NextGen Directors Program

Our Objective

Accelerate shareholder value creation through the development and proactive placement of the next generation of diverse directors.


Participant Fee – $6,000

*Participant fee of $6,000 only includes the cost of the program.
Travel and hotel accommodations are not included in the participant fee.

Please contact Keith Meyer at or
202.292.1840 if you have any questions related to our program plans.


The Academy provides corporate governance education and training for future corporate board members from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented on boards of directors via the NextGen Directors program to better prepare participants for their first corporate board experience. The program is practitioner-led with a faculty of experienced board leaders from a wide variety of public and private companies. The two day program covers a full range of corporate director duties and responsibilities, the work of the full board and each committee, an interactive board case, and governance best practices exchange. In addition, the class participants refine their board value propositions and meet with faculty members to broaden their network and sharpen their ability to connect with key decision makers. As part of the program, each class member is provided an opportunity to build one-on-one relationships with existing board leaders.


+ Please send a copy of your resume/CV with accurate details of your career progression, including current title and key responsibilities/accomplishments, prior board service, plus education with graduation year(s). (Your LinkedIn bio is fine, as long as it is up-to-date and includes all the information listed.)

+ We need your current contact information, including the best email address and phone number to reach you on.

+ Please confirm you have the support of your board/CEO to participate in the program.

+ The participant fee is $6,000. Please contact Keith Meyer at or 202.292.1840 if you have any questions related to our November program plans.


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Theresa Boyce – Ms. Boyce is Founder, Chair and CEO of the CEO Trust, a national association for CEOs and Board Directors based in NYC. Prior to CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce managed start-ups and business unit ramp-ups in a spectrum of companies from entrepreneurial ventures to multi-billion dollar businesses. She started her career as a CPA at KPMG and obtained her initial marketing and sales training with P&G. In addition to leading the CEO Trust, Ms. Boyce is active in various for-profit and non-profit boards, including CH Briggs and Sealink International.

Coco Brown – Ms. Brown is the founder and CEO of the Athena Alliance, an organization dedicated to advancing diversity in the boardroom and by preparing women for board service. In addition to leading Athena, she is the founder and CDO of Executive Kinections, a CXO focused Silicon Valley consulting firm. She was previously president and CEO of Taos, a market leader in IT services.

Robert Deignan – Mr. Deignan is a retired Baker McKenzie partner and held various management positions at the Firm for over 40 years, including serving as an Executive Committee member. Mr. Deignan has significant experience in the areas of corporate governance and board training. He has served on numerous not-for-profit, privately held and reporting company boards. Mr. Deignan is a Directors Academy board member.

Patricia Diaz Dennis – Ms. Diaz Dennis joined SBC Communications in 1995 as a Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel and she served in a variety of positions for the company, which later became AT&T. Prior to SBC/AT&T, Ms. Diaz Dennis served as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in 1992-1993. She was also appointed to the National Labor Relations Board in 1983, and as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission three years later. Ms. Diaz Dennis is currently a director of Amalgamated Bank, Entravision Communications Corporation and U.S. Steel. She is also a member of the NHP Foundation and LBJ Family Wealth Advisors boards.

Robert Glauber – Mr. Glauber is a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of NASD (now FINRA), from 2000 to 2006. Previously he was under secretary of the Treasury for Finance from 1989 to 1992 and a professor of finance at the Harvard Business School for 25 years. Mr. Glauber has served on the boards of Freddie Mac, Moody’s, Northeast Bancorp, Pioneer Global Asset Management S.P.A. and XL Group Ltd. Mr. Glauber is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

Penny Herscher – Ms. Herscher serves on the boards of Delphix, Faurecia, PROS, Lumentum and Verint. She was previously on the boards of Rambus and FirstRain where she was the Executive Chair and CEO. Ms. Herscher was the CEO of Simplex Solutions prior to the sale of the company to Cadence Design Systems. She was also a senior executive team member at Synopsys prior to its IPO.

