2011 Conference Participants
SAIS GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON WOMEN IN THE BOARDROOM
As Chairman and CEO of AOL, Tim Armstrong is responsible for setting strategy and overseeing the businesses and day-to-day operations of the company. In December 2009, he took the company public with a listing on the NYSE. Mr. Armstrong joined AOL in April 2009 from Google, where he was President of The Americas Operations, overseeing North American and Latin American advertising sales and marketing. Mr. Armstrong was a member of Google’s Operating Committee, the company’s executive team. Prior to Google, Mr. Armstrong was Vice President of Sales and Strategic Partnerships for Snowball.com, and Director of Integrated Sales and Marketing at Starwave’s and Disney’s ABC/ESPN Internet Ventures. Mr. Armstrong co- founded a newspaper based in Boston, Mass. and later joined IDG, where he launched its first consumer Internet magazine, I-Way. Mr. Armstrong is on the Boards of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Advertising Council and the Advertising Research Foundation.
John Brock assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) in 2006, and was appointed Chairman in April 2008. CCE is the one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca-Cola products, serving Belgium, continental France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Mr. Brock began his career with Procter & Gamble and later joined Cadbury Schweppes. During his tenure with Cadbury Schweppes, Mr. Brock held the positions of President of Cadbury’s international beverage division; President of their European beverages business; and President of North American beverages which included Dr. Pepper/Seven Up. In 2000, he was named Chief Operating Officer of Cadbury Schweppes, PLC in London. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Brock was CEO of InBev, the world’s largest brewer by volume, in Belgium. He is a member of the Beverage World Hall of Fame and was named Beverage Industry’s Executive of the Year in 2000.
Lissa Lamkin Broome is the Wachovia Professor of Banking Law, directs the Center for Banking and Finance, heads the Director Diversity Initiative (DDI) at the University of North Carolina School of Law, and serves as the University’s Faculty Athletics Representative. The DDI encourages boards of directors of public companies, particularly those in North Carolina, to increase their gender, racial, and ethnic diversity through an annual training program, a database of potential diverse directors, and periodic surveys of the board diversity of the fifty largest NC public companies. Prof. Broome has published articles with John Conley and Kim Krawiec on the impact of board diversity on board processes and corporate performance based on interviews they conducted with board members. Prof. Broome earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is the co-author of Regulation of Bank Financial Service Activities (Jerry W. Markham).
Douglas R. Conant is the former President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company. During his tenure, Mr. Campbell reversed a precipitous decline in market value and employee engagement, and improved its financial, diversity and corporate social responsibility profile. Previously Conant held senior management positions at Kraft and General Mills, and was president of the Nabisco Foods Company. He recently co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments. Mr. Conant also writes a column on HarvardBusinessReview.org. Along with speaking and writing, Mr. Conant now devotes his time to guiding non-profit organizations. He is Chairman of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and a Trustee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He is past Chairman and current Trustee of The Conference Board, past Chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association board, and serves on the Students in Free Enterprise and Catalyst boards. Mr. Conant earned his B.A. from Northwestern University and his M.B.A. from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.
Lord Mervyn Davies of Abersoch is Vice Chairman of Corsair Capital, a private equity firm specializing in financial services. In 2010, Prime Minister David Cameron asked Lord Davies to head an inquiry into why so few UK women serve on corporate boards. The Davies Task Force published its Report in February 2011, and meets periodically to oversee progress. Lord Davies was UK Minister for Trade, Investment and Small Business from January 2009 until May 2010. He currently is Non-Executive Chairman of PineBridge Investments Limited, Chair of the Moelis & Co Advisory Board, and non-executive director of Diageo plc, Bharti Airtel Limited, and Mobile Money Network Ltd. He is chair of the Council of the University of Wales, Bangor, and a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts. He is fluent in Welsh. He served as Chairman of Standard Chartered PLC from November 2006 to January 2009, having joined its board in 1997. He was awarded a CBE for his services to the financial sector and the community in Hong Kong in June 2002, where he was a member of the HK Exchange fund.
