West Michigan leaders rate among ‘most influential’ female board members


Gina Boswell. Courtesy Wolverine Worldwide

A group of business leaders in West Michigan have been named among the “most influential” female board members of 2018.

WomenInc. magazine included women from six West Michigan public companies on its 2018 list of the “Most Influential Corporate Directors.”

The unranked list — published in the WomenInc. winter 2018 issue released on Nov. 19 — recognizes female board members for “professional excellence at the highest level.”

“It is essential that we showcase the achievements and success of professional women in the highest regard and that their stories are told in meaningful ways,” said Catrina Young, EVP and chief communications officer, WomenInc.

“WomenInc. is proud to recognize this distinguished group of women serving on public boards.”

West Michigan board members

Stephanie Burns, Mary Laschinger, Cynthia Milligan, La June Montgomery Tabron and Carolyn Tastad — Kellogg Company

Margaret Shân Atkins, Yvonne Jackson and Elizabeth Nickels — SpartanNash

Gina Boswell — Wolverine Worldwide

Mary Brainerd, Louise Francesconi, Sheri McCoy and Ronda Stryker — Stryker

Laurie Brlas and Adriana Karaboutis — Perrigo

Connie Duckworth — Steelcase

West Michigan executives on other boards

Adrienne Deanie Elsner, president, U.S. Snacks, Kellogg, board member: Owens Corning

Monica McGurk, chief revenue and e-commerce officer, Kellogg, board member: Mid-America Apartment Communities

Other Michigan board members

Deborah Butler, Patricia Poppe and Myrna Soto — CMS Energy and Consumers Energy

Laura Wright — CMS Energy

Marillyn Hewson, Lois Juliber — DowDuPont

Gail McGovern, Valerie Williams — DTE Energy

Ruth Shaw — DowDuPont and DTE Energy

Ellen Marram, Lynn Vojvodich — Ford Motor Company

Mary Barra, Linda Gooden, Lois Juliber, Patricia Russo and Carol Stephenson — General Motors Company

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