-friendly way to master the key points for effective, efficient and fair meetings. Her background as a diplomat and a Russian translator enables her to connect with elected officials, nonprofit leaders and staff, and give them the tools they need for success. With Andrew Estep, Ann is the author of Mastering Council Meetings: A guidebook for elected officials and local governments. She is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian.


Strategic Plans: The Key to Achieving Your Vision

Strategy & Governance

Ensure the public is well informed about your organization's strategic vision by being transparent about strategic plans. This session will review best practices for organizing library documents into an effective and accessible structure for easy access by the board and public.

Diana Roadcap
Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Executive Administrative Assistant Diana joined the BoardDocs team over five years ago as an Executive Assistant and corporate event planner. Recently, she has moved into online training and enjoys bringing her years of experience as a former Board Secretary and Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools into her training sessions. Diana studied English Literature at Sierra College in Rocklin, California and is a published author. She currently resides with her family in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Cindy Poulton
School Board Clerk & Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Roanoke City Public Schools

Mrs. Poulton has served as the School Board Clerk and Executive Assistant to the Superintendent for Roanoke City Public Schools since 1976. She is the longest serving Clerk in Roanoke City Schools since 1954. Prior to joining the Schools, she served for 18 years as executive assistant to the Senior Vice President and later the Chief Operating Officer of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.Mrs. Poulton earned an associates’ degree, graduating with honors from Virginia Western Community College in 1977, and attained the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) designation in 1982.Since 2005, Mrs. Poulton has served as Board Secretary for the Roanoke City Public Schools Education Foundation, Inc. She is a former member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals and a past Roanoke Chapter and Virginia Secretary of the Year. Mrs. Poulton is BoardDocs’ biggest fan! She has also served as a co-presenter for BoardDocs for a Virginia School Boards Association Webinar.


12:15pm - 1:00pm ET

What You (and Your Board) Need to Know about the Future of ESG

Keynote Session

At the beginning of 2020, it seemed that climate change and climate action would dominate board agendas for the rest of the year. Then the pandemic hit, quickly followed by a global social movement against systemic racism and injustice. Boards are now challenged to adopt an "ESG-mindset" on everything from the health and safety of employees and customers, to aligning strategy to environmental sustainability, to ensuring their governance practices keep pace with social movements. What does all of this mean for those of us who support the work of boards? Our closing panel of Day 1 features experts on ESG topics who will provide their perspectives on where we are headed and what governance professionals and their boards should know for the future.

Dottie Schindlinger
Executive Director, Diligent Institute

Dottie Schindlinger is Executive Director of Diligent Institute, the global governance research arm of Diligent Corporation, leading provider of modern governance software. She co-authored Governance in the Digital Age: A Guide for the Modern Corporate Board Director, ©2019, Wiley, and co-hosts The Corporate Director Podcast. Dottie presents sessions on governance and technology topics to thousands of governance professionals around the world each year.

Helle Bank Jorgensen
CEO and Executive Director, Competent Boards

Helle Bank Jorgensen is the CEO of Competent Boards, which offers the global online ESG Competent Boards Certificate Program with a faculty of over 85 renowned global board members; executives and experts. She is a strategic, as well as operational, ESG adviser to boards, executives, and investors. As an experienced board facilitator and board member, she serves on His Royal Highness Prince of Wales A4S (Accounting for Sustainability) Global Expert Panel as well as WBCSD Governance & Internal Oversight High-Level Advisory Group. A business lawyer and state-authorized public accountant by training, Helle helps global companies and investors turn sustainability into strong financial results. She was the creator of the world’s first Green Account based on lifecycle assessment, as well as the world’s first Integrated Report and the first holistic responsible supply chain program. Helle has written numerous thought leader pieces, is a keynote speaker and interviewed by global media outlets. Before starting her own company, she was a partner at PwC for 11 years building and leading sustainability practices in Denmark and the US, and build the Canadian chapter of the UN Global Compact.

Douglas Chia
President, Soundboard Governance LLC

Douglas K. Chia is President of Soundboard Governance LLC and Fellow at the Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance. Mr. Chia was previously Executive Director of The Conference Board ESG Center continues to contribute to The Conference Board as a Senior Fellow. Before joining The Conference Board in 2016, Mr. Chia served as Assistant General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Johnson & Johnson. Previously, he served as Assistant General Counsel, Corporate of Tyco International and practiced law at the global firms Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Clifford Chance, in New York and Hong Kong. Mr. Chia has held a number of central leadership positions in the corporate governance field, including Chair of the Board of the Society for Corporate Governance, President of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York, and member of the New York Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Commission. He is currently a member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Mr. Chia has received numerous awards and recognitions in corporate governance and has frequently appeared in the news media, including CNN, NPR Marketplace, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times and The New Yorker. Mr. Chia received an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. He currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and their four children. Mr. Chia is a Trustee of the Historical Society of Princeton and the McCarter Theatre Center.

