Building a Diverse, Future-Ready Board

Join Byron Loflin, Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq, David L. Motley, CEO & President, MCAPS, LLC, and April Hall, Managing Editor, Directors & Boards and Private Company Director magazines as they discuss best practices for building a diverse, future-ready board.



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The importance of diversity in the workplace has long been a topic of discussion, but rarely have boards and leadership been held accountable, as they are now, for not being aggressive enough in their efforts. Shareholders, employees, and consumers are among those demanding evidence of business leaders’ commitment to elevating, promoting and achieving diversity, including diversity among corporate boards. Join us as we discuss diversity through the lens of the board. Gain actionable items and assessments that will lead to increased diversity among leaders and how the board can overcome systemic barriers in the workplace. 

This webinar will include:

  • Strategic benefits of a diverse board relating to race, gender, age and skill sets
  • The importance of board evaluations & turning ideas into action
  • Transparency of board practices in response to stakeholders’ increasing demands

Join Byron Loflin, Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq, David L. Motley, CEO & President, MCAPS, LLC, and April Hall, Managing Editor, Directors & Boards and Private Company Director magazines as they discuss best practices for building a diverse, future-ready board.



Byron Loflin

Global Head of Board Engagement, Nasdaq

Byron Loflin is Global Head of Board Engagement at Nasdaq, where he leads board assessments and boardroom training for Nasdaq Governance Solutions. He is the founder and former CEO of the Center for Board Excellence (CBE) – acquired by Nasdaq in 2019 – and is architect of CBE’s unique board assessment and advisory platform. Byron is recognized in the governance community for developing unique products that address board dynamics, corporate culture, accountability and performance. His experience and expertise are in the design and administration of assessments and advising board chairs, boards, committees, directors and executive management in a full range of corporate governance matters including strategic alignment, best practices, board refreshment, diversity, structures and corporate planning. He and his team have performed several hundred third-party board, committee, peer and CEO self-assessments for organizations of all structures and sizes.

Byron is a graduate of Harvard Business School (OPM) and James Madison University (BA). He is a member of the Society for Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (UK), and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Some of his recent published works include: “Love Your Neighbor,” International Banker Spring 2019, “Guide to Board Assessments,” Corporate Board Member June 2019, “Reboot, Not Refresh,” International Banker Spring 2018; “Board Evaluations: Getting Aligned,” published by Nasdaq 2017, and “Six Reasons Digital D&O Questionnaires Streamline Proxy Disclosure,” published by Nasdaq 2017.


David L. Motley, BSME, MBA

CEO and President, MCAPS, LLC

Industry specific knowledge in diversified manufacturing, life sciences, real estate development, financial services, venture capital and consulting services. Have led strategy formulation for more than 50 individual businesses ranging in size from zero revenue to over $2B. Line responsibilities include VP, GM roles, VP Corporate Strategy, EVP Marketing Sales and Strategy, Global VP Sales and Marketing, Director of Corporate Investments, Manager of Engineering and Plant Operations. Profit and loss responsibility includes a wide variety of business circumstances including start-up, early stage, restructuring, accelerating growth and sustaining performance.

David’s corporate career spanned 30 years and his last two roles were VP, GM roles with Respironics (acquired by Philips) and Covidien (acquired by Medtronic).

David left corporate America in 2010 and co-founded 3 enterprises: The BlueTree Venture Fund (, DLM-WCM (a real estate development company) and, MCAPS, LLC (a professional services company focused on Managed Services, Staff Augmentation and/or Consulting). In addition, David has played a leadership role for Headwaters SC (, acquired by EY in 2017, a private company addressing strategy, restructuring governance models and, establishing boards for entities ranging in size from $50mm to over $2B.

His current board participation includes: First National Bank (NASDAQ: FNB), Koppers, Inc. (NYSE: KOP), 
Armada Supply Chain Solutions (Lead Director), ALung, Inc. (Board Observer. Dialysis-like alternative to mechanical ventilation), Forest Devices (novel diagnostic for stroke patients), and several non-profit entities.

In 2017, David founded the African American Directors Forum-Pittsburgh. AADF-Pittsburgh seeks to increase representation for African Americans in the board rooms, C-Suites and supplier bases of publicly traded companies. 

April Hall

Managing Editor, Directors & Boards, Private Company Director

April Hall is digital director for MLR Media and managing editor of Directors & Boards and Private Company Director. She is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience with daily newspapers, magazines and radio

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