2015 Conference Agenda

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Public Plenary Session Program

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hosted by U.S. Representative Don Beyer of Virginia


8:00 AM – 8:30 AM                  REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

8:30 AM – 1:00 PM                  PROGRAM 


  • Susan Ness, Chair, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom
  • Congressman Don Beyer of Virginia, Congressional Host

Levers of Power: Leadership 

  • Rick Haythorthwaite, Chairman, MasterCard Incorporated
  • Introduced by Susan Ness

McKinsey Overview: Levers of Power

  • Celia Huber, Director, McKinsey & Company

How do we achieve progress in the United States?  Interviews with CEO’s & Chairman

  • Interviewer: Lisa Kassenaar, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg
  • Rodney Martin, Chairman & CEO, Voya Financial
  • Thomas Nides, Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley

The Global Perspective

  • Moderator:  Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
  • Denise Wilson, CEO, Davies Review UK
  • John Brogden, Managing Director & CEO, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Darrin Hartzler, Manager, Corporate Governance, IFC
  • Irene Natividad, President, Corporate Women Directors International

Levers of Power:  The Role of the States

  • The Honorable Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer
  • Introduced by: Pamela Parizek, Partner, KPMG; Co-Chair, DC Chapter WCD

Levers of Power: Institutional Investors

  • Moderator:  Pamela Parizek, Partner, KPMG; Co-Chair, DC Chapter WCD
  • Diana Cantor, Board, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTRS
  • Tim Smith, VP, Shareholder Engagement, Boston Trust

Interviews with CEOs and Chairmen

  • Interviewer:  Lisa Kassenaar, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg
  • Marge Magner, Chairman, TEGNA, Lead Director, Accenture
  • James Turley, Former Chairman & CEO, EY
  • Jane Shaw, Director, Yahoo!; retired chair, Intel Corp

Levers of Power: Stock Exchanges

  • Edward Knight, EVP, General Counsel & Chief Regulatory Officer, NASDAQ

Levers of Power:  Corporate Governance

  • Moderator:  Richard Bennett, President & CEO, ValueEdge Advisors, LLC
  • Donna Dabney, Director, Corporate Governance Center, The Conference Board
  • Michael Petro, EVP, Committee for Economic Development
  • The Honorable Cari Dominguez, former chair, EEOC; board member, NACD

Diversity:  Beyond Gender

  • Moderator:  Deborah Gillis, President, Catalyst
  • Linda Akutagawa, President & CEO, Leadership Education for Asia Pacifics
  • Ron Parker, President & CEO, Executive Leadership Council
  • Cid Wilson, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

Diversity by Design: Lessons from the Tech and IPO world

  • Moderator:  Jenny Abramson, Founder & Managing Partner, Rethink Impact
  • Trevor Traina, Founder & CEO, IfOnly
  • Ralph Terkowitz, General Partner, ABC Capital Partners
  • Dayna Grayson, Partner, NEA


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

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