Women Leadership Summit – September 2013

The September 2013 Women Leadership Summit is a three day collaboration of over 100 organizations. Taking place in New York City, it brings together 82 speakers in order to foster awareness and implement change through women empowerment. The event features CEOs, celebrities, entrepreneurs, and other inspiring women from a plethora of industries. All bring their own personal and professional experiences as innovators, trail blazers, and leaders–and all hope to see change for this deeply entrenched, industry-wide issue.

Together, these speakers, corporations, organizations, and media partners join forces to create a network that inspires action and moves the needle on women leadership.

We are providing a platform to scale leadership development with the support of GGGRIT.com. Every woman can be connected to the most relevant people to help with personal and career development; advice; and opportunities. Join the first of its kind matching network (use code WLSNYC).

Made possible by The Hatchery, BNY Mellon, The Happiness Assembly, Wall Street Journal and XO Group.

Generous gifts are provided by Bionova and Uber.

September 18

Location: Cooley, Grace Building, 1114 Avenue of the Americas,
46th floor

9:00 am Presenting Women in Leadership
9:45 am Women in Advertising: Leading in the Advertising Age

Keynote: Daina Middleton, CEO, Performics

“Nurturists: The Power of Women Leaders in the Participation Age”

Moderator: Jaclyn Ciamillo, Global Partnership Director, Hyper Island


Suzanne Hader, Head of Digital Strategy, SelectNY

Leslie Deamer, Senior Vice President & Executive Interactive Producer, Publicis Kaplan Thaler

Hazel Swayne, Creative Director, Global Works


10:45 am Women in Finance: Empowered with Purpose

Keynote: Jen Groover, Host of PBS special

“Empowered”, CEO, Groover Media

Moderator: Geri Stengel, President, Ventureneer, Forbes contributing writer


Edith O’Donnell, CEO, Lyons Mortgage

Jennifer Cole, Managing Director, BNY Mellon

12:00 pm Breaking into the Boardroom

Keynote: Susan Engel, Board of Directors, Wells Fargo and SuperValu

Moderator:Kathie De Chirico , COO & Executive VP, Brand Strategy Business Development, Robin Baron Design Group


Donna Hamlin, CEO, Intrabond Capital

Sheila Ronning, CEO, Women in the Boardroom

Hope Taitz, Managing Partner, ELY Advisors

1:15 am Sally Helgesen, Top 15 leadership experts in the world

“Tapping the Power of the The Female Vision”

1:35 pm Women Science Leaders: Innovation in the Lab

Keynote: Rita King, Executive VP Business Development, Science House

“The Science of Navigating Leadership”

Moderator: Sandra Upson, Managing Editor, Scientific American Mind


Dr. Heather Berlin, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Dr. Denise Barbut, MD, Founder & Chairman, Neurologic Enterprises, Inc.

Dr. Katrina Firlik, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Co-Founder, HealthPrize Technologies

2:40 pm Technology Innovators & Leaders: Change in the Digital Landscape

Keynote: Rachel Payne, CEO, FEM Inc.

“Women As GameChangers in Technology”

Moderator: Soraya Darabi, Co-Founder, ZADY, Foodspotting


Maz Kessler, Founder, Catapult

Zoe Barry, CEO, ZappRx

Kathy Leake, CEO, LocalResponse

3:45 pm Women Fashion Leaders: Progressing Forward in the Industry

Keynote: Cindy Joseph, Writer, Supermodel, CEO, BOOM! by Cindy Joseph

“Going For It”

Moderator: Liz Bacelar, Founder, Decoded Fashion


Aliza Licht, SVP, Global Communications, Donna Karan International

Heather Marie, Founder & CEO, 72Lux, Inc.

Abrima Erwiah, Former Worldwide Social Media Director, Bottega Veneta, Co-Founder, Director, Studio One Eighty Nine; Fashion Rising

5:00 pm Ambassador Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations

September 19

Location: Times Square, 47th St. & Broadway, near TKTS booth

9:00 am Presenting Women in Leadership
9:30 am Women Leaders in Healthcare: Changing Times

Keynote: Summer Knight, MD, CEO, DSK Companies

Moderator: Milena Adamian, MD, Founder, Life Science Angel Network, Partner, Milestone Venture Partners


Michelle Snyder, Executive in Residence, InterWest Venture Partners

Lynne Kelly, MD, Vice President, World Wide Medical Affairs, Becton Dickinson

Efsevia Albanis, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center

10:45 am Social Innovators and Policy Initiatives: Leading the World in Global Change

Keynote: Amy Siskind, President & Co-Founder, The New Agenda

“Yes, You Can Have It All”

Moderator: Susan Arnot Heaney, Former Executive Director of Corporate Responsibility, Avon


Nell Merlino, Founder & President, Count Me In

Gloria Feldt, Co-Founder and President, Take the Lead

Lisa Morales-Hellebo, Advisor, Springboard

12:00 pm Women Investors: Angels & Venture Capital

Keynote: Jeanne Sullivan, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Starvest Partners

“Isn’t it about Time?”

