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FT Women at the Top Summit USA

Money and Power

New York |
Speakers include:
Sheena Allen

Sheena Allen


Adena  Friedman

Adena Friedman


Abigail Disney

Abigail Disney


The world is run by those with the most money and power, who for centuries have shaped hierarchies, cultural norms and the structure of how people live and work. Today, despite significant efforts by government and business to shift a greater share of money and power to women, this imbalance persists. The number of women at the top of FTSE 350 and S&P 500 companies has dropped in the last year, while the gender pay gap, investment gap and pensions gap remain. Enforced transparency and societal pressure has brought hidden power inequalities to light and helped to drive progress, but to achieve further meaningful change, business and policy leaders must show commitment to more action.

The need for gender equality is widely accepted, yet progress on achieving this in the workplace is in danger of grinding to a halt. What is impeding a breakthrough? For forward-thinking organisations investing more time and effort in trying to get it right, how do you know you are making changes that will shift the dial? How will power dynamics evolve if money starts to be controlled by different hands?

We are delighted to announce the launch of FT Women at the Top US summit in November, building on the success of our European edition. Join us to hear leaders share their stories of success and setbacks, learn from honest discussion about the obstacles stalling further progress, and take part in forward-looking, action-focused debate with the women and men driving change.

fallback Add to my Calendar 11/12/2019 08:00:0011/12/2019 18:30:00trueFT Women at the Top Summit USAThe world is run by those with the most money and power, who for centuries have shaped hierarchies, cultural norms and the structure of how people live and work. Today, despite significant efforts by government and business to shift a greater share of money and power to women, this imbalance persists. The number of women at the top of FTSE 350 and S&P 500 companies has dropped in the last year, while the gender pay gap, investment gap and pensions gap remain. Enforced transparency and societal pressure has brought hidden power inequalities to light and helped to drive progress, but to achieve further meaningful change, business and policy leaders must show commitment to more action.The need for gender equality is widely accepted, yet progress on achieving this in the workplace is in danger of grinding to a halt. What is impeding a breakthrough? For forward-thinking organisations investing more time and effort in trying to get it right, how do you know you are making changes that will shift the dial? How will power dynamics evolve if money starts to be controlled by different hands?We are delighted to announce the launch of FT Women at the Top US summit in November, building on the success of our European edition. Join us to hear leaders share their stories of success and setbacks, learn from honest discussion about the obstacles stalling further progress, and take part in forward-looking, action-focused debate with the women and men driving change.FT-Women-at-the-Top-Summit-USA1ab0cedd3fcedec33d1cf9529a385212MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (15)

Sheena Allen

Sheena Allen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Sheena Allen started her first tech company, Sheena Allen Apps, during her senior year of college. While visiting home during the 2015 holiday season, she noticed how people in her community were still very dependent on using predatory financial services, which lead her to start her second start-up, CapWay. CapWay is a neobank that also includes financial education and gamified micro-lending for those who do not fit into the traditional banking system. Ms Allen is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a dual degree in Psychology (BS) and Film (BA).

Adena  Friedman

Adena Friedman

President and Chief Executive Officer
Abigail Disney

Abigail Disney

Documentary film-maker and heiress
Marcela Sapone

Marcela Sapone

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Hello Alfred

Marcela Sapone is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Hello Alfred, the tech-driven home management platform. Through Alfred she has worked to redefine urban living and become a staunch advocate for pro-human, pro-labour policies and was among the first founders in the sharing economy to write on the importance of meaningful work and a meaningful income for employees. As a thought leader she has worked with the Brookings Institute, the Secretary of Labor and the White House under the Obama Administration to make this a reality. She was named one of Goldman Sachs’ “most intriguing entrepreneurs” and was a winner of TechCrunch Disrupt SF. She was nominated for the FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business Award, on Fast Company’s Most Creative People list and was the face of Consumer Tech for Forbes 30 Under 30. Ms Sapone holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. Prior to founding Hello Alfred, she worked in private equity, having started her career as a consultant at McKinsey & Company. She also co-created Whitespace, a seed-stage venture fund.

Indra  Nooyi

Indra Nooyi

Former Chairman and CEO

During Indra Nooyi's tenure as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at PepsiCo, the company's net revenue increased by more than 80 per cent, and PepsiCo’s total shareholder return was 162 per cent. In this role, she was the chief architect of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo’s pledge to do what is right for the business by being responsive to the needs of the world around us. As part of Performance with Purpose, PepsiCo was focused on delivering sustained growth by making more nutritious products, limiting its environmental footprint and protecting the planet, and empowering its associates and people in the communities it served.

