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Inside the 2017 NACD Report of the BRC on Culture as a Corporate Asset

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April 18, 2018
Minneapolis, MN



Culture is more than perks for employees or cool corporate office environments. Corporate culture has a key role in developing powerful, successful and sustainable companies that create lasting value.


Sue Cole and Anna Catalano presented on this important topic. Guests attending received a complimentary copy of the NACD 2017 Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Culture as a Corporate Asset.


  April 18, 2018 Supporting Materials/Resources

Location and Time


Minneapolis Club
729 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Registration: 7:00 AM

Breakfast: 7:30 AM

Program/Q&A: 7:45 - 9:30 AM

Speaker Spotlight

Sue Cole

Sue Cole

Sue Cole is a director of Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. where she serves as chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. In addition, she serves on the boards of Biscuitville Inc. and Diversified Trust Company. She is a certified Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors. A founding director and past president of NACD's Carolinas Chapter, she continues to be on several non-profit boards, including United Way of Greater Greensboro and the Greensboro Science Center. Ms. Cole is currently the managing partner of SAGE Leadership & Strategy LLC, a boutique advisory firm she founded in 2011 to advise family businesses and large non-profits on strategy, leadership development and governance. She has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry, including corporate lending and wealth management. Prior to founding SAGE, she was a principal with Granville Capital Inc. for five years. She served as regional CEO for the Mid-Atlantic at United States Trust Company N.A., where she was responsible for the strategic direction, growth, and leadership of five offices in North Carolina, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. She also served as president of North Carolina Trust Company, the predecessor to U.S. Trust Company of North Carolina. Early in her career, she was a senior vice president at North Carolina National Bank, where she oversaw corporate banking services in the Greensboro area and also managed the retail branch system. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ms. Cole earned her B.S. in Business Administration in 1972 and her M.B.A. in Finance in 1977.

Anna Catalano

Anna Catalano

Anna C. Catalano manages an active board portfolio, serving as an independent director for both public corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Willis Towers Watson, Kraton Corporation, and HollyFrontier Corporation. She is a certified Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and a board member for the NACD Texas TriCities Chapter. In the not-for-profit sector, Ms. Catalano is a member of the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, a Board Member of the Houston Grand Opera, and an Honorary Co-Founder of the Kellogg Innovation Network of Northwestern University.

With over 30 years of corporate experience including over a fifteen years of service on public boards, Ms. Catalano is a renowned expert on the topics of marketing and strategic branding, international business, and an outspoken champion of women in business. Her extensive career spanned three continents in both operational and functional roles. In 1995 as President, Amoco Orient Oil Company in Beijing, China, establishing the company’s downstream presence in the PRC. As Senior Vice President for Amoco in 1998, she was responsible for the company’s US retail business. In her final executive role as Group Vice President, Marketing for BP in London, she was instrumental in repositioning the BP brand, and a primary voice behind the campaign to establish BP’s “beyond petroleum” positioning.

Ms. Catalano is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and has been recognized on Fortune’s ranking of “The Most Powerful Women in International Business”. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics including leadership, board governance, innovation, and the advancement of women in business. Her thoughts on various aspects of leadership can be found on her blog,



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