2013 Conference



Fourth SAIS Global Conference on

Women in the Boardroom


Thursday, September 19, 2013

 CEO Roundtable (by invitation only)

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
1717 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.,  Washington, DC

The CEO Roundtable is an invitation-only, closed door session, where  Corporate CEOs and board chairmen will meet with the heads of business organizations, government and institutional investors, search firms executives, and international experts to map out a practical, business-led strategy to accelerate the selection of qualified women for corporate board service.

Seated Dinner (by invitation only)

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

The invitation-only seated dinner is for speakers and Roundtable participants. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Public Plenary Session

8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Johns Hopkins University
Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave., N.W,  Washington, DC



The SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom brings together CEOs and board chairs with business organizations, government officials, institutional investors, and international experts, to assess initiatives worldwide to achieve gender balance on corporate boards, and to recommend business-led strategies to accelerate the selection of qualified women for board service.

The Friday Public Plenary Session aims to provide an overview of global progress on gender diversity in the boardroom.  After an opening from SEC Chair Mary Jo White, CEOs and board chairmen will discuss the business imperative and articulate a road map for accelerating the pace of change in the United States. A panel of international experts will then update us on successful  initiatives, both mandatory and voluntary, from other countries around the world. The conference will also integrate the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders, including state government and private sector institutional investors, executive search leaders, and corporate governance experts. The SAIS conference has become a key event for leaders of the business community engaged in improving boardroom diversity. 

With Special Remarks by:

The Honorable Mary Jo White

Chairof the United States Securities & Exchange Commission


The Honorable Denise Nappier, Treasurer, State of Connecticut

The Honorable Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States 

CEOs and board chairs featured in the Conference:

  • Kerry Clark, former Chairman and CEO, Cardinal Health; board member, General Mills
  • Stephen Fitzgerald, Male Champions of Change; Ret Chair, Goldman Sachs-Australia
  • Tom Jenkins, Chair, OpenText; Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards, Canada
  • Kay Koplovitz, Former Chairman, Fifth & Pacific; Founder and former CEO, USA Networks     
  • Barbara J. Krumsiek, President, CEO, & Chair, Calvert Investments, Inc.
  • Elmer Funke Kupper, Managing Director & CEO, ASX Group (by videoconference)
  • Marge Magner, Chairman, Gannett Co, Inc; Managing Partner, Brysam Global Partners
  • William E. McCracken, former Chair & CEO, CA Technologies; Chair, The Chairmen’s Forum
  • Denise M. Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company
  • Jim Murren, Chairman & CEO, MGM Resorts International
  • Steve Odland, CEO, CED; fmr Chair & CEO, Office Depot and AutoZone, Inc
  • James E. Rogers, retired Chairman, President & CEO, Duke Energy
  • Jane Shaw, retired Chairman, Intel Corporation
  • James Turley, retired Chairman and CEO, EY; founder, CEO Champions
  • Nina Vaca, CEO, Pinnacle Technical Resources
  • Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman and CEO, Frontier Communications
  • Ronald A. Williams, former Chairman and CEO, Aetna Inc.

Participating stakeholders, advisors, and international experts: 

  • Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and former Minister for Status of Women, Canada
  • Chris Bart, Founder, Principal & Lead Professor, Directors College, McMaster University
  • Marijo Bos, President, European Professional Women’s Network
  • Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, EY
  • David Chavern, Executive Vice President, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Donna Dabney, Executive Director, Governance Center, The Conference Board
  • Peter Felix, President, Association of Executive Search Consultants
  • Tara Giunta, partner, Paul Hastings
  • Peter Gleason, Managing Director and CFO, NACD
  • Bonnie Gwin, Vice Chair & Managing Partner, N.A. Board Practice, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Suzanne Hopgood, Corporate Governance Consultant to Ct Retirement Plans & Trust Funds
  • Betty Hudson, Exec. VP, National Geographic Society; board member, AFLAC
  • John Jarrett, Executive Director, Chairmen’s Forum
  • The Honorable Nancy Kopp, Treasurer, State of Maryland
  • Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, Executive Director, Thirty Percent Coalition
  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
  • Sarah Meyerrose, President, ION
  • Irene Natividad, CEO, Corporate Women Directors International
  • Anne Lim O’Brien, Vice Chair, Global CEO & Board of Directors Practice, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Ron Parker, CEO, Executive Leadership Council
  • Vice President Viviane Reding, European Commission (by video)
  • Jillian Segal, board member, Australian Stock Exchange
  • Brande Stellings, Vice President of Corporate Services, Catalyst
  • Susan Vinnicombe OBE, Prof., Cranfield Univ., Simmons College; Lord Davies Task Force

The  Public Plenary Session  on Friday, September 20th is open to all.  

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.



Strategic Partners

30% Club
The Association of Executive Search Consultants
Center for Women in Business – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Chairmen’s Forum
Committee for Economic Development
The Conference Board
Corporate Women Directors International
Council of Women World Leaders
Executive Leadership Council
European Professional Women’s Network
Global Board Ready Women
Thirty Percent Coalition
WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD)
The Women’s Forum, Inc., of New York
Women Presidents’ Organization

Corporate Partners


We are also grateful to the Embassy of the United Kingdom, Coca Cola Enterprises, the US Chamber of Commerce, APCO Worldwide, Hunt Alternatives, MGM Resorts International, and Global Board Ready Women.

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