NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Speakers' Program - Rescheduled (Date TBA)

May 18, 2017
Raleigh, NC


A 2014 global survey of more than 770 directors performed by McKinsey indicated that high-performing boards have strategy, organizational health and talent management, business risk management, core governance and compliance on their agenda. Is Talent Management on yours?
Wells Fargo's board of directors commissioned an independent study of the sales practices of the bank following the sales scandal that was uncovered in 2013. Do you know that the culture of your organization is one that would prevent this type of behavior?
Is your board taking the right steps to effectively govern the HR practices of your organization? Do you have confidence that succession planning for key talent beyond your CEO is in place and effective?
Come learn from our experts on May 18, 2017 about what you need to know to effectively address these pressing issues and meet your governance responsibilities.
Addressing these issues will be:
Amy Robertson, VP and Chief People Officer, ChannelAdvisor Corporation
Amy Robertson is Vice President and Chief People Officer at ChannelAdvisor Corporation, located in Morrisville at the company's global headquarters. She is responsible for driving and cultivating the talent experience through authentic and engaging corporate culture initiatives. With more than 25 years of human resources experience spanning the consulting and corporate world, Amy leads ChannelAdvisor' s global human resources team to recruit, reward and develop top talent for the company. 

Prior to joining ChannelAdvisor, Amy served as vice president, global total rewards, people systems and operations at RedHat where she managed HR operations, technology, compensation, benefits, recognition, global expansion and compliance, among other responsibilities. 

Amy received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from North Carolina State University. She lives in North Raleigh with her husband, two kids, dog, rabbit and hedgehog.

Janet Cowell, Director- ChannelAdvisor and James River Insurance
Janet Cowell is an experienced public leader, executive and corporate director with a track record of taking on tough issues and collaboratively architecting programs and solutions to achieve tangible results. She brings strategic vision, financial expertise and independent thinking to strengthen and advance organizations. Cowell's experience spans finance, healthcare, education and technology in the U.S. and abroad. She served fifteen years in elected public office in North Carolina, including eight as State Treasurer. During her tenure, she grew the state pension fund from $60 billion to $90 billion with an over 8.5% rate of return. She is a director on the boards of Channel Advisor (ECOM) and James River Insurance (JRVR). She earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Amanda S. Mancuso, MBA, Senior Director of HR, Chiesi
Amanda is the Senior Director of Human Resources at Chiesi (pronounced 'key-A-zee'), a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Italy. Her motto "Information is power and my job is to give it away," guides her unique leadership style in which she approaches every issue as a communications challenge, rather than one labeled "HR."
Prior, Amanda worked at biotechnology company SCYNEXIS (pronounced 'sigh-nex-is') (NASDAQ: SCYX) for 14 years where she served as the Chief of Staff and was responsible for executing the strategy of the company and held leadership accountable for effectively achieving the company's business plan. She also led public relations, communications and human resources. Prior to joining SCYNEXIS, Amanda held positions in communications and human resources at Aventis. Amanda earned her bachelor's degree in Communications from Appalachian State University and her MBA from Duke University.
Fara Palumbo, Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Officer, BCBSNC
Fara Palumbo is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, a leader in delivering innovative health care products, services and information to 3.8 million members. Her responsibility is to ensure that the company's more than 5,000 employees are equipped to support and achieve strategic and business goals.
Fara has led the transformation of the company's talent strategy, delivering a compelling and credible employment value proposition and leading cultural change. She is the primary driver behind the company's major life/work initiatives, including the design, development and implementation of a backup childcare center - the first backup center in North Carolina. During her tenure, BCBSNC has earned numerous recognitions as an employer of choice in North Carolina, including the Working Mother Top 100, AARP Best Employers, American Heart Association Fit Friendly and the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.
Previously, Fara worked at Citibank in New York in a variety of Human Resources leadership positions in both the retail and investment banks, rising to the position of vice president of HR for the Global Securities Division.
She obtained her MS in organizational management from Pfeiffer University and a BA in psychology from Fordham University.
Our Moderator
Anita R. Brown-Graham
Anita R. Brown-Graham rejoined the School of Government in September 2016 to lead the public launch of a special initiative that seeks to expand the School's capacity to work with public officials on policy issues that affect North Carolina communities. Brown-Graham's first tour as a faculty member was from 1994-2006, when she covered the areas of civil liability and community and economic development aimed at revitalizing communities. In 2007 Brown-Graham became the director of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University. There, she led IEI's work to build North Carolina's capacity for economic development and prosperity. Each year, she and her colleagues at IEI worked with leaders across the state in business, government and higher education to focus on issues important to our state's future. Brown-Graham began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable William B. Shubb in the Eastern District of California and as business litigation counsel in a Sacramento, California, law firm. She is a William C. Friday Fellow, American Marshall Fellow, and Eisenhower Fellow. In 2013, the White House named her a Champion of Change for her work at IEI, and the Triangle Business Journal named her a 2014 Woman in Business for her policy leadership in the state. She also currently serves on the boards of several organizations including BCBSNC. Brown-Graham earned an undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Location and Time


Sheraton Imperial, RTP
4700 Emperor Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27703

7:30am - 8:00am:  Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:00am - 9:30am:  Program




Question about this Event?

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