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On the Board Fellows 2014

We are excited to announce our second class of On the Board Fellows. The 15 executives below were chosen from a pool of applicants that included some of the world’s most accomplished women. Over 2014, they will participate in residencies designed to prepare them for service and placement on corporate boards. All were selected on the basis of their impressive achievements and potential to serve as effective board directors.

  • Linda Boland Abraham (USA)

    Linda Boland Abraham (USA)

    Executive Vice President Global Development
    comScore Inc., USA

    Named a “Great Mind” by the Advertising Research Foundation for her contributions to marketing research, Linda Abraham is co-founder and executive vice president of comScore, the leading Internet analytics company. Abraham also co-founded Paragren Technologies, a Reston, Va.-based customer-relationship marketing (CRM) tech firm, which she later sold, earning a 400-percent gain for her investors. Previously, she held executive leadership and marketing-analytics positions with Information Resources, NW Ayer (an advertising firm), and Procter & Gamble.

    Abraham continues to support entrepreneurship and the tech industry, serving as an “angel investor,” start-up advisor, and/or board member for a wide range of early-stage tech companies across the United States. Abraham has a bachelor’s of science degree in quantitative business analysis from Penn State.

  • Victoria Barnard (USA)

    Victoria Barnard (USA)

    Foot Traffic USA

    Victoria Barnard is president of Foot Traffic USA, a brand leader in fashion leg wear and novelty socks. Previously, Barnard had a successful 31-year career at Hallmark Cards, Inc., where she held a series of increasingly more responsible posts, ranging from general manager for season greeting cards, to vice president of acquisition strategy and integration, to vice president of strategic planning.

    Barnard serves on the Humana, Inc. Innovation Advisory Board and the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission. She is a past member of the boards of the Kansas Women’s Business Center and the Kansas City Ballet. A guest lecturer at Kansas University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and Marquette University, Barnard earned an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a bachelor’s of science degree from Marquette University.

  • Anne Donovan Bodnar (USA)

    Anne Donovan Bodnar (USA)

    Chief Administrative Officer
    Towers Watson

    The chief administrative officer of Towers Watson, a global professional services company specializing in HR and risk advisory services, Anne Bodnar is responsible for the company’s marketing, HR, office services, and internal change and communications. She served as managing director of HR for Towers Perrin, before the firm merged with Watson Wyatt to create Towers Watson. Bodnar previously was a vice president in the trade finance business at Chase Manhattan Bank.

    Bodnar is a very active and dedicated member of the community. She serves as vice chairwoman of the board of Asphalt Green, a community-, health-, and recreation-focused non-profit, and is an independent trustee of a New York-based family office engaged in significant charitable work. Bodnar holds a BA from Smith College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Dana H. Born (USA)

    Dana H. Born (USA)

    Brigadier General (retired)
    United States Air Force

    A retired brigadier general with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force, Dana Born is a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to coming to Harvard, Born served as dean of the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she had chaired the behavioral sciences and leadership department. During her service to the nation, Born commanded the 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling Air Base in Washington, D.C. Born also served as an exchange officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, and in Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Born is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and holds master’s degrees from Trinity University and the University of Melbourne. She earned a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from Penn State.

  • Anne Chwat (USA)

    Anne Chwat (USA)

    Senior Vice President
    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
    International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

    Anne Chwat is general counsel and corporate secretary for International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc., an S&P 500 firm with more than 5,000 employees in 32 countries and revenues of $2.8 billion. Chwat has compiled extensive experience and demonstrated expertise in the areas of corporate risk management, crisis management, ethics and compliance, and privacy. Prior to joining IF&F, Chwat held key executive positions with Burger King Corporation and BMG Music.

    A frequent guest speaker and panelist at programs on topics related to efficient corporate legal department management, Chwat’s leadership in her field has been recognized by Profiles in Diversity Journal, South Florida Business Journal, and other key business publications. Chwat holds a law degree from NYU.

  • Jane DeFlorio (USA)

    Jane DeFlorio (USA)

    Managing Director (Retired)
    Deutsche Bank

    Jane DeFlorio is a managing director at Deutsche Bank in the bank’s U.S. Consumer Group, based in New York, where she has helmed numerous multi-million dollar deals. She also serves on the Deutsche Bank Recruiting Advisory Board where she is particularly focused on diversity initiatives. Prior to coming to Deutsche Bank, DeFlorio was with UBS Investment Bank, and prior to that, Morgan Stanley.

    DeFlorio was selected by Dealmaker magazine as one of its “Top 40 Under 40” and has been featured in The Investment Dealers’ Digest and the New York Times. DeFlorio received an MBA from Harvard Business School and also has a BS in mechanical engineering from Notre Dame. A member of the New Women’s Forum, DeFlorio is also a trustee of The New School and serves on the board of governors for the Parsons School of Design.

  • Mildred Garcia (USA)

    Mildred Garcia (USA)

    California State University/Fullerton

    Mildred Garcia is president of Cal State Fullerton. Previously, she served as president of Cal State Dominguez Hills. Before coming to the California State University system, she held teaching and administrative positions at Berkeley College, Arizona State University, Montclair State University, and Hostos and LaGuardia community colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY).

    Garcia serves on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and chairs the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Garcia earned a doctorate of education and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, a master’s degree in business education/higher education from NYU, and a bachelor’s degree in business education from Baruch College, CUNY.

  • Kerry Jordan (USA)

    Kerry Jordan, CFA (USA)

    Director of Business Development
    Iron Road Partners, RMB Capital Management

    Kerry Jordan, CFA is the Director of Business Development at RMB Capital Management's alternatives unit, Iron Road Partners. Prior to this, Ms. Jordan served as Head of Marketing and Chief Compliance Officer for Chicago Capital Management L.P., an absolute return, merger arbitrage strategy hedge fund. Prior to joining CCM, Ms. Jordan was a managing director at Phalanx Capital Management, LLC, an Asian-focused, multi-strategy hedge fund where she ran the fund's global business development and capitalraising efforts. Previously, Ms. Jordan was a director in the Global Derivatives Products group at Bank of America where she focused on the structuring and sale of interest rate, commodity, and equity derivatives for the bank's Fortune 500 clients.

    After receiving a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts, Jordan earned a master's of science degree in finance from the George Washington University School of Business. Jordan is also a chartered financial analyst and a member and officer of the CFA Society Chicago.

  • LeeAnne B. Linderman (USA)

    LeeAnne B. Linderman (USA)

    Executive Vice President
    Zions Bank

    As executive vice president of Zion Bank’s retail and omni-channel banking divisions, LeeAnne B. Linderman is responsible for the bank’s network of 127 financial centers and more than 1,000 employees in Utah and Idaho. Linderman also directs online, mobile, and executive banking; consumer lending; retail sales administration; and the diverse markets initiative. Linderman was ranked 19th in American Banker magazine’s October 2013 “Most Powerful Women in Banking” issue, and she serves on the board of ARUP Laboratories, a national reference laboratory headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. Linderman holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University and is a Pacific Coast Banking School graduate. She attended Harvard Business School and the University of Cambridge Judge Business School for advanced studies in global leadership through the IWF Leadership Foundation Fellows Program.

  • Deborah A. McCarthy (USA)

    Deborah A. McCarthy (USA)

    U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania
    U.S. Department of State

    Deborah A. McCarthy is the U.S. Ambassador to Lithuania, appointed by President Obama and sworn into office on February 5, 2013. Since joining the U.S. diplomatic service from Chase Manhattan Bank in 1981, McCarthy has held positions in Washington and overseas, including managing $780 million in counternarcotics programs in Latin America and an air fleet as deputy assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law enforcement affairs. McCarthy was deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassies in Athens, Greece, and Managua, Nicaragua, and economic counselor in Port au Prince, Haiti, and in Paris, where she launched the French-American Business Council. McCarthy speaks four languages and is a Presidential Merit Service Award recipient. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia, and master’s degrees in economics and foreign service from Georgetown University.

