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.
Rebecca Martin, PhD, serves as the Director of the Center for Global Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Martin has worked both domestically and internationally in immunization, HIV, and health system strengthening and now leads CDC’s global efforts to protect and improve health globally through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action. Dr. Martin has over 20 years of experience working in global health. Dr. Martin has had CDC assignments in Kenya, Tanzania, and Denmark. Dr. Martin began her career with the CDC in 1997 in the National Immunization Program, Epidemiology and Surveillance Division. Prior to joining the CDC, she worked at the Maryland Department of Hygiene and Mental Health in Baltimore, MD as the immunization program epidemiologist.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has been the Managing Director of the Centre International de Développement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation as well as Professor of Organic Chemistry with an endowed chair at the University of Mauritius. Since 2001, she has served successively as Dean of the Faculty of Science and Pro Vice Chancellor (2004- 2010). She has also worked at the Mauritius Research Council as Manager for Research (1995-1997).
Ms Gurib-Fakim earned a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey (1983) and a PhD from the University of Exeter, UK (1987). During her academic journey, she has participated in several consultation meetings on environmental issues organized by international organizations. Between 2011-2013, she was elected and served as Chairperson of the International Council for Scientific Union – Regional Office for Africa, and served as an Independent Director on the Board of Barclays Bank of Mauritius Ltd between (2012-2015).
As a Founding Member of the Pan African Association of African Medicinal Plants, she co-authored the first ever African Herbal Pharmacopoeia. She has authored and co-edited 30 books, several book chapters and scientific articles in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. She has lectured extensively across the world; is a Member of the Editorial Boards of major journals, has served on Technical and national committees in various capacities. Elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key by the Government of Mauritius in 2008, she has been admitted to the Order of the Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Government of France in 2010 and is the recipient of 5 DSc (s).
Elected Fellow of several academies and societies, Ms Gurib-Fakim received several international prizes including the 2007 l’Oreal-UNESCO Prize for Women in Science, the African Union Commission Award for Women in Science, 2009.
On 05 June 2015, she was sworn in as the 6th President and the First Female President of the Republic of Mauritius and served in that capacity until March 2018.
She was elevated to the Order of GCSK by the Government of Mauritius, and received the Legion d’Honneur from the Government of France in 2016. In 2017, she received both the lifelong achievement award of the United States Pharmacopoeia-CePat Award and the American Botanical Council Norman Farnsworth Excellence in Botanical Research Award. In 2018, she received the Order of St George at the Semperopernball, Dresden, Germany.
In June 2016, she was in the Forbes List for the 100 ‘Most Powerful women in the world’ and 1st among the Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017, 2019. She is honoured as one of Foreign Policy’s 2015 Global Thinkers.
Margery Kraus is the founder and executive chairman of APCO Worldwide, the largest women-owned communications firm in the world, and one of the largest privately-owned public affairs firms. She specializes in public affairs, communication and business consulting for major multinationals. Prior to starting APCO, Margery assisted into the creation and development of the Close Up Foundation. She is chairman of the board of the Women Presidents’ Organization; serves on the international advisory board of Tikehau Capital, the social responsibility advisory boards of Univision Communications Corporate, and is a trustee of the Institute of Public Relations, and American University.
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.
Linda Clemons from Indianapolis, Indiana is the CEO of Sisterpreneur® Inc. Linda is an award- winning a record setting sales producer as well as one of the top sales trainers in the world in the resort/timeshare industry where clients have generated over two billion in sales. A Body Language Expert trained and certified in Analytic Interviewing and Statement Analysis ™ which is a process used to detect deception. Her clients and audiences to include Southwest Airlines, Coca-Cola, Spanx, Publicis, Nielsen, National Urban League, Nestle, MGM, Major League Baseball, Wells Fargo. Leo Burnett Worldwide, US Customs, FBI, Marriott, Hilton, Wyndham and Starwood. Her client list includes celebrities, executives, politicians, and entrepreneurs. Linda has opened for or shared the stage with such notables as Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, Steve Wozniak co- founder of Apple, Dr. Condoleezza Rice and Mary Jo White former SEC Chair.
