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AGENDA
DECEMBER 03 - 04, 2020
THE CONFERENCE BOARD,NEW YORK, NY
December 03 - 04, 2020

UPDATE: In light of the latest developments and public health recommendations on the novel coronavirus, we have decided to reschedule the Women's Leadership Conference to the dates above. We join a long list of other institutions that are rescheduling events to protect the health and safety of attendees and to support the wider public effort to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing.

If you are already registered, your conference registration will automatically be transferred to the new dates; if you have a conflict with the new dates or any questions, please contact Brian Teagle at brian.teagle@conference-board.org. 

About the Conference

This Fall at The Conference Board’s 16th Annual Women's Leadership Conference, hear from the women and men who are making an impact on gender parity and advancing women leaders.  

Session Topics Include:

  • Creating a “Best Place to Work” for Women
  • Innovations for Accelerating Leaders
  • Why Being an Effective Male Ally Isn’t an “Extra” – It’s a Necessity
  • Understanding the Employee Journey and New Insights on Intersectionality
  • Slaying Myths and Unleashing Power at the House of Brands
  • Women in STEM Leadership: Initiatives and Impact 
  • Evidence-Based Tactics to Battle Bias: What Works - and What Doesn't
  • The Power of Transparency
  • Find Your Fierce: Navigate and Change the Systems that Feed Imposter Syndrome
  • Research Report: The Future of ERGs
  • The Future of Sponsorship
  • The Future of Job Design in Advancing Women


Learn from speakers including:

Rhonda Clark

Arleas Upton Kea

Catherine Gacad

Rhonda Clark
President, Corporate Plant Engineering
UPS

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

Catherine Gacad
Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology & Partnerships
Wells Fargo

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, Global Director of Diversity & Inclusion, 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, Vice President, People Culture & Diversity, The Walt Disney Company

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

Catherine Gacad, Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology & Partnerships, Wells Fargo

Jennifer Hatton, EVP, Follett Higher Education

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

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

Ruth Rathblott, CEO, Harlem Educational Activities Fund

Laura Sabattini, , The Conference Board

Teresa Sande, Vice President, Enterprise Talent Strategy, UnitedHealth Group

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

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

Day One

8 – 8:40 am Registration and Breakfast
8:40 – 8:50 am Welcome and Introductions

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

8:50 – 9:05 am

Opening Spark: The Power of Women Bringing Their True Selves to Work

We begin by celebrating the power of each of us bringing our authentic selves to work in advancing inclusion, innovation, culture change, and gender parity.

Ruth Rathblott, CEO, Harlem Educational Activities Fund

9:05 – 9:35 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.)

9:35 – 10:05 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

10:05 – 10:25 am Break
10:25 – 11:05  am

Women in STEM: Initiatives and Impact 

Learn how leaders in tech ventures, engineering and science are working to advance women’s leadership in STEM fields across sectors, and the impact they are seeing on innovation and the bottom line

Rhonda Clark, President, Corporate Plant Engineering, UPS

Catherine Gacad, Senior Vice President, Advanced Technology & Partnerships, Wells Fargo

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

 

11:05 – 11:45 am

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

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

Keynote: Driving Change from the Top

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important infrastructure assets in the country, including New York metropolitan area airports and the World Trade Center site. Rick Cotton came to the position of Executive Director of The Port Authority with extensive experience at multiple government agencies and 25 years at NBC Universal, and set out on an agency transformation that includes a major increase in the percentage of women in management positions. Learn how this goal is being achieved.

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

12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 1:50 pm

Innovations in Mentorship and Sponsorship

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

 

Spark Talks and Conversation

1:50 – 2:10 pm

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

Unconscious biases are a key cause of inequality in organizations today, 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

2:10 – 2:30 pm

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 the forthcoming book, Find Your Fierce

2:30 – 2:50 pm

What Does It Take To Have More Women in the C-Suite?

There is substantial evidence of the positive business outcomes of gender diversity and a critical need for women’s perspectives in all aspects and all levels of business. Yet the numbers of female senior leaders continue to be far from representative, and efforts to accelerate diverse talent are often met with systemic challenges. What does it take to see more women in senior levels of leadership in organizations? Learn critical success factors to achieving gender balance, as well as best practices and relevant insights from research and case studies.

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

2:50 – 3:20 pm

Walk & Talk: Sparked Conversations

All our Spark speakers will be available at three “nodes” around the conference floor to go deeper, answer questions, and ask questions of attendees. Attendees can interact one-on-one with each speaker or allocate time for deep dives with one or two.

3:20 – 3:35 pm Break
3:35 – 4:15 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

4:15 – 4:45 pm

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

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Taking Action: Sprint on New Practices

Attendees will engage in an idea sprint to generate new ways to take back and expand on the practices discussed this afternoon – on de-biasing institutions, battling imposter syndrome, accelerating leaders at all levels, and inspiring the next generation – at their own organizations.

5:00 Closing Remarks

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

5:00 – 6:00 pm Reception

 

Day Two

8:00 – 8:45 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 am

Breakfast Roundtables

Attendees are welcome to join a Breakfast Roundtable, led by our speakers and members of the Conference Board Leadership Council for Advancing Women, for small group discussions on topics such as:

  • Male Ally Engagement
  • The Metrics that Matter for Advancing Women
  • Negotiation
  • Intersectionality
8:45 – 8:55 am Welcome

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

8:55 – 9:30 am

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

Spark Talks and Conversation

9:30 – 10:00 am

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 outlines insights from new, exclusive Conference Board research looking at future trends for employee groups across different industries and global

regions. Key discussion points will include: How are employee groups, and women’s groups in particular, evolving across regions? How are employee groups responding to workforce and workplace changes? How can employee groups foster inclusion across intersectional identities and with allies?

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

10:00 – 10:30 am

Creating a “Best Place to Work” for Women

In 2019 Hilton ranked #1 on the Best Workplaces for Women U.S. list by Fortune and Great Place to Work. Learn about the investments in development initiatives, benefits, flexible working environments and more that support women’s success at every level, in a company where half of employees in the U.S. are women, including 53 percent at the management level.

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

10:30 – 10:50 am Break
10:50 – 11:10 am

The Future of Job Design in Advancing Women

Smarter job design, aided by technology, has the potential to improve recruitment, retention and productivity for all impacted employees – but it can be especially important for women, who are still expected to “balance” greater responsibilities outside the workplace and thus value flexible, energizing roles in the workplace. Discover how Follett Higher Education’s Deskless Workforce initiative has helped create an environment especially conducive to the recruitment, retention and advancement of women leaders.

Jennifer Hatton, Executive Vice President, Follett Higher Education

11:10 – 11:30 am

Walk & Talk: Sparked Conversations

Our Spark speakers will be available at “nodes” around the conference floor to go deeper, answer questions, and ask questions of attendees. Attendees can interact one-on-one with each speaker or allocate time for deep dives with one or two.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

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

12:00 – 12:20 pm

Voting and Recognition of Most Innovative and Most Actionable Practices

We conclude by voting on and recognizing the most innovative and most actionable practices we have discovered over the past two days.

12:20 – 12:30 pm Closing Remarks

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

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