Lead-and-Succeed Workshops

Board Readiness

This event took place on August 4, 6, 12 – 3:30-4:30PM Central

In this three-part series is for senior leaders in the AWESOME community, speakers and interactive sessions explored the topic of being “board ready” – focusing on the value and benefits of board membership, as well as steps that can be taken toward being selected for board service.

Part 1: Tuesday, August 4 3:30-4:30 PM central

Keynote Speaker

Hilary Krane

Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Nike
Hilary Krane serves on the boards of the Portland Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Restoration Hardware and The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. In her previous position as General Counsel and SVP for Corporate Affairs at Levi Strauss & Company, she served as a Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Levi Strauss Foundation.

Part 2: Thursday, August 6 3:30-4:30 PM central

Board Readiness Workshop: Facilitated by Tamara Paton

Tamara Paton

Strategy Advisor & Facilitator, Tamara Paton International
Tamara Paton is a Wharton MBA and McKinsey alumna who serves on the boards of motusbank, Meridian Credit Union, and Servo Annex. She has also served on the boards of DealNet Capitalk Mountain Equipment Co-op, Carson-Dellosa Publishing, and CAA Niagra.

This session Includes breakout discussions.

Part 3: Wednesday, August 12 3:30-4:30 PM central

Becoming Board Ready: Perspectives from Leading Executives


Angie Freeman

Chief Human Resources Officer, C.H. Robinson
Angie Freeman serves on the Board of Directors for Spartan Motors, Inc., the Gartner Global CHRO Board, and the University of North Dakota Alumni Association & Foundation. She previously served as Chairman of LeadersUp, a national non-profit founded by Starbucks that supports increased employment opportunity for at-risk youth.

Karyn Barsa

Venture Capital Advisor; former C-level executive at consumer products companies including Patagonia and Smith & Hawken
Karyn Barsa has served on numerous public, private and non-profit boards, including Deckers Brands and Performance Sports Group.  She is a former member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and of Women Corporate Directors (WCD).

Nancy Calderon

Former KPMG executive and Global Lead Partner; author of Women On Board, Insider Secrets to Getting on a Board and Succeeding as a Director
As a KPMG executive, Nancy Calderon served as senior partner of the firm’s Board Leadership Center. She currently serves on the board of Northern Technologies International Corporation, as VP of the Greater New York YMCA Board, and on the boards of the NY Women’s Forum and The University Club.

Joyce Cacho

President & CEO, Adinura Advisory Services
Joyce Cacho is a Non-Executive/Independent Board Director, Sunrise Banks, NA; and Supervisory Board Director, World Benchmarking Alliance. She has been named to Savoy Media’s Power 300: Most Influential Black Corporate Directors and to Directors & Boards magazine’s Directors to Watch

Robin Peppe Sterneck

President and Co-owner of Sterneck Capital Management
Robin Peppe Sterneck serves on the board of EPR Properties and is a founding member of the Kansas City chapter of Women Corporate Directors (WCD).




Kristie Paskvan

Chief Financial Officer, AWESOME; former senior roles at Mesirow Financial, including CFO, COO and President of Retirement Planning and Advisory
Kristie is an NACD Leadership Fellow and serves on the board of SmithBucklin and as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of First Women’s Bank of Chicago (in formation).


Many thanks to sponsor C.H. Robinson and content partner Nike for this program with great insights for women to learn about board membership. AWESOME is planning additional Lead-and-Succeed Workshops on other topics.

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