2012 Conference Agenda







Center for Transatlantic Relations
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

(as of September 9, 2012)


8:15 – 9:00      Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:10      Welcome                   

Susan Ness, Chair, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

9:10 – 9:30      Elisse B. Walter, Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission

9:30 – 10:45    Mandates, Market, or Mixture: Global Insights

Experts from the UK, Australia, Malaysia, Italy and EU update us on how quotas, governance codes, and peer pressure are achieving results

Moderator: Kay Koplovitz, Chairman Fifth & Pacific Companies, LLC; Founder of USA Network.

Irene Natividad, CEO Corporate Women Directors International – global overview

Candace Johnson, Founder, European Business Schools Task Force; tech entrepreneur

Professor Susan Vinnicombe, Cranfield School of Management; Member, Lord Davies Task Force – UK

Alessia Mosca, Member Italian Parliament and author of Italian quota law – Italy

Shireen Muhiudeen, Managing Director, Corston-Smith Asset Management, Malaysia – Malaysia and South East Asia

Jillian Segal, Director, Australian Stock Exchange Limited and National Australian Bank – Australia


10:45 – 11:20     Global Alliances of Corporate Leaders: Are they having an impact?

The founders of three international alliances of CEOs and board chairs speak out about the impact of these organizations on changing attitudes      

Interviewer: Susan Goldberg, Bloomberg News Executive Editor

Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, Ernst&Young, for CEO Champions

Hon. Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australia for Male Champions of Change

Baroness Mary Goudie, Co-Founder, 30% Club


11:20 – 11:40 Down Under On Top – Australia’s Winning Formula: Conversation with Stephen Fitzgerald, Future Fund ‘Board of Guardians’; Chairman (retired), Goldman Sachs – Australia

Interviewer: Indira Lakshmanan, Foreign Correspondent, Bloomberg News


11:40 – 12:30      Are we at a Tipping Point in the U.S? 

CEOs and board chairmen discuss how to accelerate progress in the USA 

Interviewer: Moira Forbes, Publisher, ForbesWoman

Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO, MGM Resorts International

Jane Shaw, Chairman (retired), Intel Corporation

Michael Montelongo, Senior Vice President & CAO, Sodexo

Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus, Ogilvy & Mather


12:30 – 1:15    LUNCH (informal – sandwiches and salads provided)

1:15 – 2:00      Priming the Pump – Pipeline Solutions

Moderator:   Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, Executive Director, Thirty Percent Coalition

Janice Ellig, Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig, former president, Women’s Forum of New York

TK Kerstetter, President Corporate Board Member, NYSE Moving the Needle

Ron Parker, Interim President & CEO, Executive Leadership Council

2:00 – 2:55: Power of Persuasion – Delivering on the Business Case for Gender Diversity

Moderator:  Linda Tarr-Whelan, Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow; author

Ilene Lang, CEO, Catalyst

Peter Felix, CBE, CEO, The Association of Executive Search Consultants

Michael Petro, CEO, Committee for Economic Development

David Chavern, EVP & COO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Susan Stautberg, Co-Founder, WomenCorporateDirectors


2:55 – 4:10:    Holding Their Feet to the Fire – Stakeholder Pressure and Corporate Governance Tools  

Moderator: John Waggoner, Reporter and Columnist, USA Today’s Money Section

Joseph Keefe,  President & CEO, Pax World Investments

Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings

Julie Daum, Co-Leader, North American Board & CEO Practice, Spencer Stuart

Hon. Nancy Kopp, Treasurer, State of Maryland

Donna Dabney, Executive Director, Corporate Governance Center, The Conference Board

Barbara Krumsiek, Chair & CEO, Calvert Investments, Inc.

Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTERS


4:10 – 4:15  Wrap Up                        

 Susan Ness, Chair, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom