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FT Women at the Top Summit USA 2019

Money and Power

New York |
Speakers include:
Abigail Disney

Abigail Disney

Vivienne  Ming

Vivienne Ming

Socos Labs

Indra  Nooyi

Indra Nooyi



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 USA 2019The 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-USA-20191ab0cedd3fcedec33d1cf9529a385212MM/DD/YYYY

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Speakers (19)

Abigail Disney

Abigail Disney

Activist, philanthropist and film-maker

Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, activist and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the documentary production company Fork Films, she produced the groundbreaking Pray the Devil Back to Hell and co-created the subsequent PBS series Women, War & Peace. She is also the Chair and Co-Founder of Level Forward, a new breed storytelling company focused on systemic change through creative excellence, balancing financial and social returns. The companies and stories that have most meaning for Ms Disney are the ones which foster human understanding. She has executive produced and supported over 100 documentary films through Fork Films’ funding program. She also created the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements and the Daphne Foundation, which supports organizations working for a more equitable, fair and peaceful New York City.

Vivienne  Ming

Vivienne Ming

Co-founder and CEO
Socos Labs

Frequently featured for her research and inventions in the Financial Times, The Atlantic, Quartz and The New York Times, Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author.  Co-founded with her wife, Norma Ming, Socos Labs is a mad science incubator dedicated to solving some of the world's most pressing problems. Previously, Dr Ming has pursued her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience. In her free time, she works to design AI systems to help treat her son’s diabetes, predict manic episodes in bipolar sufferers, and reunite orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on the boards of numerous companies and nonprofits. For relaxation, she frequents the sci-fi section of Audible and spends time with her wife and children.

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.  

Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Lumi Labs; former Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo

Marissa Mayer is currently the Co-founder of Lumi Labs, an early-stage technology start-up focused on building consumer applications enabled by artificial intelligence. Previously, she served as CEO & President of Yahoo. At Yahoo, she led a full-scale transformation of the company – rejuvenating its culture, hiring more than 5,000 people, growing users to more than 1 billion people worldwide with over 600 million users on mobile, and transforming Yahoo’s business by introducing new advertising offerings for mobile, video, native, and social that quickly grew into a multi-billion dollar business. During her tenure, she also oversaw nearly 50 acquisitions, the creation of more than $40 billion of shareholder value, and the successful sale of Yahoo’s operating business to Verizon. 

Prior to Yahoo, Ms Mayer spent 13 years at Google, where she joined as the 20th employee and first woman engineer. For more than a decade, she played an instrumental role leading the product management effort for Google Search as well as Google Maps, Google News, and other consumer products. Previously, she worked at the UBS research lab in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. She graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and an MS in Computer Science, with a specialization in artificial intelligence. 

Ms Mayer is a Member of the Board of Directors of Walmart, Forward and Maisonette. She is also a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the San Francisco Ballet.

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).

Iris  Bohnet

Iris Bohnet

Behavioral 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 behavioral 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.

Rebecca Henderson

Rebecca Henderson

Board Member, Amgen and Idexx Laboratories

Rebecca Henderson sits on the boards of Amgen and of Idexx Laboratories. She is one of 24 University Professors at Harvard, a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of both the British Academy and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is an expert on innovation and organizational change, and her research explores the degree to which the private sector can play a major role in building a more sustainable economy, focusing particularly on the relationships between organizational purpose and innovation and productivity in high performance organizations. She teaches “Reimagining Capitalism: Business & the Big Problems”, a course that has grown from 28 students to over 300, and is under contract for a book that is tentatively titled Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.  

Farai Chideya

Farai Chideya

Journalist, academic and author, The Episodic Career

Farai Chideya is part of the Ford Foundation’s Creativity and Free Expression team, focusing on journalism. Her work supports the development and support of high-quality, principled reporting in the United States, with an emphasis on social justice, a diversity of voices, and press freedoms. Before joining the foundation in 2017, Ms Chideya worked as a reporter, political and cultural analyst, and educator. Her journalistic beats have included pop culture, business, African-American life, and big data; and she has covered six presidential elections for print, television, radio, and digital outlets. She has covered organized white supremacist movements and mapped the intersections between racial extremism and mainstream politics and discourse. She has worked for numerous outlets, including Newsweek, CNN, ABC News, NPR (as host of News and Notes), and The Intercept.

