Colloquium participants are invited to make hotel
reservations at the Algonquin Hotel, the venue for the Thursday evening
The Algonquin Hotel 59 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
Additional Venue Information
Sessions on Friday, February 24th will be held at the:
Harvard Club of New York City
35 West 44th St., New York, NY 10036
Tel: 212 840-6600
Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women. Ms.
Natividad brings women corporate, government and non-profit leaders
together annually for the "Davos for Women", which focuses
on accelerating the economic growth of women. She also Chairs
Corporate Women Directors International, which promotes increased
participation of women on corporate boards. Recognized for her work
on behalf of women, she was named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st
Century” by Women’s e-news; one of the “25 Most Influential
Working Mothers” by Working Mother magazine; one of “America’s
100 Most Important Women” by Ladies Home Journal, among others.
Jennifer Allyn is the Director of Gender Retention and Advancement for
PricewaterhouseCoopers. She leads PWC’s strategic initiatives to advance
women and manages a team of local Diversity leaders who drive inclusion
across the U.S. firm. As a spokesperson for PWC, she has been quoted in
numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune,
and the New York Times. In 2006, PricewaterhouseCoopers was
recognized as one of Working Mother Magazine’s “Top 10 Best
Companies” for women and one of Fortune Magazine’s "100 Best
Companies to Work for in America".
is a Development Manager at JPMorgan Chase. Long committed to
diversity, Ms. Barrio has been a member of the Finance Diversity Council, as
well as Adelante, the Firm’s Latino Networking Group, and a member of the
Women of Color Connection Networking Group.
Mr. Al Bru,
served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Frito-Lay North America,
the largest manufacturer and distributor of snack food in the world and
PepsiCo’s most profitable unit. During his tenure, Mr. Bru led substantial
profit growth in two of PepsiCo’s largest and most dynamic divisions- a
company in which he spent thirty year’s of his professional life.
joined the Canadian Human Rights Commission as Director General of the
Employment Equity Branch in September 1998. Responsible for
implementing the Commission=s
audit mandate under a new Employment Equity Act which seeks to achieve
equality in employment for women, she was recently named
Director-General of Strategic Initiatives at the Commission.
Chrominska was recognized in 2003 and 2004 by Women’s Executive
Network as One of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. She
Vice President of Human Resources and Public, Corporate and Government
Bank of Nova Scotia.
Dr. Rosina B. Dixon
has over 25 years’ experience as a corporate director on the boards of
Church & Dwight Co., Inc., Cambrex Corp. and Enzon Pharmaceuticals
Inc. As a director of NACD from 1994 to 2003, she served on the Blue
Ribbon Commissions on Performance Evaluation of Chief Executive
Officers and Boards of Directors.
Linda J. Denny
is Vice President-Program and Business Development, for the Women’s
Business Enterprise National Council, the nations’ leading advocate of
women owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. WBENC
is the largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated
by women in the United States.
Former Senior Director of Global Diversity for Kraft Foods, Janice
Fenn has over 20 years of human resource experience. Prior to
joining Kraft Foods, Ms. Fenn founded and ran the Professional
Resources Organization, Inc., a diversity consulting firm whose
clients included American Express, McDonald’s, Microsoft, and Time
Warner Cable. In June 2005, Ms. Fenn has released a book revealing
strategies, practices, and leadership behavior to retain people of
color in today’s competitive market place, Do You See What I see:
A Diversity Tale for Retaining People of Color.
A Lawyer by profession, Mary M. Gusella was appointed Chief
Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission on August 7, 2002. In
her three decades in the Public Service of Canada, Ms. Gusella served
in many senior level positions including that of Deputy Minister of
Multiculturalism and Citizenship, President of the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency, Chairman and President of Enterprise Cape
Breton, Commissioner of the Public Service Commission, Head of The
Leadership Network, and as the Canadian Chair of the International
Human Resources, Policy and Governance for CIBC, Ms. Amy Hanen
manages some of CIBC's most progressive employee programs, including
Work Life Balance. A Certified Human Resources Practitioner (CHRP),
Ms. Hanen has held various senior human resources positions at CIBC.
A veteran corporate
director, Dr. Reatha Clark King serves on numerous corporate
boards, including ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo and Dept. 56, Inc., earning
her the 2004 Director of the Year award from the NACD (National
Association of Corporate Directors). Dr. King was the former Chair
and President of the General Mills Foundation.
Ms. Julie Levi
is Founder and President of Progressive Promotions, Inc. PPI is an
award-winning 18-year-old promotional products agency, whose clients
include Kraft Foods, American Express, CitiGroup, Ogilvy, Avis/Budget,
and among others. Ms. Levi is currently attending the 3-year
Owner/ President Management Program at the Harvard
Business School, designed for business owners whose revenue is
over $5 million. Ms. Levi is also an active mentor in Make Mine
A Million Business Program, sponsored by Count-Me-In,
created to support women owners of small businesses reach a million
dollars in annual sales.
Since 1998, Maud Pagel has served as Executive Vice President
of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for Deutsche Telekom in
Germany. In her 40 year career with the company, Ms. Pagel has assumed
numerous leadership roles including being a member of the Economic
Committee and of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Telekom. A
well-known diversity expert and speaker in Germany and abroad, Ms.
Pagel is also Director of International Affairs of Kompetenzzentrum
TeDiC, an organization which ties together nation-wide equal
opportunity measures in the fields of education, training,
occupations, science and research in order to raise the percentage of
women in IT occupations, engineering sciences and informatics.
serves as the Director of Supplier Diversity at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
since June 2005. His career with Wal-Mart has spanned two decades, and
he has managed a variety of business units for the world-renowned
retailer. Mr. Rasche currently serves on the Board of Directors for
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) as well as the
Board of Directors for National Minority Supplier Development Council
joining Cargill over 10 years ago, Karen Sachs has held a
variety of Human Resources positions. As the Talent Recruiting
Manager, she assumed responsibility for hiring Cargill’s commodity
traders. Karen’s focus then shifted to providing Human Resources
expertise to one of Cargill’s traditional core businesses – the Grain
& Oilseeds business unit. She then served as Senior Human Resources
Generalist working to develop HR systems and processes for Cargill’s
newly emerging businesses. In addition to her position in Valuing
Differences, Karen also co-leads a Global Recognition Team whose role
is to create and sustain a culture of recognition that is globally
applicable and relevant.
Recently named as the Director of Global Diversity Management at
DaimlerChrysler, Ursula Schwarzenbart is an 18-year veteran,
who has served in various units of the largest German automobile
company. After completing her university education in Social and
Behavioral Sciences in 1988, she began her career at DaimlerBenz’s
Plant Sindelfingen, where she worked on the first behavioral-based
training for supervisors and other professionals in that location.
This was followed with increasing areas of responsibility in the field
of human resources within various sectors of the company. In
2000, she implemented the worldwide roll-out of the new Performance
and Potential Management System, which led to her current position at
Johnna G. Torsone,
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Pitney Bowes, has
been instrumental in redefining the effectiveness and implementation
of the company’s diversity strategy to drive growth and profitability,
winning Pitney Bowes numerous awards and recognition over the last
decade. Most recently, Ms. Torsone has driven the Human Resources
Transformation Initiative, which has reformulated the global HR
Maria del Carmen
Valencia has over 20 years of experience in Information Systems
and Telecommunications. She was recognized in 2001 as CIO of the
year in Mexico by Information Week magazine, she is a frequent
speaker on technology issues and women's roles in this field, and has
also written several articles for technology magazines. Ms.
Valencia is a member of the Mexican Technology Association (AMITI),
and currently serves as Corporate Vice-President of Information
Technology in Wal-Mart Mexico supporting Argentina and Brazil.
is a management professional with 24 years of experience consulting,
teaching and counseling in a variety of organizations. As Vice
President of Diversity and Inclusion at RR Donnelley, Dr. Vasudevan is
responsible for enabling workplace, marketplace and community outreach
strategies that support RR Donnelley’s business and growth strategies.
"Creating a Level Playing Field for Women"
2006 *** New York, New York
Thursday, February 23, 2005, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Site: Algonquin Hotel (59 West 44th
Street, New York, New York)
Dinner Roundtables: “Do Diversity Councils Really
Hosts: Sylvia Chrominska,
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Room: Gallery I Bank of Nova Scotia
Vasudevan, Vice President, Global Diversity and
Room: Gallery II Inclusion, R.R.
Friday, February 24, 2005, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Site: Harvard Club (27 West 44th
Street, between 5th & 6th Avenues)
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Networking
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
President, Global Summit of Women
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. A Look at Mentoring Innovations
Gusella, Chief Commissioner, Canadian
on Human Rights
Senior Diversity Manager, Cargill
Development Manager, JP MorganChase
Director, Diversity, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Maria del Carmen
Valencia, Vice President and CIO, Walmart
10:00 -- 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Diversifying the Vendor Chain
Nicole Chenier-Cullen, Director General, Strategic
Initiatives, Canadian Commission on Human Rights
Director of Supplier Diversity, Wal-Mart
Denny, Vice President, Women’s Business Enterprise
National Council (WBENC)
President, Progressive Promotions
11:15 – 12:15 p.m. Workers’ Voices in the Work/Family
Janice Fenn, Former Senior Director of Global
Kraft Foods, Inc.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources,
Schwarzenbart, Director, Office of Global Diversity
Program Manager, Flexibility and Work/Life, IBM
Vice President, Human Resources, Policy and
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
12:15 – 2:00 p.m. Leading for Diversity: The CEO
Leader: Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of
Former CEO, Frito-Lay
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Board Director’s Role in
Leader: Johnna Torsone, Senior Vice President,
Resources, Pitney Bowes
Reatha Clark King,
Board Director, ExxonMobil, Wells Fargo and
Board Director, Church & Dwight Co., Cambrex
and Enzon Pharmaceuticals Inc.
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Effective Diversity Councils:
Report from the Roundtables