Awards to include but not limited to:
Office Depot National Entrepreneur Award Women of Wealth Top Mentor Award.
A listing in the United States Congressional Records for community work.
Sagamore of the Wabash the highest civilian award given by the governor in the State of Indiana.
National Board member for the National Congress of Black Women Recognized by President Obama for community work
Dr. Tina Allton is the President and CEO of the Chamber for Africa Diaspora Relations. (CADR). She is a disruptive visionary tackling World’s challenges of the 21st century. As a multi-award winning Serial Entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and an educational psychologist, she is catalyzing sustainable economic development through her endeavors, has mentored over 5000 entrepreneurs and empowered more than 35,000 women on entrepreneurship. She also currently the Vice President for the Global women leaders committee for the World Business Angels Investment forum She supports, mentors and trains entrepreneurs and global leaders to succeed in life and business through her global consultancy practice called 160 Consultancy. As the former High Commissioner to Ghana for the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) an affiliated partner of the G20 Financial Inclusion Committee, her objectives were to develop relationships within the financial institutions, government, and global financial markets and institutions such as the London stock exchange group. She helped identify key partners within the government of Ghana to deliver a comprehensive Africa Master plan developed by the WBAF officially launched in Istanbul in 2019. She earned her QBAC+ at the London Stock Exchange group. She’s the co-founder of Undefeeted, a fastest growth diabetes nonprofit inspired by her daughter, which launched in the UK in 2015, within 5 months won an award for Best Not for Profit organization and has done so for 4 years running, a year to date in 2016 it had achieved an unprecedented 6.7 Million global reach. For over a decade Tina led the multi-award-winning Circle Podiatry together with her husband to win over 15 awards nationally including Best Small business in London for service excellence. Tina has a proven track record in global leadership, change management, business growth, women’s empowerment, sales, and global business expansion. She has personally done over 2.2 million pounds in sales in her own family business. Tina is an ordained minister, married to her best friend and mother to 7 children & one granddaughter. As a sought-after speaker, Tina has spoken in 4 continents, 12 countries, and 25+ cities including the USA, Bahamas, Europe, India, and Africa. She has shared the stage with Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, Jermaine Jackson, Vanilla Ice, and Michelle Mone, as well as business and thought leaders such as Dr. Nido Qubein, (Highpoint University- USA), JayAbraham, Randi Zuckerberg, and more. Her core values are integrity, loyalty, hard work and perseverance.
Beth Keck has an extensive background in international business, global public affairs, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. Currently, she is Practitioner-in-Residence, China Studies, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Previously at Walmart, she led the company’s $100 million Women’s Economic Empowerment commitment to train one million women, and the globalization of the company’s environmental sustainability program, including its sustainable agriculture strategy and landmark China responsible for sourcing initiatives. Before joining Walmart in 2004, Ms. Keck was based in China for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and The Boeing Company. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on US-China Relations, and on the board of directors of ACDI/VOCA and Tanager, international development nonprofit organizations operating in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Jennifer King is the Director, Strategic Sourcing, Raw Materials at Kellogg Company. Ms. King leads a team of five sourcing professionals managing strategy development and execution for highly complex commodity portfolios. She also directs and leads purchasing and supply chain activities. Ms. King influences and facilitates the sustainability and responsible sourcing efforts for multiple category groups. She is the program procurement leader for Kellogg Grains+ and an executive sponsor for multiple strategic and developmental supplier relationships. She has been active in Diversity & Inclusion programs since she began her career with Kellogg and currently leads the D&I team within the North American procurement function. She is also very engaged in driving the supplier diversity program within Kellogg.Ms. King has a Master of Business Administration degree from University of Sioux Falls and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Buena Vista University.
