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How CFOs Attain Board Seats  - Silicon Valley CFO Leadership Council

How CFOs Attain Board Seats hosted by The Silicon Valley CFO Leadership Council Thursday, December 5th, 2019 Hot Breakfast & Networking 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM | Program 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

When: Thursday December 5, 2019
Hot Breakfast & Networking 7:30 AM | Program 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: Il Fornaio Palo Alto
520 Cowper St.
Palo Alto, California  94301
United States
Contact: Brittany McBride
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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 CFOskillset, 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'rethere! Our panelists will share their experiences and offer practical tips designed to assist you during your search.

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:

Michael Day, Board Member and Audit Committee Chair at Topa Insurance Group, Somos, Inc, and Junior Achievement of Northern California


Michael Day is an experienced board member who brings financial expertise and a strategic focus to his board assignments. He has worked with companies through M&A, transformation and growth efforts.

Mr. Day currently serves on the board of Topa Insurance Group, a personal and small commercial lines insurer based in Calabasas, CA. He is chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Day also serves on the board of Somos, Inc., a technology company which serves as the administrator for toll free numbers issued in North America, based in Weston, MA. He chairs their Audit Committee and serves on their Compensation Committee. Mr. Day previously served on the board of Recology, Inc., a San Francisco-based waste collection and recycling company. He was chairman of the Audit Committee and also served on the Governance and Innovation committees. Mr. Day also previously served on the board of AAA Life Insurance Company based in Livonia, MI. During his tenure he held the roles of board chairman and board vice chairman. He also served terms as chair of the Finance and the Nominating and Governance committees.
In addition, Mr. Day is currently a board member of Junior Achievement of Northern California, a not-for-profit organization focused on developing business awareness in youth. Most recently, until his retirement in May 2015, Mr. Day was the chief financial officer for CSAA, a $3 billion personal lines insurer.
Mr. Day has an MBA in finance from Columbia University and a BBA in accounting from Baruch College. He is also a certified public accountant licensed in the state of New York and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Fellow.


Jennifer McFarlane, Board Member at BioGill and Blue Planet, Partner at Asterra Partners
Christine Russell, CFO, PDF Solutions


Christine Russell has been a financial executive in technology businesses in Silicon Valley for over 25 years with experience in both emerging and larger firms, public, venture and private equity backed. She is currently CFO of PDF Solutions (Nasdaq: PDFS) a firm offering process design technology for semiconductor companies to improve yield and track defects from design through manufacturing. Prior companies include UniPixel, Inc, a manufacturing of touch sensor films, which was sold to a China based firm.

Prior to UniPixel, she was CFO of Vendavo, Inc., a SaaS based pricing and margin optimization software company. serving the Global 2000.  The company was sold to private equity providing a successful exit for the venture capital investors. She also served as CFO of EAG, Inc. (Evans Analytical Group), a global provider of analytical testing for technology companies including major semiconductor, chemicals and pharmaceuticals firms.  She was the finance lead in the acquisition of 7-laboratories creating a new company division. Prior to EAG, she served in the roles of both CFO and EVP Business Development at Virage Logic (Nasdaq: VIRL), a semiconductor intellectual property company which was sold to Synopsys. 

Ms. Russell serves as Audit Committee Chair and Director for both QuickLogic Corporation (Nasdaq:QUIK); eGain Corporation (Nasdaq: EGAN).She is Past President of Financial Executives International, Silicon Valley Chapter (FEI), Past President of National Assn. of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter (NACD) and Past President and Chairman Emeritus of Silicon Valley Directors Exchange (SVDX). Ms. Russell holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Santa Clara.

Moderator: Bonnie Tomei, Vice President & Corporate Controller, [24]


Bonnie Tomei is the Vice President, Corporate Controller at [24], a customer experience software and services company that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to meet consumer intent. Prior to [24], Bonnie helped two companies to complete their IPOs, led dozens of M&A transactions, designed and implemented systems, internal control and corporate governance policies in companies in the semiconductor, consumer, software and blockchain industry. Bonnie was a past member of the board at AACI, a non-profit in San Jose and at Silvercreek Women Golf. Ms. Tomei holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and in Finance from the San Francisco State University and is a CPA licensed in California.


CPE Information

- Instructional method: Group-Live
- Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 Credits in Personal Development
- Experience Level: Basic
- Prerequisites/advance preparation:

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 $75.

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 Brittany McBride, Pacific Northwest Marketing Director, at


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