The Global Summit of Women
in partnership with The World Bank Group
organized the
Global Diversity Colloquium 2011:
"Creating a Level Playing Field for Women"
March 3-4, Washington, DC
A Truly Global Roundtable of Senior Executives Implementing Gender Diversity Across Borders


2011 Colloquium Conveners 

Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women (USA)

Ms. Natividad brings women corporate, govt., and non-profit leaders together annually for the Global Summit of Women, a global gathering which has come to be called the "Davos for Women".  The Summit 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.

Juliana Oyegun, Chief Diversity Officer, World Bank (US)
Juliana Oyegun is the Chief Diversity Officer at the World Bank. Since 2001, she has provided strategic advice and support to senior management on building values-based approaches to diversity and inclusion. She facilitates mainstreaming diversity into the World Bank’s business, human resources planning and management process. Prior to this, Ms. Oyegun served as Special  advisor for Gender Equity at the UNHCR in Geneva where she facilitated the promotion of a culture of gender equity and parity.

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2011 Colloquium Sponsors


Colloquium Program Topics

What Happens to Diversity When a Company is in Crisis?

CEO Diversity Leadership

Integrating Market Outreach and CSR with Diversity

Creating an Effective Talent Pipeline for Women

Exploring Cross-Industry Mentoring Globally – Case Study from Spain

Implementing Diversity in Europe

Learning About Global Attitudes on Gender Diversity

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Pictures of the Global Diversity Colloquium 2011

Colloquium participants at the World Bank 

Irene Natividad, Former Chair of the EEOC in the US Cari Dominguez, and Former CEO of Rio Tinto Alcan Dick Evans

Gloria Lorenzo of Oracle Spain

Participants discuss What Happens to Diversity in a time of Crisis

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Some of the 2011 Colloquium Presenters

Cynthia J. Brinkley, Senior Vice President, Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer, AT&T (USA)

As Senior Vice President-Talent Development and Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T, Cynthia Brinkley is responsible for continuing AT&T’s leadership in developing people from diverse backgrounds and preparing them for rewarding careers.  She joined the company in 1986 as an external affairs liaison to the Texas Public Utility Commission and media spokesperson for regulatory and legislative activities relating to the Texas Legislature. She has also served as area vice president for SBC California,  Executive Director-Federal Relations for SBC Communications Inc., and as President, SBC-Arkansas, where she was named the state’s 2002 Business Leader of the year. Before assuming her current responsibilities, Ms. Brinkley was president – AT&T Missouri, where she led all regulatory, legislative, governmental, and external affairs activities in the state.

Maurice Cox, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Development, PepsiCo (USA)

Maurice Cox currently holds the position of Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Development at PepsiCo.  He initially held the title of Vice President, Corporate Development and Diversity since 1991.  Mr. Cox is responsible for providing leadership and strategic guidance on a range of workplace and marketplace diversity issues that impact the company’s employees and its market performance.  Before joining Pepsi-Cola, he was assistant director of communications and speechwriter for Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.   Mr. Cox began his career as a journalist for the Greensboro (NC) Daily News & Record.  He is also a former editor of Builder & Contractor magazine and has been listed in EBONY magazine as among the most influential African-American corporate executives in the United States

Richard B. Evans, Chairman, AbitibiBowater and former CEO, Rio Tinto Alcan (USA)

Richard B. Evans is Chairman of AbitibiBowater, a leading forest products company based in Montreal and recently retired as an Executive Director of London-based Rio Tinto plc and Melbourne-based Rio Tinto Ltd.  While with Rio Tinto, he was Chief Executive of Rio Tinto Alcan.  Previously, Mr. Evans was President and CEO of Montreal-based Alcan Inc. until the acquisition of Alcan by Rio Tinto in October 2007.  Prior to that, Mr. Evans was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Alcan Inc., during which he oversaw Alcan’s four business groups. Mr. Evans is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Conference Board of Canada, past Chairman of the International Aluminum Institute, and is a past Chairman of the U.S. Aluminum Association’s Board of Directors as well as past Co-Chairman of the Environmental and Climate Change Committee of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.

Sakie Fukushima, President and Representative Director, G&S Global Advisors (Japan)
Before establishing G&S Global Advisors Inc. in 2010, Sakie Fukushima was Chairman and Representative Director of Korn/Ferry International – Japan, providing human capital consulting services to multinational corporations operating in Japan. She served as a member of Korn/Ferry’s global board of directors from 1995 to 2007. Prior to joining Korn/Ferry in 1991, she was a Consultant at Bain & Company, where her clients included American, European, and Japanese multinational corporations spanning a range of industries.  She is a trustee of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives (Keizai Doyukai) and an executive director of the Japan Association of Corporate Directors. Additionally, she is the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors of leading Japanese corporations, including Kao, Sony, Benesse, and Bridgestone.  In 2008 Business Week selected her to be on the list of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Headhunters” (one of nine women and the only Japanese).

