Champions of Change

The Champions of Change publicly advocate to increase gender diversity in the public company boardroom. (see charter below)


Aida Alvarez –  board member and member Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committee as well as Human Resources Committee HP Inc.; board member Oportun, and Zoosk, Inc.; formerly on the boards of Wal-mart, MUFG Union Bank, and PacificCare Health Systems; former head of U.S. Small Business Administration. 

Michael W. Bonney –  former CEO and Chairman of Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and on the boards of Celgene, Inc., and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and a Trustee of H&Q Healthcare Investors, H&Q Life Sciences Investors Funds and TEKLA Health Care Fund, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bates College.

Irene Chang Britt – Chair of the board, Baybridge Seniors Housing, chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of Dunkin' Brands and Brighthouse Financial, and a board member of Tailored Brands.

Phyllis J. Campbell – Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee of Alaska Air Group.  Member of the North American Diversity Advisory Board of Toyota.

Jocelyn Carter-Miller  Director of Interpublic Group and Chair of the Nominating Committee, Director of NETGEAR, and Director, Principal Financial Group Inc.

Gilbert  F. Casellas – Chair of the Corporate Governance and Business Ethics Committee, Prudential Financial Inc.; Member of the Diversity Advisory Boards of Toyota Motor North America, Comcast Corporation, The Procter & Gamble Company, and Diversified Search. Former Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Ian Clark former CEO Genentech, member Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Agios Pharmaceuticals, board member Shire, Kite Pharma, Corvus Pharmaceuticals, and Guardant Health.

Doug Conant  former CEO Campbell Soup, former Chairman of Avon, board member of AmerisourceBergen, Chairman of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI) at Northwestern University.

Alison Davis – nominations committee member Royal Bank of Scotland and on the boards of Unisys, Diamond Foods, Ooma, and Fiserv. Former Managing Partner of Belvedere Capital Partners and CFO of Barclays Global Investors - now Blackrock.  

William Diefenderfer  Chairman of boards of Navient Corp. and CubeSmart; Co-founder and Vice Chair of board of Enumerate Solutions, Inc. 

Evelyn Dilsaver  nominating committee member of Tempur Sealy and Blue Shield of California, and on the boards of Aeropostale, Health Equity, Protiviti and Bailard REIT Fund; Co-Chair Women Corporate Directors Advisory Board; Former President and CEO Charles Schwab Investment Management.

Deborah Gatzek - Member of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Chair, Nominating and Corporate Governance of Janus Capital Group.  Principal, Oversight and Governance Solutions, LLC; Member of the Board of Directors, Pennsylvania Agency on Aging Foundation.

Pamela Godwin  President, Change Partners, Inc.; Chair of Governance/Nominating Committee of Unum Group and on the Governance/Nominating Committee of Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. 

Rosemarie Greco former CEO CoreStates Bank; current board member of PECO, Exelon Foundation, Universal Display Corporation, and Chair of Governance/Nominating committee of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust and former board member Exelon and Sunoco.

Rajiv Gupta  former Chairman and CEO of Rohm and Haas Company; Lead Independent Director of HP (formerly Hewlett Packard); current Chairman of the Board of Delphi Automotive PLC; board member of Tyco International Ltd. and The Vanguard Group, Inc.

Bridgette Heller Executive Vice President, Early Life Nutrition, Danone; member Governance and Nominating Committee Tech Data Corporation; former board member ADT Corporation.

Linda A. Hill On the boards of State Street Corporation, Eaton Corporation, Harvard Business Publishing, and the Global Citizens Initiative, Inc.  Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of State Street Corporation and member of the Executive Committee for Eaton Corporation.

Suzanne Hopgood  founder The Hopgood Group, LLC, member Nominating Committee Mace Security International and Chairman of the board of Newport Harbor Corporation, former Chair and CEO Furr’s Restaurant Group and CEO Houlihan’s Restaurant Group.

Robert Ingram  former CEO and Chairman Glaxo Wellcome, current lead director CREE and Valeant Pharmaceuticals and director of Edwards Life Sciences.

 Eileen Kamerick Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee for Associated Banc-Corp and member of the Compensation Committee; Chair of the Audit Committee for the for the Legg Mason Closed End Mutual Funds and member of the Nominating Committee; Chair of the Audit Committee for Hochschild Mining, plc.  Previously, Chair of the Audit Committee for ServiceMaster and Information Resources.

Charisse R. Lillie Former President Comcast Foundation and Former Senior Vice President Human Resources Comcast Cable; Board member Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company (member Compensation/Human Resources Committee and Corporate Governance Committee), PECO, an Exelon Company, and PNC Bank, SEPA/SNJ Region; Former Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Marge Magner  Chairman of the Board of TEGNA (formerly Gannett), lead director of Accenture, and director of Ally Financial, Inc.