During the 2016 election, Ms Chideya combined field reporting and data journalism in her work at FiveThirtyEight, with a focus on demographics, the American voter, and the cultural, racial, and socio-political rifts. After the election, she became a fellow at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, doing a mix of quantitative and qualitative research on race and gender diversity in the media. Earlier, she spent four years as a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She is the author of five non-fiction works and one novel, most recently The Episodic Career: How to Thrive at Work in the Age of Disruption. Her first book, Don’t Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation About African Americans, went into eight printings and is frequently used as a university text.

Mabel Abraham

Mabel Abraham

Assistant Professor of Management
Columbia Business School

Mabel Abraham is an Assistant Professor of Management at Columbia Business School. Her research examines how organizational and social network processes contribute to gender differences in economic outcomes. In one recent project, she compares the relative benefits received by male and female entrepreneurs through strategic social networks aimed at generating new clients. In other related work, she has examined how evaluation processes affect the attention and recognition investment professionals receive from their professional peers. Prof Abraham’s research has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal and Administrative Science Quarterly and has been recognized by a number of awards: the Academy of Management’s Pondy Best Dissertation Paper Award, the INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition, the American Association of University Women American Fellowship, and the Kauffman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Her research has also been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Prof Abraham worked in defined benefits consulting and risk management at Fidelity Investments. She completed her PhD in Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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.

Yonette Chung McLean

Yonette Chung McLean

Managing Director
RBC Capital Markets

Yonette Chung McLean is a Managing Director within the RBC Tax Credit Equity Group, where she manages RBC’s direct investments in US tax credits (low income housing, historic, state, and renewable energy tax credit investments) and RBC’s syndication of renewable energy tax credits and housing tax credits to institutional investors. In addition, she leads the 105-person Tax Credit Equity Group’s new product development initiatives where she is focused on the development of Workforce Housing, Opportunity Zone, and Structured Housing investment funds. Ms Chung McLean maintains, on a limited basis, her origination role for low income housing and historic federal and state tax credit investments in select markets in the Northeast. As a 17-year veteran at RBC, she has previously worked in credit underwriting, structuring and execution roles on multifamily and single family housing debt transactions for RBC’s US Corporate Banking and Municipal Finance. Ms Chung McLean currently serves on the Board of Directors of RBC Global Asset Management.

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

Ceyla  Pazarbasioglu

Ceyla Pazarbasioglu

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

In her role at the World Bank Group, Ceyla Pazarbasioglu provides strategic leadership to the best expertise from around the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) to help low- and middle-income countries build the foundations for inclusive and sustainable growth and, thereby, make progress towards achieving the World Bank Group’s twin goals of reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity. She oversees a portfolio of nearly $30 billion of operational and policy work and advisory engagements in the WBG Global Practices of Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation; Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment; Governance; and Poverty and Equity. She has overall management of over 2,200 staff in 138 countries, including 30 fragile and conflict-affected states.

Prior to her assignment as Vice President in 2018, Ms Pazarbasioglu was Senior Director of the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, providing leadership for advancing the WBG’s development goals. She joined the WBG in 2015 from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she was Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, in charge of the work on financial sector regulation and supervision and crisis management. Before this, she was Vice President of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey, a post she was appointed to after Turkey’s major banking crisis in 2001. Prior to that, she worked as Chief Economist of Emerging European Markets at ABN AMRO Investment Bank in London. She sits on the board of several multinational institutions, including the Financial Stability Board (FSB) where she is also a member of the standing committees on Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Standards Implementation, and the Toronto Centre. She holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University, USA.

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. 

