She has served as a director for a range of public companies, including as chair of audit and corporate governance committees. Mrs. Wattleton is an active member of the board of trustees of Columbia University, the board of governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School and on the board of directors of Jazz at Lincoln Center and I Have A Dream Foundation.
Her boards of director’s appointments of public companies include Ehrlich-Bober Financial Services (1986-1988), Leslie Fay (1993-1998), Estée Lauder Companies (1995-2003), WellChoice, Inc. (1993-2005), Quidel Corporation (1994-2006) and Savient Pharmaceuticals (1997-2007).
Before 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.
From 1978 to 1992, she served as President and CEO of the nation's oldest and largest voluntary reproductive health provider, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Ms. Wattleton was the youngest, first woman, first African American, and longest tenured professional-to hold this position. At the time of her departure, a restructured PPFA had grown to become the nation's seventh largest non-profit 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 60 developing countries.
Lauded as a public spokesperson and for her managerial skills and revolutionary public policy advancement by BusinessWeek and Money magazines, she has spoken extensively and written on corporate governance.
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 earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from Ohio State University and a master's degree from Columbia University. She holds 14 honorary degrees and is the single honoree of the 2014 Ohio State University Alumni Association Medalist award for national or international career distinction.