NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

06/23/15 Women Breaking Through

June 23, 2015
Houston, TX



Directorship Readiness and Collaboration in the Path to a Board Seat:  Following a seated luncheon, a program panel discussion will commence highlighting the paths of breakthrough women executives who have had successful corporate careers in management roles and are now serving as corporate directors and executive leaders. Panelists will answer questions concerning what their biggest challenges have been, how they navigate successfully in different industries, what individuals helped them the most through their journey, and what advice they would give mentees in the quest for executive leadership roles and an eventual board seat.  The fireside panel chat will be followed by individual roundtable discussion as we take a deeper dive into the lives of 25 breakthrough women leaders at each table.  All attendees will have the opportunity to share insights and make inquiries with these exemplary women  leaders. Women executives seeking to learn how to better prepare for a career in board service in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors should attend this engaging program.


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Location and Time


The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027

11:00am – 11:45am | Check-in, Networking and Luncheon

11:45am – 1:00pm | Program Panel Discussion and Roundtable Deep Dive

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Additional Networking and Speaker Meet-up

Speaker Spotlight


Diane D. Miller


President and CEO, Wilcox, Miller & Nelson, Director, NACD Northern California Chapter, California Chamber of Commerce, University of the Pacific NACD Board Leadership Fellow, NACD Board Advisory Services and Director Professionalism Faculty

Ms. Miller is a certified public company director through the Director Certification Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, and holds a current Certificate of Director Professionalism, Board Governance Fellow, and Master designations from NACD. Since 2007, she has been facilitating public, private and nonprofit company board evaluation and governance education programs for NACD as part of their Board Advisory Services faculty; she has consistently received excellent evaluations from their clients.

Ms. Miller is President of Wilcox Miller & Nelson, a human capital consulting firm. She is also involved in a technology start-up related to the new variable workforce. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Miller served as Vice President of Portfolio Management for a national real estate investment company, which at that time was the second largest in the nation.

Ms. Miller is a board member of the California Chamber of Commerce where she serves as Vice Chair of their PAC and on the Audit Committee. Ms. Miller serves as Board Chair of The Host Committee, which annually gathers the top 1,000 California industry and government leaders. She also serves as Chair Emeritus of the Northern California Chapter Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and is a Regent at the University of the Pacific. At the University, she chairs the Audit Committee. Ms. Miller served from 2004-2013 on the board of Umpqua Holdings (a NASDAQ-traded financial services company in California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington, which grew from $1 billion to $12 billion during her board tenure), where she served on the Audit, Compensation, and Loan and Investment Committees.

A frequent guest speaker on governance, Ms. Miller has been a presenter for such organizations as National Association of Corporate Directors Annual Conference, USC Governance Conference,, Society of Corporate Secretaries, Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Young Presidents Organization, the Western Independent Bankers Directors Conference, and PBS’s NewsHour.

Ms. Miller holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in marketing from Golden Gate University and a B.A. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of the Pacific.

Anna Catalano

Director, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Willis Group Holdings, Kraton Performance Polymers, Chemtura Corporation, Alzheimer’s Association, Houston Grand Opera Advisory Board, Edelman Berland and Kellogg Innovation Network of Northwestern University

Anna C. Catalano manages an active board portfolio, serving as an independent director for both public corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mead Johnson Nutrition, Willis Group Holdings, Chemtura Corporation, Kraton Performance Polymers, and Advisory Board member of Edelman Berland. In the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Catalano is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, a Board Member of the Houston Grand Opera, and an honorary co-founder and advisory board member of the Kellogg Innovation Network of Northwestern University.

With over 30 years of corporate experience, Ms. Catalano is a renowned expert on the topics of marketing and strategic branding, international business, and is an outspoken champion of women in business. Her extensive career spanned three continents in both operational and functional roles. In 1995 as President, Amoco Orient Oil Company in Beijing, China, she successfully completed Amoco’s first downstream joint venture in the PRC. As Senior Vice President for Amoco in 1998, she was responsible for the company’s US retail business. In her final executive role as Group Vice President, Marketing for BP in London, she was instrumental in repositioning the BP brand, and a primary voice behind the campaign to establish BP’s “beyond petroleum” positioning. At the end of 2003, she left BP to pursue other professional and personal interests.

