Global Women's Executive Summit

6-7 October 2016 | Mandarin Oriental | New York

The Art of Disruptive Leadership

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.


Industry Innovators

Falling oil prices, the FinTech revolution, advances in digital health. The world around us is changing rapidly.

Predictable Unpredictability: Innovation in Society

Migration, exclusion, political instability, secularism, and extremism are all issues for business as much as they are for society.

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.


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