WOMEN CORPORATE DIRECTORS

Visionary Awards Celebration

September 12, 2022

Celebrating 11 Years of Boardroom Excellence.

The Women Corporate Directors Foundation (WCD) is pleased to announce the 11th annual Visionary Awards Celebration on September 12, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (U.S. ET).

 

Your full registration to the Global Institute includes your admission to the Visionary Awards. When registering, please confirm your reservation for the Visionary Awards Gala.

Each year, we present the award to companies or individuals who exhibit an exceptional corporate commitment to diversity, inclusion, and women’s leadership in the C-suite and boardroom.

This year, we will be recognizing achievements in the following categories:

  • Strategic Leadership

  • ESG Leadership

  • Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

  • Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

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WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

CANADIAN NATIONAL RAILWAY – Presented to Ede Holiday, Director, and Laura Stein, Director

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

DOT FOODS, INC. – Presented to John Tracy, Executive Chairman

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

NEXTERA ENERGY – Presented to Jim Robo, CEO & Chairman

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

SUSAN STAUTBERG, Chair emeritus, and former Chairman and CEO Women Corporate Directors Foundation (WCD); co-author of Women on Board

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership in Advancing Women Public and Private Company Directors

MAGGIE HANSON-MUSE -- Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, ASEAN; WCD Advisory Board Member and former Honorary Chapter Chair in Peru, Columbia, and India

Visionary Award Honorees: Through the Years

2011

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

PROCTER & GAMBLE – Presented to Bob McDonald, Chairman, President & CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

THE COCA-COLA COMPANY – Presented to Maria Elena Lagomasino, Director

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

IRENE ROSENFELD, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods, Inc.

2012

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

PUBLICIS GROUPE – Presented to Maurice Levy, Chairman & CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

DESJARDINS GROUP – Presented to Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board, President & CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

INTEL – Presented to Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, Director

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

ELLEN KULLMAN, Chair of the Board and CEO of DuPont

2013

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

UNILEVER – Presented to Paul Polman, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

SC JOHNSON – Presented to Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Director

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

IBM – Presented to Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, Director

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

MARJORIE MORRIS SCARDINO, former CEO and Director of Pearson PLC

2014

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

RBC – Presented to Gord Nixon, Chairman & CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

SODEXO GROUP – Presented to Michel Landel, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

ABBOTT LABS – Presented to Miles D. White, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

BETH MOONEY, Chairman and CEO of KeyCorp

2015

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

SEMPRA – Presented to Lynn Schenk, Director

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

L’OREAL – Presented to Frederic Roze, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

BIOGEN – Presented to George Scangos, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

MARILYN CARLSON NELSON, Co-Chair and former CEO of Carlson Companies

2016
2017
2018

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

ULTA BEAUTY – Presented to Mary Dillon, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

PUBLIX SUPERMARKETS – Presented to Jane Finley, Ph.D., Director

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

SANTANDER GROUP – Presented to Shriti Vadera, Chairman, Santander UK plc

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

MAGGIE WILDEROTTER, Executive Chairman, Frontier Communications Corporation

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership of a Woman Corporate Director

IZUMI KOBAYASHI -- Director, Member of the Board, ANA Holdings, Inc.

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

ALASKA AIR GROUP – Presented to Brad Tilden, CEO & Chairman

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

THE DUCHOSSOIS GROUP – Presented to Craig Duchossois, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

ECOLAB – Presented to Doug Baker, CEO and Chairman

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

ISABELLE MARCOUX, Chairman, Transcontinental, Inc.

2019

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

SINGAPORE TELECOMMUNICATIONS LIMITED (Singtel) – Presented to Chua Sock Koong, Group CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

HALLMARK CARDS, INC. – Presented to David Hall, President

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

BMO FINANCIAL GROUP (BMO) – Presented to Darryl White, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

EILEEN MCDONNELL, Chairman and CEO, Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company

2020

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

SHISEIDO – Presented to Masahiko Uotani, President & CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

ELKAY – Ric Phillips, President & CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

STARBUCKS – Presented to Clara Shih, Director

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

ANA PAULA PESSOA, Director, Suzano Pulp and Paper, Credit Suisse, News Corporation, Vinci Group, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Stanford Global Advisory Council, Salesforce Brasil, Instituto Atlantico de Gobierno, Stanford Alumni Brasil Association (SUBA), and Fundação Roberto Marinho

2021

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

MERCK & CO., INC. - Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT, INC. (REI CO-OP) Eric Artz, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value

ILLYCAFFE S.p.A - Massimiliano Pogliani, CEO

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership

Susan Salka, CEO of AMN Healthcare

The Susan S. Stautberg WCD Member Leadership Award 

Susan Remmer Ryzewic

2022

WCD Visionary Award for Strategic Leadership 

Debra Cafaro - CEO, Ventas 

WCD Visionary Award for ESG 

Natura & Co 

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company

CDW Corporation

WCD Visionary Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company

Dompé farmaceutici

2022 Visionary Awards Keynote Speaker 

Rana Foroohar 

Global Business Columnist at the Financial Times and Global Economic Analyst at CNN Rana Foroohar covers the intersection of business, economics, politics, and foreign affairs. In Fall 2022, she is releasing her third book, a sweeping case that a new age of local economic growth will reunite place and prosperity, putting to an end to the last half-century of globalization, titled Homecoming: The Path to Prosperity in a Post-Global World.

A sought-after commentator and moderator for her analysis, Foroohar speaks on the changes occurring in globalization, politics, and the digital economy. Her weekly column is a real-time commentary on emerging markets, and the disruption of big tech. The former Economics Columnist and Assistant Managing Editor for TIME, Foroohar has penned numerous cover stories and essays on China and the next global recession, Europe’s economic crisis, and the rise of “localnomics” means for American business. Foroohar's first book, Makers and Takers, was a finalist for the 2016 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.

Rana will be a visiting professor in economics and business at the Columbia University Journalism School in the spring 2023.

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Meet Our 2022 Visionary Awards Emcee

Christie Hefner

A seasoned professional with more than thirty years’ experience at executive levels in both public and private companies, as well as multiple company directorships. Today, Christie is a director of Fyllo, a leading innovator in data, media and compliance solutions for highly regulated industries, Healthwell, a SPAC targeting technology-enabled healthcare businesses, ScentBeauty, a multi-brand e-commerce platform for bespoke scented products through unique, culturally relevant Brands to consumers worldwide, and Metro Edge Development Partners, which is a unique commercial real estate firm focused on high-impact, technology-driven developments. She also works directly with CEOs on strategy innovation, including the digital transformation of a media company and the rapid growth of a technology company that has patented a method of extracting methane from the atmosphere and turning it into a new material with the durability of plastic but that’s ocean biodegradable.

 

From 2009-2013, Christie directed a new entity, Canyon Ranch Enterprises, to leverage the Canyon Ranch brand and content via multi-media and business partnerships in the healthy eating, personal care and employee wellness areas.

From 1988-2008, Hefner was Chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. making her the longest serving female Chairman and CEO of a U.S. public company. During her tenure, she oversaw policy, management and strategy in all areas of the company. When she retired more than 40% of Playboy executives were women - a first for a NYSE Company. For three years she was named to FORTUNE’s list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women.”

At Playboy Enterprises, she led the recapitalization of the Company, making it the first NYSE corporation allowed to issue a second class of stock with disparate voting right,, expanding research analyst coverage and broadening institutional ownership. She restructured operations and initiated the Company’s highly successful electronic and international expansion.

 

She extended its magazine franchise overseas and also developed the company’s profitable pay television business — the first time a magazine successfully leveraged its brand into a television network. Continuing the Company's electronic expansion, in 1994 Christie led the Company onto the Internet with the launch of Playboy.com, the first national magazine to launch a web site, and built an international, profitable, multi-revenue stream business including premium content, e-commerce, advertising and gaming, both online and mobile. She greatly expanded the leveraging of the Playboy brand via licensing. In her last year as CEO, Playboy generated close to $1 billion in global retail sales.

She was a founding member of The Chicago Network, The Committee of 200, and the Chicago Chapter of Women Corporate Directors, and she was the first woman elected into the Chicago Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year of college, she graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature.

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