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MRPG Advisory Board Member

Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane is a senior executive with experience in enhancing boardroom diversity and best-practice corporate governance. Her expertise is built on a hands-on knowledge of financial markets and the ability to create productive and long-lasting industry relationships.

With a vision to build a strong coalition of corporate leaders and institutional investors to address the lack of gender diversity in the corporate boardroom, Charlotte co-founded the Thirty Percent Coalition in 2011.

This national organization calls on companies to diversify their boards to benefit from enhanced financial performance, a position that is supported by recognized research. Under her stewardship as Executive Director, the Coalition has achieved international recognition as a unique and collaborative movement with identifiable results. Today, the Thirty Percent Coalition’s membership represents over $6 trillion in assets under management from powerful institutional investors, top tier private equity firms, and high-profile public companies.

Charlotte’s leadership has drawn on years of stakeholder relationships and strategy execution for a Fortune 500 company. Based in France, she led Investor Relations and Capital Market strategies for Alcatel, which became Alcatel Lucent at the end of 2006. Since 2007, Charlotte has advised public and private companies on capital raising, investor relations, diversity initiatives, and disclosure practices. In this role, she has conducted numerous board assessments across industries (financial services, tech, and industrials) to develop actionable strategies to enhance diversity and performance.

A resident of South Florida, Charlotte holds a BA degree from Georgia State University and an MBA from École des Ponts Business School.

 
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Dr. Deborah Ashton
MRPG Advisory Board Member

Dr. Deborah P. Ashton, founder of Planet Perspective and of Equity Rising, has over 30 years of HR and D&I experience. She is the former Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer for Novant Health and has headed D&I at global and Fortune 500 companies—Medtronic, Harley-Davidson, and Darden Restaurants. Dr. Ashton is recognized as a thought leader on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has presented at international conferences from Mexico to Australia. She is an executive mentor for Patina Solutions. Savoy Magazine named her as one of 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America. Inclusion Magazine has selected Dr. Ashton to be inducted into their 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Hall of Fame.

Dr. Ashton developed the Inclusive Culture Profile® and designed the 360 Inclusion Leadership Profile™, a leadership tool for assessing individual strengths and developmental needs for leading an inclusive and multicultural workforce. She has published in Harvard Business Review, Diversity Executive, Diversity MBA, and other publications. The Financial Times published her webinar How HR Executives Can Help Close the Gender Pay Gap at the Workplace.

Under her tutelage, companies have been recognized by DiversityInc, Diversity MBA Magazine, The Executive Leadership Council, the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance, Human Rights Campaign and Fortune Magazine. Her strategic model, Six Pillars of Diversity and Inclusion™, implemented at Novant Health, was recognized by Equity of Care and by the Institute for Diversity of the American Hospital Association (AHA). She led Novant Health’s collaboration with the Healthcare Supplier Diversity Alliance, Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School and Novation to establish an executive-training program for minority business owners in the healthcare industry.

Dr. Ashton earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clarke College. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University, with a specialization in organizational and clinical psychology. She completed a postdoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School. She holds certificates in diversity management from Georgetown University & Institute for Diversity-AHA and in LaMarsh Master of Managed Change™. She has served on seven not-for-profit boards and has been on the advisory committee for two private boards. Dr. Ashton is a licensed psychologist specializing in promoting an inclusive work environment and mitigating unconscious /implicit bias.

 
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Diane Ashley
MRPG Advisory Board Member

A DEI thought-leader, strategist and pioneer, Diane Ashley has successfully brought increased diversity to leading corporations and organizations through innovative approaches and actionable strategies as well as company-wide education and training programs designed to lead to the establishment of inclusive behaviors.

As the Founder and CEO of DTA Diversity Counts, a corporate D&I advisory firm, she provides organizations with strategic assistance and executive coaching on progressive approaches to increasing value to the corporation, its investors, and its employees through the development and implementation of strategies that build an inclusive workforce.

Recruited in 2007 to create and lead the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion as Chief Diversity Officer, she was responsible for the strategic diversity component of workplace inclusiveness and innovation culture, community outreach and education, procurement, and regulatory compliance.

As a Senior Vice President and the Director of Citigroup’s Supplier Diversity program, she relaunched the supplier diversity department for minority, women, disabled, and veteran-owned businesses, increasing spending with diverse suppliers from $400 million to over $1 billion and launching two programs for small businesses in Europe.

She was elected as the first female Board Chair of the New York Theological Seminary and chaired the Audit Committee. She has served on the Boards of The Executive Leadership Council, the National Minority Supplier Development Council, and the Women Presidents Educational Organization, and currently serves as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Rutgers University School of Business.

A skilled public speaker, she has spoken about D&I for senior level audiences and shared her expertise in presentations to organizations including Federal Reserve Banks, the Bank of England, LG Electronics, Bloomberg LP, Yale University and NYU.