Jeannette Ceja is a bilingual Travel Journalist, TV Host, Travel Advisor and a Global Public Speaker based in Los Angeles. She combined her love for travel and media into an internationally recognized company known as Jet Set with Jeannette. As the go-to travel expert for high-profile clients and media outlets around the world. Jeannette's expertise encompasses luxury travel, female travel, and diversity (Latinx) travel.This year, Jeannette was awarded as one of the Top 20 Global Women of Excellence by U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis and the Multi Ethnic Advisory Task at the 7th Annual International Women’s Day Celebration. Her latest nomination in business was by the Los Angeles Business Journal for the Women’s Council & Awards that took place in June 2019.In 2018, Jeannette was the official Travel Host for the World Woman Summit at the Clinton Presidential Center. Where she was recognized as Travel Host of the Year. A respected Speaker, Jeannette has spoken at travel conferences all over the world including: The Women in Travel Summit, The New York Travel Festival, Tourism in Romania Conference, Impact Travel Immersion Conference, Epic Mastermind Conference, Travel Talks and the Travel Unity- Economic Development through Diversity Summit. She’s been an emcee for the New York Travel Festival and the Impact Travel Immersion Global Conference. Now, Jeannette’s on the Board of Advisors for Travel Unity. An inspirational motivator, she created a series of sold-out workshops for female solo travelers and on Vision Boards. Jeannette was named a Power Player of 2018 by Angeleno Magazine.
Jeannette is a proud Global Ambassador for Synergy of Empowered Women, Kind Traveler and the Free Wheelchair Mission. A passion for travel has taken her to over 60 countries to date. Jeannette continues to be a sought-after travel expert for media and conferences all over the world.
Michael Dermer is an entrepreneur, lawyer, speaker, coach, founder and author of The Lonely Entrepreneur – a one-stop shop that understand the entrepreneur’s struggle and provides solutions to the business and personal issues we all face as entrepreneurs. Michael founded and sold the first company to reward people for being healthy and is considered a pioneer of the health rewards industry. Michael’s book is based on his experience of watching the company he built from the ground up almost get destroyed overnight by the financial crisis of 2008. Today, Michael’s mission is to help unlock the potential of entrepreneurs worldwide by turning their passion into success through The Lonely Entrepreneur Learning Community.
Victoria Sherman is a global business and entrepreneurial leader, founding member of The Lonely Entrepreneur and a passionate advocate and supporter for female founders and youth development. Over the last 15 years, Victoria has successfully held senior leadership roles in the areas of executive management, strategic business planning, partnership development, corporate finance and operations, product, marketing and sales at Fortune 500 companies like IBM, PepsiCo and Dell EMC, small business, and startup environments.
Celia Swanson is notably recognized as the first female executive vice president at Walmart Inc., breaking the glass ceiling for women throughout the Fortune 1 company. Her deep expertise in retail, large-scale transformation, company culture, and multi-generational workforce engagement serves as the cornerstone of her career legacy. Celia was hand-selected by the Walmart U.S. CEO to co-lead a cost-savings and associate engagement strategy transforming store operations for 1.4 million associates.
Sarah Catherine (SC) Gutierrez is the founder of Aptus Financial. She holds an MPP from Harvard University and the CFP® and CRPS® designations. She founded Aptus in 2011 with a fixed fee, “advice only” pricing model aimed at eliminating financial conflicts of interest. The Aptus team of planners has now worked with hundreds of clients in over 40 states. They have also implemented over a dozen retirement plans with fixed fees and focused on financial wellness.SC is is a national speaker on the following topics: “living like a resident” aimed at young attending physicians to aggressively pay off student loan debt; eliminating conflicts of interest in the financial industry; and recruiting women to become financial advisors. SC runs a blog for women and finance called “Ladysplaining money.”SC is married to Jorge Gutierrez, and they have three children Marco (6), Max (4) and Lucia (3).
