The 3rd Annual Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum Empowerment by Improving Participation and Representation


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Mar 02, 2017


New York, NY


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Thomson Reuters is pleased to announce the return of our highly popular Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum: Empowerment by Improving Participation and Representation on March 2, 2017 in New York City. Coinciding with International Women’s Day on March 8, this highlight program will address the various challenges affecting rising female stars and women’s leadership opportunities in some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. We will offer a blend of keynote plenaries and robust panel discussions that address enterprise level change and individual transformation as delivered by some of the most powerful women in law, business, government, and academia.

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Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers this event both an honor and ethical obligation to connect passionate advocates with rising stars and key power brokers from across all industries and sectors. We are creating a summit that young professionals and distinguished luminaries can use to advance their careers and help improve women’s leadership opportunities for current and future generations.
  • This conference is uniquely positioned to address the difficult or otherwise unspoken issues often ignored at similarly themed events on gender and the workplace.
  • Our focus is on ascendant women’s leadership—as opposed to diversity—within the corporate and law firm setting. We are concerned with how young women leaders ascend in corporate settings with the aid—or despite the actions of—male and female colleagues.
  • We focus not simply on individual transformative measures, but enterprise-level change as well.
  • Few conferences match the caliber of our faculty or robust media coverage afforded by Thomson Reuters. We will showcase rising female stars and men who “get it” in some of the world’s most progressive organizations.
  • Delegates can expect to participate in discussions and gain practical tips on how to truly move the needle on gender inequality.

Who Should Attend

  • Mid-level (male & female) corporate professionals interested in the issue of transformative leadership.
  • Junior partners or senior associates at law firms; law firm executive committee members
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Human Resources Officers/Talent/Diversity Officers
  • Board Members

Event Co-Chairs

Jan Anne Dubin

Jan Anne Dubin Consulting

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Bindu Dhaliwal

Associate General Counsel & Director, Environmental, Social and Governance, BMO Financial Group

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Doreen E. Lilienfeld

Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Event Details

Thursday, Mar 02

8:15 AM
Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:15 AM
Opening Remarks
9:30 AM
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

10:15 AM
Morning Break
10:30 AM
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

11:45 AM
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

1:00 PM
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

1:45 PM
2:00 PM
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

2:30 PM
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

Closing Remarks
Networking Reception

Please join us for a special networking session with partnering non-profit organizations looking to advance key causes for women.

Karen Gray

Director of Human Resources - Americas, Christie’s Inc.

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Lenora Lapidus

Director, Women’s Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union

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Sonia Ossorio

President, National Organization for Women of New York

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Charlotte Rushton

Managing Director, Large & Medium Law Firms
Thomson Reuters

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Catherine M. Russell

Former US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, US Department of State

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