Pamela Passman
Board Director, Kinaxis Inc.; former CEO, CREATe.org; Vice Chair, The Ethisphere Institute; former Corporate Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft

Until recently, Pamela Passman was President of the Center for Responsible Enterprise and Trade (CREATe.org) and Vice Chair of the Ethisphere Institute, distinct entities with a common mission to promote leading practices and provide solutions to manage key governance, compliance and risks for companies and their global value chains. Prior to founding CREATe.org in October 2011, Pamela was the Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Global Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft Corporation. From 2002 to 2011, Passman led Microsoft’s regulatory compliance work across a range of issues, including privacy, security, law enforcement, national security, telecommunications and other issues related to cloud computing. She also led Microsoft’s global government relations and public policy work and philanthropic programs and had leadership responsibilities for its cross-company global corporate citizenship efforts. Pamela first joined Microsoft in 1996 and until 2002 led the Legal and Corporate Affairs organization in Asia, based in Tokyo, with a focus on Japan, Korea and the People’s Republic of China. Prior to joining Microsoft, she practiced law with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and Nagashima & Ohno in Tokyo, Japan. Beginning in March 2020, Pamela is a Senior Associate (Non-Resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies with the Simon Chair on Political Economy. Pamela serves on the Board of Kinaxis Inc., a Toronto-listed SAAS supply chain management company, and served on the Board of IO, a data center infrastructure/cloud computing company that was sold to Iron Mountain in 2018. She currently serves on the Board and as Vice Chair of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), a non-profit providing pro bono legal services to unaccompanied minors before immigration authorities. Pamela also serves on the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College and chairs its Student Life Committee. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Nominating and Governance Committee. Pamela speaks and writes on enterprise risk management, data protection, cybersecurity, intellectual property, anti-corruption, supply chain and third-party risk, and doing business in Asia. She was recognized by Security Magazine as one of the Most Influential People in Security. Pamela is a graduate of Lafayette College and the University of Virginia School of Law.


1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Networking Roundtables + Product Showcase Open


Friday, September 18

9:00am - 10:00am ET

Product Showcase Open



10:00am - 10:30am ET

Day 2 Opening Keynote

Diligent CEO Brian Stafford and Fortune 500 Board Member, Former CEO of MetricStream, Advisor and Author, Shellye Archambeau connect for a fireside chat. As one of Silicon's Valley's first female African American CEOs, Shellye will share empowering wisdom and leadership advice on how to achieve your personal and professional goals to Lead the Moment.

Brian Stafford
President & CEO, Diligent Corporation

Brian Stafford is Chief Executive Officer of Diligent Corporation. Mr. Stafford assumed the role of CEO in March 2015 and is responsible for all day-to-day operations, with a focus on accelerating global growth and incorporating scale into the business in order to seamlessly manage the growth. Mr. Stafford previously served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he founded and led their Growth Stage Tech Practice. While there, he concentrated on helping Growth Stage Technology companies scale faster and did extensive work with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, focusing on growth strategy, sales operations and strategy, pricing, international growth strategy and team building. Prior to his tenure at McKinsey, Mr. Stafford was the Founder, President and CEO of CarOrder, a division of Trilogy Software based in Austin, Texas. Mr. Stafford holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives in Manhattan.

Shellye Archambeau
Fortune 500 Board Member, Former CEO of MetricStream, Advisor and Author

Ms. Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high performance teams, and organizations. Ms. Archambeau currently serves on the boards of Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta. She is also a strategic advisor to the Royal Bank of Canada, Capital Markets Group and Forbes Ignite. Ms. Archambeau has over 30 years of experience in technology. She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company. During her tenure MetricStream grew from a fledgling startup into a global market leader. She is the author of Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms. A book that will inspire you and provide the tools to enable you to fight the battles, make the tradeoffs and create the life you want. She is also a Forbes contributor and the protagonist of the Harvard Business School Case Study: Becoming a CEO. Ms. Archambeau enjoys the performing arts, traveling, cooking and writing a blog that provides career advice, insights and other musings (https://shellye.com).


10:45am - 11:15am ET

The Recipe for Success: Structuring Agendas for Maximum Efficiency and Effectiveness

Security & Collaboration

This session will feature information on how organizations are leveraging the full capabilities of BoardDocs to produce accessible, highly legible, and well organized agendas, striking an appropriate balance between effective use of content fields to prevent the need to drill down to access summary information, and thoughtfully developed supporting attachments with logical naming conventions.

Merritt Brooks
Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Implementation Specialist Merritt has worked with helping boards go paperless for over 11 years. Joining BoardDocs over six years ago, she helped many boards get started with that process. She most recently moved into training with BoardDocs and has enjoyed furthering her relationship with our subscribers and helping them implement and use all the BoardDocs features to their fullest potential.