Adena  Friedman

Adena Friedman

President and Chief Executive Officer

Adena Friedman became President and Chief Executive Officer of Nasdaq in 2017 and is a member of the Board of Directors. She brings more than 20 years of industry leadership and expertise, and is credited with significantly shaping Nasdaq’s transformation into a leading global exchange and technology solutions company with operations across six continents. Prior to being named CEO, she served as President and Chief Operating Officer throughout 2016 and was responsible for overseeing all of the company’s business segments with a focus on driving efficiency, product development, growth and expansion. She rejoined Nasdaq in 2014, after serving as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group from 2011 to 2014 and playing a critical role in taking the company public.

Before Carlyle, Ms Friedman was a key member of Nasdaq's management team for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles, including head of the company's data products business, head of corporate strategy and Chief Financial Officer. She played an instrumental role in Nasdaq’s acquisition strategy, overseeing the acquisitions of INET, OMX, and the Philadelphia and Boston Exchanges. She originally joined Nasdaq in 1993 as an intern. She was elected in December 2018 as a Class B director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Ms Friedman holds an MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee, and a BA in Political Science from Williams College in Massachusetts.

Anthony  Abbatiello

Anthony Abbatiello

Managing Director, Global Head of Consulting
Russell Reynolds Associates

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.

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. 

Amanda Sourry

Amanda Sourry

Unilever North America

Amanda Sourry was appointed President, Unilever North America and head of Global Customer Development in 2018. Prior to this she was President of Unilever’s Global Food Category. She has also led Unilever’s Global Hair Business and was Executive Vice President of Unilever UK and Ireland. She has lived and worked in the UK, US, Belgium and Australia. Ms Sourry has represented Unilever in several industry groups, including the CBI President’s Committee, the Food & Drink Federation Executive Committee and the IGD Policy Issues Council. She has been a Vice Chair of the Advertising Association in the UK and was a member of the UK Government’s Ecosytems Market Taskforce. She is a non-executive board member of PVH Corp and a Trustee of the Leverhulme Trust. She has an MA from the University of Cambridge in Modern and Medieval Languages.

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.


Moderators (7)

Angela  Mackay

Angela Mackay

Chair, FT Women at the Top and Member of the FT Group Management Board
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as the 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia Investment Editor for two years.

Before joining the FT, she was Asia Editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include Editor at The Economist Group, Supervising Producer at CNBC, Deputy News Editor at The Times in London, and UK Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a Non-executive Director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a Board Member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

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.

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.

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

US Business Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson is the US Business Editor of the Financial Times, leading its reporting and analysis of US business in an age of populism, policy upheavals, unending technological change and shifting expectations of corporate America. He manages a team of corporate reporters, while writing news, analysis and commentary and helping develop new offerings for the FT’s core corporate audience. Until 2018, he was the FT’s US News Editor and an FT Assistant Editor, directing its coverage of and for the Americas and helping steer its strategic evolution from a print focus to a digital newsroom with growing impact in video, audio, social media, newsletter and data journalism. From 2005 to 2013, he was the FT’s Global Media Editor, leading its coverage of sectors ranging from the music and movie businesses to digital media and marketing.

In 21 years with the FT in New York and London, Mr Edgecliffe-Johnson has been Deputy News Editor, edited its management features section, covered mergers and acquisitions and US consumer industries, and written for the influential Lex column. A graduate of Cambridge University, he started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London and won the Newsbios “30 under 30” award for young financial journalists in 2000 and 2001. He often moderates FT Live events and other conferences and appears on television, radio, FT videos and FT podcasts.

Laura Noonan

Laura Noonan

US Banking Editor
Financial Times

Laura Noonan is the FT’s US Banking Editor, having recently been the Investment Banking Correspondent, where she writes on some of the world’s biggest banks and on industry trends. Before joining the FT in 2015, she covered European banking for Reuters, and the Irish banking crisis for the Irish Independent. She is also a CFA charterholder.