Mrs Nooyi directed the company’s global strategy for more than a decade and led its restructuring, including the divestiture of its restaurants into the successful YUM! Brands, Inc. She also led the acquisition of Tropicana and the merger with Quaker Oats that brought the vital Quaker and Gatorade businesses to PepsiCo, the merger with PepsiCo’s anchor bottlers, and the acquisition of the Russian company Wimm-Bill-Dann, the largest international acquisition in PepsiCo’s history. Currently, she serves as a member of the board of Amazon, where she sits on the Audit Committee, and Schlumberger Limited, where she is the Chair of the Compensation Committee. She holds a BS degree from Madras Christian College, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, and a Master of Public and Private Management from Yale University.  

Mabel Abraham

Mabel Abraham

Assistant Professor of Management
Columbia Business School
Anthony  Abbatiello

Anthony Abbatiello

Managing Director, Global Head of Consulting
Russell Reynolds

Anthony Abbatiello leads the firm’s global Leadership & Succession business. He brings more than 20 years of leadership consulting experience to advise senior clients in all industries, working as a trusted advisor to drive organisational optimisation and high-performance executive teams. He partners with CEOs and Executive Committees to tailor leadership assessments and solutions to meet changing client needs, guiding organisations through times of transition and digital transformation.  

Mr Abbatiello joined Russell Reynolds Associates from Deloitte, where he was a senior Partner and global leader of Deloitte Leadership. There he was responsible for the market entry, growth strategy and business operations for Deloitte’s Leadership business. He also launched the firm’s Culture business with an award-winning product and led their premier global trends research program. He began his career at Accenture, where he spent close to 18 years helping global clients increase the effectiveness of human resources by creating innovative strategies and global operating models. He ended his tenure as a Global Managing Director and global leader of the HR consulting business. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where he teaches graduate courses in organisational assessment and analysis. He holds a BBA in International Business from Villanova University.

Ceyla  Pazarbasioglu

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions
World Bank Group
Karen Kaplan

Karen Kaplan

Chairman and CEO
Hill Holliday

Karen Kaplan joined Hill Holliday as a receptionist, hoping to save enough money for law school. Three decades later, she has had just about every job there is to have at an agency, gaining valuable insight into how to approach each business challenge with a fresh perspective. A key player in Hill Holliday’s significant growth as a national powerhouse, Ms Kaplan is now Chairman and Chief Executive Officer overseeing the network of three agency brands: Hill Holliday, EP+Co, and Trilia Media. With an executive team composed of over half women, she is also one of the few female agency chairmen in the country. 

She has been a contributor to and featured in numerous publications including Ad Age, AdWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Huffington Post, and Inc., and has spoken on stages, television, and radio outlets around the country. She serves on the Boards of Trustees of Brigham Health, the Ad Council and several other civic and professional organisations, and is a Trustee of Fidelity Investments’ Strategic Advisers Funds and a Director of Michaels Stores. Honoured by both Business Insider and AdAge as one of the most influential women in advertising, she has helped the agency develop a proven ability to help brands fight a daily share battle in the noisiest categories. The proof lies in the successes of such key clients as Bank of America, Denny’s, Johnson & Johnson, Men’s Wearhouse, Novartis, Optum, Party City, and Tempur-Sealy.

Jody Jonsson

Jody Jonsson

Portfolio Manager
Capital Group

Jody Jonsson is an Equity Portfolio Manager at Capital Group and a member of its Management Committee. She has 31 years of investment experience and has been with the company for 29 years. She is a Global Equity Portfolio Manager in New Perspective Fund and Growth Fund of America. Earlier in her career, Jody covered insurance, household products & personal care and restaurants & lodging as an Investment Analyst. Presently based in Los Angeles, she has also worked in Capital’s San Francisco, Geneva and London offices. Before joining Capital, she was an Equity Research Analyst at Fidelity Management & Research Company in Boston and an officer at Irving Trust Company in New York. Jody is on the Advisory Council of Stanford Business School, has previously chaired the Stanford Business School Investment Trust and is a board member of Alpha International. She holds an MBA from Stanford, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA in Economics cum laude from Princeton, USA. 

