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Navigating the evolving tax and regulatory environment in 2017 is demanding greater strategic thought from corporate directors. Attendees learned about the pace and extent of change and discussed the implications to business growth and boards of directors in the current landscape of regulations. Attendees were treated to an impressive panel consisting of a former SEC Commissioner and former Deputy Chief of Staff for Mitch McConnell, a DC tax specialist and a distinguished public company director, as they provided a lively discussion with “in the moment” perspectives on the “grey” situation we are floating in today.
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Kirsten WolbergMs. Wolberg is a seasoned leader at the cross section of technology, cyber security, digital transformation and talent management. She has a distinguished track record leading technology and talent at global companies including; PayPal, salesforce.com and Charles Schwab. Kirsten is a current Board Director of SLM Corporation and Sallie Mae Bank where she serves on the Risk Committee and the Nominating, Governing and Compensation Committee. Formerly, prior to the company sale to HP Enterprise, Kirsten was a Board Director at Silicon Graphics International (SGI), where she served on the Audit Committee. Kirsten is a frequent industry speaker on innovation, payments, technology, agile development and women in technology. She was recognized in 2016 as Computerworld Premier 100 Technology Leaders "Master of Disruption" and as an "IT Rising Star." Under Kirsten’s leadership, salesforce.com was recognized for several industry awards, including InformationWeek 500, Most Innovative Business Technology Organizations, and was ranked #10 on Computerworld’s Best Places to Work in IT for 2010 and #8 in 2011. Kirsten was named one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area, 2011 by the San Francisco Business Times. For the past eight years, Kirsten has served in leadership roles with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) including membership on the Board of Trustees of the Greater Bay Area chapter. Kirsten is also committed to organizations that help at risk or underserved groups find sustainable long-term employment. She is a founding Board Member of Year-Up Bay Area, an organization with a mission to close the opportunity divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support to empower them to reach their potential. Additionally, Kirsten is a board member of JVS, (Jewish Vocational Services), an organization that transforms lives by helping people build skills and find jobs to achieve self-sufficiency. Kirsten holds a BS degree in Finance from the University of Southern California and an MBA degree from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.
Troy ParedesFrom 2008 until 2013, Troy A. Paredes was a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, having been appointed by President George W. Bush. At the SEC, Paredes was a strong advocate for small business and the JOBS Act, for solving the information overload problem of securities law disclosure, and for rigorous cost-benefit analysis. He also consistently expressed concerns about the overregulation and overreach of the Dodd-Frank Act. Since leaving government, Paredes has had an active consulting practice, including as a Senior Advisor at CamberView Partners, LLC, advising clients on financial regulation, corporate governance, compliance, and governmental and regulatory affairs. He also serves as an expert and adviser in regulatory enforcement and Department of Justice investigations and in private litigation involving securities law and corporate law, and he has been an independent compliance consultant/monitor. Before becoming an SEC Commissioner, Paredes was a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and a professor of business (by courtesy) at Washington University’s Olin Business School. Currently, he is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at NYU School of Law and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Previously, Paredes was the Distinguished Policy Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Paredes serves on the board of directors of Electronifie Inc. and is a member of the StreetShares Inc. board of advisors. Paredes is the author of numerous academic articles on financial regulation, corporate governance, innovation, and behavioral economics. He also is a co-author (beginning with the 4th edition) of a multi-volume securities regulation treatise with Louis Loss and Joel Seligman entitled Securities Regulation. Paredes holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Berkeley and earned his J.D. from Yale Law School.
Rohit KumarKumar is a PwC Principal and Leader with the firm's Tax Policy Services Group within the Washington National Tax Services practice. In this role, he advises clients on all aspects of domestic policy, including tax policy. His insights and knowledge enable companies to understand critical policy issues more effectively and develop legislative strategies to address those issues from both a technical and political perspective. He was named in Roll Call as one of the 50 most influential staffers for mastery of policy and procedure and access to decision makers. The Washington Post also described him as "an expert in both politics and policy" and he is listed in the Almanac of the Unelected as an expert in tax, trade, banking/financial services and immigration.