On 22–23 November 2019 World Woman Foundation will bring together the doers and the dreamers who turn ambition into reality, know their purpose, reimagine their communities, and rise to their highest potential while lifting others along the way. The World Woman Summit 2019 will focus on #RedefiningRules by women, for women and of women to build the new chapter for change.
The summit is built on a Sustainable Development Goals 2030 reporting on issues from Food Insecurity, Climate Change, Sustainability, Health Equity, Social Entrepreneurship, Emerging Technology and Global Economy. The two-day summit will be featuring keynote conversations, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews and interstitial spotlights, fireside chats and workshops.
World Woman Summit 2019 aims to identify and redefine new rules of leadership for a new era — and help decision-makers of all kinds of organizations create inclusive, equitable cultures that empower women to succeed and also spotlight women who are leading new rules.
Born in 2017, the Forum claimed a record by gathering of delegates from around the globe and becoming the most massive event in heart of America. For the first time, internationally recognized women leaders came together on one global stage, providing a unique learning experience for accelerating women's leadership in a bold new way.
Our mission is to provide one of its kind of platform for women worldwide. This platform gives a collectivized voice for Women Leadership in our region and aims to inform, inspire and impact themselves, their community and the world at large and inspire women’s leadership.
Gloria Feldt is an acclaimed expert on women, power, and leadership with decades of frontline leadership experience, a bestselling author, and in-demand keynote speaker. She is cofounder and president of Take The Lead, whose mission reflects her life’s passion: to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025 by providing breakthrough training, mentoring and coaching role modeling, and thought leadership. Its signature 50 Women Can Change the World program is an immersive version of her 9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career customized by industries for women in early career, midcareer, and executive levels. She is the bestselling author of four books; the latest is No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, the research for which plus her own real world knowledge forms the core of Take The Lead’s programs.
She is formerly president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, capping a 30-year career that included serving as CEO of affiliates in West Texas and Arizona as well as the national CEO. She was named by Vanity Fair one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, Women Economic Forum Circle of Light award, Texas Monthly’s Texas 20, Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award, and Forbes 40 Over 40.
She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Feldt has been widely quoted and published, including by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Forbes, Fast Company, Time, Huffington Post, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. She recently served on the board of the Women’s Media Center, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and Emerge America and remains on their honorary boards. She currently serves on the board of Women Connect 4 Good Foundation. She is a member of the New York Women’s Forum, the International Women’s Forum, and the World Academy of Art and Science and is an advisor to the ERA Coalition.
Gloria is an awesome chili maker. She and her husband Alex Barbanell live in New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona; they share a combined family of six children and 15 grandchildren, so there is never a dull moment in their lives. She spends too much time on social media and invites you to connect with her there.
Pat Mitchell is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media as a journalist, an Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off. Transitioning to an executive role, she became the president of CNN Productions, and the first woman president and CEO of PBS and the Paley Center for Media. Today, her commitment to connect and strengthen a global community of women leaders continues as a conference curator, advisor and mentor.
In partnership with TED, Mitchell launched TEDWomen in 2010 and is its editorial director, curator and host. She is also a speaker and curator for the annual Women Working for the World forum in Bogota, Colombia, the Her Village conference in Beijing, and the Women of the World (WOW) festival in London. In 2017, she launched the Transformational Change Leadership Initiative with the Rockefeller Foundation focused on women leaders in government and civil society.
In 2014, the Women’s Media Center honored Mitchell with its first-annual Lifetime Achievement Award, now named in her honor to commend other women whose media careers advance the representation of women. Recognized by Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful women in media, Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and Huffington Post’s list of “Powerful Women Over 50,” Mitchell also received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Leadership. She is a contributor to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, and wrote the introduction to the recently published book and museum exhibition, 130 Women of Impact in 30 Countries. In 2016, she served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. She is writing a memoir, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing a Life of Power and Purpose, that will be published in 2019.
Mitchell is active with many nonprofit organizations, serving as the chair of the boards of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center. She is a founding member of the VDAY movement and on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is also an advisor to Participant Media and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mitchell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a master's degree in English literature and several honorary doctorate degrees. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, live in Atlanta and have six children and 13 grandchildren.
An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was also the President of the Republic of Malawi (2012-2014). She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groups.
Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Dr. Banda championed the enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including the “Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997, President Banda is a strong advocate for women and girls’ emancipation and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner. She founded the Joyce Banda Foundation International, which guides projects that range from empowering women to providing for orphans’ education.
On the international scene, President Dr. Banda was instrumental in the formation of such organizations as the African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (AFWE), currently running in 41 countries in Africa; the Council for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA); and the American & African Business Women’s Alliance (AABWA), of which she served as First President.
President Banda sits on a number international organization bodies. These include the Executive Advisory Committee of UNIFEM, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, and the Scientific Advisory Board for the program in Global Health and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Honorary Chair, World Woman Summit 2019
Sherece is a leading 21st century voice on the eradication of global poverty. From her early beginnings as a housing advocate in New York City to leading programs at some of the most prestigious foundations in the Southeastern United States, Sherece has been relentless in her quest to increase prosperity for families striving to move out of poverty. Sherece uses every opportunity to speak life into leaders and organizations. She challenges them to use their talents to solve our country’s most urgent challenges. Her expertise in public policy, funding strategies, and program development make her one of our nation’s top transformational leaders. Before the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, she was the founding CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana( FLL). Prior to FFL she was with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Sherece earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland, and a master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Community Change, ForwARd Arkansas, and the Mission Investors Exchange.
When she is not working, you will find Sherece traveling the world with her husband Joe, hanging out with their pups Peaches and Herb, or chilling with them at home reading, eating grapes or popcorn (sometimes both) while listening to music. She loves to dance.
Ben Hasan joined the Global People team as Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2015. In this global role Ben and his team are responsible for the continued development of the healthy evolution of the company’s culture, the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels of the company and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work.
Ben Hasan joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as senior vice president Strategic Services in Walmart Technology. In this role, he and his team were responsible for ISD (Information Systems Division) Strategy, Communication, Innovation, ISD Vendor Management, Project Management Office, Business Analysis, GTS – India & Mexico and Quality Assurance.
Prior to his current role at Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell Inc. He progressed through several leadership positions before serving as vice president of Corporate and Product Group I/T. In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. He also served as general manager of Dell’s I/T development centers in Brazil and India. Before joining Dell, he gained broad experience in I/T, Human Resources, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, and Customer Service during his 14-year career with ENSERCH Corporation, an oil and gas company based in Dallas, Texas. In 2006, Ben received the Temple University Fox School I/T Award for Distinguished Alumni. Ben holds an M.B.A. from Amber University in Dallas, Texas, a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in computer science from Temple University in Philadelphia and completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
Ben serves on the boards of several national and local organizations, including the Walmart Foundation; Catalyst Board of Advisors; Ron Clark Academy (Atlanta); United Negro College Fund; Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce; and Thaden School (2016-2019) (Bentonville, Arkansas).
Christine Daugherty, VP Sustainable Agriculture & Responsible Sourcing. Christine and her team deliver global transformation and innovation through agriculture sciences and responsible sourcing solutions for PepsiCo.Prior to PepsiCo, Christine worked at Tyson Foods, where she held various roles, most recently Vice President of Sustainable Food Production. Her responsibilities included natural resource conservation programs, responsible sourcing and farm animal well-being, as well as leading the company’s sustainability programs across multiple platforms.Christine holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, a Post-doctoral in Plant Gene Regulation from the University of Florida, a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Louisiana State University, as well as an MS degree in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University.
Shelley Simpson is Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. She is also President of Highway Services.
Shelley’s 25-year career at J.B. Hunt reflects the company’s continued progression as an innovative leader in the transportation and logistics industry. Since joining J.B. Hunt as a customer service representative, she has held multiple senior-level positions for business segments across the company. In 2007, Shelley was named President of Integrated Capacity Solutions, a business unit she helped create, and quickly made it the fastest-growing area of the company. While continuing to develop ICS, Shelley assumed sales and marketing executive responsibilities in 2011 and was appointed Chief Marketing Officer. She took on additional leadership in 2014 as President of J.B. Hunt’s Truckload business segment, helping improve the efficiency of the company’s fleet.
As technology expanded the digital capabilities of J.B. Hunt services, Shelley’s leadership role evolved to encompass the commercialization and business development of all J.B. Hunt services. In 2017, she was named Chief Commercial Officer and leads the strategic direction of marketing, sales, customer service, and product development, including J.B. Hunt 360, the company’s technology platform for freight matching and operational efficiency. To support the company’s ability to provide comprehensive solutions, J.B. Hunt combined the management of Truckload and ICS services that same year by creating Highway Services, of which she was named President and continues to oversee.
Whether leading by example or through active participation, Shelley is devoted to promoting the advancement of women and diversity at J.B. Hunt, in the transportation and logistics industry, and within her community. She is the executive sponsor for two employee resource groups at the company which she helped create - Growing and Retaining Outstanding Women (GROW) and Latinos Engaging, Advancing, and Developing (LEAD). Shelley serves on the board for multiple local organizations, including WorkMatters, Mercy Health Foundation, and the Dean’s Executive Advisory Board for the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. In 2016, she received the Distinguished Woman of the Year award by Women In Trucking and was named 2017 ATHENA Woman of the Year at the NWA Business Women's Conference.
Originally from Russellville, Shelley graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. She lives in Rogers with her husband David and their three children.
Deb is responsible for developing organization wide talent strategies that align with and enable organizational culture. Driving transformational imperatives focused on maximizing performance excellence, enabling individual and Team development, ensuring an environment of diversity and inclusion, and building Team member capabilities for business success. In this role, Deb provides thought leadership, strategy, tools and programs designed to differentiate Talent at Tyson. Areas of responsibility include: Talent Acquisition, Organizational Culture and Team Effectiveness, Team member Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion, Performance and Talent Management, and Succession Planning.
Prior to joining Tyson Foods, Deb was Vice President of Human Resources at Mark Anthony Brands- The Mike’s Hard Lemonade Company. In that capacity, she led the HR function for the North American organization during a transformational time, providing overall talent strategy and execution on all aspects of organizational effectiveness, change management, organizational design, and employee development, as well as ensuring efficiency and consistency of HR activities. Prior to that role, Deb served as Director of Talent Intimacy at The Hillshire Brands Co. and its predecessor company Sara Lee. As part of Global Novations Inc. (a Korn Ferry company), Deb spent 12 years consulting on performance improvement, talent, leadership, and organizational development for companies, including Capital One, Michael Kors, Kohler, Nike, and Boeing.
Deb grew up in the UK and earned her degree at King Ecgbert College in Sheffield, England. She holds multiple certifications including MBTI, Big Five, PDI, DISC and Master Certifications in multiple Leadership Programs and is also a Graduate of the LINC Global Institute of Leadership Development.
Dr. Stephanie Gardner is the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost for UAMS. In her role as provost, or chief academic officer, she provides leadership and coordinates resources for the UAMS education mission that includes five colleges and a graduate school, 73 degree and certificate programs, 1,522 faculty members, 2,834 students, 822 resident physicians and five dental residents. She also leads the Division of Academic Affairs, which includes support services and resources for the academic mission, including student registration/enrollment, interprofessional education, simulation education, continuing education, educational and faculty development, and the library.
Prior to her 2015 appointment as provost, Dr. Gardner served 12 years as dean of the UAMS College of Pharmacy. In her 26 years at UAMS, her many honors include the Arkansas Pharmacists Association Pharmacist of the Year Award, the Dale Bumpers AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Award and the Outstanding Dean Award by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists.
A prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow in 2012-13, Gardner earned Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She completed a research fellowship in cardiovascular pharmacology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1991, and earned a Doctor of Education from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2001.
