Aug 6-7, 2020, Virtual Global Conference
Reimagine the #EqualFuture
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change-makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.Vicki is the Founder of SheEO and #radical generosity a global initiative to radically transform how we support finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs. Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto, and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Vicki was recently named as 1 of 30 “World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” by Conscious Company Magazine and one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”, In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Trinity College, University of Oxford
Prof Tamás Dávid-Barrett is an evolutionary behavioral scientist, whose research asks what traits allow humans to live in large and culturally complex societies. He is especially interested in the architecture and regulation of social networks, and the evolutionary origins of social network building traits. His book titled “Matriocracy: the evolutionary case to end patriarchy” is forthcoming. He has done research in 35 countries, and is affiliated with the University of Oxford, Universidad del Desarrollo in Santiago de Chile, the Väestöliitto Population Research Institute in Helsinki, and is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute in the UK.
Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity, WPP
Adrianne C. Smith is the first Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity at WPP, the largest multinational communications, advertising, public relations, technology and commerce holding company. Adrianne is also the Founder and Visionary of the Cannes Can: Diversity Collective (CC:DC) which provides rising stars in the advertising and creative industry the opportunity to attend and participate in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In 2019, she made history by creating the first stand-alone Equality, Diversity and Inclusion activation, Inkwell Beach - Cannes in the festival’s 66 years of existence. CC: DC’s Inkwell Beach - Cannes featured over 100 speakers.
Senior Director, Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Walmart Inc.
Donald Fan serves as senior director of the Global Office of Culture, Diversity & Inclusion in Walmart Inc. In that role, Donald has been responsible for leading various functional areas at different times, including strategy development, marketing & communications, analytics, business insights, program design & implementation, and stakeholder relations. Prior to it, Donald worked in Walmart Information System Division with various technical and analytical roles. Donald provides thought leadership in diversity, equity, inclusion through published articles, public speeches, and panel discussions at various venues. In addition to multiple accolades, Donald was recently recognized as one of the 2019 Top 15 Champions for Global Diversity. Donald is also serving as a board director of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and board director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Central Arkansas. He is serving on the Catalyst Expert Community, Advisory Board of the National Association of Female Executives, Advisory Board of LinkedIn, Leadership Board of Diversity MBA Magazine, and Business Intelligence Board of the Chief Learning Officer Magazine.
Donald taught college in China before he came to the United States for graduate studies.
Women’s Rights Activist
Maryum Saifee is a women’s rights activist who has worked at the intersection of policy and advocacy for over a decade. She is speaking in her personal capacity. Most recently, she spent the last year as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow based at the Human Rights Foundation. Prior to her fellowship, Maryum was a career Foreign Service Officer for over a decade with overseas postings in Cairo, Baghdad, Erbil, and Lahore. She has engaged in advocacy work in her personal capacity, specifically as a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, Al Jazeera, the Economist, and NPR’s Weekend Edition. Maryum also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan focused on girls’ education and an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Seattle working with South Asian and Muslim immigrant survivors of domestic violence. She was a consultant at the Ford Foundation and a summer associate at Acumen Fund. Maryum is a graduate of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Presidential Leadership Scholar and currently a Council on Foreign Relations term member.
Chief Data Scientist, Metis
Deborah Berebichez is the first Mexican woman to graduate from Stanford University with a PhD in Physics, and she uses her education and background to make science approachable to a wide range of audiences. Debbie co-hosts Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show, where she uses her knowledge of physics to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She is also the Chief Data Scientist at Metis where she leads the creation and growth of exceptional data science training opportunities. She has recently been recognized as an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador for inspiring and empowering young women to learn science and to improve the state of STEM education in the world.
