The Craft of Governance is a podcast for current and future board members providing insight into life in the boardroom. Host Keith Meyer, president of the Directors Academy, sits down with board leaders and governance experts to discuss critical boardroom issues and best practices. Join us the second Thursday of each month to listen in on the latest interview.

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James D. White, Chairman of the Board

Mr. White is the former chairman, chief executive officer and president of Jamba Inc. and previously held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White is an experienced board chair with 20 years of boardroom experience having served on over 16 public, pre-IPO, private and startup boards.  He currently serves on several public company boards, including Adtalem Global Education, Affirm, Medallia and Simply Good Foods. He is Executive Chairman of Air Protein, a startup that makes protein-enriched food from carbon dioxide.  Mr. White is also a co-founder and board chair of the Directors Academy.

Keith Meyer, President

Mr. Meyer is the co-founder and president of the Directors Academy, and also the global head of the CEO & Board Practice and co-leader of the Leadership Practice at Allegis Partners. Mr. Meyer was founder and managing partner of Park Avenue Advisors and previously was vice chairman and managing partner of the Global Board Consulting Practice and co-leader of the North America CEO & Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Meyer held a variety of operations, corporate development and finance leadership roles with Exxon and PepsiCo. He was also a member of McKinsey’s global Energy Practice. He has previously been named to the D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance. Mr. Meyer is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Niko Canner

Mr. Canner is the founder of Incandescent, a firm focused on turning ideas into businesses. He was co-founder and Managing Partner of the consulting firm Katzenbach Partners. Most recently, Mr. Canner was a member of the Management Committee of Bridgewater Associates. He began his consulting career at McKinsey & Company. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and has initiated and co-leads China 2024, a study of the development of business leaders in China.

Heather Hiles

Ms. Hiles has founded six ventures over the past two decades, including Pathbrite, a leading digital portfolio platform that was acquired by Cengage in 2015. Pathbrite is the largest digital portfolio platform in the market and serves more than five million users.  Ms. Hiles most recently founded Imminent Equity, an investment start-up, where she is the chief executive officer and managing partner. She was previously the deputy director, solutions, post secondary for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has an extensive track record of raising capital and holds the distinction of having raised most venture capital funding for any African American woman founder. After receiving her MBA from Yale University, she worked in the financial services sector in M&A roles. Ms. Hiles has served on over a dozen boards including Liberty & Justice, a clothing company, and the San Francisco Unified School District. Ms. Hiles is a Directors Academy board member.

Paul Williams

Mr. Williams is the retired co-leader of the North America Board Practice of Allegis Partners. He is a member of the board of directors for Compass Minerals where he is the Compensation Committee chairman and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Williams also serves on the boards of Public Storage and Romeo Power and is the president o the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). Previously, Mr. Williams was the Nominating and Governance Committee chairman for Essendant. He has served as the lead independent director of State Auto Financial Corporation, as well as the Compensation Committee chairman and CEO Search Committee chairman for Bob Evans Restaurants. Prior to his executive search career, Mr. Williams served as executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary of Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 company. His career began as a corporate and securities associate with the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease. Mr. Williams is a Directors Academy board member.

Billie Williamson

Ms. Williamson has over three decades of experience auditing public companies as a partner of EY.  In addition, she served as senior vice president, finance and corporate controller of Marriott International and chief financial officer of AMX Corporation.  While at EY, Ms. Williamson served as the Americas Inclusiveness Officer, a member of its Americas Executive Board and head of the Center for Strategic Transactions in the southwest region.  Ms. Williamson has served on numerous public and private company boards, including Annie’s, Beneficient Company Group LP, CSRA, Cushman & Wakefield, Energy Future Holdings, ITT Exelis, Janus Capital Group, Kraton, Pentair plc and XL Group Ltd.  Ms. Williamson is a Directors Academy board member.

Heather Wolf

Ms. Wolf is a managing director in the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners and the former program director for the Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX), a Financial Times (FT) conference series for public company directors.  She also ran the Outstanding Directors awards program, which has recognized exemplary independent board members annually since 1998.  Prior to joining the FT in 2004, Ms. Wolf spent 15 years in management consulting, including eight as a principal at Capgemini. She began her career at Aon Hewitt.  Ms. Wolf is a Directors Academy board member.

Academy Staff


Keith Meyer

Mr. Meyer is the president of the Directors Academy and global head of the CEO & Board Practice at Allegis Partners. Mr. Meyer was founder and managing partner of Park Avenue Advisors and previously was vice chairman and managing partner of the Global Board Consulting Practice and co-leader of the North America CEO & Board Practice at Heidrick & Struggles. Mr. Meyer held a variety of operations, corporate development and finance leadership roles with Exxon and PepsiCo. He was also a member of McKinsey’s global Energy Practice.  He has previously been named to the D100 list of the most influential people in corporate governance.  Mr. Meyer is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

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