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March 26-28, 2014 – Washington, DC


Ruta Aidis, PhD. - Gender-GEDI Project Director and VP Research and Business Development, The GEDI Institute; President and CEO, ACG Inc. Senior Fellow, Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy (CEPP), School of Public Policy, George Mason University. Dr. Aidis has more than 15 years of experience teaching, researching and consulting in comparative entrepreneurship development, gender, institutions and public policy. Her work is published widely and includes 14 articles in international academic journals, 6 academic books and numerous book chapters.  Dr. Aidis has been actively involved in the development of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) an innovative new policy tool that combines the effects of individual and institutional data on entrepreneurship development worldwide. In 2013, Dr. Aidis spearheaded the development of the Gender- GEDI which focuses on high potential female entrepreneurship. In addition, Dr. Aidis consults on numerous entrepreneurship and gender related initiatives worldwide.

Barbara Annis, Founder and CEO of Barbara Annis & Associates, Inc. (BAA) is a world-renowned expert on Gender Intelligence, Inclusive Leadership, and Cultural Intelligence. Her clients include over 75 Fortune 500 companies, ten governments, and numerous educational institutions worldwide. Over the past twenty-seven years, Ms. Annis and her 51 global associates have facilitated over 8,000 corporate workshops and conducted thousands of leadership assessments and executive coaching sessions. She is Chair Emeritus and Member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School. Barbara is a thought leader and author of several books, including : Same Words, Different Language, Leadership and the Sexes (with Michael Gurian), and her most recent, Work with Me: The 8 Blind Spots between Men and Women in Business, written in conjunction with John Gray, author of the best-selling relationship book, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. Her next book, Gender Intelligence, co-authored with Dr. Keith Merron, is the culmination of twenty-seven years of gender-based research and global practice that uniquely applies cutting-edge brain-based research to the workplace.

Audrey Barnes has spent the last two decades chasing news stories, and now she’s ready to make news. She is a Multi-media Journalist for WUSA TV in Washington, DC, where she shoots videotape, edits on Avid, researches, writes, reports, anchors newscasts, blogs, and posts stories and photos to the web. Working there is the realization of a goal she set while interning at the station when she was a student at the University of Maryland in College Park. Audrey has been a reporter and anchor for television stations across the country. She was nominated for an Emmy for her numerous live reports outside the Pentagon with fleeing workers, worried relatives, and dedicated rescue personnel after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Audrey is particularly proud of the Emmy she won for a documentary she made in Flint, Michigan about a dancer who lands a dream contract at the Joffrey School of Ballet. She’s now making her own dream come true with Audrey Barnes Media--and fulfilling a promise she made while working on her Master’s degree at Northwestern teach aspiring journalists and others how to make an unforgettable statement!

Sally Armstrong is a three-time Amnesty International Canada award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, the holder of seven honorary degrees, a journalist and a humanitarian activist. She is a member of the International Women’s Commission, a U.N. body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East. As a journalist Sally has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world; from Bosnia and Somalia to the Middle East, Rwanda, Congo and Afghanistan. Her first book, Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan was published by Penguin Books in 2002. The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor was published by Random House in 2007. Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: the Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women was published by Penguin in 2008. Her book, Ascent of Women: Our turn, our way – a remarkable story of world-wide change was released by Random House in March 2013 and was released internationally this month under the title Uprising: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter.

Carol Bonosaro is President of the Senior Executives Association (SEA), the professional association representing the top career executives in the Federal government. Ms. Bonosaro was a Senior Executive until she retired in 1986 to become SEA’S full time President. She served on the Association’s Board of Directors (including chair) from 1981 to 1986. Ms. Bonosaro began her government career at the then Bureau of the Budget (now Office of Management and Budget) as a management intern. At 33, she became a super-grade executive at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Among the various positions she held there was Director of the Women’s Rights Unit. As Director, she developed and implemented programs in response to the agency’s jurisdiction over sex discrimination (congressionally mandated in 1972), including a Commission study of sex bias in the U.S. Code conducted by now Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a consultation on the issue of domestic violence in 1978; the consultation led to the founding of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Bonosaro directed the Commission’s Congressional and Public Affairs Program from 1980 to 1986. A Cornell University graduate, Ms. Bonosaro attended George Washington University; and Harvard University’s Program for Senior Managers in Government. Ms. Bonosaro is listed in Who’s Who in America; a member of the Advisory Board of the Asian American Government Executives Network; and served as a member of the National Partnership Council; is a member of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations.

