Success Stories
  • Karen G. NarwoldKaren G. Narwold
    Karen G. Narwold is an accomplished C-level executive and Board member who brings a wide breadth of expertise spanning global business strategy, risk management, ESG, corporate transactions, compliance, and ethical leadership to steer companies for continued growth in a changing world. With 30+ years of experience leading legal, compliance, external affairs, governance, human resources and corporate development functions at global Fortune 500 companies, Karen understands how to help business leaders deliver long-term, far-reaching impacts aligned with high-level corporate goals. A subject matter expert in sustainable manufacturing, clean energy, and workplace safety, Karen brings people and processes together to improve a company’s corporate citizenship. Karen currently sits on the Board of Directors for Ingevity Corporation, where she collaborates with key leaders to advance the global chemical manufacturer's mission to provide products and technologies that purify, protect, and enhance the world. In this advisory role, she collaborates with other Board members and C-suite leaders to influence global policies related to sustainable manufacturing, ethical business practices, workplace safety, and overall company operations. As the inaugural Chair of the newly founded Sustainability & Safety Committee, Karen unified the focus under one group to strengthen Ingevity’s commitment to sustainable growth and foster a safe and values-based organizational culture. In addition to chairing the Sustainability & Safety Committee, Karen also serves as a member of the Audit Committee. Before joining the Ingevity Board, Karen led Albemarle and Symmetry Advisors (previously Barzel Industries) as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. She instilled an enterprise-wide commitment to advocacy, stood up critical new teams and functions, shepherded businesses through periods of immense change, influenced strategic growth decisions, and instilled a values-based culture, enabling long-term success and positive corporate citizenship. As a leader, Karen is dedicated to hiring and mentoring associates with steadfast values who possess sound business judgment, risk identification and mitigation skills, and critical decision-making abilities. She lives by her commitment to sustainability and inspires others to do the same, creating a shared connection and powerful culture where people can make a lasting impact on the world. BOARD & CORPORATE EXPERIENCE Ingevity CORPORATION (nyse: ngvt) Board of Directors | Sustainability & Safety Committee Chair | Audit Committee Member ALBEMARLE CORPORATION (nyse: alb) Chief Administrative Officer | General Counsel | EVP | Corporate Secretary Symmetry AdvisorS | Symmetry Holdings (AMEX: SHJ) | bARZEL iNDUSTRIES (NASDAQ: TPUT) Advisor | VP, Strategic Counsel | VP, Chief Administrative Officer | General Counsel GrafTech International LTD. (NYSE: EAF) VP | General Counsel | HR | Corporate Secretary | Deputy/Asst. General Counsel | Regulatory & Commercial Counsel EDUCATION J.D.| University of Connecticut School of Law   B.A., Political Science | University of Connecticut
  • Shelley MilanoShelley Milano
    Shelley Milano is a nationally recognized attorney and business leader in retail and manufacturing environments. She is known in the legal and business communities for her strategic thinking, personal integrity, and pragmatic approach to achieving outstanding results. Ms. Milano has served as a Board member for Bartell Drugs, Seattle Washington, since 2010. She serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and member of the Nominating Committee. Bartell Drugs is the oldest family run drug store chain in the United States and operates stores in Washington employing over 1800. Shelley is also a Board member of a Pacific Northwest startup company, Urban Hardwoods. Urban Hardwoods manufactures and sells at retail and wholesale, live edge tables and other artistic furniture made from trees salvaged from urban and suburban settings. Currently, Urban Hardwoods operates three retail stores located in Seattle, San Francisco, and Santa Monica. In her 30-plus year legal and business career, Shelley Milano has held general counsel and senior executive roles at Starbucks Coffee Company, Honda Manufacturing of America, Inc. and Eddie Bauer. Although hired to be General Counsel at each of these organizations, Ms. Milano quickly became recognized as a business leader and was asked to take on additional senior leadership responsibilities in both operational and revenue generating areas outside of the legal department. At each of her corporate employers, Ms. Milano advised the board of directors on legal, business and corporate governance matters, introduced and established corporate ethics and compliance functions, and led the corporate social responsibility departments. Ms. Milano developed strategic and operational knowledge and experience through her leadership positions in dynamic global environments. Ms. Milano creatively resolves issues with strategic vision and practical operational knowledge. She has earned a reputation as a highly ethical leader whose human touch and common sense positively affects business results. Shelley Milano currently serves as General Counsel at L Brands (parent company of Victoria’s Secret, Pink, Bath & Body Works, White Barn Candle Co., Henri Bendel and LaSenza) in Columbus, Ohio. She has held this role since 2015. Ms. Milano served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary of Eddie Bauer from 2005 through 2007. She was a key member of its management team and had revenue responsibility as the business leader for the Licensing Department. Ms. Milano provided legal and corporate governance advice to the company and its board through many milestones, including its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, its registration as a public company listed on NASDAQ, and the potential sale of the company. Ms. Milano joined Starbucks as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in 1995 and was elevated to Executive Vice President of multiple departments. As a member of the executive committee, Ms. Milano demonstrated her business and people acumen, and in 2000, was asked to also lead Starbucks’ Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility departments. Recognizing that Starbucks’ success was based on the effectiveness of its labor force, Ms. Milano promoted policies and a culture that resulted in Starbucks being named one of Fortune’s Best Places to Work. Ms. Milano joined Honda as the first in-house lawyer, and established and managed the corporate legal department. She quickly rose to a Vice President position and became a trusted member of the senior management executive team, overseeing the legal, public affairs/community and government relations, customs/labeling compliance, corporate compliance and company-wide facilities departments. Early in her career, Ms. Milano was with the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease (1982-1986). Shelley Milano co-founded a gem business called Zavida Gemstones. She worked hands-on with grass roots organizations and has successful microfinance experience in India where she helped local artisans reach sustainability through interdependent projects. In 2012, The International Alliance for Women awarded Shelley Milano The World of Difference Award for advancing the economic empowerment of women. Ms. Milano was also awarded the first Excellence in Corporate Practice Award in 1996 presented by the American Corporate Counsel Association, recognizing corporate counsel who distinguish themselves in the advancement of the legal profession. She has participated on nonprofit boards, including Family Foundation of North America, LAW Fund, and Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics board and Adrian College. Ms. Milano is a member of the Washington State Bar, Arizona Bar, Ohio Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. She holds a J.D. from Berkeley School of Law, University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Accountancy from Adrian College.
  • Carla NewellCarla Newell
    Carla Newell is a seasoned business leader and experienced board director with more than 30 years of success facilitating growth in the technology and digital business arena. Ms. Newell has been a trusted advisor to CEOs and boards of both private and public companies on a broad range of business, strategic and legal issues.  Ms. Newell is currently the Chief Legal Officer and Chief Risk Officer for Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics with over $850M in revenue.  Ms. Newell is responsible for global legal, consumer privacy, cybersecurity, enterprise risk management and regulatory affairs.  She is part of Ancestry’s seven-person senior executive team and plays an active role in setting the company’s overall strategy, including as it relates to global expansion.  In her role as Chief Legal Officer, she also advises the board on a range of matters including governance and risk management. Between 2000 and 2014, Ms. Newell made numerous contributions as Operating General Partner for Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), a leading venture capital and private equity firm with over $10B in assets and significant investments in companies including Expedia, Netflix, Redback Networks, RiskMetrics and Zillow.  Ms. Newell worked with companies across a wide range of sectors including cyber security, enterprise software and services, financial technology, ecommerce and social media, witnessing the evolution of business models across these sectors and their impact on more traditional businesses. She quickly distinguished herself by building the firm’s first internal legal and deal structuring function. Ms. Newell also had a wide range of other operating responsibilities at TCV and served as a member of the Operating Committee, which was responsible for managing all of the firm’s non-investment functions.   As leader of the firm’s investor relations, she was able to build and maintain relationships with institutional limited partners in North America, Europe and Asia. While overseeing human resources, Ms. Newell gained operational experience with human resources issues, including compensation and employment policies. Ms. Newell has broad knowledge of corporate governance matters, based on her 15 years as an advisor and outside general counsel to boards of private and public companies. She built on this foundation while at TCV, serving as the firm’s designated director on a number of private company boards, including serving on audit and compensation committees for certain boards. Ms. Newell’s background is also notable for hands-on experience with financial matters that has included participating in financial due diligence, preparing financial reporting for investors, valuing portfolio companies and managing various aspects of portfolio risk. While at TCV, she was a member of the firm’s Portfolio Valuation Committee. Ms. Newell is a cum laude graduate of the University of Chicago and received her JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan.  Ms. Newell attended the Stanford University Directors’ College in 2015.