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Women in the Boardroom

Monday, November 6, 2017

An RMU alumna who now chairs the board of Denny's Corp. returned to her native Pittsburgh to advocate for bringing more women and minorities into the boardroom.

Brenda J. Lauderback '72 was the keynote speaker November 16 at the Fairmont Hotel for the National Conversation on Board Diversity. The event was part of 2020 Women on Boards, a national awareness campaign to promote more women in corporate governance. Read a Post-Gazette profile of Lauderback and the event here.

While in Pittsburgh, Lauderback visited RMU for a tour and dinner reception with President Chris Howard, faculty, students, and other guests. Lauderback received her B.S.B.A. from RMU and is a graduate of Penn Hills High School. She splits her time between homes in Dallas and Kiawah Island, S.C.

The National Association of Corporate Directors has named Lauderback to its 2017 "Directorship 100" list of the nation's most influential boardroom leaders. Besides more than a decade on the Denny's board — she has been chair since 2016 — Lauderback also is a director at footwear manufacturer Wolverine World Wide and at air mattress maker Select Comfort.

In addition to her 20 years of experience in corporate boardrooms, Lauderback was president of the wholesale and retail group of fashion footwear company Nine West Group before retiring in 1999. She was previously president of the wholesale and manufacturing division of U.S. Shoe and a vice president of Dayton-Hudson, now known as Target.