Ana Dutra is CEO of The Executives’ Club of Chicago, a 106 year-old world-class senior executives organization focused on innovation, technology, diversity and inclusion and leadership development for current and future top leaders. A native of Brazil with over 28 years of experience in P&L management, technology, business growth and C-Level business consulting in over 30 countries, Dutra’s expertise lies in helping Boards, CEOs and their teams to identify and execute growth strategies and turnarounds through innovation, acquisitions and new technologies. As a CEO, Dutra has led a number of global acquisitions, post-merger integrations and execution of accelerated growth strategies. She has led and advised businesses in the technology, CPG, food and beverage, retail, pharma, oil and gas, manufacturing, energy and professional services industries. Dutra holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a master’s degree in Economics from Pontificia Universidade do Rio de Janeiro and a Juris Doctor from Universidade do Rio de Janeiro, all summa cum laude. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French, and is a frequent speaker in the Global Competitiveness Forum, World Economic Forum and other global conferences. She is frequently featured in the Harvard Business Review online, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and CEO Magazine, and was the guest editor of the 2015 Best of the Boardroom issue of Hispanic Executive magazine. Dutra also was awarded the Chicago United Business Leader of Color, Nueva Estrella Latina and 2016 Women in History and Business Award. She is an avid triathlete, meditator and yoga practitioner. Co-chair of the 2016 IWF World Leadership Conference, she will provide Opening Remarks.
Lisa McClung is Owner and Managing Principal of Lismore Advisors, a unique global consultancy with a hands-on approach to accelerating business value and competitive capabilities for top executives and business owners. She has over twenty-five years of experience building and running successful businesses in multiple global markets as a business executive, entrepreneur, and advisor to boards and C-suite leaders. As a Fortune 500 executive and entrepreneur, McClung built and ran several successful, innovative global businesses in both B2B and B2C industries, including executive leadership roles at Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, General Electric, CS First Boston, Andersen Consulting, and Mercer Management Consulting. Capitalizing on this experience, she developed Lismore’s “hands-on” approach, which is designed to help business leaders rapidly assess opportunities, build competitive capabilities, and take action. Through a proprietary global advisor network, her clients have unique access to industry, market, and operational expertise that drives success with organic growth, M&A, strategic alliances, new innovations, and technologies. This approach has been highly successful for both public and private businesses in transportation, manufacturing, construction, education, healthcare, technology, insurance, retail, agriculture, consumer goods, and professional services. McClung frequently lectures at leading academic institutions and business forums. She is an Advisor to the Health Care Business Women’s Association and was a 2015 Socrates Fellow at the Aspen Institute. She also contributes time to several civic and community boards. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College, was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Co-chair of the 2016 IWF World Leadership Conference, she will provide Opening Remarks. Opening Remarks.
Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub
Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub is Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. where she advises high net worth families on their financial and estate plans. Merrill Lynch is the largest investment manager in the world, with over 100 years of experience. The firm has been recognized as the Top Global Research Firm in 2015 for the fifth straight year by Institutional Investor magazine. Previously, she was President, CEO, and Board member of Fiduciary Trust International of the South, one of the largest trust and investment management companies in Florida. She served on the Board of its Delaware affiliate and as a member of the Executive Committee of Fiduciary Trust Company International, the parent company. Weintraub formerly served as Vice President and Trust Officer of the Northern Trust Bank of Florida and, prior to that position, was employed by the University of Miami for eleven years in positions of increasing responsibility. Her last position at the University of Miami was as Executive Director of Development. She began her career in 1979 as a Tax Attorney with Exxon Corporation in New York City. Weintraub has lectured and written extensively in the areas of leadership, trusts, estates, and charitable gift planning. She has been recognized by many organizations for her leadership in the Greater Miami community, and she has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including United Way, Carrollton School, LEAVE A LEGACY, Miami Children’s Health Systems, Miami Jewish Health Systems, and many others. Weintraub was born in Havana, Cuba. She is President of the International Women’s Forum and will address the 2016 IWF World Leadership Conference with Opening Remarks.
Julie Sweet is Group Chief Executive for North America, responsible for leading Accenture’s business in the United States, the company’s largest market, and Canada. She also is a member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee. Prior to assuming her current position in June 2015, Sweet served as General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. As General Counsel, she had ultimate responsibility for all legal support to Accenture, serving as principal counsel to senior leadership and the board of directors and leading the company’s legal department. Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Sweet was partner in the corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, which she joined in 1992. She led a broad corporate practice at the firm, which included representing underwriters, private equity funds and corporate clients in public and private financings, advising on mergers and acquisitions, and providing general corporate counsel. Sweet holds a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. She will address the 2016 IWF World Leadership Conference with Welcoming Remarks.