Adriana Sano
Executive Assistant, Imperial Community College District

Adriana Sano is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/President and Board of Trustees at Imperial Valley College, and has worked at the college since 2008. Her primary responsibilities include the management and facilitation of the Board of Trustees meetings and board policies and administrative procedures of the District. Ms. Sano has been instrumental in onboarding the college’s participatory governance standing committees to the BoardDocs platform which has helped increase efficiency and participation across campus. She serves as a liaison with the different departments on campus in the planning of college-wide events such as Commencement, Convocation, Retirees and Employee Years of Service, and Employee Wellness Fair each academic year.Her previous experience at Imperial Valley College includes serving as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Student Services and Information Technology. On her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her two daughters who live in Denver, Colorado.


The Genius of Policies in BoardDocs – Part 1

Risk & Accountability

Join us for BoardDocs Policies part 1 of 2, in which we will introduce the various foundational features and methods to empower users to take on policy tasks with ease. This session is open to subscribers who may have already been trained in policies or someone who is brand new to the tool.

Angela De Los Santos
Director - Policy Services, Diligent

Angela De Los Santos, BoardDocs’ Director of Policy Services, promotes effective governance by way of policy management. In her role, Angela provides project management, support, and training aimed at helping individuals simplify and take command of their organization’s policy management, so they can be motivated and enthusiastic about creating, maintaining, and implementing policies that support their communities.Angela has over ten years of experience in education and government policy. Prior to joining BoardDocs, she worked as a policy analyst and consultant with the Texas Association of School Boards. She has a Masters of Education from Texas State University and currently resides in Wellington, Colorado.

Michele Doyle
Policy Specialist, Diligent

Michele Doyle, BoardDocs Policy Specialist, promotes governance by way of policy management. In her role, Michele provides project management, support, and training aimed at helping individuals simplify and take command of their organization’s policy management, so they can be motivated and enthusiastic about creating, maintaining, and implementing policies that support their communities.Michele has over 30 years of experience in law and policy. Prior to joining BoardDocs, she worked for 18 years as the Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees and Superintendent at Teton County School District in Wyoming.

Gillian Chapman, Ed. D.
Superintendent, Teton County School District #1

Gillian took the helm at the Teton County School District on July 2, 2015. She had previously served as associate superintendent for the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas, where she oversaw eleven secondary schools. In addition to her role in the Shawnee Mission Schools, Gillian served as an instructor and designed curricula for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at the university of Saint Mary.


11:30am - 12:00pm ET

The Genius of Policies in BoardDocs – Part 2

Risk & Accountability

Part 2 of the Genius of Policies on BoardDocs will dive deeper into advanced Policies features and how to use the tool to assess compliance practices.

Angela De Los Santos
Director - Policy Services, Diligent

Angela De Los Santos, BoardDocs’ Director of Policy Services, promotes effective governance by way of policy management. In her role, Angela provides project management, support, and training aimed at helping individuals simplify and take command of their organization’s policy management, so they can be motivated and enthusiastic about creating, maintaining, and implementing policies that support their communities.Angela has over ten years of experience in education and government policy. Prior to joining BoardDocs, she worked as a policy analyst and consultant with the Texas Association of School Boards. She has a Masters of Education from Texas State University and currently resides in Wellington, Colorado.

Heather Masshardt
Director of Policy Services, PSBA

Heather Masshardt is the Director of Policy Services for the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and has served in the policy division for 18 years. Her areas of specialty include school safety, technology and special education. She spends much of her time training school boards and administrators in working with policies and administrative regulations, as well as researching and drafting policy language for legal compliance. Heather has presented at state and national conferences on the subjects of board policy and administrative regulations, web-based policy systems, school safety and security, trauma-informed approach, web accessibility, online learning, records retention, and federal Uniform Guidance. She also has experience serving as a college and community reference librarian and enjoys assisting others with research.


Improving Board Adoption and Success in a Complex Operating Environment

Strategy & Governance

Learning how to share information and conduct meetings in a virtual environment is new territory for public sector organizations who have been forced to adapt to changing circumstances. It's critical that board members be well prepared and set up for success. This session will spotlight how organizations are achieving success in improving board adoption in uncertain times.

Dennis Rohlfing
Implementation Specialist, Diligent

Implementation Specialist Dennis Rohlfing is a former math teacher, middle school assistant principal, and executive technology director for the City of St Charles School District in Missouri. He retired after 37 years of service to the district. Having spent many years in education, he is highly qualified to speak with school district leadership, school boards, and other governing bodies about the issues facing their organizations while addressing how BoardDocs can be used to increase efficiency and lower costs.

