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OLLI at Ringling College: Listening To Women Series 2023

“Listening to Women” is a six-session series that features women whose innovations and accomplishments, locally and globally, are having an impact and influencing lives. Each week we will meet women who are driven by a cause and who have the passion and determination to have achieved outstanding success in a variety of fields.

“From Coal Miner’s Daughter to the Boardroom”

March 2

Speaker: Michele J. Hooper

Join Michele Hooper as she discusses her path from small coal mining town “smart kid” to business leader and governance expert. Growing up as the middle child of 11 gave Michele a foundation that has served her well as she continues to be a leader in the boardrooms of global corporate and nonprofit companies. Sharing personal stories of her journey, Michele will discuss the role of mentors and champions, hot topics in the boardroom, and why it is so important to have both gender and racial diversity in our boardrooms, organizations, and communities. Michele will also offer her perspectives on where we are today and what’s in store for the future.

Michele Hooper

Michele J. Hooper, is President/CEO of The Directors’ Council, which consults with companies on board effectiveness. With 30-plus years of global corporate board experience, she is also vice chair of the Smithsonian National Board, and a board member of Black Directors Health Equity Agenda, Van Wezel Foundation, and Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. She earned a master’s degree in business administration in finance and accounting at the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Character of the Corporation Forum 2023

Michele J Hooper, CEO of The Directors’ Council, co-presents on “Navigating Social Issues” at the November 2023 Character of the Corporation forum, presented by Directors and Boards

The 2023 Edelman Trust Barometer found that a majority of consumers and employees look to companies to advocate for social issues. But there are landmines everywhere when doing so. How should a company decide whether to take a position on a political or social issue? Where are the boundaries? What role should the board play and when should the CEO seek the board’s approval for the company to take a position?

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