2015 Conference

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Monday, September 28 & Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Monday Afternoon, September 28:  Closed-Door CEO Strategy Roundtable

(by invitation only)

Monday evening, September 28:  VIP Dinner (by invitation only)



8:00 AM – Registration and breakfast

8:30 AM to 1:00 PM – PROGRAM 

Caucus Room
345 Cannon House Office Building
U.S. House of Representatives
27 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC

The Public Plenary Session of the Sixth SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, in the Caucus Room of the Cannon Office Building, U.S. House of Representatives. The SAIS Global Conference brings together corporate CEOs, board chairs, institutional investors, stock exchange executives, government officials, international experts and the leaders of 21 business organizations to highlight successful global initiatives, and to recommend practical, business-led strategies to accelerate the selection of talented female and minority candidates for U.S. corporate boards.

We thank our Congressional Host, Representative Don Beyer of Virginia, for arranging to hold the Public Plenary Session in the Caucus Room of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Public Plenary Session will begin promptly at 8:30 AM and end at 1:00 PM. Registration and breakfast will be available from 8:00 AM.  The program will include keynotes, interviews and panel discussions, focused on the key levers for increasing the representation of women on boards.

The session is open to the public.  There is no fee, but registration is required. To register, please click here.


Roundtable and/or Public Plenary Session Speakers (partial list)

  • Jenny Abramson, Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact
  • Linda Akutagawa, President & CEO, Leadership Education for Asian Pacificers, Inc.
  • Ambassador Gérard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States
  • Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA), Congressional Host; former Virginia Lt. Governor
  • Richard A. Bennett, President & CEO, ValueEdge Advisors, LLC
  • John Brogden, Managing Director & CEO, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Diana Cantor, Board Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Joan Conley, SVP & Corporate Secretary, NASDAQ
  • JoAnn Cavallaro, President, ION
  • Donna Dabney, Director, Corporate Governance Center, The Conference Board
  • The Honorable Cari Dominguez, former chair, EEOC; board member, NACD
  • Lynne Doughtie, US Chairman & CEO, KPMG
  • Governor John Engler, President & CEO, The Business Roundtable
  • Cindi Fornelli, Executive Director, The Center for Audit Quality
  • Deborah Gillis, President, Catalyst
  • Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
  • The Honorable Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer & Receiver General
  • Dayna Grayson, Partner, NEA (Global Venture Capital)
  • Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg, Chairman 30% Club
  • Karen Greenbaum, President & CEO, AESC
  • Darrin Hartzler, Global Manager, Global Corporate Governance, IFC
  • Rick Haythornthwaite, Chairman, Mastercard
  • Celia Huber, Director, McKinsey & Co
  • Edward S. Knight, EVP, General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer, NASDAQ
  • Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, Executive Director, Thirty Percent Coalition
  • Robert Leary, CEO, Asset Management, TIAA-CREF
  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
  • Marge Magner, Chairman, TEGNA, Lead Director, Accenture
  • Rodney Martin, Chairman & CEO, Voya Financial
  • William McCracken, Former Chairman & CEO, CA Technologies
  • Irene Natividad, Chair, Corporate Women Directors International
  • Thomas Nides, Vice Chair, Morgan Stanley
  • Ron Parker, President & CEO, Executive Leadership Council
  • Michael Petro, EVP, Committee for Economic Development
  • Mary Saxon, Partner, Head of Global Retail Practice, Heidrick & Struggles
  • Jane Shaw, Director, Yahoo!; retired chair, Intel Corp
  • Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTRS
  • Tim Smith, Vice President, Shareholder Engagement, Boston Trust
  • Diana Cruz Solash, Director, EY Global and Americas Diversity & Inclusiveness
  • Ralph Terkowitz, General Partner, ABS Capital Partners
  • Trevor Traina, Founder & CEO, IfOnly
  • James Turley, Former Chairman & CEO, EY
  • Professor Susan Vinnicombe, CBE, Simmons College & Cranfield University
  • Kerrie Waring, Executive Director, ICGN
  • Maggie Wilderotter, Executive Chairman, Frontier Co­mmunications
  • Cid Wilson, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
  • Denise Wilson, CEO Davies Review, UK.


Strategic Partners

30% Club

Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC)

Business Roundtable


Committee for Economic Development (CED)

The Conference Board

Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI)

Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL)

Executive Leadership Council (ELC)

Global Board Ready Women

Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)

International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc (LEAP)


PWN Global

Thirty Percent Coalition

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD)

Women’s Forum of New York

Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

Corporate Partners

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