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Program Schedule

5 November 2019

12:30 - 13:30

Check-In and Refreshments


13:30 - 14:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks


14:00 - 15:00

Headshot photo of Yang Lan

Opening Keynote

Building Bridges Instead of Walls

Yang Lan, Chairperson, Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation
Widely regarded as the most powerful woman in Chinese media, Yang Lan has always been a champion of open communications. As a pioneering TV journalist, talk show host, and media entrepreneur, she had to personally break down numerous cultural and corporate barriers to take her place as a successful business leader. In her fascinating talk, Yang speaks about building bridges both within her country and with the outside world, and her mission to empower other Chinese women to do the same.

15:00 - 16:00

Business Panel: Designing Success

Research clearly demonstrates that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, engaged, and creative in their work. But while many companies embrace diversity, making it really count for the bottom line means embedding inclusiveness into all aspects of an organization's operations. Representing a range of major companies that are working hard to address this challenge, the senior executives on this panel share how their hiring, promotion, and compensation initiatives are paying off not only in terms of a more inclusive corporate culture but also in stronger performance metrics.

16:00 - 16:30

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


16:30 - 17:30

Headshot photo of Diana Theodores, PhD

Afternoon Keynote

Performing as YOU: A Rehearsal Space for Designing Your Success

Diana Theodores, PhD, International Performance Coach, Author, and Director
Performance is not just the domain of the arts. All the world is a stage and the greatest role you will ever get to play is yourself. This means connecting to your unique and creative life force and daring to bring your fullest, authentic self forward. International performance coach and author Diana Theodores invites you into a rehearsal room where you can explore powerful principles and practices that will deepen your impact, engagement, and fulfillment on the business stage.

17:30 - 18:30

Headshot photo of Tererai Trent, PhD

Closing Keynote

Education Is a Human Right: Turning Oppression into Opportunities

Tererai Trent, PhD, Author and Educator
As a young girl, Tererai Trent had an unshakable belief in her dream of an education and in its power to change the narrative of her life. Her own remarkable journey from child bride in rural Zimbabwe to the international stage as an advocate for quality education has made her a living symbol of hope to millions. In her impassioned speech, Trent challenges all of us, as members of a global society, with the moral responsibility to expand the choices and opportunities available to women and girls.

19:30 - 22:00

Networking Dinner
Casual attire


6 November 2019

8:00 - 8:30

Welcome and Coffee


8:30 - 9:30

Headshot photo of Noreena Hertz, PhD

Opening Keynote

The Five Forces That Are Transforming Our World

Noreena Hertz, PhD, Economist and Author
From breakthroughs in artificial intelligence to the march of populism, what will the world look like in the next two to three years? What are the key challenges that businesses will face? In this session, world-renowned economist Noreena Hertz outlines the fundamental forces—geopolitical, economic, societal, demographic, and technological—that are driving transformative change and should be on every business leader’s radar. She then explains in practical terms how, given such rapidly evolving conditions, to lead with agility, innovativeness, and relevance.

9:30 - 10:30

Business Panel: Designing Success

Research clearly demonstrates that diverse and inclusive teams are more innovative, engaged, and creative in their work. But while many companies embrace diversity, making it really count for the bottom line means embedding inclusiveness into all aspects of an organization's operations. Representing a range of major companies that are working hard to address this challenge, the senior executives on this panel share how their hiring, promotion, and compensation initiatives are paying off not only in terms of a more inclusive corporate culture but also in stronger performance metrics.

10:30 - 11:00

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


11:00 - 12:00

Headshot photo of Margaret Heffernan, PhD

Morning Keynote

The Future of Success

Margaret Heffernan, PhD, Entrepreneur, Chief Executive, and Author
We used to know what it took to succeed as a leader—but now? Clearly, many of the necessary skills are still those that women have been developing for centuries, including emotional intelligence and networking. But in a world where uncertainty is the new constant, today’s leaders must also become expert in less familiar areas, like coalition building and integration of technology and people. As serial entrepreneur and noted business author Margaret Heffernan points out, these skills are new to everyone and, in the emerging environment, women can and should show the way.

12:00 - 13:15

Luncheon


13:15 - 14:15

Headshot photo of Fatima Bhutto

Afternoon Keynote

The Politics of Empowerment

Fatima Bhutto, Author, Journalist, and Activist
Pakistani journalist, author, and activist Fatima Bhutto has a unique perspective on leadership amid great upheaval and violence. Although born into a political dynasty, she lived in exile with her family for much of her childhood. After their return to Pakistan, her father—by then a member of Parliament—was murdered by police outside their home. In this compelling presentation, Bhutto describes how her father’s death led her on a quest for justice, and continues to inform her understanding of politics, her country, and her life as a writer.

14:15 - 15:30

Headshot photo of Dame Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE

Signature Dialogue

Mobilizing the Collective Power of Individual Action

Dame Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace
Nearly six decades ago, Jane Goodall went into the forest in what is now Tanzania, East Africa, to study the remarkable lives of chimpanzees. When she discovered that their very survival was at risk from habitat destruction and illegal trafficking, she developed a breakthrough approach to species conservation that improves the lives of animals, people, and the environment. Continuing her lifelong mission, Goodall takes to the stage to warn about ongoing threats to habitat—but also to offer her reasons for hope that humankind can ultimately solve the problems it has imposed on the earth.

15:30 - 16:00

Meet the Speakers Book-signing Break


16:00 - 17:00

Headshot photo of Jameela Jamil

Closing Keynote

The True Measure of Self-Worth

Jameela Jamil, Actor, Presenter, and Activist
On the face of it, Jameela Jamil has moved from success to success, whether as a model, talk-show host, or television actor. But early in life she experienced a number of serious challenges—from racial bullying to an eating disorder to a nearly crippling back injury—that gave her a much larger purpose than celebrity. Impassioned and irreverent, Jamil speaks out about her campaign to change how the world sees women and how women see themselves, encouraging us all to value our strengths and accomplishments rather than obsess about physical imperfections.

17:00 - 17:30

Connection Reception