2019 Agenda

The following nominations were selected as Gold, Silver & Bronze Stevie® Award winners by the average scores of more than 200 professionals worldwide on six specialized juries. Their scores determined the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements of the Finalists. The results were announced at the 15th annual awards dinner on Friday, November 16th in New York City.

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 Watch Interviews With Stevie Award Winners Downloadable Versions
 Watch Interviews With HCL Red Ladder Award Winners

 Check Out Our Winners Here

 Download the Awards Dinner Program Book (PDF)

Day 1: Thursday, November 14

8:00 am  - 8:45 am
Breakfast & Registration


8:00 am - 8:45 am
VIP Breakfast with Sheryl Connelly

*20 people randomly chosen from first 100 paid registrants*

8:45 am - 8:55 am

Opening Remarks
8:55 am - 9:45 am
Opening Keynote - Confessions of a Corporate Futurist: Coming Trends That Will Revolutionize Your Business

Keynote Speaker: Sheryl ConnellyManager, Global Consumer Trends and Futuring, Ford Motor Company


9:45 am - 10:00 am
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Panel - The Significance and Simplification of Being Strategic​​

11:15 am - 11:30 am



11:30  am - 12:15 pm



  • Be in the Know: Blockchain & Robotics
    Speaker: Gwen Murphy, Executive Director, Business Technology Services,  KPMG 

  • Strategies for Women in Negotiations
    Speaker: Maria Deam, Senior Vice President, Citi FinTech​


  • How International Trade's Impact on Women is Multi-Faceted
    Speaker: Dr. Somdutta Singh, Founder & Director, Unspun Group


  • The Future of Healthcare and How it Will Impact How we Live
    Speaker: Dr.Charu Raheja, CEO, TriageLogic Group


12:15 pm - 1:40 pm
Lunch & Structured Networking

Enjoy lunch among a table of like-minded professional women discussing issues in today's business environment that will continue to evolve in the future. You will select your topic(s) of interest during the registration process and be paired with a networking leader.


Structured Networking Topics Include:​​

  • Talent Management
    Networking Leader: Geeta Gwalani, Head - Workforce & Talent Management for North America, TATA Consultancy Services

  • Strategic Approach to Integrated Marketing Communications
    Networking Leader: Michelle Strier, Chief Strategy Officer, Spectrum

  • Conflict Management
    Networking Leader: Susan Harrison, President, Dr. Susan Harrison, LLC

  • Positive Psychology - The Science of Happiness
    Networking Leader: Diane Lang, President, DLConsulting

  • Multi-Media Marketing
    Networking Leader: Chase McGee, Lead Branding & Marketing Specialist, The Winning Brand

  • Remote Teams
    Networking Leader: Laura Janusek, Chief Product Officer, Modern Teacher

  • Financial Planning for Women    
    Networking Leader: Hyacinth Henderson, Managing Director, The Henderson Financial Group

  • Work-Life Balance    
    Networking Leader: Donielle Bui, Chief Leader, WifeMotherLeader​​

  • The Importance of High-Functioning Teams in the Future of Work    
    Networking Leader: Rebecca Scott, Founder, Vivid Spring Solutions​

  • Brand Economics: How to Prove the Financial Contribution of Intangibles Like Reputation, Brand, and Culture 
    Networking Leader: Tracy Chong, President & Brand Economist, Strata Insights 

  • Personal Branding In An Overwhelming World  
    Networking Leader: Lauren Clemett, Director, The Audacious Agency

  • Values-Based Leadership    
    Networking Leader: Mory Fontanez, Founder & CEO, 822 Group

  • Mastering Office Politics
    Networking Leader: Nancy Halpern, Founder, Political IQ

  • Gender Pay Gap
    Networking Leader: Amy Dunn, Senior Associate, Organizational Performance Group


1:40 pm - 1:45 pm



1:45 pm- 3:00 pm

Panel: The Art of Inclusion: How to Craft Your Company's Diversity Mosaic


Panel: Navigating Your Career Through Challenging Times: Identifying Career Trends & Potholes


3:00 pm - 3:15 pm


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm 


  • Sustainable Investing: Balancing Risk, Sustainability and Innovation     
    Speaker: Alessia Falsarone, Managing Director, SASB FSA, PineBridge Investments


  • Big Picture Product Development - Innovation and the Product Development Process    
    Speaker: Sharon Parsons, Specialty Product Leader, Humana


  • Women in Leadership In a Male Dominated Industry
    Speaker: Kris Pugsley,
     Director Global Communications, ON Semiconductor


  • Using Self-Awareness to Break Down Barriers to Gender Equality   
    Speaker: Melissa Walker, Founder, Training and Development Network


4:00 pm - 5:15 pm 

Closing Panel - How AI is Transforming Industries

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Offsite Activities

Explore New York City with conference attendees.  More information to come.

Day 2: Friday, November 15


8:00 am - 8:30 am



8:30 am - 9:15 am

Keynote - The Future of Work is Female
Keynote Speaker: Selena RezvaniAuthor, "Pushback"


9:15 am - 9:30 am



9:30 am - 10:15 am


  • The Power of Influence - A Catalyst for Your Career
    Speaker: Heather Kernahan, President, North America, Hotwire

  • Customer Experience in the Workplace - How Small Changes Can Lead to Significant Outcomes 
    Speaker: Marcela Lay, Head of Atlanta Studio and VP, Client Strategy, Y Media Labs

  • Build Communities (Online and Off) to Grow Your Business
    Speaker: Suzanne McDonald, CEO & Founder, Angles & Insights

  • Cross-Cultural Communication Across Digital Borders
    Speaker: Annalisa Nash Fernandez, Intercultural Strategist, Because Culture LLC


10:15 - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Closing Panel - Stevie® Awards Women in Business Finalists Case Studies

  • Female Entrepreneur of the Year — Consumer Products — 11 to 2,500 Employees & Fastest Growing Company of the Year Finalist Case Study
    Moderator: Sherry Smith, VP, Media, Mobile & Marketing, Clarity PR
    Gail Becker, CEO, CAULIPOWER

  • Young Female Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist & Fastest Growing Company of the Year Finalist Case Study
    Moderator: Sherry Smith, VP, Media, Mobile & Marketing, Clarity PR
    Alex Coren, Co-Founder & CINO, Wambi

  • Female Innovator of the Year—Government or Non-Profit—10 or Less Employees Finalist & Organization of the Year — Government or Non-Profit — 10 or Less Employees Finalist Case Study
    Moderator: Sherry Smith, VP, Media, Mobile & Marketing, Clarity PR
    Rosemary Lokhorst, Executive Director and Producer, The Digging Deep Project

5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

16th Stevie Awards for Women in Business
Separate registration required.


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