Dr. Gardner serves as a board member for the Arkansas Center for Healthcare Improvement and the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. From 2010-16, Dr. Gardner was a member of the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education Board of Directors and served as president from 2014-15.
Nydia Han is an Emmy award winning journalist, TEDx speaker, and creator of #ThisIsAmerica. As a news anchor and consumer investigative reporter, Nydia seeks the truth, holds people accountable, and protects our community. Through her #ThisIsAmerica work, Nydia hopes to inspire us to get to know each other’s unique American stories, check our own biases, and act as positive agents of change and unity. Nydia is the 2019 recipient of the Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence award. She volunteers for a number of organizations and is especially passionate about fighting lung cancer in memory of her mother. Nydia received a Bachelor of Science from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is a mom to two young children, a wife, and a friend. She enjoys good food, wine, and conversation, and, most of all, a good laugh. Nydia Han is an Emmy award winning journalist, TEDx speaker, and creator of #ThisIsAmerica. As a news anchor and consumer investigative reporter, Nydia seeks the truth, holds people accountable, and protects our community. Through her #ThisIsAmerica work, Nydia hopes to inspire us to get to know each other’s unique American stories, check our own biases, and act as positive agents of change and unity. Nydia is the 2019 recipient of the Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence award. She volunteers for a number of organizations and is especially passionate about fighting lung cancer in memory of her mother. Nydia received a Bachelor of Science from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She is a mom to two young children, a wife, and a friend. She enjoys good food, wine, and conversation, and, most of all, a good laugh.
Carmen is the CEO & Chocolatier of Cocoa Belle Chocolates. Located in Central Arkansas, Cocoa Belle Chocolates specializes in handmade artisan chocolate truffles, barks, sauces and butters. Cocoa Belle Chocolates client list for custom work ranges from Fortune 500 companies, boutique hotels, and government officials. In 2017, Cocoa Belle Chocolate landed on the pages of Vogue’s Culinary Collection featuring the new line of decadent chocolate sauces and chocolate butters. Cocoa Belle Chocolates was featured at the International Chocolate Festival 2018 in San Mateo, California with over 10,000 people in attendance. Retail locations are in downtown Little Rock inside Bella Vita Jewelry and in Fort Smith inside The Shoppes at BrickCity. Most recently, Carmen is the Founder of CB-Dulce, a line of cannabidiol infused chocolates launching late Spring 2019. She will also be featured on a new baking competition on Food Network called Bake You Rich, airing Spring 2019.
Executive director of The Nutrition Coalition, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director at Virta Health, the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery. Before Virta, Dr. Hallberg founded Indiana University Arnett's Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program where she still serves as Medical Director. She is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and the executive director of The Nutrition Coalition. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology and exercise science from Illinois State University and her degree in medicine from Des Moines University.
Zubaida Bai is a thought leader and innovator of health and livelihood solutions for under-served women and girls globally. Building on her expertise as an engineer, a product designer, and empathetic communicator, Zubaida’s built a brand and a growing product line though ayzh(pronounced “eyes”). She has set in motion a movement that addresses market failures and gives voice to the oft-ignored matter that is women’s health. She is also the founder of Happy Woman Foundation and Fund, aimed at catalyzing the next wave of changes that enable women to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams while wielding public influence at a grand scale.
Cam Kashani is known as the “Godmother of Silicon Beach”. She is a 3x founder, a highly sought after transformational and mindset coach, an Expert Speaker with US State Department, and a single mom of twin boys. She’s worked with 4000+ Entrepreneurs and 700+ startups. She has also been named by Inc. Magazine as one of thirty “Inspirational Women in Tech”. She previously cofounded the first coworking space in Los Angeles for technology startups and entrepreneurs in 2010, Coloft. During her four years there, Coloft had over 1800 alumni, including Uber LA, Instacart, Fullscreen and others. Cam is on a mission is to humanize business, and her vision is a global economy that thrives on “WE” as opposed to “ME”. While Cam works with men and women, she has a deeply rooted passion for working specifically with women as she believes that women that embrace their deeply rooted power can collectively shift the energy in business, and ultimately create a more harmonious environment for us all.
