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AGENDA
DECEMBER 03 - 04, 2020
VIRTUAL MEETING
December 03 - 04, 2020

About the Conference

Learn how global leaders from Procter & Gamble, Eli Lilly, Northwest Mutual, Merck, Harvard University, the U.S. Navy, and many more are empowering women’s leadership and gender equity in a world of unprecedented change.

Our virtual conference is a true gathering built to maximize your opportunities to share insights both with speakers and with fellow attendees. Conference features include:

  • Ability to engage in sessions live or on demand
  • Instant access to speaker bios, slides, white papers, etc.
  • Virtual Exhibit Halls and Attendee Lounge
  • Small Group Roundtables where you’ll talk directly with speakers and attendees


Learn from speakers including:

Rhonda Clark

Arleas Upton Kea

Rick Cotton

Rhonda Clark
President, Corporate Plant Engineering
UPS

Arleas Upton Kea
Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to the Chairman
FDIC

Rick Cotton
Executive Director
The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Joy Fitzgerald

Commander Amanda Hawkins

Deanna Bass

Joy Fitzgerald
Vice President – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Eli Lilly

Commander Amanda Hawkins
United States Navy (Ret.)

Deanna Bass
Executive Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion
Procter & Gamble

Gretchen Stroud

Jennifer McCafferty

Siri Chilazi

Gretchen Stroud
Vice President, Global Learning & Talent COE
Hilton Worldwide

Jennifer McCafferty Ph.D.
Vice President, Strategic Planning
Merck

Siri Chilazi
Research Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program
Harvard University

Holly Gagnon

Hollie Heikkinen

Natasha Velikoselskiy

Holly Gagnon
President & CEO
Seneca Gaming Corporation

Hollie Heikkinen
CEO & Founder
iWorker Innovations
Chair, Women in Corporate Leadership Subcommittee
Committee for Economic Development

Natasha Velikoselskiy
(formerly) Leader, Global Accelerated Development, Diversity and Inclusion
Johnson & Johnson

Who Should Attend

We recommend this conference for senior executives who support equal leadership and new expectations for the advancement of gender parity and women’s leadership in your organization. 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

Get Involved

If you would like to get involved in this year’s conference, please contact us.

Souheil Badran, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, Northwestern Mutual

Deanna Bass, Executive Director, Global Diversity, Procter & Gamble

Siri Chilazi, Research Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard University

Rhonda Clark, President, Corporate Plant Engineering, UPS

Rick Cotton, Executive Director, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Rubiena Duarte, VP, People & Culture Diversity, Walt Disney Company

Joy Fitzgerald, Vice President, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Eli Lilly and Company

Holly Gagnon, President & CEO, Seneca Gaming Corporation

Jennifer Hatton, EVP, Follett Higher Education

Amanda Hawkins, Retired, United States Navy (Ret.)

Hollie Heikkinen, Founder and CEO, iWorker Innovations LLC

Jennifer Locke, Associate Director, Talent & Organizational Development, DTCC

Jennifer McCafferty Ph.D., Vice President, Strategic Planning, Merck

Jennifer Openshaw, Founder and CEO, Girls With Impact

Shah Poorvi, Chief Executive Officer, Katalyst

Michele Prota, Chief Talent Officer, Forsman & Bodenfors

Laura Sabattini, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board

Teresa Sande, HR Executive and author of Find Your Fierce,

Poorvi Shah, CEO, Katalyst

Arleas Upton Kea, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to the Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Natasha Velikoselskiy, (formerly) Leader, Global Accelerated Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Johnson & Johnson

11:00 – 11:15 am

Welcome and Introduction

Rubiena Duarte, Vice President, People Culture & Diversity, The Walt Disney Company, Conference Chair


Part 1:

Authentic Leadership

11:15  – 11:45 am

Forging a Path of Authentic Leadership

When retired U.S. Navy Commander Amanda Hawkins became the first woman with children to lead an operational maritime patrol aircraft squadron, she faced a military in which – like many organizations – “gender-neutral” often meant conforming to male standards in how one looks, communicates, and leads. Learn how she discovered her authentic leadership style, to the benefit of herself, her squadron, and their mission – and what this means for advancing women leaders in your organization.

Commander Amanda Hawkins, United States Navy (Ret.)

11:45 am – 12:00 pm BREAK
12:00 – 12:45 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Science and Tech: What Does Real Change Look Like?

Join our conversation with women leading in science and tech on their journeys and what real change that advances gender equity in STEM looks like.

