In alliance with LMU, this program will include a presentation by macroeconomist Dr. Sung Won Sohn regarding the global economic markets and implications for boards, citizens, and investors. The presentation will be followed by a panel of corporate directors considering the significance of related economic and political policies and trends identified in the presentation.
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.
Kim L. Hunter is the founder and chief executive officer of LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, a multimillion-dollar integrated marketing communications corporation, which is celebrating 28 years in business. Before the launch of LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, Hunter held various sales and marketing positions at Baxter International. Hunter has an extensive background in brand marketing, crisis management, media and community relations. Hunter brings 36 years of corporate and agency experience in advertising, marketing and public relations.
Hunter served as corporate director for SCAN Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan with $2 billion in annual revenue and 1,000 employees. As corporate director, Hunter was the only director who served on all five committees: Audit & Compliance, Compensation, Finance, Quality & Customer Experience, and chaired Corporate Governance for seven years and served on the committee for 14. In addition, Hunter chaired the Public Review Committee in the early years, which was the only committee mandated by CMS (Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services).
To stay abreast of leading trends and practices that define corporate governance, Hunter is a fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), the highest level of credentialing for corporate directors and corporate governance professionals. Hunter is a NACD Pacific Southwest Board Chapter member, serving on two committees: Nominating & Governing and Sponsorship, which he chairs.
Hunter has spoken on panels on emerging governance issues and how to prepare for the challenges and opportunities that will impact boardrooms in the future. He served on both the “Strategy and Risk” and “Board / C-Suite Expectations” panels during NACD’s Global Board Leaders’ Summit. The “Strategy and Risk” panel focused on leading practices for overseeing a company’s risk management activities and capitalizing on the critical link between strategy and risk. The “Board / C-Suite Expectations” panel focused on best practices to narrow the potential gaps in information between directors and C-suite officers, including what directors should expect to receive in reports and deeper questions directors can ask of non-core C-suite officers.
A true advocate for diversity & inclusion in communications, Hunter is the founder and managing partner of KLH & Associates, a minority-owned-and-operated executive search firm, specializing in mid-to-senior-level diverse talent in the communications industry, securing top talent for the Fortune 500 and the Top 20 advertising and public relations agencies. He is also the founder and Chairman & CEO of The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), a nonprofit organization, which provides scholarships, career professional development workshops, internships/fellowships and entry-level jobs, mentorship and educational enrichment programs to minority students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, marketing and public relations. TLF has awarded $2MM+ in scholarships to 511 students and secured 350 internships/fellowships/entry level positions during 20 years in business.
A key player in the communications industry, The Holmes Report recently recognized Hunter with an Individual Achievement SABRE Award and named him as one of In2’s Innovator 25. He also received PRWeek’s PR Professional of the Year- Agency Honorable Mention. Hunter is also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by Arthur W. Page Society, Diversity Distinction in PR Award by PR Week, and PR Week’s 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 “The 50 Most Powerful People in PR.” Hunter was named PRWeek’s 2017 Hall of Fame Award.
Hunter has a master's degree in International Management from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dr. Sohn is an internationally known economist. Dr. Sohn was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Before joining Hanmi in 2005, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer at Wells Fargo Banks. Dr. Sohn also serves as Commissioner for LACERS (Los Angeles City Employee Retirement System) and Chair of the Investment Committee, managing $18 billion in assets. He serves on the Board of Directors for Western Alliance Bancorporation, and National Association of Corporate Directors of Southern California.
Prior to Wells Fargo, Dr. Sohn was a Senior Economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has also been a tenured professor in Pennsylvania State University System.
In 2001, Bloomberg News selected Dr. Sohn as one of the five most accurate forecasters in the United States. In 2002, Blue Chip Publications picked him as the most accurate forecaster for the Western States, and he was named to Time Magazine's Board of Economists. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal featured a story naming Dr. Sohn as the most accurate economist in the United States. This is the most prestigious honor in the economics profession.
Dr. Sohn was chosen as one of the 100 most influential Minnesotans of the 20th century by the state’s largest daily newspaper, The Star Tribune. Others on the list included Charles Lindberg, Sinclair Lewis, Hubert Humphrey, Walter Mondale and Charles Schultz.
He is the author of two books: Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy (2009) and The New Economy (2014).
Dr. Sohn was educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School.
Susan Stevens is a senior executive who retired from J.P.Morgan in 2011 with over 30 years in the banking industry. She has experience in building and managing businesses, client management, corporate finance, capital markets, and risk management. During her banking career, she successfully built Corporate Banking for the Americas at J.P. Morgan Chase and the Capital Markets Division at Wells Fargo Bank where she was an Executive Vice President.
Susan serves on the Board of Directors of Umpqua Holdings Inc (Nasdaq- UMPQ), a bank holding company with $26B in assets. She is Chair of the Enterprise Risk and Credit Committee and a member of the Audit & Compliance, Nominating & Governance, and Executive Committees. Susan is, also, on the Board of Directors of Red Duck Foods, a certified B corporation, in the organic food condiment & sauces sector. Susan is a Trustee of the University of Oregon, where she is Secretary/Treasurer and a member of the Investment and Executive Committee.
Susan has a MS in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BS in Psychology from the University of Oregon.