Sheila Colclasure spearheads LiveRamp’s comprehensive, industry-leading Global Data Ethics Program, which includes: providing consumers with transparency, notice, and control; designing ethical practices into LiveRamp products and services; conducting hundreds of Data Protection Impact Assessments each year; performing regular privacy, security, and risk assessments; and working closely with organizations around the world focused on policy, law and enforcement. Simultaneously, she provides support and consult to LiveRamp’s more than 1,000 clients, including brands, agencies, technology vendors, data providers and publishers. Sheila is recognized as a global authority on applied data ethics, consumer advocacy and information policy. She participates in numerous domestic and international efforts to help develop effective data policy, establish industry best practices and achieve maximum harmonization of information policy across the world.
Sheila is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar and was recognized by CSO as one of “12 amazing women in security.” She serves on the advisory boards of the Information Accountability Foundation (IAF) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and is corporate liaison to several industry standards-setting groups. Prior to joining LiveRamp, She was the Global Chief Data Ethics Officer at Acxiom, LiveRamp’s former parent company, after holding the title of Acxiom’s Americas Privacy and Public Policy Officer for nearly 20 years. Before Acxiom, she worked for the US Senate and then managed congressional and political affairs for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in its Washington DC office. Sheila has a master’s degree in communications, specializing in business and political communication.
Alex is the founder and CEO for W2O, a food technology firm for the past ten years. He specializes in creating Good Food with niche expertise in taste & smell neuroscience and clean label plant-based sweeteners and flavors.Prior to that, Alex had held various R&D leadership positions in companies including Pepsi, Starbucks, and Wrigley. He led technical teams to achieve business results. Alex holds a PhD in Food Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms Andrea Phua currently serves as the Economic Counsellor at the Embassy of Singapore in Washington, DC. She took up this appointment in January 2018. Prior to this assignment, Andrea was the Deputy Chief Negotiator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), where she led the Singapore team and oversaw the various chapters of the agreement. She also managed the US-Singapore economic relationship and concurrently staffed Singapore’s Committee on the Future Economy, which was a public-private sector led effort in 2016 to identify the key policy shifts for the Singapore economy to prepare industries and the workforce for the future. Before her stint in the trade and economic sector, Andrea was an A-Levels English Literature teacher from 2008 to 2011. Andrea received a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in English Literature from University College London (2007), and graduated with Distinction from Oxford University (2008), where she completed a Masters in English Literature. She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore) (2009).
Emi is responsible for leading the Wholesale Channel for Unilever US. She plays a key role in the strategy development for the division, as well as value creating initiatives for both Unilever/Walmart sustainability programs. Emi is the executive sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion “U&I” initiatives in the Rogers Field Office.
Prior to Unilever, Emi spent 13 years at Walmart Stores Inc in several merchandising, sourcing, and private brands roles where she grew the business, and built a diverse, cross-functional background including an international assignment in Costa Rica.
Emi was raised in Mexico City in a bilingual/multicultural environment and has spent the past 16yrs in Northwest Arkansas. She received her B.S. in International Business at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and completed her MBA at the University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business. Emi currently serves as past chair on the Sam Walton College Deans’ Alumni Advisory Council, is a board member of Pay It Forward Foundation and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the NWA March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. Emi lives in Rogers, AR with her husband Tony and boys AJ (11yrs) and Alex (3yrs).
Jeanne Bernick is a market strategist and business specialist for national accounting and finance firm K·Coe Isom. Jeanne matches the needs of commercial ag producers with K·Coe Isom’s talent and tools, facilitating healthy, growing farm and food operations that are sustainable for generations to come. She offers a depth of industry insights and works alongside producers to zero-in on solutions to keep family businesses thriving.
Specifically, she has a passion for supporting women in agriculture and helping provide succession planning and strategic advisory for women coming back to their family farm businesses or working in agribusiness. She is the co-author of a women’s ag leadership book “Ceres Rising: How Women are Leading Farm Business”.
