Women Leaders Changing the World

Thursday, NOVember 12
9:00 - 10:30am pt



Thursday, NOVember 12
9:00 - 10:30am pt

Thousands of senior-level executives, business leaders, and influencers from around the world attend to learn how to pursue a board position and gain business insights on how corporations benefit from women on their boards through our Gender Diversity Index Research.

What to Expect

  • Examine the global impact of corporate governance and boardroom diversity.
  • Explore how we can collectively advance more women to boards of directors.
  • Hear from global thought leaders to position your path to the boardroom.
  • Participate in our brand vision and mission for 2021.
more to be announced

Mellody Hobson

President and co-CEO — Ariel Investments

Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President of Ariel Investments, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ariel Investment Trust, Vice-Chair of the Board of Starbucks Corporation and a director of JPMorgan Chase, will address greater diversity on corporate boards. Mellody is the former Chairman of the Board of DreamWorks Animation and a previous long-standing board member of the Estée Lauder Companies. Additionally, she currently serves as  Vice-Chair of World Business Chicago; co-chair of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art; and a board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mellody is also the Chairman of After School Matters, a Chicago non-profit that provides teens with high-quality after school and summer programs, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Rockefeller Foundation Board of Trustees, where she serves on the executive committee of the Investment Company Institute. Named as one of the “100 Most Influential People” in the world, Mellody earned her AB from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations and Public Policy. In 2019 she was awarded the University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented annually to a Princeton graduate whose career embodies a national commitment to service. 

Corporate Boards: JPMorgan Chase, Starbucks Corporation

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Executive Director — Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Ambassador Melanne Verveer served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries and developing the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Amb. Verveer currently serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanship.

Non-profit Boards: Atlantic Council, National Endowment for Democracy

Paula A. Johnson

President — Wellesley College

Paula A. Johnson is the 14th President of Wellesley College. She is globally recognized for her role in advancing women’s health and well-being through innovation in medical research, clinical care, health policy, and education. A cardiologist, President Johnson was the Grayce A. Young Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She founded the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where she led in the field of women’s health, focusing on the discovery of sex and gender differences in health and disease across organ systems. In her three years as president of Wellesley, President Johnson has advanced women’s higher education, championing cross-campus efforts to integrate the ideals of inclusive excellence into every aspect of academic and residential life. President Johnson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine and has received numerous awards and honorary degrees for her contributions to science, medicine, and public health. She has been recognized as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine. President Johnson attended Harvard and Radcliffe colleges, received her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard, and trained in internal medicine and cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Corporate Boards: Eaton Vance, West Pharmaceuticals

Keynote speakers

Esther Aguilera

Gina Diez Barroso

Susan C. Keating

Chief Executive Officer — WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation

Kaori Sasaki

Denise Wilson White


Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire

CEO - 2020 Women on Boards, Inc.

Malli Gero

Co-Founder, Vice Chair of the Board and Senior Advisor — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc.

Stephanie Sonnabend

Co-Founder, Chair of the Board — 2020 Women on Boards, Inc.

Keynote Panelists to be Announced