At the DirectWomen Board Institute Rivera 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.
Rivera has 20 years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on corporate transactions including acquisitions and divestitures, governance, compliance, risk management and litigation. In her role at DaVita she is responsible for global risk management, internal audit and legal matters. Rivera has helped navigate the company and its board through the company's most significant corporate acquisition, international expansion, a standstill with the company’s largest shareholder, updating governance and shareholder engagement strategies, multiple regulatory investigations against the backdrop of the most fundamental regulatory shift in healthcare since the advent of Medicare. Before joining DaVita, Rivera was the Chief Compliance Officer and Head of International Legal Operations at The Clorox Company. She oversaw global labor and employment counseling and litigation for the enterprise. Rivera has also served on numerous non-profit boards including the California Latino Community Foundation and the Denver Metro Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Rivera began her career at Jones Day where she advised Fortune 500 companies on diverse litigation matters including class action, commercial, employment and product liability matters. Rivera received her bachelor's degree from Duke University and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.
“I am honored to be selected to attend the DirectWomen Board Institute,” said Rivera. “I was able to connect with talented and accomplished women in my field, learn about the issues facing corporate directors and gain valuable insight into the process of nominating board members.”
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.
Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Hasbro, 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.
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 - Antitrust Practice
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