Kristin Duncanson is an owner and partner at Duncanson Growers and the newly formed Highland Family Farms located in Mapleton, MN. Kristin and husband of 30 plus years, Pat, raise corn, soybeans, rye, oats , specialty corn and hogs with a commitment to a triple bottom line approach: economic profitability, environmental improvement and community engagement. She is a consultant on sustainability strategy, helping producers and the supply change collaborate on conservation and sustainability planning. Kristin is an advisor at the Meridian Institute’s AGree project, former chair and current board member of the MN AgriGrowth Council. Past Chair of the Non-Profit Feeding Our Communities Partners, past chair of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, former board member of the American Soybean Growers, a member of AAPEX, Moving Forward Advisory Council and several commodity groups. In 2017, she became a Board Member of the Mankato Area Foundation and in June 2018 at Trustee for the Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In 2001-2002, Kristin attended the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute where she was a Policy Fellow. She is a 1981 graduate of Luther College with a degree in Political Science and Communications and a 2012 graduate of TEPAP at Texas A&M. Kristin started her professional career on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Rudy Boschwitz as a legislative aide before moving back to Minnesota to work at Hubbard Milling Company as territory manager and specialty feed marketing manager. Pat and Kristin are parents to six young adult children and enjoy traveling the world where they are not always comfortable.
Melissa Thoma is cofounder and principal with Little Rock, Arkansas-based brand strategy and marketing communications firm Thoma Thoma. Since starting the firm in 1988, Melissa has worn many hats as an entrepreneur: business leader, speech and presentation coach, human resource manager, creative director and brand strategist. Melissa created a special practice area focused on marketing to women, wrote a regular column title “The Business of Marriage” for WomenEntrepreneur.com and led development of numerous agency consultative services, including The Brand Navigator™, The Creativity Catalyst™, The Media Coach™ and The Presentation Coach™. Today she provides senior strategic counsel to both clients and agency personnel. Melissa and her partner, Martin Thoma, created the proprietary brand development process known as The Brand Navigator™ to help executive leadership unleash the power of their brands to attract customers, engage and retain employees and drive revenues. As principals of Thoma Thoma, Melissa and Martin established a company culture of giving to the community. Their firm has provided pro bono design work and they have chaired committees and boards for non-profits since their first year in business. In its nearly 30-year history, the firm has provided well over $1.5 million in in-kind support to non-profits across the state. Melissa has served as the president of the board of directors for Wildwood Park. She and husband Martin co-chair the Arkansas District Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Melissa also serves on the board of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, ACANSA Arts Festival, UALR Friends of the Arts and Arkansas Tumor Foundation as well as the advisory board for the World Woman Foundation. Prior to co-founding Thoma Thoma, Melissa owned two graphic design firms. Melissa also has a strong background in publishing as an art director for Arkansas Business, the Arkansas Times, and the Quapaw Chronicle newspaper. Melissa is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Pearl McElfish, PhD, MBA, MS Vice Chancellor, UAMS Northwest Regional Campus Dr. Pearl McElfish serves as Vice Chancellor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Northwest Regional Campus in Fayetteville, Arkansas, oversees the Office of Community Health and Research, and serves as Director of the Center for Pacific Islander Health. She holds faculty appointments in the UAMS Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health and in the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. She is the founder of the Office of Community Health and Research at UAMS Northwest Regional Campus and of the Center for Pacific Islander Health at UAMS. Since late 2014, she has been awarded more than $30 million in federal grants as Principal Investigator and more than $80 million as Co-Investigator to address health disparities and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. McElfish holds a PhD in public policy, a master’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in community and economic development. She is a certified Project Management Professional and a Certified Community Developer with more than 15 years of experience working in health care administration and community health. Dr. McElfish is committed to promoting a diverse workforce on the UAMS Northwest Campus. Her research focuses on reducing health disparities in Pacific Islander and Hispanic communities and on healthy food systems. She also conducts methodological research into best practices for community-based participatory research and disseminating research results to participants and communities. She has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other private foundations.
