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15th Annual Women's Leadership Conference

Standing Up, Being Counted: Leaders Driving Change and Measuring Results


The Conference Board
845 Third Ave, Third Floor
New York, NY 10022

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 6th Ave
New York, NY 10019
Tel: +1 (212) 586-7000

To book a room at a discounted rate by 4/12/2019, click here

Please Note: Registration fees do not include hotel accommodations.


All proceeds support The Conference Board's educational, scientific, and not-for-profit mission.

Athena Center for Leadership Studies
Chicago Trading Company
Korn Ferry - Women's Leadership 2019 - Sponsor
Maven Clinic - Women's Leadership 2019 - Supporting Sponsor
Kindbody - Exhibition Sponsorship - WL2019
DiversityComm 2019
International Association of Women
APRIL 30 - MAY 01, 2019
April 30 - May 01, 2019

About the Conference

While many organizations still lag in the drive for gender parity, others are providing models for how to drive change today: Women CEOs, directors, and founders who have forged their own paths and are paving the way for others; men in the C-suite who are leading networks to advance women’s leadership; companies who have transformed recruitment, talent management, leadership development, mentorship, and approaches to mitigate bias. These leaders and their organizations have seen how inclusion can drive innovation and business results, and they have case studies, actionable strategies, and inspiration to share.

The Conference Board’s 2019 Women’s Leadership Conference is uniquely qualified to convene these leaders to demonstrate how we drive change in 2019. It is the remarkable confluence of Conference Board resources with a format that co-creates with our attendees that makes this experience different:

  • All year long the Conference Board’s world-class human capital researchers and its Women’s Leadership Councils confer on how to advance gender parity and drive change. For two days this spring, they will be sharing their insights with Women’s Leadership Conference attendees
  • The Conference will be limited to 200 participants, each of whom will have a voice in shaping the event. A participant survey before the Conference will shape what points are addressed in each session. At the Conference itself, every session will be interactive, giving each attendee an opportunity to reflect, to respond, and to vote on the questions they most want answered.
  • Every session is designed to create a conversation among you, the speakers, and your fellow attendees on the issues that matter most to you.

Who Should Attend

We recommend this conference for senior level women and men who support women’s advancement. Titles may include:

  • Directors of diversity and inclusion
  • Chief diversity officers
  • Chief human resources officers
  • Women’s initiative officers
  • Vice president of learning and development
  • Vice president and directors of talent management

Earn Recertification Credits

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Earn up to 11 CPE credits
Personnel/Human Resources
Requirements: Attendees must sign-in each day for full credit. Delivery Method: Group-Live; Program Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or higher, Advanced Preparation: None


This program has been pre-approved for 8.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


This program has been approved for 8.25 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward aPHR, PHR, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, PHRi, and SPHRi recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at

This program is eligible for 9 CCE / ICF Coaching credits in Resource Development


Get Involved! If you would like to get involved in the 2019 conference, please contact us:

Katrina Adams, CEO, Chairman and President, United States Tennis Association, Inc.

Michal Alter, Co-Founder and CEO,

Kiersten Barnet, Global Head, Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, Bloomberg

Sheryl Battles, Vice President, Global Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement, Pitney Bowes Inc.

Katherine Bell, Editor in Chief, Barron's

Tricia Brannigan, Sr. Director Procurement, Commodities & Specialty Procurement, The Hershey Company

Jean Brownhill, Founder and CEO, Sweeten

John Curtis, Manager, Lease Marketing, Xerox Financial Services

Rubiena Duarte, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Walt Disney Company, The

Mary Jane Elmore, Fellow, Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute

Sandra Fathi, CEO, Affect

Mary Finch, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, AECOM Technology Corporation

Melissa Frieswick, Chief Revenue Officer, Maven Clinic

Maureen Gillan-Myer, Executive Vice President, Head of Human Resources USA, HSBC

Theresia Gouw, Founding Partner, Aspect Ventures

Beatrice Grech-Cumbo, Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Julian Guthrie, Author, Alpha Girls

Insiya Hussain, Ph.D., Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, President, Moody's Foundation, Moody's

Sheryl Kurtis, EVP Head of Compliance Transformational Change and Regulatory Remediation, Wells Fargo

Brad Marsh, Chief People Officer, CTC Trading Group, LLC

Jody Michael, President, Jody Michael Associates

SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital; Founder, Products That Count

Nathalie Molina Nino, CEO, Brava Investments

Sonja Hoel Perkins, Managing Director, The Perkins Fund

Amanda Popiela, Research, Human Capital, The Conference Board

Kathey Porter, Director, Small Business & Vendor Diversity Relations; Adjunct Instructor, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida

Alison Potish, Director of People Development, CTC Trading Group, LLC

Barri Rafferty, Senior Partner, CEO and President, Ketchum

Robin Rotenberg, Vice President, Corp. Communications & Chief Communications, BASF Corporation

Timothy Shore, Vice President and Chief Ombudsman, Pfizer

Eileen Simon, General Counsel, Global Businesses, Mastercard

Susan Story, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Water Works Company, Inc.

Lois Vossen, Executive Producer, Independent Lens, ITVS

Kari Warberg Block, Founder & CEO, EarthKind

Kelly Williams, Vice President, HR, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Magdalena Yesil, Founder, Broadway Angels

Mary Young, Principal Researcher, Human Capital, The Conference Board, Inc.

