About Speaker Tanuja Dehne…
Tanuja is a member of the Board of Directors of publicly traded Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE: GPMT) where she serves as the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Advanced Disposal Services (NYSE: ADSW) where she serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee. Tanuja also served on the Board of Directors of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. (NYSE: SBY) from 2012-2017. She is a Senior Advisor on corporate governance matters for The B Team, an NGO focused on mobilizing global leaders to drive a better way of doing business for the well-being of people and the planet. Tanuja is an active member of her community, serving on the Boards of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Sustainable Jersey, and as Board Chair of Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. She also serves on the Board of the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia.
At NRG for 12 years, Tanuja served in various roles of increasing responsibility. As Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief of Staff, Tanuja was responsible for accelerating NRG’s transformation through prioritization and collaboration across all company functions, regions and business lines. She oversaw NRG’s Human Resources (11,000+ employees), Information Technology, Communications, Sustainability and Corporate Marketing departments, the company’s charitable giving program, M&A integrations, as well as the construction of NRG’s sustainable, corporate headquarters in Princeton, N.J. Tanuja was also responsible for shaping and guiding the company’s vision, narrative and culture, ensuring that all messaging to internal and external stakeholders was consistent with and supported the execution of NRG’s strategic plan.
Prior to these positions, Tanuja led NRG’s Human Resources department, which handled all HR functions, including talent management, organizational development, benefits, compensation, labor and employee relations, payroll and HR information systems. Under her leadership, the department received recognition as the Delaware Valley’s 16th Annual HR Department of the Year for service excellence and strategic impact. Tanuja joined NRG in 2004 as Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in the Legal department, where she led corporate governance and corporate transactions including financings, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, stock exchange matters, and financial reporting compliance. She previously practiced corporate law as a member of Saul Ewing’s business department.
Tanuja is a frequent speaker on topics including leadership, corporate governance, climate change and talent development. She was most recently featured in Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business Blog, “The Powerful Role Boards Play on ESG Matters.” In 2017, she authored an article on board culture and composition in The Legal Intelligencer entitled “Creating Long-Term Value by Changing the Supply and Demand,” and co-authored an article entitled “CEO Succession and Crisis Management” in The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation. Tanuja was honored as one of the “2018 NACD Directorship 100” which recognizes the most influential leaders in the boardroom by NACD Directorship Magazine, and as a “2017 Director to Watch” by Directors & Boards. She is also an NACD Board Leadership Fellow, and was featured in “Women on the Move: Navigating to the Boardroom” in the 2017 Women in Leadership Report published by The Forum of Executive Women. In 2013, she was named an honoree at the YWCA Tribute to Women Awards, and in 2011, Tanuja was also recognized as one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJ BIZ.
Tanuja earned her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College, her Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Syracuse University College of Law. Tanuja is also a 200HR RYT certified yoga instructor.