More than 100 women executives and general counsel gathered at the Global Women’s Executive Summit on 17 and 18 June 2013 in New York. At this event, guests engaged with their peers, who impact business, politics, and philanthropy around the world. Participants engaged in dialogue about global business challenges and opportunities; compliance in an era of increased regulation; growth, change, and adaptation in a competitive global marketplace; the challenges of protecting privacy, data, and personal and institutional reputation; and mentoring the next generation of leaders.

The day-and-a-half program began with an onstage conversation anchored by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and investment banker Sheryl WuDunn. The second day comprised of topical panel discussions (“Women on the World Stage” is available to watch online), a keynote lunch address, and ample time for networking.

The Summit offered candid dialogue and sharing of lessons learned among some of the world’s leading women.


Sheryl WuDunnSheryl WuDunn

Senior Business Executive, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist,
and Best-Selling Author

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, entrepreneur, and best-selling author. She has special expertise in Asia, entrepreneurship, global women’s issues, and philanthropy. As an investment banker, she currently helps growth companies, including those operating in the fields of new media technology, entertainment, social media, healthcare, and the emerging markets, particularly in China.

A senior managing director at Mid-Market Securities, LLC, a small investment banking boutique, she raises capital for entrepreneurs in media technology, healthcare, and social enterprise. She also was a senior lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in the fall of 2011, where she taught classes on China and the developing world.

Previously, WuDunn has been vice president in the Investment Management Division at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and a commercial loan officer at Bankers Trust. She also worked at The New York Times as both an executive and journalist: in management roles in two departments — strategic planning and circulation; as editor for international markets, energy, and industry; as The Times’ first anchor of an evening news headlines program for a digital cable TV channel, the Discovery-Times; and as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing, where she wrote about economic, financial, political, and social issues.

WuDunn is co-author of three best-selling books. The most recent is “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” about the challenges facing women around the globe. It has been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Colbert Report,” and other network television shows. WuDunn helped launch the development of the Half the Sky multimedia effort, creating a thoughtful, effective philanthropic strategy that includes an online social game for Facebook, a PBS documentary series, and outreach with many nongovernmental organizations.

With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, WuDunn also co-authored two other books about Asia: “Thunder from the East” and “China Wakes.” WuDunn won a Pulitzer Prize with her husband for covering China, along with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement. She has also won other journalism prizes, including the George Polk Award and Overseas Press Club Awards. WuDunn was the recipient of a White House Project EPIC Award and she has been a judge for the State Department Secretary’s Innovation Award for Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment. She has received numerous other awards, including the Asian Women in Business Corporate Leadership Award, the Pearl S. Buck Woman of the Year Award, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Prize. In 2011, Newsweek cited WuDunn as one of the “150 Women Who Shake the World.”

WuDunn graduated from Cornell University, where she has been a member of the board of trustees since 2002, a member of the board’s finance committee, a former co-chair of the board’s academic affairs committee, and a former member of the multi-billion dollar endowment’s investment committee. She earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an M.P.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she was formerly a member of its advisory council. WuDunn has received honorary doctorates from the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College.

WuDunn lectures to a wide range of American and global audiences and has been invited to speak to the secretary general of the United Nations, former Vice President Al Gore, and other senior officials on economic, political, and social topics related to women in the developing world, the global economy, China, and the emerging markets. WuDunn, who was a guest at President Barack Obama’s State Dinner at the White House for Chinese President Hu Jintao, has frequently discussed Chinese economic issues on television and radio programs such as Fox Business News, “The Colbert Report,” “Charlie Rose,” and NPR. She has discussed philanthropic issues on programs such as NBC’s “Dateline.”

Vice President MaríaAntonieta Guillén de BogránVice President María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn

Republic of Honduras

María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn is current vice president of Honduras and is in charge of the Ministry of the Presidency, acting as coordinator of the national development strategy, overseeing the overall implementation of the nation’s plan and several programs dealing with state modernization, finance, and social policies.

Bográn’s previous professional experience includes an extensive background working from the nongovernmental sector in the implementation of early infancy education programs nationwide through FEREMA, the main nonprofit Honduran organization involved in the promotion of education in the country. Before her work in education, she successfully directed the Honduras TELETON Foundation, another nonprofit organization that administers several centers dedicated to providing rehabilitation services for the handicapped in Honduras.

