It Started With Eight Leading Businesswomen

In 2003, eight experienced businesswomen recognized a coming trend and joined together to form a private company to meet the needs of corporate boards for increased independence, effectiveness and diversity. Each founder is an innovator in her own right. Our collective networks and affiliations reach into thousands of companies worldwide. Our track records are documented. And our energy is simply unstoppable.


Christie Hefner
Founder

(Chicago, IL): Chairman & CEO, Playboy Enterprises. Current boards: MarketWatch.com, Canyon Ranch Health Resort. Former boards: Telocity and Sealy Corp. Founder: Committee of 200. Member: YPO (49er), WPO & CEO.
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Gwendolyn S. King
Founder
(Washington, D.C.): President, Podium Prose; Retired SVP of PECO Energy; former Commissioner, Social Security Administration. Current boards: Countrywide Financial, Lockheed Martin, Monsanto, Marsh & McLennan. Former board: Pharmacia.
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Michele J. Hooper
Founder

(Chicago, IL): Former President and CEO, Voyager Expanded Learning; former Corporate Vice President and President, Caremark International Business Group. Current boards: Target, PPG Industries, AstraZeneca PLC, DaVita. Former board: Seagrams. Chair: Chicago Chapter of NACD. Former Chair: Committee of 200.
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Karen N. Horn
Founder
(New York, NY): Retired head of Global Private Client Services, Marsh & McLennan; former Chairman & CEO, Bank One Cleveland; former President, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Former Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation. Former presidential appointee to the U.S.-Russia Invesment Fund. Current board: Eli Lilly. Former boards: TRW, Rubbermaid. Member: Committee of 200. Member: YPO (49er).

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Jane Evans
Founder
(Phoenix, AZ): Managing Partner of The Directors’ Council. Former senior executive in consumer marketing, retailing, investment banking and telecom with General Mills, Genesco, Montgomery Securities and US West. Current boards: Altria (formerly Philip Morris), Georgia-Pacific, Hypercom, KB Home. Former boards: PetsMart, The Equitable, the LPGA. Founder: Committee of 200. Member Young Presidents Organization (YPO) (49er), World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) & CEO. Served on YPO Board of Directors and chaired International Chapter.
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Kay Koplovitz
Founder
(New York, NY): Founder, former CEO of USA Networks; Founder, BoldcapVentures; Founder, Springboard Enterprises. Current boards: Liz Claiborne, Instinet. Former boards: Oracle, General RE, Nabisco. Member: Committee of 200, YPO (49er) & CEO.
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Recent Publications:
Fortune Small Business
NY Times

 

 

Marilyn R. Seymann
Founder
Marilyn Seymann, (Phoenix, AZ): President and CEO, M ONE, Inc.; Former Vice Chair, Federal Home Loan Bank Board; former Managing Director, Arthur Anderson; former Associate Dean, Arizona State University College of Business. Current boards: Beverly Enterprises, Community First Bancshares, EOS International, NorthWestern Corporation (Chairman), MAXIMUS. Former boards: American Tool Company, True North Communications.
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Vilma Martinez
Founder
(Los Angeles, CA): Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson. Former President and General Counsel, Mexican-American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF). Current boards: Anheuser-Busch, Fluor, Burlington Northern Santa Fe.
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