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Global Disruption and the Boardroom

Thursday, April 27, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Stella

Global Disruption and the Boardroom – 2017 WomenCorporateDirectors Global Institute Tackles “The New Era of Deglobalization


New York City – May 9-11, 2017 • @WomenCorpDirs


NEW YORK – April 27, 2017 – As globalization is being increasingly challenged and even resisted around the world, what does this mean for global markets, talent, and capital flows? How boards are leading their companies in this new era is the theme of the 2017 WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD) Global Institute, bringing together 200+ board leaders next month to New York from all over the globe. The 8th annual, invitation-only Global Institute is the premier event for WCD, the largest organization of women board directors globally, with 76 chapters and members serving on more than 6,500 boards.


Top global companies on the agenda

At the Institute, directors and C-suite officers from GE, AT&T, Alaska Air, News Corp., The Coca-Cola Company, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Rolls Royce North America, Barclays PLC, Intel Capital, Tata Communications, and other top global organizations will share their experiences in everything from international M&As to the geography of future markets to how their companies are helping create brand-new industries.


Navigating “shocks to the system” and a crisis in corporate culture

“Companies must be able to pivot to confront new regulations, trade policies, and regional conflict,” says WCD chairman and CEO Susan Stautberg. “The Institute allows us to hear how some of the most nimble boards are helping their companies survive these shocks to the system.”


Also, as organizations face a crisis in leadership – given the widespread coverage of corporate misbehavior and deeper problems around corporate culture – the Institute will feature the launch of the WCD Thought Leadership Commission report developed with Pearl Meyer: “The Visionary Board at Work: Developing a Culture of Leadership.” “Never has there been a time where boards so needed to step up to the plate as far as helping align organizational cultural traits with business strategy,” says Stautberg.


The Global Institute will also include:

  • Visionary Awards Dinner – The evening of May 10th, WCD will honor its 2017 Visionary Award winners – companies and CEOs that have distinguished themselves in corporate governance: Alaska Air, Ecolab, Duchossois Group, and Isabelle Marcoux, chair of the board of Transcontinental, Inc.
  • Family Business Governance Institute – In its third year, this full day of programming will be held on May 9th. Sponsored and hosted by KPMG, it will address the particular challenges and opportunities associated with governing family-run businesses and spotlight strategies to ensure their long-term success.


Featured speakers

The Global Institute will feature speakers and panelists from around the world, including, among many others:

  • Anu Aiyengar (United States), Head of Mergers & Acquisitions (North America) Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan; WCD member
  • Vinod Kumar (India), Managing Director and Group CEO, Tata Communications
  • Julianne Canavaggio (Panama), Head of Central America & Caribbean, Lazard; Director, Conservatorio and Inversiones Malemar; WCD member
  • Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren (Mongolia), Chair of the Global Water Partnership; former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia; WCD chapter chair
  • Trina Van Pelt (United States), Vice President, Intel Corporation; Managing Director, Internet of Things – Intel Capital
  • Marina Brogi (Italy), Director of Luxottica Group and Salini Impregilo; Full Professor of International Banking and Capital Markets, Sapienza University; WCD Family Business Co-Chair, WCD chapter chair, and Advisory Board member
  • Laurie Ann Goldman (United States), Director, ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc. and Francesca’s Holding Corporation; WCD member
  • Joyce M. Roché (United States), Director, AT&T, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Inc., Macy’s, Inc., and Tupperware Brands Corporation; WCD member
  • Marion Blakey (United States), Director, Alaska Air Group Inc.; President and CEO, Rolls Royce North America Inc.; former Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
  • Bradley Tildon (United States), President and CEO, Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group Inc.; Director, Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Aliza Knox (Singapore), VP, Twitter APAC; Non-Executive Director, Scentre Group, Singapore Post, and GfK; Advisor, ANZ Bank Board Tech Subcommittee; WCD member
  • Isabelle Marcoux (Canada), Chairman, Transcontinental Inc.; Director, George Weston Limited, Rogers Communications Inc., Power Corporation of Canada, and The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation; 2017 Visionary Award Winner; WCD member
  • Phyllis Campbell (United States), Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Lead Director, Alaska Air Group; WCD member, WCD Advisory Board member and Asia Pacific chair
  • Jan Babiak (United States), Director, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. and Bank of Montreal; WCD chapter chair
  • Eunice Nyala (Kenya), Director, Sales & Marketing G4S Kenya
  • Anne Stevens (United States), Director, Anglo American plc, Lockheed Martin, and XL Group


To apply for media credentials to cover the WCD Global Institute, please contact Suzanne Oaks Brownstein or Trang Mar of Temin and Company at 212-588-8788 or


About the WCD Global Institute

The WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation (WCD) 2017 Global Institute is an unprecedented opportunity for global board directors to share corporate governance and business strategies and to build partnerships with a purpose, in a private, invitation-only setting. The Institute is a high-powered idea forum exploring compelling issues on the minds of today’s board directors and their companies. The program includes keynotes, panels, and discussion groups – as well as the Visionary Awards Dinner – that facilitate informal peer exchanges.


About WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc.

The WomenCorporateDirectors Education and Development Foundation, Inc. (WCD Foundation) is the only global membership organization and community of women corporate directors. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the WCD Foundation has 76 chapters around the world. The aggregate market capitalization of public companies on whose boards WCD Foundation members serve is over $8 trillion. In addition, WCD Foundation members serve on numerous boards of large private and family-run companies globally. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter @WomenCorpDirs, #WCDboards.


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