During her early professional life, Bográn developed valuable experience in tourism planning, and through her position as the first director of the Honduras Tourism Institute she was able to set forth important tourism policies and strategies to promote infrastructure development and private investment in the tourism sector in Honduras. In recognition of her efforts regarding sustainable development and ecotourism promotion, she received the Award of the Adventure Travel Society during the World Ecotourism Conference held in Vancouver, Canada.

Bográn has participated as member of the faculty of the Business Administration Department of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, acting as professor of methods and mathematic techniques for research, administration, personnel management, market research, and international marketing.

She obtained her business management degree at the National Autonomous University of Honduras and followed with postgraduate studies in tourism planning at the National School of Tourism in Madrid, Spain.

Bográn is married to Honduran lawyer Roberto Bográn, and the members of her immediate family include Norberto, Roberto, and Alicia Bográn Guillén.

Kate CheethamKate Cheetham

Deputy Group General Counsel
Lloyds Banking Group PLC

Kate Cheetham joined the group legal team at Lloyds TSB Group in 2005 and was appointed deputy group general counsel in December 2012. Since joining the group, Cheetham has led the internal and external legal teams on the group’s major corporate and capital markets transactions, as well as expanding and developing the group legal function, the group’s legal risk management framework, and the strategy for and management of its external legal advisers.

Working with the group general counsel, in her current role Cheetham is jointly responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of the legal team across Lloyds Banking Group, which comprises approximately 370 people in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Cheetham is sponsor of Legal in the Community, the Lloyds Banking Group corporate social responsibility program. She also is a member of a number of industry committees, including the British Bankers’ Association’s (BBA) High Level Working Group on Financial Stability, and is a BBA representative for the Takeover Panel.

Before joining Lloyds TSB Group, Cheetham was a corporate lawyer at Linklaters, and prior to that she ran a commercial art gallery in London for five years.

Eugenie C. GavenchakEugenie C. Gavenchak

Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
News Corporation

Genie Gavenchak is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of News Corporation, a global media and entertainment company. Genie began working at News Corporation in May 1995, where she manages litigation and other disputes domestically and abroad, assists in analyzing risks associated with mergers and acquisitions and advises on matters of ethics and corporate governance. Genie also serves as Senior Vice President of a number of subsidiaries and affiliates of News Corporation. Prior to joining News Corporation, Genie was a partner at Squadron, Ellenoff, Plesent & Sheinfeld, which she joined in 1979, after clerking for Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Genie has a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Patricia de Stacy HarrisonPatricia de Stacy Harrison

President and Chief Executive Officer
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison is the president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the leading funder of public radio and public television programming for the American people. Under her leadership, Harrison has strengthened public service media through the strategic focus of CPB in three important areas: Digital (investments in innovation and technology); Dialogue (investments in local community engagement, partnerships, and service); and Diversity (investments in and commitment to diversity of content, talent, and service). To formalize this commitment, Harrison established the first Diversity and Innovation Fund for public media (radio, television, online, and mobile).

In 2011, Harrison created American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a nationwide public media initiative to help communities across the country identify and implement solutions to the high school dropout crisis. To date, more than 75 stations in over 30 states, including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, are working with more than 1,000 local partners and schools to encourage students to stay on track to graduation.

Harrison is also chairman of the Leadership Council of Women and Girls Lead, an innovative public media initiative designed to focus, educate, and connect women, girls, and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century. In August 2012, she was included on the Forbes list of Women Changing the World in Media for establishing Women and Girls Lead and her continued leadership on the project.

Prior to joining CPB in 2005, Harrison served as assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs and acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. A former entrepreneur, Harrison is a frequent speaker and writer on the subjects of leadership, communication strategy, and constituency building. She is the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 2008 Leadership Award from the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the U.S. Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award. She also sits on the boards of the National Italian American Foundation, The American University in Rome, the Meridian International Center, and IREX.

Harrison received her B.A. from American University, Washington D.C. and an honorary doctorate from the American University of Rome in 2002. She is a former Thomas Colloquium on Free Enterprise guest lecturer at Youngstown State University in Ohio and was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Public Service of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania in 2002, and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1992.

Neal KatyalNeal Katyal

Appellate Practice Co-Director and Partner
Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.

