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NEW Forum 2013


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General sessions

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

Opening Keynote
Unleashing Your Authentic Power

Ann Fudge Former Chairman & CEO, Young & Rubicam Brands; Board Member, Novartis and Unilever
Discover how to unleash your authentic power from a woman who’s been there, done that. Ann Fudge is the former chairman and CEO of Young & Rubicam Brands, one of the world’s largest advertising agency networks, and a former Kraft Foods division president. Fudge has a passion for education, sustainability, work/life flexibility and other big issues — and she’s making an impact as chair of U.S. programs for the Gates Foundation, as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation and board member for other organizations.
Wednesday, July 30 | 8:15 am – 9:00 am

Town Hall on Women’s Leadership
Kendra Doyel
Vice President, Public Relations, Ralphs Grocery and Food 4 Less/Food Co., The Kroger Co.
What would you do if you had no fear? Where would you go if you had no limits? In this interactive session, high-energy leader Kendra Doyel will help you explore how to be fearless and authentic and find new power to drive change in your organization, career and life.
Wednesday, July 30 | 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Leadership Lessons Workout
What We Learned

Forum Co-chair Vicki Felker Vice President, Pet Specialty, Customer Development Group, Nestlé Purina PetCare
Forum Co-chair Barbara Walker Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing, Safeway Inc.
Wednesday, July 30 | 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Keynote Address
Change Agent: How to Lead Real Transformation
Sumeet Salwan
Senior Vice President, HR, North America, Unilever
Sumeet Salwan joined Unilever as a summer intern in 1992 and now leads human resources for Unilever North America, part of a consumer goods powerhouse with more than a thousand brands and 2 billion daily users worldwide. Salwan began his Unilever career in India and has served the multinational in Rotterdam, London and Singapore. His global experience in talent management and the consumer goods sector will give you new insights on the future of our business.
Wednesday, July 30 | 3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Leadership Roundtable
The Power of a Great Board: How to Leverage and Engage

Moderator: Betsy D. Holden Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Company, Board Member, Diageo PLC
Angela Braly Board Member, Procter & Gamble and Lowe’s Companies Inc.
Michele Buck President, North America, The Hershey Company; Board Member, New York Life
Susan J. Kropf Former President and COO, Avon; Board Member, The Kroger Co.
Janet E. Grove Retired Corporate Vice Chair, Macy’s Inc.; Board Member, Safeway Inc.
Listen in as a panel of accomplished senior leaders and Fortune 500 board members reveal how corporate boards use their power and influence to build great organizations and inspire great leaders. Panelists will share valuable insights on how you can work with your board to increase your power and influence with confidence.
Thursday, July 31 | 8:15 am – 9:30 am

Closing Keynote Address
Stepping into Power, Influence and Impact

Tina Brown Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media
When it comes to power, influence and impact, Tina Brown wrote the book (and the magazine). As the driving force behind influential media outlets like Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and The Daily Beast, Brown transformed organizations, changed the way people consumed news and shaped opinion around the world. Now she’s tackling women’s leadership with her Women in the World Summit and launched Tina Brown Live Media to create other high-level forums. In this riveting hour, you’ll learn about leadership from one of the world’s most influential women.
Thursday, July 31 | 11:15 am – 12:15 pm 

Leadership Circles

Wednesday, July 30 | 10:45 am – 12:00 pm | Sessions repeat at 1:30 pm
Intro to Leadership Circles at 10:15 am – 10:45 am and Leadership Circle Roundup at 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm will take place in the Palos Verdes Ballroom.

The Power of Team: Building Your Coalition
Keith Barringer Global Managing Director, Consumer Goods and Services, Accenture
Great leaders know they are only as good as their team. They also know that building a great team doesn’t just happen. Effective leadership requires the use of both “hard” power and “soft” influence. This balanced approach allows leaders to build a team that creates enduring contributions and a lasting legacy. In this session, a strong leader will show how he has built powerful teams and how you can do it, too.

Creating New Opportunities for Yourself
Susan Chapman-Hughes Senior Vice President, U.S. Account Development, Global Corporate Payments, American Express
Empowered women make smart choices and create their own opportunities. High performance is just the price of admission: Leaders — especially women — need to be clear about their goals and bold about stating their intentions and take risks to achieve what they want. In this session, a successful senior-level leader will share her experiences and outline ways you can seize the opportunities you want in your life and career.

Bringing Other Women to the Table
Joy Chen CEO, Yes To Inc.
Organizations are ultimately responsible for leadership diversity. But organizations are made of people — people like you. Many women do not feel powerful enough to advocate for other women, but that needs to change if we are going to give women of all ages and ethnicities a seat at the table. In this session, you’ll learn — from a CEO who’s done it — how to become an agent of change by connecting, supporting and advocating for other women.

Influence: Leveraging What and Who You Know
Lawrence M. Drake II President and CEO, LEADership, Education and Development (LEAD)
What you know is important. Who you know is important. But how you leverage these things is most important of all. In this session, Circle leader Lawrence Drake will tell you how he has succeeded in widely different environments using the same essential principles. Drake has been a successful senior-level leader at The Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods and KFC; has led two innovative and entrepreneurial firms; and now heads a global non-profit organization that enables youths from diverse backgrounds to convert their high potential into great achievements.

Global Leadership: It’s Within Your Reach
Maria Lindenberg Chief Procurement Officer, Chevron Corporation
These days, competition — and customers — can come from anywhere. Great business leaders think globally and consider the big picture. They acquire new knowledge and skills, build new capabilities and forge strong relationships to discover new business opportunities. In this session, a top industry executive will tell you the secrets you need to know to win in a global economy.

Using Your Power to Transform the Organization
Marissa Nelson Senior Vice President, Ahold USA
This session will afford participants an opportunity to hear from a senior executive who has demonstrated the capacity to use relationships to connect and lead the strategic transformation that puts a company on the path to sustainability.

Gender Diversity at the Top: Changing Culture, Moving Boundaries
Virginia Simmons Director, McKinsey & Company
In this session, you’ll get the results of the latest McKinsey & Company report on gender diversity in corporate leadership and learn how changing individual core beliefs and corporate culture can transform our workplaces. You’ll leave with actionable insights on how you can change hearts and minds in your organization and create a culture that values women’s leadership.

The Power of Servant Leadership
Jesse Spungin Chief Marketing Officer, K&N Engineering
Servant leadership is more than a philosophy — it’s the key to creating a high-performing organization. Servant leaders model the behavior they want their team members (and organizations) to follow. When leaders put their focus on self-interest, colleagues do, too. But when leaders put their focus on service, it fosters an atmosphere of trust, transparency and authenticity. In this session, you’ll learn how to succeed by serving others — and show the next generation how it’s done.

Case Study Learning Labs

Work with one of these eight executive coaches to learn how to increase your power and influence through case studies in business leadership.
Thursday, July 31 | 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Susan Bean Managing Partner, Thanatopsis Consulting
Cynthia Loy Darst Partner, The Inspiration Point
Jan Hill Consultant and Coach, Hill Enterprises Inc.
Dahlia Castro-Smith Managing Partner, CSRH Consulting
Ancella Livers Senior Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership
Karen Pery Co-Founder, Into the Fire Leadership
Mitzi Short Co-Founder and Managing Partner, New Season Coaching & Consulting Group
Sue Stanek, PhD Founder, Inspiring Results

Special events

Networking Breakfasts
Get the day started by dining with fellow senior executives.

Wednesday, July 30 | 6:45 am – 7:45 am | Palos Verdes Terrace
Thursday, July 31 | 6:45 am – 7:45 am | Palos Verdes Terrace

Transformation Boot Camp
Unleashing Your Personal Power
Jan Hill
Certified Coach and CEO, Hill Enterprises Inc.
Hit the Forum running with this opening boot camp designed to transform the way you think about yourself, your career and your life. You’ll learn how to remove the barriers that hold you back, understand the mechanics of behavior change, how to escape the “busy” trap and how to use your imagination to unlock new powers inside you. Hosted by charismatic career coach Jan Hill, this session will leave you energized and ready to take on the world.
Tuesday, July 29 | 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Palos Verdes Ballroom

Welcome Reception and Dinner
Relax and dine with your fellow senior-level executives.
Tuesday, July 29 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Palos Verdes Terrace

Forum Luncheon
Lunch and network with fellow senior-level executives.
Wednesday, July 30 | 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Palos Verdes Terrace 

NEW Forum Reception
Network with other senior leaders.
Wednesday, July 30 | 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Dinner Conversation
Al Carey

CEO, PepsiCo Americas Beverages
PepsiCo Inc.
Al Carey is head of one of PepsiCo’s biggest international business units and a long-time veteran of the consumer goods industry. In this dinner conversation with Donna Giordano, president of Ralphs Grocery Company, he’ll talk about the big trends affecting the industry and the importance of women as both consumers and leaders. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the frank and lively opinions of one of the industry’s most influential leaders
Wednesday, July 30 | 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm | Palos Verdes Ballroom   

NEW Forum Dinner & Networking
Relax and dine with your fellow senior-level executives
Wednesday, July 30 | 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm | Palos Verdes Terrace           

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