On April 19, 2023, Wilson Sonsini and Firstboard.io will host “Board Excellence in 2023 and Beyond” discussing how Boards can be part of the success of a company.

Date and Time:

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Doors open: 4:00 p.m. PT
Program: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. PT
Reception: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. PT


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Register here.


4:00 p.m. – Doors open
4:30 – 4:45 p.m. – Welcome

  • Speakers: Farah Gerdes – Partner, Wilson Sonsini and Rita Scroggin – Founder, Firstboard.io

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion – Board Excellence – from early-stage to public company

  • Moderator: Farah Gerdes – Partner, Wilson Sonsini
  • Speakers: Lisa Stimmell, Partner Wilson Sonsini; Rohini Chakravarthy, Managing Partner NewBuild Venture Capital; Monica Nayar, Market Managing Partner PwC and Member FirstBoard.io Partner Network; Anne Rubin, President, Board Member and Co-Founder Perceive Biotherapeutics; Sheila Bangalore, Board Member, Venture Partner and C-Suite Executive, Founding Member FirstBoard.io

5:15 – 5:30 p.m. – Break
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Breakout Sessions

  • Breakout one: Evolution of the Board
    • Session Leaders: Lang Liu, Partner, Wilson Sonsini, and Rohini Chakravarthy, Managing Partner NewBuild Venture Capital
  • Breakout two: Optimizing Board Communication and Interaction with C-Suite
    • Session Leaders: Lianna Whittleton, Partner, Wilson Sonsini, and Paula Skokowski, Co-Founder Oxford Angel Fund, CMO with multiple exits and Member of FirstBoard.io Advisory Board
  • Breakout three: Optimizing Value as a First-time Board Member
    • Session Leaders: Melissa Rick, Partner, Wilson Sonsini, and Leilani Latimer, Chief Commercial Officer Fair Trade USA, Board Member Black Diamond and FirstBoard.io Founding Member
  • Breakout four: Debt Financing in a Downturn
    • Session Leaders: Kathleen Rothman, Partner, Wilson Sonsini, and Laura Perrone, CFO Celona.io and Founding Member FirstBoard.io

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Evening Reception