The Leadership Foundry Annual Research Launch
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2001 International Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Board Diversity: Where Does D.C. Rank?
Women play a major role in corporate leadership and should do more. Yet, the number of women serving on corporate boards in the US remains low. Are we moving the needle in DC?
Join The Leadership Foundry for a discussion about the importance of gender diversity in the corporate boardroom. Deb Dunie, a Board Director of two publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, SAIC (NYSE:SAIC), and Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT) is our featured speaker. At SAIC she serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; the Human Resources and Compensation Committee; and the Classified Business Oversight Committee. At Alliant Energy, she is a member of the Compensation and Personnel Committee; and the Safety, Environmental, Policy and Operations Committee. Ms. Dunie will discuss finding her first board position, her experience on corporate boards, the challenges she faced and how they were overcome. She will also talk about the benefits she brought to the companies and why companies need board diversity to succeed.
Also each year in partnership with the Kogod School of Business at AU, we produce a research report that does a census of the number of women serving on the boards of publicly traded companies in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. The report looks at current literature about the effects of board gender diversity and the current trends. Our focus this year is on whether women in power positions on a board such as Lead of Audit, Governance, Compensation and Nominating committees can influence the number of women on the board. Learn how our region fares and what gains women have made when we unveil the research findings for the eighth year.
Cost: WIT member: $60.00; Non-member: $75.00; On-site: $75.00
Deborah B. Dunie
Independent Board Director
Deborah ” Deb” Dunie brings over 30 years of senior level business experience through key executive positions with leading technology companies. Deb retired in 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of CACI International, a worldwide information solutions and services provider (NYSE: CACI). During her tenure at CACI she focused on driving the solutions/services portfolio, and was instrumental in identifying and closing 18 mergers/acquisitions aligned to the corporate growth strategy. Deb has demonstrated expertise in Cyber Security, Cloud, Mobility, Data Analytics and Intelligence. Widely quoted in industry publications, Deb was featured as the cover story for Washington Technology “Tech Gurus” in May 2011, and in the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel Magazine, April 2017, “Special Section: Cybersecurity”. Throughout her career, Deb focused extensively on developing corporate culture, leadership, talent and succession planning.
Deb is a currently a Board Director of two publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, SAIC (NYSE:SAIC), and Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE:LNT). At SAIC she serves on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; the Human Resources and Compensation Committee; and the Classified Business Oversight Committee. At Alliant Energy, she is a member of the Compensation and Personnel Committee; and the Safety, Environmental, Policy and Operations Committee. Prior to CACI, Deb was a member of the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. As principal advisor to the USD(I) she was responsible for providing executive leadership, guidance and reviews of DoD activities and programs as they related to U.S. national interests, defense policies, operational requirements and state-of-the-art technologies. Her portfolio included the multi-billion dollar Defense Intelligence IT budget.
In November 2006 Deb was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. Specific mention in the citation states, “Ms. Dunie was a driving force in transforming the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community policies, guidance and standards. These efforts led to improvements in intelligence information sharing at the National level and Combatant Commander level in support of the Global War on Terrorism.”
Prior to her work with the federal government, Deb was responsible for e-business solutions within the national intelligence solutions group at Oracle Corporation, guided the strategic direction of Raytheon E-Systems’ Advanced Technology Program and was in charge of new and follow-on business development in advanced technologies at Martin Marietta/GE Aerospace.
Deb also serves on the Boards of Bricata, LLC., a venture-backed advanced technology company in the cyber domain; and Objective Interface Systems, Inc., a privately held technology company. She is a member and former Chair of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International Technical Committee. She also is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Industry Advisory Board, the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering Advisory Board, the George Mason University Volgeneau School of Engineering Industry Advisory Board, the Tufts University Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board, the Washington CTO Roundtable Board of Directors, and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Capital Area Chapter Board.
Deb is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow; recognized for her commitment to the highest standards of boardroom excellence. Since 2016, she has also served on the faculty of the Director Professionalism Program of the NACD. She mentors executives and is called upon to speak to boards about Strategic Growth and C-Suite Relations.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in Medford, MA, and a Master of Electrical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. Deb also completed the NACD Cyber-Risk Oversight Program and received her Professional Certificate, CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight, from Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (2017).