Over the past several years, the topic of board diversity has been in the spotlight. But what exactly is board diversity? And how does a board become diverse? Join the NACD Philadelphia Chapter and The Forum of Executive Women for a panel discussion on diversity in the boardroom. Hear directly from board recruiters and sitting directors about the processes, challenges and opportunities associated with achieving board diversity.
Rochelle Campbell is an accomplished recruiter, leader, trainer, writer, and speaker focusing on governance, policy, and board recruitment.
Rochelle Campbell leads the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Board Recruitment practice. Working with NACD’s practice for over six years she has placed directors with boards ranging from large family owned business and nonprofit organizations to the top of the Fortune 500, spanning a number of industries including construction, technology, energy, insurance, finance, and manufacturing of all types. About 85% of all NACD’s director placements have been diversity candidates.
Rochelle has advised more than 3,000 boards on leading governance practices and board composition. She has also coached over 350 military flag and general officers (1-4 stars), helping them to successfully transition their military experience into the private sector. As a board member, Rochelle serves as chair of the communications committee and director of Child Steps International, an international nonprofit supporting children and communities in Liberia.
Prior to her work with NACD, she has spent more than a decade in public relations, advising, and as a public speaker. She transitioned her work through a multitude of audiences and subjects giving more than 500 motivational presentations persuading individuals to become organ donors, and helped hundreds in local communities across four states engage in social change.
Contracting with the U.S. Institute of Peace for more than 5 years, Rochelle was an effective facilitator and trainer. She has engaged scores of national and international policy actors to work together in order to foster cohesive inter-agency cooperation.
Rochelle is a columnist for Directorship Magazine writing a bi monthly column on Director Development, holds a Master of Science from George Mason University, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah.
Valerie is a managing partner and member of Heidrick & Struggles’ global CEO and Board practice. In addition, she is a member of their global Financial Services Practice and their Functional Practices (Finance, Legal, HR, IT, Marketing & Sales, and Supply Chain), and led these practices globally between 2012 and 2016. She was a member of the firm’s Executive and Management Committees between 2008 and 2016, leading a variety of departments including strategy, business development and the key account program globally.
Today, Valerie spends all of her time with clients, working closely with boards of directors, CEOs and across the C-Suite on succession planning, transformation, innovation, and change management as it pertains to talent and organizational evolution.
Valerie splits her time between the U.S. and Europe including working with European based firms.
For the last twenty years, Valerie’s practice has been focused on the development of senior management teams as a part of large, global, corporate change programs. Her work includes both executive search and consulting on human capital strategy, succession, talent acquisition, organizational design and change management.
Prior to Heidrick & Struggles, Valerie was a Partner and Managing Director in a boutique executive search firm where she spent twelve years providing advisory and search services to large and mid-sized firms across financial services, technology, consulting, and health care. Over the course of her career, Valerie has established close relationships with clients and has developed long-term partnerships that transcend pure search, including with several global tier-one financial services and alternative investment firms, and a variety of startup and mid-sized companies across industries.
Prior to executive search, Valerie ran the executive education and consulting division at Cambridge Technology Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was a key participant in building the company from a startup into a leading client-server systems integration firm of the time.
Valerie was recently an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford and received a degree in psychology from Wesleyan University.
Governance Committee Chair, Bryn Mawr Trust and Director, Aqua America, Main Line Health
Wendell F. Holland – business executive, attorney, former utility regulator and judge – has been a leader in the energy and utility industry for more than 30 years. A firm believer in the benefits of utilities working together with local lenders, Wendell joined CFSD Group in 2009 and has since helped utilities to secure more than $1 billion in financing from Main Street banks. In recognition of this work, he was selected to Public Utilities Fortnightly’s 2017 “Top 40 Innovators”.
Clients rely on Wendell not only for his extensive transactional experience but also for his sophisticated insight into regulatory approval and related matters. Wendell previously served as chairman and as commissioner of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, one of the nation’s largest state regulatory commissions. He has also held a variety of leadership roles with the Organization of PJM States, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners, the Electric Power Resource Institute, and the Pennsylvania Conference of Administrative Law Judges.