Ms. Catalano holds a BS degree in Business from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and has been recognized on Fortune’s ranking of “The Most Powerful Women in International Business”. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including board governance, innovation, corporate reputation, and the advancement of women in business. Her thoughts on various aspects of leadership can be found on her blog,

Gail Page

Managing Partner, Vineyard Investment Advisors Co-Founder and Executive Chair, Consortia Health, Inc. Founding Member, Texas Health Catalyst Advisory for the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School Director, Sword Diagnostics, Stellarray, NxPrenatal, Inc. Advisor, BBVA Compass Bank, and the National Association of Corporate Directors

In January 2013 Ms. Page founded Vineyard Investment Advisors. VIA is focused on partnering with entrepreneurs, businesses, and universities to transform their ideas into products and services. Prior to this venture, Ms. Page served as the President / CEO of Vermillion, Inc. from Jan 2006 thru December 2012. She was a member of the board from 2006 thru 2012 and served as Chairperson from 2010-2011. Vermillion is a healthcare company focused on developing and commercializing novel diagnostic blood test. Upon joining Vermillion in 2004 she inspired a pioneering spirit. Under her leadership the company was repositioned to embrace the progressive nature of its pipeline, successfully raised over $100M in funding, developed and commercially launched the first FDA-cleared blood test to help diagnose ovarian cancer. Ms. Page has spent her entire career in health care and has a passion for emerging technologies that advance the efforts in personalized medicine.

Ms. Page is a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, the Greater Austin Chamber, the Austin Technology Council, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Her current board appointments include Sword Diagnostics, Inc, Stellarray, Inc and NxPrenatal, Inc (Board Chair). She serves as the co-Founder and Executive Chair for Consortia Health, Inc, headquartered in Austin. She is actively involved in the local/state community where she serves as a member of the Advisory Board for BBVA Compass Bank and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Most recently, she will be a founding member of the Texas Health Catalyst Advisory for the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School. In 2014-2015 she served on the Advisory Board for the Center for Professional Development and Entrepreneurialism at MD Anderson. Ms Page is a frequent guest speaker for local and national organizations. In 2010 Ms. Page was recognized by Forbes Woman and Business Week for her work in the healthcare sector. In 2012, Ms. Page was a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in central Texas and was recognized as one of the top 20 business leaders in the Austin area. In 2014 Ms. Page was named by the Austin Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence and Power” in Central Texas. Most recently, Ms Page was named a “Texas Xconomist” where she will be working with Xconomist throughout the US with an emphasis on the new ecosystem surrounding the Dell medical school.

In the year’s preceding Vermillion, Ms. Page served on the executive team at Laboratory Corporation of America and in various executive management roles with the following companies: American Monitor Corporation and Luminex.

Ms. Page earned her degrees from Santa Fe Community College and the University of Florida. In 2003 she completed an executive management program at the Kellogg School in Chicago.

She resides in Austin, Texas and has one daughter, Madison Page. Both she and her daughter are active in the community and are long time patrons for The St David’s Foundation, The Center for Child Protection, and Spirit Reins. Recently, the Page Foundation announced its support for the “Cure Duchenne” organization. In 2013, Ms. Page participated as a judge and contributor in the “Philanthropitch” event which supported the non-profit sector of the Austin community. Gail served as a mentor for the “Women and Wine” event at the UT McCombs School as well as the Mentoring Monday event held by the Austin Business Journal in 2014 and 2015. In 2014 she served as a judge for the Austin Business Journals, CEO of the Year award. In 2015, Ms. Page served as a judge for the central Texas Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and for the Chamber of Commerce “A-List of the Hottest Startups Awards”.



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