What to Expect

Interactive Plenaries + Skills Workshops + Networking

Our program is designed to:

✔   Develop individual leadership skills of people at all stages of their careers.

✔   Share cutting edge research and tools to promote leadership development across your organization

✔   Connect you with experts and peers across the global social impact sector  

✔  Provide an opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to leadership performance and a greater diversity of leaders in the global development sector.


Greater Diversity = Greater Impact is the theme of this year’s event. Content is organized around three tracks:

Track 1: Skills to Lead at Every Level: Explore frameworks and tactics to achieve your goals in dynamic work environments and transform common business challenges into career-building opportunities.

Track 2: Organizational Development for Greater Inclusion: Gain knowledge about the research, theory, and practice of developing leaders and promoting diverse leadership for greater performance.

Track 3: Sector Transformation: Discover cross-company and sector-wide initiatives you can support or gain inspiration from to develop an initiative that fills a gap.


Look forward to a unique mix of inspiring speakers. You’ll engage with women and men who are industry leaders in the global development sector, emerging leaders who are sparking affinity groups and other changes, and people named “leadership gurus” by Harvard Business School and Forbes. The nature of the content makes it easy to connect with other people at a very authentic level which makes this one of the best networking events you’ll attend in 2019. 

2019 Agenda

8:15 am – 8:45 am: Breakfast

8:45 am – 9:15 am: Kick off: Fiona Macaulay, Founder & CEO, Wild Network

9:15 am – 10:00 am: Keynote: Anne-Marie Slaughter, President & CEO, New America -“Leadership Lessons from a Sixty-Year-Old Entrepreneur”. Introduced by Kathleen Flanagan, President & CEO, Abt Associates

10:00 am – 10:55 am: Plenary Panel: The Business Case for Diverse Leadership & Equity

  • Fiona Macaulay, CEO and Founder, The WILD Network

  • Vivian Riefberg, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

  • Dr. Cindy Pace, Assistant Vice President, MetLife

  • Dr. Nhu Nguyen, Deputy Country Director in Vietnam and the Chief of Party of the SHIFT project, FHI 360

  • Blessed Mulenga Silavwe, Senior Program Director, FHI360

  • Stephanie Oueda Cruz, Head of Gender, Diversity & Inclusion, IDB [Moderator]

10:55 am – 11:25 am: Break

11:25 am – 12:10 pm: Roundtables: Presentation + discussions led by leaders at different stages in their careers in the global development sector. Please click link below to see a complete list and description of all roundtables.

12:10 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch

Enjoy free time and informal networking with friends and colleagues


Break out lunch session: “Igniting a Movement for Gender Equality in Global Health", led by Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director, Women in Global Health. Pick up your lunch and join other colleagues for a discussion on how do advance women's leadership in global health.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Keynote: Garry O. Ridge, President, Chief Executive Officer and Director WD-40 Company - It’s All About the People”


Workshop: Millennial Personal Brand Development: Jen Dalton, CEO BrandMirror

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm: Plenary Session: View from the Top

  • Susi Mudge, President & CEO, Chemonics International

  • Debbie Kennedy, COO, FHI360

  • Sylvia Megret, COO, ACDI/VOCA

  • Summet Seam, Vice President, General Counsel, Save the Children US


Workshop: Millennial Personal Brand Development: Jen Dalton, CEO BrandMirror

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm: Break

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Interactive Workshops

Contextual Leadership: Evelyn Williams, Teaching Professor, Leadership, Teams & Innovation, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

In this session, we'll examine how you can be clear about goals/objectives and also determine the most effective behavior given a particular context to reach those particular goals.  We'll explore together different factors to consider as you navigate different relationships, personalities, competency levels, and possibly competing priorities/outcomes. 

Smart Salary Negotiation: Sarah Spencer, Senior Program Associate, and Andrea Martinez, Manager, AAUW

Participants will gain confidence in their negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn how to identify and articulate their personal value, to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits, and about the wage gap, including its long-term consequences on their careers

Mindfulness for Leaders: Everyday Practices to Lead a Happier, Healthier Life: Samantha Attard, Founder, Happy Healthy Human and Anjali Shahani, Consultant, World Bank

Whether addressed from a scientific standpoint, or a spiritual one, mindfulness practices can improve leadership skills. Some benefits of mindfulness practices include reduction of anxiety, increased empathy, as well as time and stress management.

Organizational Leadership in Preventing and Responding to all Forms of Harassment, Exploitation and Abuse: Andrea Bertone, PhD, Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Hub, and Maryce Ramsay, Senior Gender Advisor, FHI360

Developing a Roadmap for Creating a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy that is Right for Your Organization: Francesca Molinaro, Director, Corporate Diversity and Inclusion, Chemonics International

Whether your company is just starting to think about implementing workplace Diversity & Inclusion programs or whether you’ve been working on doing so and want to take your program to the next level, this session will provide learning and useful practices related to recruiting and supporting diverse talent and building inclusive cultures.

Male Allies and the Power of Inclusive Mentorship: W. Brad Johnson, PhD, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, and David Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, United States Naval War College

The business case for deliberate and fearless cross-gender collaboration in the workplace. Intentional and reciprocal cross-gender mentoring and sponsoring are good for both men and women. Using social science evidence, organizational best practices, and a good dose of humor, this workshop will provide the “how to” for men and women, who want to be more intentional and gender-savvy mentors to develop more diverse, inclusive and effective organizations.

4:00 pm - 5:20 pm: Interactive Plenary: “Design the Life You Love” with Ayse Birsel, Award-Winning Designer


Smart Salary Negotiation: Sarah Spencer, Senior Program Associate, and Andrea Martinez, Manager, AAUW

5:20 pm - 5:30 pm: Closing

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Celebratory reception + book-signing with authors

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