Henrietta Fore is Chairman and CEO of Holsman International, a manufacturing, investment and advisory management company. Ms. Fore is global Co-Chair of Asia Society, Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors, and Co-Chair of NAPEO. She is a Trustee of Aspen Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She serves on the Boards of Theravance (THRX), Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, International Youth Foundation. She is involved in the World Economic Forum, Economic Club of New York, Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 200, Wellesley Business Leadership Council, YPO/WPO, and Chief Executives Organization. From 2001 to 2009, she served as the Administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Director of US Foreign Assistance, holding the rank of Deputy Secretary of State, as Under Secretary of State for Management, and as 37th Director of the United States Mint. She holds a B.A. in History from Wellesley College and a M.S., M.P.A. from UNC.
Tara Giunta is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Paul Hastings LLP. She advises companies on conducting due diligence on potential targets for acquisition, merger, partnering or other strategic alliance to identify and quantify risks; structuring commercial arrangements to protect against compliance risks and to accommodate local legal and regulatory requirements; conducting internal audits and investigations; conducting risk assessments for global enterprises and developing comprehensive compliance programs including tailoring compliance functions in highly regulated and politically exposed sectors and in widely dispersed enterprises; testing and monitoring implementation of and adherence to corporate compliance policies and procedures; advising clients and developing and providing training programs on compliance; and advising clients and their officers and directors on anti-corruption compliance. Ms. Giunta received her J.D. at Columbus School of Law, Catholic University and her B.A., cum laude, at Tufts University. She was ranked in the Chambers 2008, 2009 and 2010 editions. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
Julie Fox Gorte is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management Corporation. She oversees environmental, social, and governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as Pax’s shareholder advocacy and work on public policy advocacy. She also serves on several boards and commissions. Prior to joining Pax, Dr. Gorte served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office, and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. Dr. Gorte received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Management at Northern Arizona University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D from Michigan State in resource economics.
Tracey Griffin is a Director at McKinsey & Company and currently heads the Washington, DC office. She leads the Consumer Health service, splitting her time serving consumer/packaged goods and healthcare companies on a broad range of topics including strategy, organization and commercial operations. Ms. Griffin previously led the Americas (North and South) Women’s initiative for McKinsey & Company working to establish new practices to help develop and advance women at the firm. Prior to joining McKinsey, Ms. Griffin was in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble where she was responsible for marketing several iconic brands to consumers. Ms. Griffin holds a B.S. in Finance from
Georgetown University and a M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
L. Kevin Kelly is CEO of Heidrick & Struggles, the global leadership advisory firm. During his distinguished career as a search consultant, Mr. Kelly has helped form corporate leadership teams for some of the world’s most innovative companies. Active in search since 1993, Mr. Kelly joined the firm’s Tokyo office in 1997. He was Regional Managing Partner of Asia Pacific and then Europe, the Middle East and Africa (2001-2006), before becoming Chief Executive Officer in 2006. Mr. Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, where he serves on the Board of Visitors. Mr. Kelly has authored three books – the most recent entitled Leading in Turbulent Times (2010) discusses what 35 global CEOs learned from the 2008-2009 economic crisis, and how this new wisdom can inform leadership after the downturn.
Elected in February 2002, Nancy K. Kopp is the 23rd Maryland State Treasurer. In addition to managing the State Treasurer’s Office, she represents the State in discussions with financial rating agencies and investment banking firms. She serves with the Governor and Comptroller on the Board of Public Works, which sets policy for, and oversees, State procurements. The Treasurer is elected every four years by the General Assembly, of which she was a member for 27 years. The Treasurer is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the State Retirement and Pension Systems, the Capital Debt Affordability Committee, the Commission on State Debt and the College Savings Plans of Maryland, and a member of the Maryland Supplemental Retirement Board. A graduate of Wellesley College, Treasurer Kopp holds an MA in Government from the University of Chicago and has received Honorary Doctorate degrees from Hood College, the University of Maryland at Baltimore, the University of Maryland University College and Towson University.
Ilene H. Lang is the President & CEO of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working to change workplaces and improve lives through advancing women into business leadership. She was appointed President in August 2003 and named Chief Executive Officer in September 2008. Ms. Lang brings energy and corporate savvy to the advancement of women in every sector of the global marketplace. Her expertise on the advancement of women in corporations and professional firms, corporate boards and governance, workforce demographic trends, the business case for women’s career development, innovative strategies for retaining and advancing women, and work-life effectiveness is often called upon by the media, member companies and firms, and other organizations. She regularly addresses national and international groups of senior leaders in a variety of business, academic, and public policy venues. Her blog, Catalyzing, was called “insightful” by Forbes; she also blogs on The Huffington Post.
