Joanne S. Brooks is vice president and counsel of the Surety & Fidelity Association of America. A frequent speaker at trade association events and co-author of several publications for the American Bar Association, she serves on the board of directors of the National Forum for Diversity in Construction and was named the 2016 Best Surety Executive for Minority Companies by the Maryland Washington Minority Companies Association.
Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, dynamic speaker and diversity and inclusion expert. She is the founder, president and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a strategic leadership and diversity consulting firm that coaches business leaders worldwide on critical issues of talent and workplace strategy. Brown is a passionate advocate for social equality who delves into the “business case for diversity” as she helps businesses foster healthier, more productive workplace cultures.
Laura Lapidus Esq. is a risk control director for CNA, managing the development and delivery of employment practices liability (EPL) and management liability risk control products and services. She also is responsible for coordinating the delivery of both management liability and property and casualty risk control products and services for CNA’s financial institutions policyholders. Laura has more than 25 years of experience in employment law.
As senior vice president of the Aon National Financial Services Products Group, Cathy Padalino advises a wide range of clients in the public and private space, including several Fortune 500 accounts. She develops marketing strategies and shares product expertise on liability insurance products that cover directors and officers, fiduciary, crime and employment practices. She also assists with the negotiation and placement of complex employment practices liability and wage and hour programs nationwide.
William Plummer was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer of United Rentals in 2008 after more than two decades in finance. Previously, he was chief financial officer of Dow Jones & Co., where he set policy for global finance and corporate strategy, and vice president and treasurer of Alcoa Inc., where he was responsible for global treasury policy and relationship management with commercial and investment banks.
Robb Wong was sworn in as associate administrator of the Office of Government Contracting and Business Development at the U.S. Small Business Administration in March, 2017. Wong started his career as an SBA attorney in the Office of General Counsel and later was a special assistant U.S. attorney and acting district director/counsel. From 1996 to 2017 Robb was CEO of several small businesses that successfully used SBA’s products and programs to enhance their growth.