2013 Conference Agenda

SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

Public Plenary Session

Friday, September 20, 2013

Kenney Auditorium 

8:15am – 9:00am         Registration & Continental Breakfast        

9:00am – 9:10am         Welcome

                                          Susan Ness

                                          Chair, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

9:10am – 9:30am          Keynote Address: A View from the SEC

                                          The Honorable Kara Stein

                                          Commissioner, Securities and Exchange Commission

Outlooks from Corporate Leadership (three groups)

9:35am – 10:05am        Panel 1. Building the Core: Creating a Critical Mass of Business Leaders

  • Pattie Sellers, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune (interviewer)
  • Kay Koplovitz, board member, Fifth & Pacific; former CEO, USA Networks
  • William McCracken, Chair, Chairmen’s Forum; former Chairmen & CEO, CA Technologies
  • James Murren, Chairman & CEO, MGM Resorts International

10:10am – 10:35am     Panel 2. Comply or What? The Impact and Importance of Disclosure Requirements   

  • Pattie Sellers, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune (interviewer)
  • Marge Magner, Chairman, Gannett Co, Inc; board member, Accenture, Ally Financial
  • James Turley, retired Chairman & CEO, Ernst & Young; board member, Citi

10:40am – 11:10am      Panel 3. Refreshing the Pool: Talent, Term Limits, and Turnover

  • Pattie Sellers, Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune (interviewer)
  • R. Kerry Clark, board member, General Mills; former Chairman & CEO, Cardinal Health
  • Jane Shaw, retired Chairman, Intel Corporation
  • Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman & CEO, Frontier Communications, board member Xerox Corp, Procter & Gamble

11:15am – 11:30am       Break

11:30am – 11:40            Case Study: The Case for Specific Targets in the European Union

                                          The Honorable Viviane Reding

                                          Vice President, European Commission

 The International Landscape

11:40am – 12:40pm     Global Gains and Losses: What is and is not Working Abroad

  • Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings (moderator)
  • Stephen Fitzgerald, retired Chairman, Goldman Sachs Australia
  • Susan Vinnicombe, Professor, Cranfield School of Management, and Simmons College; Member, UK Davies Task Force Steering Committee
  • Marijo Bos, President, European Professional Womens’ Network; member, Global Board Ready Women
  • Irene Natividad, CEO, Corporate Women Directors International

12:40pm – 1:30pm       Lunch break

Stakeholder Perspectives

1:30pm – 1:45pm          Keynote Address:  Stakeholder Perspectives

                                          The Honorable Denise L. Nappier

                                          Connecticut State Treasurer

1:45pm – 2:15pm          Where to Put their Stake? Next Steps for Stakeholders

  • Suzanne Hopgood, Corporate governance advisor (moderator)
  • Beth Brooke, Vice Chair, EY
  • Bonnie Gwin, Vice Chair, Heidrick & Struggles
  • The Honorable Nancy Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer

The Power of Organizations

2:20pm – 2:45pm         Panel 1. Strength in Numbers: Communities, Networks, and Carrots and Sticks

  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders (moderator)
  • Ron Parker, President & CEO, Executive Leadership Council
  • Sarah Meyerrose, President, ION
  • Betty Hudson, Co-Chair, Washington Chapter, Women Corporate Directors

2:45pm – 3:10pm         Panel 2. Mapping, Measurement, and Movement: The Push from Outside

  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders (moderator)
  • Steve Odland, CEO, Committee for Economic Development
  • Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, President, Thirty Percent Coalition
  • Peter Gleason, Managing Director and CFO, NACD
  • Brande Stellings, Vice President of Corporate Board Services, Catalyst

3:15pm – 3:25pm          Closing Keynote Address: Can Government Make a Difference?

                                          The Honorable Rosie Rios

                                          Treasurer of the United States

3:25pm – 3:30pm         Wrap Up

                                          Susan Ness

                                          Chair, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

Corporate Partners


Paul Hastings


Heidrick and Struggles

Intel          GM          Institute for Inclusive Security

We are also grateful to the Embassy of the United Kingdom

Coca-Cola Enterprises 

The US Chamber of Commerce

APCO Worldwide

 MGM Resorts International,

Hunt Alternatives


Global Board Ready Women

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