Hannah Glover

Hannah Glover

Group Managing Editor

Hannah Glover is a Group Managing Editor at Money-Media, overseeing several asset management and governance titles including Ignites, FundFire, BoardIQ, Agenda, Financial AdvisorIQ, Ignites Europe and Ignites Asia. She joined the FT Specialist unit as a reporter in 2007 and has worked as managing editor at Ignites and sister publication GatekeeperIQ. Prior to covering the world of asset management, she worked as a legislative investigator for the New York City Council and as a reporter at the Meriden, Conn. Record-Journal.

Jennifer Ablan

Jennifer Ablan

US Assistant Managing Editor
Financial Times

Jennifer Ablan is the US Assistant Managing Editor of the Financial Times. She was formerly US Markets Editor, overseeing the markets coverage in the US and leading a four-person team on the beat. She is known across Wall Street for breaking big stories and getting inside the heads of America’s biggest and most influential money managers, including billionaire activist Carl Icahn, DoubleLine’s “Bond King” Jeffrey Gundlach, Pimco’s Dan Ivascyn, Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett and Bridgewater’s Greg Jensen. Ms Ablan, who joined the FT in October, spent more than a decade at Reuters as its US Investments Editor. Prior to that, she was Senior US Investments Correspondent at Reuters for more than two and a half years. Previously, she spent more than five years at Barron’s Magazine as a staff writer/columnist. She received the 2011 Rising Star award from the Women’s Bond Club, and has been named one of Business Insider’s “125 most important finance people you have to follow” on Twitter.


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
    Farai Chideya, Journalist, academic and author, The Episodic Career
    Rebecca Henderson, Board Member, Amgen and Idexx Laboratories
    Amanda Sourry, President, Unilever North America

    Laura Noonan, US Banking Editor, Financial Times

  • 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

  • 10:45am
  • 11:05am
    How to advance women in the workplace

    Companies may say they are committed to gender diversity in the workplace, yet women remain underrepresented at every level. In this session we look at why this is, and how to overcome the systematic and cultural barriers standing in the way of meaningful progress. Liz Hilton Segel will draw on the findings of Women in the Workplace 2019, a study of the state of women in corporate America conducted by McKinsey in partnership with LeanIn.Org, while also reflecting on her own personal journey and experience.
    Liz Hilton Segel, North America Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company

    In conversation with Jennifer Ablan, US Markets Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:30am
    Can AI help fix the gender imbalance in leadership?

    Vivienne Ming, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Socos Labs

  • 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

    In conversation with Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 12:25pm

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

  • 1:25pm
    My path to the top: Successes and setbacks

    Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive and Co-founder, Lumi Labs; former Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo

    In conversation with Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times

  • 1:50pm
    Bridging the financial gap

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

  • 2:15pm
    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
    Yonette Chung, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
    Jody Jonsson, Equity Portfolio Manager, Capital Group

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

  • 2:55pm
    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

  • 3:20pm
  • 3:40pm
    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 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 Associates
    Karen Kaplan, Chairman and CEO, Hill Holliday

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

  • 4:05pm
    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

  • 4:30pm
    FT review of the day’s themes

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

    Andrew Hill, Management Editor and Associate Editor, Financial Times
    Angela Mackay, Chair of Women at the Top; Member of the FT Group Management Board, Financial Times

  • 4:40pm
    Networking drinks
  • 5:00pm
    Evening keynote & Q&A

    Abigail Disney, Activist, philanthropist and film-maker

    In conversation with Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 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 committed to helping organisations create Change that Matters.

In more than 130 cities and 65 countries, our teams help clients across the private, public and social sectors shape bold strategies and transform the way they work, embed technology where it unlocks value, and build capabilities to sustain the change. Not just any change, but Change that Matters – for their organisations, their people, and in turn society at large.

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 (5)

FT Specialist is composed of 17 brands, created by 300 people around the world. FT Specialist serves the needs of seven distinct audience groups (Fund Management Professionals, Financial Advisers, Banking Professionals, Personal Investors, Economic Development and Foreign Investment Professionals, US Corporate Boards and US Insurance Professionals). It provides these audience groups with information that helps them take better decisions and operate more effectively. 

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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Media Partner (1)

Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei is continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.