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The Conference Board – Live from the Women’s Forum Breakfast of Corporate Champions 2017

November 14, 2017

7:30 am-11:30 am


Overview of Women’s Forum, Breakfast of Corporate Champions event, and the Women’s Forum Database of CEO Sponsored Board Ready Women.

Carolyn Carter, President, Women’s Forum of New York

Janice Reals Ellig, Chair, Breakfast of Corporate Champions and CEO, The Ellig Group

“What Makes a Champion?”

Billie Jean King, Founder, The Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative

Presentation of Awards

  • Acknowledging companies at 25% or more women.
  • “Parity” Awards: 40% or more women on boards

Panel: Diversity Creates Shareholder Value

Introduced by: Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte


Rebecca Jarvis (ABC News)


Jeffrey Katzenberg, Partner, WndrCo

Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments; Chairman, Dreamworks Animation

Maggie Wilderotter, Former Executive Chairman and CEO, Frontier Communications

Panel: Getting to Parity by 2025

Introduced by: Marjorie Magner, Co-Founder, Brysam Global Partners


Susan Chira (NY Times)


Peter T. Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg; Chair, 30% Club U.S.

Dame Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management, Founder, 30% Club

Steve Odland, President & CEO, Committee for Economic Development

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Senior Associate Dean for Leadership Studies, Yale’s School of Management

Julie Sweet, CEO, North America, Accenture

Panel: CEO Game Changers

Introduced by: Rodney O. Martin, Jr., CEO, Voya Financial


Andrew Ross Sorkin (CNBC)


Laurence D. Fink, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock

Kenneth Frazier, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Merck

Adena Friedman, CEO, Nasdaq

Beth Mooney, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, KeyCorp

Kendall J. Powell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, General Mills

Women’s Forum CEO Sponsored Database News

Pamela J. Craig, Former CFO, Accenture

Presentation of Muriel F. Siebert Leadership Award

Presented by: Patricia F. Russo, Director, General Motors 

  • Mary T. Barra, Chair & CEO, General Motors Company

Keynote: Call to Action

Ronald P. O’Hanley, President & CEO, State Street Global Advisors


Janice Reals Ellig, Chair, Women’s Forum Corporate Board Initiative