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.
Adriane M. Brown currently sits on the board of directors for eBay, Axon, Washington Research Foundation, International Women’s Forum, and is the Board Chair at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center. Adriane serves as a strategic director at Flying Fish Partners, a venture firm that invests capital and expertise in Pacific Northwest startups focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Adriane served as President and COO at Intellectual Ventures for 7 years; and 10 years prior, she served as president and CEO of Honeywell Transportation Systems and vice president and general manager of two Honeywell Aerospace business units. During her early career at Corning, Adriane rose from shift supervisor to VP/GM of the Environmental Products Division.
Adriane has received many honors throughout her life. As a pioneer in corporate America, she learned how to navigate and thrive while holding on to her passion for the advancement of people, technology, and business. Today, Adriane invest her time in mentorship of people from all walks of life and uses her voice for positive progress. Adriane holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Old Dominion University. She received her master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Adriane is a member of IWF Washington.
Priscilla H. Douglas, PhD, is the Founder and Principal of PHDouglas & Associates, a consulting firm that helps leaders achieve breakthrough results. The Boston Women’s Business Journal has recognized Priscilla as one of the area’s “Top 10 Executive Coaches,” and her book, Getting There & Staying There: Coaching Questions to Get There and Stay, extends her reach. She brings over thirty years of real-world experience and thought leadership to client engagements. Her professional career includes key executive positions in government, academics, and business where she was often the first woman and the first African American. As a White House Fellow, she served as a Special Assistant to William H. Webster, Director of the FBI. She also was elected by her peers to serve on the White House Fellows Alumni Association. Within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts she has held two key positions: as Assistant Secretary for Public Safety and as Secretary of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations. She initiated the Governors Task Force on Domestic Violence and the Hate Crimes Task Force. A former instructor in the master’s program for Harvard University Radcliffe Seminars, she taught courses in management, leadership, and organizational behavior. Priscilla currently serves on the boards of Leader Bank, American Repertory Theater, Boston Public Library the Museum of Science, and the National Council for The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership. Priscilla also has presented as a thought leader at the Aspen Institute, Club of Rome, and in forums in Singapore, Australia, South Africa, and Japan. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women's Forum.
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.
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.
Ben Hasan joined Walmart’s Global People team as Senior Vice President and Chief Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion Officer in July 2015. In this role, Ben and his team are responsible for the activation and strategic evolution of Walmart’s culture; the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels; and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work. He joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Services, in Walmart Technology. In this role, Ben and his team were responsible for ISD (Information Systems Division) strategy, communication, innovation, vendor management, project management, business analysis, GTS – India & Mexico, and quality assurance.
Prior to joining Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell Inc. where he progressed through several leadership positions before serving as Vice President of Corporate & Product Group Information Technology (IT). In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. Ben also served as General Manager of Dell’s IT Development Centers in Brazil and India. He gained broad experience in IT, human resources, rates and regulatory affairs, and customer service early in his career across 14 years at ENSERCH Corporation, an energy company based in Dallas.
Ben was the 2006 recipient of the Temple University Fox School IT Award for Distinguished Alumni. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University in Dallas and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a computer science concentration from Temple University in Philadelphia. Ben also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Rosalind Kainyah is a trusted advisor to global companies on sustainability in emerging markets. Rosalind has worked across Africa, Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, Asia and the South Pacific, and for companies and organizations including Anglo American Corporation of South Africa, Linklaters, De Beers, Tullow Oil, UNEP, Imperial College Centre for Environmental Technology and Oxford University’s Environmental Change Unit. Rosalind is a member of the Bar of England and Wales. She is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Trustee and Founding Co-President of the International Women’s Forum Ghana. In 2014, she was awarded an MBE for services to CSR for the benefit of youth in Africa. In 2019, she was selected as one of 50 leading female professionals from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds by Cranfield University. In 2008, she was selected as one of Britain’s most influential people of African and Caribbean heritage by The Power List. Rosalind is Co-President of IWF Ghana and a member of IWF UK.
Shimi Kang, M.D. is an award-winning, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, researcher, media expert and TEDx speaker with millions of views. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia and #1 best-selling author of The Dolphin Parent and the newly released Tech Solution: Creating Healthy Habits for Growing up in A Digital World. Kang is passionate about providing science-based tools that optimize the power of the human brain. She is the founder of Dolphin Kids: Future-Ready Leaders, CEO of Spark Mindset and host of the YouTube show Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang. She has received numerous honors including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards. Kang is most proud of receiving the Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service, and, of being the mother of three awesome but exhausting children. Shimi is a member of IWF British Columbia.
Heidi Kuhn is Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, a humanitarian-nonprofit organization founded in September 1997 with a vision to transform MINES TO VINES--replacing the scourge of landmines with sustainable agricultural farmland. Her pioneering work empowers families living in war-torn regions with hope leading to the economics of peace through export and trade. Over the past 23 years, Heidi has grown Roots of Peace across the world with the support of the United States Government, the United Nations, World Bank, international governments, Rotary Clubs and the private sector. She has been recognized by numerous world leaders including UN Secrteary-General Kofi Annan, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, His Holiness Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, the Grand Mufti of the Dome of Jerusalem and many heads of state and government. Heidi is a member of IWF Northern California.
To date, Roots of Peace has impacted over 1 million farmers and families, spanning eight countries – Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Croatia, Iraq, Israel, Palestine and Vietnam. Heidi's work has led the successful USAID program to increase the agricultural exports in Afghanistan from $250 million in 2014 to over $1.4 billion in 2020. Roots of Peace has facilitated the removal of over 100,000 landmines and unexploded bombs, restoring the land for agricultural bounty.
Alison Maitland is an author, speaker, adviser and coach. She specializes in leadership, inclusion and diversity, and the changing world of work. She is co-author of three books, INdivisible, Future Work and Why Women Mean Business, and has had a long career in international journalism, including 20 years with the Financial Times and six years with Reuters.
Her speaking engagements have taken her around the world and she has been widely interviewed on inclusion, gender in business, and the future of work. In 2012, she received a “World of Difference 100 Award” from The International Alliance for Women. Alison is a Senior Visiting Fellow at The Business School (formerly Cass) in London and chairs its Global Women's Leadership Programme Executive Board. She is a Senior Fellow with The Conference Board, an ICF-credentialed coach, and an alumna of the ‘Collective Leadership’ programme created by PresenceAtWork.
Alison is a member of IWF United Kingdom. She served on the IWF UK Board from 2016-2020, where she was responsible for the Communication strategy and served as Vice Chair from 2018-2020. She also previously served on the Membership Committee. Maitland has an MA in Social and Political Sciences from King’s College, Cambridge University.
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.
Jeanne Meserve is a homeland security expert and analyst, moderator, and award-winning journalist. She is currently a Security Expert for Canada’s CTV News. While a correspondent and anchor at CNN and ABC, Meserve earned her profession’s highest honors, including two Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She also contributed to two CNN Peabody Awards. Jeanne is a member of the Homeland Security Experts Group and the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity, and serves on the board of the non-profit Space Foundation. She moderates discussions on topics ranging from technology and security, to medicine and the environment. Clients include AtlanticLIVE, the Munich Security Conference, the Aspen Security Forum, and the Halifax International Security Forum.
At CNN Jeanne created the homeland security beat, covering intelligence, law enforcement, cyber, aviation, border and port security. She anchored worldwide coverage of the Yitzhak Rabin assassination and the death of Princess Diana, and was the first to report on the devastating flooding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She was a key member of the CNN political team during the 1996 and 2000 elections. While at ABC News she covered the State Department and reported from the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
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.
The Honourable Mia Mottley is the 8th Prime Minister of Barbados. She became the first woman to occupy that high office, following General Elections on May 24th 2018, in which she led the Barbados Labour Party to an emphatic victory, winning all 30 seats in the House of Assembly by the largest margin ever seen in the electoral history of the country.
An Attorney-at-Law and Queen’s Counsel, Prime Minister Mottley has been active in the political life of Barbados for almost three decades. First elected in 1994 she is presently in her sixth term as Member of Parliament for the constituency of St. Michael North East. From 1994 to 2008 Miss Mottley served in the Cabinet of three successive Administrations, first as Minister of Education and Culture, then Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, and then Minister of Economic Affairs. In 2003 she was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Mottley currently also holds the portfolios of Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs and Investment. Since becoming Prime Minister, Ms. Mottley has served as the Chair of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) between January 1st and June 30th, 2020. Notwithstanding that, Ms. Mottely, as Prime Minister of Barbados, serves as the Lead Head of Government within CARICOM, with responsibility for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).
Prime Minister Mottley also serves as Co-Chair of the Americas Cruise Tourism Task Force for the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America markets. Prime Minister Mottley will also serve as Chair of the joint Development Committee (DC) of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund between November 2020 and October 2021.
Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon where she has been since 1985. With a passion for science, Geri has been active throughout her career in teaching science, conducting laser-based research with her students on important environmental topics and working on science policy issues both domestically and internationally. A native of Kansas, Geri received her B.S. in chemistry from Kansas State University and her Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Geri is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a current presidential appointee to the U.S. National Science Board and has served as the U.S. Science Envoy for the Lower Mekong River Countries. She is the founding and current director of a grass-roots organization called COACh that has helped over 22,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and in dozens of developing countries around the world. Recent awards for her research, education and outreach activities include the National Medal of Science (2016), the Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society (2018) and the Linus Pauling Medal Award (2018). Geri is a member of IWF Oregon.
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.
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.
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.
Edie Weiner is the CEO and President of The Future Hunters, which has helped over 500 corporate, academic and government clients in strategic thinking, product development, marketing, investments, human resources, communications and change management.
At age 29, Edie was the youngest outside woman to be elected to a corporate board. She has guest lectured at the Wharton School, Harvard and the World Economic Forum, and was published in The Harvard Business Review, The Futurist and The Wall Street Journal. She has keynoted over 400 conferences and has served on or chaired 30 public and nonprofit boards and advisory boards. She has launched programs to mentor girls, bring technology to classrooms, preserve modern dance and provide networking opportunities for women. She also co-founded The Belizean Grove and Women Corporate Directors.
Edie has over 35 awards and citations, including the World Future Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the NOW NY 2011 Woman of Power and Influence. Her most recent of four books, titled “FutureThink,” was a global bestseller.
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Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, is the author of critically acclaimed, New York Times bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns, and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. “Wilkerson's work,” in the words of The American Prospect magazine, “is the missing puzzle piece of our country's history.” The Warmth of Other Suns won the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors, and was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, including The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of the Year, Amazon’s 5 Best Books of the Year, and Best of the Year lists in The New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. It made national news when President Barack Obama chose the book for summer reading in 2011. TIME Magazine named it one of the “10 Best Non-Fiction Books” of the decade. And The New York Times Magazine named Warmth to its list of the best nonfiction books of all time. Her new book, Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, published in August 2020 to critical acclaim, with Dwight Garner of The New York Times calling it, “An instant American classic” and Oprah choosing it for her monthly book club pick. Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her deeply humane narrative writing while serving as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times in 1994, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African American to win for individual reporting. With Wilkerson’s subsequent work in nonfiction literature, as the historian Jill Lepore observed in The New Yorker: “What Wilkerson urges, isn’t argument at all; it’s compassion. Hush, and listen."