Laurel J. Richie '81

Laurel Richie '81New York, New York

Elected 2012 (Charter Trustee)

A.B. Dartmouth College

Ms. Richie currently serves as an independent director at Synchrony Financial and Bright Horizons and as a leadership consultant to Fortune 100 c-suite executives at Merryck & Co. She joined Dartmouth's board as a charter trustee in 2012, was elected vice chair in 2015 and assumed the role of chair in 2017.

As President of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 2011 to 2015, Ms. Richie led the league's business, operations, and marketing initiatives, and became the first person of color to lead a major national sports league. Prior to the WNBA, she served as senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she led the development of a new brand strategy that helped revitalize this iconic brand.

As a senior partner and executive group director at advertising agency Ogilvy and Mather, she worked on a host of blue-chip clients including Kimberly Clark, American Express, Pepperidge Farm, and Unilever. Her pro-bono clients included the Museum for African Art, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Upon her departure from Ogilvy, she became a founding member of the agency's external Diversity Advisory Board.

A frequent keynote speaker and panelist on Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Richie is a recipient of the Black Girls Rock Shot Caller Award, Sports Business Journal's Game Changer Award, and the YMCA Black Achievers in Industry Award. She was awarded Ebony magazine's Outstanding Women in Marketing and Communications award and named to its Power 100 List. Black Enterprise named her one of the Most Influential African Americans in Sports, and Savoy magazine recognized her as one of the Most Influential Black Corporate Directors.

At Dartmouth, Ms. Richie earned her Bachelor of Arts in policy studies. She was a member of the Black Underground Theater of the Arts (BUTA) and received the Ranny B. Cardozo Memorial Award. Her brother Winston H. Richie '77 and her niece Kara R. Richie '11 also graduated from Dartmouth.