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WLO Workshop: Women on Corporate Boards

October 27, 2022 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at for a Women Leaders of Octane interactive workshop part of Octane’s Medical Innovation Forum taking place October 27-28 at the Irvine Marriott! You must be registered for the forum to attend this free workshop. Register first for Octane’s Medical Innovation Forum here.

Once registered for the Forum, to attend the Women On Boards Workshop you can sign up here>>

Women on Corporate Boards: What it’s Like, How to Prepare & How To Do It
Thursday, October 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm PST

About The Workshop:

Corporations are more productive, profitable and innovative when they have diverse boards. More women on corporate boards is not just desirable, it is essential. So, what do corporate boards look for when they recruit and how do smart, experienced women prepare to be found and appointed to corporate boards? This workshop will feature real life stories, experiences from women who have served on corporate boards and tips and tools to help women better prepare and promote themselves.

To further our mission of getting women on boards, we’re offering this board readiness workshop that benefits your career mobility and board pursuit! You must be an attendee at Octane’s Medical Innovation Forum to register for this workshop.

Spots are limited for the workshop!

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Featured Speakers:

Julie Hill | Julie Hill is a member of the board of directors of Anthem (a Fortune 50 company and the largest U.S. health insurance company by member), The Lord Abbett Family of Funds, (a $180 billion New York-based mutual fund management firm), and UNYQ, a Silicon Valley based medical wearables company. She was previously on the board of Lend Lease, based in Sydney, Australia, (a $9 billion international construction, development, investment and management firm, publicly traded on the Australian exchange), and Holcim (US), the US operation of a Swiss company, as well as several other public corporate boards. Ms. Hill founded Hillsdale Development, a home building and land development company based in Newport Beach, California, in 1998, which she sold in 2003, and The Hill Company, which has a portfolio of interests. From 1991-1998, Ms. Hill was president and chief executive officer in the US of Costain Homes, a division of the Costain Group based in London, England. She was previously a senior executive with Mobil Land Development Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia, a division of Mobil Oil. Ms. Hill is active in numerous philanthropic endeavors. She is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of California at Irvine (UCI), and is a past Chair of the UCI CEO Roundtable. She is a board member of Leaders’ Quest, and the Alliance for SoCal Innovation. She was a long-time Chair of the board of directors of Human Options, a shelter for abused women and children. As CEO of Costain Homes, the company built the ULI award‐winning domestic violence shelter. She served on the board of directors of the Orange County Community Foundation. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Los Angeles Trusteeship, and is a prior member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. She has traveled to Burma to work with refugees, is a champion of various human rights organizations and several international women’s rights philanthropies. She is past Chair of the Paul Merage School of Business board, and has served in various other capacities for the School of Social Ecology, the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Humanities, and the Women’s Opportunities Center. She has received the Amelia Earhart Award from the Women’s Opportunities Center, as well as the Glass Ceiling Award from the American Red Cross. Ms. Hill earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from UCLA, and a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Georgia. She lives with her family in Newport Coast, California and London, England.

Ronee Hagen | From 2007 until her retirement in 2013, Hagen served as president and chief executive officer of Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI), a leading global producer and marketer of engineered materials. Prior to PGI, Hagen was the president and chief executive officer of Sappi Fine Paper from 2004 to 2007, a division of a South African based global leader in the pulp and paper industry. Hagen was also a vice president and the chief customer officer at Alcoa Inc. Prior to that role, she was the business unit president of Alcoa Engineered Products with full profit and loss accountability for 21 operating plants and multiple sales offices. Hagen also owned and operated Metal Sales Associates, a privately-held metal business. Hagen has served on public company boards for more than 15 years. She is currently the Lead Director of Southern Company and also sits on the compensation and management succession committee and the nuclear/operations committee. She also serves on the board of Newmont Mining Corporation, where she serves as chair of the compensation committee and as a member of the nominating and governance committee. Hagen is a member of a number of organizations including the Committee of 200, Women Corporate Directors, and National Association of Corporate Directors. She is a past member of the boards of the Boston Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Economic Clubs of Chicago and Charlotte. Hagen graduated from the University of Southern California, earning a degree in International Relations. She has also participated in executive education programs in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and an executive leadership program at Harvard University.

Introduced by: Joyce Averna, Chair, Octane’s Women on Boards Committee

Moderated by: Linda DiMario, Octane Foundation for Innovation



October 27, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM




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