General sessions

All general sessions will be held in the Palos Verdes Ballroom.

Opening Keynote
The Transformational Power of Believing in Yourself

Mindy Grossman CEO and Director, HSN Inc.
Mindy Grossman believes you can’t play it safe if you want to drive real change and make a lasting impact. Grossman knows what’s she’s talking about: She’s the dynamic, risk-taking head of the $3.2 billion HSNi consumer brand empire and one of Forbes magazine’s World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Grossman believes women leaders need to sacrifice the lure of short-term security to take risks, defy convention and fuel their real passion. In this powerful keynote, she’ll share the principles that have made her one of the most successful innovators in consumer retailing today.
Wednesday, July 24 | 9:00 am – 9:45 am

Keynote Address
Stop Expecting Order: The Uncertain, Unpredictable, Uncomfortable Nature of Leadership

Laysha Ward President, Community Relations, Target Corporation
Who said things are more orderly (and less scary) at the top of the organizational ladder? In this inspirational keynote, Laysha Ward challenges our desire for order and predictability, and shares how her personal journey helped her embrace the uncertainty, opportunity and fear inherent in meaningful leadership. You’ll learn that resilience, adaptability and grit are as important as anything on your resume — and that letting go of your expectations is exactly when serious leadership starts becoming fun.
Wednesday, July 24 | 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Evening at the Forum
A Conversation with Muhtar Kent
Trudy Bourgeois CEO and Founder, The Center for Workforce Excellence
Muhtar Kent
 Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
The greatest driver of retail business in the 21st century will not be China, India or another growing economy — it will be the world’s women, according to Forum guest of honor Muhtar Kent. The Coca-Cola CEO believes every organization needs to recognize the fast-increasing impact of women in the global workforce and marketplace — and to treat their female leaders as the strategic assets they are. In this exclusive one-on-one session with Trudy Bourgeois, Kent will discuss why he believes so passionately in women’s leadership and outline ways the consumer products and retail industry can harness the greatness of its female leaders.
Wednesday, July 24 | 6:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Leadership Dialogue
Grace Under Fire: The Power of Great Female Leaders

Moderator: Anne Fink Senior Vice President, PepsiCo Sales,
PepsiCo Inc.
Katy Barclay
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, The Kroger Co.
John Lewis President & CEO, NA Buy, Nielsen
Lori Raya President, Vons, Safeway Inc.
Kevin Walling Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, The Hershey Company
These are challenging times: You must manage uncertainty, profit pressures, a changing workforce and increased demands from consumers and customers. Listen in as four senior-level executives share their views on managing critical issues in today’s complex and competitive business environment in this frank Leadership Dialogue led by PepsiCo’s Anne Fink. You’ll learn about the special skills women bring to the table and why these skills are particularly suited to managing transformational change. You’ll leave with sound advice and a better understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader today.
Thursday, July 25 | 8:15 am – 9:15 am

Closing Keynote Address
The Power of Passion

Geena Davis Activist and actress
She’s played a runaway housewife, a trailblazing female ballplayer and Commander in Chief. But the most important role played by Academy Award-winner Geena Davis may be her role starting See Jane, a foundation devoted to gender equity in media. Davis believes that it’s time for women to get their fair share of leadership roles in front of and behind the camera — and she has put her heart and soul behind this movement. Learn more about her career and campaign — and what one committed leader can accomplish — in this passionate closing keynote.
Thursday, July 25 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Leadership Labs

Leadership Lab I: Roundtables
Prepare for the Forum with our intensive Leadership Lab. You’ll join a small facilitated discussion group to explore the advantages of women’s leadership and best practices for advancing women in the industry.
Jeffery Halter
President, YWomen
Barb Hartman
Founder and CEO, GoBeyond LLC
Subriana Pierce
Managing Partner, Navigating Sales & Marketing
Marie Quintana
CEO, The Quintana Group
Tuesday, July 23 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Leadership Lab II: Town Hall
Facilitator: Vicki Felker
Vice President of Pet Specialty, Customer Development Group, Nestlé Purina Petcare Company
Wednesday, July 24 | 10:15 am – 10:45 am

Leadership Lab III: One-to-One
Share leadership lessons with a learning partner in a one-to-one peer coaching session.
Wednesday, July 24 | 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Leadership Lab IV: Breakthrough!
Sue Stanek Founder, Inspiring Results
The difference between those who succeed at personal transformation and those who don’t is a plan that not only outlines the actions that must be taken, but the personal emotions that can help or hinder our success. In this session, Dr. Stanek will prep you to create meaningful, robust and measurable action plans.
Thursday, July 25 | 9:15 am – 9:30 am

Leadership Lab IV: Action Plan Coaching
Participate in an intimate and thought-provoking learning exchange with an experienced coach who will show you how to overcome the roadblocks to your success. You’ll participate in self-discovery exercises that unleash the powerful leader already inside you. Learn how to apply your entire Forum experience. And walk away with new skills, strategies and resources to help you become the bold leader you were meant to be.
Susan Bean
President, Thanatopsis Consulting
Cynthia Loy Darst
Partner, The Inspiration Point
Carrie Kish
Senior Consultant, Director of Business Development
Dr. Ancella Livers
Faculty Member, Center for Creative Leadership
Karen Pery
Founder, Into the Fire Leadership
Sue Stanek
Founder, Inspiring Results
Natalie Vartanian
Thursday, July 25 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Leadership Circles

Wednesday, July 24 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm | Sessions repeat at 1:30 pm

Intro to Leadership Circles at 11:00 am – 11:15 am and Leadership Circle Roundup at 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm will take place in the Palos Verdes Ballroom.