Tom Manning Lead Director and Nominating Governance Committee Chair of Dun & Bradstreet, Independent Director of CommScope, Independent Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of Clear Media, and Adjunct Faculty Member of the University of Chicago Law School.

Sara Mathew former Chairman & CEO of Dun & Bradstreet; on the boards of Campbell Soup, Shire and Freddie Mac; member advisory council Zurich Financial Services Group.

William McCracken  former CEO and Chairman CA Technologies, now on board of MDU Resources and NACD, former board member of Ikon Office Solutions.

Blythe McGarvie member of Nominating/Governance Committees of Accenture, LKQ Corp.; Chair, Nominating/Governance Committee Wawa Inc.; director Sonoco; past director Viacom, The Travelers Companies, Inc., and Pepsi Bottling Group. 

Pat Mitchell – CEO of POW Strategies; Chair of Nominating Committee of AOL, former board member of Sun Microsystems and Bank of America.

Steve Odland – former Chairman and CEO of Office Depot and AutoZone; Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, General Mills, Inc.

Pamela D.A. Reeve former CEO of Lightbridge. Chair of Frontier Communications and Lead Director of American Tower.  Board member of Sonus Networks and former Board member of Guardent, Inc., Lightbridge, Inc., LiveWire Mobile, Inc., and NMS Communications Corp. Chair of DSM, Chair of the Commonwealth Institute, Chair of Partners Community Physicians Organization.

Joyce M. Roché  Lead Director of AT&T; Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee Macy’s; Nominating and Governance committee member Tupperware Brands.

Jane Scaccetti –  CEO Drucker & Scaccetti; Governance committee member Myers Industries; Director Penn National Gaming, Mathematica, Inc, Temple University Hospital and Temple University Health System (former board chair), and trustee of Temple University and Salus University; former director The Pep Boys.

Jane Shaw – former Chair of the Board of Intel and former Director of Yahoo. Dr. Shaw has received many honors and awards including the 2010 ODX Outstanding Director Award and the Outstanding Woman of Silicon Valley in 2009; she was inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame in 2016.

Willow B. Shire – Chair, Corporate Nominating/Governance Committee, The TJX Companies; former independent director and Chair of the Nominating/Governance Committee, Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation.


Pamela B. Strobel  retired Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Exelon; member Nominating and Governance Committees Domtar Corporation, Illinois Tool Works Inc., and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

M. Anne Szostak – former Chairman and CEO Fleet Bank Maine and Fleet Bank Rhode Island; board member Tupperware Brands, Dr. Pepper Snapple, and IDEXX Laboratories.

James Turley  former Chairman and CEO Ernst & Young, now on the boards of Citigroup and Emerson Electric and former Chair of the board, Catalyst.

Laura Unger –  Chair Nominating and Governance Committee CIT Group; Nominating and Governance Committee member Navient, and board member CA Technologies; former Commissioner and acting Chairman SEC.

James White former Chairman, President and CEO of Jamba Juice and currently Non-Executive Chairman of Daymon Worldwide; serves as a board member of Panera Bread, DeVry Education Inc. and CallidusCloud.


Champions of Change Charter

We are CEOs, Board Chairs and Lead Directors, Nominating Committee Chairs and Members of Nominating Committees of U.S. corporations. We believe that gender diversity in the corporate boardroom is an essential part of good business strategy and represents best practices that have been proven to gain bottom-line benefits and improved governance.

 As individuals with leadership positions in corporate governance, we are committed to actively advancing gender diversity in U.S. corporate boardrooms, leading by example and acting as public advocates for this needed change.

We believe that gender diversity on boards can be achieved by:

Corporate Leaders Committing to Developing and Recruiting Talent

  • Taking steps to ensure that women candidates are routinely sought and included in the pool from which director nominees are chosen for every board search

  • Identifying within their corporations the senior executive women who are potential external board candidates, developing and sponsoring them for membership on other corporate boards in accordance with company policy

Boards Adopting Best Practices for Improving Gender Diversity

  • Adopting and implementing governance policies and practices that eliminate barriers to gender diversity in areas such as board recruitment, candidate screening, committee assignments, and overall board participation

  • Committing to policies in support of board member inclusiveness, realizing that gender diversity requires a critical mass of women on each board

  • Including in governance and nominating committee charters the goals of diversified board representation, inclusive of gender

  • Expanding director searches to include director nominees from corporate positions beyond chief executive officer and from diversified environments such as former government, academia, and non-profit organizations

Pursuing Public Advocacy will include:

  • Sharing personal experiences and successful strategies for advancing gender diversity in U.S. corporate board rooms

  • Being spokespersons, both individually and collectively, for the promotion of gender diversity in U.S. corporate board rooms

  • Building the Champions of Change membership