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8/24/16 Houston | Advocacy in Action: Women in Leadership

August 24, 2016
Houston, TX

Member Price: $45
Non-Member Price: $55



With half of the world’s population being female today, one would think that there should be a more equal number of women moving into senior leadership positions and corporate board seats but gender parity is still slow rising for a variety of reasons. However, a recent study reported, “Female CEOs, Board Chairs, and Nominating Chairs have an average of 30.0%, 27.7%, and 23.1% women on their boards, respectively, while men in these positions trail at 17.3%, 17.6% and 17.2% women. While we cannot speak to causation, there is clearly a strong positive correlation between women in leadership positions and gender diversity on boards.”  TheGreater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Corporate Directors hosted a luncheon with speaker Jill Griffin, Author of Earn Your Seat on a Corporate Board. Some themes that Jill discussed from her executive and corporate board experience, and book research included:


  • Is public board service right for you? What else is out there and how do women find it?
  • A special word to women on communication.
  • Creating change through advocacy  - what do men do better?
  • Placing value on diversity to achieve gender parity in senior leadership roles and on boards.
  • How to better navigate your path to senior leadership positions or when to create your own path.

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Following her talk, attendees met in roundtables to discuss advocacy in action and collaborate with peers.  Guests left with actionable key takeaways to help guide their next steps into leadership roles within their organizations and also had an opportunity to purchase Jill Griffin’s recent book.




Thank you to our Premier Table Sponsors:


Egon    PKF


 Thank you to our Table Sponsors:


Allience Bank/Content Active  |    Abacus   BBVA

Bracewell    ConocoPhillips   Deloitte      RBC


Location and Time


Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77041

10:30am ­ Early Arrivals for Book Signing

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

11:15am ­ Lunch and networking

11:45am ­Opening Remarks 

12:15pm ­ Moderated Q&A with Speaker

12:45pm ­Roundtable Discussions 

1:15pm ­ Closing and Key Takeways 


  PowerPoint Presentation 8/24/16
  Master Bios 8/24/16
  Egon Zehnder - Path to the Boardroom

Speaker Spotlight


Jill Griffin

Director – Luby’s Inc., Luby’s/Fuddruckers, Griffin Group,
NACD Texas TriCities Chapter

Jill Griffin is an independent public board director; internationally- published, Harvard “Working Knowledge” author; and the Customer Loyalty Expert for the popular training site,

Her latest book is Earn Your Seat On a Corporate Board. Since 2003, Jill has served as Board Director for Luby’s/Fuddruckers restaurants (NYSE: LUB). She chairs the Personnel & Administration committee which oversees Store Operations, Talent Management, Marketing/Social Media, Information Technology and Succession Planning.

Jill is a founding member of the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Texas TriCities Chapter and sits on its board of directors and serves on the program committee.

Jill holds her Bachelor of Science (magna cum laude) and MBA degrees from The University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business. She is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award and served for nine years on its board of trustees.

Jill began her career in brand management in 1977 at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company where she rose into executive leadership to manage the corporation’s largest brand, Winston.

She chaired the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau for eight years and now sits on the board of directors for the Houston-based Souper Bowl of Caring, whose mission is to mobilize youth nationally to care for people who are hungry and in need.

Jill’s hobbies include mountain biking, Civil War and European history, travel, and Southern “Beach Music.” Raised in North Carolina, Jill lives in Austin, Texas.

Janet Carrig Moderator

Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ConocoPhillips
Director, Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Columbia Trust, NACD Texas TriCities Chapter

Janet Langford Carrig is senior vice president, Legal, general counsel and corporate secretary for ConocoPhillips. She has more than 30 years of experience at private law firms and corporations.

Janet Langford Carrig is senior vice president, Legal, general counsel and corporate secretary for ConocoPhillips. She has more than 30 years of experience at private law firms and corporations.

Carrig joined ConocoPhillips in 2006 as deputy general counsel and corporate secretary. Previously, she was a partner at Zelle, Hoffman, Voelbel, Mason and Gette and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law. She also previously served as Kmart Corporation’s senior vice president, chief administrative officer and chief compliance officer; as Kellogg Company’s executive vice president of corporate development and administration, general counsel and secretary; and as Sara Lee Corporation’s senior vice president, secretary and general counsel.

Carrig began her career as a law clerk for the Honorable James Hunter III of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She was later an associate with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a partner at Sidley & Austin.

She serves as a trustee for Columbia Funds and is Chairman of the Houston Grand Opera Endowment Board. She also serves on the boards of directors for the Houston Grand Opera and the National Association of Corporate Directors Texas TriCities Chapter. Previously, she has served on the boards of United Airlines, Grinnell College, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Yellowstone Park Foundation and on the New York Stock Exchange's Legal Advisory Committee.

Carrig received a bachelor’s degree in history, with honors, from Grinnell College in 1979, and a juris doctorate from Yale University in 1983.



Question about this Event?

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