We all know why diversity on boards is important in states like California where it’s mandated by law. Beyond compliance, though, diversity on boards has proven to be a key factor in Norwest companies, because it drives new business. With a vast diversity network established, Kris Snodgrass, VP of talent at Norwest Venture Partners, will share case studies on how developing the firm’s internal network led to the direct placement of independent board directors. Getting the flywheel going internally takes a concerted effort, and that effort helps portfolio companies uncover new business opportunities. She will reveal how diversity at the board level drives growth and value within the Norwest portfolio.