At the DirectWomen Board Institute Finigan attended informational sessions on key issues facing current and future corporate directors and had the opportunity to interact with Institute alumnae and past honorees. The Institute was co-chaired by Professor Hillary A. Sale, Walter D. Coles Professor of Law and Professor of Management at Washington University in St. Louis and Professor Lisa M. Fairfax, Leroy Sorenson Merrifield Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Institute faculty featured leading experts on corporate governance as well as experienced directors and officers of large public companies. Speakers covered topics such as the role and work of nominating board members, the evolving nature of shareholder relations, the strategic role of audit committees and the role of executive search firms in board searches.
Finigan has been with Hasbro for over twenty years, serving in various positions with increasing responsibility. She was appointed Chief Legal Officer in December 2010. She is an expert at brand-building, developing relationships with key stakeholders and identifying opportunities for growth and innovation. Finigan is responsible for overseeing litigation, intellectual property development as well as employment and product safety matters for Hasbro. She also manages the Company’s government affairs, social responsibility and ethics functions. In that role, she has developed creative approaches to ethics and compliance programs and global messaging over the past ten years, which has been instrumental in Hasbro being named one of Ethisphere Magazine’s “World’s Most Ethical Companies” in both 2012 and 2013. Prior to joining Hasbro she was an attorney at Brown Rudnick Freed and Gesmer in Boston, specializing in corporate and securities law. A graduate of Marquette University Law School, Finigan earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross.
“I am thrilled to be a member of this year's Board Institute,” said Finigan. “This program is a singular opportunity for me to meet other women in my field, learn from experts on corporate governance and develop the skills I need to serve on boards with excellence.”
The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women on corporate boards. DirectWomen identifies, develops and supports a growing group of accomplished women attorneys who have the experience, independence and diversity required for good corporate governance. Partners of the program include Catalyst, the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women in business, and the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.
Other attendees of the 2014 DirectWomen Board Institute:
Susan L. Blount
Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Prudential Financial, Inc.
Marcy S. Cohen
Managing Director, General Counsel and Head of Legal for the Americas, ING Financial Holdings Corporation
Sheri H. Edison
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Bemis Company, Inc.
Michelle A. Friel
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for YRC Worldwide Inc.
Kayla J. Gillan
Principal, Leader of Investor Resource Institute, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Marie Oh Huber
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Sarah Hlavinka McConnell
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for ABM Industries Incorporated
Amanda M. McMillian
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
Sheri L. Mossbeck
Vice President and Treasurer of Leggett & Platt, Inc.
Kim M. Rivera
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for DaVita HealthCare Partners
President and CEO of Legal Momentum
Jeanne M. Rosendale
Former Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Human Resources for Muriel Siebert Co., Inc.
Margaret K. Seif
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Analog Devices, Inc.
Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Allison Leopold Tilley
Board Member and Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Corporate & Securities – Technology practice
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer for Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Loria Baskerville Yeadon
Executive Vice President of Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC