Dr. Priya Agrawal is an obstetrician and gynecologist and global women's health expert. As Executive Director of Merck for Mothers, she is responsible for guiding the strategic direction toward reaching Millennium Development Goal 5 and execution and oversight of the broad portfolio of activities: product innovation; programs to ensure access to affordable, high-quality care; and global advocacy and awareness.
Dr. Agrawal previously served as Director of Research and Development for the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she led the implementation research agenda and supported the development and evaluation of healthcare innovations. She also worked closely with Dr. Atul Gawande as the Obstetric Lead on the World Health Organization's Safe Childbirth Checklist Program and was Medical Director of a maternal and child health social enterprise in Kenya. She has worked and traveled in more than 45 countries using the introduction of simple and sustainable innovations to improve the health outcomes for underserved women and their families.
After receiving her degrees in medicine from the University of Cambridge and Oxford, she graduated with a master's from the Harvard School of Public Health on a Fulbright Scholarship, and is finishing her Ph.D. at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Agrawal's contributions to global women's health were recognized with the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award for Public Health Professionals.
Ms. Alderman is the Director of Communications and Public Relations for Envirofit International and is responsible for managing Envirofit’s global communications and branding strategy. She works closely with Envirofit’s partners to develop, disseminate, and build capacity around delivering strategic messaging campaigns that can be adapted for local stakeholders and delivered locally. In addition, Jessica oversees Envirofit's distribution education and training program and Women's Empowerment programs and media relations. Prior to working at Envirofit, Jessica worked as a research and media consultant managing independent projects, needs assessments and program evaluations with USAID, UNFPA, JHPIEGO, Medicine Du Monde, Circle of Health International and the Women’s Global Empowerment Fund. As a Behavior Change Communications Specialist, Jessica focuses in using formative research to create messaging strategies and implement and evaluate communication programs globally. Jessica received her Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health concentrating in Health Communication and Social and Behavioral Health, and her BA in microbiology from Colorado College.
Ashley Arbuckle serves as Marketing Director & Foundation Correspondent for L’OCCITANE USA. L’OCCITANE is a beauty brand from Provence, France, dedicated to creating efficacious formulas blended with scents and textures to deliver moments of delight. As the liaison between the US team and the International L’OCCITANE Foundation, Ashley focuses on creating local partnerships with not-for-profit organizations in line with the L’OCCITANE Foundation’s areas of impact, Economic Emancipation for Women and Support for the Visually Impaired. Her role also emphasizes creating opportunities for local employees to engage in Foundation activities. These locally-funded projects include an annual fundraiser to support local NGOs working with visually impaired people and Sponsor a Woman, a voluntary contribution program to fund micro-credit loans and launch income-generating activities for women in Burkina Faso. In 2012, the L’OCCITANE USA Sponsor a Woman Fundraising Walk and individual contributions raised funds to purchase grain mills for several villages in Burkina Faso. L’OCCITANE also animates a soapmaking project each year in its boutiques, supporting women-soapmakers in Burkina Faso by selling their soap with all profits going back to Burkina-based NGOs while educating consumers about incoming-generating projects in Burkina Faso. Ashley holds a BS from New York University.
Jeannette Ferran Astorga is Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of ANN INC.
In this role, Ms. Astorga has led the global CSR team and is responsible for ANN INC.’s CSR strategy across the Company’s offices, stores and global supply chain and has been a driving force behind the Company’s sustainability and public reporting initiatives.
Ms. Astorga is passionate about doing business responsibly and oversees the Company’s programs to drive compliance with ANN INC.’s Global Supplier Principles and Guidelines. This Program establishes a Code of Conduct governing all of ANN INC.’s suppliers worldwide and oversees both the inspection of facilities to monitor compliance with those standards and the remediation of any issues identified.
Under her leadership, ANN INC. has implemented programs to drive positive working environments for factory workers globally. Over 70% of apparel produced for ANN INC. is made by women and Ms. Astorga has been instrumental in launching initiatives to support women in the supply chain. ANN INC. funds BSR’s HER project for manufacturing factories globally, providing women with access to health and wellness education and financial literacy training programs. Ms. Astorga leads the Company’s corporate Sustainability program and is responsible for implementation of its strategic commitments. One of her proudest accomplishments has been the launch of the Responsibly Ann website, ANN INC.’s first corporate social responsibly (CSR) website and reporting program.
Ms. Astorga received the prestigious ANN INC. Chairman’s Award in 2004 for exemplary performance and leadership.
Prior to leading the CSR department, Ms. Astorga spent seven years in positions of increasing responsibility focused on strategic business initiatives at ANN INC. Prior to joining the Company, she started her career in retail at Liz Claiborne and received her Bachelor of Science from the College of Business Administration at Fordham University in New York.
Ms. Astorga is a on the Board of Industry Advisors for LIM College in New York and provides guidance of global CSR matters impacting retailers. She has also been featured as a conference guest speaker at various industry forums.
Ms. Astorga spends her free time enjoying life in Manhattan with her husband and son.
Angela Baker has over ten years of local, statewide and national political experience. Currently, she is a Senior Manager with Qualcomm Wireless Reach, a strategic program that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Previously, she served as an adviser in Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need. Baker has worked in several countries spanning Asia, Africa, South America, the Middle East and Europe. Recently, she spent three months working in the Palestinian Territories and has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. She sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles.
As H&M North America’s Senior Sustainability Specialist, Pierre Borjesson works to ensure that H&M’s business operations contribute positively to the environment and people. H&M aims to invest in and strengthen communities, and through collaboration and shared growth make the world a better place to live in.
Pierre has been with H&M for nine years and has held various positions, starting as a Business Controller at the Buying Office in Sweden. During his 2.5 years in Bangladesh he started the Business Controlling function at the Production Office for Bangladesh and Pakistan and actively focused on integrating sustainability into H&M’s purchasing practices. After being promoted to lead the Business Controlling team in China, Pierre shifted roles to become the Regional CSR Manager for the environmental and social sustainability of the supply chain in China, Cambodia and Vietnam. Prior to his current position he also served as the Global Director of Social Sustainability at H&M’s Head Office in Stockholm.
Carolyn is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Imaginal Labs LLC, dedicated to helping courageous leaders make the differrence they dream of. Our offers include, a) proprietary Design Shops (TM) for executive teams designing approaches to achieve break through change, b) key note engagements and advice on courageous leadership and conscious capitalism, c) strategic consulting, and d) executive personal and digital branding.
She is a frequent speaker at Health Care industry events as well as events focused on Courageous Leadership.
For several decades, Carolyn was a Principal at Ernst & Young and spent the last decade as the Ernst & Young Global Life Sciences Leader responsible for serving global life sciences companies with a full range of management consulting solutions. In that capacity, Carolyn was responsible for E&Y’s strategy, thought leadership, resourcing, learning and solution development.
Carolyn is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, teaching Management and Gender. Carolyn also serves in a variety of capacities in the area of advancing women’s leadership. She has co-authored several HBR publications and frequently speaks at events on the topic of women’s leadership and empowerment.
Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Carolyn spent seventeen years in lending, investment banking, consulting and government service where she was involved in a diverse range of capital market activities for both public and private companies in a wide variety of industries. She started her career working for the US State Department in the Soviet Union, stationed in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Moscow.
Carolyn is the proud parent of Frank, Nina, Jacob, Nathan and son-in-law, Tom as well as her grandson, Jamie.
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, works with her parents, President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, to drive the vision and work of the Clinton Foundation. Over the past 12 years, the Foundation has built partnerships with great purpose among governments, businesses, NGOs, and individuals everywhere to strengthen health systems in developing countries, fight climate change, expand economic opportunity in Africa, Latin America, and the United States, and help Americans live healthier lives. Additionally, Clinton Global Initiative members have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action to improve more than 430 million lives in more than 180 countries.
Chelsea focuses especially on the Foundation's health programs, including the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which strengthens health care and access to lifesaving services in the developing world; the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which fights childhood obesity in the United States; and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, which addresses preventable disease in the United States. She also established – and continues to lead – the Clinton Foundation Day of Action program, which identifies and organizes meaningful service opportunities for Foundation staff, friends, and partners and for the wider Foundation community. As one of the strongest champions of the Clinton Global Initiative University, Chelsea works to empower the next generation of change makers to take action on some of the world's most urgent challenges. And through the Clinton Foundation Millennium Network, Chelsea plays an integral role in inspiring young leaders and philanthropists to get involved in the work of the Foundation.
In addition to her Foundation work, Chelsea is a special correspondent for NBC News. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital.
Chelsea also serves on the boards of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media and the Weill Cornell Medical College. She is the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Of Many Institute at NYU. Chelsea holds a B.A. from Stanford, a MPhil from Oxford, and a MPH from Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford.
She and her husband, Marc, live in New York City.
Sharon is Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at Johnson & Johnson. She drives the company’s Citizenship and Sustainability strategy and leads the Worldwide Corporate Contributions Group in guiding the company's strategic philanthropy. With a mission of making life-changing, long-term differences in human health, their partnerships focus on: saving and improving the lives of women and children; preventing disease in vulnerable populations; and strengthening the healthcare workforce. As a result of Sharon’s leadership, Johnson & Johnson was among the first private sector companies to make a commitment to the United Nations Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child campaign.
Sharon is one of two Private Sector representatives on the Board of The World Health Organization’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. As a global health advocate, Sharon is a prolific blogger about issues that impact the survival, health and empowerment of girls and women. Her personal passion is to help ensure that their voices are heard.
Marc DeCourcey is Executive Director of the Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC). Marc has more than 20 years of experience in public policy leadership and a distinct talent building strategic partnerships and forming cross-sector advocacy coalitions. His career has spanned the executive and congressional branches of the US government, as well as the nonprofit sector. He has been instrumental in the unified response to a variety of national challenges, from supporting relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, to creating a framework for the private sector for building disaster resiliency.
Previous to joining CCC, Marc served as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at the American Red Cross (ARC), one of the nation’s largest humanitarian organizations. In this role he was tasked to acquire, grow, & leverage existing business relationships across the entire ARC enterprise. He was also chief of staff in the President and CEO’s Office. His key responsibilities included managing the implementation of strategic initiatives, directing day-to-day operations, and representing the organization to key external stakeholders across government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors.
Before joining the president’s office, Marc served as the ARC’s Senior Director of Federal Government Relations & Partnerships. Marc came to the Red Cross in the days following Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in 2005, assisting the organization in developing public policy relationships with strategic partners along all ARC lines of service. He served also as the ARC’s liaison to the White House, Cabinet departments, and other federal agencies. Marc represented the Red Cross on the board of the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Council of Federal Executive Secretariats, and National Human Services Assembly.
Prior to the Red Cross, Marc was the chief of staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the US Department of Education under Secretaries Paige and Spellings in the Bush Administration. There he managed a staff of 24 Administration appointees and career employees and supervised an office with a $2+ million budget.
A native of Massachusetts, Marc ran for state representative soon after his graduation from Providence College. He was the youngest legislative candidate in the state. After narrowly losing the race, he was soon hired to work in Governor Weld’s administration. He then managed successful congressional campaigns and worked on Capitol Hill for Congressmen Peter Blute (R-MA) and John Kasich (R-OH), now Governor of Ohio. He has also served as a public policy consultant, advising private-sector clients in a variety of industries, from telecommunications to law enforcement.
With a long history of community service, Marc has been active on numerous civic and philanthropic boards in the Washington, DC area and in Massachusetts. He is married and the father of three children.
Vishakha Desai, Ph.D.
President Emerita, Asia Society and Special Advisor for Global Affairs, Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Dr. Vishakha Desai is Special Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and Professor of Professional Practice at the School of International and Public Affairs. She also serves as Senior Advisor for Global Programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Dr. Desai served as President and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships among peoples of Asia and the U.S. from 2004 through 2012. As President, she set the direction for the Society’s diverse sets of programs ranging from policy initiatives and national educational programs to ground breaking exhibitions and performing arts programs throughout its network of eleven offices in the U.S. and Asia. Under her leadership the society expanded the scope and scale of its activities with the opening of new offices in India and Korea, a new center of U.S.–China Relations, various leadership initiatives, and inauguration of two new architecturally distinguished facilities in Hong Kong and Houston. Prior to becoming President, Dr. Desai held various senior positions at the Asia Society from 1990 to 2004.
Before joining the Asia Society in 1990, Dr. Desai was at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as a Curator and the Head of Public Programs and Academic Affairs. She has taught at Columbia University, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts where she was given a tenured appointment. A Scholar of Asian Art and a public intellectual, Dr. Desai is a frequent speaker at international forums on subjects focusing on cultural roots of Asia’s economic and political transformation and challenges. She has authored opinion pieces on political, cultural, and women’s development in Asia that have appeared in more than fifty publications around the world. Author of major exhibition catalogues and editor of a major scholarly publication on Asian Art History for the 21st Century, Dr. Desai is internationally recognized for her leadership in presenting contemporary Asian Art to western audiences.
Dr. Desai holds a B.A. in political Science from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan. The recipient of numerous international and national grants and fellowships, Dr. Desai has received four honorary degrees from American Universities. For her work on Asian American issues, she has received awards from the University of Massachusetts, City University of New York, Asian Americans for Equality, and Leadership Education for Asian Pacific Americans (LEAP). For her leadership in the arts, she has been honored by ArtTable, a national organization of women leaders in the arts, and has received a Gold Medal from the National Institute of Social Sciences. Dr. Desai was selected by Crain’s New York as one of the “100 most powerful women leaders” in New York, by India Abroad, the leading national weekly for Indian Americans, as one the “50 most distinguished Indian Americans,” and was honored by Zee T.V. (India) as the outstanding International Woman of the Year.
In 2012, in recognition of Dr. Desai’s leadership in the museum field, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the National Commission on Museums and Libraries – she also serves as a member of the Mayor’s Commission for Cultural Affairs in New York City and on the International Advisory Committee for the House of World Cultures, Berlin, and for the Auroville Foundation, Berlin. She is also an Advisory Trustee of the Brookings Institution, and a Trustee of the Bertelsmann Foundation USA and Citizen’s Committee for New York. She served as President of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) from 1998 to 1999 and on the board from 1995 to 2000. She has served on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, College Art Association, ArtTable, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.
Dr. Desai is married to Robert B. Oxnam, a China scholar, who was Asia Society’s President from 1981-1992.
Nicola Dixon is the program officer for education at the General Mills Foundation, leading local, national and global education grant-making and partnerships for the Foundation. As part of this role, Nicola directs Join My Village (www.joinmyvillage.org) – a global philanthropic program in partnership with Merck and CARE USA, focused on expanding access to education and maternal health, and empowering women and girls in some of the world’s poorest communities. To date, Join My Village has positively impacted over 250,000 individuals in India and Africa.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication, Nicola spent the early years of her career working in agencies in strategic planning, before going on to earn her MBA and joining The Pillsbury Company/General Mills in 1999. During her marketing tenure with General Mills, Nicola led brands and grew some of the most trusted names in consumer goods, in roles spanning brand management, strategic planning and partnership development. Originally from South Africa, Nicola had a transcontinental upbringing, growing up in Australia and the United States. She and her family reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Suzanne is currently Director of Intel’s Global Girls and Women Initiative, which includes a set of strategic programs, partnerships, and policy engagements designed to empower millions of girls and women around the world through education and technology. This includes Intel’s partnership on the Girl Rising campaign which advocates for investing in girls’ education, programs to inspire more girls and women to pursue STEM careers, and the Intel® She Will Connect program which aims to close the internet gender gap in developing countries. Suzanne also leads Intel’s strategy around the concept of creating shared value, including engaging in research and partnerships to identify new opportunities to create both business value and social impact. Prior to her current role, Suzanne led Intel’s approach to CSR reporting and engagement with socially responsible investors, including publication of Intel’s annual CSR report and worked with business groups across the company to integrate CSR into strategic planning, external and internal communications, and employee engagement activities. Previously, Suzanne served as Vice President at Institutional Shareholder Services where she managed the firm’s socially responsible investing division. Outside Intel, Suzanne is a member of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Executive Forum and Net Impact’s Corporate Advisory Council, and serves on the boards of directors of the Tempe Community Council and Arizona Businesses Advancing Sustainability. Suzanne holds an M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Willy Foote is the founder and CEO of Root Capital. He began his career on Wall Street as a financial analyst in Latin American corporate finance. While working as a business journalist in Mexico, he discovered the challenges faced by cooperatives, who lacked access to credit and markets. In 1999 he founded Root Capital, a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. Willy holds an M.S. in development economics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. from Yale University.
Director of Value for Women, Rebecca has over 13 years experience in gender and economic development in Latin America, and more recently advising economic development programs that seek to incorporate a gender component or an overall gender lens. In particular, she has supported large development organizations to plan an investment fund focused on women-led small and growing businesses, aimed to address the gap access to finance for these women entrepreneurs. Rebecca has led Value for Women´s work on multiple research projects that helped to define this critical gap and the socioeconomic issues that lie behind it. She has authored several publications on gender and development and on access to markets and value chains for smallholders. Fries has over ten years of expertise in design and delivery of training programmes focused on gender and development with diverse populations. She has designed and delivered training to high-level management in development initiatives, as well as facilitated workshops with diverse stakeholders in the finance sector for small and growing business.
Michelle Greene is Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Responsibility for NYSE Euronext, overseeing the company’s global corporate responsibility efforts. She is responsible for NYSE Euronext’s internal corporate responsibility policies and initiatives, and for developing programs to leverage and enhance efforts of NYSE Euronext listed companies, promoting collaboration and cooperation on issues of common interest. Ms. Greene is also the Executive Director and a Board Member of the NYSE Euronext Foundation, which focuses its giving on economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.
Before joining NYSE Euronext, Ms. Greene served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education and Financial Access at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She also served as Executive Director of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy and as a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls under President Obama. She began her service in the Obama Administration as a Senior Advisor in Domestic Finance focused on the financial crisis. Previously, Ms. Greene had served at the Treasury Department as Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets during the Clinton Administration.
Ms. Greene’s professional experience includes working as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., Inc. and serving as the Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She began her career practicing corporate and bankruptcy law in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Greene serves on the Boards of Directors of CFED and of Junior Achievement – NY. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Corporate Responsibility Officers’ Association, the Conference Board’s Sustainability Initiative, the World Economic Forum’s Women Leaders and Gender Parity Program, and Net Impact. She serves on the World Economic Forum’s Financial Inclusion Steering Committee and served as co-leader of the Financial Inclusion Working Group for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI–America). She serves as a member of the U.S. National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force.
Ms. Greene received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her A.B. from Dartmouth College.
Ms. Leith Greenslade is Vice Chair of Child Health at the MDG Health Alliance works to accelerate global progress towards Millennium Development Goal 4 – achieving a two-thirds reduction in global child mortality by 2015. The Alliance is an initiative of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health Millennium Development Goals and operates in support of Every Woman, Every Child, an unprecedented movement spearheaded by the United Nations’ Secretary-General to intensify global action to improve the health of women and children.
Ms Greenslade is an investor in several non-profit organizations that empower women, including Tostan, Women for Afghan Women, the Somaly Mom Foundation, Panzi Hospital and the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, where she co-chairs Isha Koach, a giving circle that invests in women social entrepreneurs who serve the world’s most vulnerable women and children including Global Goods Partners, Goods for Good, Innovation: Africa, Project Muso and WE CARE Solar. Ms Greenslade served as Policy Advisor and Speechwriter to the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and Minister for Health, and subsequently as Economic Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition and as Chief of Staff to the Shadow Minister for Social Security and the Status of Women.She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Masters in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a First Class Honors Degree from the University of Queensland. She is the recipient of a Harvard Kennedy Fellowship, Hong Kong Financial Women’s Association Scholarship and University Medal. Ms. Greenslade lives in New York City with her three daughters and is a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women and children.
Dotti joined Gap Inc. in 1985 as Manager of International Freight Forwarding and Customs Clearance. Over her 28 year career at Gap Inc., Dotti has held senior management positions in the Logistics, Sourcing, and Social & Environmental Responsibility organization’s, as well as having headed the corporate foundation from 1999-2004. From 1994 – 1999 Dotti served as Director of Gap Inc.’s Global Compliance organization and was co-author of Gap Inc.’s first comprehensive Code of Vendor Conduct, which is used to monitor manufacturing facilities around the world to ensure labor and human rights compliance.
In 1996, in partnership with BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), ICCR (Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility), and CREA (Center for Reflection, Education & Action); Dotti spearheaded the implementation of one of the retail industry’s first Independent Monitoring programs which has been recognized as an early model for successful corporate, NGO, government and worker collaborations in developing countries.
In her current role Dotti manages Gap Inc.’s social investments throughout the developing world. In 2006 Dotti led the development of Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement) program for female garment workers. The program helps female garment workers build the skills needed to advance beyond entry-level positions in the factory and fulfill their potential through life skills education and technical training. In 2011, at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program was recognized by former President Bill Clinton as a model program for its efforts in providing economic empowerment skills for female garment workers.
In 2009 on Gap Inc’s 40th Anniversary, Dotti was honored and recognized as one of Gap Inc’s Top 40 employees (past and present). The recognition was stated as “The Top 40 employees who have contributed to the culture and growth of Gap Inc.”.
Dotti has traveled extensively in more than 50 countries worldwide, and continues to spend 65-70% of her time in developing countries where Gap Inc. has offices, sources product or has social investment programs.
She is a graduate of the University of New York at New Paltz, and has a B.A. in Early Childhood Education.
Mary Ellen Iskenderian is President and CEO of Women’s World Banking, the global nonprofit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources they require to achieve security and prosperity. Ms. Iskenderian joined Women’s World Banking in 2006 and leads the Women’s World Banking global team, based in New York. Prior to Women’s World Banking, Ms. Iskenderian worked for 17 years at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank. Before, she worked for the investment bank Lehman Brothers. Ms. Iskenderian is a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as a member of the Women’s Forum of New York, serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and is a judge for the annual Financial Times Sustainable Banking Awards. Ms. Iskenderian holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in International Economics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance and economics towards facilitating the flow of capital around the world. Primary activities of Cornerstone include consulting to both corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) analysis, and facilitating introductions leading to the financing of new enterprises engaged in sustainable business practices. Cornerstone Capital’s flagship periodical is the “Journal of Sustainable Finance & Banking” which highlights cross-disciplinary efforts towards a more regenerative and inclusive global economy.
Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bankwhere she Chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board. While at UBS, Erika created and drove key branded global investment research products including the UBS Q-Series®, the Global I/O®, Global SignalsTM and the weekly "UBS Global Portfolio Manager's Spotlight.”
Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Solutions team. She sits on the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School's Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability, and serves as an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Erika speaks at events including those of the OECD, the UN Global Compact and PRI, Oxford University, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Ceres, The Aspen Institute, and the White House. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.
Erika presents and writes extensively on topics including: sustainable investing and finance, corporate strategy and business models, transparency and excellence in the areas of Environmental, Social and Governance performance, and employee engagement/diversity in the workplace. Her work has been featured by Bloomberg Businessweek, Euromoney, the Financial Times, Investor Relations Magazine, The Guardian, and Forbes. For driving collaboration across the capital markets, she has been named among the nation's "Top 50 Women in Wealth" by AdvisorOne.
Afshan Khan serves as President & CEO of Women for Women International (WfWI), where she sets the strategic vision, mobilizes resources to execute that vision, and leads innovations in WfWI’s work that enable women affected by war and conflict to transform their own lives, their families, and communities. She is also the primary spokesperson for WfWI on the global stage, making the case for women's empowerment to politicians, policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public.
Previously, Afshan was the Director of UNICEF’s Public-Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office (PARMO), the capstone of a 25-year career with the United Nations. In this role, she led a team that was responsible for mobilizing over $10 billion for programs for children and families from governments and foundation partners.
In her career with UNICEF, Afshan also served as Deputy Director Emergency Operations and as Associate Director for the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, where she led the expansion of UNICEF's public/private partnerships to leverage assets for improving development outcomes.
Afshan received her undergraduate degree in political science from McGill University and a Master’s in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Afshan speaks English, French, Urdu, and Portuguese.
Henriette is Head of the Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Groupwhere she serves as a spokesperson on gender equality issues in the private sector. Henriette works across IFC's investment and advisory service to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers and leaders into the private sector. Prior to joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette was the Chief Executive of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. The Foundation works to support women entrepreneurs with building their confidence, capacity and capital in more than 60 countries incorporating a strong focus on technology. Henriette has been leading the work in defining and addressing the gender gap in mobile phone access and continues to be involved with the Foundation as a senior advisor. Henriette also served as a sub-committee member of Secretary Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership. Devex selected Henriette as one of the “top 40 under 40” international development leaders in 2011. Earlier in her career, Henriette served as the UN Representative advising Quartet Representative Tony Blair in Jerusalem and worked for the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). She has also held positions as governance advisor with the European Commission Delegation to Tanzania, the German Technical Cooperation in Germany and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tanzania, where she worked on conflict reduction, civic education and socio-economic issues in East Africa. She graduated with an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and received her MA from Freiburg University, Germany. Henriette is a Bucerius and Hertie summer school alumni and a frequent contributor to Council on Foreign Relations, Huffington Post and Business Fights Poverty blogs.
MiKaela Wardlaw Lemmon is responsible for Women’s Economic Empowerment, specifically focused on Walmart’s Sourcing goals for empowering women worldwide. Her responsibilities include three elements of Women’s Economic Empowerment: 1) Sourcing $20B for the U.S. from women-owned businesses by 2016 2) Establishing a baseline of women owned business spend and doubling that spend by 2016 for international markets 3) Launching a dedicated women owned/produced product marketplace, Empowering Women Together, on Walmart’s e-commerce platform.
MiKaela has built a career around her mission of making a positive impact with customers through retail. She began her career with Walmart in 1999 as a management intern at Supercenter #46 in Bolivar, Missouri. In 2000, she joined the customer insights team in marketing, and in 2003, she joined merchandising, where she served as an Assistant Buyer, Buyer and Senior Category Team Director in a variety of categories across the Home Business. During her time in Home, MiKaela has also held a brand management role, building new brands and growing established brands. She has also led several cross-functional and cross-channel projects within her merchandising roles which include establishing a category team structure within merchandising and leading the multi-channel business strategy for Home. Prior to joining corporate affairs, MiKaela was the Senior Category Director for Fresh In-Store Bakery.
MiKaela’s experience on the merchandising team has given her the unique ability to help women-owned businesses understand how to prepare for the buying process at Walmart while also helping the Walmart buyers understand the benefit of working with these businesses.
MiKaela is a graduate of College of the Ozarks with a BA in Marketing and holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas. She serves on the board of directors for WeConnect International, and the advisory board for Enterprising Women. MiKaela and her husband Eric live in Bella Vista, Arkansas. They have a 2-year-old daughter named Finley, who is the light of their lives.
Yolanda Londoño is Vice President of Global Social Responsibility for Tupperware Brands Corporation. She directs and develops local and global philanthropic initiatives, cause-related marketing and global giving strategies with emphasis on programs that educate and empower women and girls. Tupperware Brands has a presence in more than 100 countries and over 2.9 million sales force members.
Ms. Londoño joined Tupperware Brands after six years with JPMorgan Chase Bank in Houston, Texas where she was Vice President of Public Affairs. Her primary areas of accountability included identifying, funding and implementing strategic grant-making partnerships, sponsorships and volunteerism opportunities, government and community relations and new business development.
Before joining Chase Bank, she was Executive Director of Tourism for the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau where she managed efforts to promote Houston to domestic and global audiences. Previously, Ms. Londoño served as President and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the leading advocate for the economic and civic interests of the Hispanic business community in the Greater Houston region.
Prior work experience includes four years in Zimbabwe, Africa, where she worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development, and three years in London, England with Logica Ltd., an international software consulting firm.
Her professional career encompasses leadership roles in community and economic development, strategic marketing initiatives, civic engagement and non-profit organization management. Ms. Londoño serves on numerous civic and nonprofit boards and is an active participant in the global movement for women’s economic and social empowerment.
Jeff Lundy joined the Corporate Citizenship Center in February 2012. He oversees and advances its research agenda. In this role, Jeff works with CCC's network of companies to give them insights into three areas: How do we improve our corporate responsibility (CR) programs? How do we better understand social or environmental problems? How do we better broadcast the impact of business on solving these problems?
In his work, Jeff manages the creation of briefings and applied research projects that provide novel information on tackling CR issues. He also helps our supporters create their Business for Good Map presence, and manages CCC’S thematic maps (e.g. disaster aid, environmental innovation, etc.). As a key member of CCC's content team, Jeff provides analysis and reporting on a broad range of issues in corporate citizenship.
Jeff previously served as a consultant for Empower Partners LLC, a social enterprise developing marketing models to help underserved inner-city businesses tailor their product lines to local consumers. Prior to that, he was an intern at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), where he selected several new technologies for a test run, in order to improve the Bureau’s capture of respondent data.
Jeff earned his PhD in Economic Sociology from the University of California, San Diego and completed a research assistantship at the University of Michigan. He also holds an MA in sociology from U. C. San Diego and a BA in sociology from New College of Florida.
Eniola Mafe is the Program Manager for the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative Foundation (NDPI), a corporate social enterprise created with funding from Chevron to develop multi-stakeholder partnerships that generate socio-economic development in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Eniola served as Program Manager on Africa at Vital Voices Global Partnership with a special focus on organizational development, entrepreneurship, and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Eniola managed the Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN), a partnership among local African businesswomen’s organizations that enhances the management, business development, and leadership skills of businesswomen. Eniola also manages other programs focused on the growth of women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Since its formation in 2008 the network has developed member associations in six countries and has served more than 21,000 women.
Prior to joining Vital Voices, Eniola worked with Women’s World Banking Ghana (WWBG), where she developed social impact methodology to quantify the social and community impact of the microfinance institution on its clients, investors, and wider community. She also worked at APCO worldwide, where she focused on corporate responsibility research and market analysis. Eniola began her career as an Equity Financing Analyst for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of economic development and women's entrepreneurship development in Africa. In 2012 she was named ‘Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders’ by the Diplomatic Courier, and 13 Young Africans Business/Economic Leaders to Watch in 2013 by Ventures Africa Magazine.
Eniola holds a M.A. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, specializing in International Business and Development, and a B.A in International Studies from Spelman College.
Ben Mann is the Global Partnerships Director at WASH Advocates – a neutral, third party advocate dedicated to helping solve the global safe drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Ben provides pro bono advice to corporations, private philanthropists, faith communities, and civic organizations looking to contribute to WASH solutions. In addition, he advises partners at the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and other government agencies. Ben is the recent author of Navigating the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Sector: A Guide for Corporate Grantmaking, which he launched in collaboration with the Foundation Center and WASHfunders.org. For more than twelve years, Ben has been a nonprofit leader, previously holding senior positions at the American Lung Association and Arthritis Foundation. He serves on the board of JustLikeYou.org (launching April 2014), and is Deacon Emeritus at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He holds degrees in Public Administration and International Studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Baylor University.
Alfonso “Al” Martinez-Fonts Jr. is a vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Martinez-Fonts previously was a consultant to the U.S. Chamber as president of Alfonso Martinez-Fonts, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in homeland security and international issues. He was also affiliated with Adelphi Capital, LLC, and Command Consulting Group.
Before that, Martinez-Fonts served as assistant secretary and special assistant to the secretary for the private sector at the Department of Homeland Security. He was charged with providing America’s private sector with a direct line of communication to the department. Martinez-Fonts worked directly with individual businesses and through trade associations and other non-governmental organizations to foster dialogue between the private sector and the department. He served under secretaries Ridge, Chertoff, and Napolitano.
Earlier in his career, Martinez-Fonts worked for 30 years at JP Morgan Chase and its predecessors, Chemical Bank and Texas Commerce Bank. He served as president of Texas Commerce Bank in San Antonio. In 2002, he retired as chairman and chief executive officer of JP Morgan Chase in El Paso.
During his 30-year tenure in the banking industry, Martinez-Fonts worked in the metropolitan and international divisions. He lived and traveled extensively overseas, including managing Chemical Bank’s offices in Manila and Mexico City. He was regional manager, based in New York, of Chemical’s business in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia.
Martinez-Fonts served on many boards, including Project ARRIBA, ACCION International, and ACCION USA. He was a member of the Frito-Lay Hispanic/ Latino Advisory Board. He also served on the Fannie Mae Advisory Board and the American Bankers Association Communications Council.
He was chairman of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, The Greater El Paso Chamber Foundation, and president of The American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City. He was the 1995 recipient of The National Conference of Christians and Jews Humanitarian Award.
Martinez-Fonts currently serves on the boards of the Safe America Foundation and Recall Infolink.
Martinez-Fonts received his undergraduate degree in political science from Villanova University in 1971, where he serves on the Alumni Association Board. He received his M.B.A. in finance from Long Island University in 1974. Martinez-Fonts was born in Havana, Cuba, and is fluent in Spanish.
Former Maine Governor John R. McKernan is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a senior adviser to the President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. McKernan provides both strategic and ongoing leadership to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, which is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. As senior adviser, he will counsel chamber president and CEO Thomas J. Donohue on a broad range of issues impacting the business community.
McKernan also serves as chairman and CEO of consulting and investment firms McKernan Enterprises, Inc. and Nottingham Equity, Inc. in Portland, Maine.
Until August 2012, he was chairman of the board of directors of Education Management Corporation where he served as CEO from 2003 to 2007 and still serves as a director. Education Management with more than 130,000 students as of October 2012, 20,000 employees, and $2.8 billion in revenue, is among the largest providers of postsecondary education in North America based on student enrollment and revenue.
McKernan also serves on the boards of directors of BorgWarner, Inc. where he is on the Audit Committee; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he is Chair of the Compensation Committee; and the American Action Forum, a Washington, D.C. policy institute. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges and is a member of the Business Coalition for Student Achievement and the Open University International Expansion Advisory Group.
He served his native state of Maine for two terms in the U.S. Congress from 1983 to 1987 and then as governor for two, four-year terms from 1987 to 1995.
During his two terms as governor of Maine, McKernan won national recognition for leadership and innovation in education and human resources. He served as chairman of the Education Commission of the States and the National Education Goals Panel and was recognized as an Outstanding Governor by the American Society for Training and Development. He is also the author of Making the Grade, a book on youth apprenticeship.
McKernan has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law.
He and his wife, former U. S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine), reside in Falmouth, Maine, and in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Melley is currently Vice President, Global Citizenship Initiatives in IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs. Ms. Melley has leadership responsibility over the IBM services grant portfolio globally, which includes offerings for not-for-profits, schools and government organizations. Ms. Melley led the IBM Centennial Celebration of Service in 2011 when IBM had over 300,000 volunteers in 120 countries participate. Ms. Melley also leads the On Demand Community ongoing, IBM's global strategic initiative to support employee and retiree volunteer efforts worldwide. On Demand Community is utilized by IBM employees and retirees in over 120 countries, and reflects over 16 million hours of IBM community volunteer efforts.
In addition, Ms. Melley leads the Business Integration team where Corporate Citizenship assets are integrated with IBM’s business strategies in Public Sector, Education and the Small Medium Business industry segments. She is also the leader of IBM's Humanitarian Disaster Response efforts worldwide as well as Corporate Social Responsibility and the annual CR report.
Ms. Melley drives successful results through collaboration, partnerships and community relationships. She is constantly looking for ways to use technology as an integrated tool to effect change and she strives to help IBM maintain their excellent corporate citizenship status.
Ms. Melley is a faculty member for the Institute for CSR at John Hopkins University. She is also a 2001 Eisenhower Fellow to Belgium and Ireland and is past chair of the Eisenhower Alumni Regional Fellows Group. She serves on the boards of Points of Light, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, Philadelphia Scholars Advisory Board and Chamber of Commerce/Arts and Business Council, as well as, the Conference Board’s Corporate Contribution Council and Service Leaders Global Advisory Council.
Ms. Melley has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from La Salle University. She is certified by both IBM and the Project Management Institute as a Project Executive. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.
Sandro Mesquita is the Director of Generación DIRECTV and Sports Business & Marketing for DIRECTV Latin America, the region’s leading PayTV and digital entertainment provider.
He has been a part of DIRECTV Latin America (DTVLA) for more than 17 years, practically since the inception of the service in the region.
In 2007, Sandro founded Generación DIRECTV, the arm of Corporate Social responsibility for DTVLA. Since then, several projects and services have been deployed in all territories of the operation to touch the most needy of Latin America. Generación is a proud achievement and landmark for DTVLA, since it has existed for nearly half of the corporation’s existence in the region.
Under his role as Director of Generación DIRECTV, several programs have been launched focused in the four pillars of action: Education, Volunteerism, Influence and Sustainability.
In the realm of education, ESCUELA+™ was created in association with allies/partners Discovery En La Escuela, Fundación Torneos, National Geographic, Microsoft and the World Bank. The program provides technology, training, educational methodology, educational content, and customer service to thousands of schools in the region. The program services urban establishments, but it has particularly a main benefit to the rural schools of the vast LatAm territory.
Through the arm of volunteerism, Piedra Papel Tijera (PPT) was established. It rapidly received the blessing of the employee base of DIRECTV in the region. Since its first project in September 2009, more than 5,000 volunteers, 47,000 hours of volunteerism, and over 70 missions were concluded in 12 different countries. Furthermore, PPT has also become an original production series that will commence its 5th season of broadcast in May 2014.
In addition to his responsibilities as the Director of Generación DIRECTV, Sandro is also the Director of Sports Business & Marketing.
In his vast experience and career at DIRECTV Latin America, Sandro was the founder of several other areas of operation including: Public Relations, Brand Management, Crisis Management, Research & Intelligence, Social Media and was the co-creator of the first audience digital measurement tool in Latin Amercia, the VDC (Viewer Data Collection), launched in 1999 and still presently used in DTVLA.
Sandro is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government, private sector and civil society and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa.
From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global programme for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
She has completed her PhD on education and technology at University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Jane Nelson is Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a senior associate of the Programme for Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. She was a Director at the International Business Leaders Forum from 1993 to 2009. In 2001, she worked with the United Nations Global Compact in the office of the UN Secretary-General preparing a report for the General Assembly on cooperation between the UN and the private sector. Prior to 1993, Nelson worked for the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Africa, for FUNDES in Latin America, and as a Vice President at Citibank working for the bank’s Financial Institutions Group in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. She has co-authored five books and over 70 publications on the role of business in society, as well as five of the World Economic Forum's Global Corporate Citizenship reports. Nelson serves on the boards of Newmont Mining Corporation, FSG, the World Environment Center, the ImagineNations Group, and the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, and on advisory councils for the Initiative for Global Development, Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, ExxonMobil, GE, Abbott and the Abraaj Group. She earned a BSc. degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Natal in South Africa and an MA from Oxford University, and is a former Rhodes Scholar and recipient of the Keystone Center's 2005 Leadership in Education Award.
As The Coca-Cola Company's Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, Charlotte is leading the development and implementation of the Company's global strategy in this important area. This includes the ambitious 5by20 initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020.
Charlotte's abilities and achievements have been recognised in an impressive series of leading roles in Marketing, Public Affairs & Communications, and Corporate Management. She brings significant worldwide experience to her role having successively risen through national and international roles in North America, the Pacific and Europe. Her commitment and leadership in driving an integrated business focus on sustainability during her tenure as President of Coca-Cola Great Britain led to her most recently leading the Company's sustainability strategy across the European business in her role as European Group Director of Corporate Identity, Public Affairs & Communications.
Charlotte is a Fellow of: The Marketing Society, The Institute of Grocery Distribution and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts; a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and Women in Advertising and Communications in London. She was listed among Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” in July 2012 and Newsweek's “150 Women Who Shake the World” in March 2011. Charlotte is a founder member of the Women's Leadership Council of The Coca-Cola Company.
Soledad O'Brien is an award winning journalist, documentarian, news anchor and producer. O’Brien was the originator of the highly successful documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America”. In June 2013 she launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories.
It was recently announced that O’Brien has entered into a multifaceted partnership with HBO, the premium cable and satellite television network. O’Brien joins the Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel team as of June 2013, giving her the opportunity to further delve into the compelling storytelling she is known for, except now through the vast prism of sports. In addition to appearing on the award-winning program, the deal with HBO encompasses a first-look opportunity for scripted projects and long-form programming concepts with O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group. The production company will also continue to produce “Black in America” and “Latino in America” and additional programming for CNN. Furthermore, through Starfish Media Group, O’Brien will contribute short-form segments for the upcoming Al Jazeera America news program “America Tonight.” O’Brien will also take over the reigns as Executive Producer and moderator for the National Geographic Bee beginning in 2014.
O'Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011 she won an Emmy for "Crisis in Haiti Report" on Haitian orphanages, following the massive earthquake. Her coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned her and CNN a George Foster Peabody award. She also received another Peabody award for her coverage of the BP Gulf coast Oil Spill. Her reporting on the Southeast Asia tsunami garnered CNN an Alfred I DuPont award. O'Brien's critically acclaimed documentary series, Black in America and it's follow-up "Latino in America" are among CNN's most successful domestic and international franchises. In 2013, "Latino in America 2," the story of a Latina boxer who dreams of Olympic glory, won the celebrated Cine Award for documentaries. Her documentary "Gay in America: Gary and Tony have a baby", and "Unwelcome, the Muslims Next Door" also won numerous journalism awards. O'Brien was named journalist of the year by the National Association of Black Journalists and one of Newsweek Magazines "10 People who Make America Great". In 2013, O'Brien joined Harvard University as a Distinguished Fellow and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the foundation for The National Archives.
In the wake of hurricane Katrina, O'Brien and her husband, Brad, created a foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college. This year they will award scholarships to 25 deserving young women.
O'Brien lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children.
A recognized industry leader, Lynn O’Connor Vos is the CEO of Grey Healthcare Group (GHG), a top-five global health communications firm owned by WPP, and the first woman to develop and run a global health communications enterprise. She has over 25 years of experience in creating, building and acquiring companies; expanding their global footprint; establishing technology leadership and trailblazing innovation in the health communications field. Her digital innovations include co-development of text4baby, the country’s leading mobile health program.
She is experienced in corporate, civic and not-for-profit governance, having served as a founding board member for the Multiple Myeloma Foundation and The Jed Foundation. She has served on the board of the YWCA of New York and currently is a member of the board of ntelos wireless. (NASDAQ:NTLS). She a member of the Center for Talent Innovation’s Power of the Purse Task Force, an initiative to better support and engage women as the primary healthcare decision makers in the U.S.
Lynn was named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Business Women’s Association in 2005, and received the Corporate Achievement Award from The Jed Foundation in 2006. She is an honors graduate of Alfred University in New York.
Dr. Robert .C. Orr has served as Assistant Secretary-General in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General since 2004 and is the principal advisor and leader of the Secretary-General’s initiatives on climate change, energy, global health, food security and public-private partnerships.
Dr. Orr joined the United Nations from Harvard University where he served as the Executive Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government. Prior to this, he served as Director of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C., Deputy to the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Director of Global and Multilateral Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House.
Dr. Orr received his Ph.D. and M.P.A. in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He speaks Spanish and Mandarin.
Kristi Ragan is DAI's Strategic Advisor for USAID’s Grand Challenges for Development program. Growing up on a family farm in Wisconsin, Kristi had a powerful urge to see the world and joined the Peace Corps - twice. While earning her master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, her professor, Madeleine Albright, urged her to join the United Nations and become “an international civil servant.” Working for UNDP in Nepal, across the Pacific, and on the ground in Somalia Kristi saw how important it is to open up development to more actors. She was determined to build partnerships with the private sector and joined DAI in 2003 where she built relationships with Walmart, Gap, Chevron, and others. Partnerships led her to become an advisor to USAID's Office of Global Development Alliances and then to helping USAID implement the Grand Challenges initiative as a means of getting donors to utilize technology and innovation to accelerate the impact of development programs. Kristi wants to be involved in solving a development problem in her life time and is certain that partnerships, innovation and collaboration offer the key to accomplishing this goal.
Michael K. Robinson is Program Director, Global Supplier Diversity for IBM’s Integrated Supply Chain. He is responsible for leading IBM’s supplier diversity initiatives worldwide. In this role, Michael, and his team, focus on the utilization, development and mentoring of diverse suppliers who can provide value-add to IBM’s Supply Chain. Michael’s team is also responsible for IBM’s Supplier Connection initiative which provides small businesses access to large corporations.
Under Michael’s leadership, IBM has been selected for numerous awards such as Corporation of the Year by the NMSDC, one of the Top Corporations by WBENC, received the Francis Perkins Van Guard Award by the SBA, CMSDC Corporation of the Year, NY/NJ MSDC Corporation of the Year, Michigan MBC IT Corporation of the Year, one of Asian Enterprises Top Corporations, and one of DiversityBusiness.com’s Top Corporations to name a few. IBM spent in excess of $2Billion, 1st Tier, annually worldwide with diverse enterprises since 2006 and in excess of $1B, 1st Tier, annually with diverse enterprises in the U.S. since 2000.
Michael’s IBM experience has spanned various disciplines. His previous positions include: Manufacturing Manager, Procurement and Production Control Manager in Charlotte, NC; Distribution Manager in Boulder, CO; ECAT Site Procurement Manager in Charlotte, NC; Materials Manager in San Jose, CA; Business Services Council Chair in Charlotte, NC and Federal Procurement Manager in Bethesda, MD.
Michael attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia; received his BS from Cheyney University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his MBA from Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur and social activist of Pakistani origin. She is the CEO and co-founder of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for her campaign for girls’ education. A graduate of Stanford University, Shiza was previously a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in the Middle East. She is now leading Malala Fund in its work to empower girls through education, so they can recognize their potential and be agents of positive change in their communities. Shiza was recently named one of TIME Magazine’s 30 Under 30 World Changers. and to Forbes 30 Under 30 list of social entrepreneurs.
As the founder of ClickMedix, Ting relied on her decade of experience in designing and launching technology services, along with associated business strategies for major US government, pharmaceutical and global education companies and organizations. Her areas of expertise include strategy, lean/Six Sigma process improvement, operations management, organization change management, and business development.
She spent three years as a founder of Click Diagnostics, a social enterprise born out of the MIT Media Lab, conducting mobile health projects and pilots in over ten countries in Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, and North America. She was integral to designing mobile health systems that can withstand unreliable or intermittent mobile network, while satisfying the varied needs of healthcare in underserved communities. She founded ClickMedix to build upon the success and learning from the three-year pilot of creating a highly reliable, secure, and user-friendly, HIPAA-compliant telehealth system that can be deployed quickly to health practitioners and connect patients with medical experts worldwide. Ting leads the design, development, and deployment efforts for ClickMedix’s affordable mobile health and education system.
Ting is Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards Laureate of 2012 for North America. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and MS in Systems Engineering from MIT, as an MIT Leaders for Global Operations Fellow and Public Service Fellow. In addition, she holds a BS in Computer Science and MS in Software Design and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Aman Singh is the Editorial Director of CSRwire.com, a widely-respected digital media platform for corporate social responsibility news, views and research, and leads content distribution, syndication, social media strategy, CSR/sustainability reporting services and other editorial functions, including leading CSRwire's exemplary blog: Talkback. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as the country's leading nonprofits and academic institutions on creating and implementing communication strategies focused on stakeholder engagement and behavior change, including Unilever, Verizon, SAP, Campbell Soup, EarthShare, Points of Light and others.
She is a prolific speaker on CSR, HR, communication and social media strategies, an IEMA-certified CSR Practitioner and the founder of Singh Solutions, a research and advisory firm offering CSR strategy, reporting and communications services.
Singh was named among 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America and ranked No. 4 in HRExaminer’s Top 25 HR Digital Influencers for 2011. She has been recognized on rankings by both Guardian Sustainable Business and Triple Pundit for her work and leadership in CSR and social media, and is a firm believer that only informed professionals can lead business and the global economy into the next century.
Prior to founding Singh Solutions, she served as the Senior Corporate Responsibility Editor with Vault.com, where she created, designed and managed the recruitment and hiring industry's first multimedia CSR portal for practitioners, HR professionals, students and thought leaders to engage, debate and discuss issues like innovation, entrepreneurship, social responsibility and employee practices. She also authored Vault's CSR blog: In Good Company, focusing on connecting career paths with CSR, sustainable business practices, diversity and women leadership in the workplace, and how these practices translates into recruitment and strategic development at companies.
Formerly with The Wall Street Journal, Singh is a New York University alumnus. Her published work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CNBC, Bloomberg, Ethical Performance, GreenBiz, Triple Pundit, the American Bar Association's CSR Journal, the Boston College Center's The Corporate Citizen, among other online and print publications.
Sahba Sobhani serves as the Acting Programme Manager of the BCtA, and Team Leader in the Innovation and Development Alliances Cluster of the Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He also serves as the manager of UNDP’s Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative (GIM), which is a research and advocacy initiative with a forthcoming 2013 Africa regional report on the role of enabling organizations in supporting inclusive businesses.Additionally, he is the lead author of the first GIM report, “Creating Value for All: Strategies for Doing Business with the Poor”, which was launched in 50 countries since July 2008 and translated in seven languages and the 2010 report titled “The MDGs: Everyone’s Business”. Sahba served as the first Interim Director of the UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), which is in partnership with the Turkish Government, the first global center of its kind established with a major emerging country.Previously, he managed two key private sector initiatives in the executive office of the former Administrator of UNDP, Lord Malloch Brown, including the Commission on the Private Sector and Development headed by Paul Martin, the former Prime Minister of Canada, and Ernesto Zedillo, Mexico’s former President, and the African Financial Markets Initiative. In this capacity, he was the co-author of the “Unleashing Entrepreneurship” report, the seminal report of the Private Sector Commission produced at the request of then-UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and the managing editor of the African Stock Markets Handbook. Sahba Sobhani has also worked in the private sector at Idealab in Palo Alto and Newscom Limited in Singapore. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Fletcher School of Diplomacy.
Judy joined UBS in 2008 as Business Development Officer for Private Wealth Management (PWM); in 2013, she became the Head of Business Development, and her role was expanded to include the Wealth Management Advisor Group business as well. In this role, Judy works with Private Wealth Advisors and Financial Advisors to host Private Briefings for the firm's ultra high net worth clients. In addition, Judy works with the PWM management team to curate three annual premier client events: Family Office Forum, UBS Women's Symposium and Young Successor's Program.
Judy joined UBS from the Citi Family Office in July 2008. At Citi, Judy was the International Services Manager where she was tasked with creating and maintaining relationships with Citi's worldwide partners to provide Citi Family Office clients with a resource network for international products and services. Before that, Judy was the Advisor Relations Manager where she was responsible for the Citi Family Office Continuing Professional Development and Designation Program. Prior to Citi, Judy was an analyst for Accolade Partners LP, a fund-to-funds venture capital firm in Washington, DC.
In addition, Judy serves on the Board of Advocates for Citizen Schools New York (CSNY). CSNY partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. CSNY promotes student achievement, transforming schools, and re-imagining education in New York.
Judy graduated with honors from Drexel University with a degree in information systems and technology and a minor in business administration. She also received her M.B.A in finance and marketing from New York University. Judy is Series 7, 63 and 65 licensed.
Eden Sulzer is director, Women in Pharmacy, at Cardinal Health, a role she created and assumed in January 2014 to connect the growing number of women pharmacists with resources and support, including tools to help seize the opportunity of indepenent pharmacy ownership.
Prior to this role, Sulzer led the company’s internal communication function, where she provided communications counsel to senior leadership and drove companywide communication to 34,000 employees worldwide.
Before joining Cardinal Health, Sulzer was vice president at Dix & Eaton, an integrated communications consultancy, where she advised public and private companies in the healthcare, banking and chemical industries as well as non-profits. She specialized in counseling clients on communicating with their employees through periods of change.
Sulzer started her career at NCR Corporation where she held roles in internal communication, marketing communications and proposal management.
She is accredited through the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and serves as a board member of The Bindu Project, which works like private equity for charitable start-ups during their formative stage.
She graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in Spanish. She lives with her husband and two children in Columbus, Ohio.
Kara Valikai is the Director of U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center's Health and Wellness and Women’s Economic Empowerment Issue Networks. In this role, she works with companies to enhance wellness initiatives on the global and local level. She also works with companies to improve women’s economic opportunity through private sector initiatives.
Kara recently earned an MBA and MPA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School. In these programs, she specialized in sustainability, corporate responsibility, and international affairs. In addition to her studies, she worked for the Harvard Kennedy School CSR Initiative. In this role she co-authored a report which assessed the business case for The Coca-Cola Company’s 5by20 women’s economic empowerment initiative.
Before embarking on her MBA and MPA, she worked for TechnoServe in Romania, Colombia, Chile, and Nicaragua. Kara spent two years working for a microfinance rating agency, Planet Rating, in Peru where she led and executed financial risk and social ratings for microfinance institutions across Latin America. Prior to Planet Rating she was a senior financial analyst for an asset management company, American Capital. She has also worked in public accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Kara speaks Spanish fluently and holds a B.A. in Business-Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara.
Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in global supplier diversity and inclusion. Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.” The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for the vision, mission delivery, organizational growth for impact, and partner development in every region of the world. The WEConnect International network includes offices in 16 countries, and the corporate network represents over US $700 billion in annual purchasing power. WEConnect International Members are true pioneers in global supplier development and inclusion, with a clear interest in buying more from women's business enterprises: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Cummins, D.W. Morgan, Dell, Dun & Bradstreet, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, Full Circle Exchange, GlaxoSmithKline, Goldman Sachs, Hospira, HP, IBM, Interpublic, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Controls, Manpower, Marriott International, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Pfizer, PG&E, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Sodexo, The Boeing Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Verizon, Walmart, WellPoint, Wyndham Worldwide, etc.
Ms. Vazquez sits on several Boards of Directors, including the Global Banking Alliance for Women, is an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, and is a Member of the U.S. Department of State’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership Subcommittee on Access to Markets. She has been a speaker and conducted trainings in numerous countries on globalization, value chains, international trade, diversity and inclusion, social sustainability, women's entrepreneurship, technology, and corporate and government sourcing policies and practices. As CEO and Co-Founder of TradeBuilders, Ms. Vazquez works with corporate and government leaders on Internet-based “Virtual Trade Missions” and other trade events in countries such as Canada, Chile, Cyprus, India, Israel, Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK and the U.S. As the former Executive Director of Quantum Leaps, a global non-profit dedicated to the growth of women owned businesses, Ms. Vazquez received the WBENC Applause Award for exceptional accomplishments that expand opportunities for women's business enterprises.
Ms. Vazquez was born in Mexico and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University and the University Honors College and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University where she studied development economics and international negotiation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She also completed graduate seminars at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, and Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea.
In 2009, President Obama nominated Melanne Verveer to be the first ever U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the Department of State. Ambassador Verveer spent the past four years working with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to coordinate foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries. In such capacity, she worked to mobilize concrete support for women’s political and economic empowerment through public-private partnerships as well by working to fully integrate women’s participation and rights into U.S. foreign policy. President Obama also appointed Verveer to serve as U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.
Today she is the Director of Georgetown University’s newly-established Institute for Women, Peace and Security. The Institute seeks to enhance national and global security by documenting the crucial role women play in peace-building and security through research and scholarship and by engaging global leaders from government, civil society and the private sector in conversations on the urgent issues of our times.
Ambassador Verveer is also the founding partner of Seneca Point Global, the global women strategy firm. SPG partners with leading companies and institutions to design, implement and measure integrated strategies that focus on women and girls and drive sustainable results – whether social, economic or both.
Prior to her role at the State Department, Ambassador Verveer served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. Prior to Vital Voices, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration. She was chief assistant to Hillary Clinton in her wide-ranging international activities to advance women’s rights and further social development, democracy and peace-building initiatives. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. Prior to her time in the White House, Ambassador Verveer served in a number of leadership roles in public policy organizations and as congressional staff.
Ambassador Verveer has a B.S. and M.S. from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She serves on the Board of Directors of several organizations including Atlantic Council, The Asia Foundation, and the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities She has served as the 2013 Humanitas visiting professor at Cambridge University. In 2008, the President of Ukraine awarded her the Order of Princess Olga. She holds several honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service.
T.J. Whalen is Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, a $4+ billion consumer products manufacturer.As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, GMCR is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative Keurig® single cup brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices.
T.J. is responsible for setting the Company’s overall strategy, plans and growth agenda, leading strategic planning, and ensuring overall Company performance. In addition, his team is responsible for GMCR’s Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
T.J. has served in a variety of roles with GMCR, including Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Vice President of National Foodservice and Director of Brand and Market Development. When he joined GMCR in 2001, the Company had less than $100 million in sales, and had since grown by a factor of 40-fold. Prior to GMCR, T.J. held marketing and product development leadership roles at Adventurous Traveler, a direct marketer of adventure travel services; Patagonia, a leading apparel and outdoor gear manufacturer; and Leo Burnett, a global advertising and marketing services agency.
He holds a B.S. in Economics and Education from Dartmouth College.
Simon Winter is TechnoServe’s Senior Vice President of Development. He is responsible for leading and managing strategy and strategic planning, thought leadership, and business and program development. He is also responsible for managing and incubating innovative programs, including around capital access for SMEs. Previously he was Regional Director for Africa. He joined TechnoServe in 2003.
From the time he first witnessed deep poverty at first hand in Cote d’Ivoire in 1984, Simon has been passionate about helping people acquire the skills, competencies and connections that will enable them to create the dynamic businesses that will end poverty. On his journey to TechnoServe, Simon acquired business advisory and strategic skills as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company (1998-2003) during which he co-led the firm's international development practice. Prior to that, he learned practical development solutions while working as an economic planner for the Botswana government, and a development consultant in Southern Africa. And he became skilled in finance and banking with Barclays Bank plc in the UK, Cote d'Ivoire and Australia.
Simon is a founding Executive Committee member of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a Board Member of Root Capital, a member of the steering committee for Initiative on Smallholder Finance, the Advisory Board of www.nextbillion.net, the German Marshall Fund’s Advisory Board for Transformational Partnerships, and Board Member, East African Leadership Initiative Foundation.
Simon originates from the UK and holds a PhD in development economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1998, which focused on the opportunities for the development of the manufacturing sector in Zimbabwe.