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Are You Ready For A Board Seat: Discover Your Board Readiness Path and Become Your Company’s Expert to Leverage Women Board Members

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Women in Finance

Boards with a breadth of perspectives are increasingly recognized as being critical to effective corporate governance. With SB826 and Asset Management firm proxy guidelines requiring board diversity, now is the time to capture the momentum for you and your firm. CFO’s are uniquely positioned to influence board composition given the positive financial results of diversity on the board AND are sought after directors for audit committee roles. Clients with diverse boards report benefits to their business and strategy, increased innovation, and increased market share. Christina Bui and Julie Abrams have both been placing executives on company boards over the years, along with providing-IPO preparation and CEO coaching.

Learning objectives:

You will set your intention to think and act like a leader. This will be about:

  • Trends and landscape requiring board diversity
  • Obstacles to increasing diversity on boards of directors
  • Types of Corporate board opportunities
  • What’s working and what’s not, from real-world experiences of boards
  • Concrete steps board members can take to move toward diversity and inclusion
  • Building your experience and how to get prepared
  • Actions steps to gain a board seat


Julie Abrams , CEO of How Women Lead and Managing Partner of BoardLeaders

Julie Castro Abrams is an expert in board governance and recruitment of diverse candidates. She is a Co-Founder of where she actively places leaders on corporate boards and supports them to build inclusive and high-performance boards. She is Chair and CEO of How Women Lead, a network of over 10,000 women dedicated to promoting diverse women’s voices and propelling women’s leadership forward. Julie is the Managing Partner for the 2020 Women on Boards Bay Area effort, helping to spearhead the national effort to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards. Through her consulting practice, Julie creates high-performance boards, high impact brands, and high production, multicultural teams.

An experienced CEO, she is a trusted advisor to dozens of executives across a multitude of sectors, partnering with and launching them towards greater impact. An active investor and advisor to start-ups, Julie also sits on the advisory boards of the fin-tech start-up LENDonate, The New Search Collaborative and is the Governance Chair for the Women’s Funding Network, a network of women’s foundations across the globe.


Christina Bui , CRO at Kranz & Associates and Advisor to BoardLeaders

Christina Bui has over 15 years’ experience in executive consulting services and placement. Currently, she serves as Chief Revenue Officer and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Kranz & Associates. For 25 years, Kranz provides the outsourced finance accounting team, finance consulting, and CFO advisory to venture and private equity-backed companies and venture funds. Christina currently serves as the Board Chair at Siembra, an education technology start-up. She also serves on the Board of Asian Pacific Fund, University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies, How Women Lead, and Association for Corporate Growth. She is also Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor at BoardLeaders.

Prior to joining Kranz, Christina was Vice President of Client Solutions for Robert Half, leading the partnership between the professional staffing divisions of Robert Half and the consulting organization of Protiviti, to support companies on financial projects as well as transactions such as IPOs, mergers, and acquisitions. Before joining Robert Half, Christina was an Associate Managing Partner at Tatum, a national interim CFO firm. Prior to joining Tatum, Christina was responsible for market development as Vice President for the Northwest region of Parsons Corporation, one of the largest engineering and construction firms. Christina has also worked with venture capital company Encore Capital Management where she performed financial analyses on investment opportunities for publicly traded companies. Within Encore Capital Management, she was involved with and helped launch a fund with one of the firm’s venture capital projects in Vietnam. Prior to Encore, Christina was part of the Corporate Government Affairs team of Johnson & Johnson and represented the healthcare company on Capitol Hill pertaining to corporate and health care issues.

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Event Information

Thursday, April 25, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
4200 Bohannon Drive, Suite 250
Menlo Park, CA  94025

Networking with drinks and light fare, followed by discussion.

Please arrive early for registration!

Meal Type

Heavy Appetizers


CPE Credits

One and a half (1.5) CPE credits available. Field of Study: Personal Development

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