Please join us at this annual workshop where in-depth discussions will be held covering these topics: * Pathways to a Corporate Board Seat * Building Your Personal Brand * What Type of Board is Right for You? * Roles of a Corporate Board Member
Greg Arnold has over 12 years of executive compensation consulting experience, including seven years with Semler Brossy. His additional experience in corporate finance and HR leadership roles includes overseeing compensation, benefits, and HR operations for a company with over 50,000 employees in the retail and consumer products industry from 2015-2018, and working in an FP&A group for a S&P 500 financial services company to implement a performance measurement framework based on EVA and risk-based capital.
Greg advises boards and senior management teams across industries on a variety of compensation and governance-related matters, including compensation program design, performance measurement and goal-setting, equity compensation, and Committee processes.
Greg has published articles in Directors and Boards, NACD Directorship, and Workspan. He has also spoken at conferences sponsored by Equilar, SHRM, and NASPP on such topics as pay philosophy, incentive design and performance measurement, equity usage, and IPOs.
Greg is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, CA.
Rochelle Campbell is Director of NACD Board Services where she leads the NACD Board Recruitment practice and Board Advisory Services. Working with NACD’s Board Recruitment practice for over six years she has placed directors with boards ranging from large family owned business and nonprofit organizations to the top of the Fortune 500, spanning a number of industries including construction, technology, energy, insurance, finance, and manufacturing of all types. About 85% of all NACD’s director placements over the last few years have been diversity candidates. Rochelle has advised thousands of directors on leading governance practices and board composition. She has also coached over 350 military flag and general officers (1-4 stars), helping them to successfully transition their military experience into the private sector. As a board member, Rochelle serves as chair of the communications committee and director of Child Steps International, an international nonprofit supporting children and communities in Liberia.
Rose McKinney-James is an experienced and seasoned small business leader, clean energy advocate and independent corporate director with a long history in public service, non-profit volunteerism and private sector corporate social responsibility. The former President and CEO for the Corporation for Solar Technology and Renewable Resources, (CSTRR) and former Commissioner with the Nevada Public Service Commission, also served as Nevada’s first Director of the Department of Business and Industry. She is currently the Managing Principal of Energy Works LLC and McKinney-James & Associates. Her firms provide business-consulting services and advocacy in the areas of public affairs, energy policy, strategy and economic and sustainable development. This provides an opportunity to advance her extensive experience as a business, corporate and community leader. Ms. McKinney-James has over two decades of experience in advocacy in legislative and utility regulatory proceedings relative to renewable and clean energy policy and community and stakeholder outreach in Nevada and the U.S. She has helped to shape much of the energy policy framework in place in the state of Nevada. A registered lobbyist with the Nevada Legislature, Rose currently represents a range of public and private entities with interests in regulatory and energy and public policy. She assists her clients by developing strategic plans and initiatives designed to be executed utilizing solutions that address unique circumstances and demands.
McKinney-James serves on the Boards of the Energy Foundation and Net Impact. She is the Immediate Past Board Chair for the American Association for Blacks in Energy (AABE). In 2013 Rose was selected to serve as an Inaugural Ambassador for the C3E initiative supporting increased participation by women in the clean energy sector. Rose is the past Chair of The Clean Energy Project and Chair Emeritus of Nevada Partners, a nationally recognized workforce development agency.
She has extensive experience in corporate governance and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of MGMResorts International, MGM Detroit, Toyota Financial Services Bank and NACD Pacific Southwest.
A sought-after philanthropy expert, Julie Murray is an innovative leader known for her ability to
forge strong connections both within the Las Vegas community and beyond. Her work has
focused on creating solutions with measurable social impact, taking on issues such as
education, food insecurity, homelessness, and many others.
Murray led the start-up and sustainability of several social enterprises which now serve as
national models in the US. Working alongside Eric Hilton, she launched the Three Square Food
Bank, now a shining example for others to follow in this country. She co-founded the “I Have a
Dream” Foundation (LV), which successfully fulfilled its mission to adopt 55 Kindergartners from
a city of Las Vegas housing project site, ensuring graduation from high school and providing the
opportunity to pursue college and/or employment. Working with Andre Agassi, she helped
launch Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a charter school now serving as a model on
a national scale.
In 2011, Murray established Moonridge Group, a philanthropy consulting firm that guides the
CSR and strategic giving for significant local and global projects related to water, healthcare,
education, homelessness, workforce development and more.
Murray serves in leadership roles on numerous non-profit boards, and also on the Wells
Fargo state advisory board. She is the Board Chair and President of the NV International
Women’s Forum where she launched a strategic alliance with National Association of Corporate
Directors to organize an annual corporate board workshop for women.
Other 501c3 and c6 boards include: Nevada Corporate Giving Council, Catholic Charities, Noah’s
Animal House, Moonridge Foundation, UNLV School of Medicine, as well as grant committees
for the City of Las Vegas CDGB funds, Bank of America, and others.
Murray has written numerous articles, contributed to a book on the Three Square journey, and
received several awards for her philanthropy.
Leadership & networking expert and board strategist, Sheila Ronning is a trailblazer in working toward gender equality in the boardroom. In 2002 she founded Women in the Boardroom with a revoluEonary vision to create an environment where women could assist other women in achieving their leadership and corporate board service goals. In a liGle more than 15 years, she has scaled Women in the Boardroom from concept to membership organizaEon with global reach across mulEple industries, and inï¬‚uence in private and public boardrooms, including Fortune 100 companies.
Sheila has built an impressive track record in connecEng inï¬‚uenEal female execuEves with the people and tools they need to succeed in business and the boardroom. She uses her powerful network to help women achieve their goals of obtaining board membership, sharing over 175 board openings with Women in the Boardroom VIPs. Sheila’s accolades and accomplishments include a spot on the presEgious “40 Under Forty,” membership of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Insider network, and with features in Washington Post, ForbesWoman and WSJ. A subject maGer expert on board diversity and leadership, Sheila is also a sought-Â”aYer speaker who, with characterisEc candor, advises women to always “show up, stand up and speak up.”
Carrie Stone is the President of cSTONE & ASSOCIATES, an executive search firm performing senior executive and board assignments. Clients include public, private equity-backed, private and family-owned businesses. With 25 years of corporate executive leadership and service on boards, Carrie is a seasoned board member and an established leader in the executive search industry. Board Advisory services include board composition, director recruitment and onboarding, leadership and board succession planning and pre-IPO board development. Carrie’s experience in executive board recruitment, compensation, CEO succession planning, Nominating and Governance and Compensation Committees, and, transformational leadership have been of significant value to her own board service. She has been an active member of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) the International Board, Chair of the International Forum Committee and in leadership roles for eight Global Leadership Conferences. She was also a member of the Compensation and Diversity Committees on the YPO Board. Carrie is a member of Corporate Director’s Forum and Women Corporate Directors. She is active with nonprofit endeavors including co-founding San Diego Social Venture Partners, volunteering with Just in Time for Foster Youth, Me to We and serves as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for a youth in foster care.
Dr. Larry Taylor is a seasoned independent corporate director, having served on publicly traded, privately-owned, advisory and non-profit boards. Currently he is the President and board member of NACD Pacific Southwest, Audit Committee Chairman for the Claremont Graduate University board of trustees, and Nominating/Governance Committee Chairman for the African American Board Leadership Institute. Further, he is Chairman of Novaria Aerospace Group’s Board of Management Representatives and is the Vice-Chairman of the Capital Expert’s Innovation Council.
Previously, he was the Principal-in-Charge of the West Coast Productivity Improvement Consulting Practice at Deloitte & Touche, a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young’s Manufacturing Consulting Practice, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of OBN Holdings, a publicly traded firm, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for The Creighton Group, Inc, a privately-owned international environmental management firm, an executive with Norris Industries and senior manager with General Motors.
Dr. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute, an MBA in Finance from Pepperdine University and a PhD in Executive Management from the Drucker Business School at Claremont Graduate University. He is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow and holds the NACD Cybersecurity Certificate and the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Certificate. He has authored three books on corporate governance and organizational culture: “The New Breed of Independent Corporate Director”, “Private Sector Praises”, and “Enhancing the Tone-at-the-Bottom”.
Patricia is a leader in the international water community with 30 years of experience as a public utility CEO and natural resource manager. Throughout her career, Pat has delivered transformational results for initiatives that she has led, including large-scale infrastructure projects, financial structuring and complex negotiations. She is CEO of a consulting firm that brings strategic planning solutions in the area of water resource management and adaptation to climate change. She also serves as a Senior Fellow for Climate Adaptation and Environmental Policy and a Practitioner in Residence for the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at the UNLV Boyd School of Law.
Pat brings a deep understanding of gaming regulation and complex international corporate structure having served on the Nevada Gaming Commission.
Pat serves on the board of Wynn Resorts and is a member of its Audit and Corporate Governance Committees and ex-officio member of the Corporate Compliance Committee. In this capacity she has been integral in helping to lead the company through significant transition, board refreshment and governance enhancement. She serves on the boards of various non-profits and charities, including Catholic Charities, Keep Memory Alive, the International Women’s Forum and the Diocesan Finance Committee.