Moderator: Adam Quinton, CEO, Lucas Point Ventures & Board Member, Astia


Inessa Obenhuber, Partner, Angel Investor, Seraph Group

Jalak Jobanputra, Managing Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures

Shai Goldman, Partner, 500 Startups

1:35 pm HRH Princess Nisreen El-Hashemite, MD, PhD, Princess of Iraq, Executive Director, Royal Academy of Science International Trust
2:15 pm HRH Princess Basmah Bint Saud, Princess of Saudi Arabia
2:30 pm The Leadership Imperative; Keys to Optimizing Your Brand’s Touch Point for Women

Keynote: Angela Leaney, EVP, Brand Marketing, Harlem Globetrotters

“Risk. Fear. Failure. And other essential leadership tools.”

Moderator: Laura Hinds, Founder, Women Luxury Guild


Linda Boff, Executive Director, Global Brand Marketing, General Electric

Sharon Wood, President, Stone Creek Marketing

Eliza Esquivel, Vice President, Global Brand Strategy, Mondelēz International

3:45 pm Women in Media: Celebrating Positive Change for Women

Keynote: Elisa Camahort Page, Co-Founder & COO, BlogHer.com

Moderator: Claudia Chan, Founder, SHE Summit, Former CEO, Shecky’s


Kristin Savilia, Executive Vice President of Sales, XO Group

Sharon Feder, Chief Digital Officer, Rachael Ray, Former COO, Mashable

Melinda Arons, Manager, Strategic Partner Development, TV and Film, Facebook

5:00 pm Tina Lifford, Creator, The Circle

September 20

Location: Bank of America Tower, One Bryant Park, NYC

9:15 am A Force for Change: Introductions by Yao Huang
9:30 am Letitia James, NYC Public Advocate Candidate 2013

9:45 am Joan Firestone, Executive Director, The Moth

“The Power of Storytelling”

10:00 am Amanda Steinberg, Founder & CEO, DailyWorth

“Know Your Worth: Why Women Leaders Need to Value Themselves as Much as Their Causes”

10:35 am Liz Sarachek-Blacker, Chief Revenue Officer, Terra

“The Blueprint to Leadership: Taking Charge and Making it Happen”

10:55 am Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo League

“The Future of Women’s Leadership”

11:15 am Shelly Porges, National Finance Co-Chair, Ready for Hillary

“Unleashing Women’s Economic Power: the Essential Role of Men”

11:35 am Radhika Mehta-Sharan, Vice President, Merrill Lynch

“Transforming World”

11:55 am Jodi Kahn, President, iVillage

“Wielding Your Natural Talent and Innate Instincts”

12:15 pm Nell Merlino, Founder and President, Count Me In

“It is Time for Feminine Bias”

12:35 pm Alexandra Akira, CEO, Next Level Productions

“Embracing Change and Empowering Yourself and Others Around You”

12:55 pm Pattie Simone, Founder, WomenCentric

“Voice Power: A Path to Your Success”

1:15 pm Carrie Farrell, Head of Talent, Google Ventures

“The Value of Women Leadership in Building Companies”

1:35 pm Carol Koh Evans, Chief Operating Officer, XO Group

“Start, Stop, Continue”

1:55 pm Lauren Book, Founder, Lauren’s Kids

“Between Your Commas”

2:15 pm Gloria Feldt, Co-Founder and President, Take the Lead

“Take the Lead: A Call to Action”

2:35 pm Matti Navellou, Women’s Equality and Family Planning Campaign Manager, Global Poverty Project
3:15 pm Cassandra Freeman, Actor, Activist, Genuine Know-how Training and Communications

“Becoming a Magnet for Success in a Competitive World”

3:35 pm Carole Hyatt, Founder, The Leadership Forum

“The Rocky Road to Success”

3:55 pm Reshma Saujani, Former Candidate for New York City Public Advocate, Founder, Girls Who Code
4:15 pm Ambassador Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Kenyan Ambassador, Founder, Women’s Democracy Network

“Negotiations and Diplomacy: A Woman’s Approach”

4:35 pm Ambassador Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations

The Circle by Tina Lifford – New York Premiere brought to you by Southwest Airlines®

An interactive play on women empowerment through the stories of 7 women.

6pm at One Bryant Park – Bank of America – 42nd Street and 6th Ave. RSVP REQUIRED


The Circle is a 90-minute powerhouse of a play. Seven women from all different backgrounds and walks of life boldly and unreservedly explore the constant weight of other’s expectations, opinions and demands they carry with them every day.

Hilarious, heart-wrenching, raw, but ultimately empowering, this play compels the audience along an introspective journey, inviting each person to remove the weight she also carries, and encouraging her to courageously assert and embrace herself.