General Sessions

Creating Success on Your Own Terms

Tuesday, July 26 | 6:40 pm to 7:20 pm
Palos Verdes Ballroom

Women want to create their own destinies and define what “having it all” means to them. In this candid conversation, Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte LLP, shares her personal experiences and strategies for building the skills, influence and confidence that will allow you to succeed on your own terms.

Cathy Engelbert, CEO, Deloitte LLP
Alison Kenney Paul, Global Lead Client Service Partner, Deloitte

Gender Equality: Unfinished Business

Wednesday, July 27 | 8:10 am to 8:30 am
Palos Verdes Ballroom

The business case for women's leadership has never been stronger. But a large gender gap in the senior ranks remains. NEW Board Vice Chair Lisa Walsh of PepsiCo Inc. and Board Member Trish Adams of Target Corporation share their thoughts on the challenges women still face in the workplace -- and how you can ensure businesses benefit from women's leadership.

NEW Board Member Trish Adams, Executive Vice President, Merchandising Product Group, Target Corporation
NEW Vice Chair Lisa Walsh, Senior Vice President, General Manager, PepsiCo Sales, PepsiCo Inc.

Speak Up, Play Big

Wednesday, July 27 | 9:00 am to 9:45 am
Palos Verdes Ballroom

Too often, women with talent, ideas and aspiration don’t see their own brilliance and “play small.” Women’s leadership expert Tara Mohr, author of Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create and Lead, shares strategies for asking provocative questions and sharing big ideas. Learn to take bold steps and lead with confidence.


Tara Mohr, Founder, Playing Big

Leader Spotlight: Driving Your Own Equality

Wednesday, July 27 | 9:45 am to 10:00 am
Palos Verdes Ballroom

Past NEW Board Chair Alison Kenney Paul of Deloitte shares her insights on taking risks, overcoming gender bias and building the career you want.

Alison Kenney Paul, Global Lead Client Service Partner, Deloitte

Stand Together: Why Women Must Support Women

Wednesday, July 27 | 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Palos Verdes Ballroom

What will it take to accelerate progress and increase the number of women in leadership roles? Women intentionally and boldly supporting, mentoring and sponsoring other women. In this session led by diversity and inclusion pioneer Peggy Hazard, industry leaders will describe the headwinds they -- and other women – have faced and provide advice for accelerating progress for all women.

Facilitator: Peggy Hazard, Associate Client Partner, Korn Ferry
Dorria Ball, President and Founder, Global Ballance Group
Valerie Oswalt, President, US Sales, Mondelēz International
Marie Quintana, President, Velocity Group
Sabrina Wiewel, Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer, Hallmark Greetings, Hallmark Cards Inc.
Nicole Wright, Mandate Market Manager, Acosta

Leader Spotlight: Driving Your Own Equality

Wednesday, July 27 | 12:00 pm to 12:15 pm
Palos Verdes Ballroom

Past NEW Board member Julie Hamilton of The Coca-Cola Company offers leadership lessons she’s learned on her way up the ladder at the world’s largest beverage company.

Julie Hamilton, Global Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer, Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company

Growing Business with Millennials

Wednesday, July 27 | 1:45 pm to 2:45 pm
Palos Verdes Ballroom

As employees, millennial women and men don’t respond to traditional styles of leadership. As consumers, they reject traditional styles of marketing and advertising. In this session you’ll hear the latest research on millennial talent strategies and learn from senior executives what today’s emerging leaders want and expect from the organizations they work for — and buy from.

Margie Arion, Chief Human Resources Officer, Acosta
Tracey Massey, President, Mars Chocolate North America
Gerarda Van Kirk, Managing Director, Management Consulting, Talent & Organization, Accenture
Xavier Williams, Executive Vice President, Global Customer Service, AT&T Business Solutions, AT&T

Leader Spotlight: Driving Your Own Equality

Wednesday, July 27 | 2:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Palos Verdes Ballroom

Past NEW Chair Michelle Gloeckler of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. offers real-life strategies to help you achieve your career goals.

Michelle Gloeckler, Executive Vice President, Consumables and Health & Wellness, U.S. Manufacturing Lead, Walmart U.S., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Power Negotiating: Get What You Deserve

Wednesday, July 27 | 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Palos Verdes Ballroom

Each woman’s ability to negotiate has a direct impact on the gender pay gap and the number of women holding officer and board positions. In this interactive working session, you’ll learn real-life strategies for getting the job you want and the compensation you deserve.

Dr. Victoria Husted Medvec, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Executive Women, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Changing Healthcare and the Female Shopper

Thursday, July 28 | 8:15 am to 9:00 am
Palos Verdes Ballroom

As healthcare goes retail, the landscape for wellness products and services — and women’s access to healthcare — is rapidly changing. Business, societal and consumer shifts are bringing healthcare services to a store near you. Hear from senior executives on the front line of the new healthcare model, who will share their insights on bridging the healthcare gender gap and meeting the needs of your most valuable customers.

Facilitator: Trudy Bourgeois, Founder and CEO, The Center for Workforce Excellence
Michelle Gloeckler, Executive Vice President, Consumables and Health & Wellness, U.S. Manufacturing Lead, Walmart U.S., Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Ashley McEvoy, Company Group Chairman, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Care

Leader Spotlight: Driving Your Own Equality

Thursday, July 28 | 9:00 am to 9:15 am
Palos Verdes Ballroom

Industry leader Kim Nelson of General Mills offers practical tips for pushing your career to the next level.

Kim Nelson, Senior Vice President, External Relations, President, General Mills Foundation, General Mills

Overcoming Race and Gender Barriers

Thursday, July 28 | 9:45 am to 10:45 am
Palos Verdes Ballroom

Critically acclaimed film director, writer and producer Ava DuVernay shares her experiences breaking down gender and race barriers — while remaining true to herself and her vision — during her rise to the top. Leave inspired to make courageous, confident choices, even when the deck may seem stacked against you.


Ava DuVernay, Writer, Producer, Director
Tara Jaye Frank, Corporate Culture Advisor, Hallmark Cards Inc.