Erin Essenmacher serves as the President & Chief Strategy Officer for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), responsible for strategy, innovation, content curation and execution across the organization's full portfolio of educational offerings. As a member of NACD's executive team, Essenmacher has helped drive a decade of unprecedented growth. Under her leadership, NACD has expanded reach to key constituencies including the venture capital, start-up and small cap governance communities and NACD's flagship event, the Global Board Leaders' Summit has grown to be the largest event in the world for corporate directors.
Director, NACD Northern California, Fashion Incubator SF
Maureen Conners is the CEO of Conners Consulting and a board director at Fashion Incubator SF. She is a former board director at Deckers (NYSE: DECK, makers of Ugg) and a mentor for retail start-ups at Plug and Play Tech Accelerator. She is a visionary leader and former senior executive at Gillette (P&G), Levi's, and Mattel, where she helped build iconic, world-class brands, launched many new products, and helped increase shareholder value. Conners advises CEOs and boards on strategy and new technologies for increasing global revenue growth. She is a speaker on the topic of new technologies and their strategic impact. Her recent talks have been at the CES 2018 High Tech Retailing Summit, Deloitte's Board Director Symposium, the National Association of Corporate Directors CES Experience, the Women Corporate Directors event on Retail of the Future, the Wearable Technologies Conference, the Beauty Retail Trends event at Bloomingdale's, the Ecommerce Retail Summit at Plug and Play, and at the Newco event on Fashion, Retail, and Tech. Her article on "The Innovation Era's Implications for Boards" was recently published in NACD Directorship magazine. She has an MBA from Wharton and attended the Stanford Directors' College, and she also serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board.
John Hotta is a corporate board director (independent director). He has expertise in technology and has served on board advisory committees. The Financial Times named Hotta as one of the Agenda Digital 50. He began his career conducting artificial intelligence research at the RAND Corporation and in technology leadership roles at Microsoft, Accenture, and AT&T. He teaches NACD Master Class sessions on innovation and disruption for public company directors and has provided guidance as part of NACD Board Advisory Services. He has also earned designations as an NACD Board Leadership Fellow and Governance Fellow.
Hotta serves on the boards of the Seattle Foundation, FIRST Washington Robotics, the NACD Northern California Chapter, Kaiser Permanente Washington (Advisory Committee), and, previously, Swedish Healthcare and Martha Graham. He has expertise in technology, mergers and acquisitions, and operations. His firm, Capital Expert Services, helps board members and C-level leaders change their organizations and culture to optimize technology and unleash innovation. Hotta is an active leader in the Digital Directors Network for technology directors and Ascend Pinnacle for Asian corporate directors.