Sophie L’Hélias is a Senior Fellow at the Samuel Heyman Center on Corporate Governance (Cardozo School of Law). She wrote “Le Retour de l”Actionnaire,” a book on comparative governance standards and practices in France, the UK and the United States, and has published hundreds of articles on corporate governance. In 1993, she founded Franklin Global Investor Services to represent institutional investors wanting to improve corporate governance globally. In 1998, she became Managing Director of a NY activist hedge fund targeting underperforming companies with poor governance practices. In 2001, she founded a U.S. strategic governance and communications firm, focusing on new strategies to increase stakeholder and corporate engagement. She co-founded the London- based International Corporate Governance Network and the Ottawa-based Mondiale de la Gouvernance Francophone to improve governance practices in English and francophone countries. She also advises emerging markets on governance practices. A licensed attorney in New York and France, Ms. L’Hélias holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Law from the Université Panthéon-Sorbonne and a DEUG from the European Law Institute (Saarbrücken).
In August 1996, Laura Liswood co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders, located at The Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. Ms. Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council, which is composed of women heads of state and government. In 2001, Ms. Liswood was named Managing Director, Global Leadership and Diversity for Goldman Sachs and is now a Senior Advisor to the firm. Liswood’s professional experience includes executive positions in Fortune 500 companies. After the events of September 11, 2001, she became a reserve police officer for the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department, and is now a Sergeant. Ms. Liswood holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a B.A. from California State University, San Diego, and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Ms. Liswood is the author of the books The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity While Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work (Wiley and Sons, 2010), Women World Leaders (Harper, 1996/2007), and Serving Them Right (Harper Business, 1990).
Kathleen McQuiggan is Senior Consultant to the Pax World Global Women’s Equality Fund. She is responsible for the gender initiatives at Pax World, including managing the firm’s efforts on gender equality as an investment concept, and leading the sales and marketing efforts of the Global Women’s Equality Fund. She is President of Catalina Leadership, a strategic advisory organization focused on investing in women. She has 22 years of experience with major investment firms. Previously, she was a vice-president at Goldman Sachs for 13 years, where she served as an Institutional Equity Franchise salesperson in Chicago and Boston. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a finance concentration from Towson University. Ms. McQuiggan currently serves on the YWCA Boston Board of Directors, is Co-President of the 85Broads Boston Chapter, and is on the advisory board of Investing in Girls. Pax World Funds are distributed by ALPS Distributors, Inc. Ms. McQuiggan is a registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.
Sandra A. Miller is a Managing Principal in Aon Hewitt’s Consulting business, providing integrated, coordinated, and seamless delivery of all of Aon Hewitt’s HR consulting and outsourcing services. Previously, she spent 15 years in Hewitt’s Talent and Organization Consulting practice. She is Director for the Center for Women in Leadership within Aon University, and leads Aon Hewitt’s Women In Leadership (WIL) Governance Council. WIL was sited as a driving factor in Hewitt’s inclusion in the 2010 National Association for Female Executives “Top Companies for Women Leaders” and 2010 Working Mother “100 Best Companies”. Prior to joining Hewitt Associates, Sandy spent 11 years in sales and marketing at Westinghouse Electric. Sandy serves on the Board of Directors at Pinnacle Biologics, Inc. and chairs its compensation committee. She also is on the board of The Lingap Children’s Foundation, a not-for-profit organization. Sandy has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oakland University and a M.B.A. in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago.
Nell Minow is a member of the board of GMI (formerly Audit Integrity, GovernanceMetrics International, and The Corporate Library), the leading independent research firm evaluating governance risk. Its board effectiveness and accounting risk ratings allow investors, insurers, and analysts to evaluate governance as an element of investment risk. Previously she wrote the “Risky Business” column on Bnet (CBS), covering corporate governance, executive compensation, boards of directors, CEO succession. She was a principal in the governance activist investment firm LENS, and general counsel and president of Institutional Shareholder Services. She co-authored three books with Robert A.G. Monks, including five editions of the leading textbook on corporate governance, and she taught in the MBA program at George Mason University. In 2008, she received the highest award in the field from the International Corporate Governance Network. And she reviews movies every week online and on radio stations across the country as “The Movie Mom.”