Pre-Conference Workshop:

Negotiation Excellence Workshop

April 29, 2019

Overview: Build Your Skills While Discovering New Leadership Development Tools

Research – and often our own experiences – indicate that women do not get to negotiate on a level playing field. This reality makes the need to continuously elevate negotiation skills and strategies even more crucial. The Negotiation Excellence Workshop is a fully immersive, interactive experience in which insights from master negotiators and coaches are accompanied by exercises, role-playing, and active training in negotiation skills. This one-day investment will leave you with insights and experiences that could change the course of your next negotiation with peers, vendors or clients – and provide new, unique skill sets, frameworks and strategies to enhance leadership development in your organization.

8:00 – 9:00 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:10 am
Welcome and Introductions

Joan Greco, Program Director, The Conference Board

9:10 – 10:10 am

The Drama of Dealmaking

Why do some of our negotiations fall short of success? Why do others end with sought-after outcomes, including attractive financial terms and strong relationships? Award-winning researcher and teacher on negotiation Daniel Ames pushes back against some commonly-held “pinhole” views about bargaining, urging a “panoramic” view instead. We will begin the day by walking through the Five Dramas framework, a systematic way of thinking and preparing that is tied to negotiation success and put the ideas into practice immediately by applying the framework to current situations. We will also take stock of ourselves as negotiators, sketching takeaways about our own development and setting the stage for the rest of the day.

Daniel Ames, Professor, Columbia Business School 

Kim Karetsky, Former Executive Director, J.P. Morgan Private Bank, Advisor Development Group

10:10 – 10:55 am

Master Negotiator: Applying Lessons from Negotiations with 12 Unions

As Chief Human Resources Officer of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mary Lee Hannell is responsible for a comprehensive labor relations strategy across 23 unions, including direct negotiations for twelve civilian and police unions. Discover what she’s learned negotiating while an agency’s labor relationships and some of the nation’s most important infrastructure are at stake – and how these lessons can be applied to crucial negotiations at every level. Then share insights and questions in small-group discussions and report-outs.

Mary Lee Hannell, Chief Human Resources Officer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Kerri Crossan, Chief Negotiator, Deputy Director of Labor Relations, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

10:55 – 11:10 am
Refreshment Break
11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Closing the Confidence Gap

Some research suggests that women begin their careers with, on average, less confidence than their male peers. Other studies suggest that even when women are equally confident in their abilities, they are less likely to promote themselves – and may receive different reactions when they do than the reactions their male colleagues receive. Closing this “confidence gap” is an essential element in strengthening one’s negotiating muscle. In this interactive session we will learn to understand the gap in
confidence and/or self-promotion and learn and practice new strategies and exercises to close the gap for oneself or for others.

Christi Krautbauer,HR Consultant; Co-Chair, Women @ Thomson Reuters Business Resource Group, Minnesota, Thomson Reuters

Carissa Schmitz, HR Consultant; Co-Chair, Women @ Thomson Reuters Business Resource Group, Thomson Reuters

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 – 2:45 pm

Tactics of an FBI Hostage Negotiator: Why Empathy and Active Listening are Power Moves

In this session Chip Massey, former FBI Special Agent and Hostage Negotiator, will provide skill sets and actionable tactics that you can begin using in almost any context immediately.

We will learn how to:

  • De-escalate a tense conversation
  • Bring someone to a more productive and positive mindset
  • Lead and function optimally under stress
  • Position yourself for success
  • Build rapid trust and rapport
  • And most importantly, how to harness the power of your own emotions

Chip Massey, Recent Special Agent, Crisis Negotiator, FBI

2:45 – 2:55 pm
Refreshment Break
2:55 pm – 3:55 pm

Master Negotiator: Making the Tough Calls and Changing Workplaces for the Better

Terri Solomon is a national legal expert in improving fairness and inclusiveness in workplaces, and in heightening leaders’ effectiveness – including the ability to negotiate and mediate difficult conflicts. Learn crucial negotiation skills for one’s toughest leadership challenges, and actionable strategies for negotiating positive change in your workplace.

Terri Solomon, Shareholder; Co-Chair, Workplace Safety and Health Practice Group, Littler

3:55 pm – 4:05 pm
Refreshment Break
4:05 pm – 5:30 pm

Bringing It All Together: Better Negotiation Though Emotional Insights

In this interactive session, we will use and add to the skill set we have gathered over the course of the day to:

  • Learn to use “intuition” to activate innate powers of negotiation
  • Apply new strategies to enhance negotiation capabilities
  • Expose the self-imposed barriers that can hold us back from being expert negotiators
  • Simulate negotiation scenarios in groups
  • Create a personal action plan from the negotiation strategies we’ve discussed during the course of the workshop

Alexandra Phillips, Executive Coach and Author at The Conference Board and Forbes


Closing Remarks

Joan Greco, Program Director, The Conference Board


Earn Recertification Credits

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Earn up to 6.5 CPE credits
Personal Development
Requirements : Attendees must sign-in each day for full credit. Delivery Method: Group-Live; Program Level: Intermediate, Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree or higher, Advanced Preparation: None

This program is eligible for 5.75 CCE / ICF credits in Resource Development

Athena Center for Leadership Studies
Chicago Trading Company
Korn Ferry - Women's Leadership 2019 - Sponsor
Supporting Sponsor
Maven Clinic - Women's Leadership 2019 - Supporting Sponsor
Exhibition Sponsor
Kindbody - Exhibition Sponsorship - WL2019
Marketing Partner
DiversityComm 2019
International Association of Women