Demystifying Activist Fireside Chat | Women in the Boardroom

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Demystifying Activist Fireside Chat

Join us on June 25th at 1 PM ET where we will discuss:

  • Definition and role of activist investors in the market
  • Typical strategies employed by activist investors
  • Immediate and long-term effects on company performance and governance
  • Best practices for engaging with activist investors
  • Current regulations and potential future changes affecting activist investing
  • Q&A: Addressing audience questions and providing expert insights




Sheila Ronning, Ted White

Date & Time

June 25, 2024
1:00 PM ET


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About the Speakers

Sheila Ronning

CEO & Founder, Women in the Boardroom

Sheila Ronning is recognized for her dynamic leadership and relentless pursuit of excellence. With over three decades of experience, she has left an indelible mark as a retail executive turned entrepreneurial visionary.

In 1996, Sheila blazed a trail by founding a marketing and PR agency, serving as a beacon for small business owners seeking to amplify their voices in a crowded marketplace. Recognizing a crucial gap in the industry, she pioneered a series of networking events, providing a platform for hundreds of businesses to showcase their offerings and connect with their target audience. This initiative, spanning a decade, catalyzed unprecedented growth and collaboration within the entrepreneurial community.

In 2002, Sheila further cemented her legacy by launching an event dedicated to enabling executive women to secure seats on corporate boards. What began as a singular initiative blossomed into a 15-city tour, drawing thousands of attendees eager to learn. Leveraging her invaluable experience and expertise, she revolutionized the event into a membership platform, offering personalized guidance to aspiring leaders navigating the path to boardroom success.

As the driving force behind Women in the Boardroom™, Sheila has emerged as a visionary catalyst for change, spearheading initiatives that go beyond industries and borders. Her unparalleled dedication and transparent approach have earned her a reputation for success, with a track record of facilitating over 3,000 connections between talented professionals and prestigious boardrooms worldwide.

A globally sought-after speaker and recognized authority, Sheila’s influence extends far beyond boardrooms and conference halls. She has graced stages at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, NYU, Barnard College, and Stanford University’s Distinguished Career Institute, captivating audiences with her unparalleled insights and infectious passion. Additionally, she has been invited to share her expertise at renowned organizations including KPMG, Kirkland Ellis, Aon, NewsCorp, L’Oreal, and Thomas Reuters, as well as esteemed platforms like the United Nations, the SEC, NACD and ACG.

Sheila’s media coverage includes features in top-tier publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, FOX News Network, and The Wall Street Journal. Her unwavering commitment to advancing gender diversity and inclusive leadership has earned her accolades and admiration from peers and professionals alike.

In her relentless pursuit of excellence, Sheila Ronning continues to inspire individuals around the globe and encourages women to “Show Up, Stand Up and Speak Up”

Ted White

Managing Director at Legion Partners Asset Management

Ted White is co-founder and a Managing Director of Legion Partners Asset Management.

Prior to founding Legion Partners, he most recently served in various functions with Knight Vinke Asset Management, a European-based activist fund manager. Positions included Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for finance, operations, legal, marketing and client service functions. He is a former Deputy Director of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII), where responsibilities included policy development and implementation. Previous to Knight Vinke, White was a Portfolio Manager, Director of Corporate Governance, for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”), where he was responsible for all components of its Governance Program, including $3 billion in active management, policy development and implementation, proxy voting and focused engagement activities. Prior to CalPERS, White was an Investment Officer – Deputy State Treasurer at the California State Treasurer’s Office, where his duties included fixed income portfolio analysis and trading, among other responsibilities.  He is a current member of the Council of Institutional Investors Corporate Governance Advisory Council.  White served as Co-Chairman of the Executive Remuneration Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) until December 2014 and is a former member of the Standing Advisory Group for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

White earned an MBA from California State University in Sacramento with a concentration in finance. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Legion Partners is a deep-value oriented activist investor focused in the small/mid cap space in North America.  It was seeded at the beginning of 2014 by CalSTRS with a $200MM commitment.

Legion Partners believes that shareholder engagement/activism can help to catalyze change and is critical for long term investment success.  The firm tends to work behind the scenes so that ideally no one even knows that they are involved with a company, but they have and are willing to be publicly involved, take board seats, and run proxy contests when they believe it is in shareholders’ best long-term interests.  In addition to the fund, they make co-investments (single stock funds) where they want to own a greater percentage of a target company.

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