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NEW Executive Forum’s keynote lineup to spotlight four industry trailblazers

Forum Keynote Speakers

With a keynote speaker lineup featuring four influential women in the worlds of politics, sports, tech and business, the Network of Executive Women hopes to inspire 300 executive-level leaders from various industries at its 14th Annual NEW Executive Forum. 


Attendees, who will gather at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Florida July 30-August 1, will hear from Valerie Jarrett, Obama Foundation’s senior advisor; Suzy Whaley, president at PGA of America; Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and author of Brave, Not Perfect; and Maggie Timoney, CEO at Heineken USA.


The event – themed Reframe: Our power. On purpose. For progress. – is intended to give attendees the opportunity to find ways to reframe the conversation around gender equality and to “harness their personal power to create change,” says NEW. Each keynote speaker will offer insights into her own experiences with making change in often male-dominated spheres.


“My aim for this year’s Forum is to encourage guests to consider how reframing their lives, careers and their business leadership values can make an impact on gender equality, diversity and inclusion within their companies,” said Sarah Alter, CEO at NEW.


Jarrett, called “the ultimate Obama insider” by the New York Times, will discuss her journey as a daughter, mother, lawyer, businessperson, public servant and leader in government at a historic moment in American history.


Whaley will delve into how she became a leading golfer, share challenges she faced along the way and explain what it means to become the first woman president of PGA of America. She also will reveal why she believes golf needs the presence and leadership of women now more than ever and how she plans to do her part to transform a historically white male tradition into a sport for all.


Saujani will emphasize the importance of bravery, drawing on hundreds of interviews with girls and women from around the country – as well as her own personal journey – to share how to make bravery a lifelong habit.


Timoney, who became the first woman to lead a major U.S. beer supplier when she took the helm as Heineken’s CEO in 2018, will tell attendees how she came to lead in a male-dominated industry and how her rise is impacting the culture at Heineken and in the industry as a whole.
The conference agenda and more information can be found on the event website