Edie Weiner is President and CEO of The Future Hunters, a leading futurist consulting group. Formed in 1977 as Weiner, Edrich, Brown, The Future Hunters has served over 400 clients in identifying opportunities in strategic thinking, product development, marketing, investment, human resources and change management. She is acknowledged as one of the most influential practitioners of social, technological, political and economic intelligence-gathering. Weiner directed the first industry-wide futures research program in the early 1970s. At 29, she was the youngest outside woman ever elected to a corporate board. She has guest lectured at many prestigious institutions, including Wharton, Harvard, The U.S. Army War College, the Naval War College and the World Economic Forum in Davos. Her many articles have appeared in publications like the Harvard Business Review, The Futurist and The Wall Street Journal. She has co-authored four books with her business partner Arnold Brown. Her latest book, FutureThink, was a global bestseller. She also has given keynote addresses at over 300 conferences. Throughout her career, Weiner has established and produced programs aimed at mentoring inner city girls, bringing technology to inner city classrooms and preserving modern dance, as well as networking events for women at various stages in their lives and careers. She has received over 30 awards and citations, including the Fashion Group International’s Entrepreneur of the Year (1998), NOW New York’s 2011 Woman of Power and Influence, and The World Future Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She will address the 2016 World Leadership Conference with a Future Forecast.
Lucy Mbabazi is Country Manager at Visa Rwanda, overseeing operations in Rwanda, Burundi and Malawi. Prior to this role, she led the coordination of Visa and the Government of Rwanda’s (GoR) Public Private Partnership initiatives from 2011 until 2015, established to lay the foundation for the digitization of Rwanda’s economy and financial inclusion. She also was part of a team of seven who led the mVISA pilot in Rwanda. Prior to Visa, Mbabazi was Policy and Strategy Advisor to the Head of Information Technology at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB/IT), the coordinating and implementing body of all Government of Rwanda ICT initiatives. While at RDB, she led the development of Rwanda’s National ICT Plan whose initiatives are driving Rwanda’s transformation into an ICT driven society as part of the 2020 VISION from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning. Mbabazi is President of Girls in ICT Rwanda, a group of professionals working together to inspire Rwandan girls to pursue careers in S.T.E.M. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Laroche College and a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She will address the plenary session Rebooting Business: The Economy of Tomorrow.
Jim Lecinski is Vice President of Sales for Google, Inc., leading the Brand, Performance, Platforms and Creative solutions teams in the Americas. His focus is product commercialization, developing the go-to market strategies and initiatives for Google’s product lines that help major marketers adapt to the new digital marketing realities. Based in Google’s Chicago office, Lecinski brings more than 25 years of integrated marketing and online/offline advertising experience to help clients address these challenges. He is a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and conferences, including the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), American Marketing Association (AMA) and Business Marketing Association (BMA). Lecinski also is an Adjunct Lecturer at Notre Dame and a Visiting Executive Lecturer in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. His book, Winning the Zero Moment of Truth (“ZMOT”), was published in June 2011 and has been read by over 300,000 marketers worldwide and featured in The New York Times and Advertising Age. Prior to his eight years with Google, Lecinski previously held leadership positions at ad agencies DDB, marchFirst, Young & Rubicam and EuroRSCG. He holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. He also is an aficionado of vintage jazz which he plays and collects. He will address the plenary session Rebooting Business: The Economy of Tomorrow.
Kirsten Wolberg is Vice President of Talent at PayPal, leading a consolidated team that includes talent acquisition, talent development and performance, and learning. In executive rotation, she will spend twelve to eighteen months focusing on talent organization for PayPal to introduce transformational thinking to this newly-created team and innovation to the function, which draws on her more than two decades of experience in technology, operations, and change leadership. Wolberg also holds the role of Separation Executive for PayPal, leading the program as part of the eBay/PayPal tax-free split. Wolberg joined PayPal in June 2012 as Vice President of Technology to lead the chief operating functions for PayPal Technology. Her team was responsible for technology strategy, planning, mergers and acquisitions, centralized quality and infrastructure, metrics reporting, tools, Agile practice, operational excellence, training, communication, employee engagement, and the PayPal Open Source office. Prior to joining PayPal, Wolberg served as Chief Information Officer at Salesforce.com. During her time there, she established Salesforce.com’s IT department as one of the world’s most successful cloud operations and developed a model that serves as a blueprint for enterprises of all sizes. Before joining Salesforce.com, she spent seven years at Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. where she led Corporate Technology, offshore development, technology education, and leadership development. Computerworld recently acknowledged her exceptional technology leadership by naming her one of their 2016 Premier 100 Technology Leaders. In 2011, Wolberg was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in Business in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times. She is passionate about helping girls and young women excel in STEM education and careers. Wolberg holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She will address the plenary session Rebooting Business: The Economy of Tomorrow.
Daniel Eckert is Senior Vice President of Walmart Services, presently leading this division for Walmart US, which includes Walmart’s Food, Home, Personal Care, Amusement and Experience, and Financial Services business lines. He is also currently leading Walmart’s digital relationship activities for US Stores, including the development, implementation, and rollout of Walmart Pay. Prior to joining Walmart in 2010, Eckert served as Senior Vice President of HSBC Card and Retail Services where he founded and led HSBC’s Venture Development and Payment Products group for the organization. Eckert also led Business Development, Market Intelligence, and Card Network Management for HSBC’s North American Card group. While at HSBC, Eckert was recognized by SourceMedia publications as the Outstanding Payments Executive of the Year in 2008 for his contributions to the industry. Prior to HSBC, he held positions at JPMorganChase, Accenture, and as an entrepreneur and president of an early-stage investment banking company. Prior to his business career, he served as a Logistics Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Eckert holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He will address the plenary session Rebooting Business: The Economy of Tomorrow.
Terry Savage is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy, and the markets. She writes a weekly personal finance column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, and blogs regularly on the Huffington Post. Savage is seen frequently as a money expert on CNN and other national television and radio programs in the US, commenting on the financial markets and current economic events. She is also featured on WGN Radio with a weekly personal finance segment. Savage is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance. The Savage Truth on Money was named one of the top ten money books of the year by Amazon.com in its first edition. Her other recent book is: The Savage Number: How Much Money do You Really Need to Retire? Terry also collaborated with a prominent divorce attorney and divorce court judge to write The New Love Deal: Everything You Must Know Before Marrying, Moving In, or Moving On! Savage is a registered investment advisor for both stocks and futures. She has won numerous awards, including the National Press Club award for Outstanding Consumer Journalism and the Outstanding Personal Finance Columnist award given by the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She serves on the Board of Directors of CME Group, Inc., the world’s largest futures exchange. She will moderate the plenary session Rebooting Business: The Economy of Tomorrow.
Kim Salzer is Chief Marketing Officer of Hyperloop One, a technology company aimed at changing the future of transportation. In her role as CMO, she helps to tell the story of the Hyperloop around the world, driving awareness and excitement for the next mode of transportation. Salzer has driven substantial growth, sales and profit in companies both large and small. She has successfully led geographically dispersed teams to achieve operational excellence, process improvements, cost efficiency and profit. Her experience includes leadership roles in video games, e-commerce and consumer packaged goods. In addition, she has extensive consulting and advising experience in early-stage technology companies, specializing in content, branding and commerce. Prior to her current role, Salzer served as CEO of Gifts.com, the most comprehensive gift-giving website. She ran the day-to-day, cross-functional operations of the business and reimagined a consumer-driven, curated, e-commerce model for the future, while rebuilding the team and technology infrastructure. Under her leadership, the business saw its first year-over-year revenue growth (+40%) in 2014 for the first time in four years. She also spent over ten years in the videogame industry, including Activision, Electronic Arts and Linden Lab. In her various roles, she was responsible for the worldwide success of Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and numerous licensed IPs. Prior to that, she headed up multiple offline and online gaming initiatives for EA GAMES, EA SPORTS and Pogo. Salzer holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She will address the plenary session Transportation: Gathering Speed.
Stephen Attenborough leads commercial activities for Virgin Galactic, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which is on track to become the world’s first passenger carrying commercial spaceline. Attenborough was invited by Branson to join Virgin Galactic as the company’s first full-time employee in 2004 to put in place the commercial foundations of the business and to create a new market for private space travel. He now leads the company’s commercial activities based out of London, covering brand management, sales, marketing, customer care, communications, education and outreach and partnerships for the human spaceflight business. This has now attracted around 700 Future Astronauts from more than 50 countries along with $80m in deposits. He has also been responsible for work-streams investigating and now building the non-tourism applications for new space vehicles, particularly science research and small satellite launch. In late 2014, he took a lead role in managing Virgin Galactic’s external communications with global media and multiple stakeholders following the tragic test flight accident in the Mojave Desert. Attenborough speaks regularly around the world about the importance of opening access to space for the benefit of life on Earth. He joined Virgin Galactic following a career in investment management in London, most latterly as a Director at Fund Managers, Gartmore. He lives in London and Sussex in the UK, but spends a lot of time in the Mojave and New Mexico deserts. He will address the plenary session Transportation: Gathering Speed.
Elizabeth Lund is Vice President and General Manager of the 777 Program at Boeing. Named to the position in 2013, Lund leads the design, development, certification, production, and delivery of all models of the Boeing 777 family of airplanes currently in production. She also has oversight for the 747/767 program. In addition, Lund leads Boeing’s Everett, Washington site, overseeing regulatory compliance, community interaction, and Delivery Center operations for Boeing twin-aisle airplanes in Washington State. From 2011 to 2013, Lund was Vice President and General Manager of the 747 program where she led the introductions of both the 747-8 Freighter and 747-8 Intercontinental. Before joining the 747 program, Lund was Vice President and General Manager of the 767 program as well as Deputy Program Manager of the US Air Force KC-X Tanker program. Previously, she was Vice President of Product Development for Commercial Airplanes with responsibility for developing new and derivative commercial airplane products, including concept development, preliminary design, and program planning. She also was responsible for managing the R&D plan and supporting technology programs as well as the airplane concept centers and environmental performance strategy. Her experience includes lean transformations including the 777 moving line, strategic development, work statement management, and responsibility for the airplane level configuration, as well as technical and safety related aspects of the 737. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tulsa as well as a master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri. She will address the plenary session Transportation: Gathering Speed.
Andrea Roane has been with Gannett-owned WUSA 9 since 1981 and has anchored every news program, from morning to afternoon to late-night. She currently anchors WUSA 9 News at noon, and she is the station’s Medical Reporter. WUSA 9 is the CBS-affiliate station that serves the Washington, D.C. metro region. A multi-Emmy and Gracie Award-winner, Roane has covered a wealth of hard-news stories, from politics, the arts, education, religion, and sports to women’s health and empowerment issues. In three decades of reporting, she has interviewed newsmakers, entertainers, and politicians. Her reporting has taken her across the United States and overseas to Jerusalem, the Virgin Islands, and Havana, Cuba. She is best-known to viewers for her passionate reporting on breast health issues and for promoting the importance of lifestyle changes and early detection in the fight against breast cancer. Roane’s commitment to women’s health and community service has been recognized with numerous national and local awards. For her outstanding work as a journalist, Andrea was awarded the 2015 Board of Governors Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter. She was a 2014 inductee into the Washington, D.C. Hall of Fame. Roane is a Dame of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and is active in the Washington, D.C. community, holding memberships and board appointments for organizations across the region. A member of IWF Washington, D.C., she will moderate the plenary session Transportation: Gathering Speed.
Wendy Freeman is the President of CTV News, responsible for news, information and current events programming across Bell Media, including Canada’s most-watched national newscast CTV National News; 24-hour news network CTV News Channel; 24-hour business news channel BNN; and Canada’s most-watched 24-hour local news channel, Toronto’s CP24. Also under her leadership are Canada’s longest-running political news program Question Period, political affairs series Power Play, and investigative program W5, now celebrating its 50th year of award-winning journalism. Freeman presides over all Bell Media news editorial content and newsgathering efforts for television and digital, and oversees the newsrooms’ day-to-day operations. She has led CTV News’ award-winning and most-watched coverage of the world’s biggest news stories, including ISIS, the Ebola crisis, the Boston Marathon bombing, the Papal election, Malaysia Airlines MH370, Nelson Mandela’s passing, as well as numerous Canadian and American elections. A recipient of the 2015 President’s Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), Freeman has also been recognized as the 2014 Woman of the Year by Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) and as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) in 2012. Under Freeman’s leadership, the CTV News division has been recognized with the prestigious RTDNA Bert Canning Award for Best Newscast for CTV National News for four consecutive years as well as 12 Canadian Screen Awards since the award’s inception in 2013. Previously, Freeman held a variety of senior management positions with CTV News where her leadership in the competitive marketplace strengthened CTV’s position as Canada’s most-watched news organization and made CTV National News the top-rated newscast in the country. She will address the plenary session Media: Access, Audience and Disrupting the System.
Megan Clarken is President of Product Leadership at Nielsen, leading the global Marketing Effectiveness Practice and Watch products. She was appointed to this role in February 2016. Since joining Nielsen in 2004, Clarken has held numerous global executive positions. Most recently serving as Executive Vice President of Global Product Leadership, she led the global team responsible for product strategy, development, and management of Nielsen’s leading measurement products for television, digital and cross-platform content, and advertising. She has been instrumental in conveying Nielsen’s Total Audience initiative, which aims to reflect the total audience of content and ads across all screens and to provide like-for-like metrics for digital and video. Clarken’s previous roles at Nielsen include Managing Director of Media Client Services in Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Managing Director of Nielsen’s digital businesses across the Asia Pacific Region. She also held senior roles managing the company’s digital analytics product portfolio. Prior to Nielsen, she held senior leadership positions for large publishers and online technology providers, including Akamai Technologies and ninemsn in Australia. She will address the plenary session Media: Access, Audience and Disrupting the System.
Xana Antunes is Executive Editor for New Initiatives at Quartz. A consistent champion of emerging digital technologies and platforms, Antunes applies her energy and skills to leveraging the best of a journalistic brand as it makes the journey to a multi-platform future. She is the creator of the Quartz Video Lab, which experiments with different forms of visual storytelling and has embarked on a new project to develop a Talent Lab and incubator for global reporting talent. Following a short-lived career as a foreign correspondent, Antunes went rogue on her first assignment in New York City. She saw her obsession with her adopted home turn into the editor role at the New York Post – one of only three women to be running a top 100 newspaper in the US at that time. Antunes’ career has spanned digital media, video, long-form storytelling, and daily news reporting, and includes positions as Executive Editor of Fortune, CNBC Digital, and Editor of Crain’s New York Business. Antunes holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Cultural Studies from Trinity and All Saints College at the University of Leeds and a graduate degree in Journalism from City University London. She will address the plenary session Media: Access, Audience and Disrupting the System.
Tom Rosenstiel is Executive Director of the American Press Institute and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is an author, journalist, researcher and media critic, and is one of the most recognized thinkers on the future of media in the US. Before joining the American Press Institute in January 2013, Rosenstiel was Founder and, for sixteen years, Director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., and Co-Founder and Vice Chair of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. He is the author of seven books, including The Elements of Journalism: What News People Should Know and the Public Should Expect, which has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and described as “the most important book on the relationship of journalism and democracy published in the last fifty years” (Roy Peter Clark, Poynter), “a modern classic” (Bill Safire, New York Times), and one of the five “essential books” on journalism (Wall Street Journal). He and Bill Kovach have also written two other books together, including Blur: How to Know What’s True in the Age of Information Overload. His newest book is The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century, co-edited with Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute. His first novel Shining City, from Ecco Press of Harper Collins, will appear in 2017. During his journalism career he worked as the Media Writer for the Los Angeles Times for a decade, Chief Congressional Correspondent for Newsweek, Press Critic for MSNBC, Business Editor of the Peninsula Times Tribune, a reporter for Jack Anderson’s Washington Merry Go ‘Round column; he began his career at the Woodside Country Almanac in his native northern California. His books and research have generated more than 50,000 academic citations, a measure of the unusual reach and longevity of his work and ideas on a generation of scholars. Among his awards, he is a four-time winner of both the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Journalism Research and the National Prize for Media Criticism from Penn State, the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the University of Missouri Journalism School, the Dewitt Carter Reddick Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in the Field of Communications from the University of Texas at Austin, the Columbia Journalism School Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Goldsmith Book Award from Harvard. He will address the plenary session Media: Access, Audience and Disrupting the System.
Betsy Fischer Martin
Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and TV news executive. She is an Executive in Residence at American University’s School of Public Affairs, the co-host of Bloomberg Politics’ “Masters in Politics” podcast, and the founder of her own consulting business, Fischer Martin Media, where she specializes in providing media training to corporate executives. She also was the Washington contributing editor to MORE Magazine for two years until it recently ceased publication. During her earlier career in television news, she was the Senior Executive Producer and Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming where she was responsible for the development and execution of political coverage. From 2002-2013, she was the Executive Producer of the longest running television program in the world, Meet the Press. During this time, she oversaw all editorial content, guest-selection, strategic planning, production, marketing, and financial decision-making for the program. During her long career at NBC News, Fischer Martin worked closely for seventeen years with the late Tim Russert, not only producing his headline making interviews for Meet the Press but also serving as his producer for NBC’s coverage of special events and four presidential elections, including the historic 2000 presidential election night and subsequent recount. She has been honored with several awards for her work with NBC, including three News and Documentary Emmys, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism, and a Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She has been included in Washingtonian’s 50 Best and Most Influential Journalists, Washington Life’s Power 100, and GQ’s Powerful People in Washington. In 2008, she was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute, and she has been elected a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She will moderate the plenary session Media: Access, Audience and Disrupting the System.
Ellen J. Langer
Ellen J. Langer is a social psychologist who some have dubbed “the mother of mindfulness.” She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles, including the international bestseller Mindfulness, which has been translated into fifteen languages, The Power of Mindful Learning, On Becoming An Artist, and most recently, Counterclockwise. She is the recipient of, among other numerous awards and honors, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest from the American Psychological Association, the Award for Distinguished Contributions of Basic Science to the Application of Psychology from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the Adult Development and Aging Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Liberty Science Genius Award. Langer’s trailblazing experiments in social psychology have earned her inclusion in The New York Times Magazine’s “Year in Ideas” issue and will soon be the subject of a major motion picture. She was named one of the 35 Most Influential People of 2015 in China’s Portrait Magazine. A member of the psychology department at Harvard University and a painter, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She will address the plenary session Ideas Remaking the World.
Susan Sygall is the CEO and Co-Founder of Mobility International USA (MIUSA), whose mission is to advance disability rights and leadership globally, with a focus on women and girls with disabilities. MIUSA has over 2,300 alumni from more than 135 countries. Sygall is an internationally recognized expert in the area of international educational exchange and leadership programs for persons with disabilities. Sygall, a wheelchair rider, has had a personal and professional commitment to disability rights and women’s issues for more than thirty years. She has co-authored numerous publications in the area of international exchange and international development opportunities for persons with disabilities and co-produced several award-winning videos. Following her participation at the World Conference on Women in Beijing, Sygall co-created MIUSA’s signature program, the Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability (WILD). She has lectured throughout the world on a variety of topics related to inclusive development, international exchange, and disability rights. She also has received numerous awards for her passionate advocacy for disability rights. In 2013, she became an Ashoka Senior Fellow and received recognition of her work in 2011 by being awarded the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Matusak Courageous Leadership Award and an honorary doctorate from Chapman University. In 2000, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Sygall is also the 1995 recipient of the President’s Award from President Bill Clinton for her dynamic leadership in international exchange programs for people with disabilities, for her mentorship of young people with disabilities, and for her active role throughout the world in empowering people with disabilities. She will address the plenary session Ideas Remaking the World.
Vivian Manasc is Senior Principal Architect of Manasc Isaac, a 55-person Canadian Architectural and Engineering Studio with offices in Alberta and in Bucharest, Romania. She is Past President and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, past Vice President of the Canada Green Building Council, and past Vice-Chair of Economic Development Edmonton. Manasc leads the design of many of Manasc Isaac’s projects, and it is her vision and skill in facilitating the design process that enables successful projects, including the LEED Gold Water Centre in Calgary, the LEED Gold Academic Research Centre at Athabasca University and the Governor General Award-winning Yukon Visitor Centre, as well as the post-fire reconstruction of the Slave Lake Government Centre and Library. Manasc launched the firm’s reimagine initiative, which is focused on greening existing buildings; the Blue Sky award to assist nonprofit organizations in realizing their dream facilities; and the First Nations conference on Sustainable Buildings and Communities to enhance the quality of life in First Nations Communities across Canada. She is co-author of Agora Borealis – Engaging in Sustainable Architecture, and is currently working on a second book. Her passion and commitment to outstanding sustainable architecture has been recognized nationally and internationally and, in 2012, she was named Canada’s Green Building Champion. She studied Architecture at McGill and completed an MBA at the University of Alberta. She will address the plenary session Ideas Remaking the World.
Camille Mirshokrai is Global Director of Leadership Development for Accenture. In this role, she is charged with the firm’s leadership development strategy including succession planning for all key leadership positions. Mirshokrai served previously as the Global Capability Development and People Programs Lead for Accenture’s Resources Operating Group, one of Accenture’s five industry verticals. Prior to her internal roles, she worked in the consulting practice at Accenture providing technology and business consulting services to clients. She has also been part of the firm’s recruiting leadership. Mirshokrai’s experiences at Accenture include spending time during the start-up phase in designing of the recruiting and people programs for Avanade, a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Accenture Foundation and the National Kidney Foundation of North Texas. She also is a member of the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Executive Women’s Roundtable. She was an IWF Leadership Foundation Fellow, 2009-2010, and is member of the International Women’s Forum Board of Directors. Mirshokrai holds an MBA and Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A& M University. She will facilitate the plenary session Ideas Remaking the World.
