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Second Annual SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom

Friday, September 9, 2011, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Kenney Auditorium, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

The SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations hosted a day-long conference on Friday, September 9, 2011 on Global Perspectives on Women in the Boardroom. The conference examined the legislative, regulatory, advisory, and voluntary initiatives taken over the past year in European countries and around the world to increase the proportion of women in corporate leadership. Specific strategies were examined for their relevance to the U.S. marketplace. 

The conference included key stakeholders from government, corporate leadership, and investor groups, as well as academic scholars and corporate researchers.

Among the strategies discussed were the Lord Mervyn Davies Inquiry on gender diversity on UK company boards; the Women’s Forum CEO Champions Initiative; the Norwegian quota system, European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding’s March 1st CEOs meeting; the Australian Stock Exchange Corporate Governance Council’s initiatives for increasing women’s representation; and efforts by state governments and U.S. institutional investors to assess boardroom diversity as one of the criteria for evaluating companies whose equity they hold. Panels explored research on the impact of gender diversity on boardroom performance; and examined best practices by stakeholders to increase the participation of women.

Click here to view the full agenda.

Speakers and Presentations:

  • Tim Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AOL, Inc
  • John Brock, Chairman & CEO, Coca Cola Enterprises
  • Professor Lissa Broome, University of North Carolina Law School
  • Doug Conant, Retired CEO, Campbells’ Soup Company
  • Lord Mervyn Davies, former UK Minister, author, Davies Report on women on UK boards
    • View the entire interview with Lord Davies here.
  • Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings
    • Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, released the report, “Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom,” at the conference. The survey provides a unique look into the critical issues impacting women’s representation on corporate boards and strategies different countries have taken to address the disparity.
  • Tracey Griffin, Director, McKinsey & Co.
  • Henrietta Holsman-Fore, Global Co-chair of WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD)
  • John Jarrett, Director of Research, Governance Metrics International
  • Kevin Kelly, CEO, Heidrick & Struggles
  • The Honorable Nancy Kopp, Treasurer of the State of Maryland
  • Ilene Lang, President & CEO, Catalyst
    • Catalyst proves a vivid snapshot of: global board seats held by women; the percentage of female global board chairs; the percentage of female Fortune 500 board committee chairs; and a breakdown of Fortune 500 board members by race and ethnicity as well as gender.  Fortune 500 lead directors who are women rose from 7.3% in 2009 to 8.8% in 2010.  To view the charts, please go to the Catalyst website: 
  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
  • Kathleen McQuiggan, Senior Advisor, Pax World Funds
  • Patricia Mitchell, President & CEO, Paley Center for Media
  • Irene Natividad, Chair Corporate Women Directors International
    • Click to view a powerful CWDI Presentation showing Women CEO's Opening
      Doors to Boards and C-Suites. By every measure in the U.S. and around the
      world, companies with a female CEO have significantly more female board
      members and significantly more female executives than companies in
  • Jillian Segal, Board Member, Australian Stock Exchange and Australia Bank
  • Jane Shaw, Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation
  • Anne Simpson, Senior Portfolio Manager for Corporate Governance
  • John Spector, President & CEO, The Conference Board
  • Karena Strella, Co-Managing Partner, USA, Egon Zehnder International
  • Linda Tarr-Whelan, Author, frmr US Ambassador to UN Commission On Status of Women
  • Professor Susan Vinnicombe, OBE, Professor, Cranfield University School of Management


Strategic Partners

Catalyst The Conference Board Corporate Women Directors International
Council of Women World Leaders European Professional Women’s Network ION
Women Corporate Directors 
Women Presidents’ Organization


Corporate Partners

Corporate Sponsors


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