R&D Senior Vice President, PepsiCo
Ellen joined PepsiCo in 2014 as senior vice president in R&D and currently is based in Purchase, NY. Apart from her role in PepsiCo, Ellen served until January 2018 as the interim and founding CEO of EIT Food, the largest public private consortium in Food sector and is also on several boards including the New York Academy of Sciences, ILSI Board of Trustees, Open University & Hogere Agrarische School (the Netherlands). Ellen has worked in various industries including pharmaceuticals, health/nutrition, coatings and life sciences; she earned her PhD cum laude in bio-organic chemistry from Leiden University in The Netherlands and completed post-doctoral work in molecular biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Nobel Laureate H.G. Khorana. Her research was awarded multiple times and in 2000 she received the Golden Medal from the Royal Dutch Chemical Society for being the best Dutch chemist under 40 years of age.
Managing Partner, Golden Seeds
Peggy Wallace is a Managing Partner of Golden Seeds. She also helped raise and serves as a General Partner of Golden Seeds Funds I and II and, as a result, is one of the few female venture partners in the US focused on seed and early stage investing. Peggy has been a leader in the growth of Golden Seeds from 5 members when she joined in 2005 to one of the nation’s largest angel networks with 300 members today. Widely recognized for its best practices and expertise, Golden Seeds was the first angel group formed to focus on the immense opportunity of investing in women leaders with a keen focus on educating investors to join the early stage investment asset class. To date, Golden Seeds has invested $120 million into 150+ companies in enterprise, healthcare and B to C, which have gone on to raise over $1 billion. Golden Seeds members have held over 100 board seats and observer seats. Peggy was an original instructor for all Golden Seeds courses and continues to teach the class on board service and governance. An experienced Board member herself, Peggy currently serves on the Boards of four privately held companies, Cognition Therapeutics ,Chromis Technologies , Bergen Medical , and ShipperBee (Advisory) and as a Board Observer on Cadenza Innovation and Paradigm4 . In these and other involvements, Peggy has served on Nominating and Governance, Audit, and Finance Committees and as a Board Chair. Additionally, as a General Partner of two funds that have collectively invested in over 40 companies, Peggy has had direct fiduciary contact with numerous other Boards and the issues faced by their respective companies. Peggy has a deep understanding of the pace of innovation from early to late stage, broad exposure to the trends and ideas that entrepreneurs are identifying, and significant networks in the world of innovation and in women’s leadership circles. Because of the sector diversity and geographic breadth of Golden Seeds coupled with her passion for following disruptive technologies, she remains current on industry, economic, and global trends while possessing finely honed financial skills. She has reviewed over 4000 companies over the past 14 years and has deep expertise in innovation and what it takes to grow and lead a company. Peggy is quoted in the media for her expertise on angel and venture investing and has been featured on Bloomberg News and in Entrepreneur Magazine. She has served as a juror on the International Cartier Women’s Initiative Award and served as a Judge for the NY EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Before Golden Seeds, Peggy was on Wall Street as a Managing Director in the Structured Finance/financial institutions arena giving her substantial financial and market expertise. She spent a significant portion of her prior career at JP Morgan/Chase.
Assistant Vice President and CIO for Information Technology, The Graduate Center, Central University of New York
Elaine Montilla is Assistant Vice President and CIO for Information Technology at The Graduate Center, CUNY, a Forbes Technology Council member and contributor, and an AMA Women’s Leadership Center presenter. She is an accomplished senior executive with two decades as an IT leader in higher education. Montilla is also a TEDx speaker and the founder of 5xminority.com, a blog and social media brand dedicated to empowering women and minorities, and promoting the value of inclusion and diversity, especially in tech. Skilled in Educational Technology, IT Strategy, Management, System Deployment, and Project Portfolio Management. She is recognized for staff professional development, change leadership, and her talent for communicating with diverse groups of people.
Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion COE, Merck
Celeste Warren is Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence. As the leader for Merck’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence, she is responsible for working with Merck’s global leaders to advance and embed diversity and inclusion as a strategic approach to maximize business performance and create a competitive advantage. Ms. Warren joined Merck in 1997 and has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility within its Human Resources organization. Most recently, she was Vice President, Human Resources of Merck's Global Legal, Compliance, Communications, Population Health, Patient Health and Global Public Policy Organizations. Prior to that, she held the role as Vice President, Human Resources for Merck’s Manufacturing Division and Global Labor Relations and US Employee Relations Center of Excellence. Prior to joining Merck in 1997, Celeste worked for nine years in Human Resources at Kraft Foods, Inc. and General Foods and held several positions of increasing responsibility including such roles as Training & Development Leader, Diversity leader, Labor Relations Director and Human Resources Leader for several organizations within Kraft and General Foods. She has been honored with many awards, including Black Enterprise’s “Top Executives in Global Diversity and Inclusion”, Savoy Magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Corporate America”, “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” and Diversity Global’s “Influential Women in Global Diversity.” Celeste attended the University of Kentucky where she earned her B.S. degree. She received her Masters Degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She is the wife of John Warren and the mother of two children, Christina-Celeste and John Steven, Jr.
CTO Consumer & Travel, Data and AI, IBM
Deborah Leff is a Global Leader and Industry CTO for Data Science and AI specializing in Retail, Consumer Products, Travel, and Transportation. Deborah has over 20 years experience with technology-led business transformation and has been successfully helping organizations optimize business processes to drive increased revenue, reduce costs, mitigate risk, and continuously improve customer experience. Deborah has worked across all industries prior to joining IBM in 2012. A strong believer in the power and promise of Machine Learning and Augmented Intelligence, Deborah regularly works with Executives and Business Leaders to map out strategies for accelerating their journey to AI and achieving AI at Scale.
Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups
Shaloo Garg is Managing Director, Microsoft for Startups based out of Silicon Valley. She brings a combination of a strong startup, enterprise, strategic partnership and corporate development experience. Previously, Shaloo was Partner, Global Oracle Innovation at Oracle where she leads the Global Corporate Innovation practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem. She has also lead go-to-market for Oracle’s cloud business and was part of the M&A team that acquired Peoplesoft, Siebel, Retek etc. Prior to joining Oracle, she was in a couple of early-stage startups. Shaloo is passionate about Tech for Good and is President, BOD at UN Women, Silicon Valley, a “Champion of Innovation” at UN Women where she is spinning up virtual Innovation Labs with Universities leveraging emerging technologies to encourage digital literacy in developing countries for young girls who do not have access to education. Shaloo strongly believes that technology’s best user case ever is using its power to impact wider social issues like hunger, poverty, STEM education, clean water, energy, sustainable cities etc in developing and under-developed economies. Shaloo is a Guest speaker at Penn Law School and is an MBA from Delhi University and has done specialization in Innovation and Design Thinking from Stanford d.School. Words to live by: “In life, there are no mistakes... only lessons” - Vic Johnson.
Senior Manager, Associate Certified Coach Leadership Initiatives, Walmart
Talent development professional with ten years of experience work in both strategic and operational roles within retail and technology Fortune 500 and 100 companies. Specific strength and recent expertise in developing high potential leaders across multiple geographies and business segments, resulting in diverse pipelines and talent mobility.
CEO of Press Pass LA
Jennifer Buonantony is the CEO of Press Pass LA, an entertainment media company that aims to #GetWhatMatters in Hollywood to our readers including celebrity news, charity and red carpet events, rising talent and local happenings, gossip free! She is also the CEO of PPLA Social + PR providing clients with services in public relations, social media, branding, digital marketing and experiential events. She has more than 17 years of experience in the entertainment and communications industries.
Actress, Producer & Entreprenuer
Ivana de Maria is an actress, producer (HBO and Netflix) and entrepreneur. As the founder of both StoryPlace Social and StoryPlace Studio, Ivana has created a safe place for individuals to share their stories with others and have their content noticed by Hollywood executives for potential collaborations.