Prior to joining K·Coe Isom, Jeanne spent 20 years as an editor with Farm Journal Media, developing long-standing relationships with large commercial ag producers and their families. Jeanne helped establish a national women’s business conference that provides a community for women to find resources and network with like-minded business owners.
Jeanne is involved in several business organizations, and currently sits on the boards of Iowa Women in Agriculture and the University of Nebraska Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
Visit her “Boots and Biz” website designed to support women in agriculture at: www.bootsandbiz.com
Lori L. Burrows is Vice President and General Counsel of Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC); a regulated, public utility serving nearly 1.3 million Arkansans. Before joining AECC, she worked for the Arkansas Public Service Commission and Attorney General’s office. A graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program (AMP 193) and an honor graduate of the UA Bowen School of Law, Lori also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Micronesia. As a leader on several non-profit boards, Lori gives her time and energy to causes that support women and the arts and which advance society as a whole. One of her labors of love was forming Arkansas Women In Power that helps recruit, maintain and promote women in energy. Recognized in Arkansas Business’ Arkansas 250 and 40 Under 40 lists, as well as AY Magazine’s Powerful Woman in Law and Vanguard Law Magazine for her public service work, Lori uses her public profile to bring awareness and meaningful change to the causes she believes will make the world better for her two daughters.
Rupa Dash is an entertainment entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, and co-founder & Partner of Dash Global Media, a leading entertainment company specializing in film packaging for world cinema. As CEO of World Woman Foundation, Dash leads a global mentorship program for women in film and their influence on global issues. Dash has implemented global brand strategies for Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. for theatrical releases in India, including Avengers, In Her Shoes, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She is also associated with Brillstein Entertainment Partners, a television production company and premier entertainment management group in Hollywood. With a focus on accelerating women’s leadership in the film industry, Dash has facilitated all aspects of seeking, securing, and managing film funds. In 2016, Dash Global Media was named the emerging film packaging startup company in Los Angeles for contributions to and support of social impact features. Dash received the Women Making Difference Award from Los Angeles Business Journal in 2018. She is actively involved with UN Women, Harvard Business School, Davos Forum, and Hollywood Film Festival, advocating for gender equality in film and entertainment. Dash has worked with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India’s prominent investor meeting: Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on a collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development to bring useful resources to the most underdeveloped states in India. Dash was the first woman to receive the UN’s International Telecom Union Award for her work to bring mobile entertainment content to Indian farmers across 40,000 villages. Dash studied entrepreneurship at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She currently serves on the boards of International Indian Film Market, Russian Women's Federation, Arkansas Cinema Society and World Cinema Society.
Originally from the UK, and after a stint at The Times of London, Laura was offered the opportunity to work for a London-based charity, the National Advertising Benevolent Society (Nabs), where she helped research and launch their first national helpline, as well as run several key fundraising events. After three years at Nabs, Laura and her husband decided to take time out to travel the world and ended up backpacking and working their way around the globe – something Laura describes as receiving a Master’s Degree in Life! While raising their family, Laura worked as a freelance writer and editor before taking on a role at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-UK), where she ran nationwide educational, community-building and fundraising programs. Laura and her family relocated to Washington, DC in 2002 and, as well as continuing to work as a freelance writer, she was able to use her successful record in fundraising, corporate partnerships and community building, to marry her skills to her passion – helping underserved and under-represented communities. Laura is currently volunteering in the following areas: children and youth in the foster care system (Adoptions Together), those experiencing chronic homelessness (Miriam’s Kitchen), those in hospice care (Montgomery Hospice in-home volunteer/Comfort Touch practitioner), families, adults & children living with autism, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities and differences (Open Door Sports.) Laura also has an interest in refugees and migration and, in 2007, she organized an event that resulted in $1,000,000 of antibiotics and deworming meds being sent to Darfuri refuges who had fled to camps in Chad. Having been asked to take on the role of President of the Women’s Diplomatic Series in August 2017, Laura has expanded the mission of the organization to help shine a light on Women in Diplomacy. Laura’s motivation for partnering with female diplomats is to, not only highlight the incredible work of women in the diplomatic arena, but to also encourage more young women to enter the field. Laura’s future projects include a wish to start a program that teaches young women how to become more confident public speakers.
