AGENDA

Sessions and exact timing are subject to change until closer to the event date. Check back regularly for exciting speaker updates.  

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast | Briefing Center

9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. 

Welcome | Great Hall 

Shanique Streete
Executive Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

9:05 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.

A Global View of the Cross-Cutting Issues Impacting Women and Girls | Great Hall

Amb. Geeta Rao Gupta
Ambassador-at-Large, Office of Global Women's Issues
U.S. Department of State

Voice Track: A Focus on Elevating Representation of Women and Girls

9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

The Future of Women and Children in Ukraine 

H.E. Oksana Markarova
Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States

Introduced by: 

Carolyn Cawley
President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Women Building the Future in Ukraine  |  Great Hall 

Tetyana Prokopchuk
Vice-President
American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine

In conversation with: 

Marjorie Chorlins
Senior Vice President, Europe
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Advancing Health and Wellness | Great Hall 

While women and girls the world over have experienced better access to health and wellness services, more opportunities for improvement are still being created. On one side of the health and wellness spectrum, the work continues to ensure women and girls have access to basic human rights and needs, such as safety, nutrition, healthcare, education, and the ability to earn income. On the other side, those with existing access to basic needs grapple with the responsibilities of family life, work life, and personal well being – at times, leading to stress, overload, and burnout. Learn about partnerships with the reach, scale, and outcomes that are improving lives across the wellness spectrum. 

Sue Bishop
Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer
Synchrony
Lisa Travatello
Chief Marketing Officer
GENYOUth
Pamela Bonnett
Chairwoman of the Board
HerhealthEQ

In conversation with: 

Varnee Murugan
Executive Director, Global Health, Global Regulatory Center (GRC)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

10:40 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

Safety and Security Outcomes for Women and Girls | Breakout Session 

All over the world, women and girls are living with experiences such as natural disasters, war and political turmoil, human trafficking, oppression due to gender-based cultural norms, and more. Partnerships are at play to support women and girls when they need it most. As women and girls emerge from crisis, there is no limit to the brightness they can create in their own futures, and the people, communities, and organizations they touch.

Zsuzsanna Lippai
Executive Director
The Fuller Project
Kelly Knox
Corporate Responsibility Advisor
Southwest Airlines
Morgan King
Program Officer
Center for International Private Enterprise
Jenny Torner
Humanitarian Programs Manager, Asia and the Pacific
Airlink

In conversation with: 

Robert Glenn
VP, Global Resilience
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation

10:40 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.

Piecing Together Childcare Solutions | Breakout Session 

Jessica Chang
CEO
Upwards
Shari Eaton
Chief People Officer
Chobani
Molly Day
COO
Moms First

In conversation with: 

Reade Pickert
Editor & Deputy Federal Reserve Team Leader
Bloomberg

11:30 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

The Need for Women-Centric Care | Great Hall 

Join Genentech and Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation for an up-close look at the work being done to advance women's cancer research and health care.

Michael Annichine
CEO
Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation
Tamika Felder
Founder
Cervivor
Stephanie Sassman
Portfolio Leader, Women's Health
Genentech

In conversation with: 

Marc DeCourcey
Senior Vice President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Value Track: A Focus on How Women's Representation Fuels Progress Throughout Society

Sponsor Spotlight

11:55 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. 

Investing in Women at the Frontlines of Health | Great Hall 

Every day around the world, women are at the frontlines of healthcare in remote and under-resourced areas, especially emergency settings. But in both the formal health system and the community, midwives, health workers, volunteers, and other women leaders often don't have the support they need to protect and advance health. This session will share learnings from a unique model that equipped women to lead, advance health outcomes, and address chronic diseases in a protracted emergency – and proof-points for how intentional investment in women can fill critical gaps and strengthen core preparedness and resilience, in health systems and communities globally.

Kathryn McKenzie
Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship and Sustainability
Abbott
Ritu Sharma
Vice President of U.S. Programs and Policy Advocacy
CARE

In conversation with:

Shanique Streete
Executive Director
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Networking Lunch, sponsored by Abbott | Briefing Center 

Representation and Inspiration | Great Hall 

1:10 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

The American Psychological Association reported in 2023 that “decades of studies show women leaders help increase productivity, enhance collaboration, inspire organizational dedication, and improve fairness.” Women’s representation in historically male-dominated professions and in leadership roles has continued to rise, inspiring generations of women and girls to dream and endeavor in ever-evolving ways. Join our trailblazing speakers as we look at their participation as women in typically underrepresented professions and help us celebrate the profound effects their presence is having on others, both today and for the future. 

