Women Business Collaborative (WBC) Action for Impact (A4I) Annual Summit will take place virtually September 21-22, 2022. Join us for two days of high-level panels and speakers discussing how best to create equal position, pay, and power for all businesswomen.
The A4I Annual Summit also gives WBC an opportunity to also recognize dynamic leaders who have made significant contributions to the advancement of gender equity and diversity within their companies and their communities.
Join us as we present the 2022 CEO Excellence in Gender Equity and Diversity Awards and the 2022 WBC Trailblazer in Gender Equity and Diversity Awards.
This year’s virtual summit will feature a fully interactive platform allowing attendees to connect with each other as well as share their thoughts and ideas in real time. Register today to join us in sharing the collaborative spirit of the WBC this September!
|2:00P - 2:10P||OPENING WELCOME DRIVING GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY – ACTION TO IMPACT|
For the last three years, WBC convened our community to highlight the ACTION being taken to advance diversity, equity and inclusion and the direct IMPACT it is having in making a difference. Join Edie Fraser and Dan Hesse as we kick off the next two days of reporting on progress towards our 2025 targets and the impact we are driving in gender equity, diversity, and inclusion across the business landscape.
|2:10P - 2:25P||TRAILBLAZER IN GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AWARD PRESENTATION- JUDY WOODRUFF|
|2:25P - 2:35P||IMPACT TALK - TODAY’S PURPOSEFUL LEADERSHIP |
|2:35P - 3:35P||A CONVERSATION WITH CEO EXCELLENCE IN GENDER EQUITY & DIVERSITY AWARDEES|
The WBC CEO Excellence in Gender Equity and Diversity Award recognizes corporate leaders whose efforts have made significant contributions to the advancement of diversity within their companies and increased opportunities for women in business roles. Join WBC Board Directors; Robert Reiss, (CEO, The CEO Forum Group), Rebecca (Becky) Shambaugh (President, Shambaugh Leadership), and Johanna (José) Zeilstra (CEO, GenderFair) for Part One of our conversation with this year’s honorees.
|3:35P - 3:50P||TRAILBLAZER IN GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AWARD PRESENTATION- SHELLY KAPOOR COLLINS|
For over 20 years, Shelly Kapoor Collins has mentored, advised, and invested in women – starting in corporate tech to her innovation efforts in politics and public service, and now as a venture capitalist and Founding Partner of Shatter Fund, investing in female entrepreneurs to change the way they are supported, funded, and bring their business to scale. Her lifelong passion has paved the way for women and girls to pursue careers rooted in STEM. For her action on behalf of a future generation of women entrepreneurs and innovators, and the tremendous impact it has had, we are proud to present Shelly Kapoor Collins with the 2022 WBC Trailblazer in Gender Equity and Diversity Award.
|3:50P - 3:55P||IMPACT TALK – TECH LEADERSHIP IN THE DIGITAL AGE |
|3:55P - 4:35P||CORPORATE TECH EXECUTIVES LEADING THE WAY |
Tech leadership is critical to the success of business. Top women technology leaders including CIOS, CTOs and CISOs and also leaders in Cyber, AI, Data analytics are more important than ever and critical to building profitable, purposeful, and inclusive business. Join us for a dynamic conversation about how corporate tech leaders are harnessing the power of technology and data to drive successful outcomes in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
|4:35P - 4:50P||TRAILBLAZER IN GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AWARD PRESENTATION- MARGO GEORGIADIS|
Throughout her career, Margo Georgiadis has been a leader and disruptor of conventional wisdom. Starting as a partner at McKinsey, serving as an Executive Vice President at Discovery and then nine years at Google as President of the Americas. She has led history-making and iconic brands, serving as CEO at both Ancestry and Mattel and is currently CEO-Partner at Flagship Pioneering, a bio platform innovation company. Throughout her career Margo has been a company builder and trailblazer dedicated to transforming products and services with data and technology to empower consumers to live better lives. It is for this and the historic trail she has blazed for women across sectors, we are proud to present Margo Georgiadis with 2022 WBC Trailblazer in Gender Equity and Diversity Award.
|4:50P - 4:55P||IMPACT TALK - ALLYSHIP|
|4:55P - 5:35P||INNOVATIONS IN CAPITAL AND FINANCE |
Join us for a conversation on the developments in how women are controlling capital and driving opportunities. Women led investment firms are critical to building diverse and profitable businesses and opening access to capital and credit for all women in business.
|5:35P – 5:45P||IMPACT TALK - CYBER GOVERNANCE|
|5:45P - 6:30P||BREAKING GLASS CEILINGS - WOMEN LEADING WINE HAPPY HOUR |
Community, inclusion, and purpose are all elements that resonate with women – as fans, consumers, and athletes. Join the WBC for our Virtual Happy Hour at the end of Day One as we raise a glass with two women who have seized these elements and turned two traditionally male-dominated industries on their heads.
|11:00A - 11:05A|| WELCOME - CHANGE IS COMING NOW |
|11:05A - 12:05P||A CONVERSATION WITH CEO EXCELLENCE IN GENDER EQUITY & DIVERSITY HONOREES |
The WBC CEO Excellence in Gender Equity and Diversity Award recognizes corporate leaders whose efforts have made significant contributions to the advancement of diversity within their companies and increased opportunities for women in business roles. Join WBC Board Members Robert Reiss, (CEO, The CEO Forum Group), Rebecca (Becky) Shambaugh (President, Shambaugh Leadership), and Johanna (José) Zeilstra (CEO, GenderFair) for Part Two of our conversation with this year’s honorees:
|12:05P - 12:10P|| IMPACT TALK - CORPORATE ACTION FOR IMPACT |
|12:10P - 12:25P|| TRAILBLAZER IN GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AWARD PRESENTATION - GEENA DAVIS |
Throughout her career, Geena Davis has played many roles – from baseball player to President of the United States – but one of her greatest roles has been that of advocate for girls and women. A longtime supporter of the Women's Sports Foundation and advocate for Title IX, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004 and it has become one of the leading voices on expanding the role of women across the entertainment and industries. For this leadership and her personal mission to show that girls do in fact take up half of this planet, we are proud to present Geena Davis with the 2022 WBC Trailblazer in Gender Equity and Diversity Award.
|12:25P - 12:35P|| WOMEN CEOs AND POWER |
As more women continue to break through the glass ceiling and take their place in the C-Suite, they have the opportunity to stand in their power as they see fit. Join us as this panel of visionary leaders explores how women CEOs are embracing their authority while driving the bottom line.
|12:35P - 1:20P|| CHANGING THE FACE OF THE BUSINESS LANDSCAPE - WOMEN CEO IN AMERICA REPORT |
Women Business Collaborative (WBC) with Ascend, C200 and Catalyst, is proud to release the third annual report Women CEOs in America: Changing the Face of Business Leadership. Join us for a panel discussion with women CEOs themselves about the business landscape and their leadership in 2022.
|1:20P - 1:25P||IMPACT TALK: PURPOSE DRIVEN IMPACT |
|1:25P - 2:15P||COMPANIES OF PURPOSE |
Today, across our nation and the globe, great leaders are driving corporate purpose from talent to brand and community. As part of this is putting diversity, and accountability at the heart of business — building more transparent organizations through direct accountability. Join us for an in-depth conversation on the strategic innovations accompanied by tangible and practical tools and programs driving corporate purpose.
|2:15P - 2:30P|| TRAILBLAZER IN GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AWARD PRESENTATION - SHEILA C. JOHNSON |
If you looked up the definition of pioneering trailblazer, it would refer you to Sheila C. Johnson. An entrepreneur and philanthropist, her accomplishments span hospitality, sports, TV/Film, the arts, education, women’s empowerment, and community development. A Founding Partner of the BET network, Sheila pioneered modern television programming and then became the first African American woman to have a stake in three professional sports teams including the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and its WNBA team the Washington Mystics. Today, she is the CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts – a collection of five-star luxury hotels. Sheila was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and was an Ambassador for CARE, the leading aid organization fighting poverty by empowering women around the world. For the incredible trail she has blazed for all entrepreneurs, but especially for women of color and her amazing service in the public interest, we are proud to present Sheila C. Johnson with the 2022 WBC Trailblazer in Gender Equity and Diversity Award.
|2:30P - 2:35P|| IMPACT TALK - CORPORATE ACTION FOR IMPACT |
|2:35P - 2:40P|| IMPACT TALK – DEI INNOVATIONS |
|2:40P - 3:25P|| NEXT FRONTIERS IN DEI INNOVATION & IMPACT |
DEI has been on the agenda for several years and businesses have committed to the importance of this to driving corporate impact. This panel will discuss the best practices and innovations in DEI while focusing on accountability. Join us as we discuss how these best practices are driving impact across communities.
|3:25P - 4:10P|| BREAKOUT SESSIONS ON IMPACT |
PANEL 1 WOMEN LEADING BOARDS
PANEL 2 ALLYSHIP FOR ALL - NEW FRONTIERES
PANEL 3 PATHWAYS TO THE NEW C-SUITE
PANEL 4: ENTREPRENEURSHIP
PANEL 5 PARITY: INNOVATION TO IMPACT
|4:10P - 4:25P|| TRAILBLAZER IN GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AWARD PRESENTATION - SHARON BOWEN |
While never an official title, Sharon Bowen has been a trailblazer in diversity and inclusion her entire professional career. An alumna of Northwestern University Law School, she worked to establish the African American History and Culture Endowed Scholarship to “foster an inclusive and socially engaged academic community.” In 2014, President Obama appointed Sharon as the first African American Commissioner on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and last December she became the first Black woman Board Chair of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). For her leadership, which continues to leave a legacy in its wake, and as a role model for all women, particularly women of color, we are honored to recognize her example and present Sharon Bowen with the 2022 WBC Trailblazer in Gender Equity and Diversity Award.
|4:25P - 4:30P|| IMPACT TALK-ESG INTEGRATING PURPOSE AND IMPACT |
|4:30P - 5:00P||DRIVING CORPORATE ACTION FOR IMPACT |
Corporate action for impact is critical to the success of business and the work of the WBC to drive equal position, pay and power for all women in business. Joins this panel to discuss the impact corporations across industries are driving impact in their workplace, with their stakeholders and across their communities.
|5:00P - 5:10P|| LIVING ACTION FOR IMPACT - ACKNOWLEDGING AND THANKING OUR PARTNERS, SPONSOR, AND CHAMPIONS |
|5:10P - 5:20P||CONCLUDING THOUGHTS: ACCELERATING THE MOVEMENT|
|5:20P - 6:00P||CLOSING NETWORKING RECEPTION|