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How CFOs Attain Board Seats by The Seattle CFO Leadership Council

How CFOs Attain Board Seats hosted by The Seattle CFO Leadership Council Thursday, September 12th, 2019 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM Networking & Breakfast | 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM Program

When: Thursday September 12th, 2019
7:30 AM to 8:00 AM Networking & Breakfast | 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM Program
Where: Stoel Rives LLP
600 University Street
Suite 3600
Seattle, WA  98101
United States
Contact: Yuliya Popova
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Program Description

Have you always wanted to land a seat on a corporate board? There are more opportunities for CFOs to join a board than ever before! Corporations value the CFO skill set, and in particular there is a great need for financial experts to serve on audit committees.

Join us for this informative program and find out what it takes to secure a board seat, and how to excel once you're there! Our panelists will share their experiences and offer practical tips designed to assist you during your search. We'll pay special attention to gender equality on boards and what it will take to get more women on boards. 

Learning Objectives

·       Leverage the skill set you have developed as a CFO to ensure success as a board member

·       Strategies for developing your personal brand and network to be considered for board opportunities

·       Build relationships with fellow board members and company officers to ensure success

·       Balance the dual obligations of being a CFO and a board member at the same time 



Our Speakers

Bob Chamberlain, CFO, Zipwhip & Board Member at BSquare Corporation

Bob Chamberlain is a 30-year technology sector veteran with over three decades of executive-level finance experience at both public and private companies. He is a well-known figure within the Seattle tech community, having served as CFO during some of the region’s most high-profile acquisitions in recent history, including the Big Fish sale to Churchill Downs for $850 million and the PopCap Games sale to Electronic Arts for up to $1.3 billion. To his role at Zipwhip, Chamberlain brings broad experience managing VC funding, private equity investments and preparing for IPOs given his background as CFO of several Seattle tech darlings such as F5 Networks and Photodisc/Getty Images.


Chamberlain spent the first decade of his career in public accounting as an audit partner in the technology practice of KPMG and currently serves as a board member for BSquare Corporation.


Bill Hanneman, President, Zachary Scott


Bill co-founded the Seattle based investment banking firm Zachary Scott in 1991   (“Scott” is his middle name).  Since founding, the firm has managed over $7 billion worth of transactions, primarily serving privately held middle-market businesses.  Bill specializes in merger and acquisition advisory and complex valuation and corporate finance issues over a wide range of industries.  

Over the years, Bill has served on both public and private company boards.  Bill currently serves on the boards of the Scholle Corporation, an international flexible packaging company, Yakima Chief, one of world’s largest hop processors, and The Dolsen Companies, a Coca Cola franchisee and operator of one Washington state’s largest dairies. 

Prior to Zachary Scott, Bill held various positions with Seafirst Bank's Investment Banking and International Banking departments, including a three-year stint in the bank's London operations. Bill received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Washington and holds a B.A. in business administration from Western Washington University.


Mae Numata, Board Member for Columbia Banking Systems, OSCCorp Inc., GeoEngineers, Girl Scouts of Western Washington & Executive Development Institute


Mae is a former partner with a national consulting firm, a former Chief Financial Officer in the media industry for 11 years, and a former banker for 24 years. Mae is a Board member of Columbia Banking Systems, Inc. and a member of their Audit, Personnel and Compensation, Enterprise Risk Management and Nominating & Governance committees. She is also a Board member, CFO and Treasurer of OSCCorp Inc., formerly known as Oberto Brands, and is a Board member and Audit Committee Chair of GeoEngineers, Inc. Mae was recently selected as a 2019 Director of the Year by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Mae is the Board Chair of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington and remains a board member of the Executive Development Institute where she has chaired and held various board officer positions since its nonprofit inception in 2002. She has received many accolades for her community involvement over the years. She is a member of the Washington Society of and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Women Corporate Directors and the National Association of Corporate Directors. She graduated from the University of Washington and holds a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting. She is also a graduate of the Executive Development Institute.

Moderator: Jen Girard, BDS Director, BDO

Jen has more than 25 years of professional services experience focused primarily in consulting, client service, engagement management and talent acquisition. She has served clients from startups through venture and private equity funding financed into extensive growth stages. Her industry focus has included technology, real estate & construction, transportation and distribution.  

Prior to joining BDO, Jen held a variety of roles including as an Audit professional at a Big Four firm, Client Service Partner at Tatum LLC and President of Orion Resources LLC. Jen was a key leader in the Seattle Tatum practice while being acquired by Spherion, and later Spherion was acquired by Randstad.  


CPE Information

- Instructional method: Group-Live
- Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 CPE credits in Personal Development
- Experience Level: Basic
- Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:


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CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program at a one-time cost of $60.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.


More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Yuliya Popova, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, at


Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.


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