11:30 a.m.: Lunch Served 11:50 p.m.: Program Begins
1:30 p.m.: Program Ends
This discussion will compare and contrast corporate governance practices of Olympic organizations with those of for-profit companies. On stage will be Anita DeFrantz, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, and Corine Taylor, Community Coordinator for the LA2028 Olympic Organizing Committee. The program moderator will be Karen Bogart, NACD PSW board member.
Anita DeFrantz is an Olympian, humanitarian, speaker, author, attorney, and she sits on numerous boards for nonprofits and for-profit corporations. Anita is one of only four Vice Presidents for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). She is a vocal advocate for the equal rights of women in sport and the importance of inclusion of all people in athletic endeavors.
She also serves on the Juridical Commission of the IOC, which is made up of lawyers, and on the Finance Commission, which reviews the investments and spending plans.
Anita DeFrantz is an Olympic rower. In 1976, she captained an eight to win the bronze medal. She served as Vice President of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee and was elected to IOC membership in 1986, making her not only the first African-American but also the first American woman to serve on the committee.
In 1987, DeFrantz became president of the LA84 Foundation, which received 40% of its funding from the proceeds Los Angeles of the 1984 Olympics. Over the past 30 years, the LA84 Foundation has invested more than $225 million to support more than 2,000 youth sports organizations, and it continues to provide Los Angeles youth with recreation and sports opportunities.
In 1992, she was named a member of the IOC Executive Board. She became the organization’s first female vice president in 1997, a position she held until 2001. From 1989-1994 she served on the IOC’s Summer Program Commission, which determines which sports will be included in Olympic competition. In 1995, she became chair of the IOC’s Women and Sports Commission. She is credited with getting women’s softball and soccer added to the Olympic ticket. In September 2017, the International Olympic Committee re-elected her to the prestigious position of Vice President, one of only four in the world.
Ms. DeFrantz was instrumental in helping to get the summer Olympic Games back to Los Angeles in 2024 and is a Senior Adviser to that event.
DeFrantz has B.A. from Connecticut College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She holds honorary doctorate degrees from several college and universities, including Pepperdine University, Mount Holyoke College and Pomona College.
She has received numerous awards, honors and recognitions. In 2011, Newsweek named her one of “150 Women Who Shake the World,” and Los Angeles magazine named her one of “10 Women Making a Difference in Los Angeles.” In 2010, the French magazine L’Equipe named her one of the “10 Women Who Changed Sport” in the world. In 2006, the NCAA named her one of “NCAA’s Most 100 Influential Student Athletes.” In May 2003, Sports Illustrated named her one of the 101 most influential minorities in all of sports, and from 1991-1999, The Sporting News named her one of the 100 most powerful people in sports.
Ms. Taylor is a graduate of Hampton University where she earned both her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor’s degree in business. While there she served as Vice President of Corporate Relations to the Leadership Application Program, with the responsibility of bringing corporations on campus for interviews with Hampton graduating seniors. Further, she was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honor Society.
Corine found her passion for the Olympic Movement while volunteering at the LA84 Foundation in high school. Since then she has worked as an International Relations Intern for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), participated in the USOC’s F.L.A.M.E. (Finding Leaders Among Minorities Everywhere) Program, and worked as the Hub Headquarters Manager of the LA Convention Center for the 2015 Special Olympic World Summer Games in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Taylor was a member of the LA2024 Olympic Bidding Committee. Currently, Ms. Taylor serves as the Community Relations Associate for the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee.
Prior to joining the Olympic Movement Corine worked as a Sales Associate for Hollister, Inc., as an After-School Supervisor for the Los Angeles City Parks & Recreation Department, as a Management Intern for The Creighton Group, Inc. and as a Marketing Intern for OBN Holdings, Inc.
Dr. Karen Bogart is President of Smith Bogart Consulting, an advisement firm focused on business growth, turn-around, and capability. She is a director of Mohawk Industries (MHK), a NYSE listed floor covering firm, and Michelman, Inc., a private specialty chemicals company. She is also a director of the NACD Pacific Southwest Chapter, and Chairperson, Fielding Graduate University Board of Trustees. She formerly was a director for Monolithic Power Systems, Inc., a public semiconductor company (NASDAQ), ZBE Inc, a digital printing systems firm, and Silver Maple Ventures, an on-line equity crowd funding company. Karen was formerly a senior executive of Eastman Kodak Company. She is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and was recognized in the 2016 “Directorship 100”. She has authored articles on board influence in sustainability and social responsibility.