Karama Neal, PhD is President of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a CDFI loan fund and financial development organization. Dr. Neal joined Southern in 2009 as a grantwriter after a career in the biosciences. In 2013, she started a statewide grassroots organization which successfully promoted passage of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. Her 2015 TedX talk focused on this work. She currently serves as the chair of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission.
A Little Rock native, she completed her bachelor’s in biology at Swarthmore College, her doctorate in genetics from Emory University, and her master’s in bioethics from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Neal also completed executive education in impact investing at the University of Oxford Said School of Business.
Sanjiv Goyal is the CEO of Droisys, he is considered a thought leader in innovation and has a keen passion for the future of AI and user engagement. Sanjiv is a successful serial entrepreneur and pioneer of emerging technology applications in business. He brings 25+ years of business acumen from several Fortune 500 companies, most notably from IBM, Autonation, Mastech, GMS, and RMS. He grew with progressive leadership roles in corporate strategy, business development, and management. Fortune 1000 organizations; Kelloggs, Heinz, Caesars and many more trust Droisys for Innovation. It's not enough to just have a good idea. Only when you act, when you implement, then it matters. Under his leadership, Droisys has developed solutions by leveraging AI, beacons, Augmented Reality, NFC, brain sensors, Virtual Reality and more. He advises CPG, retail, and casinos on digital engagement and innovation. Sanjiv is an active angel investor with a successful high-tech portfolio. Sanjiv has been pivotal in mentoring promising new entrepreneurs and has won awards for several of his innovations; most noteworthy, is the location-based contesting platform. He has architected first automatic vehicle location system of Singapore in 1996, since then he is focused on Innovation. He invests in Digital Marketing, Retail, Healthcare, Gaming, Hospitality tech. He has invested in Vriti, Fanminder, Admaxim, Appgravity, Gameloot, Raffity, Ebsavvy, Pregame, Mobifusion, Edseva, Demars Group, Mobiglue, Pyxa, SampleUP, iShopthrifty, Mobiglue, Direct401K, Equityzen and more. He believes in supporting our youth and focuses his philanthropic duties on children’s charities. He is on the board of Pratham. Sanjiv holds Master’s degree in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India. He has spoken at several conferences including Advertising week, Startup Weekend, Wolter Kluwer conference Poland, Gitpro, PMI, IIT 2015 and more.
Dr. April Chatham-Carpenter is an experienced Department Chair and academic administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Previous to coming to UA Little Rock to serve as Professor of Applied Communication and Department Chair, she served as Professor of Communication Studies and the Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate College at the University of Northern Iowa. She is skilled in interpersonal communication, online learning, academic advising, instructional design, academic assessment, strategic planning, and public speaking. Her administrative and teaching experience, as well as her research on women’s issues and the importance of communication for women’s well-being, provides her with a unique perspective on women’s issues. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in support of her department’s mission “to foster the co-creation of better social worlds through positive communication.”
Dr. Joynicole Martinez is founder and CEO of the Alchemist Agency, a management consulting firm focused on building the capacity of purpose driven nonprofit organizations, corporation, and executives.
Dr. Martinez has 20 years of experience providing capacity-building services, including fund development, leadership and board training, strategic planning, and performance management.
As a community advancement and public health expert, Joynicole has developed initiatives that reach across disciplines to strengthen health and wellness, including the development of mixed-income, mixed-finance housing communities that encompass programming addressing social determinants of health, equity and human rights.
She sits on the Board of Directors for the Franklin Foundation for Innovation, Wisdom To Believe Foundation, is the U.S. Chair for Housing and Community Development for the ALL International Women’s Chamber, a Subject Matter Expert for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, is a SheSource Expert in the areas of Business and the Economy, Health, and Social Justice, is a staff contributor to the newspaper The Carolinian, and is a member of the invitation-only community of leadership and executive coaches, Forbes Coaches Council.
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