Making Women’s Resource Groups Powerful

November 1-2 New York City #FGBgalvanize
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Sponsored By

  • Accenture
  • IBM
  • New York Times

A summit to convene leaders of women's networks at companies such as:

  • General Electric
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PepsiCo
  • Deloitte
  • Dell
  • KPMG
  • Credit Suisse
  • Accenture
  • McKinsey & Company
  • The Boston Consulting Group
  • Goldman Sachs
  • PwC
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Time Inc.
  • IBM
  • Capital One Financial Corporation

Who will be there — meet our speakers!

  • Keynotes
  • Beth Comstock
    Beth Comstock
    Vice Chair of GE

    The path that led Beth Comstock to become the first-ever female Vice Chair of GE, in 2015, is a varied one. A biology major at the College of William and Mary, Comstock ultimately went the route of trading science for TV news, landing at NBC in 1996 to head up public relations. From there, she went on to GE in 1998 to become first VP of Corporate Communications and then CMO. A detour back to NBC Universal saw her as President of Integrated Media, during which time she helped launch Hulu, before returning to GE as SVP in 2008. Today, Comstock is leading efforts to accelerate new growth and remodel a landmark business for the digital age.

  • Deborah Rosado Shaw
    Deborah Rosado Shaw
    SVP, Chief Global Diversity Engagement Officer at PepsiCo

    A wearer of many hats, Deborah Rosado Shaw is: head of PepsiCo’s Diversity Engagement efforts and strategy; a renowned entrepreneur; founder and CEO of the Rosado Shaw Group, LLC; and a council member for the World Bank Group and the National Women’s Business Council. A Barnard College grad, Shaw’s 12 years spent as a member of PepsiCo’s Ethnic Advisory Board, where she helped to elevate PepsiCo’s status as one of the most diverse, minority business owner-inclusive companies.

  • Ellyn Shook
    Ellyn Shook
    CHRO of Accenture

    As Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer at Accenture, Ellyn Shook has earned her reputation as a mover and shaker in HR by innovating talent practices that help the 411,000 people of Accenture be successful both professionally and personally. At the heart is ensuring people feel they belong. As a passionate advocate of equality for all, Ellyn aspires to help make Accenture the most inclusive and diverse company on the planet. Earlier this year, Accenture turned aspiration into action by publishing their company-wide goal to achieve a totally gender- balanced workforce by 2025.

  • Karen Quintos
    Karen Quintos
    EVP and Chief Customer Office at Dell

    Karen Quintos came to Dell as VP in 2000 after holding top positions at Merck and Citigroup. Ten years later, she accepted the role of Chief Marketing Officer, and in 2016, she became Dell’s first Chief Customer Officer. In her role, Quintos leads a global organization devoted to customer advocacy, which includes defining and developing Dell’s approach to customer experience, as well as driving Dell’s strategy and programs for Corporate Social Responsibility, Diversity & Inclusion and Entrepreneurship. Quintos is also a passionate, outspoken proponent for women in IT and business. She co-founded and serves as sponsor of Dell’s largest employee resource group, Women in Action, and hosts the Dell company’s Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) Summit each year.

  • Mike Preston
    Mike Preston
    Chief Talent Officer of Deloitte

    Ever since joining Deloitte in 2002, Mike Preston, a University of Southern California grad, has let his passion for employee well-being as a responsibility of corporate leadership be known. As Chief Talent Officer for Deloitte’s U.S. firms, Preston is spearheading efforts to foster an environment where Deloitte’s more than 80,000 high-achieving professionals can truly thrive. He oversees all aspects of this world-class talent organization, including Acquisition, Inclusion, and Development.

  • Special Guests
  • Kristen Bellstrom
    Kristen Bellstrom
    Deputy Digital Editor, Fortune Magazine

    As Deputy Digital Editor, Kristen Bellstrom oversees’s leadership coverage with a special focus on women and business. A graduate of Duke University and Columbia University, Bellstrom also edits The Broadsheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter about the world’s most powerful women, and serves as co-chair of the company’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit. She got her start as a writer, then editor for SmartMoney Magazine, a Dow Jones publication, before becoming Senior Editor of first Money Magazine and then Fortune.

  • Rebecca Blumenstein
    Rebecca Blumenstein
    Deputy Managing Editor, The New York Times

    Before being appointed Deputy Managing Editor of the Times in February 2017, Rebecca Blumenstein served as Deputy Editor in Chief of the Wall Street Journal, where she co-founded and moderated a Women in the Economy Task Force. Her history at the Journal began in 1995 in Detroit, where she covered the publication’s General Motors beat before moving to New York in 1998 to cover telecom. From there, she held a variety of leadership roles, including Page One Editor, international editor, and managing editor of the Journal’s digital vertical, In 2007, her leadership abilities gained global recognition when her team won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.

  • Susan Chira
    Susan Chira
    Senior Correspondent and Editor, The New York Times

    As senior correspondent and editor for gender issues at The New York Times, Susan Chira has played a formative role in advancing dialogue surrounding gender diversity issues in the media. A Harvard University grad, Chira first joined the Times in 1981 as a trainee on the metropolitan desk before being promoted to reporter the following year. It wasn’t long after that the Times was prepared to send her to Tokyo as a foreign correspondent, a position she held from 1984 to 1989. Holding a variety of editor positions at the Times since, Chira remains a resident expert on issues impacting women in the workplace.

  • Featured Speakers
  • Amber Grewal
    Amber Grewal
    VP of Global Talent Acquisition, IBM

    Amber Grewal is the Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition at IBM with 20 years of experience in art and science of talent attraction and management. She’s responsible for building strong, consultative departmental functions by implementing innovative talent acquisition models, talent technology, sourcing strategies, workforce and talent planning, and employer branding in both competitive and emerging markets globally. Grewal has served in several leadership roles with organizations such as GE, Microsoft, Symantec and KPMG before IBM, leading the transformation of talent in the digital era. She is a board member of Nova Workforce Board, responsible for working closely with businesses, educators and job seekers to address the workforce needs of the Silicon Valley. Grewal is a founding board member of the IoT Talent Consortium, in building the strategy to enable the workforce of the future to realize the value of the Internet of Things.

  • Christy Johnson
    Christy Johnson
    Founder & CEO, Artemis Connection

    An accomplished entrepreneur and educator, Christy Johnson is currently building her third start-up, Artemis Connection, a strategy consulting firm for innovative leaders. Her experience working in corporate strategy includes time spent as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co., and she was also recognized as Junior Achievement’s National Teacher of the Year while working as a math, economics, and history teacher in her home state of Washington. A graduate of both Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and School of Education, she currently facilitates a course on designing creative and innovative organizations for her alma mater.

  • Daisy Dowling
    Daisy Dowling
    Founder & Ceo, Workparent

    Daisy Dowling is the Founder & CEO of Workparent, a boutique consulting firm that provides practical and commercial advice, solutions and training to working parents and to the organizations that employ them. In addition, she writes the Harvard Business Review’s first-ever column on working- parent issues. Daisy’s career has been focused on developing people and organizations. She previously served as Global Head of Talent Development for Blackstone, the leading investment firm, and held top leadership development positions at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Her book “Remember Who You Are” was published in 10 languages and she has written for the New York Times,Washington Post, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and Elle magazine. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Business School.

  • Georgene Huang
    Georgene Huang
    CEO and Co-founder, Fairygodboss

    Georgene Huang is obsessed with improving the workplace for women. She’s the CEO and Co-founder of Fairygodboss, a marketplace where professional women looking for jobs, career advice and the inside scoop on companies meet employers who believe in gender equality. Previously she ran the enterprise business at Dow Jones and was a Managing Director at Bloomberg Ventures. She is a graduate of Cornell and Stanford Universities.

  • Karen Kovacs
    Karen Kovacs
    Group President of Brand & Category Sales, Time Inc.

    Since joining Time Inc. in 1992, Kovac has served in various leadership roles within the publishing and advertising realms at People Magazine and Entertainment Weekly before moving into her position as Group President in January of 2017. A Cornell University graduate, Kovac has helped oversee and strategize mobile growth and expansion for Time Inc., including during her four years spent as Publisher of People. She got her start at the advertising and public relations agency Ogilvy & Mather in 1987, where she held various roles including Media Planner, and is known as an industry innovator within the media and publishing world.

  • Meredith Kopit Levien
    Meredith Kopit Levien
    EVP and COO of The New York Times

    Beginning her career at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C., Kopit Levien worked her way through marketing and revenue roles at Atlantic Media Company and Forbes Media before joining The New York Times in 2013 as their head of advertising. Two years later, she became The Times’ EVP and CRO before taking the helm as EVP and COO in June 2017. Kopit Levien is a noted defender of independent journalism, a literary fiction buff, and the executive sponsor of The Times’ women’s network since 2014.

  • Michelle Russell
    Michelle Russell
    Senior Partner & Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

    Michelle Russell is a Senior Partner & Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group. She is Partner Lead for Women@BCG.Michelle is a core member of BCG's People & Organization practice area and previously led the Health Care practice for the Midwest and Canada. Much of her work is focused on academic medical centers, hospital systems, and payers. Michelle has deep client experience in change management and strategy. She received a PhD in organic chemistry from Stanford University and a BA from the University of St. Thomas (St Paul, MN). She lives in Chicago with her husband and two young daughters.

  • Romy Newman
    Romy Newman
    President and Co-founder, Fairygodboss

    Romy Newman is Co-founder and President of Fairygodboss, a business dedicated to improving the workplace for women. Before venturing into the crazy world of entrepreneurship, Newman ran digital advertising sales and operations at The Wall Street Journal, and also worked in marketing at Google and Estee Lauder. A graduate of Yale and Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, she’s a frequent contributor to Fortune, Huffington Post, and Inc. and is highly motivated to bring better performance and productivity to our companies and our country by making the workplace work better for women.

  • SoVonna Day-Goins
    SoVonna Day-Goins
    Manager Director, Credit Suisse

    SoVonna Day-Goins is a Managing Director in Global Credit Products. She currently runs the Acquisition / Bridge Financing business at the firm. Day-Goins has spent over 18 years at Credit Suisse in a variety of leading businesses within Leverage Finance, High-Yield and Investment Grade Capital Markets, and she’s executed thousands of commitments for large-cap corporate clients, as well as top-tier financial sponsors. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, she worked for J.P. Morgan, Citicorp, and Lexis/Nexis. Day- Goins has served on the Managing Director Executive Committee, the Fixed Income Human Capital Board, and numerous other internal committees, and she is an actively engaged member of the firm’s recruitment, retention, and diversity initiatives.

What we will accomplish

At this intimate, invitation-only summit, leaders of women's corporate networks will:
  • Identify actionable ideas as a group to make women’s employee resource groups more effective and relevant.
  • Listen to presentations and participate in a series of collaborative group breakout sessions about the most urgent issues faced by women in today’s workforce and the ways women’s networks can help alleviate them.
  • Advance gender diversity in the workplace by opening the channels of communication between women’s networks from different organizations.

The When/Where of Our Two-Day Event:


Wednesday, November 1

5pm — 9:30pm

The Lamb's Club

132 W 44th St., New York, NY 10036


Thursday, November 2

8am — 6pm

The New York Times

620 8th Ave., New York, NY 10018

The Cost

We are pleased to announce that there is no registration fee to attend “Galvanize: Making Women’s Resource Groups Powerful.” However, we do ask that every participant please contribute $300 to help with overhead costs.

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