NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Speakers' Program

November 10, 2016
Durham, NC



The RTC-NACD is excited to announce that we will be hosting a special breakfast at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel on November 10th, 2016.  The guest speaker will be Gerri Elliott, a former senior executive, who as a female, broke all barriers to become a sought after Fortune 500 corporate director.  Come hear Gerri's fascinating journey and what she's come to realize on her path to success. Certainly this session will be of interest to women who aspire to be a private/public company director but equally interesting to men who understand the challenges and opportunities to drive diversity on their boards.



Gerri Elliott 
Director, Whirlpool, Bed Bath & Beyond, Imperva Founder, Broadrooms


Gerri is an independent director on the boards of public companies: Whirlpool, Bed Bath & Beyond and Imperva, as well as two private boards, Charlotte Russe and Puppet Labs. She is the founder of, a website serving executive women who serve or want to serve on corporate boards. She also serves on the advisory boards of BoardList, a Silicon Valley effort to increase the diversity of technology boards, and the Center for Executive Women at Kellogg School of Management. Formerly, Executive Vice President, Chief Customer Officer for Juniper Networks, she led the 4,000 person Go-to-Market Organization consisting of sales, system engineering, advanced technologies, marketing, services, support, partners and field operations.  


Gerri is known as a go-to-market expert in technology companies given her three decade history with Juniper, Microsoft and IBM. She was one of the most senior women at Microsoft as Corporate Vice President (CVP) of the Global Industry Solutions Group, Worldwide Public Sector and co-president of Microsoft's North American Enterprise Sales region. At IBM, she held executive positions in North America and Asia Pacific in sales, services, consulting, strategy development, and product management. She was VP of the Distribution Sector (retail, wholesale, consumer packaged goods, travel and transportation) for Asia Pacific, residing in Tokyo for two years. She was later promoted to the larger role of leading that organization for all of North America and South America. 


She is a 2013 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women (TWIN) award winner and was profiled in Diversity Journal's Women Worth Watching list. She is a regular attendee at Fortune's Most Powerful Women's Summit, and an inaugural mentor for the Fortune/US State Dept Mentoring Program. She has spoken on numerous panels discussing leadership, diversity and board service, and was recently the keynote speaker at Intel/McAfee's inaugural Women's Leadership Summit. 

Location and Time


Sheraton Imperial, RTP
4700 Emperor Blvd
Durham, NC 27703

7:30am - 9:30am



Question about this Event?

Contact NACD Research Triangle Chapter 4242 Six Forks Road, Suite 1800, Raleigh, NC, 27609