Dr. Richard Davis serves as University of Arkansas Medical Science Division Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI), Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is Medical Director for the physician assistants program. She practices REI, trains obstetrics and gynecology residents, teaches medical and PA students. She is passionate about a holistic approach to women health and wellness. Recently, she serves as lead instructor for UAMS Culinary Medicine program started in 2018. She does medical research in the areas of menopause, PCOS, breast cancer survivorship, fibroids and infertility. She serves on board of trustee for the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) and in leadership roles in multiple professional organizations like NAMS, ASRM, AAMC. She has received millions of dollars in grants and awards. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publication, multiple chapters and has published a book on infertility- Planning Parenthood. She received her medical doctor (MD) degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine New Orleans in 1982 and received her Bachelors of Science (BS) degree from Southern University in 1977. She completed her Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her Internship in Transitional Medicine from Madigan Army Medical, Tacoma, WA in 1986. After serving in the Army for several years and private practice, she returned to training and completed her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at Hutzel Hospital, Wayne State University, Detroit MI in 1994. She recently completed her masters of business (MBA) at University of Arkansas Little Rock in May 2017. She is former Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Associate Director of Center for Women Health Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville from 2007-2013. She also served as as Chief of the Veteran Women Reproductive Services at Tennessee Valley Hospital Veteran Authorities, Chief of Service of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Nashville General Hospital. Prior to Nashville, she practiced in New Orleans beginning at Tulane University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor, Clinical Professor and Assistant Dean at Tulane University School of Medicine until 1998. She practiced private REI for 2 years with Fertility and Laser Institute in Metairie and Baton Rouge. She was recruited to Ochsner Clinic to lead their division of REI establishing Ochsner's first IVF center. Dr. Richard-Davis served in the Army Medical Corp for 8 years with tours at Fort Lewis, Madigan Army Medical Center, 121 Evacuation Hospital in Seoul, South Korea and Fort Bragg, NC Womack Army Hospital. She began at the rank of 2nd Lt in medical school and was promoted from Captain to Major, while serving in Korea. She separated from the Army in 1990 and joined a multi-specialty group practicing general obstetrics and gynecology. She is married to Dr. Rodney Davis, Chair of Urology for UAMS. They have two young adults..Madison is a business and computer science major at Tulane University and Morgan is a computer science major at Colorado State University, both rising juniors.
Tracy Ring, Vice President at Deloitte Consulting LLP, has been working around Data, Analytics, and Robotic Process Automation for nearly 20 years. In her role she helps organizations set their strategy to use data as a differentiator. Tracy launched Deloitte’s Women in Data initiative in 2018; sharing her passion for data and connecting more than 1,500 women in data science to collaborate and grow their careers. Tracy received her undergrad in Management Information Systems from Miami University in 2001 and graduated from Harvard Business School in 2015.
Tracie is a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP and US Retail Analytics & Information Management and IoT lead. She brings breadth and depth of services to the Retail market in the areas of Technology Strategy, Analytics & Information Management, Cloud, and IoT solutions. She is the National Information Management & Analytics Learning leader, and has 16 years of business consulting experience focused on clients in retail, consumer, and industrial products sector.
Asha Saxena is a tech entrepreneur, Board of Director for profit companies Partner at CEO Coaching International and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University. She served as CEO of ACULYST Corp. Healthcare Data Analytics Firm, built an eCommerce Company and served as a CEO of Future Technologies Inc., an international data management solutions firm for twenty years. At Columbia University, Professor Saxena teaches graduate class on Healthcare Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Big Data Analytics.She is the host for “Dive with Data” Podcast and a Published Author, Columnist at Entrepreneur Magazine, Enterprise Data World, TDWI, DataVersity and a well know key-note speaker on Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Women in Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. As a CEO Coach she focuses on building high growth data driven companies.
Susan Wilson is the Vice President and Global Data Governance Domain Leader for Informatica. She is responsible for connecting customers to the value that Informatica brings with its industry-leading Data Governance business solutions and inspirational leaders. She helps customers realize their Data Governance potential with practical approaches to implement sustainable data governance programs in the healthcare, financial, insurance and software industries. Prior to joining Informatica, Susan spent over a decade in a leadership role with a large pharmaceutical organization and was instrumental in establishing an industry-leading enterprise information management program including their Data Governance Initiative. She was responsible for leading multiple functions including data architecture, engineering, portfolio management, data governance and business relationship management. During that time, she has built numerous large-scale enterprise solutions connecting strategic business goals with technology.