Tara Clinton
Global Wells and Geoscience Procurement Manager
ExxonMobil
Asha Varghese
President
Caterpillar Foundation
Lisa Marie Czop
SVP, Ballpark Operations
Washington Nationals

In conversation with: 

Patsy Sciutto Doerr
Founder
Change for Social Good LLC

1:50 p.m. - 2:35 p.m. 

Women and STEM  | Great Hall

Hear women’s stories and insights from the front lines of technology and innovation. Tech by women improves lives, creates jobs, propels organizations, and inspires younger generations to reach for their dreams.

Tracey Cournoyer
CIO of Bond & Specialty Insurance
Travelers
Bronwyn Morgan
Founder and CEO
Xeo Air
Michelle Faison-Oldham
National Director, Federal Civilian
T-Mobile
Susan Warner
Vice President, Community Engagement
Mastercard

In conversation with: 

Kendra L. Gaither
President, U.S.-Africa Business Center
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Creating Workplace Cultures that Empower Women  | Great Hall

2:35 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. 

Empowering women in the workplace helps advance our society, propel economic mobility for women and their families, and improve business outcomes. Every organization can play a role in increasing representation of women and creating cultures that help more women build meaningful careers and achieve leadership roles. Shannon Favazza, Head of Analytics for Edward Jones, will address ways businesses can help more women thrive in the workplace, from mentoring and advocacy to leadership training and peer support programs. Shannon will share insights and best practices that have helped the Edward Jones achieve significant representation in tech through recruiting and development strategies. She will also speak to the importance of creating opportunities for women to advance in traditionally male-dominated sectors and how this can shape the future of technology.

Shannon Favazza
Head of Analytics
Edward Jones

In conversation with: 

Marc DeCourcey
Senior Vice President
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Vibrancy Track: A Focus on Empowering the Brightest Futures Possible for Women and Girls

3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. 

PURPOSE TALK

Empowering Individual Achievement | Great Hall

In this PurposeTalk keynote, we explore the intersection of individual ambition and access to resources necessary to realize one’s ultimate potential. As a trailblazer and much-admired leader, Elise Awwad will share experiences from her own journey while highlighting her efforts to create, scale, and sustain programs that empower women across various stages of their personal and professional lives.

Elise Awwad
President and CEO
DeVry University

 3:20 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. 

 Women and Economic Opportunity  | Great Hall

Some economic indicators are showing the value of women’s continued evolution in the workplace and as income earners. For example, U.S. household incomes are on the rise primarily due to dual incomes. However, old trends persist: women are paid less money than men, and they are underrepresented at the highest ranks of business and in their access to capital and wealth-building. This session’s speakers will share insights and lessons from their work to help advance more economic opportunities for women. A stronger women's economy means stronger communities and businesses. 

Scarlet Cronin
Vice President for the Americas & Global Strategy
Tent Partnership for Refugees
Dekonti Mends-Cole
Executive Director, Head of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Initiatives for Corporate Responsibility
JPMorgan Chase
Sandi Hendry
Owner/Founder
Minky Couture

In conversation with: 

Michelle Russo
Chief Communications Officer
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

4:25 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. 

Investing in Future Women Leaders | Great Hall 

This is a broad focus on empowering today’s young and emerging women professionals for the future of work and to reach their fullest potential.

Alberta Johnson
Founder/CEO
People Experts LLC
Dr. Kimberly Wise White
Vice President, Regulatory & Scientific Affairs
American Chemistry Council
Kate Maloney
Executive Director
Infosys Foundation USA
Kelly M. Fay Rodríguez
Special Representative for International Labor Affairs
U.S. Department of State

In conversation with: 

Carmen West
VP, EOI
U.S. Chamber

5:10 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. 

Closing Remarks  |  Great Hall

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 

Networking Reception | Briefing Center