Pat is recognized for her work and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Nevadan Award, Most Influential Businesswoman in Southern Nevada and the Nevada Business Hall of Fame. Esquire Magazine named her among the nation’s “Best and Brightest” and the AFL-CIO recognized her with their “Friend of Working Families” distinction. Pat received her Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Colleen M. Bacchus serves as the Office Tax Managing Partner of the Las Vegas offices of Deloitte Tax LLP, where she manages the Business Tax Services Practice. As the Tax Managing Partner she is accountable for the day-to-day operations of the Tax practices and responsible for the direction and operation of tax services provided to privately and publicly held clients in Las Vegas. Colleen recently served as the National Tax Industry Leader for Travel, Hospitality and Leisure (THL) where she was responsible for specific market specialization and direction for the THL client base. She also served as the Chief Succession Officer for tax where her role was to assist the tax function in the process of leadership identification for key roles.
Colleen brings considerable expert knowledge in income tax for corporate and flow through entities, accounting for income taxes, IRS controversies, accounting method changes, and a variety of compensation issues. She has 30 years of professional experience in public accounting, including 21 years serving the real estate and gaming & hospitality industries.
Colleen served as a board member for the Nevada State Board of Accountancy and later became the board president. She also served on the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Gaming Organization for Leadership Diversity and the UNLV College of Business Advisory boards. Colleen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from University of California, Irvine and is a licensed CPA in California and Nevada. She and her husband have three daughters.
A second-generation casino operator, renowned philanthropist, and one of the most effective and respected executives in the gaming industry, Diana Bennett serves as Chairman of the Board and is the co-founder of Paragon Gaming, a developer and operator of gaming-based properties. Under the leadership of Ms. Bennett and co-founder Scott Menke, Paragon has grown its reputation and footprint with the successful management of properties in North America and the development of its premier international destination, Parq Vancouver.
A native of Glendale, Arizona who grew up in northern and southern Nevada, Ms. Bennett attended college at Arizona State University before beginning her hospitality career in Las Vegas, where she rose quickly from an entry-level to a management position at Flamingo Las Vegas. Ms. Bennett later joined her father, industry icon William Bennett, at Circus Circus Las Vegas, and, as an executive of Circus Circus Enterprises’ leadership team, she led the development and operation of several landmark gaming properties, including Luxor Las Vegas and Excalibur Hotel and Casino. She also led the merger of the executive staffs of the Edgewater Hotel-Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, and the Colorado Belle Hotel-Casino; and directed the purchase, takeover, and integration of new management into one of the timeless icons of the Las Vegas Strip, the Sahara Hotel and Casino, acquired by the Bennett family’s Gordon Gaming division in 1995.
Throughout her career Ms. Bennett has been responsible for management of multiple casino operations and has been licensed in multiple jurisdictions. Recognized as an expert in establishing gaming systems, she served as President and Chief Operating Office of Casino Data Systems (CDS), where she planned, grew and managed one of the major gaming manufacturers in North America.
Following the formation of Paragon Gaming in 2000 and the acquisition of multiple properties in the United States and Canada, Ms. Bennett spearheaded development of the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, and led revitalization efforts at Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel. The successful turnaround at the legacy resort can be credited to Ms. Bennett’s philosophy of the “circle of service,” which empowers employees to address issues of concern without the burden of bureaucracy, forming a personal connection with the customer and ensuring a positive experience at every level of the organization. Under Ms. Bennett’s stewardship, Paragon expanded further, assuming operations at Westgate Las Vegas and the Hooters Casino-Hotel, acquiring the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe, and developing Parq Vancouver in the heart of that city’s thriving entertainment district.
As President of the Bennett Family Foundation, Ms. Bennett has become one of Southern Nevada’s most recognized philanthropists, inspiring employees and leading charitable efforts from Paragon’s gaming properties and the foundation to support youth and women’s organizations, educational and health initiatives, and the arts; including Three Square Food Bank, Noah’s Animal House at the Shade Tree Women’s Shelter, Communities in Schools of Nevada, Child Focus, and The Children’s Heart Foundation. She is the Vice Chair for the UNLV Foundation and has a fellowship in her name at the University, and sits on the board of Noah’s Animal House. Ms. Bennett has also served as chair of the National Children’s Miracle Network Telethon for the University Medical Center Foundation, has served on the board of the I Have a Dream Foundation, was a founding board member of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and is a member of the Black Mountain Institute Foundation at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Ms. Bennett has also been recognized as one of the Outstanding Women of Nevada since 1994, and in 2007 was named as one of the Top Ten Great Women of Gaming in the United States. In 2011, Ms. Bennett received the industry’s highest honor with her induction into the American Gaming Association Hall of Fame. In 2018 she was honored by Ellis Island for their medal of honor.