Speakers & Panels: Panels

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Building Your Personal Board of Directors #LikeaListener

11:15 AM–12:00 PM - Grant East

Even though we have heard the glass ceiling shatter many times over the past decades and junior corporate levels have been increasingly filled by women, the upper echelons of corporate leadership are still dominated by men. As a result, the benefits of cultivating mentors, stakeholders, “personal board of directors” - whatever you would like to call them - are of paramount importance. They can help guide path to promotion, build customer base and inform ideal moments to pivot in a career. In this conversation, we hear from four women who have cultivated effective personal advocates.

Panelists:

Jessica Brennan
Jessica Brennan
(WG’01)

Managing Director
The Carlyle Group

Janelle Edem
Janelle Edem
(WG’05)

Vice President
Liberty Mutual

Beth Ferreira
Beth Ferreira
(WG’04)

Managing Partner
WME Ventures

Katlyn Grasso
Katlyn Grasso
(W’15)

Founder and CEO
GenHERation

Maryellen Reilly
Maryellen Reilly

Deputy Vice Dean
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Everything is Negotiable #LikeaBigDeal

11:15 AM–12:00 PM - Grant Center

Research has shown that while 84% of companies expect prospective employers to negotiate salary, only 30% of women bother to negotiate. When it comes to negotiating paid leave and other big items, we expect the number to dwindle further. This discussion will be led by a Wharton Negotiations professor who will help extract successful negotiation tips from corporate women.

Panelists:

Kate Bicknell
Kate Bicknell
(WG’05)

Senior Vice President
Forest City

Linda Farquhar
Linda Farquhar
(WG’93)

CEO
entreDonovan

Courtney Pace
Courtney Pace
(WG’09)

Engagement Manager
Fahrenheit 212

Tara Radford
Tara Radford

Director of Finance
IBM

Mori Taheripour
Mori Taheripour

Lecturer
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Planning for a Family: Myths vs. Facts #LikeaMother

11:15 AM–12:00 PM - Grant West

While our parent’s generation broke the glass ceiling at record levels, our generation is focused on navigating the ramifications of balancing a robust career with the pulls of a healthy family and marital life, as well as balanced personal wellness. In this discussion, we hear from businesswomen who have “made it work” as well as from businessmen who outline the role of husbands and fathers in “leaning in” alongside us. In addition, we will hear about innovative ways to fill flexible c-suite roles.

Panelists:

Sarah Hammer
Sarah Hammer
(WG’08)

Senior Brand Manager
Unilever

Josh Levs
Josh Levs

Author
All In

Jody Greenstone Miller
Jody Greenstone Miller

Founder and CEO
Business Talent Group

Rose Shabet
Rose Shabet
(WG’97)

Chief Operating Officer
Viking Global Investors LP

Corinne Low
Corinne Low

Assistant Professor
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


What Keeps Julie Sweet Up at Night?
(Fireside Chat with CEO of Accenture North America) #LikeaThoughtLeader

12:15 PM–1:00 PM - Grant East

Just last May, Julie Sweet was named CEO of Accenture North America, promoted from her role as Accenture’s General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to her new role, she led the company’s legal organization; serving as principal counsel to senior leadership and the board of directors. Julie will share with us how she effectively transitioned from the law domain to the business one, and how she rose up the ranks in just 5 years. She will touch on many of the day's hot topics, ranging from her personal family choices, how she cultivated mentors and how she negotiated promotions.

Panelists:

Julie Sweet
Julie Sweet

CEO
Accenture North America

Shanna Hocking
Shanna Hocking

Senior Director
Wharton External Affairs
(Moderator)


Perceptions of Powerful Women #LikeaDisrupter

12:15 PM–1:00 PM - Grant Center

As women continue to climb the corporate ladders - filling ranks traditionally reserved for men, such as heads of nations, corporate suites and media personalities - their gender inflicts stereotypes and judgement that undermines their influence and perception of leadership. In this panel, we’ll hear from women who’ve placed successful women in leadership roles, women who’ve navigated traditionally male workplaces and academics who have researched the field.

