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The Path to Board Service: Expert Advice on How to Navigate

Navigating the journey toward board service can, at times, be an overwhelming undertaking.  Our boardroom experts, Bonnie Hill and Sheila Ronning, will help clarify and give insight into your burning board service questions.






Bonnie Hill, Ed.D., Sheila Ronning

Date & Time

April 28, 2015
6:00 PM PT


Kirkland & Ellis LLP on the 29th floor of 333 S. Hope Street in Los Angeles, CA 90071

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About the Speakers

Bonnie Hill, Ed.D.

President of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC

Bonnie Hill is president of B. Hill Enterprises, LLC, a consulting firm focusing on corporate governance and board organizational and public policy issues. She is also co-founder of Icon Blue, a brand marketing company based in Los Angeles. She has over 23 years’ experience serving on corporate boards and a wide-ranging career in business, government, education, and philanthropy.

Dr. Hill serves on the boards of directors of Yum! Brands and California Water Service Group. Recent board service include The Home Depot (1999-2014, serving as lead director 2008-1014) and AK Steel Holding Corp. (1994-2014). She is a faculty member of the NACD Board Advisory Services Program and a founding member of the Lead Directors Network. Her community involvement includes service on the boards of the RAND Corporation, Jenessee Center, the Los Angeles Urban League (Emeritus Board) and Goodwill Industries of Southern California (Advisory).

Dr. Hill was recognized by the 2010 NACD Directorship 100 as one of the most influential people in corporate governance and awarded the 2011 Outstanding Director Award by the Financial Times Outstanding Directors exchange. In addition, she has been awarded the National Women’s Economic Alliance Foundation Directors Choice Award; the YWCA Tribute to Women in International Industry Award; the Grace Award from the Angeles Girl Scouts Council; and the Deborah Award from the Anti-Defamation League.

From 1997 to 2001 Dr. Hill served as president and chief executive officer of The Times Mirror Foundation and senior vice president, communications and public affairs, for the Los Angeles Times. From 1992 to 1997 she served as dean of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and prior to that, Secretary of the State and Consumer Services Agency for the State of California. She has held a variety of presidential appointments, including vice-chair of the Postal Rate Commission and assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education under President Reagan, and as special adviser to President George H. W. Bush for Consumer Affairs. She has chaired the Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee for the SEC and served on the board of directors of NASD Regulation, Inc. Prior to working in Washington, D.C., she was a vice president with Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation.

Dr. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College, a Master of Science degree from California State University, Hayward, and a Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

Sheila Ronning

CEO & Founder of Women in the Boardroom

Long before women on boards was a hot topic, Sheila Ronning believed in women’s ability to serve on corporate boards strongly enough to become the Founder & CEO of Women in the Boardroom. Today, as one of the nation’s top leadership and board service experts, Sheila excels at connecting influential women executives and professionals with the people and tools they need to succeed in business and the boardroom by organizing executive and board coaching sessions, seminars and webinars.

Sheila has built a strong track record over the years. Before founding Women in the Boardroom in 2002, she garnered more than 10 years of strategic marketing, sales management, and operations leadership experience with companies that range from Fortune 500 leaders to visionary start-ups.  Today, Sheila has thousands of powerful connections nationwide, which she uses to help other women achieve their goals.When asked her secret to networking, Sheila says, “Be fearless, sincere, honest, and frank.”

Sheila received the Enterprising Woman of the Year Award from Enterprising Women magazine. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, ForbesWoman, Star Tribune, The Pioneer Press, and Chicago Sun-Times. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal named Sheila in their prestigious “40 Under Forty” list for her entrepreneurial dynamism and reputation as a networking expert.

Sheila, who is also faculty member of the GLG Institute, a membership-based learning community for leading executives, is a regular speaker on topics ranging from women on boards to excelling as a female leader. Sheila has recently participated in speaking engagements at NewsCorp, LPL Financial, Time Warner and L’Oreal.

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