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Kathy Hopinkah Hannan was appointed as the national managing partner of diversity and corporate responsibility at KPMG in December 2009. In this role she provides strategic direction for leveraging diversity and inclusion and corporate philanthropy for commercial sustainability.
Kathy began her career at KPMG in 1985 and has held many positions at the firm. In February 2004, Kathy was named the Midwest area managing partner for KPMG's tax services, becoming the first female to hold such a position at KPMG. Currently, Kathy continues to serve as a global lead partner serving large, multinational clients.
Kathy has been a passionate trailblazer and advocate for women in the workplace. KPMG recognized her ability to lead and selected her for its 2002 Leadership Summit, a program that develops the future leaders of the firm's practice in the Americas. The next year, she founded the KPMG Women's Advisory Board with the objective of improving the retention and advancement of women in the firm. With Kathy's leadership, the Women's Advisory Board established the firm's first diversity network, the KPMG Network of Women, and it became the model for all other such networks. The KPMG Network of Women has close to 60 local chapters across the firm and engages approximately 2,300 men and women. Presently, Kathy is the chair of KPMG's diversity advisory board, which is charged with advancing the chairman's vision on diversity. She also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The KPMG Foundation, which provides ideas, actions, and financial support to a diverse array of academic and business communities.
Kathy has been recognized both inside and outside of KPMG for her achievements. In 2000, Crain's Chicago Business selected her as one of the top "40 under 40" executives. In 2003, Kathy was named women CPA of the year by the American Women's Society of Certified Public Accountants, which recognized her for her professional accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and contributions to furthering the advancement of women in the profession. The following year she received an honorable mention in the "100 Most influential Women in Chicago," also from Crain's Chicago Business. In 2006, Kathy was the recipient of the Athena International Award and the Anti-Defamation League's Women of Achievement Award, and she was also named one of the Illinois CPA Society's Women to Watch. In 2011, the Illinois Diversity Council honored Kathy with the Most Powerful and Influential Women Award, and in 2012, YWCA Chicago honored her with the Outstanding Business Leader Award. Recently she was the recipient of Diversity Woman Magazine's annual Mosaic Woman Leadership Award.
Kathy is a past board member of the Anti-Defamation League, the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, The Chicago Network, and Loras College. Kathy is currently pursuing her PhD at Benedictine University.
As a Native American Indian and member of the Ho-Chunk Nation Tribe, Kathy previously served on President George W. Bush's National Advisory Council on Indian Education. She also served as a commissioner on the Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal Employment Rights Office Commission, where she was responsible for guiding the tribe's economic investments, approving development contracts, and reviewing educational programs.
Sharon Hoskin Matthews is senior vice president and head of employee relations at Wells Fargo, a global financial services company. As part of corporate human resources, she leads a team that provides company-wide employee relations consultation, workplace issue resolution, and policy interpretation. She is also responsible for effective governance and risk mitigation strategies.
Sharon has spent her entire career in human resources and joined Wells Fargo in May 2000 after almost 20 years with IBM. Sharon has a strong commitment to community service and has a particular interest in work aligned with support of women, girls, and children. She has been a member of the National Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA since 2002. She most recently served as international commissioner and was a delegate to the 2014 World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts World Conference in Hong Kong. She is a member of the Komen Charlotte Board of Directors and the Women + Girls Research Alliance Advisory Council affiliated with the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She is second vice president of the Crown Jewels Chapter of the Links, Inc. and a member of Charlotte Women Executives.
Professionally, she is a member of the Society of Human Resources Professionals (SHRM) and a lifetime member of the National Association of African-Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR). She has served as an executive sponsor of the Wells Fargo Latin Connection Team Member Network. She has earned her Diversity Practitioner Development Program Certification.
Sharon is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts. Her mother had the foresight to bring Girl Scouting to her small Mississippi community when Sharon was eleven. She became a Girl Scout Junior and credits her Girl Scout experience with enhancing her confidence, self-sufficiency, and leadership skills and broadening her view of the world. She is committed to helping ensure other girls have the opportunity to benefit from what Girl Scouting uniquely offers—a girl-centric leadership journey as a member of a world-wide Movement.
Wonya Lucas is a media consultant with Lucas Strategic Consultants with a current focus on a media start-up targeting multicultural adolescent girls. Previously, Wonya was president and CEO of TV One, where she was responsible for strategic vision, brand strategy, and operations.
