Registration & Continental Breakfast
Is it a (Wo)man’s World?: Exploring “The State of Women” in 2017
This opening session explores changes to the lives of women over the past year. What recent developments, both at home and abroad, are having the greatest impact on women’s lives? How have changes in technology, world politics and the global economy affected the social, economic and political influence of women? Our distinguished commentators will offer themes for conversation by presenting “The State of Women” through current news and data as viewed from a feminine perspective.
Charlotte Rushton, Managing Director, US Large Law Firms, Thomson Reuters
Lenora Lapidus, Director, Women’s Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union
Sonia Ossorio, President, National Organization for Women of New York
Catherine Russell, Former Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, US Department of State
Momentum Deferred: Women, Entrepreneurship & Global Access to Capital
A recent study by the International Monetary Fund concluded that if obstacles to women’s full economic participation were removed at a corporate and national level, women could single-handedly become a key driver of growth in both established and emerging markets. The challenge, of course, is giving female entrepreneurs the opportunity to succeed as employers and business leaders at a time when venture capital’s so-termed “gender problem” continues to undermine would-be momentum. This discussion takes an earnest look at leading efforts toward overcoming capital-related barriers for female entrepreneurs around the globe.
Doreen Lilienfeld, Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Ana Oliveira, President and Chief Executive Officer, The New York Women’s Foundation
Betty Francisco, Founder and President, FitNation Ventures, Inc.
Wendi Huestis, Development Director, Kiva
Charles Sheffield, Chief Executive Officer, Capital Access Partnership, Inc.
Yasmina Zaidman, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Acumen
Keynote Luncheon: Red Light, Stop!: Understanding the Complexities of Modern Day Slavery and What You Can Do To End It
It is hard to fathom that, in our modern day, slavery still exists. According to the International Labor Organization, over 20 million victims are coerced into dangerous situations involving human trafficking, forced labor and sexual exploitation on a global scale. As coalitions are forming to effectively eradicate this crime, corporations are looking into their operations and supply chains to play their part. This keynote presentation offers a comprehensive portrait of the complexities of modern day slavery, along with insights into the preventive measures being developed at home and abroad. This includes initiatives by corporations, governments and NGOs and the ways each of us can leverage our leadership to help end this injustice.
Keynote Speaker & 2017 Thomson Reuters Courageous Profile Award Recipient:
Theresa Loar, International Business & Human Rights Consultant
Making Sense of Sexism: A Discussion of Predominant Theories/Causes of Gender Discrimination
In 2017, sexism remains a barrier toward women’s advancement worldwide. Sex- and gender-related crimes, both domestically and abroad, still dominate the media. In both entertainment and politics, women continue to be objectified and dehumanized; men are still paid more for equal labor; and opportunities for women’s professional development are elusive. So from whence does all of this sexism arise? Why haven’t we been successful in eliminating sexual discrimination from our collective lives? Why, after so many years of moving forward, does it feel as if women are still dealing with the issues of generations past? Our panelists will offer different theoretical and causal perspectives on the issue of sexism, its origins and why it continues to exist in our modern world.
Bindu Dhaliwal, Associate General Counsel & Director, Environmental, Social & Governance, BMO Financial Group
Soraya Chemaly, Director, Women’s Media Center Speech Project
Linda Kelly, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, National Association of Manufacturers
Aracely Munoz Petrich, Special Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights
Life Lessons - Momentum Regained
As the preamble to our closing dialogue, attendees will hear a TED-style monologue from Suzanne Rich Folsom about her accomplished career arc.
Suzanne Rich Folsom, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Senior Vice President – Government Affairs, United States Steel Corporation
Momentum Regained: Engaging Women in Career Trajectory
Understanding one’s career trajectory can be deeply intimidating regardless of gender. Women and men face a number of personal questions when it comes to considering one’s best path forward or the how, what and why of shifting gears. Led by a panel of professionals at various stages of their career, this closing discussion delivers a practical and thoughtful take on taking the next step within or outside of one’s current profession.
Jan Anne Dubin, Principal, Jan Anne Dubin Consulting
Karen Gray, Human Resources Director – Americas, Christie’s
Alexandra Holt, Budget Director, Office of Budget and Management, City of Chicago
Carolyn Leonard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DyMynd
Roberta Liebenberg, Partner, Fine Kaplan, and Black
Suzanne Rich Folsom, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer & Senior Vice President-Government Affairs, US Steel
Please join us for a special networking session with partnering non-profit organizations looking to advance key causes for women.
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