Joanna Coles

Joanna Coles

Board Director

Joanna Coles is a content strategist who sits on the board of directors of Snap Inc. She is also creative advisor to CBS News, and executive producer of ABC Freeform’s scripted drama, “The Bold Type”, now in its third season and inspired by her career. She was previously Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, overseeing content and editorial partnerships for 300 magazines globally. 

The British-born editor moved to the US in 1997 as the New York Bureau Chief for The Guardian, before becoming the New York columnist for The Times of London. Ms Coles joined Hearst in 2006 as Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire, where she co-produced the Style Network’s unscripted show “Running in Heels”. She was named Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand, in 2012. She was the executive producer of the unscripted series “So Cosmo” on E! in 2017.

Over the course of her career, Ms Coles has won numerous prestigious awards for journalism and media leadership. She was recently described by The New York Times as “one of the most powerful people in media.”

Ms Coles is the author of Love Rules (HarperCollins), a book on relationships in the digital age. She sits on the board of Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities.

Iris  Bohnet

Iris Bohnet

Behavioural economist and professor
Harvard Kennedy School

Iris Bohnet, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, is the Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. She is a behavioural economist, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organisations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioural design to de-bias how we live, learn and work. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design, and advises governments and companies on the topic around the world. Professor Bohnet is the Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program and the faculty Chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She serves on the boards, advisory boards or as a patron of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, Edge, genEquality, TaketheLeadWomen, We Shape Tech, Women in Banking and Finance, and the UK Government’s Equalities Office as well as numerous academic journals. She was named one of the Most Influential People in Gender Policy by apolitical in 2018, a Leading Thinker of Victoria, Australia, 2016-2019, and has received an honorary degree from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2016. She is married and the mother of two children.

Liz Hilton Segel

Liz Hilton Segel

Managing Partner, North America
McKinsey & Company

Liz Hilton Segel is the Managing Partner for McKinsey in North America. She is a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council, the firm’s equivalent of the board of directors, and a member of the global partnership service team, a 16-person leadership team. She formerly led McKinsey’s Marketing & Sales Practice in the Americas and the New York office. 

Since joining McKinsey, Ms Hilton Segel has partnered with clients on their transformations, including strategy, implementation, and capability building. She has largely focused on consumer marketing, growth strategy, and performance improvement. She has served clients across several consumer-facing industries including media, telecommunications, travel, entertainment, retail, financial services, and automotive. 

She serves on boards of The Conference Board and the Central Park Conservancy and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was recognized by Working Mother as a 2018 Working Mother of the Year and included in Crain’s New York’s 2019 list of Most Powerful Women and 2018 list of Notable Women in Accounting and Consulting. 

Josh Levs

Josh Levs

All In

Josh Levs is a former CNN and NPR journalist, a business consultant, global gender equality activist, and a leading expert on modern fathers in the workplace. His book, All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together, won the Nautilus Gold award. Mr Levs works with corporations, organisations, government bodies and more around the world to build dramatic changes that engage men in gender equality efforts in unprecedented ways — including in addressing harassment.

The FT named him one of the top 10 male feminists in 2015, and UN Women named him a Global Champion of Gender Equality. A New York Times front-page story called him a "pioneer" while Forbes said he may get corporations “to rethink an anti-dad culture.” Along with two professors, he won a debate on feminism at the Oxford Student Union.

A father of three, Mr Levs says that for women to “lean in” at work, men must have the opportunity to be “all in” at home.  He shows why equal caregiving options are necessary. He also tells his story of launching successful legal action against one of the world’s largest corporations for fair parental leave. Learn more at

Amanda Sourry

Amanda Sourry

Unilever North America

Moderators (3)

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

Chair, Editorial Board, and Editor-at-large, US
Financial Times

Gillian Tett is Chair, Editorial Board, and Editor-at-large, US at the Financial Times. She previously served as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. She is the author of The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015), New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009), and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business (Crown), about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016.

Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Ms Foroohar spent six years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Agenda - 12th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:50am
    Opening remarks from the Financial Times

    Angela Mackay, Chair of Women at the Top; Member of the FT Group Management Board, Financial Times

    Gillian Tett, Chair, Editorial Board, Editor-at-large, US, Financial Times  

  • 9:00am
    Keynote interview

    Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo

    In conversation with Gillian Tett, Chair, Editorial Board; Editor-at-large, US, Financial Times

  • 9:45am
    How to get more women at the top

    Why has the number of female CEOs and Board Directors in the US stagnated, to the extent that it lags behind much of the world? What are the reasons companies most often give in response to pressure to appoint more women into senior positions? What do these excuses tell us about why progress is so slow? If more women are being shortlisted for the most senior roles, what barriers are stopping managers appointing them to boards and executive committees?