Wendell’s ability to provide sound counsel to CFSD clients also stems from his experience as an independent board director, utility executive, and law firm partner. Named to the 2017 “Most Influential Black Corporate Directors” list by Savoy Magazine, he currently serves on the board of Aqua America (NASDAQ: WTR), the nation’s second largest investor-owned water utility; Bryn Mawr Trust (NASDAQ: BMTC), a regional bank with $15 billion in corporate and wealth assets; and nonprofit Main Line Health, one of the Philadelphia area’s largest employers.
Wendell previously served on the board of multi-state electric utility Allegheny Energy (now First Energy), as vice president at American Water Works, and as energy and utility lawyer. He has advised clients and governments on utility matters in nearly 25 countries around the world.
He was appointed to the Council of the prestigious Pennsylvania Society in 2012 and has received numerous citations and awards for his public service and contributions to the utility industry and legal profession.
Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
Fordham University, B.S.
Charisse Ranielle Lillie is a businesswoman, attorney and lecturer on issues of diversity, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance. She is the CEO of CRL CONSULTING LLC after retiring from Comcast Corporation in January of 2017. She joined Comcast after thirteen years (1992-2005) at Ballard Spahr, LLP, where she was a partner in the Litigation Department and served as Chair of The Litigation Department from 2002 to 2005. During her years at Comcast, she served in several roles, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Comcast Cable and Vice President of Human Resources of Comcast Corporation; President of the Comcast Foundation and Vice President of Community Investment of Comcast Corporation. She was also actively involved in the diversity initiatives at Comcast.
Ms. Lillie’s legal experience included positions as Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; Deputy Director, Community Legal Services, Inc.; professor at Villanova Law School; Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; General Counsel to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Philadelphia; and City Solicitor of the City of Philadelphia. In addition, Ms. Lillie has been a member of many civic commissions, including the Independent Charter Commission, the Philadelphia Criminal Justice Task Force, the
MOVE Commission and the Philadelphia Election Reform Task Force. She is a member of the Forum of Executive Women. She served on the Board
of Directors of the American Arbitration Association from 2003 to 2015. She is Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the Pyramid Club. She served as a Trustee of Howard University from 2002 to 2016. She is a member of The Executive Leadership Council, and is a current and former co-chair of the Women's Leadership Forum.
Ms. Lillie is the recipient of numerous honors. She has been recognized as a trailblazer because of the many firsts in her career. She was the first African American female to serve as City Solicitor (City Attorney) of the City of Philadelphia; the first African American to serve as the Chair of the Litigation Department at Ballard Spahr, LLP; the first African American female to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the first African American female to chair the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She was the second African American female to serve as Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity .
Ms. Lillie is a former President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She served on the Board of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) from 1993 to 1998. She served as chair of the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 1995. She served as Chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession (formerly the Commission on Minorities) from 1999 to 2002, and is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary. She is Former Chair of the Racial Bias in the Justice System Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She also served on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System. She also served as Chair of the City of Philadelphia Board of Ethics. Ms. Lillie was elected to the American Law Institute in 1995. She was included in both editions of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best Lawyers in Philadelphia” in 1999 and 1994; The Legal Intelligencer’s “Fifty Most Influential Women in the Legal Profession in Pennsylvania” in 2001; The Philadelphia Tribune’s Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans (from 2002 to Present); and the 2006 editions of Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in the World. She was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2003. In 2004, she was inducted by Governor Edward G. Rendell and the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell into The Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. In 2006, she was listed as one of Philadelphia’s 101 Connectors by Leadership Inc. She has been named by CableFax as one of the Top 50 Minorities in the Cable Industry as well as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Cable from 2006 to the present. In 2011, she was selected for the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.
Ms. Lillie served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve System from January 2001 until December 2002, and as a board member for seven years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, and PECO, an Exelon Company. She is also a member of the PNC Regional Advisory Board, Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and a member of the Board of Directors of Independence Health Group, Inc.
The Houston, Texas native received her B.A. in 1973 from Wesleyan University – cum laude; her J.D. in 1976 from Temple Law School – Dean’s Honor List, and her LL.M. in 1982 from Yale Law School. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA, in 2005. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary LL.D. Doctor of Laws degree from Cheyney University in Cheyney, PA. She worked as a research assistant to the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. from 1975 to 1976 on his first book, In The Matter of Color. Ms. Lillie was law clerk to the Honorable Clifford Scott Green, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1976 to 1978.