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Atlanta Chapter In-Person Event| How Board Members Are Selected - Behind the Scenes Story!
RSM Atlanta Office
One Atlantic Center - 1201 W Peachtree St NW, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30309
Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT
Category: Atlanta

How Board Members Are Selected - Behind the Scenes Story!


5:30 – 6:10        Registration and networking
6:10 – 6:15        Opening remarks
6:15 – 7:15        Panel discussion
7:15 – 7:30        Closing remarks and networking


Thank you for your interest in "How Board Members Are Selected - Behind the Scenes Story!". While we are delighted at the response to the event, we have reached capacity and have had to close registrations. We hope you'll take a look at the rest of events the PDA Atlanta Chapter has planned for 2024 and consider attending.   

Securing a board position is a key goal for many members of the Private Directors Association (PDA). However, for those navigating this journey, the process can be complex and uncertain. Join us for an engaging and informative session where seasoned board recruiters will provide insights into the board selection process, share key priorities and criteria, and offer guidance on how to position yourself effectively for board roles—whether it's your first or subsequent appointment. Learn essential dos and don'ts for a successful board search, and gain valuable networking opportunities by interacting with our panelists and fellow participants. 

Key Discussion Points:

  • Understanding the Board Recruitment Process
  • Strategies for Preparing Yourself for Board Opportunities
  • Essential Dos and Don'ts in Pursuing Board Roles

Join us as we delve into the insider perspectives of board member selection.


Across the street from One Atlantic Center. For detailed parking information, and additional info for registrants regarding entrance to the venue, please click here.


$25 Member Registration Fee
$35 Non-Member Registration Fee


Thank you to our National Sponsors!



Art Hopkins
Global Head of Technology Officers Practice
Russell Reynolds Associates

Art Hopkins is a seasoned leader at Russell Reynolds Associates, heading the Global Technology Officers Practice and playing a pivotal role in the Board & CEO Advisory Partners team, where he advises clients across sectors on leadership strategies. His expertise encompasses CTIO, digital, data, and CTO roles, with a keen focus on evolving tech executive responsibilities. Art also co-leads the firm's global Diversity and Inclusion Practice. He has executed numerous recent board and technology executive searches across industries like financial services, private equity, retail, and energy, alongside recruiting executive teams for major professional services firms. Noteworthy achievements include recruiting the inaugural chief inclusion officer for a leading global e-commerce company and the CEO of a national civil and human rights organization. Art emphasizes "belonging" as a vital element in holistic DE&I approaches. Before joining Russell Reynolds, he served as CEO of Atlanta-based Macquarium, leading its transformation into an industry-leading design firm. Art's community involvement includes serving on the boards of organizations like the Information Technology Senior Management Forum, Sparq (formerly Rural Sourcing Inc.), the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, and Junior Achievement of Georgia, with previous roles on the Georgia Commission for School Board Excellence and as Board Chair of the WEB DuBois Society. He holds a BA in finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Katie Tucker
Partner, America's Healthcare Practice Leader
Spencer Stuart

Katie Mitchell Tucker is a seasoned leader at Spencer Stuart, where she heads the Americas Healthcare Practice while also contributing to the Digital and Technology Officer Practice, with a particular emphasis on health tech and digital health sectors. With over 20 years of technology-focused executive search experience, she specializes in recruiting executives who lead technology-driven transformations and integrate emerging technologies across various industries. Katie's expertise extends to unlocking the value of new technology for both innovating companies and those seeking effective implementation strategies. Additionally, she brings extensive experience in board recruiting, having successfully placed executives on the boards of several organizations, where she leverages her insights to drive strategic decisions and foster innovation. Previously, she served as a global leader for IT, digital, and cloud technologies sectors at another multinational executive search firm, overseeing assignments across telecom, software, and emerging technology markets. Katie's career also encompasses deep experience in outsourcing, covering IT, business process outsourcing, and diversified professional services. She holds a master's degree from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Vanderbilt University, underscoring her academic and professional prowess.


Andrea Henderson
Partner, Life Sciences, Healthcare, Diversity, CEO & Board Practices
DHR Global

Andrea Henderson boasts an extensive career spanning 25 years in aligning talent with organizational value. Currently a Partner at DHR Global, she specializes in Life Sciences, Healthcare, Diversity, and CEO & Board practices, where she aids in scaling businesses, managing people risks, and capitalizing on market opportunities through strategic talent acquisition. Andrea has a profound interest in cultivating robust organizations, particularly in assisting private equity- and venture-backed companies with innovative executive talent strategies. She actively contributes to the Astia community as a startup company advisor and mentors executives through the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University. Committed to strong governance, Andrea serves as Chair of the Membership Committee for the Atlanta chapter of the Private Directors Association and holds certification in Private Company Board Governance. Over the years, she has served on several boards, including the African American Alumni Association of Columbia Business School and the Ivy Foundation of Suffolk-Nassau Counties. Andrea's profile was featured in Dr. Debra Condren's book, Naked Ambition, aligning with her roles as an Angel Investor and Limited Partner in a female-focused venture fund. She holds degrees from Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Clark Atlanta University (Master’s in International Relations), and Columbia Business School (MBA).



Shoukat Ali Bhamani
Chief Information & Digital Officer
Fmr. Serta Simmons & Schaeffler

Shoukat Ali Bhamani is a visionary business and technology transformational leader with a proven track record in driving strategic digital innovation across diverse industries such as retail, industrial, automotive, aerospace, R&D, and manufacturing. With executive experience including roles as EVP & Chief Technology Officer at Serta Simmons Bedding and Chief Information & Digital Officer at Schaeffler, Shoukat is recognized for aligning technology initiatives with business objectives to deliver measurable value and sustainable growth. His leadership extends to strategic partnerships, M&A initiatives, and operational excellence strategies. Shoukat has served on advisory boards, including his current role at RKTech Corporation, and previously as a Member of the Board of Trustees for Medina County Libraries in Ohio. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from NED University, a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. His educational background complements his extensive leadership experience, positioning him as a dynamic and versatile leader in the business and technology sectors.