Date(s) - 04/05/2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Rivers Club
301 Grant Street, Suite 411
Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Executive Women’s Council Presents:

“Board Bound” Event

Friday, April 5, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Rivers Club

Sponsored by Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh



$20.00 Members

$30 Non-members

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EWC “Board Bound” Event – April 5, 2019

EWC’s “Board Bound” breakfast will be full of interesting and practical content to help you develop and map your board career.  The event will combine networking opportunities with relevant and topical discussion that will leave you better placed to navigate your personal governance journey.

Heather Wolf of Allegis Partners, a well known expert in diverse board recruiting and placement, will kick off the morning as our keynote speaker. Ms. Wolf will provide updates on both the pressure for and the benefits of diversity in the boardroom, and offer practical keys to success in seeking a board role. Ms. Wolf is a Managing Director in the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners, a boutique executive search firm that is part of the $13 billion Allegis Group. Heather and her search colleagues live by a “diversity first” philosophy, committed to presenting candidates who will enhance the experience, geographic, age, gender and/or ethnic make-up of boards and leadership teams.  Heather graduated from Thunderbird School of Global Management with a Master of International Management, and earned a BA from Tulane University.

We’ll then transition to an expert panel, moderated by Carolyn McKinney, Chief Human Resources Officer of FHLB Pittsburgh. The panel will consist of local corporate and community based experts Marsha Jones, Catherine Mott and Sharon Feng who have successfully diversified non-profit, corporate and government boards.

Carolyn McKinney, SPHR/SHRM-SCP, is Chief Human Resources Officer with FHLBank Pittsburgh, a SEC registered government-sponsored enterprise. Prior to joining the Bank in 2015, Ms. McKinney held senior leadership human resources roles at Peoples Natural Gas LLC, Impress North America, Inc., and Leedsworld, Inc. In addition to extensive non-profit board experience including Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh and Three Rivers Investment Board, Ms. McKinney is currently co-chair of Executive Women’s Council “Women on Boards” Committee.

Marsha Ellis Jones is the Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. In this role, Ms. Jones leads the development and implementation of strategies and programs that help further build and sustain a talented, diverse workforce and a culture of inclusion. Ms. Jones joined PNC after a distinguished career of more than 25 years at Merrill Lynch. Over the course of her tenure, each of the sales management executive positions she held marked a milestone for African American women in the financial services industry. Ms. Jones is the immediate past President of the Advisory Board of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA, a current member of the Advisory Board of the Great River Affiliate of the American Heart Association, a member of the National Board of the American Heart Association and chair of its Audit Committee. She is also a current member of the Advisory Board of the Imani Christian Academy and a current member of the Executive Board of the Executive Leadership Academy, a new project with Carnegie Mellon University.

Catherine Mott is the founder of BlueTree Capital Group, BlueTree Allied Angels, and the BlueTree Venture Fund located in Pittsburgh, PA. As of December 2018, the BT entities have invested $50+ million in several startup companies. Ms. Mott is the past Chairman of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) and the Angel Resource Institute. Ms. Mott is a member of the ACA Public Policy Committee; she also just completed a third term as one of 21 individuals selected for the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. Ms. Mott currently holds numerous portfolio company board seats including: Anglr, Figure 8, Peptilogics, Imprint, Westmoreland Advanced Materials, ApartmentJet and Safest Seats. She also serves on non-profit Boards: Innovation Works (BFTP), Thiel College and NextAct Fund. Prior to forming her own business, Ms. Mott worked 17 years in corporate banking management where she served in senior management roles for investment sales/wealth management, commercial lending, business development, and retail expansion.

Dr. Sharon Feng is the Head of Global R&D for Industrial and Packaging Coating at PPG, the largest coating and materials manufacturer in the world headquartered in Pittsburgh.  Since 2009, she has been a member of the board of directors for Koppers Holding LLC, a global leader in carbon materials, and she has been serving as the chair of the Safety, Health and Environmental Committee as well as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee on the board. Before joining PPG, Dr. Feng was the Senior Assoc Dean and Executive Director of the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. Dr. Feng joined Bayer Corp in 1992. After an assignment in organic pigment R&D, she joined Bayer MaterialScience’s Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties business unit in 1996 with varying increased responsibilities in the areas of R&D and marketing in North America for industrial coatings markets.

Ms. Anita Brattina became chairman of PowerLink, a national non-profit that provides advisory boards to small and emerging companies, in 2015. PowerLink recruits advisors on a custom basis in the areas of finance, marketing, strategy, sales, technology and operations to help their clients grow.  Through her 25 year affiliation with PowerLink, she has served as an advisor or chair of more than a dozen for profit boards (advisory), chairs 3 boards actively and serves or has served in a fiduciary capacity on four nonprofit boards  (2 in an officer capacity). Previously CEO of AllFacilities, Inc., (2002) Ms. Brattina founded and built three multi-million dollar businesses in her 30-year career as an entrepreneur and currently has active investments in multiple companies. Her two active investments are: AllFacilities, Inc. and RCx Building Diagnostics, (founded in 2006 and acquired by Ms. Brattina in 2014.

EWC “Board Bound” Event