Founder, Lawley Head Media
Lauren is an experienced and diverse content strategist. Her expertise includes building and leading content creation teams that take life-changing messages out to the world. Her focus includes creating email campaigns, digital courses, blogs, video scripts, newsletters and long-form print pieces, as well as designing the marketing and sales funnels that put those messages to work in your business.
After a 20+ year career in journalism, she founded Lawley Head Media to help organizations, authors and entrepreneurs create and launch new products, streamline content development and implement effective marketing practices. She is a former Senior Vice President of SUCCESS magazine, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Direct Selling News, and Editor of the Dallas Business Journal and Pittsburgh Business Times.
President, Away From Home, Kellogg North America
Wendy Davidson is a global executive with over 25 years of experience in the branded CPG, retail, and foodservice industries, with a record of accomplishment in innovation, turnaround and profitable growth of mature businesses.As the President of U.S. Away From Home, Wendy is responsible for leading a $1.1B business in growth channels from small retail formats including convenience and vending to foodservice business-to-business operations such as schools, restaurants, hotels, traveland healthcare andspecialty ventures such as business-to-business e-commerce. She is a member of the KelloggNorth American Leadership Team, the Kellogg Political Action Committee(PAC) Board,Board ofTrustees for the Kellogg Company Fund, eighteen94 Venture Capital Fund Investment Committee, the K Pride & Allies (KPA) and Womenof Kellogg (WOK) networks and Executive Sponsor for the company’s Young Professionals (YP) business/employee resource group.Previously, Ms. Davidson worked as Vice President & General Manager for the US & Latin America for McCormick & Companyand spent over 15 years as a part of the executive team at Tyson Foods Inc. During her tenure,she held a variety of leadership roles including Senior Vice President and General ManagerPrepared Foods; Group Vice PresidentFood Service; and Senior Vice President and General Managerof theMcDonald’s Global Business Unit. A graduate of Luther College, Wendyserves as theChairof the Board of Regents.She is a non-Executive Director on the Board of First Horizon National Corporation (NYSE: FHN), a leading regional financial services company, serving on the Audit and Technology committees. She is also a Trustee on the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Global Board, serving on the marketing development committee. She is past board chairof Women’s Foodservice Forum, and a member of The Network of Executive Women, International Women’s Forum,The Chicago Network, Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Economic Club of Chicago.A frequent keynote speaker, Ms. Davidsonwas named to the 2020 Crain’s list of Notable Women Executives Over 50, the2019list of Most Influential Corporate Board Directorsby WomenInc. Magazine,awarded the National Diversity Council’s 2017 Top 15 Business Women in Illinoisand received the Luminary Awardin 2016 from Girl Scouts of Chicago & NW Indiana. She was previously named tothe Northwest Arkansas Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and “Diamond Decade”.
President, Global Field & Marketing Operation, Informatica
Tracey Newell is president of Informatica’s global field and marketing operations, responsible for worldwide field sales, alliances, channels, sales operations and global marketing, which includes the company’s brand, digital, field and portfolio marketing initiatives. In this role, she is instrumental in driving Informatica’s growth strategy and end-to-end customer experience. Prior to joining Informatica, Tracey was executive vice president of global field operations at Proofpoint. Under her leadership, Proofpoint saw rapid growth, becoming a top five leader in the cybersecurity market. Tracey also served as a member of the Informatica board of directors from June 2016 to June 2018. Before Proofpoint, Tracey was executive vice president global sales at Polycom. She has also held sales leadership positions at Juniper Networks and at Cisco WebEx, where she had global responsibility for the company’s next-generation collaboration software solutions. Tracey received her bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Informatica
Erin Andre is the senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO) for Informatica. As CHRO she is responsible for driving a culture of innovation, designing strategies to attract, develop and retain world-class talent, while continuing to deepen the company’s high-performance environment. With thousands of employees in dozens of countries, the company’s global HR strategy focus is on higher engagement, building Informatica’s reputation as a great place to work and creating an exceptional employee experience. Erin will help Informatica employees live the “We DATA” values – Do Good, Act as One Team, Think Customer First, and Aspire for the Future – and will work to provide an environment where employees can learn, grow, and have long and successful careers within the company. Previously, Erin was the chief people officer at non-profit research center, SRI, and earlier served as the chief human resources officer at Convergys Corporation. Before that, she was senior vice president, human resources for ABM, where she led the organization’s excellence initiative and modernized the human resources function and prior to that served as a senior human resources leader at National Energy and Gas Transmission as well as PG&E corporation. Erin holds a B.S. degree in public administration with a concentration in human resources from University of the Pacific.
Vice President, Alliances, Deloitte Consulting LLP
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.
Entrepreneur, Lawyer & Founder, Lonely Entrepreneur
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.
Consumer Card PR Leader Sr. Director, CAPITAL ONE
An accomplished marketing and communications strategist, Sukhi Sahni’s career spans public, private and nonprofit sectors.Sukhi is passionate about reframing relationships between brands and their customers / consumers, prizing purpose, authenticity, poignancy, and connected conversation above all things. She believes that powerful storytelling is at the heart of good communication and draws on her training as a broadcast journalist to extract truths, push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Sukhi deeply values the relationships she’s built and cultivated over the years with journalists, bloggers and influencers - relationships that are core to the storytelling process. Sukhi brings the energy of new practitioner with the finesse and fearlessness of a veteran to her daily practice. She currently holds the position of Senior Director of Communications at Capital One and was recently recognized by The Holmes Report a global communications leader through the “Global Innovator 25 Award” and a top woman in PR through the “Top Women in PR Award”.Born and raised in India, Sukhi always brings a global perspective to her approach and thinking. She currently resides in metro Washington D.C. with her family.
Vice President of Data Science & Engineering, CNN
Deepna Devkar is Vice President of Data Science & Engineering and heads up the Data Intelligence team. She works to understand the CNN audience across devices and build recommendation systems that increase user engagement across all CNN brands. During her career in data science, she has primarily worked in the media industry, both as a hands-on IC (individual contributor) and as a manager responsible for building and leading cross-functional teams. Prior to joining CNN, Devkar started as Vice President of Data Science Products for WarnerMedia, where she led a team of data scientists, engineers and product managers to build scalable data science products across WarnerMedia's brands. She also held positions at Viacom and Dotdash (formerly About.com) where she attained expertise in the linear TV space and digital media and publishing landscape, respectively. Before her transition into data science, she spent over a decade in scientific research, studying the psychological and neural underpinnings of human behavior. Recently, she was recognized for her contribution as Folio's Top Women in Media, Corporate Champion in 2018. Devkar has enjoyed working on projects ranging across audience segmentation, content recommendation and personalization, search engine and revenue optimization. She is most passionate about evangelizing data science and regularly speaks at meetings and conferences. Devkar received her Ph.D. in computational neuroscience from the University of Texas, and also holds a master's and bachelor's degree in psychology. She moved to New York to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship at New York University. She ended up leaving academia but has made New York her new home.
On 6-7 Aug 2020 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 Future Forum will focus on Reimaging the #EqualFuture by women, for women, and of women to build the new chapter for change. The forum is built on Sustainable Development Goals 2030 reporting on issues from Food Insecurity, Climate Change, Sustainability, Health Equity, Social Entrepreneurship, Emerging Technology, Future of Work, Education, and Global Economy. The two-day forum will be featuring keynote conversations, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews, and interstitial spotlights, fireside chats, and workshops.
How can women transform the world as the technology, consumer, habits industry dynamics, economy, and planet change? Find out from those leading the charge.
World Woman Future Forum 2020 speaker is a thought leader, an innovative thinker, industry influencer and changemaker. We are looking for dynamic speakers, who know the World Woman Future Forum audience. Our audience comprises qualified business, entertainment, science, and technology industry attendees looking for real applications and solving humanity’s problems.
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