Lisa Workman
Trustee Liaison Officer, Upper Canada District School Board

Lisa Workman has been employed with UCDSB since 1999 and continues a steady progression of increased responsibilities and learning opportunities across several departments. As the BoardDocs Super Publisher, her focus is on customizing and utilizing all the features of the platform to enable the Board of Trustees, staff and the public to access essential information with ease.Lisa is a firm believer in wellness and life-long learning that can also be applied to work; photography and exploring nature can highlight beauty that one may not notice at first glance; homemade gifts stimulate creativity and patience; Lumosity challenges cognitive abilities; reading allows one to increase knowledge and appreciate different perspectives. One of her favorite quotes: “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."


12:15pm – 12:45pm

Executive Session: Product Roadmap

Security & Collaboration

Join us as Diligent Chief Product Officer, Ken Surdan, discusses innovation, progress and driving modern governance within your organization. He will tackle the importance of connecting governance in new and more powerful ways and the ways Diligent’s solutions are evolving to meet emerging needs.

Ken Surdan
Chief Product Officer, Diligent

Ken Surdan serves as the Chief Product Officer for Diligent Corporation. He is responsible for all aspects of product development including strategy, product management, user experience, software engineering and technical operations. He works closely with the go-to-market teams to build outstanding products for our customers and markets. Ken has over 20 years of C-level technology and product leadership experience, in private and public companies. Most recently he was the Chief Product officer of Endurance, and before being acquired by Endurance, he filled the same responsibilities at SaaS leader Constant Contact. He has extensive experience in building outstanding product teams that build market leading products in multiple high growth markets. Ken received his BS degree from Boston University and an MBA from Babson College. He is based in the Diligent New York City headquarters.


12:45pm – 1:15 pm

Closing Keynote featuring Merline Saintil and Wes Moore

Technology Leader, Business Executive and Independent Board Director, Merline Saintil joins us back on screen for a conversation with best-selling author and CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, Wes Moore, to discuss practical ways we can all help create a more just and equitable society, and increase racial diversity in leadership.

Merline Saintil
Technology Leader, Business Executive and Independent Board Director on the boards of Banner Bank and LightspeedHQ

Merline Saintil is a seasoned executive with a proven track record of operationalizing strategy and developing global award-winning products in iconic Fortune 500 and privately held companies including Intuit, Yahoo!, PayPal, Adobe, Joyent, and Sun Microsystems. She enjoys advising CEOs and has led and scaled product development teams in global digital transformations for B2B and B2C companies, and executed M&A integrations and divestitures. She was part of the leadership team taking Change Healthcare public in 2019 as COO, R&D-IT.

She currently serves on the boards of Banner Corporation [NASDAQ: BANR] and ShotSpotter, Inc [NASDAQ: SSTI]. She advises both companies on technology trends, innovation, strategy, cyber risk, digital transformation, to name a few. She is a member of the Risk, Compensation and Audit Committees and is certified in Cybersecurity Oversight by NACD and the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. She is passionate about coaching emerging leaders, especially supporting girls and underrepresented youth in leadership and technology. Outside of her business interest, Merline has been recognized by her community, including:

  • 2019 Most Influential Corporate Board Directors by Women’s Inc.
  • Member of the NYSE Board Advisory Council
  • Women of Influence 2017 by Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • Business Insider: #6 of the 22 Most Powerful Women Engineers in the World
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for “Sending the Elevator Back Down” by Girls in Tech

Merline is an active member of the CXO community and has been quoted in many major publications, including WSJ, Forbes, Fortune, CNET, CIO Review, and Business Insider.

Wes Moore
Chief Executive Officer, Robin Hood Foundation

Wes Moore is the Chief Executive Officer of Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran, and a social entrepreneur. Wes’ first book, “The Other Wes Moore,” a perennial New York Times bestseller, captured the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities and in ourselves. That story has been optioned by executive producer Oprah Winfrey and HBO to be made into a movie. He is also the author of the bestselling books “The Work,” “Discovering Wes Moore,” “This Way Home” and the recently released, “Five Days.” Wes grew up in Baltimore and the Bronx, where he was raised by a single mom. Despite childhood challenges, he graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College in 1998 and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University in 2001. He earned an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Wes then served as a captain and paratrooper with the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, including a combat deployment to Afghanistan. He later served as a White House Fellow to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Before becoming CEO at Robin Hood, Wes was the founder and CEO at BridgeEdU, an education platform based in Baltimore addressing the college completion and job placement crisis by reinventing freshman year for underserved students. BridgeEdU was acquired by Edquity, a Brooklyn-based student financial success and emergency aid firm, in June 2019. Wes has also worked in finance as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in London and with Citigroup in New York. Wes lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children.


1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

Networking Roundtables + Product Showcase Open