Prerna Singh is Mahatma Gandhi Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University.She has studied at Princeton, Cambridge and Delhi Universities, and taught previously at Harvard University. Singh has published numerous award-winning books and articles on human development, ethnicity and nationalism. Her first book, How Solidarity Works for Welfare was awarded best book prizes from both the American Political Science and the American Sociological Associations. Singh has received the ‘brainy award’ from the Andrew Carnegie foundation as well as the Berlin prize from the American Academy of Berlin. Singh has delivered talks on her research in scholarly, policy and popular venues across twenty different countries.
Dr. Laura P. James is the Director of the Translational Research Institute and Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). A professor in the Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Dr. James has a 25-year history of translational research in clinical pharmacology and toxicology at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. She has held continuous funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases since 1999. As a clinician-scientist and founder of the startup company Acetaminophen Toxicity Diagnostics, LLC, she and colleagues developed a rapid diagnostic test for acetaminophen liver injury. In 2014 she was named inaugural fellow of the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA). This year, under Dr. James’ leadership, the Translational Research Institute was awarded a five-year, $24.2 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr.Zaller is a Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. His research focus has been on the overlap between behavioral health disorders, including addiction and mental illness, infectious diseases and incarceration both in the United States and internationally. Dr. Zaller earned his bachelor's degree in microbiology and East Asian Studies from Kansas University in 1999. After graduation, he lived in China for a year as a Fulbright Scholar before completing a doctorate in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2004.
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.
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist & TEDx Speaker, & Producer #ThisisAmerica
Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury
Ph.D., CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation & Honorary Chair, World Woman Summit 2019
Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President, President of the Republic of Malawi
CEO, World Woman Foundation
New York Times Best-selling Author & President, Take the Lead® Former President of Planned Parenthood & Vanity Fair, America's Top 200 Women Leaders
Ph.D., Director, Center for Global Health (CGH ) US Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC)
Vice-Chancellor, NWA, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Dr. Laura James
SVP and Chief Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer Walmart Inc
Director of Club Business and Sustainability Unilever
Executive Vice President; Chief Commercial Officer; President, Highway Services
Vice President, Talent & Culture, Tyson Foods
Vice President, Deloitte (Moderator)
Chief of Mission Effectiveness, Heifer International
Director Strategic Sourcing, Raw Materials - Kellogg
Principal, Growth Leader & Market Strategist, KCOE ISOM (Moderator)
Founder & Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide
Deputy Chief of Mission for Croatia in the United States
Ms. Andrea Phua
Economic Counselor, Embassy of Singapore in the United States
President, Women’s Diplomatic Series
Vice President, Global Sustainable Agriculture & Responsible Sourcing, PepsiCo
Vice President, Global Sustainable Agriculture & Responsible Sourcing, PepsiCo
Beth Keck Practitioner-in-Residence
China Studies, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Volkswagen Chair in Sustainability (2020), Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University
CEO, Heifer International
Jeanne Bernick Principal
Growth Leader & Market Strategist, KCOE ISOM (Moderator)
Reception at Heifer International
Dot Party inspired by Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama
Stephanie S. Streett
Executive Director, Clinton Foundation
Emmy-winning Producer Editorial Director TED Women
VP Data Governance Segment Leader - Informatica
Founder, Future Technologies, Inc
Vice President, Deloitte (Moderator)
Dr. Sarah Hallberg
DO, MS, FOMA, Medical Director, Virta Health
Executive director of The Nutrition Coalition, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Richard Davis
Dr. Tina Allton
Speaker & Global Economic Development Leader
Godmother of Silicon Beach
Sarah Catherine Guiterrez
Founder, Aptus Financial
First Female EVP, Walmart Inc., Author, and Advisor
Entrepreneur & Founding Member, Lonely Entrepreneur (Moderator)
SVP Global Public Policy Officer, LiveRamp
Public Affairs Specialist, STEM, and Workforce Development, Office of Public Affairs, and U.S. Department of Energy
Dr. Crystal G. Morrison