From network correspondent and producer to president and CEO of PBS to her current position, Pat Mitchell’s career is characterized by her focus on media as a powerful force for social change. Her work has been recognized with forty-four Emmy Awards, five Peabody’s, and two Academy Award nominations. Ms. Mitchell has received numerous honors including the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Leadership, the Women in Cable and Telecommunications Woman of the Year Award, and was a 2008 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Honoree. Ms. Mitchell serves on the boards of the Sundance Institute, the Mayo Clinic, VDAY (a movement to end violence against women), Human Rights Watch, and the Jordan River Foundation’s U.S. board. She also serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Women’s Forum. She is also a director of AOL and was recently named to Newsweek’s 2011 list of 150 Women Who Shake the World.
Irene Natividad brings women corporate, government, and non-profit leaders together annually for the Global Summit of Women, a 22-year- old global forum, informally called by past participants as the “Davos for Women”. The Summit focuses on accelerating women’s economic progress through cross-border exchanges of best practices in policies and programs. She also Chairs Corporate Women Directors International, which promotes increased participation of women on corporate boards through research it has conducted globally and through forums it has held in several countries. Her interest stems from her service on the board of Sallie Mae Corporation and as advisory board member for Wyndham Corporation, Cigna Corporation and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Recognized for her work on behalf of women, she was named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E- news; one of “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine; one of “America’s 100 Most Important Women” by Ladies Home Journal, one of “25 Most Influential Asian Americans” by A. Magazine.
Susan Ness is a Senior Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations and founder of Susan Ness Strategies, a communications policy consulting firm. She focuses on domestic and global communications policy and on women’s leadership. She is a board member of Vital Voices Global Partnership and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. In 2008, she co-led an agency review team for the Obama/Biden Presidential Transition. Previously, she was founding President and CEO of GreenStone Media, LLC, which produced award-winning syndicated talk radio programming targeting women, and was Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Penn Annenberg School for Communication. Commissioner Ness served on the Federal Communications Commission from 1994 to 2001, where she focused on introducing local telecom and video competition, auctioning spectrum licenses, and enabling new technologies including PCS, digital television, digital satellite and broadcast radio, and wireless broadband. Earlier in her career, she was corporate vice president of a national bank, specializing in the telecom and media sectors, and assistant counsel to the Banking Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served on two publicly traded company boards.
Jillian Segal is currently a Director of the Australian Securities Exchange Limited, the National Australia Bank and The Garvan Institute of Medical Research. She is a Member of the Federal Government’s Remuneration Tribunal. She is Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales and a Member of the Sydney Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact. She is also Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, a national scholarship organisation. From October 1997 to June 2002, Ms. Segal was a Commissioner and later Deputy Chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Prior to this, Ms. Segal was a partner at Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Arthur Robinson) and served in a range of other corporate and government board positions. She is also a member of Chief Executive Women and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ms. Segal has a BA LL.B from UNSW and an LL.M from Harvard Law School.
Jane E. Shaw has been a director of Intel since 1993 and is Chairman of the Board of Directors and of the Board’s Executive Committee. Dr. Shaw retired in June 2005 from the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Aerogen, Inc., a company developing drug-device combination aerosol products for patients with respiratory disorders. She was President and Chief Operating Officer of ALZA Corporation, a pharmaceutical company from 1987 to 1994. Dr. Shaw is a director of McKesson Corporation.
Anne Simpson is Senior Portfolio Manager for Global Equities. She heads the corporate governance program which includes CalPERS Focus List of shareholder engagement with companies, global proxy voting, legal and regulatory reform agenda and CalPERS actively managed corporate governance investment strategy. She is leading CalPERS work to integrate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) across the total fund through a cross asset class team. Anne is a Visiting Professor and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Yale School of Management and is a member of the Investor Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Anne also sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal “Corporate Governance: An International Review” published by Blackwells. Her former roles include: Executive Director of the International Corporate Governance Network, head of the World Bank’s Global Corporate Governance Forum and Joint Managing Director of the investment firm PIRC Ltd in London.
