Alumni Association Board of Directors Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4.
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The annual meeting of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m., in Room W2759, Ross School Executive Learning Center, 710 East University Avenue, Ann Arbor.

Members of the Association are welcome to attend and will be asked to vote to elect members of the board.


Officer Candidates – Secretary

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, ’79 – Chicago, Illinois
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer for the Walgreens Boots Alliance
Previously served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources for the Kellogg Company
Member of the Boards of Directors of Tesla, Inc., Vulcan Materials Company, and Ashland Global Holdings

Board of Directors Candidates

Gwendolyn Hatten Butler, ’77 (incumbent) – Chicago, Illinois
Partner at Capri Capital overseeing Global Investor Relations
Member of Capri’s Investment Committee and Global Management Board
Previously Executive Director at UBS Global Asset Management
Past Chair of the National Association of Securities Professionals
Appointed to Community Development Commission by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Thomas W. Hawkins, ’83 – Miami Beach, Florida
Attorney and Private Investor
General Counsel, Board Secretary for MEDNAX Health Solutions
Former Partner at New River Capital Partners
Former Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at AutoNation
Former Executive Vice President at Viacom
Former Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary – Blockbuster Entertainment

Grace Meng, ’97 (incumbent) – New York, New York
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
In her second term representing the Sixth Congressional District of New York, encompassing the borough of Queens.
Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Andrea Robb, ’96 (incumbent) – San Francisco, California
Vice President for Talent, Culture and Diversity at Autodesk, leading the Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Culture, Learning & Development, University Recruiting and Global Mobility teams
Over 25 years of experience in HR leadership, in-house and external consulting, and leadership development
Former Director of Talent Design & Operations at Airbnb
Former Head of People & Organization Development at Lucasfilm

Paul Viera, ’81 – Atlanta, Georgia
Founder and CEO of EARNEST Partners, a global investment firm managing over $25 billion for municipalities, states, corporations, endowments, and universities
Former Vice President at Bankers Trust in New York and London, and Global Partner and senior member of the Investment Team at Invesco
Member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Regular commentator for CNBC, Bloomberg News, and others

Justice Kurtis Wilder, ’81, JD’84 – Novi, Michigan
Attorney at Butzel Long, concentrating his practice in litigation and appeals
Former Michigan Supreme Court Justice
Former Justice with Michigan First District Court of Appeals and Washtenaw County Circuit Court
Past President of the Michigan Judges Association
Past Chairman of the State Bar Judicial Conference

Lynn Wooten, ’88, MS’90, PhD’95 – Ithaca, New York
David J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations at Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
Former Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Excellence and Clinical Professor of Strategy, Management and Organizations at Michigan’s Ross School of Business
Co-author of the book “Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During and After a Crisis”

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