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2016 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

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2015 Fortune Women's Most Powerful Conference

Heidrick & Struggles was once again a proud gold sponsor of the 2016 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit Oct. 17-19, 2016 in Laguna Niguel, CA.

With the theme of Building a Better Future, the 18th annual summit brought together women leaders across business, government, academia, philanthropy and the arts for inspiring conversations, one-on-one interviews, panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and high-level networking.

Heidrick & Struggles’ conference delegates included Bonnie Gwin, Lee Hanson, Anne Lim O’Brien, Elizabeth Simpson, and Victoria Reese. “Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is important and top-of-mind for many,” said Lee Hanson. At Heidrick & Struggles, we are committed to fostering exceptional talent and helping organizations inspire and develop future generations of women leaders globally. We’re proud to support the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit again this year in an effort to help women in their careers and further advance diversity in the workplace overall.” 

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Conference participants include DDB North America CEO Wendy Clark, GE Vice Chairman Beth Comstock, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, Citigroup Latin America CEO Jane Fraser, author and comedian Chelsea Handler, JWT CEO Tamara Ingram, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, Former Dupont CEO Ellen Kullman, Campbell Soup President and CEO Denise Morrison, Alphabet/Google CFO Ruth Porat, singer-songwriter P!nk, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, plus the most senior women executives at such leading global companies as Amazon, Apple, Coca-Cola, Estee Lauder, Genentech, Goldman Sachs, Google, Home Depot, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Starbucks, Uber, Under Armour, Unilever, and Walt Disney

Panel discussion: Measuring Success in the Boardroom

Heidrick & Struggles hosted a breakfast roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 19 to help new board members better position themselves for success and bring the best value to the table.

boardroom success panel 

Panelists included:

Ilene Gordon, chairman, president and CEO, Ingredion; director, Lockheed Martin and International Paper

Bonnie Gwin, vice chairman and co-managing partner of the global CEO & Board Practice, Heidrick & Struggles

Christiana Shi, retiring president, direct-to-consumer, Nike, director Emerita, McKinsey & Company; director, Mondelez and West Marine

Maryrose Sylvester, president and CEO, current, GE; director, Harley Davidson

Moderator: Jennifer Reingold, Fortune

The breakfast panel was an inspiring event that touched on the value of solid onboarding and orientation, the importance of culture, succession planning and board assessments. Bonnie Gwin provides a recap of the insights in Measuring Success in the Boardroom.


Download Measuring Success in the Boardroom.


Notebook Mentoring session

The firm also participated again in the Notebook Mentoring program for high school students, supporting underserved youth from the Orange County, CA area.

Fortune Notebook Mentoring Group

Students benefited from 'speed mentoring' sessions from several high-profile business mentees.

Fortune Notebook Mentoring Student

 Fortune Notebook Mentoring Home Depot

Home Depot EVP U.S. Stores Ann-Marie Campbell inspired students at the session. She recounted her own rise to the top from an entry-level position to leading 350,000 employees. Campbell advised the students to believe in themselves and their potential, and said that it is far more powerful to be your best authentic self than to emulate leaders you admire.

(Photos courtesy Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit)

Learn more about the conference

Bonnie W. Gwin Vice Chairman +1 212 8679876
Lee Hanson Partner +1 415 291 5208
Anne Lim O'Brien Vice Chairman +1 212 8679876
Elizabeth P. Simpson Partner +1 212 8679876
Victoria S. Reese Managing Partner +1 212 8679876

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