2014 Conference



SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom 

A Leadership Roundtable hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation at its headquarters and seated dinner hosted by the Australian Embassy will take place on Monday, September 15, 2014.  Both the Roundtable and seated dinner are by invitation only.  The Public Plenary Session is open to the public. Please note that the location of the Public Plenary Session has been changed to the headquarters of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Public Plenary Session

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
8:15 AM – 4:00 PM

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Headquarters
1615 H Street, NW
Washington, DC


Keynote Speakers

The Honorable Penny Pritzker
Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce 


The Honorable Mary Jo White
Chair, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


His Excellency João Vale de Almeida
Ambassador of the European Union to the United States


The 2014 SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom will bring together CEOs and board chairs of publicly traded companies, leaders of business organizations that have championed boardroom diversity, stock exchange executives, government officials, institutional investors, search firm executives, academics and international experts, to assess progress in the United States and abroad on achieving gender balance on corporate boards, and to recommend practical, business-led initiatives to accelerate the selection of qualified women for board service.

The full day Public Plenary Session will feature keynote remarks, interviews with CEOs and board chairs, and panel discussions. The session will highlight the role that institutional investors, stock exchanges, board nominating committees, and government can play to advance gender diversity in the boardroom. The SAIS conference has become a must-attend event for business leaders and officials working to advance boardroom diversity.  Please click here for an updated program.


Roundtable Participants and Public Plenary Session Speakers

Rohini Anand, SVP & Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo
Sophie Bellon, Vice Chair of the Board, Sodexo
Angela Braly, former CEO, former Chairman & CEO, Wellpoint
JoAnn Cavallaro, President, ION
Donna Dabney, Director, Corporate Governance Center, The Conference Board
Irene Dorner, Group Managing Director, President & CEO, HSBC USA
Paula Dwyer, Editorial Board, Bloomberg View
Michelle Edkins, Managing Director & Global Head of Corporate Governance, Black Rock
Janice Ellig, Co-Chair, Chadick Ellig
The Hon. Barbara Hackman Franklin, former Sec. of Commerce; CEO, Barbara Franklin Enterprises
Felice Friedman, Partner and Deputy Global Public Policy Leader, EY
Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP
The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez, former Secretary of Commerce; Co-Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Christie Hefner, Chairman, Canyon Ranch Enterprises
Betty Hudson, Executive Vice President, National Geographic Society; Co-Chair WCD-DC
Donna James, Managing Partner, Lardon & Assoc.; Director: CCE, Limited Brands, Conseco
Barbara Johnson, Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP
Candace Johnson, Founder, Global Board Ready Women
Sam Jones, Founder and CEO, Data Morphosis Group
Reatha Clark King, Chair, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
Dan Konigsburg, Managing Director, Center for Corporate Governance, Deloitte
The Honorable Nancy Kopp, Treasurer of Maryland
Her Excellency Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador of Finland
Vicki Kramer, President, Thirty Percent Coalition
Barbara Krumsiek, Chairman, President & CEO, Calvert Investments
Elmer Funke Kupper, Managing Director & CEO, Australia Securities Exchange (ASX)
Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
William McCracken, Chair, The Chairmen’s Forum; former Chair & CEO, CA Technologies
Governor John McKernan, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Ambassador Caroline Millar, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Australia
Cathy Minehan, Dean, School of Management, Simmons College
Pat Mitchell, Executive Vice Chair, the Paley Center for Media; Director, AOL
Irene Natividad, Founder & President, Corporate Women Directors International
Duncan Niederauer, Chairman & CEO, NYSE Euronext
Steve Odland, CEO, Committee for Economic Development; former Chair & CEO, Office Depot
Pam Parizek, Co-Chair, DC Chapter, WomenCorporateDirectors
Ron Parker, President, Executive Leadership Council
Debra Perry, Co-Chair, CED Subcommittee on Women’s Economic Empowerment
Roberta Zenn Phillips, Exec. Dir., Ctr for Women in Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
Vivian Riefberg, Director and Head of Public Sector Practice-Americas, McKinsey & Company
The Honorable Rosie Rios, Treasurer of the United States
Brian Rogers, Chairman, T. Rowe Price
Allie Rutherford, Director of Corporate Governance, Center for Board Matters, EY
Jillian Segal, Non-Executive Director, National Australia Bank, ASX Limited
Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTRS
Jackie Sheppard, Board Chair, Emera, Inc
Jon Spector, President & CEO, The Conference Board
Brande Stellings, Vice President for Corporate Board Services, Catalyst
Debbie Storey, Senior Vice President for Talent and Diversity, AT&T
The Honorable Scott Stringer, Comptroller for the City of New York
His Excellency João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States
Professor Susan Vinnicombe, CBE, Cranfield University & Simmons College
The Honourable Howard I. Wetston, Q.C., Chair, Ontario Securities Commission
Cid Wilson, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
Denise Wilson, CEO, Davies Review, UK
The Honorable Mary Jo White, Chair, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman & CEO, Frontier Communications
Marijo Bos Work, President, PWN-Global

Strategic Partners

30% Club
Association of Executive Search Consultants
The Chairmen’s Forum
Committee for Economic Development
The Conference Board
Corporate Women Directors International
Council of Women World Leaders
Executive Leadership Council
Global Board Ready Women
Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
International Corporate Governance Network
National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) 
PWN Global
Thirty Percent Coalition
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) 
Women’s Forum of New York
Women Presidents’ Organization


Corporate Partners

2014 Conference Sponsors

We are also deeply grateful to 
the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
for hosting our Monday Roundtable and the Tuesday Public Plenary Session,
and to the Embassy of Australia for hosting our leadership Dinner. 


About the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations

The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations is a think tank within the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. The Center has been rated as the top university affiliated think tanks in Washington, DC and one of the top ten university-affiliated think tanks globally.

Dr. Daniel Hamilton is the Executive Director of both the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations and the American Consortium on European Union Studies. 

Susan Ness, Chair of the SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, is a Senior Fellow at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, and a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. 

Emily Tang, Program Associate of the SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom, is a current graduate student at SAIS and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.