    Mabel Abraham, Assistant Professor of Management, Columbia Business School
    Joanna Coles, Board Director, Snap and Women Entrepreneurs
    Amanda Sourry, President, Unilever North America

  • 10:20am
    My path to the top: Successes and setbacks

    Adena Friedman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nasdaq

    In conversation with Gillian Tett, Chair, Editorial Board; Editor-at-large, US, Financial Times

  • 10:40am
  • 11:00am
    Redefining power
  • 11:35am
    How to advance women in the workplace

    Liz Hilton Segel, North America Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Followed by Q&A with Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:00pm
    Insights from a female founder

    In this session we hear from an entrepreneur who has taken an unconventional path to the top. How has she navigated the challenges along the way? What are her tips for success and how to pitch for funding?

    Marcela Sapone, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hello Alfred

  • 12:30pm

    Optional Masterclass with Akris: 'The Art of Power Dressing'

  • 1:30pm
    Bridging the financial gap

    Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank Group

  • 2:00pm
    Financial services: the great missed opportunity

    Women are vastly outnumbered by men in financial services. They hold just under a quarter of board positions at the largest banks and financial services institutions globally, and less than 15 per cent of senior executive roles below board level. On the asset management side, around 90 per cent of the money in funds is managed by men. What is the financial services industry doing to change it? As women's wealth rises, how can financial institutions better advise their clients? How are female asset managers, bankers and investors influencing the financial sector landscape?
    Sheena Allen, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CapWay
    Jody Jonsson, Equity Portfolio Manager, Capital Group

    Moderated by Hannah Glover, Group Managing Editor, Money-Media

  • 2:40pm
    What works: how to deliver lasting change

    Creating a genuinely more diverse and fairer workplace requires practical, and sometimes unexpected, solutions. Based on the research in her ground-breaking 2016 book What works; gender equality by design, with updated insights from the tech sector and elsewhere, Professor Iris Bohnet of Harvard Kennedy School will discuss the tools which are the most effective - and those which aren't.

    Iris Bohnet, Behavioural economist and professor, Harvard Kennedy School

  • 3:05pm
  • 3:35pm
    From MD to CEO – how to make the transition

    What is it about the transition from divisional MD to Group CEO that seems to be so be difficult?

    What are the key differences and what characteristics are needed to be a successful CEO? How can you prepare for the challenges and why should women be confident and optimistic about making this move?

    Anthony Abbatiello, Managing Director, Global Head of Consulting, Russell Reynolds
    Karen Kaplan, Chairman and CEO, Hill Holliday

    Moderated by Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:00pm
    Empowering men

    Most men support greater gender equality. How can companies help them press for change? The answer requires ending myths about men – and freeing them from stigmas. This is what it takes to make equality a reality.

    Josh Levs, Author, All In

  • 4:25pm
  • 4:50pm
    FT review of the day’s themes

    What will you pledge to do after today’s discussions?

  • 4:55pm
    Closing remarks from the FT

    Angela Mackay, Chair of Women at the Top; Member of the FT Group Management Board, Financial Times

  • 5:00pm
    Evening keynote & Q&A

    Abigail Disney, Documentary maker and heiress

    In conversation with the FT

  • 5:45pm
    Drinks reception

Who Attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering senior level audiences at world class thought-leadership events across the globe and this Summit is no exception.

Women at the Top is designed for senior business leaders and representatives from leading corporate organisations, large-scale institutions, SMEs and start-ups, academia and government, including:

  • Chief Executives
  • Chairs
  • Presidents
  • Vice-presidents
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Heads of Social Responsibility
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Heads of Diversity
  • Policymakers
  • Senior Academics
  • Inclusion influencers

Why Attend?