Candace Rondeaux is a Senior Program Officer at USIP and Director of the RESOLVE Network, a global research network focused on countering violent extremism. Before joining USIP, she served as Strategic Advisor to the Lessons Learned Program at the U.S. Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. An expert on international affairs, she spent five-years working in South Asia where she served as South Asia bureau chief for The Washington Post and as senior analyst on Afghanistan for the International Crisis Group. Her research has covered the conflict in South Asia, the dynamics of political Islam in modern Muslim majority states, and Soviet and post-Soviet affairs. Her work has been regularly featured in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The International Herald Tribune, and The Boston Globe. She has also been a frequent guest analyst on CNN, Al-Jazeera, BBC World and National Public Radio. Prior to her postings in South Asia, she worked as a journalist for several leading newspapers in the United States, producing award winning work on criminal justice and legal affairs issues for the Post, The St. Petersburg Times in Florida and covering terrorism and criminal justice issues for the investigative team at The New York Daily News following the 9/11 attacks. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she holds a B.A. in Russian Area Studies, M.A. Journalism from New York University, and an MPP in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He will address the plenary session The New Era of Terrorism.
Dr. Amjad Juma’ian
Dr. Amjad Juma’ian is Brigadier General and Senior Consultant Psychologist for the Royal Medical Services of Jordan. An expert in working with juveniles and refugees recruited by extremist and terrorist groups, Juma’ian established the first specialized child psychiatry clinic in Jordan in 2004 and serves as Mental Health Advisor to the Ministry of Social Development of Jordan. With a career in psychology spanning over 30 years, Juma’ian is the leading voice in his field on youth radicalization in the Middle East. In 2002, he became a Member of the Board of the Royal College of Psychiatrists after an extensive career and education in Europe and the Middle East. He is the recipient of various degrees and certificates from numerous institutions, including the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; Institute of Psychiatry, London; the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ireland; the University of Tehran, Iran; Loma Linda University Hospital and Behavioral Medical Center in California, USA; and the Cutchins Program for Children and Families in Massachusetts, USA. Juma’ian holds a doctoral degree from the University of Jordan. He will address the plenary session The New Era of Terrorism.
Jeanne Meserve is a member of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group, and a Fellow of the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. She is a former anchor and Homeland Security Correspondent for CNN, and former State Department correspondent for ABC. This election cycle she served as a moderator for Americans for Peace, Prosperity, and Security, interviewing six presidential contenders on national security matters. Meserve is President of Shore Road Multimedia, which provides moderating, writing, voice over and other communication services. She is also Director of Training at The Communication Center in Washington, DC. Follow her on Twitter@JeanneMeserve. She will moderate the plenary session The New Era of Terrorism.
Susana Malcorra is Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of Argentina, appointed by the President of the Argentine Republic Mauricio Macri in December 2015. With twenty-five years of professional experience in the private sector, Malcorra began her corporate career as a Systems Engineer at IBM, eventually moving up to CEO of Telecom Argentina, the third-largest company in Argentina at the time. These responsibilities gave her strong insight into the management of large organizations and she successfully led complex change processes at the same time. Malcorra left Telecom in 2002 after deciding to seek opportunities at nonprofit organizations and, in early 2004, she joined the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She served as Chief Operating Officer of the WFP, a role that enabled her to use her skills, experience, and energy for a greater cause. In May 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General appointed Malcorra Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Field Support where she was charged with providing logistical, communications, personnel, and financial support services to UN Peacekeeping Operations. In April 2012, Malcorra was appointed Chief of Staff¬ to the Secretary-General. Through her leadership roles in the private sector and diplomatic community, Malcorra combined her long career as an executive with a career in the diplomatic field. While at the UN, she managed negotiations with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Chad, Somalia and Afghanistan, among others, and received approval of the General Assembly for her strategic, financial, and budgetary strategy involving over nine billion dollars. Among other accomplishments, Malcorra coordinated the Mission on the Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons and the first Health Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in West Africa. Malcorra holds a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rosario. She will provide keynote remarks at the Closing Luncheon Power, Passion & Promise: Leading Us Forward.