She is a founding member of The Executive Leadership Council Foundation's Black Women's Leadership Forum, a Senior Advisor to the Bank Administration Institute, and a member of Women Corporate Directors.

 
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Helen Calcraft
MRPG Advisory Board Member

Helen Calcraft is a founder partner of communications agency Lucky Generals, a creative company for people on a mission.

Lucky Generals has offices in London and has also recently opened its doors in New York. Lucky Generals is a highly awarded company and is the first-ever British agency to create a spot to win the Super Bowl. The agency prides itself on long term relationships with clients such as Amazon, Co-op, AB InBev, Yorkshire Tea and Royal Caribbean Cruises.

Lucky Generals is considered to be one of the most creative and entrepreneurial agencies of this generation and it has been shortlisted for Agency of the Year 5 times in 8 years.

Helen has worked in advertising for over 25 years. She started her career at AMV BBDO where she became the agency's youngest woman to have ever been promoted to the board at 28. This was followed by 12 years at MCBD (the first agency she cofounded) where she worked for some great brands including Waitrose, the Department of Health and Virgin, as well as Hovis, which was voted advertising campaign of the decade.

Helen has an MBA with distinction from London Business School. She is part of the 30 Club and is a proud member and former President of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications London). Helen is a prominent feminist and advocate for women and is a founder member of TimeTo - a movement dedicated to eradicating sexual harassment in the industry. Helen was a trustee of Cancer Research UK for 5 years and still sits on the charity's fundraising and marketing committee.

 
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Rosie Bichard
MRPG Advisory Board Member

Rosie has over 25 years’ experience as a buy-side analyst and fund manager, primarily focused on consumer and retail businesses globally.  As a top-5 shareholder in portfolio companies, with a long-term investment viewpoint, she has been frequently consulted by management and boards on critical strategic issues such as M&A, capital allocation, remuneration and dividend policy, as well as increasingly on sustainability (ESG).  She is known as an analytical, purpose-driven connector with a reputation for being supportive, but challenging of management and with expertise on ESG and governance.

In August 2020, Rosie was appointed as an Independent member of Royal London’s Independent Governance Committee, responsible for oversight of its workplace pensions schemes, in particular the value for money offered to consumers.

 

Having spent time studying and working in Latin America, Rosie is a passionate believer in sustainable development, and a strong advocate of women's empowerment.  In 2017 she joined the Board of Oxfam UK’s Enterprise Development programme (EDP), a gender lens impact fund, where she is now Chair and a member of the Investment Committee.  Lastly, Rosie is co-President and a Board member of WomenExecs on Boards, a global network of over 200 alumnae of HBS Executive Education’s Women on Boards and other governance programmes which supports its members via networking, education and board placement. 

Rosie has an MA (Hons) in Modern Languages from St John’s College, Cambridge and speaks fluent French and Spanish; she is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has completed executive education programmes at London Business School and Harvard Business School, as well as the Competent Boards ESG Certificate programme for board members. She lives in London.

 
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Deborah (Debbie) Byron
MRPG Advisory Board Member

Debbie Byron is a transformational leader who brings an extensive understanding of the strategic challenges, human capital priorities, and governance requirements for high growth technology, professional services and educational institutions. Debbie has established an impressive track record as a global C-suite executive and board leader, partnering with the CEO, guiding board governance changes, and advocating for ESG and employees. Debbie has served as chair of both the nominating/governance and compensation committees, and has served on executive, finance, policy and audit committees.


Working at the intersection of business strategy and people operations, Debbie’s creative insights, global experience in large public and private companies, and expertise in human capital and crisis management enable CEOs and boards to mitigate risk and strengthen their organizations. Debbie was appointed to the inaugural fellowship class of the Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) and is the founding chair of the DCI Alumni Network. In addition, as an experienced board member and diversity advocate, Debbie currently chairs the Board Match service for Stanford Women on Boards and serves on the Advisory Council to the Clayman Institute for Gender Research.


Throughout her career, Debbie has been an indispensable CEO advisor to renowned Silicon Valley chiefs. She served as CHRO and Strategic Advisor at Risk Management Solutions, the global leader in catastrophe risk modeling, where she developed strategies to scale the business and organization for a digital transformation. At Business Objects, a French/US business intelligence company, she was instrumental in guiding the $6B acquisition and global integration of Business Objects by SAP. Debbie has led business restructuring, guided technology transformations, and launched and sold a start-up. Her governance experience extends to executive compensation, ethics, risk and crisis management, merger negotiations, board assessment, and succession planning.


Debbie is best known for being a quick study in learning a new business, and sizing up how the leadership, culture and people can be better aligned to drive success. As an effective listener, she is able to gather comprehensive information and bring focus and new ideas to priority initiatives. She is a consensus builder, with a strong point of view, confident decision-making and a bias toward
action. Debbie is committed to developing people and their careers; she has been a trailblazer in working towards gender equity, particularly in the tech industry.