Prior to joining TV One, Wonya held several positions at Discovery Communications, including executive vice president, chief operating officer, and global chief marketing officer for Discovery Channel and Science Channel, where she led brand strategy, marketing operations, and coordination across Discovery's global businesses encompassing 210 countries and over 130 networks. While at Discovery, she was part of the launch team for the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as Investigation Discovery. Prior to joining Discovery Communications in 2008, Wonya served as general manager and executive vice president of The Weather Channel Networks, where she was responsible for corporate strategy and development, strategic marketing for The Weather Channel and weather.com, and operations and programming for The Weather Channel networks. Before joining The Weather Channel in 2002 as executive vice president of marketing, Wonya held several positions at Turner Broadcasting System, including senior vice president of strategic marketing for CNN Networks Worldwide and vice president of business operations and network development for TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, and Turner South. Her other experience includes brand management roles for The Coca-Cola Company and The Clorox Company.
Wonya began her career with Westinghouse Electric as a product engineer. Wonya was selected as one of the "Most Powerful Women in Cable" and one of the "Most Influential Minorities in Cable." She was also named among the "75 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Black Enterprise magazine. Wonya currently serves on several boards, including those of Girl Scouts of the USA, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, the Georgia Tech Board of Trustees, NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation), and the Children's Museum of Atlanta. She is also an active member of the Links, Inc. and Jack & Jill of America Inc.
Wonya is a Girl Scout alumna and was very active in her daughters' Girl Scout troop at Trinity School in Atlanta. While serving on the GSUSA board, she has been an active member of the Fund Development Committee, and most recently participated in the Strategic Learning process for GSUSA.
Sylvia Acevedo is an award winning CEO, global thought leader and visionary who has earned worldwide recognition for her work in addressing one of society's most vexing challenges – universal access to education.
In 2010, President Obama named Ms. Acevedo to the White House Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics where she serves as Chair of the Early Childhood subcommittee. The Federal Government of Mexico honored Ms. Acevedo with the Ohtli Award, the country's most prestigious civil rights recognition for non-Mexican nationals for her work in parental involvement in education. In 2012, she was named one of the top 100 American Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by US News and World Report.
A lifelong Girl Scout, Ms. Acevedo started her career as a rocket scientist at the Jet Propulsion Labs. She has since served as an executive with Fortune 100 companies: Apple, IBM, Autodesk and Dell. As an entrepreneur, she has launched and sold two successful companies, a technology firm and a services business.
In 2007, Sylvia began using her engineering expertise as a social entrepreneur to create scalable solutions in education and health, especially for America's changing demographic communities. In 6 years, Sylvia created national mobilization campaigns that drew over 225,000 attendees and created scalable systems that gave 250,000 books, 25,000 toothbrushes, 15,000 playground balls and 1000 pairs of eyeglasses to children in need. In 2013, she produced an innovative "College Educational Campaign" that won an Emmy for her client, Univision. Ms. Acevedo has presented at TEDx and is a dynamic, captivating, sought-after speaker at corporate events and conferences.
Ms. Acevedo holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from New Mexico State University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Synergis Education and for the Girl Scouts of the United States. Most recently, she served as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Austin Community Foundation, a $120 Million dollar fund. Currently, she resides in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Charles D. (Chuck) McLane Jr. was elected executive vice president by Alcoa's board of directors in September 2007. He was chief financial officer (CFO) from January 2007 until he retired in August 2013. As CFO, Chuck had accountability for Alcoa's finance organization, which includes treasury, controllership, pension, investor relations, tax, audit, and financial planning and analysis. For his work during the 2008/2009 financial crises, Treasury and Risk magazine named McLane one of the "100 Most Influential People in Finance" in the world in 2010, one of only 18 c-suite professionals named to the list. Chuck joined Alcoa in 2000 as director of investor relations, following Alcoa's acquisition of Reynolds Metals Company. Two years later, he was appointed vice president and corporate controller, which also had responsibility for Alcoa Business Support Services. Based in Pittsburgh, he had accountability for Alcoa's transactional service functions, including procurement, financial shared services, environment, health and safety services, and corporate aircraft operations. Prior to joining Alcoa, Chuck worked for Reynolds Metals for 27 years, where he served in a series of financial assignments, including division controller. In 1990, he was named director of finance and administration for Reynolds' Global Can business unit; he became assistant controller in 1995, and assistant treasurer in 1999.
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Chuck earned both a BA and an MA in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1978 and 1984, respectively. He attended an executive program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business in 1988 and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995.
Chuck currently serves on the Board of Directors of Girl Scouts of the USA. Previously he served on the board of the Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa World Alumina. He was also a member of the Conference Board's Council of Financial Executives Institute and a member of the CFO Board Academy, as well as a member of the board of Sapa AB.