Neal Katyal is the co-director of Hogan Lovells’ nationally acclaimed appellate practice group. He focuses on appellate and complex litigation. He has extensive experience in matters of patent, securities, criminal, employment, tort, and constitutional law, and has orally argued 17 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, with 15 of them in the last four years.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Katyal served as acting solicitor general of the United States, where he argued several major Supreme Court cases involving a variety of issues, such as his successful defense of the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, his victorious defense of former Attorney General John Ashcroft for alleged abuses in the war on terror, his unanimous victory against eight states that sued the nation’s leading power plants for contributing to global warming, and a variety of other matters. As acting solicitor general, Katyal was responsible for representing the federal government of the United States in all appellate matters before the U.S. Supreme Court and the courts of appeals throughout the nation. He served as counsel of record hundreds of times in the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also the only head of the Office of the Solicitor General to argue a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, on the important question of whether certain aspects of the human genome were patentable.

Katyal also has served as a law professor for 15 years at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was one of the youngest professors to have received tenure and a chaired professorship in the university’s history. He was also director of the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law until his appointment to principal deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department. Additionally, he served as a visiting professor at both Harvard and Yale law schools.

After graduating from Yale Law School, Katyal clerked for The Hon. Guido Calabresi of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as for The Hon. Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served in the Deputy Attorney General’s Office at the Justice Department as national security advisor and as special assistant to the deputy attorney general during 1998 and 1999. Katyal has published dozens of scholarly articles in law journals, as well as many op-ed articles in such publications as The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has testified numerous times before various committees of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Katyal is the recipient of the very highest award given to a civilian by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Edmund Randolph Award, which the attorney general presented to him in 2011. The chief justice of the United States appointed him in 2011 to the Advisory Committee on Federal Appellate Rules. Additionally, he was named as “One of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Last Decade Nationwide” by National Law Journal (2010); “One of the 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers Over the Last 30 Years” by Legal Times (2008); “Lawyer of the Year” by Lawyers USA (2006); “Runner-Up for Lawyer of the Year” by National Law Journal (2006); “One of the Top 50 Litigators Nationwide 45 Years Old or Younger” by American Lawyer (2007); and one of the top 500 lawyers in the country by Lawdragon magazine for each of the last six years. He also won The National Law Journal’s pro bono award in 2004.

Shannon Thyme KlingerShannon Thyme Klinger

Global Head Legal and General Counsel
Sandoz International GmbH

Shannon Klinger is the global head legal and general counsel for Sandoz. Prior to joining Sandoz, Klinger served as senior vice president and general counsel for Solvay Pharmaceuticals and before that had the role of vice president of marketing compliance for Barr Pharmaceuticals.

Klinger began her career in private practice with Alston & Bird LLP, last serving as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office, where she focused on white collar criminal defense and complex litigation matters.

She has a J.D. with honors from the University of North Carolina and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Jean Fitterer LanceJean Fitterer Lance

Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer
Boston Scientific Corporation

Jean Fitterer Lance is senior vice president and chief compliance officer for Boston Scientific Corporation. In this role, she oversees the company’s global compliance function, which is committed to maintaining a best-in-class compliance and ethics program across all Boston Scientific business groups and locations, including the company’s interactions with healthcare professionals. She is a member of Boston Scientific’s executive committee.

Prior to assuming her current role, Lance served as vice president and general counsel for the company’s cardiovascular group. Before joining Boston Scientific in 1996, she was general counsel and vice president of human resources for Red Line Healthcare Corporation. Previously, Lance practiced with the national law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago, IL, where she specialized in corporate law with an emphasis in health law.

Lance received a B.S. in accounting from Minnesota State University – Mankato. She earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was a member of The University of Minnesota Law Review.

Lance has participated as a member of the Advanced Medical Technology Association’s (AdvaMed) code of ethics working group and contributed to the development of the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals.

She serves as the president and a member of the Boston Scientific Foundation board of directors. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation.

Anne T. MaddenAnne T. Madden

Vice President of Corporate Development
and Global Head of M&A
Honeywell International Inc.

Anne T. Madden joined AlliedSignal in June 1996 as the general counsel, fluorine products. In December 1996, she became the vice president and general counsel of specialty chemicals. In July 2000, she became vice president and deputy general counsel, responsible for all of the legal affairs of the specialty materials businesses of the combined AlliedSignal/Honeywell International (now called Honeywell).

In January 2002, Madden became vice president, corporate development and global head of M&A for Honeywell, leading Honeywell’s acquisition and divestiture activities on a global basis. Madden was the recipient of Honeywell’s Premier Achievement Award for Individual Performance in 1997, was the recipient of Honeywell’s Senior Leadership Award for 2005, was recognized as a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Magazine in 2011, received NJ Biz’s “Best Fifty Women in Business” award in 2012, and was named by Treasury and Risk Magazine as one of the “Top Females in Finance” in 2012. Madden is a member of the steering committee for Honeywell’s Women’s Council.

Prior to joining Honeywell, Madden was in private practice at the New York law firm of Shearman & Sterling, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Madden was an auditor in the Financial Services Group of KPMG Peat Marwick in New York.

Madden received an A.B. in English and American literature from Brown University, an M.S. in accounting and an M.B.A. in finance from the New York University Stern School of Business, and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law, where she was managing editor of the law review.

Sara MathewSara Mathew

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.

Sara Mathew joined Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) in August 2001 as its chief financial officer (CFO). In 2006, she became president, U.S. and, in the latter part of the year, added responsibilities as president, international. In February 2007, Mathew was promoted to the position of president and chief operating officer. She was named chief executive officer of D&B in January 2010 and assumed the role of chairman of the board in July of that year. She has been a member of the D&B board of directors since January 2008.

Currently, Mathew is leading the transformation of D&B from a data company to a more innovative digital enterprise, leveraging technological advances to expand its reach in the marketplace. A replatforming of D&B’s core assets is currently underway.

Prior to joining D&B, Mathew spent 18 years at Procter & Gamble, where she served in a number of executive positions, including vice president of finance in Asia and CFO of the global baby care business unit.

Mathew also serves on the board of the Campbell Soup Company as the audit committee chair and is a member of the Zurich International Advisory Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics, chemistry, and mathematics from the Women’s Christian College in Madras, India, and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Virginia “Jean” Molino

General Counsel
McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Virginia “Jean” Molino is general counsel and a partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc. She joined McKinsey in 1985 as its first general counsel and has served on various firm committees over the years, with a particular focus on risk and governance, conflicts management, compensation, and personnel matters. Molino now oversees a team of approximately 60 lawyers, contract managers, paralegals, and administrative staff spread across 20 locations around the world.

Prior to joining McKinsey & Company, Inc. Molino served as general counsel to Suburban Propane Gas Corporation, then a New Jersey-headquartered diversified energy company. She is a graduate of New York University School of Law, and has an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from New York University.

Molino lives in Short Hills, N.J., with her husband Greg Smith, a fine art dealer and publisher. They have two sons, Danny and Alex. She enjoys traveling, film, theater, cooking, and reading.

Louise M. ParentLouise M. Parent

Executive Vice President and General Counsel
American Express Company

Louise M. Parent is executive vice president and general counsel of American Express Company, a position she assumed in May 1993. Parent is a member of the company’s operating committee and global management team.

Parent joined American Express in 1977. In 1989, she was named general counsel of First Data Corporation, the former information services subsidiary of American Express. She became deputy general counsel of American Express in 1992.

She began her career in 1975 at the New York law firm of Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine. She is a graduate of Smith College and received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Parent serves as a trustee of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and is a director of American Express Centurion Bank and the Calvary Fund of Calvary Hospital. She also is on the advisory board of the Studio in a School. In addition, Parent is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.

She and her husband John Casaly reside in New York City.

Judith ShepherdJudith Shepherd

Managing Director and Global General Counsel
of Corporate and Investment Banking
Barclays Bank PLC

Judith Shepherd is a managing director and global general counsel of corporate and investment banking at Barclays, with additional responsibility for governance and control.

Based in London, she is a member of both the executive committee and Operating Committee of Corporate and Investment Banking. She is also executive sponsor of the investment bank’s Women’s Initiatives Network in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Shepherd joined Barclays in 2006 as the deputy group general counsel, responsible for the group center legal teams. In September 2008, she became the general counsel for Global Retail & Commercial Banking (GRCB), with responsibility for the legal and compliance functions across GRCB.

In March 2010, Shepherd moved to the investment bank to take up the role of global general counsel, managing teams across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, and Asia Pacific. She assumed responsibility for Barclays Corporate in July 2011.

Shepherd joined Barclays from private practice where she specialized in mergers and acquisitions, particularly public takeovers and cross-border securities issues. Having joined Stephenson Harwood as a trainee, she was a partner in its corporate finance practice from 1992 to 2000. She then joined U.S. firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where she was a partner from 2000 to 2006, again specializing in corporate finance and helping to set up their UK practice from scratch.

Shepherd spent two years seconded to the UK Takeover Panel between 1994 and 1996 as part of its senior executive and currently sits as one of the members of the panel representing the British Bankers’ Association. She was recognized as a leader in her field for a number of years by both Chambers and Legal 500. In 2011 and 2012, she was named as one of the “100 Most Influential Women” by Financial News, and in 2013 as one of “100 Women to Watch” by Cranfield University School of Management.

Shepherd is an honorary fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies and, as a member of the advisory boards of UK Women in Law and the Black Lawyers Directory Foundation, is committed to supporting greater diversity in the legal profession.

Catherine E. StetsonCatherine E. Stetson

Appellate Practice Co-Director and Partner
Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.

Cate Stetson is the co-director of Hogan Lovells’ nationally acclaimed appellate practice group. With dozens of appellate arguments to her name, Stetson has been recognized by The American Lawyer magazine (in 2011) as one of the top 45 women under 45 among AmLaw 200 firms; by The American Lawyer magazine (in 2007) as one of the “Fab Fifty” litigators under 45 in the nation; and by The National Law Journal (in 2009) and Washingtonian magazine (in 2006) as one of Washington’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.” She has been described to the press as a “superb” advocate and “one of the finest lawyers who appears” in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and commended for her “brilliance of mind and ability to grasp complicated technical matters.”

Stetson has argued in the U.S. Supreme Court, in most of the federal courts of appeals, and in multiple state appellate courts. She has filed dozens of petition- and merits-stage briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and has briefed hundreds of matters on appeal. Her experience spans appeals presenting questions of administrative law and procedure, antitrust law, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the False Claims Act, class certification, civil procedure, and constitutional, contract, copyright, employment, energy, environmental, food and drug, healthcare, insurance, patent, telecommunications, and tort law.

Before joining Hogan Lovells’ legal practice, Stetson served as a judicial clerk to The Hon. Stanley S. Harris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and The Hon. David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Julie Spellman SweetJulie Spellman Sweet

General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

As general counsel, Julie Sweet has ultimate responsibility for all legal support to Accenture, serving as principal counsel to senior leadership and the board of directors and leading the company’s legal department. As head of the legal department, she oversees all legal services, the contract management function, and the office of government relations. As chief compliance officer, Sweet is responsible for managing legal and regulatory compliance programs that enable Accenture to operate around the globe while adhering to the highest ethical standards. She also serves as corporate secretary and is a member of Accenture’s global management committee.

Prior to joining Accenture in 2010, Sweet was, for 10 years, a partner in the corporate department of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, which she joined in 1992. She had a broad corporate practice at the firm, which included representing underwriters, private equity funds, and corporate clients in public and private financings, advising on mergers and acquisitions, and providing general corporate counsel.

Sweet was recognized as one of the “Dealmakers of the Year” for 2006 by The American Lawyer for her work on the $5 billion initial global offering of KKR Private Equity Investors, L.P. She was also recognized by Lawdragon magazine as one of the top 500 leading lawyers and as one of the top 500 dealmakers in America in 2007, and in 2009 she was recognized by Legal 500 for her work in equity offerings in the capital markets.

Sweet speaks Mandarin Chinese and has spent substantial time working in Hong Kong and mainland China. She is a member of the board of trustees of Claremont McKenna College.

Sweet holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Katharine WeymouthKatharine Weymouth

Publisher and Chief Executive Officer
The Washington Post

Katharine Weymouth is publisher and chief executive officer of The Washington Post, the newspaper division of The Washington Post Company. She was named to both positions in February 2008. Having joined the company in 1996 as assistant counsel, Weymouth worked for four years in the legal offices of the news organization at both the newspaper and at the website. In 2000, she moved to the business side of The Washington Post serving in a number of roles in the advertising department, including vice president of advertising from 2005 until her appointment as publisher in 2008.

Weymouth earned a B.A. magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1988 and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1992. Following law school, she clerked on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for one year. She practiced law at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. from 1993 to 1996.

Weymouth serves on the board of The Washington Post Company and also on the board of the Associated Press.

Weymouth lives in Washington, D.C. with her three young children, Madeleine, Beckett, and Bridget.

Janet B. WrightJanet B. Wright

Vice President, Corporate, Securities
and Finance Counsel
Dell Inc.

Janet B. Wright serves as Vice President-Corporate, Securities & Finance Counsel of Dell, Inc., a global integrated technology solutions company with over 100,000 employees. In this role, Ms. Wright has primary responsibility for legal support to Dell globally for corporate finance, securities, and general corporate matters, including U.S. and international financial services and facilities, and also has responsibility for legal department administration. She is responsible for overseeing the corporate aspects of the law department’s management and support of regulatory compliance programs that enable Dell to operate in more than 180 counties in accordance with the highest ethical standards. Ms. Wright is also the company’s Assistant Secretary and acts as counsel to the board of directors and senior management on corporate governance matters. She was recently recognized by Corporate Secretary magazine as a leading corporate governance professional for large‑cap companies.

