Day 1: September 12, 2022

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

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

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

Women Corporate Directors (WCD) is excited to partner with Pearl Meyer, our Global Executive Sponsor, to explore how women board members and senior leaders have developed in their own careers and how they have helped or are helping other women to develop and advance as future leaders.

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

Welcome Open to All Attendees

  • Jennifer Reynolds, CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation 

  • Karen Mitchell Curran, Office Managing Partner, KPMG LLP; Lead Director, Women Corporate Directors

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

Fireside Chat | Setting the Stage: Perspectives on the Economy, Markets and Geopolitics  Open to All Attendees

Together, we will discuss a myriad of converging forces—from the state of the global economy to the current geopolitical landscape—and their impact on markets and implications for boards.

  • Thelma FergusonVice Chairman of Commercial Banking, JPMorgan Chase

  • Virginia ChamblessHead of Research, Commercial Banking, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase (US)

  • Rebecca Thornton, Managing Director and Head, Director Advisory Services, JPMorgan Chase (US)

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

Fireside Chat: Leading Through Adversity, Leveraging Opportunities 

The perfect storm of economic uncertainty and geopolitical strife is creating a vortex of global disruption on a scale not seen in recent history. Global economies are struggling with how to manage a possible global recession, while also confronting issues related to health and human safety, the environment, food and energy supplies, and education. 

During this fireside chat, Henrietta Fore will discuss her perspectives as the former Executive Director of UNICEF, and as a seasoned corporate director, on the role corporations—and board members—,NGOs, and governments can play to create solutions and proactive strategies for a sustainable economic and social future.

  • Jennifer Reynolds, CEO, Women Corporate Directors Foundation

  • Henrietta Fore, Former Executive Director, UNICEF (US)

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

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?

  • 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. - 12:40 p.m.

Networking Lunch Open to All Attendees

*All sessions listed are concurrent

Continued Networking or Industry Breakout Room

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

    • Alex Heath, MD, US Head of Social Impact & Sustainability, Edelman (US)

    • Ann Clark, Senior Vice President & U.S. Deputy Lead, Social Impact & Sustainability, Edelman (US)

    • Kathy Barclay,  Partner, Asesorias KCB Ltda; Director, Banco Interamericano de Finanzas SA, Austral Capital Partners SA, Geomar SA, Stars SA, Chile Global Angels, Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, Pam American Development Foundation (Chile)

12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

1:40 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.


1:50 p.m. - 2:40 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) 

2:40 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

CEO Closing Remarks

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

Networking Break

*All sessions listed are concurrent

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

Option 1 - Compensation & Human Capital: Evolving Practices & Lessons Learned
 (Sponsored by Pearl Meyer)

The traditional compensation committee is expanding to include multiple aspects of leadership development and talent management. Not only does this necessitate some rethinking at the committee-level, it also means
the committee’s working relationship with management, the full board, and other committees may need to evolve. Our speakers will discuss two sides to this developing story, including what is changing in the traditional compensation committee: the additional duties, changes to charters, potential overlaps in committee responsibilities, and the increasing regulation that is driving much of the change. We will also focus on how the changes are implemented and by whom: what skills are needed today on a compensation and human capital committee, the caliber of advisor(s) that can help, and how best to onboard and provide ongoing educational components. 

  • Deborah Ellinger, Director, Tupperware, Covetrus, iRobot (US)

  • Jan Koors, Senior Managing Director, Chicago, Pearl Meyer (Moderator) (US)

  • Deborah LifsheyManaging Director, New York, Pearl Meyer (US)

  • Edna Morris Director, Tractor Supply (US)

Option 2 - Audit Committee - The Changing Risk Landscape (Sponsored by KPMG)

Given the current economic and geopolitical environment, there are new and/or increased risks that must be addressed by boards and the C-Suite including pressures from higher interest rates, global operations and supply change challenges, market volatility, and cybersecurity. How are Audit Committees assessing this new risk landscape including the implications on financial results and operational resilience? How are current events shifting conversations around these issues in the board room? 

  • Joey Gyengo, Principal, National Enterprise Risk Management Solution Leader, KPMG LLP (US)

  • Angela Hoon, SVP Audit, Risk & Asset Protection, Advance Auto Parts (US)

  • Kathleen McAllisterDirector, The Metals Company, Black Hills Corporation, Hoegh LNG Partners LP (US)

  • Kristina Peterson, CEO, Mayflower Partners; Industrial Advisor, EQT Partners; Director, Invinity Energy Systems (Moderator) (US)

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