Jonathan Spector is president and chief executive officer of The Conference Board, the most widely cited private source of business intelligence. Previously, he served in several executive roles: as an adjunct professor and vice dean of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and as chief executive officer of several venture-funded companies. Mr. Spector began his career at McKinsey & Company, where he spent 20 years and was elected a senior partner. He is the co-author of We Are Smarter than Me (2007), which highlights how businesses can harness the power of collective intelligence. Mr. Spector serves on the board of the March of Dimes and is a Trustee Emeritus of Wesleyan University. He earned his BA in math/economics with honors from Wesleyan University, and his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.
A Senior Vice President with Aon Hewitt, Dr. Lorraine Stomski is Practice Leader for Leadership Development, responsible for global programs for top talent in organizations. Among her clients are Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM, Bank of New York Mellon, Nestle Purina, the Department of the Interior, Sun Microsystems, BAE Systems and Agilent Technologies. She has more than 20 years of experience developing high potential programs, leadership development strategy, executive coaching, talent strategy and succession planning. She created the AON Women in Leadership Program called “Excelerate”. Dr. Stomski received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a member of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Association. She is one of the authors of Strategy Driven Talent Management: A Leadership Imperative (2010) as well as Advancing Executive Coaching: Setting the Course for Successful Leadership Coaching (2011).
Karena Strella is the Co-Managing Partner for Egon Zehnder International, an executive search firm. She serves Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in the US, Europe and Asia Pacific with CEO Succession, talent management and human resource planning. Previously, she was the Global Leader for the Egon Zehnder Life Sciences Practice. Ms. Strella is also a key member of the Leadership Strategy Services Practice. Through her talent management work, she has assessed and benchmarked several hundred individuals to help clients build teams for growth, product innovation, and operational excellence. Ms. Strella is a member of the Steering Committee for the Wall Street Journal Women in the Economy conference, a speaker in a variety of contexts including CNBC and Human Capital Institute; and a participant in the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
Former Ambassador Linda Tarr-Whelan is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. The author of the award-winning Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping up to Leadership and Changing the World, Amb. Tarr- Whelan was Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in the Clinton Administration and Deputy Assistant to President Jimmy Carter for Women’s Concerns in the White House. Named as one of the 50 most powerful women in Washington by Ladies Home Journal, her national work has included Policy Director for AFSCME, Chief Lobbyist for the National Education Association and President of the Center for Policy Alternatives, and Managing Partner of Tarr-Whelan & Associates, Inc. She chairs the Pax World Resources Women’s Advisory Council and is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of United Way Worldwide. She holds a BSN from Johns Hopkins, an MS from the University of Maryland, and honorary PhDs from Chatham and Plymouth State Universities.
Susan Vinnicombe, OBE, is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Diversity Management at the Cranfield School of Management, and Director of the International Centre for Women Leaders. She is a globally recognized expert on gender diversity on corporate boards, women’s leadership styles, and women’s managerial career development. Her Research Centre publishes the annual Female FTSE Report, the premier resource on women on boards in the UK. She has authored ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and papers, including the 2009 reference book, “Women on Corporate Boards of Directors – International Research and Practice”. Prof. Vinnicombe has advised governments in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Finland and Spain on how to increase the number of women on corporate boards, and serves on the UK Davies Task Force Steering Board. She is a Board member of the Saudi British Joint Business Council and Vice Patron of Working Families. She is a Visiting Professor of Curtin University, Graduate Business School, Perth, Australia. She was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List in 2005.
Paul Hastings is a leading international law firm that provides innovative legal solutions to many of the world’s top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. With
18 offices across Asia, Europe, and the U.S., we have the global reach and extensive capabilities to provide personalized service wherever our clients’ needs take us. Our core practices include banking and finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, capital markets, corporate/M&A, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, project finance, investment management, real estate, labor and employment, and tax advisory services. It is the breadth and depth of our practice,our expansive geographic footprint, and deep industry experience that enable us to respond to the growing complexity of our clients’ business needs and provide them with the highest level of service. In 2011, Paul Hastings ranked 3rd on The American Lawyer‘s A-List of the 20 most successful law firms in America.
Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. is the leadership advisory firm providing executive search and leadership consulting services, including succession planning, executive assessment, talent retention management, executive development, transition consulting for newly appointed executives, and M&A human capital integration consulting. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles’ leadership experts operate from principal business centers globally. For more information about Heidrick & Struggles, please visit www.heidrick.com.
AON Hewitt is the global leader in human resource consulting and outsourcing solutions. The company partners with organiza-tions to solve their most complex benefits, talent and related financial challenges, and improve business performance. AON Hewitt designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90 countries, AON Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and their employees. For more information on AON Hewitt, please visit www.aonhewitt.com.
Founded in 1964, Egon Zehnder International is the world’s leading privately owned executive search and appraisal firm with some 380 consultants, working in 63 offices in 37 countries around the world. The firm was founded with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals — to place our clients’ interests first and to
lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. Our core services include executive search, board consulting and director search, and talent management and assessment. The firm’s clients range in size from the world’s largest corporations to emerging growth companies and include all industry sectors.
Coca Cola Enterprises is the third largest Coca-Cola bottler in the world, and our portfolio encompasses a full range of beverage categories, including energy drinks, still and sparkling waters, juices, sports drinks, fruit drinks, coffee-based beverages and teas. Working closely with our customers, we ensure availability in the right place at the right moment with outstanding marketplace execution. First listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1986 (NYSE: CCE), our roots go back to the birth of the Coca-Cola bottling business in the 19th century. CCE first expanded from its North American roots to Europe in 1993 with the purchase of bottling rights in the Netherlands. Our European reach grew in the late 1990s with the addition of Belgium, France, Great Britain, and Luxembourg. In 2010, The Coca-Cola Company acquired our North American operations, and today, we serve customers and consumers in Belgium, Great Britain, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
IAC is a leading internet company with more than 50 fast-growing, highly-related brands serving loyal consumer audiences… our mission is to harness the power of interactivity to make daily life easier and more productive for people all over the world. Ranked by Fortune magazine’s annual standing of the world’s most admired companies in the Internet Services & Retailing sector for many years, IAC’s network of sites has over 1.4 billion total monthly visits. With more than 275.5 million unique visitors across more than 30 countries, IAC’s network of sites would rank as the 5th largest in the world.
Founded in 1989, the Intel Foundation is a philanthropic organization focused on programs that advance education and improve communities worldwide. By providing funding for national and localized grants, the foundation helps fuel innovation in classrooms, empower women and underserved youth, and enables Intel employees to serve the needs of their communities. The goals of the Intel Foundation are to increase interest in math and science education, and to help develop a future workforce that represents the diversity around the world.
Named one of “The World’s Most Influential Headhunters” by Business Week, Chadick Ellig is a premier retained search firm based in New York City. For over 30 years, its mission has been to build relationshiops for the long term success ofits clients. Chadick Ellig is retained for positions from Board Directors and CEO/President to line management and functional roles. Clients range in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-cap and private equity-backed companies. Over 50% of placements are diversity hires (women and minorities).
Pax World is a recognized leader in Sustainable Investing, the full integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment analysis and decision making. Pax World offers a comprehensive platform of investment solutions including Pax World Funds, a family of no-load mutual funds; ESG Managers® Portfolios, multi-manager asset allocation funds powered by Morningstar Associates; ESG Shares®, the first family of ETFs devoted exclusively to a Sustainable Investing approach; and separately managed accounts for institutional investors. For more information, visit www.paxworld.com.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and more than 400 preeminent corporations as members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Through its corporate governance research and board services, Catalyst assists companies in increasing gender diversity in their boardrooms. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women’s advancement with the Catalyst Award.
The Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: to provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. We help companies address critical business issues by combining three elements: Research, Peer Learning, and Leadership Development. We provide access to global thinking on strategy, growth and development across four key knowledge areas: Corporate Leadership; Economies, Markets & Value Creation; High-Performing Organizations; and Human Capital. Our range of products include the Consumer Confidence Index®, The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the Euro Area, the United States, China and eight other countries, and The Conference Board CEO Challenge®.
