NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

8/10/17 Houston | Women on Boards: A 360 Perspective

August 10, 2017
Houston, TX



NACD TTC in partnership with the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce bring you Women on Boards: A 360 Perspective. Evidence continues to mount on the benefits of diversifying the board’s membership with a focus on including women. Our panel will explore exactly what that means. What’s the real impact of having a woman on a board, and what are the different perspectives that they bring? Join us as we explore the subject from both the male and female viewpoint, as we discuss how board dynamics change with one, two, and more women on a board. 

This is an inclusive discussion with viewpoints from both men and women, so gentlemen we encourage your attendance for broader perspectives.

Following the fireside chat, attendees will meet and collaborate with peers in roundtables to discuss the experience of being the first or lone woman in a leadership position, work environment or meeting.


  Key Takeaways
  Speaker Bios



Location and Time


Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks
Houston, TX 77041

11:00am ­ 11:30am ­ Check-in and networking

11:15am ­ Lunch (pre-plated)

11:45am ­ Opening Remarks and­ Speaker Opening Comments 

12:15pm ­Moderated Q&A with Speaker

12:45pm ­ Roundtable Discussions

1:15pm ­ Closing and Key Takeways


Speaker Spotlight


Thomas Knudson , Moderator

President, Tom Knudson Interests
Chairman, Bristow Group, Inc., Trustee U. S. Naval Academy Athletic and Scholarship Foundation, Trustee Houston Methodist Neurological Institute, Knight Commander of the Order of St. Lazarus

Thomas C. (Tom) Knudson is president of Tom Knudson Interests which provides consulting services in the areas of energy, sustainable development, and leadership. He is the Chairman of Bristow Group Inc. He is the former Chairman of Midstates Petroleum, Presiding Director of Natco Group Inc., and director of MDU Resources Inc. and Williams Partners Inc.

He retired from ConocoPhillips on January 1, 2004. His diverse career included engineering, operations, business development and commercial assignments across a broad spectrum of Conoco’s businesses. Among his more significant assignments were managing director and CEO of DuPont Scandinavia in Stockholm, Sweden; and vice president and general manager for Conoco’s midstream natural gas business. In June 1997, he became chairman of Conoco Exploration Production Europe Limited, based in London accountable for Conoco’s upstream businesses in Europe and the Former Soviet Union. He returned to Houston in July 2000, to become senior vice president, human resources, information management and communications, serving prior to his retirement as a member of the management and executive committees of both Conoco and ConocoPhillips.

A native of Texas, Knudson received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967 and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in 1968. While at Annapolis, he captained the rowing team and was a member of the 1965 national champion varsity eight. Following graduation, he served as a naval aviator flying 170 combat missions in Vietnam and was selected two years early for Lieutenant Commander, his rank at the time of his discharge in 1974.

Knudson serves as a trustee of the U. S. Naval Academy Athletic and Scholarship Program Foundation, on the National Council of the Methodist Neurological Institute and was the founding chairman of the Business Council for Sustainable Development – USA. He was also the founding Chairman of the BCSD - UK. He has served on the boards of a number of petroleum industry associations, The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Covenant House Texas, The Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Order of St. Lazarus, Alpha USA, and Alpha Houston. He has served as an adjunct professor of management at the Jones School at Rice University. He and his wife, Candy, are the parents of three grown children and six grandchildren and reside in Houston, Texas.

Julie H. Edwards

Director, Noble Corporation, NATCO Group, Inc., and ONEOK, Inc.

Ms. Edwards served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development of Southern Union Company from November 2006 to January 2007, and immediately prior to that served as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from July 2005 to November 2006. Southern Union is primarily engaged in the transportation and distribution of natural gas. Prior to joining Southern Union, Ms. Edwards served as Executive Vice President – Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for Frontier Oil Corporation in Houston since 2000. She joined Frontier Oil in 1991 as Vice President – Secretary and Treasurer after serving as Vice President of Corporate Finance for Smith Barney, Harris, Upham & Co., Inc., New York and Houston, from 1988 to 1991, after joining the company as an associate in 1985. Ms. Edwards has not held a principal employment since leaving her position with Southern Union. Ms. Edwards is also a director of the NATCO Group, Inc and ONEOK, Inc.

Kim Ruth

Managing Director, Apex Partners, LLC
Director, TriState Capital Holdings, Inc., Holocaust Museum and Greater Houston Community Foundation

Kim currently serves as Managing Director of Apex Partners, LLC, a middle market investment banking and advisory firm, and also serves as an independent director of TriState Capital Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: TSC).

Kim retired in 2014 following a twenty year career with Bank of America as Houston Market President, Texas State President and Region Executive, Commercial Banking. Her focus was on businesses from $5 million to $2 billion in revenues and in terms of scope, ultimately responsible for a business generating $850 million in revenues, $10 billion in loans and $8 billion in deposits. Prior to joining Bank of America, she served in commercial banking roles with JPMorgan Chase and State Street Bank over an eight year period.

Kim currently serves on boards of two non-profits: Holocaust Museum Houston and Greater Houston Community Foundation. She is also a member of National Association of Corporate Directors.



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