An innovator and entrepreneur, Deborah Shannon Trudeau’s experience comes from her role as Senior Vice President of International Business and Licensing at Trudeau Corporation, a private company specializing in the design, development and distribution of its own kitchenware products around the world. Deborah has over 30 years’ experience in project management, strategy, sales, marketing, brand positioning and international business relations. She played a pivotal role in the strategic transformation of the company into a vertically integrated industry leader. She established strategic partnerships and licensing collaborations, and implemented a business model that expanded the profile and market share growth of Trudeau Corp. in over 60 countries.
She is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Canadian Mint and chairs its Governance Committee. Deborah is an engaged community leader and serves on the Board of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, on the Board of Governors of the St-Mary’s Hospital and is Past Vice Chair of the Board of the Community Foundation of Greater Montreal.
In 2012, she was recognized as a Canadian Diversity Champion by Women of Influence, and in 2019 was named a Top Women of Influence by the Women’s Executive Network. Deborah Trudeau is President of the International Women’s Forum.
Former News Anchor and Medical Reporter
Andrea Roane is a former news anchor and medical reporter for WUSA 9, the CBS affiliate in Washington DC. She worked for WUSA 9 for 37 years until her retirement in July 2018. Starting in 1981, Andrea anchored every news program, from morning to afternoon, late night and weekends. The winner of multiple Emmys and a GRACIE Award, Andrea covered a wealth of hard-news stories, from politics, the arts, education, religion and sports to women's health and empowerment issues. Her commitment to women's health and community service has been recognized with countless national and local awards, including the 2015 Board of Governors Award by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter. Andrea is a member of IWF Washington, DC.
Betsy Fischer Martin
Emmy-Winning Journalist and Former TV News Executive
Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and former TV news executive. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs where she teaches courses on campaigns and elections. She also founded her own consulting business, Fischer Martin Media, where she specializes in providing media training to corporate executives. During her earlier career in television news, she spent 23 years at NBC News serving as the longtime Executive Producer of “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” and as the Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Press Club’s Journalism Institute and the International Advisory Council of APCO Worldwide. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an alum of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
A native of New Orleans, Besty did her undergraduate and graduate work at American University in Washington, DC. She is a cum laude graduate of their School of Public Affairs and earned a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the AU School of Communication. Betsy is a member of IWF Washington, DC.
Senior Research Scholar in Law, Yale Law School
Linda Greenhouse is Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School. She covered the Supreme Court for The New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and writes a biweekly op-ed column on law as a contributing columnist. Linda received several major journalism awards during her 40-year career at the Times, including the Pulitzer Prize (1998) and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School (2004). In 2002, the American Political Science Association gave her its Carey McWilliams Award for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.” Her books include a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun; Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel); The U.S. Supreme Court, A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press in 2012; and The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right, with Michael J. Graetz, published in 2016. Her latest book is Just a Journalist: Reflections on the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between, published by Harvard University Press in 2017. In her extracurricular life, Linda is president of the American Philosophical Society, the country's oldest learned society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in jurisprudence and the humanities. She also serves on the council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the national Senate of Phi Beta Kappa and is one of two non-lawyer honorary members elected to the American Law Institute, which in 2002 awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal. She has been awarded thirteen honorary degrees. She is a 1968 graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard) and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School (1978), which she attended on a Ford Foundation fellowship. Linda is a member of IWF Washington, DC.
Chair of The Elders; Former President of Ireland
Mary Robinson is Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of The Elders. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. In 1996, Mary was inducted into the International Women's Forum Hall of Fame Between 2013 and 2016 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate. Her Foundation, the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, established in 2010, came to a planned end in April 2019.
Editorial Director, Newsroom Development and Deputy International Editor, TIME
Naina Bajekal is the Editorial Director, Newsroom Development and the Deputy International Editor at TIME, based in London. In her Editorial Director role, Naina works with senior editorial leadership to foster stronger communication, chart clear pathways for career advancement and oversee editorial training. In her Deputy International Editor role, she edits features, op-eds and multimedia stories from around the world, and leads the company's bi-annual Next Generation Leaders franchise, spotlighting rising stars in politics, activism, entertainment, entrepreneurship and more. At the start of her journalism career, Naina covered refugee stories from Germany, France and Greece. As an editor, she is particularly interested in social justice, climate change and migration. Naina has previously worked for The Fuller Project, which reports on issues affecting women, Magnum Photos and Newsweek International. She graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in English Literature and Modern Languages.
Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General, United Nations
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position, having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa. From 2005 to 2008, she served as Deputy President of South Africa, overseeing programmes to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to the poor, with a particular focus on women. Prior to this, she served as Minister of Minerals and Energy from 1999 to 2005 and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 1999. She was a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996 as part of South Africa’s first democratic government. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global programme for young women. She is the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality. She has completed her PhD on education and technology at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka is a member of IWF South Africa and was inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame in 2016.
Executive Vice President, People & Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer, TELUS
Sandy McIntosh leads TELUS’ people and culture, corporate citizenship and communications strategies. Her team is responsible for creating business, talent, culture and social purpose practices that drive remarkable human outcomes. Sandy believes the path to brand advocacy is paved with exceptional customer and team member experiences, and she’s made it her mission to re-imagine them to fuel TELUS’ differentiation and ability to deliver on social purpose to improve lives and the world. Sandy’s authentic, creative and collaborative style promotes a culture of integrity, innovation and teamwork. In addition to supporting TELUS’ Human Resources and Compensation Committee, she advises the Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors, counselling them on culture transformation, labour relations, cost transformation, mergers and acquisitions, total rewards and talent development programs to accelerate TELUS’ growth and performance.
During her tenure, TELUS has achieved team member engagement in the top 10th percentile of employers globally, has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers, was inducted into the Top 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures Hall of Fame, and was named a Best Diversity Employer for several consecutive years. Sandy is recognized as one of the Women’s Executive Network’s Most Powerful Women and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017. She has also received a Leadership Excellence Award in the Trailblazer category from Women in Communications and Technology and is identified as a Woman Worth Watching by “Diversity Journal.” Sandy holds an Executive MBA and a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and an undergraduate degree in Public Administration from Carleton University.