The Honourable Sarmite (Sam) Bulte, P.C., B.A., LL.B. is a lawyer and former Member of Parliament. Sam serves as a consultant, legal advisor and speaker providing advice on public policy, advocacy, government relations, governance and entrepreneurship to not-for-profit organizations, governments and businesses. From 1997-2006, Sam represented the Toronto riding of Parkdale-High Park as a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. From 2000 to 2006, Sam was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. In 2004, she was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and elected as Chair of the Ontario Liberal Caucus. Sam chaired Prime Minister Chretien’s Task Force on Women Entrepreneurs; many recommendations implemented by successive governments. In 2005, Sam was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry. In 2007, Sam was Special Advisor for the Government of Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade, providing strategic advice on the development and outreach programming to promote opportunities for business growth in Ontario focusing on women in business. She is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Women Entrepreneurs Round Table for Toronto with Councilor Michael Thompson. Since leaving politics Sam has worked internationally as a consultant with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in several areas. A board, committee and task Force member for over thirty years, including Canadian Association of Women Executives & Entrepreneurs and Women Entrepreneurs of Canada.

Leigh Carter is the Executive Director, Fonkoze USA. An early career in human rights activism in Central America led Leigh Carter to Haiti in 1991. Ms. Carter began working at the Washington Office on Haiti, the voice of the Haitian democracy movement on Capitol Hill. In 1996, she met the grassroots leader and founder of Fondasyon Kole Zepòl (Fonkoze) in Haiti, Father Joseph Philippe, and learned of his dream of economic democracy for the poor of Haiti and his vision of a "bank the organized poor could call their own.” Carter founded Fonkoze USA, a U.S. non-profit organization with the mission to raise funds and awareness for Fonkoze. In the past 13 years, Fonkoze USA has leveraged millions of dollars for Fonkoze in Haiti. Today, Fonkoze, with the assistance of Fonkoze USA and many other partners, has 42 branch locations in every department of Haiti, 45,000 loan recipients, over 200,000 savings accounts, and 740 employees. In post-earthquake Haiti, Fonkoze is the bank on which the poor of Haiti can rely. Carter is a former staff person and board member of Washington Office on Haiti, a former Executive Director and board member of Witness for Peace, and a current advisory board member of Partners in Progress. Leigh holds a B.S. in business administration from Samford University and a M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.

Amanda Ellis, Ambassador, Head of Mission, Permanent Representative of New Zealand (NZ) to the United Nations Office in Geneva, (Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Francophone Africa). She was previously Deputy Secretary – International Development – leading 220 staff in New Zealand and offshore that manage over half a billion dollars of official development assistance annually. Prior to this, Ms. Ellis was Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group at the World Bank in Washington DC, managing the World Bank President’s Global Private Sector Leaders Forum. In 2004 Ms. Ellis founded the Gender Entrepreneurship Markets (GEM) global programme at the International Finance Corporation, providing advice to governments and companies in developing countries on private sector development. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ms. Ellis was Head of Women’s Markets and National Manager Women in Business for Westpac Banking Corporation in Australia. Her team grew annual revenues from a standing start to over half a billion dollars in just three years. Ms. Ellis began her professional career with the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1988 as an economist and diplomat, and served subsequently at the OECD in Paris, as Consul in the French Pacific Territories and manager of NZ aid programmes in Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia. In 2012 Ms. Ellis received the East West Center Distinguished Alumni Award and, in 2011, TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Ellis serves on the Advisory Boards of New Zealand Global Women, the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, the Global Banking Alliance and WE Connect International.