Jennifer McCafferty Ph.D., Vice President, Strategic Planning, Merck

Rhonda Clark, President, Corporate Plant Engineering, UPS


Find Your Fierce: Navigate and Change the Systems
that Feed Imposter Syndrome

The Harvard Business Review defines Imposter Syndrome as “as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success,” with those suffering from it “unable to internalize their accomplishments, however successful they are in their field.” Advice related to Imposter Syndrome is almost always directed to the individual sufferer. Yet imposter syndrome can be exacerbated by organizational behaviors and should be addressed systemically. Learn how to identify and change the systems that feed Imposter Syndrome.

Teresa Sande, HR Executive and author of Find Your Fierce

12:45 – 1:00 pm BREAK
1:00 – 1:30 pm

Leadership in Building the Infrastructure for Gender Equity

After 25 years at NBC Universal and multiple government agencies, Rick Cotton took on the role of Executive Director of  The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the joint venture that builds and operates many of the most important infrastructure assets in the country, including New York metro airports and the World Trade Center site. He set out on an agency transformation that includes a major increase in the percentage of women in management. Hear how it’s happening and why he sees it as essential to the PA’s future.

Rick Cotton, Executive Director, The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

 

1:30 – 2:00 pm BREAK


Part 2:

Driving Systemic Change

 

2:00 – 2:30 pm

How Lilly Explored the Employee Journey and Gained New Insights on Intersectionality

When Lilly sought to accelerate the advancement of women into leadership positions, it turned to the company’s existing business process for understanding the Patient Journey and turned those skills and resources toward understanding the Employee Journey at the company. The results were new insights, especially on intersectionality and its impact on the advancement of women, and changes that “significantly boosted the representation of women and people of color in Lilly’s leadership ranks,” as the Wall Street Journal observed. Learn some of the bold strategies Lilly used, the culture shifts it generated, and how your organization could tap into existing business processes to make an impact toward gender parity.

Joy Fitzgerald, Vice President – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Eli Lilly

2:30 – 3:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Why Job Design Matters To Gender Equity More Than Ever

Even before COVID-19 reshaped how we worked, smarter job design aided by technology was already showing the potential to improve recruitment, retention and productivity.  But job design is more important than ever for women, who are still expected to “balance” greater responsibilities outside of work and thus value flexible, energizing roles in their work. Discover how Follett Higher Education’s Deskless Workforce initiative helped create an environment especially conducive to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women leaders, and the special impact it had in 2020.

Jennifer Hatton, Executive Vice President, Follett Higher Education


Inclusion and the Science of Innovation

Organizations survive and thrive through innovations that drive growth – and the data demonstrate that inclusion and gender diversity drive successful innovation. Learn how leading innovators are putting this insight into action, and the particular salience it has had during current challenges.

3:00 – 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 – 3:45 pm

Slaying Myths and Unleashing Power at the House of Brands

Deanna Bass – Executive Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Procter & Gamble, a chief architect of P&G’s Global Gender Equality strategy, and co-creator of the “Women at Work: Myth vs Reality” campaign launched at Davos in 2018 – will share with us how the ultimate “House of Brands” is leveraging the power of iconic brands to drive gender equality externally and internally. Learn how brands help advance a Global Gender Equality Strategy that that has embraced time-bound targets and that focuses not on “fixing" women, but on fighting the myths and the systems that perpetuate the global gender gap.

Deanna Bass, Executive Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Procter & Gamble

3:45 – 4:00 pm

Recap, Introduction to Roundtables, and Break

4:00 – 4:45 pm

Small Group Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Connect with fellow attendees, speakers, Conference Board Council members, and other gender equity leaders to share experiences and insights in virtual roundtable discussions. We will be going deeper into some of the topics explored by speakers and discuss related subjects.

Attendees will indicate which Roundtable topic they prefer and receive a Roundtable invitation in advance.

10:00 – 10:45 am

Small Group Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Connect with fellow attendees, speakers, Conference Board Council members, and other gender equity leaders to share experiences and insights in virtual roundtable discussions. We will be going deeper into some of the topics explored by speakers and discuss related subjects.

Attendees will indicate which Roundtable topic they prefer and receive a Roundtable invitation in advance.

11:00 – 11:15 am

Welcome and Introduction


Part 3:

Allies and Networks

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Why Being an Effective Male Ally Isn’t an “Extra” – It’s a Necessity

Any organizational leader knows that digital transformation is not solely an IT function. Brand-building is not exclusively a marketing function. Expense management is not only an auditor’s responsibility. And when it comes to empowering women, advocacy must not be women’s responsibility alone. Learn how the Chief Operating Officer of Northwest Mutual Souheil Badran encourages male colleagues to do the work to become indispensable allies for future women leaders.