  • Join the vanguard of those driving progress and participate in cutting edge debate on gender diversity. Show your commitment to making work and and home life fairer for women and men.
  • Listen to successful leaders talk about their journey to the top, with honesty about setbacks and what they have learnt about leadership.
  • Participate in cutting edge debate on gender diversity, and hear practical advice and examples from leaders supporting the advancement of women.
  • Understand why a fairer work culture benefits everyone, and why it’s good for business. Hear from and network with advocates of best practice on pay gap transparency, shared parental leave, flexible working, role models, and more.
  • Learn about the changes you need to make now to attract and retain younger employees, for whom diversity is an essential attribute of a progressive employer.
  • Find out what you can do to take action and pick up practical tips to help you drive progress and lead by example.


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Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 120 cities in more than 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organisation to shape winning strategies, mobilise for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.

Strategic Partners (3)

Columbia Business School Executive Education in New York City offers non-degree programs in leadership, strategy, finance, and more. Designed for high-impact business leaders, our programs teach actionable skills that allow you to make an immediate impact on your organization. In fact, 95% of senior executives felt better prepared to solve their business challenges after coming to Columbia Business School Executive Education.* You’ll interact with peers serving in myriad functions across industries, exchange ideas in an invigorating environment, and learn from world-renowned Columbia Business School faculty.

* Source: 2018 Columbia Business School Executive Education Global Past Participant Survey.

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global search and leadership advisory firm. Our 425+ consultants in 46 offices work with public, private and nonprofit organizations across all industries and regions. We help our clients build teams of transformational leaders who can meet today's challenges and anticipate the digital, economic and political trends that are reshaping the global business environment. From helping boards with their structure, culture and effectiveness to identifying, assessing and defining the best leadership for organizations – our teams bring their decades of expertise to help clients solve their most complex leadership issues.

Networking Partner (1)

Akris is a luxury fashion and accessories house for independent women with purpose. Its collections are designed by Creative Director, Albert Kriemler. Founded in 1922, the family-owned Swiss fashion house is globally revered for its exceptional fabrics and materials, meticulous tailoring and craftsmanship.

Supporting Organization (1)

The top-ranking NYU Stern Executive MBA Program is designed for experienced working professionals looking to accelerate their career by cultivating their exceptional business acumen and building strong professional networks. Choose between attending class in New York City or Washington, DC based on whichever accommodates you and your schedule. 

Supporting Partners (4)

The Women’s Forum of New York is an invitation-only organization of more than 500 women representing the highest levels of achievement across all professional sectors and spheres of influence in our city. Founded in 1974, when women were first entering the executive ranks, today’s Women Forum members are recognized among New York’s thought leaders, influencers, trailblazers, policymakers, change agents, power brokers, innovators, icons, creators and business builders. Forum membership provides extraordinary women with the opportunity to network with a diverse array of peers, to help one another succeed and to share unique experiences. We believe the potential for cross-collaboration among our diverse membership and generations of members ignites progress and transformation for all of us.

accelerateHER is addressing the under-representation of women in the technology industry. We work with a network of technology leaders to accelerate change through best practice, strategy & innovation.

accelerateHER was born out of Founders Forum in June 2016. Our vision is a world in which women have equal opportunities to succeed, lead and flourish in technology careers. accelerateHER global events shine a light on the most exciting women founders and leaders in technology, providing the crucial visibility they need to raise capital, access new networks or partner with innovative companies.

accelerateHER runs a number of initiatives including Inspiring Fifty UK, a partnership launched with Netherlands-based Inspiring Fifty to make more women in tech household names, and the Male Champions of Change Global Technology Group. Made up of 14 tech executives across sectors and geographies, the Global Tech Group is dedicated to enabling men to step up alongside women to share the accountability of addressing the (surmountable) gender imbalance in our sector through action.

We also provide partners with guidance, landscaping and advice on best practice for realising gender parity successfully. accelerateHER is part of the EQUALS Global Partnership.

Ellevate Network is a community of professional women committed to helping each other succeed. We believe that when ambitious professional women get more opportunity — to have a voice in important conversations, to have a seat at the table where decisions are made, to steer our collective economic power towards that which we care about — it ultimately benefits everyone, and leads to a more equal world. Ellevate also works with companies committed to diversity and inclusion and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out.

The U.S. 30% Club launched in June 2014 with a goal of achieving 30% female directors on S&P 100 boards by 2020. Today, 27.7% of S&P 100 directors are women, up from 20.2% at launch. Additionally, all S&P 100 boards have at least one female director. Even more encouraging, the US membership has achieved an average of 30% women on their boards, up from 21.7% when it launched – a testament to what business leaders are able to achieve when they commit to driving change.

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