Wayne Hewett – Mr. Hewett is chairman of DiversiTech Corporation and the former chief executive officer of Klockner Pentaplast Group. He previously was chief executive officer of Arysta LifeScience Corporation prior to the sale of the company to Platform Specialty Products Corporation. Mr. Hewett’s early career included over 20 years with General Electric where he was chief executive officer of GE Advance Materials; president of GE Plastics Pacific and Vice President, Supply Chain and Operations and a member of the company’s Corporate Executive Council. Mr. Hewett currently serves on the board of Home Depot and Wells Fargo. He previously was a director at Ingredion.

Beatriz Infante – Ms. Infante is the chief executive officer of BusinessExcelleration a strategic consulting firm focused on corporate transformation and renewal. She is a director on the boards of Liquidity Services, Ribbon Communications, and PriceSmart, and is also on the advisory boards of Guardian Analytics, Infrascale, Private Machines, and Rulai. Ms. Infante was previously chief executive officer of ENXSuite (acquired by Infor) VoiceObjects (acquired by Voxeo) and Aspect Communications, where she was also executive Chair. Ms. Infante’s prior board service includes Ultratech, Emulex, Sonus Networks, 1010Data, RNA Networks, Netli and Sychron (including interim CEO role). Ms. Infante is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, was named to the NACD’s Directorship 100 honoring top governance directors, and was named by Financial Times to its Top 50 Digital Directors list.

Steve Klemash – Mr. Klemash is the Americas leader for EY’s Center for Board Matters where he regularly engages with board and committee members to understand their views, exchange ideas and discuss best practices. Prior to his current role, he served as the Managing Partner-Accounts for the Central Region of EY where he managed a $2.4 billion revenue steam that integrated the firm’s Assurance, Tax, Transaction Advisory Services and Advisory service lines. Mr. Klemash serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Robert Morris University and was a past board member of the United Way of Allegheny
County, the Pittsburgh Technology Council, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Pittsburgh Venture Capital Association and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Jonathan Mariner – Mr. Mariner served as chief financial officer of Major League Baseball (MLB) from 2002 to 2014 when he was named chief investment officer of the $1.5 billion pension plan and the league’s strategic investment fund. Mr. Mariner retired from the MLB in 2016 and launched a new app, TaxDay, that tracks the time you spend working or living in different states to facilitate accurate residency reporting when individuals file their tax forms. Prior to his tenure at MLB, he was the chief financial officer of the Florida Marlins and the chief operating officer of Charter Schools USA. Mr. Mariner currently serves on the boards of McGraw-Hill Education, IEX Group and Ultimate Software.

Michelle Lewis – Ms. Lewis is a principal at the CapStreet Group in Houston. She is the Nominations and Governance Committee Chair at Hardwoods Specialty Products in Vancouver, Canada. She is also an advisory board member at Energy Tubulars. Ms. Lewis was previously chief strategy officer and senior vice president corporate development at DistributionNOW. She also was a senior executive at National Oilwell Varco, Mercer and Alvarez & Marsal.

Glen Messina – Mr. Messina is the CEO and president of Ocwen Financial and the former CEO of PHH Corporation. His previous leadership roles included serving as CFO of GE’s equipment services business; CEO of GE’s mortgage services business and CEO of GE Chemical and Monitoring Solutions. Mr. Messina also served as CFO of GE Capital Mortgage and had prior financial leadership roles at Bell Atlantic.

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.

Mike Millegan – Mr. Millegan served as president of Verizon Global Wholesale group, a business unit of Verizon Communications, where he focused on global carrier, wireless and cable company network requirements from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Millegan was senior vice president/market president for Verizon’s Midwest Operations and senior vice president Enterprise/Wholesale business unit. Mr. Millegan also led the Logistics/Supply Chain business unit as the senior vice president from 2000 to 2004. Mr. Millegan served on the advisory board of FINSPHERE, a leader in mobile identity authentication. In addition, he is an advisor/investor in WINDPACT, an innovative sports technology company. Mr. Millegan is a member of the Portland General Electric and Wireless Telecom Group board of directors, and is a NextGen Directors program alum.

