DA/CB - The Board Mastermind

DA/CB - The Board Mastermind is designed to accelerate your board readiness, enhance your networking and equip you with what you need to launch a successful corporate board search.

Key takeaways of the Mastermind include:

(1) embracing and learning to communicate a board mindset,

(2) connecting with current board members, your fellow board-candidate Mastermind members and the facilitator to create a more effective board-ready presentation and reduce stress in this significant leadership transition,

(3) identifying and honing the delivery of your unique board value proposition, and 

(4) creating and refining your "trifecta" of board-readiness materials (board bio, board resume, and board-related revisions to your LinkedIn profile).

What this Mastermind Offers

Why should you join?

  • You will adopt the mindset of a corporate board candidate

  • You will have the tools and space to organize and integrate input and interactions across your various board readiness activities

  • You will master what you need to know to land a corporate board role

  • You will join a small, collaborative group of colleagues who support each other on the path to the boardroom

  • You will have support and accountability from Segal Coaching LLC

  • You will learn the how to foresee and overcome the pitfalls facing executives who seek their first corporate board role


Executive Coach / Facilitator Anne Marie Segal

ANNE MARIE SEGAL, founder and principal of Segal Coaching LLC, partners with board candidates, General Counsel and other senior and rising executives to expand their impact and advance their leadership trajectories.

As an executive coach and professional writer since 2015, Anne Marie works with individual clients at key transition points in their careers and on longer-term personal branding and leadership development projects. A significant number of these clients have partnered with Anne Marie for five years or more and sought her support through multiple job changes and/or promotions, including first-time and successive C-Suite roles.

More recently, she has launched a board candidate mastermind and several senior leadership cohorts that offer opportunities for facilitated discussions, group coaching and professional networking.

Anne Marie Segal

Executive & Leadership Coach

Segal Coaching LLC

[email protected]


Presenter Tiffany Olson

Tiffany Olson is a seasoned board member and the former CEO and President of Roche Diagnostics, among other executive roles.

Tiffany's current board memberships include:

• Board Member / Audit/Risk Committee Member, Telix Pharmaceuticals (ASX: TLX)

• Board Member / Audit and Compensation Committees Member, Castle Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSTL)

• Board Member, Langham Logistics

Tiffany believes that visionary leadership is about having a “customer-in” strategy, which will dramatically improve market share. As a leader, speaker, and advisor, her experience with developing strategic plans and inspiring high-performance teams has led to exceeding business plans, e.g., increasing market share, employee satisfaction, and quadrupling profit.

Presenting to the 2023-2024 Class of The Board Mastermind in February 2024.

Tiffany's LinkedIn profile is available at linkedin.com/in/olsontiffany.


Presenter Mary Smith

Mary Smith is a seasoned board member whose current board service and executive roles include:

• Board Member / Audit and Compensation Committees Member, PTC Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PTCT)

• Board Member, HAI Group (HAI.TO)

• Vice Chair and General Counsel, The VENG Group

Mary is Native American and a former CEO-equivalent of a $6B national healthcare organization and C-suite executive with 25+ years of business experience. She was also a member of the National Policy and Innovation Council for WellCare (NYSE: WCG) (now Centene) which advised the C-suite on strategic matters.

Presenting to the 2023-2024 and 2022-2023 Classes of The Board Mastermind in December 2023.

She is the current President of the American Bar Association and an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.

Mary's LinkedIn profile is available at linkedin.com/in/marysmith828.


Panelist & Advisor Rod Cotton

Rodney Cotton is a healthcare executive, health tech board member, and health equity advocate who leads with passion, courage, and integrity.

Rod is an independent director for Orchard Software, a private equity-backed health technology company owned by Francisco Partners; an advisory board member to Flo2 Ventures, a venture capital-backed healthcare and health equity accelerator; and a member of the board of directors and three board committees (Audit, Compliance & Finance; Governance & Equity; and Quality of Care) for Community Health Network.

At Roche Diagnostics, Rod served as SVP, Head of Strategy & Transformation, and Chief of Staff to the CEO. A frequent public speaker and thought leader, Rod was named one of the Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America by Savoy magazine and one of the Top Blacks in Healthcare by BlackDoctor.org. He also received The Sagamore of the Wabash Award, one of the highest Indiana State honors, bestowed by Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb.

Rod was a panelist in April 2023 on the topic of "Landing a Corporate Board Role: Insights from Board Members" for the DA/CB Board Mastermind and continues to serve as an informal Mastermind Advisor. He will also be a speaker in the 2024 Corporate Board Speaker Series.

His LinkedIn profile is available at: linkedin.com/in/rodney-cotton.


Speaker Debbie Tang

Debbie Tang is a Partner at Bridge Partners, a minority-owned retained executive search firm focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Debbie leads global executive searches in both the private and public sector, from Fortune 100 companies to universities and government agencies. She recruits diverse senior executives across all functions, including CEO, CFO, CHRO, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Board Directors, in a wide variety of industries.

Before joining Bridge Partners, Debbie spent over six years as a Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa's in-house practice group. Prior to her career in executive search, she gained corporate experience as in-house counsel for Marriott International and also served as General Counsel of an international restaurant chain. She began her career as an Associate at Troutman Sanders and Reed Smith.

Debbie is actively involved in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. She received a BA degree from McGill University and a JD from Washington & Lee School of Law, where she was on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. She serves on the Boards of the Washington Project for the Arts (Co-chair of Governance Committee) and Norwood School (Co-chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee).

Debbie presented to the Corporate Board Mastermind in January 2023. Her LinkedIn profile is available at: linkedin.com/in/debbietang1.