Denise Evans is Vice President, Market Development for the IBM Corporation. She leads an organization responsible for developing IBM’s strategy for and marketing to Asian, Black, Hispanic, Native American, and women owned businesses and IBM suppliers in North America as well as women owned, led and influenced businesses, globally. Denise has served globally as Director of e-Relationship Marketing for, Director of Customer Loyalty for IBM Sales & Distribution, Director of e-business for IBM Enterprise Systems Group and numerous global leadership and executive positions in IBM marketing and sales for 36+ years. Her marketing experience includes customer and e-relationship marketing, customer loyalty, eBusiness on demand-now Smarter Planet, diversity marketing and social media marketing. Denise was named a Sequoyah Fellow by the American Indian Engineering and Science Society. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Native American Chamber of Commerce, the Women Presidents’ Organization, the Center for Women’s Business Research (also, Treasurer), the X Coalition, Enterprising Women Magazine, the International Planning Committee for the Global Summit of Women, and the advisory board of The S.O.L.V.E. Group, LLC. She was featured in Working Mother Magazine’s Multicultural Women, July 2013. Denise is active in her community and is a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts. She is a mentor to many in marketing and sales. Denise earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Economics from Brown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Develop Trade Law is owned and operated by Andrea Ewart, Esq. Andrea is a trade and customs attorney/ policy advisor  and accomplished writer. She has over twenty-five years of professional experience that includes the practice of trade law; legislation/policy development; project management; and research, writing, teaching, and publishing. As the CEO and owner of DevelopTradeLaw, LLC, (formerly Andrea M. Ewart, PC) Andrea has counseled and represented the interests of businesses, governments, and individuals on a wide range of issues affecting international trade, including customs law and enforcement, U.S. export control laws, U.S. trade sanctions, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices  Act (FCPA). Her areas of particular focus are those trade issues that impact developing countries and small businesses, interests that reflect her previous career as a project manager in the economic development field. Andrea began her legal career as an Associate in international trade regulation and legislation with the Washington D.C. office of the law firm of Holland & Knight LLP. Andrea is a key officer of OWIT International as the Executive Vice President.

Elena Fedyashina is one of Russia’s leading forces for the business advancement of women. She is the Executive Director of the Committee of 20, an association of Russia’s most successful businesswomen who work to enhance women’s business success and underscore the power of women to drive economic development. She co-founded "Leadership without Boundaries” bringing together senior corporate women to get more women onto Boards and into C-suites and served as the Director of the Alliance of American and Russian women. Elena is behind numerous high impact projects including a mentorship program for women entrepreneurs, a cross-industry program for corporate "high-potentials”, a women’s business exchange and seven major international conferences. She has also conducted research surveying women’s economic participation to raise awareness of gender equality issues, presenting at major forums such as Vital Voices, APEC Meetings of Women leaders and the Centre for Corporate Diversity in Norway. She is a recipient of the 2008 TIAW World of Difference 100 Award honoring the world’s most effective champions of women’s economic advancement.

Nona Footz is a Managing Director and a member of the RSR Partners Board Recruiting and Assessment practice and leads the Life Sciences Practice. Previously, Ms. Footz was a Client Partner in Korn/Ferry International and was a member of the Firm’s Human Resources Center of Expertise. She was responsible for directing large, executive-level search and executive development engagements. Ms. Footz joined Korn/Ferry from a global human capital consulting firm, as the vice president of business development, based in New York City and Chicago. Her experience included selling and delivering projects in executive assessment and selection, leadership development, learning and organizational effectiveness. Ms. Footz started the New York City office as managing director, tripling its size in less than three years with a client base of healthcare and financial Services companies. Ms. Footz’s previous roles were at Xerox Corporation in Sales, Marketing and General Management in Canada, Bermuda, Latin America and in the U.S. 
Ms. Footz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Calgary and a master’s in leadership and strategic management from Manhattanville College in New York. She is a board member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, President of the Executive Women’s Golf Association Foundation and an adjunct faculty member at Manhattanville College and New York University.

Vinny Garg, Senior Associate at KPMG, LLP, is an industry veteran with more than 12 years of management advisory and business experience. She has a strong background across the full life cycle of IT project delivery, and considerable project and program management experience. Vinny has extensive experience providing innovative Business and Technological Solutions to Government and Corporate clients. She brings a wealth of knowledge in Enterprise Engineering with supple business acumen in translating technology into Business solutions. Her aptitude spans across varied IT advisory engagements with a focus on Information Technology Modernization. Vinny’s clients include some of the leading entities in the federal and commercial sectors.


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