Matt Quarles – Matt Quarles is a partner with Pay Governance with nearly 20 years of executive compensation consulting experience. Prior to joining Pay Governance in 2016, Matt was a principal with Compensia, a consulting firm he joined in 2009. Prior to Compensia, Matt’s experience includes approximately 10 years with Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) in Los Angeles, California and Boston, Massachusetts.

Heather Redman – Ms. Redman is the co-founder and managing partner of Flying Fish Partners and a member of the boards of Coldstream Wealth Management, Yesler, Beneficial State Bank and Washington State University. She was most recently a senior executive at Summit Power and previously co-COO at Atom Entertainment, and general counsel at Getty Images and Photodisc.

Lynn Tetrault – Ms. Tetrault is the former executive vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Affairs at AstraZeneca plc. Previously, she served as vice president of Corporate Affairs and vice president of Human Resources and Global Drug Development for AstraZeneca U.S., a subsidiary of AstraZeneca plc. Ms. Tetrault joined Astra USA as associate general counsel and was previously in private law practice specializing in general corporate and health care law. She currently serves on the boards of NeoGenomics Laboratories and Women’s Way. She is active in the development of the Paradigm for Parity initiative focused on achieving corporate leadership gender parity by 2030 and is the founder of Anahata Leadership.

James D. White – Mr. White is the chairman of the board of the Directors Academy. He was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Jamba Inc. from 2008 until his retirement. Before Jamba, he held senior executive roles at Safeway, Gillette and Ralston Purina. Mr. White is currently chairman of the board of Adtelem Global Education, executive chairman of Bradshaw International and a director of Panera Bread Company and Schnuck Markets. He was previously chairman of Daymon Worldwide and a director of CallidusCloud and Hillshire Brands. Mr. White is a founding board member of the Directors Academy.

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. He is also the president of 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.

Yvonne Wassenaar– Ms. Wassenaar is the CEO of Puppet, a leading software automation company based in Portland, Oregon. She is a member of the board of Forrester and Harvey Mudd College. Previously, Ms. Wassenaar served on the board of MuleSoft (acquired by Salesforce last year) and Bitium (acquired by Google in 2017). Prior to Puppet, she was the CEO of Airware and was a senior executive at New Relic and VMware following a twenty year career at Accenture.

Donna Wells – Ms. Wells is the founder and CEO of Valencia Ventures and currently serves on the boards of Betterment, Happy Money and is a board advisor to Mitek Systems. She was the CEO of Mindflash from 2010-2017 and previously chief marketing officer of following senior marketing roles at Expedia, myCFO and Schwab. Ms. Wells began her career at American Express where she held leadership roles in their Travel Related Services, Flight Insurance and Corporate Card businesses.

Billie Williamson – Ms. Williamson has over three decades of experience auditing public companies as a partner of Ernst & Young. In addition, she served as senior vice president, finance and corporate controller of Marriott International and chief financial officer of AMX Corporation. While at Ernst & Young, 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 Annies, Beneficient Company Group LP,
CSRA, Cushman & Wakefield, Energy Future Holdings, ITT Exelis, Janus Capital Group, 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.

Dennis Zeleny – Mr. Zeleny is founder of Zeleny Consultants LLC and works closely with senior C-suite leaders including CEOs, boards, chief human resources officers and their teams. Mr. Zeleny was senior vice president, administration and chief human resources officer for Sunoco and concurrently served as senior vice president human resources for Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. Mr. Zeleny served as a member of the board of directors of Sunoco Logistics and of SunCoke Energy during its IPO. Mr. Zeleny also held several human resources leadership positions at PepsiCo and later global head of human resources roles at Honeywell, DuPont, and Caremark Rx.

Rob Zivnuska – Mr. Zivnuska is a managing director at PJT Partners in San Francisco. He advises public companies on shareholder engagement, activism, contested situations and other complex governance matters. Mr. Zivnuska previously served as head of the Americas Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment at BlackRock where he managed all aspects of the corporate governance function for the firm’s equity investment in over 5,000 companies based in North America and South America. Prior to BlackRock, he a corporate attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP.


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