Scientist & Founder, EverRise
Author, Speaker & Co-Founder, Lonely Entrepreneur (Moderator)
Million Dollar Sales Pitch by Linda Clemons
International Sales Expert and Former Body Language Expert of President Barack Obama
Vice President & General Counsel, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp
International Sales Expert and Former Body Language Expert of President Barack Obama
CEO, Cocoa Belle Chocolates & CB-Dulce
Founder, Thoma Thoma
Entrepreneur & Founding Member, Lonely Entrepreneur (Moderator)
Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury
Ph.D., CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation & Honorary Chair, World Woman Summit 2019
The Diversity & Inclusion corporate presentation provides an opportunity to corporate leaders to have a robust dialogue about the successes, opportunities, and challenges of D&I in the workplace. Discussions include the various dimensions of diversity, opportunities to enhance inclusion, and relative impact of D&I strategies.
Women make up less than 30% of the computing workforce and about 1.5% of contributions to open source projects. This is something that is important for both men and women alike to become aware of and to address. This panel will focus on this gender gap and introduce you to people who are passionate about this issue. There will be a panel which will be made up individuals who come from various backgrounds and who dedicate their time, heart, and talent to making a tangible impact in the tech space and building their moonshot idea. The panel will tell you, how to women are building solutions for world's grand challenges through innovation and technology.
By focusing on women and their role in food production and distribution, we could have a compounding positive impact. Women are consistently excluded from decision making spaces, not viewed as equal players in food production, and not a priority in their own right for nutrition investments. Each of these factors presents a clear opportunity for addressing food insecurity. Food security is an issue that has broad bipartisan support, as well as engagement from the NGO and business community. The panel role of women is imperative as the U.S. continues its efforts to address food security and nutrition globally.
Digital health is transforming rapidly, bringing new technology and devices to improve patient centered care delivery. While there are numerous patient and provider facing applications focused on women’s health and wellness, there is still a gap in understanding how these technologies improve care and empower the patient to make informed decisions. Current research in incorporating women’s health needs into technology has been limited. This discussion on technology innovation in women’s health is to advance a patient centered focus in this space and solving some of the women's health challenges through innovation
In record numbers, women in the United States (US) as well as worldwide are entering the rarified field of diplomacy, assuming leadership roles, and breaking with centuries of tradition. The New Era of Global Diplomacy Roundtable will focus on female representatives of diplomatic corps as they talk about their work and the most critical issues facing women around the world.
At the national and global levels, the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation are neither gender nor age neutral. Women and children are frequently among those most significantly affected by fluctuating commodity prices and natural disasters such as drought and famine.The panel will discuss climate issues and how women are mitigating every day. Through a gendered lens, it will explore the challenges and opportunities within the field of sustainability.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment are intrinsic to the achievement of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. With a stand-alone sustainable development goal—SDG 5—“to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”, the 2030 Agenda recognises the importance of women’s empowerment, including their economic empowerment, as a prerequisite for ending poverty.This panel will discuss the action-oriented recommendations on how to improve economic outcomes for women in the context of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, promoting women’s leadership in driving economic growth.
Prepare to be inspired by an unprecedented lineup of leaders, on and off the stage. They’ll share their stories—and lessons learned along the way—about defying the odds and reinventing business their own way.
Surround yourself with savvy leaders with diverse backgrounds, passions, and pursuits for a day of dynamic exchanges and innovative business ideas. They’ll have you energized and empowered to build a thriving business and life.
Have your most-pressing world challenges, concerns, and questions addressed in this open forum. You will receive practical advice, feasible solutions, and innovative ideas on how to fund, launch and solve humanity’s grand challenges.
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