Faye Wattleton

Formerly the youngest, first woman and first African-American president of Planned Parenthood, now a managing director of Alvarez & Marsal

Women's issues will be a feature of KentPresents 2016. Leading the discussion will be Faye Wattleton, former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood. She has been one of the strongest champions of women's rights and reproductive health. Her distinguished career spans more than three decades, during which she has amassed an extraordinary track record for leadership, both as a CEO of national not-for-profit organizations and serving on the boards of public and private corporations, academic institutions and high-impact philanthropic organizations.

Faye Wattleton is a Managing Director, Corporate Suite of Alvarez & Marsal, and practice leader for corporate governance. Perhaps best known for her executive leadership and advocacy of improving the status and healthcare of women, she brings dynamic and demonstrable experience as an executive, board member and consultant in the health sector and public policy arenas. She has served as a director for a range of public companies, including as chair of audit and corporate governance committees.

Prior to joining A&M, Ms. Wattleton served as Co-Founder and President of the Center for the Advancement of Women, an independent, nonpartisan think tank, conducting women-focused national research for public education and policy advocacy. During her leadership, CFAW received national and international acclaim for its groundbreaking research and advocacy on women's opinions, experiences, roles and status in society.

For 14 years, from 1978 to 1992, Ms. Wattleton was President and CEO of the nation's oldest and largest voluntary reproductive health provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). She was the youngest, first woman, first African American, and longest tenured professional to hold this position. At the time of her departure, a restructured Planned Parenthood had grown to become the nation's seventh largest nonprofit organization, with an aggregate budget of $500 million, providing medical and educational services to four million Americans each year through 170 affiliates operating in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Under its international arm, known as Family Planning International Assistance, PPFA provided technical assistance and commodities to organizations in over sixty developing countries.

Lauded as a public spokesperson and for her managerial skills and revolutionary public policy advancement by BusinessWeek and Money, she has spoken extensively and written on corporate governance, including articles in FORTUNE and Directorship Magazines. Ms. Wattleton has received countless honors and awards. She is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious Fries Prize for service to improving public health, and was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1993.

Ms. Wattleton is a member (emerita) of the board of trustees of Columbia University, the board of governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School and serves on the board of directors of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Previously, she served on the boards of directors of public companies including Ehrlich-BoberFinancial Services (1986-1988), Leslie Fay (1993-1998), Estée Lauder Companies (1995-2003), WellChoice, Inc. (1993-2005), QuidelCorporation (1994-2006) and SavientPharmaceuticals (1997-2007).

Ms. Wattleton earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University and a master's degree from Columbia University. She holds fourteen honorary degrees and is the single honoree of the 2014 Ohio State University alumni medalist award for national or international career achievement.

Faye Wattleton