Leadership Circles

Entering the C-Suite: Taking Your Seat at the Table
Brad J. Davidson President, Kellogg North America and
Senior Vice President, Kellogg Company
Research shows that women tend to be mentored, while men are more often sponsored. While mentoring’s important, success at the senior level requires senior-level sponsorship. Do you know how to cultivate and maximize a senior-level sponsor, ask for what you want and leverage the credibility, clout and access that a sponsor can provide? This Leadership Circle will answer these questions and give you a blueprint for building strong and lasting strategic relationships.

How  to Win Amid Chaos and Change
Janel Haugarth Senior Vice President and President, Independent Business and Supply Chain Services, SUPERVALU Inc.
Constant change is the new normal. Market disruption is a given. And organizational shakeups are a way of life. In this session, you’ll learn how to not just cope with change, but leverage it to create exciting new opportunities for yourself, your team and your organization. Led by an industry veteran who’s sailed through many business storms, this Leadership Circle will help you make chaos and change your ally.

Navigating the C-Suite: Politics Is Not a Dirty Word
Suzan Kereere Senior Vice President and General Manager, National Client Group, American Express
Interpersonal dynamics at the c-suite level can be characterized by power plays, hidden agendas, conflict and manipulation. Small wonder that many leaders — especially women — avoid workplace politics. But in this Leadership Circle, you’ll learn to view workplace politics as a leadership opportunity. See how to draw on your talent for collaboration and inclusion to redefine politics in your organizations. And leave with insights on how to change the rules of the game and establish authentic interpersonal relationships.

Critical Capabilities for Today’s Leaders
Nina Leigh Krueger President, Golden Products Division, Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
Highly effective leaders share common traits: They are lifelong learners. They surround themselves with people who tell them the truth. They build teams they trust and empower them to act. Effective leaders remain open, humble, even vulnerable — and these trusting qualities are even more essential as a leader advances and must rely more and more on others. While some might view vulnerability as a sign of weakness, effective leaders know it is the key to success. This Leadership Circle will give you a new perspective on the leadership qualities you need to stay relevant in a changing business world.

Women Supporting Women: Forging Authentic Connections
Ancella Livers Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership
Some female executives have been so busy trying to succeed in male-dominated leadership cultures they’ve forgotten to support other women. It’s time for women to come together and take greater responsibility for each other’s success, and this Leadership Circle will explain how. You’ll explore ways to forge authentic connections that evolve into meaningful partnerships and learn to mentor and sponsor other women, avoid the "queen bee” trap and lift and pull the next generation of female leaders.

Using Your Power Authentically
Kim Rucker  Executive Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs,
Kraft Foods Group Inc.
In a world that often seems to reward conformity over courage and complacency over action, how do you stay true to what you stand for and still get ahead? In this Leadership Circle, you’ll learn how to stand firm to your convictions without sacrificing your self-interest or becoming an outsider in your organization. You’ll hear real-life lessons on how to succeed on your terms and leave with new insights on how to lead with courage and authenticity.
* Morning session only

Organization Transformation: Leading Cultural Change
Aidan Tracey President, Acosta Mosaic Group,
Acosta Sales & Marketing
It’s hard to change yourself — it’s really hard to change your organization. In this Leadership Circle, you’ll hear why it’s critical to change the culture of your organization if you want to effect real change. You’ll learn proven strategies to overcome barriers and respond to naysayers. Hear why women leaders have a unique opportunity to shift the focus of your corporate culture from internal competition and short-term results to a culture of inclusion and long-term success. And you’ll leave knowing how to serve as an authentic ambassador of cultural change.

Starting from Nothing: What It Takes to Fulfill Your Destiny
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann Executive Vice President, Artistic Director,
OPI Products Inc.
Building a business isn’t about where you work, but how. In this Leadership Circle, you’ll learn how to be an entrepreneur inside your own organization — from fashion icon Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, the famous "First Lady of Nails.” You’ll get the secret to thinking and acting like an entrepreneur and strategies that will help increase your influence and get your ideas accepted. If you have great ideas that are not getting traction in your organization, this session is for you.

Special events

Welcome Reception and Dinner
Relax and dine with your fellow senior-level executives. Icebreaker: What bold decision did you make this year — and how did it pay off? Stay for networking and nightcaps until 10 pm.
Tuesday, July 23 | 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm | Catalina Room and Terrace

Forum Luncheon
Lunch and network with fellow senior executives. Discussion: How is your organization cultivating women leaders?
Wednesday, July 24 | 12:30 pm – 1:15 pm | Catalina Terrace

Evening at the Forum: A Conversation with Muhtar Kent
Relax, dine and network with fellow attendees while hearing Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, share his views on the power of women in leadership roles throughout the world. Dinner begins at 7:15 pm; entertainment begins at 8:30 pm.
Wednesday, July 24 | 6:45 pm – 10:00 pm | Palos Verdes Ballroom

Grand Sponsors

Forum Sponsors

Forum Partners