Before assuming her current position, Ms. Wright led the legal teams supporting Dell’s consumer and small & medium business sales and marketing organizations, related customer contact centers, consumer financial services, and privacy and data security operations, as well as the company’s Americas channel business.

Prior to joining Dell, Ms. Wright was in private practice in Dallas. She had a broad transactional and counseling practice representing clients in mergers and acquisitions, investments, and international and domestic tax planning matters.

Ms. Wright received her law degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law, where she served on the Board of Editors of the Journal of Air Law and Commerce. She is a former Chair of the Women’s Interest Network of the ABA’s Section of International Law and Practice.

Ms. Wright currently serves on the board of the Ann Richards School Foundation and on the advisory board of the Texas Parent Child Initiative.


An Evening of Excellence

Presentation on The China Challenge by business executive, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and bestselling author Sheryl WuDunn, followed by an onstage conversation regarding the Half the Sky Movement with Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Women on the World Stage

High-profile women who have successfully navigated difficult economic times anticipate the challenges they expect to face as leaders in the coming years. Click here to watch the webcast.

The Evolving Role of General Counsel

In-house lawyers focus on how they — and their organizations — have adapted and advanced in the midst of a competitive global marketplace.

Risk, Regulation, and Reward

In keeping pace with changing regulations and emerging compliance trends, panelists forecast the significant long-term risks and fundamental shifts that will affect their businesses’ abilities to grow and compete.

Managing Strategy in a Global Environment

Change is constant, and good leaders know when new strategies can help their companies rise to the challenge of global prosperity.


Monday, 17 June

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception and Networking

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Dinner

8:30 – 9:00 p.m. An Evening of Excellence

Presentation on The China Challenge by Sheryl WuDunn: business executive, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and bestselling author. Followed by an onstage conversation regarding the Half the Sky Movement with Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Tuesday, 18 June

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome

Helen Trilling, Program Chairman, Global Board Member, and Partner Hogan Lovells and David Harris, Co-CEO, Hogan Lovells

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Women on the World Stage

High-profile women who have successfully navigated difficult economic times anticipate the challenges they expect to face as leaders in the coming years.

Moderator: Oxana Balayan, Moscow Office Managing Partner and Moscow Corporate Practice Head, Hogan Lovells


  • Vice President María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn, Republic of Honduras
  • Marina Jigalova-Ozkan, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company CIS LLC
  • Sara Mathew, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.
  • Katharine Weymouth, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, The Washington Post

10:00 – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. The Evolving Role of General Counsel

In-house lawyers focus on how they — and their organizations — have adapted and advanced in the midst of a competitive global marketplace.

Moderator: Susan Bright, Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation Co-Head, Hogan Lovells


  • Kate Cheetham, Deputy Group General Counsel, Lloyds Banking Group PLC
  • Louise M. Parent, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, American Express Company
  • Judith Shepherd, Managing Director, Global General Counsel of Corporate and Investment Banking, Barclays Bank PLC

11:15 to 12:00 p.m. Extended Break (allows for hotel check-out)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Keynote

Former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and Cate Stetson, Co-Directors of Appellate Practice Group, Hogan Lovells

1:00 – 1:15 p.m. Networking Break

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Risk, Regulation, and Reward

In keeping pace with changing regulations and emerging compliance trends, panelists forecast the significant long-term risks and fundamental shifts that will affect their businesses’ abilities to grow and compete.

Moderator: Alice Valder Curran, Partner, Hogan Lovells


  • Eugenie Gavenchak, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, News Corporation
  • Shannon Klinger, Head of Legal and General Counsel, Sandoz International GmbH
  • Jean Fitterer Lance, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Boston Scientific
  • Julie Spellman Sweet, General Counsel, Secretary, and Chief Compliance Officer, Accenture

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Networking Break

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Managing Strategy in a Global Environment

Change is constant, and good leaders know when new strategies can help their companies rise to the challenge of global prosperity.

Moderator: Harriet Pearson, Partner, Hogan Lovells


  • Anne T. Madden, Vice President of Corporate Development and Global Head of M&A, Honeywell International Inc.
  • Virginia Molino, General Counsel, McKinsey & Company
  • Janet Wright, Vice President, Corporate, Securities and Finance Counsel, Assistant Secretary, Dell Inc.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks

Emily Reid, Global Board Member and Partner, Hogan Lovells