General sessions

Opening keynote

Tuesday, 8:30 am – 9:15 am

How Women’s Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better

Maddy Dychtwald

The role of women in driving and defining business is more critical than ever. Yet too many women still lack financial confidence, investment skills and economic influence. The final frontier for women is exercising economic power
commensurate with their numbers. Based on groundbreaking findings from Age Wave’s landmark study "Women, Money and Power,” this keynote by author Maddy Dychtwald will reveal important insights on women and their relationship to money. It will illuminate women’s financial motivations, fears and challenges, and show how to satisfy their needs and meet their hopes.


Tuesday 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

What It Means to Be A Female Leader Today

Cathy Smith
SVP, Chief Financial Officer & Strategy
Walmart International

Interviewed by
Jan Hill
Author of Smart Women, Smart Moves

Cathy Smith is one of the most powerful women in retailing. As senior vice president of strategy and chief financial officer for Walmart International, Smith is responsible for accounting, business planning and key strategies affecting more than 4,000 stores, 664,000 associates and $100 billion in sales in 27 countries. Prior to joining Walmart, Smith worked at GameStop, the world's largest video game retailer with locations in 17 countries. Performance consultant Jan Hill (author of Smart Women, Smart Moves), will interview Smith about the role of women in cpg/retail today, including how companies can leverage their women leaders, how women can advance in their organizations and the role of women executives in today's global environment.

Closing keynote

Tuesday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cliff Notes – Leadership Lessons from the Ledge

Alison Levine

Alison Levine is no stranger to risk-taking. She has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds, sudden avalanches and a career on Wall Street. Levine started climbing mountains just 18 months after a second surgery to repair a life-threatening heart condition. She has since scaled peaks on every continent, served as the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition and skied across the Arctic Circle to the North Pole. In our closing keynote, Levine will explain the importance of taking responsible risks and developing no-nonsense teams that can succeed in any environment — from 28,000 feet to Wall Street.


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Foundation sponsors

Grand sponsors

AccentureDeloitteThe Kroger Co.
Ahold USAGeneral MillsUnilever
CotyJohnson & JohnsonWalgreen Company
Delhaize GroupKellogg CompanyWhite Wave

Anniversary sponsors

CrossmarkEJ GalloNestlé Waters
CVS CaremarkThe Hershey CompanyStarbucks

Special thanks

One Source IndustriesLynx Hispanic MarketingPublix
Image BaseDFV Wines