Day 1: September 12, 2022

*Please note, all times listed are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Networking (Sponsored by Pearl Meyer)
Open to All Attendees

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Open to All Attendees

  • Jennifer Reynolds, CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation 

  • Karen Mitchell CurranWCD’s Lead Director & KPMG Partner

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Fireside Chat  Open to All Attendees

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Keynote Speaker / Fireside Chat: Leading Through Adversity, Leveraging Opportunities 

Panel: Governance in a Changing World Open to All Attendees
The terrible conflict between Ukraine and Russia is having dire consequences on humanity. As governments attempt to stop the conflict through negotiation and unprecedented global sanctions, what are the major consequences for the short- and long-term on the global economy and businesses overall, as Russia is temporarily cut out of global trade opportunities and financial markets. What are the major implications for business leaders and boards as they deliberate whether to pull out of Russia including closing Russian operations and severing ties with customers, partners and employees? What is the plan and path forward being deliberated and decided in the boardroom?

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

  • Natalie Jaresko, Former Minister of Finance, Ukraine & Executive Director, Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)

  • B. Marc Allen, Chief Strategy Officer, Boeing & Director at P&G (U.S.)

  • Ilene Gordon, Director, International Paper, Lockheed Martin Corp, International Flavors & Fragrances (U.S.)

  • Izumi Kobayashi, Director, Mizuho Financial Group Inc, Omron Corporation, Mitsui & CO Ltd., and ANA Holdings (Japan)

  • Marie Laurence Guy, Head, IFC Nominee Directorship Center (Moderator)

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Keynote: SEC Policy Agenda & Capital Markets Open to All Attendees

With a plethora of capital raising options, new currency alternatives, market volatility and widely anticipated increased regulation, what are the implications for the capital markets and investors? What new regulations and disclosure requirements for public companies are expected? What is the SEC’s policy agenda for 2022 and how does it compare to investor preferences? How can the continued vibrancy of the capital markets be assured?

  • Julia Chatterley, Anchor at CNN

  • Gary Gensler, Chair, U.S. SEC

12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Open to All Attendees

*All sessions listed are concurrent

Industry Breakout Rooms:

  • Social Impact and Sustainability (Sponsored by Edelman) ​​

    • Alex Heath, Edelman​

    • Ann Clark, Edelman

  • Healthcare (Sponsored by KPMG)

1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Panel: Meeting the Net Zero Pledge – Achieving Targets and Maintaining Credibility Open to All Attendees

Climate change has become one of the most pressing concerns for governments, business leaders, boards and humanity, as temperatures rise and glaciers melt. At the same time, oil prices are skyrocketing and governments push for alternate energy sources. How is business responding and making progress on their targets and commitments, while also maintaining credibility with investors and stakeholders? What must boards be doing to ensure targets are being met and management is getting ahead of the energy transition underway? What steps should be taken now to activate change and ensure long-term goals are met?

  • Warner Baxter, Executive Chairman, Ameren Corp. (US)

  • Michelle Edkins, Head of Global Institutional Relations and Policy for BlackRock Investment Stewardship, BlackRock (US)

  • Susan Gray, Global Commercial Head – ESG and Sustainable Finance, S&P Global (Moderator) 

  • Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren, Director of External Affairs, Green Climate Fund (Mongolia)

Keynote: Embedding Purpose, Culture & Innovation Across the Organization Open to All Attendees

Stakeholders are increasing their demands for companies to focus greater attention on sustainability and ESG initiatives. Recent studies show that consumers are more likely to buy products and services from companies and brands that are aligned with their personal values and beliefs. How can business leaders embed a purpose-driven approach and culture into their organization? What good practices and principles can be put in place to encourage brand trust, while growing a diverse and sustainable organization?

2:05 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Peer Exchanges Open to WCD Members and Non-Members who Serve on Boards

  • Compensation & Human Capital Committee (Sponsored by Pearl Meyer)

  • Audit Committee (Sponsored by KPMG)

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Visionary Awards Ceremony Open to All Attendees Who Have Purchased a Ticket to the VA


5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 pm