Souheil Badran, EVP, Chief Operating Officer, Northwest Mutual

11:45 am – 12:30 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Research Report: The Future of ERGs

Employee resource groups – whether called ERGs, employee networks, affinity groups, or business resource groups – have been a core component of companies’ diversity and inclusion strategy for decades. Yet many organizations still struggle with business alignment and with keeping employee-group initiatives sustainable over time and across different regions of the world. This session shares insights from exclusive Conference Board research looking at future trends for employee groups across different industries and global

regions. We’ll explore: How are employee groups, and women’s groups in particular, evolving across regions? How are employee groups responding to workforce changes? How can employee groups foster inclusion across intersectional identities and with allies? And how have employee groups evolved to meet the challenges of 2020?

Laura Sabattini, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, The Conference Board

 

Innovations in Mentorship and Sponsorship

What will mentor and sponsor relationships look like in our new normal? Learn how innovators are enhancing sponsorship and mentorship models by moving away from “one size fits all” approaches. Explore how organizations are making the business case for initiatives and creating a fertile culture for relationships that improve retention, inclusion and engagement. Discover new, multifaceted approaches with elements such as internal marketing campaigns, executive recruiter relationships, and C-suite roundtables, among others.

Michele Prota, Chief Talent Officer, Forsman & Bodenfors New York

Jennifer Locke, Associate Director, Talent & Organizational Development, DTCC


Routes to the Top: The Committee for Economic Development on Filling the Pipeline for CEO and Board Positions

Through its “Advancing Women in Corporate Leadership” effort,the Committee for Economic Development at the Conference Board has been convening business leaders and distilling data focused on filling the pipeline for women to advance into CEO and board positions. Hear from CED leaders and other top executives on what they have done to advance women into the high level operational, P&L experiences that are often a prerequisite to receiving consideration for the position of CEO.

Holly Gagnon, President & CEO, Seneca Gaming Corporation

Arleas Upton Kea, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy to the Chairman, FDIC

Hollie Heikkinen, CEO & Founder, iWorker Innovations; Chair, Women in Corporate Leadership Subcommittee, Committee for Economic Development

12:30 – 12:45 pm BREAK
12:45 – 1:30 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Evidence-Based Tactics to Battle Bias: What Works - and What Doesn't

Unconscious biases block the ally and network support needed to advance equality, yet research shows that de-biasing people’s minds is virtually impossible. Fortunately, cutting-edge evidence points to proven and effective structural solutions that allow us to design environments, processes and systems that create a level playing field for all. In her session, Siri will discuss the latest insights from behavioral research - both on what works and what doesn’t - and share practical strategies that advance equity in our workplaces through behavioral design, improved talent management and more inclusive culture.

Siri Chilazi, Research Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard University


The Critical Factors that Move Efforts from Supportive to Successful

Allies; ERGs; mentors; sponsors – most large enterprises have several or all of these networking and support efforts. But which ones have made real impacts in increasing the number of women in senior leadership? What were the critical factors in those successes? Discover through research-based best practices and case studies what elevates a program from generally supportive to measurably successful.

Natasha Velikoselskiy, (formerly) Leader, Global Accelerated Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Johnson & Johnson

1:30 – 2:00 pm BREAK


Part 4:

Onward in a Transformed World

2:00 – 2:45 pm

No Going Back: How 2020 Has Changed the Fight for Gender Equity

As we gather virtually in December, each of us will be looking back at a year unlike any other in living memory. Our panel of leaders shares how the traumas, the challenges, and the unprecedented changes we have been and are living through have reshaped the drive to advance women leaders and gender equity. What have their organizations witnessed as work, school  and parenting were all taking place at home? What have they learned about remote work and flexible schedules? Or about the leadership qualities that are critical when customers, communities and employees are most in need of support? What do they believe has changed permanently going forward?

2:45 – 3:00 pm BREAK
3:00 –  3:30 pm CONCURRENT SESSIONS

From Rural Village to Corporate Management: Forging New Paths to Women’s Leadership in India

By 2027 the working-age population in India will be the largest in the world, almost 20% of the entire global labor force. Even incremental increases in labor force participation and gender parity in India can have massive impact and generate hundreds of billions in GDP. Learn how one organization and its global partners are tapping into what is possibly the nation’s most under-utilized resource – women from low-income communities. The organization prepares these young women to step into corporate and government roles, and aspire for leadership positions, becoming change-makers for India.

Poorvi Shah, Chief Executive Officer, Katalyst


Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Leaders

Nationally known financial expert, Dow Jones columnist and Girls With Impact CEO Jennifer Openshaw will share with us her work inspiring the next generation of women entrepreneurs. A one-time motel maid who climbed to board-level success as one of Silicon Valley's early rising stars, she will show us the innovative ways business, government and nonprofit leaders are partnering to inspire girls to lead. Discover what those partners are learning about the goals and expectations of the next generation.

Jennifer Openshaw, Founder and CEO, Girls with Impact

3:30 – 3:45 pm

Conclusion: Continuing the Conversation

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