Global Diversity Colloquium 2009:
"Creating a Level Playing Field for Women"

Thursday, February 26 and Friday, February 27, 2009
University Club, New York City


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University Club of New York

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at Fifth Avenue in Manhattan,
New York, NY

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"My heartfelt congratulations on another successful colloquium. The positive tone which you set for the agenda by asking participants to concentrate on proven practices provides a unique learning experience.  One could not help but be inspired by the breadth of knowledge and dedication exhibited by the participants."

Mary Gusella, Former Chief Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights Commission

"It was truly an honor and a privilege to be a part of a colloquium that raises the bar both in terms of content and caliber of the participants.  That speaks to your commitment and ability to get the real issues on the table."

Ana Barrio,
Vice President, Human Resources
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

Colloquium topics include:

 ·         Understanding the Global Economic Crisis and Its Long-term Implications, which will be addressed by Chicago Mercantile Exchange Board Director Terry Savage, the author of The Savage Truth About Money and Chicago Sun-Times personal finance columnist;

 ·         Keeping Diversity Front and Center, which explores sustainable diversity strategies that transcend economic melt-downs, to be led by Andres Tapia, Senior Vice President of Hewitt Associates;

 ·         Implementing Diversity Across Borders  – in which representatives from German, Mexican and Canadian companies share what has worked in implementing gender equity strategies in their respective countries;

 ·         Work/life Balance and Leadership from the Top – the featured Luncheon Program offers participants the opportunity to hear from Pernille Spiers-Lopez, President of IKEA USA, whose company has been cited repeatedly as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for”; and

 ·         European and U.S. Work Cultures and Their Impact on Gender Equity in which senior officers from French, German, and Swedish companies share their views on the differing work cultures in which they operate.

2009 Colloquium Presenters

Convener: Irene Natividad, President, Global Summit of Women

Ms. Natividad brings women corporate, government and non-profit leaders together annually for a global gathering which has come to be called 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.

Carmina Abad, Vice President, Distribution and Marketing, MetLife Mexico

Carmina Abad is the Vice President of Distribution and Marketing of MetLife Mexico, the largest insurer in the Mexican Market.  In this position, Ms. Abad is responsible for the Government and Private institutional and individual business (generating almost the 90% of the annual income in MetLife Mexico), and also heads the Marketing, and Government and Industry Relations areas. In addition, she is the Diversity Officer for MetLife in Latin America.  Ms. Abad was ranked as one of the Top Executive Women in 2007 by Mundo Ejecutivo and since 2006 has appeared in the list of the 50 Most Influential Women in Mexican Business published by the Magazine Expansión.

Amy Augustine, Manager—Diversity and International Labor Relations, Calvert

As Manager of Diversity and International Labor Relations at the Calvert Group, Amy Augustime spearheads Calvert’s research, advocacy, and policy work on these critical issues.  Ms. Augustine helped develop the Calvert Women’s Principles, the first global code of conduct focused on empowering, advancing, and investing in women worldwide, and is the lead author of Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices in the Calvert Social Index.  With almost ten years experience in socially responsible investing, she has successfully engaged key domestic and international corporate executives in dialogues aimed at strengthening and implementing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies and has worked on a number of Calvert's initiatives, including efforts promoting board diversity and equal employment opportunities.

Nellie Borrero, Global Inclusion and Diversity Executive, Accenture

A sought-after thought leader and speaker with deep global experience, Nellie Borrero helps to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of embracing diversity.  As Global Inclusion and Diversity Executive at Accenture, Ms. Borrero drives the company’s diversity initiatives worldwide.  Since joining Accenture in 1986, she created the first role for diversity efforts at within the company.  Ms. Borrero has received numerous awards, including the National Management Consulting Diversity Achievement Award and the ASPIRA Circle of Achievers Award.  

Candi Castleberry-Singleton, Chief Diversity Officer, University of  Pittsburgh Medical Center

Candi Castleberry-Singleton is chief diversity officer for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. As chief diversity officer, Ms. Castleberry-Singleton will develop and implement UPMC’s diversity and inclusion strategy relating to (1) workforce, including talent acquisition, recruitment, and retention; (2) workplace, such as building an inclusive environment, training, and cultural competency; and (3) marketplace, and community partnerships. Ms. Castelberry-Singleton was formerly Vice President of Global Inclusion and Diversity at Motorola, where she was responsible for developing and implementing a One Motorola strategy that reflects Motorola’s coherent corporate-wide commitment to inclusion in the marketplace, workforce, and workplace diversity.

Cathy Cornish,  Vice President of Workforce Strategies, Diversity and  Work Life, Metlife

Cathy Cornish is the Vice President of Workforce Strategies, Diversity and Work Life Programs in Human Resources for Metlife.  In her role she works in close partnership with the HR Business Partners, the HR Centers of Expertise and the Lines of Business Leaders to develop both strategic and tactical plans to address the implications of the current and future workforce and workplace shifts.  Ms. Cornish has been with MetLife for nine years and joined the company to start up the Office of Diversity. Prior to July 2000, Cathy was Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for corporate lines of business at PaineWebber Inc.  There she led a team that focused on industry and technical training, leadership development, change management and organizational effectiveness.

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Maurice Cox, Vice President, Corporate Development and Diversity, PepsiCo

Maurice Cox became vice president, Corporate Development and Diversity, at Pepsi-Cola Company, the world’s second largest soft drink company, in 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. 

Stephanie Dawkins, Senior Vice President, AB Volvo

Stephanie Dawkins, Senior Vice President for AB Volvo, is the first and only African American to hold an executive position at this level in the 80-year history of AB Volvo. In her position, Ms. Dawkins has global responsibilities for various worldwide HR processes for the Volvo Group, including Labor and Employee Relations, Safety and the Working Environment, Health and Well-being, and Organizational Effectiveness, among others. Together with a team of HR professionals, she travels worldwide and is charged with leading Volvo’s Human Resources organization into a “Best in Class” operation.

Ana Duran, Human Resources Director, Lactalis Iberia Group, Spain


Ana Duran is a seasoned professional in the field of human resources whose career has spanned service in multinational companies based in the U.S. (General Electric, Bausch & Lomb, ADP), Japan (Shinogi Qualicaps) and Europe.  For all these companies, Ms. Duran has provided leadership in talent management for subsidiaries in Spain, most recently for Lactalis Iberia Group – a division of Lactalis Group, a French family-owned company with 33,000 employees and a presence in 125 countries.

Janice Fenn, President of the Professional Resources Organization, Inc

Ms. Fenn is co-author of the book Do You See What I See?  A Diversity Tale for Retaining People of Color and creator of the Development Ladder GameTM.  Ms Fenn has over 20 years of human resources and diversity experience. Her corporate experience includes Senior Director of Global Diversity for Kraft Foods, and positions in human resources, recruitment, succession planning and diversity for both Quaker Oats and the Sara Lee. As Director of Human Resources Development at Sara Lee Corporation, Ms. Fenn was responsible for developing the company’s diversity process both domestically and internationally, including South Africa, Spain, The United Kingdom, Holland and France.

Mona Lau, Global Head of Diversity and Campus Recruiting, UBS


Dr. Mona Siu-Kan Lau is a Managing Director and a member of the UBS Group HR Committee. She has led UBS’s Global Diversity strategy for the past seven years; in June 2007, she assumed responsibility for group-wide Campus Recruiting as well. Dr. Lau and her team of Diversity specialists identify and design new Diversity initiatives and mandates, and work with HR management and UBS senior leaders to implement a cohesive Diversity strategy around the world. In October 2006, she received the Chairman’s Award at UBS for Entrepreneurial Leadership for her demonstrated energy, drive and commitment in advancing UBS' Diversity agenda globally with increasing success.

Mechthilde Maier, Senior Vice President Group Diversity Management,   Deutsche Telekom


After serving in various positions with Deutsche Telekom, Mechthilde Maier was appointed Deutsche Telekom’s Senior Vice President, Group Diversity Management in August 2008.  Previously, Ms. Maier was Managing Director and Member  of the Board of  Directors,  T-Systems International, Serviceline IT-Operations.  Aside from her positions at Deutsche Telekom in Germany, she also spent a year as Vice Director of Human Resources Management for Deutsche Telekom in South Africa. 

Maureen Montgomery, Human Resources Manager, Western Europe, Procter & Gamble

Based in Geneva Switzerland Maureen is currently serving as the Procter & Gamble Global Fine Fragrances Human Resources Manager.  The business includes brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, HugoBoss, and Lacoste.  In addition, Ms. Montgomery is currently leading the Procter & Gamble diversity effort in Western Europe. Since beginning her career at Procter & Gamble in 1987, she has held positions in manufacturing before transitioning to Human Resources in 1998.

Terry Savage, Author and Personal Finance Columnist, Chicago Sun Times

A nationally known expert on personal finance and a regular television commentator on CNN, CNBC, PBS, and NBC on issues related to investing and financial markets, Terry Savage  is the nationally syndicated Chicago Sun-Times personal finance columnist.  Her best-selling book, The Savage Truth on Money, was named one of the ten best money books of the year by, and was made into a television special which aired on PBS.  Ms Savage started her career as a stockbroker, and became a founding member -- and the first woman trader -- on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and previously served on the boards of McDonald's Corporation and Pennzoil-Quaker State Corporation.

Pernille Spiers-Lopez, President, IKEA USA and Global  Human Resources Manager,  IKEA

Pernille Spiers-Lopez is the President of IKEA North America and Global HR Manager.  During her tenure as President of IKEA North America, IKEA has been named to Working Mother magazine’s list of “100 Best Companies for 2003, 2004 and 2005” and FORTUNE’S "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for three consecutive years.   Prior to joining IKEA, Ms. Speirs-Lopez worked with several smaller retail operations, and oversaw 24 Door Store furniture locations. She originally came to IKEA North America in 1990, as Marketplace Manager for the West Coast IKEA stores, and later moved on to become store manager in Pittsburgh. In this role, she was instrumental in developing and implementing progressive policies to benefit all at IKEA.

Andrés Tapia, Chief Diversity Officer and Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader, Hewitt Associates

Andrés Tapia is Hewitt’s Chief Diversity Officer and Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader, responsible for leading the company’s internal and external diversity vision and strategies.  Previously a journalist, he covered social trends in the U.S. and Latin America via articles in publications such as the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and VOCÊ (Brazil), among others.  Mr. Tapia’s experiences in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Spain, India, Kenya, and throughout Latin America and his native Perú have equipped him with a true global perspective.  Mr. Tapia has received the numerous recognitions including the Hewitt Exemplary Leader Award (2005), Chicago United’s Business Leader of Color Award (2007), CDO Exemplary List published by Diversity Best Practices in FORTUNE magazine (2006), and Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Éxito Award (2008).

Johnna G. Torsone, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Pitney Bowes Inc.

Johnna Torsone joined Pitney Bowes in 1990 as Director, Corporate Employee Relations and Labor Relations Counsel.  In that position, she crafted and played a major role in implementation of the company’s diversity strategy, which has won Pitney Bowes numerous awards and recognition over the last decade.  In 1993, she assumed the role of Chief Human Resources Officer with overall responsibility at that time for executive development and succession planning, executive compensation, benefits planning and administration, diversity, employee relations and employment law.  The role has continually evolved into a senior human resources strategy role and operates as part of the senior management leadership team.

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