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2020 Women on Boards

National Conversation on Board Diversity

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bentley's LaCava Conference Center

Join us at Bentley University for a cocktail reception and an evening of networking and insightful conversation as we aim to build awareness on the importance of board diversity and urge companies to increase the percentage of women on corporate boards. Bentley University President Gloria Larson will deliver the opening remarks to kick off the conversation before we begin a dynamic panel discussion. 

Contact Becky McDougal, Event Manager; Phone: 781-891-2789. 

Event Details:


Mohamad Ali - President and Chief Executive Officer, Carbonite

Under Mohamad’s leadership, Carbonite's global team is fully engaged in developing and delivering the leading data protection platform for businesses.

Driven by a passion for technology, Mohamad served as Chief Strategy Officer at Hewlett Packard where he played a pivotal role in the company’s turnaround. At IBM, Mohamad lead the creation of the firm’s eight billion dollar business analytics software unit, and at Avaya, he oversaw the company's two billion dollar services group. He was also the CEO of the Workforce Optimization division of Aspect Software.

Mohamad holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering, a B.A. in History, and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He serves on the boards of iRobot, Oxfam America, and the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

Gail Deegan - Retired Chief Financial Officer and Former Corporate Board Member

Gail Deegan has served as chief financial officer of three public companies and a member of the board of directors of six public companies.

From 1996 until her retirement in 2001, Gail served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Houghton Mifflin.  She was previously senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs for NYNEX New England, and vice president and chief financial officer of New England Telephone. Earlier in her business career she was senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Eastern Enterprises.  Prior to earning her M.B.A. in 1978, Gail taught elementary school for seven years in California and Massachusetts.

Gail is a former member of the board of directors of iRobot Company, EMC Corporation, TJX Companies, Houghton Mifflin Company, Hartford Life, and EG&G (now Perkin Elmer). 

Gail has also served as a member of several not-for-profit boards, including the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council, Greater Boston Chamber, Simmons College, the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, the Babson College Undergraduate Advisory Board and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.  She also served on the City of Newton Financial Advisory Committee from 2012-2016.

Gail holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from The College of Saint Rose, an M.S. in History from Ohio State University, and an M.B.A. from Simmons School of Management. 

Yvonne Garcia - Global Head of Client Solutions and PMO for Investment Manager Services at State Street Corporation

Prior to State Street, Yvonne served as Vice President for Bank of America’s China Construction Bank Strategic Assistance Program where Yvonne and her team created and implemented over five new Wealth Management Centers throughout China which resulted in over 80 centers.

In addition, Yvonne serves as the Chairwoman for ALPFA and is the co-founding Chair of Milagros para Niños at Boston Children’s Hospital. Yvonne was also selected as the Top 5 Latina Executive in the Country by Latina Style Magazine for 2012 and most recently was selected as Top 22 Most Influential Women in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal and Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Most Powerful Latina in the United States of America.Yvonne holds an MBA from Boston University in Finance and Marketing and a BA from SUNY Albany and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Yvonne has also run over seven marathons in the past six years. 

Deborah C. Jackson - President, Cambridge College and Board Member, Eastern Bank and John Hancock Investments

Deborah C. Jackson became the fourth President of Cambridge College in 2011. Prior to joining Cambridge College, Ms. Jackson served for nearly a decade as CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. Prior positions include her role as Vice President of the Boston Foundation where she managed its $50 million grant and initiatives program and Senior Vice President at Boston Children’s Hospital overseeing its ambulatory and primary care services.

She currently serves on the boards of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts; the American Council on Education’s Commission on Education Attainment and Innovation and the National Association of Corporate Directors/New England Chapter.  She is a member of the board of directors of Eastern Bank and the Eastern Bank Foundation and John Hancock Investments.

Ms. Jackson has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management, Boston Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Women in Boston,” El Planeta Newspaper’s “100 Most Influential People for Latinos,” and she has been inducted into the Women’s Business Hall of Fame. She was a Barr Foundation Fellow; a Senior Fellow at Boston University's Graduate School of Business/Institute for Non-profit Management and Leadership; and was a Fellow of the British-American Project of Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.  

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About the Women on Boards Campaign:

The 2020 Women on Boards campaign aims to increase the percentage of women on U.S. company boards to 20% or greater by the year 2020. Founded in Boston in 2010, the consumer-oriented, grassroots campaign is redefining good corporate governance, gender diversity standards and creating a cultural imperative for corporate action.


Bentley University
LaCava Conference Center
Executive Dining Room
175 Forest Street
Waltham MA 02452

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Attendees can find parking in lots 1,2, or 6. See our Campus Map for parking lot information.