Welcome from the Dean


On behalf of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to the fifth SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom.  Since its inception in 2010, the SAIS Global Conference has grown exponentially in size, substance and stature, as more and more countries and institutions have recognized that gender diversity on corporate boards and global competitiveness are inexorably linked.


The enthusiastic response to the 2014 SAIS Conference has led us to accept the gracious offer from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation – a SAIS Conference Strategic Partner – to locate both our Monday and Tuesday sessions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters.  We are deeply grateful for their partnership and welcome the strong message it conveys about the business imperative for greater diversity.


Finally, we thank our keynote speakers – SEC Chair Mary Jo White, Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker, and EU Ambassador João Vale de Almeida – for their leadership on this important issue.

Dean, The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies



Welcome from the Conference Founder & Chair



Welcome to the fifth SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom – an intensive forum designed to focus the attention of corporate executives, business and government leaders, and other stakeholders on the pressing need to accelerate the pace of change in the gender composition of corporate boards. Twenty leading business organizations have joined us as Strategic Partners in this effort.

From its inception, what has distinguished the SAIS Global Conference is its review of global approaches to boardroom diversity — to enable the assembled group to recommend practical, business-led initiatives and strategic “nudges” that could be adopted successfully in the United States.

As external pressure grows for greater board accountability, are we reaching a tipping point on diversity?  And what role can institutional investors, board nominating committees, stock exchanges and securities commissions play in moving us beyond the “business as usual” approach to corporate director selection? These and other issues will be explored during the Monday Leadership Roundtable and the Tuesday Public Plenary Session.

I want to express my appreciation to both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Embassy of Australia for hosting the SAIS Global Conference. I gratefully acknowledge our Corporate Partners for their financial support and our Strategic Partners for their engagement.  Finally, special thanks to my associate, Emily Tang, for her invaluable assistance.

Chair, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom


Public Plenary Session Program





  • 9:00 – 12:30 PM MORNING PROGRAM

Host:  Pat Mitchell, Executive Vice Chair, Paley Center for Media

  • Welcome:
    • Susan Ness, Chair, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom
    • Vali Nasr, Dean, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
    • Roberta Zenn Phillips, Exec. Director, CWB, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


  • Keynote: The Honorable Mary Jo White, Chair, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission


  • Interviews with CEOs and Board Chairmen
    • Interviewer: Pat Mitchell, Executive Vice Chair, Paley Center for Media
    • Brian Rogers, Chair, T. Rowe Price
    • Sophie Bellon, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Sodexo
    • Christie Hefner, Chair, Canyon Ranch Enterprises
    • Bill McCracken, former Chair & CEO, CA Technologies
    • Irene Dorner, President & CEO, HSBC USA
    • Maggie Wilderotter, Chairman & CEO, Frontier Communications


  • Interview with former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez

and former Secretary of Commerce Barbara Hackman Franklin

  • Interviewer: Cathy Minehan, Dean, School of Management, Simmons College


  • Role of Stock Exchanges and Securities Regulators
    • Moderator:  Janice Ellig, former President, Women’s Forum of NY
    • Elmer Funke Kupper, CEO, Australia Stock Exchange (videotape)
    • Jillian Segal, ASX Board of Directors (videotape)
    • Chairman Howard I. Wetston, QC, Ontario Securities Commission
    • Duncan Niederauer, former CEO, NYSE Euronext


  • Keynote: His Excellency João Vale de Almeida

       Ambassador of the European Union to the United States


  • International Strategies and Progress
    • Moderator:   Susan Vinnicombe, CBE, Simmons College & Cranfield University
    • Her Excellency Ritva Koukku-Ronde, Ambassador of Finland to the United States
    • Denise Wilson, CEO, Davies Review for Women on Boards
    • Jackie Sheppard, Chairman, Emera (Canada)
    • Irene Natividad, CEO, Corporate Women Directors International



Public Plenary Session Program



  • 12:30 – 1:30 PM LUNCH


  • 1:30 – 4:00 PM AFTERNOON PROGRAM

Host:  Susan Ness, Chair, SAIS Global Conference


  • Keynote: The Honorable Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
    • Introduced by: Governor John McKernan

President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation


  • Role of Institutional Investors
    • Moderator: Paula Dwyer, Bloomberg View
    • Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller
    • Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, Black Rock
    • Barbara Krumsiek, Chair, President & CEO, Calvert Investments
    • Anne Sheehan, Director of Corporate Governance, CalSTERS


  • Role of Governance/Nominating Committees
    • Moderator: Tara Giunta, Partner, Paul Hastings LLP
    • Angela Braly, Board Member, P&G and Lowes; former Chair & CEO, WellPoint
    • Reatha Clark King, Chair, NACD; ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo, Minnesota Mutual Boards
    • Brande Stellings, Head, Corporate Board Services, Catalyst
    • Debra Perry, Co-Chair, Women’s Economic Empowerment Committee, CED
    • Donna James, Director: L Brands, Marathon Petroleum, Time Warner Cable
    • Janice Ellig, Co-CEO, Chadick Ellig; former President, Women’s Forum of NY


  • Role of Stakeholder Organizations
    • Moderator: Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders
    • Cid Wilson, President, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)
    • Pamela Parizek, Co-Chair, DC Chapter, WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD)
    • Ron Parker, President, Executive Leadership Council (ELC)
    • Vicki Kramer, President, Thirty Percent Coalition
    • JoAnn Cavallaro, President, ION
    • Candace Johnson, Founder, Global Board Ready Women



Susan Ness, Chair, SAIS Global Conference on Women in the Boardroom