Corporate Women Directors International is a 15-year-old organization, which aims to provide benchmark research on women directors in different countries, regions and industries, as well as to convene women directors globally on issues of corporate governance. In 15 years, it has released 18 reports spanning the first-ever look at women directors in Australia, Canada, Japan, Spain, South Africa to the most recent report on Accelerating Board Diversity, the first-ever compilation of various countries’ research on women directors as well as initiatives for increasing women’s access to board seats. CWDI has also led Market Open activities for women at NASDAQ, Toronto, Johannesburg, Madrid, Istanbul and Brussels Stock Exchanges to showcase women’s business leadership. In its efforts to promote women’s board participation, CWDI meets with members of Parliaments, ministers, CEOs, stock exchange chairmen, corporate governance commissions to share data and to provide recommendations for policy change. Recently, it convened Roundtables of these stakeholders at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank to exchange best practices.
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women prime ministers and presidents established in 1996 by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996) and first woman in the world to be democratically elected president, and Laura Liswood, Secretary General. The Council’s mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women. Through its networks, summits and partnerships, the Council promotes good governance and gender equality, and enhances the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead their countries. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland (2000-present), serves as Chair of the Council. The Council is a policy program of the Aspen Institute.
European Professional Women’s Network (EPWN) is a vibrant growing pan-European federation of more than 17 women’s networks for professional women of all sectors and industries. Our common objective is to provide women with the tools, networks and support they need to assume leadership. With 3500 members and more than 90 nationalities, EPWN organizes around 600 events a year in 18 cities. EPWN has published 11 books in the Women@Work series and has been widely quoted in the media as opinion leaders on women’s professional progress.
The InterOrganization Network (ION) is a national nonprofit organization representing more than
10,000 women dedicated to increasing representation of women on for-profit boards and in executive suites. ION creates a national voice for its 14 regional member organizations to influence, build awareness and expand opportunities and connections. It offers an Investor Toolkit that shareholders can use to increase the number of women in leadership at the companies in which they invest their dollars. In addition, ION recently published a Diversity Policy urging public companies to take action to achieve a critical mass of women in the boardroom. ION is also a resource for original research, articles, blog posts and best practices on the topic of gender diversity. Additional information can be found at www.ionwomen.org.
WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors, comprised of more than 1,000 members serving on over 1,200 boards in 33 chapters around the world. In this new era of responsibility, WCD is committed not just to good governance, but to governance with global vision. Smart boards are going global in members and mindset. WCD has connected women directors globally to form a network of powerful and influential decision makers. Our mission is to continue to enrich the WCD community through leadership, diversity of thought and experience, education, and best practices in corporate governance. WCD fosters our international network by providing an intimate and trusted community to learn, brainstorm and problem-solve global issues. Local, regional, and international WCD forums generate candid, thoughtful, and confidential dialogue on issues facing directors and their companies. The WCD network provides a platform of turning ideas into action.
The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across four continents (North America, South America, Europe, and South Africa) chapters with a maximum of 20 women presidents – from diverse industries– invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professionally trained facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. Call 212-688-4114 or visit www.womenpresidentsorg.com.
The Women’s Foreign Policy Group (WFPG) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational membership organization that promotes global engagement and the leadership, visibility and participation of women in international affairs. The WFPG’s in-depth global issues programs feature women leaders and highlight their contributions and voices. The organization also hosts leadership development activities to promote the next generation of women leaders. The WFPG partners with many foreign policy organizations and is a key player in broadening the constituency for international affairs and helping educate Americans.
The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations is Washington, D.C.’s premier academic think tank focused on finding solutions to the difficult policy issues facing Europe and North America. It works to strengthen and reorient transatlantic relations to the dynamics of the globalizing world. The Center is an integral part of the Johns Hopkins University‘s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), one of America’s leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. The Center is also the coordinating office of the American Consortium on EU Studies (ACES), a partnership among five national capital area universities to improve understanding of the European Union and US-EU relations. The European Commission has recognized ACES as one of the EU Centers of Excellence in the United States. Dr. Daniel S. Hamilton is the SAIS Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor, and Director of the Center as well as the Executive Director of ACES.
Special thanks to Christie Edwards, Associate Conference Coordinator; and Vassi Ivanova, Michael Stanton-Geddes, and Katrien Maes of the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations.