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Leading through crisis: Excerpts from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit

11/11/2020 Bonnie W. Gwin

Heidrick & Struggles was once again a proud partner of the 2020 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, which took place virtually from September 29 to October 1, 2020. This year’s theme was “Rising to the New Reality.”

The 22nd annual summit brought together female leaders across business, government, academia, philanthropy, and the arts for inspiring conversations, one-on-one interviews, panel discussions, and interactive breakout sessions.

This year, Heidrick & Struggles hosted a panel titled “The board’s role in leading through crisis.” Bonnie Gwin, vice chairman of Heidrick & Struggles’ CEO & Board Practice, joined the discussion as a distinguished panelist.

The following videos are excerpts from the panel.

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Ursula Burns, Senior Advisor, Teneo Holdings; Board Member, ExxonMobil, Nestlé, Uber

Jan Fields, Director, Chico’s, Welbilt, Taubman Co., Alimentation Couche-Tard

Bonnie Gwin*, Vice Chairman, New York Office, Heidrick & Struggles; Cleveland Clinic Board of Trustees; Board Member, Georgetown University

Susan Schwab, Strategic Adviser, Mayer Brown LLP; Board Member, Boeing, Caterpillar, FedEx, Marriott


Pattie Sellers, Chair, Fortune MPW Summit, and Co-CEO, SellersEaston Media

*Bonnie W. Gwin ( is a vice chairman and co-managing partner of Heidrick & Struggles’ CEO & Board Practice; she is based in the New York office.

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