Kah Walla is a Cameroonian political leader who challenged the political status quo when she announced her candidacy for the 2011 Presidential elections and became the first woman ever to run for the Presidency of the nation. Walla started her advocacy for political change in 1992, following the re-introduction of Multipartism in Cameroon. She sided with the main opposition party at the time and soon became one of its key advisers and trainers. She provoked a mini-revolution in working methods and brought in a systematic and strategic approach to politics. In 2007, she was elected into the Municipal Council of Douala 1, the economic capital of Cameroon. Walla symbolizes the new generation of African political leadership. She received the Vital Voices Global Leadership Vanguard Award (2015), DVF Award (2014), was named one of 150 Women Who Shake the World by Newsweek and Daily Beast (2011), and one of Africa’s 100 Most Influential Leaders by New African Magazine (2011). As an entrepreneur, she founded STRATEGIES!, a twenty year-old international consulting firm that offers services in leadership and strategy to multinational firms and development organizations on five continents. She was recognized as one of five African woman entrepreneurs fighting for an enabling business environment on the continent by the World Bank in 2009. As a community activist, she founded Cameroon Ô’Bosso, a citizens’ movement for change, through which she was recognized in 2009 by the Clinton Global Initiative for her capacity building project in entrepreneurship and policy dialogue carried out with over 500 market women in Douala. Walla’s leadership can be summarized in her own words “I believe in Africa and our innate ability to succeed as a people.” She will address the Closing Luncheon Power, Passion & Promise: Leading Us Forward.
ElsaMarie D’Silva is the Founder & Managing Director of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) which is a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal. ElsaMarie is currently an alumni of the US State Department’s Fortune Program and a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices, Vital Voices and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and has won Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Dusan Stojanovic (European Angel Investor of the Year 2013) and The Digital Woman Award in Social Impact by SheThePeople. She has penned articles that have appeared in CNN, Huffington Post, WIP amongst others. She has spoken about her work at the Aspen Ideas Festival, at TEDx MidAtlantic, UN Women, State Department, Vital Voices South to South Leadership Summit. She has been a panelist for NDI, SheThePeople and hosted a roundtable at CityLab London 2015. Prior to Safecity, she was in the aviation industry for 20 years where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Her last portfolio was Vice President, Network Planning & Charters where she oversaw the planning and implementation of 500 daily flights. She will address the Closing Luncheon Power, Passion & Promise: Leading Us Forward.
Evelyn Diaz is President of Heartland Alliance, a global anti-poverty and human rights organization based in Chicago that provides a comprehensive array of services to nearly half a million people annually in the areas of healthcare, housing, human services, and justice. She is responsible for directing domestic and global strategy and operations for Heartland Alliance’s five nonprofit corporate entities, with a combined budget of $120 million and 1,200 employees in 12 countries. Previously, Diaz was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the City of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services where she was responsible for administering an annual budget of $330 million to deliver social service programs to over 300,000 Chicagoans. Before joining Mayor Emanuel’s cabinet, Diaz was Deputy Chief of Staff to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, coordinating human capital departments and overseeing initiatives related to poverty, jobs, and economic security. She was later appointed by Mayor Daley as Chief Executive Officer of the Chicago Workforce Investment Council. Prior to working in the government sector, Diaz was Associate Director of the Chicago Jobs Council where she coordinated Opportunity Chicago, a $23 million initiative to assist thousands of public housing residents gain employment. She has also worked as a direct practitioner providing individual and group counseling to domestic violence victims; managing programs for homeless women in shelter; and coordinating economic development initiatives and social service projects in Chicago’s 46th Ward. She was named Social Worker of the Year in 2014 by the National Association of Social Workers’ Illinois and Chicago chapters. She was a Chicago Council on Global Affairs Emerging Leader. Diaz received her graduate degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. She will address the Closing Luncheon Power, Passion & Promise: Leading Us Forward.
Kath Carter is Global Business Development Leader for Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) at EY LLP. Based at the firm’s global headquarters in London, though residing in Chicago, she has more than twenty-one years of experience in mergers, acquisitions, and divestiture activities with another five years’ experience in auditing. For the five years prior to taking on her current role, Carter was the Managing Partner for the $130 million Midwest Transaction Advisory Services Practice covering a 10 state area in which she led her team to achieve the inaugural Excellence in Market Leadership Award in 2010. Her broad industry experience includes working with clients in financial services, manufacturing, retail, technology, media, and healthcare services and devices. In addition, she has worked on several cross-border engagements, primarily in Europe. Her cross-border experience ultimately led her to her current global position. She has specialized in carve-outs, particularly large-scale, complex transactions requiring public financing and seller due diligence services. She has also been an active participant in EY’s inclusiveness and mentorship efforts for which she received the firm’s Rose Marie Meschi Award in 2008 for her efforts in advancing the women of EY. Carter received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Marketing from Auburn University at Montgomery graduating summa cum laude. She was recognized in 2011 as the Distinguished Speaker and Alumni of her alma mater. She is also a member of the America Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society. In 2012, Carter competed in Chicago Dancing with the Stars – Corporate, taking home the MVP award for raising over $147,000. Though she is an avid fitness fan, which you can witness on YouTube, it is her family she is most passionate about. She will moderate the Closing Luncheon Power, Passion & Promise: Leading Us Forward.