Global Women's Executive Summit 2016

6-7 October 2016 | Mandarin Oriental | New York

Senior women from around the globe met to explore the role of women in innovation and times of disruption in their organizations. Our keynote speaker, Whitney Johnson, along with a number of leading women shared their personal stories and brought insights from the public, private, and civic sectors.


Predictable Unpredictability: Innovation in Society

We will soon share our planet with 9bn people. How are we going to provide food, water, energy and security for all? Migration, exclusion, political instability, secularism and extremism are all issues for business, as much as they are for society. We address how business and community work together to find solutions for the social issues our world will face.

Leadership Through Disruption

Disruptive innovation comes from people and organizations who “innovate for themselves” to make a difference for others. Leaders who operate outside of their comfort zones embracing diversity across functions, industries and cultures – developing a mind-set of continuous adaptation – are thought to be best equipped to lead disruptive innovation and are most prepared to use setbacks as springboards to success.

Industry Innovators

Falling oil prices, the FinTech revolution, and advances in digital health.  The world around us is changing rapidly. How are the world's leading businesses and the challengers in those sectors embracing change and putting innovation at the heart of their business model, while navigating an increasingly complex regulatory environment?


Kim Barker

Reporter, The New York Times; Author of "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan"

Carmen Bigles

President and Chief Executive Officer, Coquí RadioPharmaceuticals, Corp

Meagan Fallone

Chief Executive Officer, Barefoot College International

Nancy L. Farrell

Chair, Board of Directors, Fountain House

Anne Foulkes

Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Secretary, PPG Industries, Inc. 

Adrienne Harris

Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, The White House

Tanya Holcomb

Vice President, and General Counset, Global Litigation, Honeywell International Inc. 

Isha Johansen

President, Sierra Leone Football Association; Founder, Premier League Club

Whitney Johnson

Author of "Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work"

Sandra Leung

Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb

Pamela Rice

Senior Vice President, Technology, OnDeck

Beth A. Rose

Assistant General Counsel, Product Litigation, Ford Motor Company

Stephanie Sandberg

Managing Director, Advisory & Client Services, Out Leadership

Sandra Leung

Executive Vice President, GC, BMS 

Su-Mei Thompson

Chief Executive Officer, The Women's Foundation