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Christie Hefner is Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises,
overseeing policy, management and strategy in all areas of
the New York Stock exchange-traded international media and
serves on the board and audit committee of MarketWatch.com
and the board of Canyon Ranch Health Resort. She previously
served on the boards of the Sealy Corporation and Telocity,
Inc. She is a director of the Magazine Publishers Association
and the Business Committee for the Arts, and is on the board
of governors of the Museum of Television & Radio Media
Center. She is a member of The Chicago Council on Foreign
Relations and the National Cable & Telecommunications
Association’s Diversity Committee.
graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in English
and American literature in 1974. She became a President's
Councilor of her alma mater in 1978. Hefner previously has
served as chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee and
on Brandeis University’s Executive Committee. She was
also the first woman elected to Chicago YPO and was co-founder
of The Committee of 200.
||Gwendolyn S. King
Gwendolyn King is President of Podium Prose,
a Washington DC-based speakers bureau and speechwriting service.
Previously, King was senior vice president of Corporate and Public
Affairs for PECO Energy Company (formerly Philadelphia Electric
Company). She also served as the 11th Commissioner of Social Security.
King serves on the boards of Lockheed Martin Corporation, Monsanto
Company, Marsh and McLennan Companies, Countrywide Financial Corporation,
and the National Association of Corporate Directors. She is a trustee
of the Council for Excellence in Government and the George Washington
University Graduate School of Political Management. She has served
on the non-profit board of the District of Columbia Library Foundation.
King graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in French and
Education and completed graduate work in public administration
at George Washington University. She has received Honorary Doctorates
of Humane Letters and Public Service from the University of New
Haven and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, respectively.
| ||Michele J. Hooper
Michele Hooper is president of MJH Consulting, a firm which
provides advisory services to businesses in the areas of corporate
governance, business and operational strategy. Previously, she was
president and CEO of Voyager Expanded Learning, Inc. Prior to that,
Hooper served as president and CEO of Stadtlander Drug Company,
Inc., and before that she served as corporate vice president of
Caremark International, Inc., a spin-off of Baxter International.
Hooper serves on the boards of AstraZeneca PLC, and Davita Inc.
She also chairs the audit committees of Target Corporation and
PPG Industries. Formerly, she served as a director of Seagram
Hooper is president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association
of Corporate Directors, and also serves on the advisory boards
of American Telecare, L.E.K. Consulting and Equis Corporation.
She is a board member of the Center of Disease Control Foundation,
the Joffrey Ballet and Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.
Hooper holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University
of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Business Administration from
the University of Chicago.
||Karen N. Horn
most recently served as managing director and president of Global
Private Client Services at Marsh & McLennan Companies. Previously, she
headed the International Private Banking Group at Bankers Trust. She is the
former chairman and CEO of Bank One, and before that, president of the Federal
Reserve Bank of Cleveland and treasurer of the Bell Telephone Company of Pennsylvania.
Horn serves on the board of Eli Lilly and Company. She chairs
the audit committees of The Rockefeller Foundation, and The
U.S. Russia Investment Fund, a Presidential appointment. She
is a former director of TRW Inc. and Rubbermaid.
Horn holds a
Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. from Pomona
|| Jane Evans
Evans most recently served as CEO of Opnix Internet Technologies,
a high-tech start-up focused on migrating
mission-critical applications to the Internet. At age 25, Evans
was president of I. Miller Shoes. Since then, she has held senior
positions with the American Can Company, General Mills, Montgomery
Securities, and US West Communications. She founded the Committee
of 200 in 1982 with Katherine Graham, Christie Hefner, Rosabeth
Moss Kanter, and 15 other notable women, and served as the entity’s
first vice president.
A member of Philip Morris’ board (now the Altria Group)
since 1981, she has focused on issues of social responsibility
and corporate affairs, chairing a committee of the same name.
In addition to the Altria Group, Evans serves on the boards
of Georgia-Pacific, Hypercom, Inc., and KB Home Corporation. She
is a former director of PetsMart, The Equitable, and the LPGA.
A 24-year veteran of the Young President’s Organization
(YPO), Evans served on its board of directors and chaired the
international chapter. She is currently a member of WPO and
Evans is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and served as President
of the Vanderbilt University Alumni Association, as well as on
its Board of Trustees.
Koplovitz is founder of USA Networks, today a multi-billion dollar
television company, and presently is a principal
in Koplovitz & Company LLC, a media advising and investment
firm. She is co-founder of Springboard Enterprises, and BoldCap
Ventures, a venture capital enterprise.
Koplovitz serves on the boards of Instinet and Liz Claiborne;
previously, she served on the boards of Oracle, Nabisco and General
Reinsurance Corporation. She chairs the board of Broadway Television
Network, serves as a trustee for the Museum of Television and
Radio in New York City, and heads the Corporate Partners Program
for the Central Park Conservancy. In addition, she serves on the
board of the New York City Partnership and the International Tennis
Hall of Fame.
President Clinton nominated Koplovitz as Chairman of the National
Women’s Business Council (NWBC) in 1998. She is the author
of Bold Women, Big Ideas: Learning to Play the High Risk Entrepreneurial
Game, a book she wrote to inform and inspire women entrepreneurs.
Koplovitz holds a master degree in Communications from Michigan
State University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University
of Wisconsin, and holds honorary doctorate degrees from St. Johns
University and Emerson College.
||Marilyn R. Seymann
Marilyn Seymann is President, CEO and founder of
M ONE, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in strategy, technology,
governance, and risk management for financial institutions.
Previously, Dr. Seymann served as a managing director with Arthur
Andersen & Co. and executive vice president of Chase Bank
Dr. Seymann chairs the board of NorthWestern Corporation and
also serves on the boards of Beverly Enterprises, Inc., MAXIMUS,
EOS International, and Community First Bancshares. Previously,
she served on the board of American Tool Company. She is a member
of the faculty and Blue Ribbon Commission of the National Association
of Corporate Directors.
Dr. Seymann is the author of numerous articles on banking strategy,
technology, and corporate governance, and the co-author of The
Governance Game. She holds a Ph.D. from California Western University,
an MA from Columbia University, and a BA from Brandeis University.
She is also a graduate of the FBI Citizens' Academy and now serves
as Vice President on its Board of Directors.
Martinez is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Previously she served as President
and General Counsel of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational
Fund (MALDEF). Prior to that, Martinez was a litigation associate
at the New York law firm of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel.
Martinez serves on the boards of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.,
Fluor Corporation, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.
Martinez received a B.A. from the University of Texas and an
LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She holds an Honorary Doctor of
Letters from the California School of Professional Psychology
and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Amherst College.