NACDNE Names Deborah Rosenthal as New Executive Director

DEBORAH F. ROSENTHAL has been named Executive Director of the National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter (NACDNE). Ms. Rosenthal was formerly Executive Director of the Massachusetts Women's Forum. (Photo: Merina Zeller)

BOSTON--()--The National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter (NACDNE) has named Deborah F. Rosenthal, former executive director of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, as NACDNE’s new executive director.

Ms. Rosenthal is succeeding Julie Conroy, who is retiring from her role at NACDNE after 23 years.

“We are excited to welcome Deb as our new chapter executive director to accelerate our efforts to build an ever-more-inclusive, engaged director community committed to peer-to-peer sharing of insights that advances excellence in the boardroom,” said NACDNE President Cathy Minehan. “Over the course of her tenure with the MWF, Deb has proven to be a transformative leader, working with the Board of Directors, to modernize the Massachusetts Women’s Forum by expanding its membership and deepening the relevance of its programming. NACDNE is fortunate to have her as we amplify membership representation from a diverse new generation of corporate and institutional leaders in our region.”

Among Ms. Rosenthal’s many strengths, she is credited with extending the influence of MWF within the community of women leaders and successfully pivoting to an expanded portfolio of relevant and entertaining programming during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to her five years leading the women’s forum, Ms. Rosenthal held positions with Venti Technologies, Interise, and Lighthouse Capital Partners, where she ran communications and investor relations.

“I have long admired the work of NACDNE, and I am eager to work alongside its Board of Directors,’’ Ms. Rosenthal said. “At a time when corporate leaders are called upon to consider the greater role of business in society, the mission of NACDNE to advance excellence in board leadership has never been more important.”

NACDNE Chair Beth I.Z. Boland, Chair of Foley & Lardner LLP’s Securities Enforcement and Litigation Practice, said, “On behalf of Cathy and the NACDNE board, I want to welcome Deb as our new staff leader, and express our deep thanks to Julie Conroy for her many years of devoted service as the backbone of NACD New England. We are confident that Deb will follow Julie’s example of leadership, loyalty, and passion, all qualities that have been key in driving NACDNE’s growth in membership and the impact on board governance.”

About NACD New England (NACDNE)

The NACD New England Chapter is part of the larger NACD network, the only not-for-profit membership organization founded by and for corporate directors. With a national headquarters in metropolitan Washington, D.C., NACD has 21 active regional chapters and more than 21,000 director and key executive members around the country. NACD’s resources include an annual leadership conference, fellowships, downloadable publications, and in-boardroom education programs. NACD is also part of the Global Network of Director Institutes, a 100,000-member-strong international collaboration of directors who share expertise from around the world. Learn more about NACD New England Chapter membership and general governance information available online at


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Board leadership news: The National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter (NACDNE) has named Deborah F. Rosenthal Executive Director


Media: Peter J. Howe/Denterlein strategic communications and PR, 617.482.0042