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02/01/18 San Antonio | Building Your Director Portfolio

February 1, 2018
San Antonio, TX

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Member Price: Complimentary
Non-Member Price: $75



Whether you are looking to serve on your first nonprofit or corporate board or are building out your board service portfolio, this dynamic and experienced speaker panel will provide key techniques, tools and tips needed to craft a successful board search strategy.

Location and Time


Pearl Studios
200 E Grayson St #115
San Antonio, TX 78215

7:00 am Registration / Networking / Breakfast Buffet Opens
7:30 am Breakfast / Roundtable Introductions and Topic Discussion
7:50 am Program Presentation Begins
8:30 am Audience Q&A
9:00 am Adjourn Presentation

9:15 am Final Networking

Speaker Spotlight


Steve Newton, Moderator

Area Manager, Russell Reynolds Associates
Director, French-American Chamber of Commerce, The Health Museum, Central Houston, and the NACD Texas TriCities Chapter

Stephen Newton is the Area Manager for Russell Reynolds Associates’ Houston and Dallas offices and is also a member of the CEO/Board Practice. He has successfully completed searches for managing directors, presidents, CEOs, COOs, and board members for prestigious organizations.

Steve joined the Russell Reynolds Associates' New York office in 1986, transferred to Paris in 1991 and after that moved to the Houston office in 1995. Until 2012, he co-led the Financial Services Sector in the Americas. Prior to joining the firm, Steve was with Bankers Trust Company in London, New York and Paris. He served as Vice President and Unit Head in the Energy Group and was responsible for the bank's relationships with energy companies in Continental Europe and Africa.

He serves on the board of the NACD Texas Tricities Chapter and the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Steve is also a board member of the Health Museum and the Society for the Performing Arts. He is a past board member of the Houston Zoo and Oilfield School.

Steve received his B.S. in international economics from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. He is fluent in French and English.

Jill Griffin

Founder, Jill Griffin Executive Learning
Director – Luby’s Inc., Luby’s/Fuddruckers

Jill Griffin is a NYSE Corporate Board Director, Contributor, Harvard Working Knowledge author of five business books.

Earn Your Seat on a Corporate Board and Women Make Great Leaders are her most recent releases.

Jill is founder of Jill Griffin Executive Learning whose mission is to help professionals rise to executive leadership and on to corporate boards.

She serves as Independent Director for Luby’s-Fuddruckers (NYSE: LUB). The dual companies employ nearly 10,000 staff and Fuddruckers is globally franchised. Jill is Chairwoman of the Corporation’s Talent & Administration Committee overseeing Digital Marketing, Management Succession, Store Operations, Human Resources and Corporate Branding.

Jill was privileged to serve as Chairwoman of for eight years and learned first-hand how to globally market ATX. She represented Austin on the inaugural British Airways flight to London and served internationally as an ATX Ambassador.

Jill is a magna cum laude graduate, MBA scholarship recipient and Distinguished Alumna of the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business where she earned her undergraduate and MBA degrees.

Jill began her career in Brand Management at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company where she rose to manage the corporation’s largest brand, Winston.

Jill’s hobbies include camping, biking, yoga and acrylic painting and charcoaling. Visit her art gallery at

Carolyn Labatt

Chief Executive Officer, Computer Solutions

Director, Broadway Bank, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, UT Health San Antonio M D Anderson Development Board, Southwest Research Institute Board of Advisors, Trinity University Board of Visitors, UIW Business School Advisory Board and the World Affairs Council

Carolyn Labatt is the majority owner and CEO of Computer Solutions, San Antonio’s largest systems integrator, and a leading provider of complex technology business solutions.

Carolyn has worked through the turbulence of the technology industry to reinvent her company time and again to accommodate changing market conditions, demonstrating vision, key leadership skills, understanding of strategic alliances and willingness to adapt. The result is a notable business success story and a company that reflects her own sense of customer service, reputation for understanding her clients and customizing technology solutions to their individual business needs.

Since buying Computer Solutions in 1984 as a struggling Apple dealership, Carolyn Labatt has grown it to revenues of over $70 million annually, 75 trained and certified staff, and 200-plus San Antonio and south Texas clients. It has top-level partnerships with Cisco Systems, H.P., EMC, VMware and Microsoft. Computer Solutions has been recognized as a top achiever with many awards and is regularly listed as one of the “Top 50 Private Companies” and “Best Places to Work” in San Antonio.

Carolyn Labatt has a BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University and has received many honors including Outstanding Small Business Leader in San Antonio, Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award from NAWBO. She serves on numerous community boards including Broadway Bank, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, UT Health San Antonio M D Anderson Development Board, Southwest Research Institute Board of Advisors, Trinity University Board of Visitors, UIW Business School Advisory Board and the World Affairs Council.



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Contact NACD Texas TriCities Chapter 5773 Woodway Dr, Box 258, Houston, TX, 77057 phone: 832-369-7110 email: