IWD Forum Agenda


8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.      

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m

Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m. –10:00 a.m.


  • Teresa Segarra, Director, Charitable Initiatives, Ann Inc. 

Keynote Remarks 

  • Alyse Nelson, Chief Executive Officer, Vital Voices (@AlyseNelson, @VitalVoices)

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

♀ Workforce Readiness and Closing the Global Skills Gap                                                                                    The global skills gap is stalling productivity and talent acquisition in markets around the globe. This panel will discuss how companies and their partners are working to close the global skills gap and increase opportunity for women and girls here in the Unites States and in international markets. 

Hosted by Intel

  • Marga C. Fripp, Founder and Chief Visionary, Empowered Women International (@EmpowerWomenInt)

  • Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts (@AnnaMariaChavez, @girlscouts)

  • Carolyn Berkowitz, Managing Vice President, Community Affairs and President, Capital One Foundation, Community Affairs, Capital One Financial Corporation (@CapitalOne)

Moderator: Renee Wittemyer, Director of Social Impact, Corporate Responsibility Office, Intel Corporation (@reneewittemyer)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Networking Break

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Keynote Lunch (Sponsored by Intel)


  • Nancy PloegerPresident, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce     (@ManhattanCofC)

Premiere of documentary Girl Rising

  • Diana Daggett, America Region Director of Corporate Affairs, Intel Corporation

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Break

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Future of Financial Inclusion for                                     Women continue to lack access to basic financial products and services and thus are stymied in their ability to fully participate in the formal economy.  This plenary panel will discuss best practices and lessons learned in sector of financial inclusion for women.

Hosted by Citi Foundation

  • Patricia Devereux, Senior Vice President, Corporate Philanthropy and Citizenship, MasterCard Worldwide (@MasterCardNews)

  • Shannon Maynard, Vice President, Chief Talent and Knowledge Officer, Grameen Foundation (@GrameenFdn)

  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women’s World Banking (@MicrofinanceWWB)

  • Lisa Hall, President and CEO, Calvert Foundation (@LisaGreenHall, @Calvert_fdn)

Moderator: Brandee McHale, Chief Operating Officer, Citi Foundation (@citi)

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Supplier Diversification and Building Capacity for  to Enter Global Markets                                                                            Women are a vital component of the global supply chain and many companies have made a concerted effort to source from more women-owned businesses.  This panel will explore the challenges, best practices, and success stories of supplier diversification and how organizations are working to build the capacity of female entrepreneurs to enter global markets. 

Hosted by Walmart

  • Willa Shalit, President and Co-Founder, Maiden Nation (@willashalit, @maidennation)
  • Afshan Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Women for Women International (@AfshanKhan_WfWI, @womenforwomen)
  • Peggy Clark, Vice President, Policy Programs, Director, Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, Aspen Institute (@pclarkaspen6, @AspenInstitute)

Moderator: Sarah Thorn, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations, Walmart (@walmart)

3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Networking Break

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Economic Empowerment: The Strategy Forward           Companies have made great strides in empowering women economically. The question that remains is how can we increase and accelerate this advancement? This plenary panel will discuss trends and challenges and suggest concrete steps for how the private sector and its partners can empower more women to financial stability in the years to come.

Moderator: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations (@Isobel_Coleman)

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Closing Session