Panelists:

Umber Ahmad
Umber Ahmad
(WG’02)

Founder
Mah Ze Dahr Bakery

Joanna Chang
Joanna Chang
(WG’00)

Principal
The Lancer Group

Jackie Kier
Jackie Kier
(WG’15)

Senior Policy Advisor
White House National Economic Council

Melanie Marein-Efron
Melanie Marein-Efron
(WG’96)

Executive Director
URBN

Terri Wein
Terri Wein
(WG’88)

Co-CEO & Founder
Jobtreks

Dr. Sigal G. Barsade
Dr. Sigal G. Barsade

Professor
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Raising Capital as a Woman #LikeaKickstarter

12:15 PM–1:00 PM - Grant West

Even though women start more than half of the businesses in the US and research has shown that businesses founded by women perform as well if not better than those founded by men, women entrepreneurs account for only 15% of venture capital funding and 6% of venture capitalists. To better understand the dynamics that drive this gender capital in funding and fundraising, we will hear from both women entrepreneurs and investors.

Panelists:

Carol Curley
Carol Curley
(WG’81)

Managing Director
Golden Seeds

Joanna Gordon Martin
Joanna Gordon Martin

Founder and CEO
Theia Senior Solutions

Emily Motayed
Emily Motayed
(WG’16)

Co-Founder
Havenly

Meaghan Rose
Meaghan Rose
(WG’05)

Founder and CEO
Rocksbox

Clare Leinweber
Clare Leinweber

Managing Director
Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship
(Moderator)


What’s Holding Women Back? #LikeaPioneer

2:45 PM–3:30 PM - Grant East

Women currently hold only 4.4% of Fortune 500 CEO roles. That statistic makes us pause and ask why there aren’t more women sitting in the upper ranks of corporate America? A landmark new study by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company reveals that despite some progress, women are still quite underrepresented at every level in corporations and that they face a playing field that they believe is anything but level. In this chat, we’ll hear more about this disruptive research, captured from talking with more than 118 companies and nearly 30,000 employees. We’ll also hear from American Express and Wharton researchers reacting to these findings and discussing ways companies and business women can help turn the tide. There will be a Q&A following the discussion.

Panelists:

Jenni Allen
Jenni Allen
(WG’13)

Commercial Manager
Dow Chemical

Rachel Cohen
Rachel Cohen
(WG’12)

CEO and Founder
SNOWE

Ruchika Lal
Ruchika Lal
(WG’04)

Vice President, Global Merchant Services
American Express

Rachel Valentino
Rachel Valentino

Associate
McKinsey & Company

Priyanka Verma
Priyanka Verma
(WG’09)

Director
Credit Suisse

Monica McGrath, PhD
Monica McGrath, PhD

Former Vice Dean
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Embedding Impact in Your Career #LikeanAdvocate

2:45 PM–3:30 PM - Grant Center

For the millennial generation, embedding social impact into our career is a paramount priority, more so than ever. As corporations and start-ups have taken note of this, a variety of opportunities to shape the way you “give back” have emerged. In our discussion, we’ll feature ways to invest with an impact lens, consult for social entrepreneurs and design new financial innovations with an social footprint.

Panelists:

Seema Hingorani
Seema Hingorani
(WG’96)

Founder and Chair
Girls Who Invest

Amee Patel
Amee Patel
(WG’12)

Senior Investment Officer
Accion Venture Lab

Sampriti Ganguli
Sampriti Ganguli
(WG’01)

Chief Executive Officer
Arabella Advisors

Vikki Tam
Vikki Tam
(WG’98)

Partner
Bain & Company

Katherine Klein
Katherine Klein

Director, Social Impact Initiative
The Wharton School
(Moderator)


Managing Your Personal Wealth #LikeaBreadwinner

2:45 PM–3:30 PM - Grant West

Business women make financial decisions every day, not just in their professional lives, but also in their personal lives. Unfortunately, the coursework on managing your personal wealth is not readily available. In this panel, we’ll hear about wealth management strategies and tools that will empower you to make the most of your hard-earning capital.

Panelists:

Patrick Cote
Patrick Cote
(WG’97)

Founder
Asset Grade

Cindy Golub
Cindy Golub
(W’76)

Principal
G-Squared Advisory LLC

Mandy Puri
Mandy Puri
(WG’86)

Former MD
Blackrock Private Equity

Katherina Rosqueta
Katherina Rosqueta
(WG’01)

Director
Center for High Impact Philanthropy

Karen Finerman
Karen Finerman
(W’87)

Co-Founder & CEO
Metropolitan Capital Advisors
(Moderator)