Leading through crisis: Excerpts from Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit
COVID-19 Rebuilding

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

Heidrick & Struggles’ Bonnie Gwin explains what boards should and shouldn’t focus on in crisis and examines recent trends in board composition on the MPW panel “The board’s role in leading through crisis.”

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.

What boards should—and shouldn’t—focus on in crisis

Board Monitor US: Trends in board composition


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

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

Bonnie W. Gwin (bgwin@heidrick.com), Vice Chairman and Co-Managing Partner of Heidrick & Struggles' CEO & Board of Directors Practice, New York; 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


Stay connected

Stay connected to our expert insights, thought leadership, and event information.

Leadership Podcast

Explore the latest episodes of The Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Podcast