Maryella Gockel, Flexibility Strategy Leader, Ernst & Young LLP (USA)Maryella Gockel is Ernst & Young’s Flexibility Strategy Leader. Flexibility is a part of the firm’s overall inclusiveness strategy.  Her role as an inclusiveness consultant includes working with Ernst & Young’s Americas Inclusiveness Team and Business Unit Leaders to create a flexible and inclusive workplace in local offices across the Americas. In 2008, she was recognized along with Ernst and Young Chairman and CEO Jim Turley by the Families and Work Institute with their annual Work Life Legacy Award. She joined Ernst & Young in 1980 as a client service professional in the New York office after completing her M.B.A. in accounting from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.  In addition, she sits on the Board of Trustees of Corporate Voices for Working Families.

Neil Golden, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, McDonald's (USA)
A 21-year McDonald's veteran, Neil Golden currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s USA. As a member of the McDonald’s U.S. Leadership Team, he plays an integral role in the development of the company’s growth strategies and overall brand positioning. Specifically, he is responsible for leading, developing and executing fully integrated marketing plans to drive and sustain long-term growth for McDonald’s core U.S. business while expanding strategic partnerships and alliances across the McDonald’s U.S. business; internally, with franchisees, and with suppliers.  Before assuming his current role, he held multiple McDonald’s marketing positions and continues to deliver strong results across diverse business environments. Prior to joining McDonald’s, he held positions at Burger King and RC Cola Co.

Blanca Gomez, Director of Human Resources for Spain and Portugal, Coca-Cola (Spain)
Blanca Gomez has served as Director of Human Resources for Spain and Portugal for Coca-Cola since 2004.  She also serves as Coca-Cola’s Europe Group Diversity Director.  Before joining Coca-Cola, she was Director of Human Resources for L’Oreal for seven years.  Ms. Gomez has also worked for PepsiCo, Hay Management, and Arthur Andersen in a variety of positions.

Fiona Greig, Engagement Manager McKinsey and Company (USA)
Fiona Greig is an Engagement Manager in McKinsey & Company’s Washington, DC Office, where she has advised financial services and governmental agencies primarily in areas of strategy, economic development, and operations. She has trained female McKinsey colleagues on McKinsey’s signature “Centered Leadership” model. Recently she spent a year on loan from McKinsey to the Government of the District of Columbia in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to start and run a financial inclusion program for the District of Columbia. Prior to joining McKinsey in 2007, she worked as a consultant at the World Economic Forum, where she helped develop the initial Global Gender Gap index and was a co-author of the 2006 edition. She has also worked at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health and the World Health Organization.

Julia Lopez, Director, Telesales Channel Europe, American Express (Spain)
Julia Lopez works for American Express as  Director of Telesales Channel Europe where she has held different senior leadership positions in the Premium travel and Merchant services  areas. Prior to joining Amex, she spent 11 years in the sales arena with Randstad and Azkar  where she assumed positions of increasing responsibility.  In 2009 she started the program Women Interest Network (WIN) in Spain to foster leadership for women at American Express. She has been part of the EPWN (European professional women network) Spain planning Committee since 2008 and active member of IESE Women Lobby where she has implemented successfully a series of different initiatives.

Gloria Lorenzo, Director Architecture, European Development Center, Oracle (Spain)
Born in Madrid, Gloria Lorenzo developed most of her professional career outside Spain. She has lived in Ireland, Italy and US where she worked at technology companies including Corel Corporation, Logos Italy, Lotus and Oracle Ireland. In 1999 she joined Siebel Systems Ireland where she was part of the founder's team that built the Globalization Engineering group. She moved back to Spain at the end of 2003 and joined Oracle again as part of the Siebel acquisition.  She has specialized in Internationalization and Localization in Software Design and has held senior positions in the areas of Engineering, QA, Performance Engineering and Project Management. Currently she is Director of Translation Architecture at Oracle managing an organization spread across Asia and Europe. In 2009 she started the Oracle Women’s Leadership program (OWL) in Spain to foster leadership for women at Oracle. She is also part of the OWL Thought Leadership team for Oracle worldwide.

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