  • Whitney Mortimer (USA)

    Whitney Mortimer (USA)

    Partner & Chief Marketing Officer

    Whitney Mortimer is a partner at IDEO, an international design firm and innovation consultancy, where she has led marketing efforts since 1997. In that time, Mortimer has helped to shape IDEO’s position as a thought leader on how innovation creates value for business and society. Her firm has been lauded as one of the most innovative and admired companies in the world by business leaders in surveys by Boston Consulting Group, Fast Company, and Fortune magazines, and has won more awards than any other design firm of its kind, including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s National Design Award for Product Design. Prior to joining IDEO, Mortimer was senior vice president at Supercuts Inc., which operates or franchises 1,200 hair salons in the United States, Europe, and Puerto Rico, and worked on brand management and strategy for E & J Gallo Winery, Frito-Lay, and American Express. Mortimer is an avid birder. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Russian civilization and French studies from Smith College. She serves as a trustee for Sonoma Academy and, and is a member of the executive committee for the Institute at the Golden Gate.

  • Fiona Ross (Ireland)

    Fiona Ross (Ireland)

    National Library & National Cultural Institution (Ireland)

    As director of the National Library of Ireland since 2010, Fiona Ross has raised citizen awareness of the Victorian-era national cultural institution to all-time highs. She is currently redesigning the library to make its cultural heritage collections available globally via digital technology, and in 2011 she was instrumental in securing the donation of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s papers. Previously, Ross worked around the world, including in equity sales in London; managing IPOs in California and New York; securing a ratings upgrade for Ireland from S&P Bank; and, for Citibank, raising private capital for the Hungarian state telephone company. Ross graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, where she earned a master’s degree in international marketing. She holds a first-class honors law master’s degree in corporate governance and public policy from Queen’s University in Belfast.

  • Kathleen Starkoff (USA)

    Kathleen Starkoff (USA)

    Independent Consultant

    Kathleen Starkoff was most recently the chief information officer for Ohio State University, one of the nation’s premier public research universities with 60,000 students, 26,000 faculty and staff, and $5 billion in annual revenue. Starkoff has over two decades experience in information technology (IT) management. Previously, she was group vice president and chief technology officer for Limited Brands, a global, $8 billion company that includes Victoria’s Secret, Henri Bendel, and Bath & Body Works, and senior vice president and chief technology officer for an operational group of Banc One Corp., with $290 billion in assets. Starkoff is a trustee of “Flying Horse Farms,” a charity that provides camp experiences for seriously ill children. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Kent State University, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

  • Dawn Sweeney (USA)

    Dawn Sweeney (USA)

    National Restaurant Association

    As president and CEO of the National Restaurant Association, Dawn Sweeney has been instrumental in developing a multi-year, strategic plan highlighting opportunity within the industry, which is comprised of nearly one million restaurant and food-service outlets and over 13 million employees. Since Sweeney took over in 2007, annual revenues have grown 30 percent for member organizations, and the group’s foundation has launched the ProStart program to teach students about the industry and provide scholarships. Previously, Sweeney was CEO of AARP Services, a wholly owned taxable subsidiary of the American Association of Retired Persons, where annual revenues grew from $175 million to $785 million during her tenure. At the International Daily Foods Association, Sweeney helped launch the “milk moustache” advertising campaign. She is a graduate of Colby College and earned an MBA at GW.

  • Mary Valenta (USA)

    Mary Valenta (USA)

    On the Green LLC

    Mary Valenta, a CPA and experienced executive who has worked with businesses worldwide, serves on the boards of private printing and metals distribution companies. Over two decades, she has developed and managed projects with a Big Four accounting firm and held executive positions in the manufacturing sector, including in the telecommunications, food, and steel industries. As chief financial officer of O’Neal Steel, Inc., Valenta was a contributor to the book, CFO Leadership Strategies: Industry Leaders on Financial Integrity, Compliance, and Best Practices. Valenta has lectured on the roles of change management and strategic planning in bringing issues of sustainability to business. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pfeiffer University, an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate in business administration concentrating on global business sustainability, from Argosy University.