Knowledge Center: Event
2015 Fortune Most Powerful Women SummitOctober 1, 2015
Heidrick & Struggles was a proud gold sponsor of the 2015 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit Oct. 12-14 in Washington, D.C. The 17th annual summit brought together women leaders across business, government, academia, philanthropy and the arts.
This year’s theme wass “Leading with Purpose,” and the agenda featured one-on one interviews, panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions and high-level networking. Bonnie Gwin, Lee Hanson, Anne Lim O’Brien, Victoria Reese and Carolyn Vavrek represented Heidrick & Struggles at the conference. Inspirational speakers included First Lady Michelle Obama, Fortune 500 CEOs Mary Barra of General Motors, Ursula Burns of Xerox, Lynn Good of Duke Energy, Ilene Gordon of Ingredion, Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin, Gracia Martore of Gannett, Sheri McCoy of Avon, Denise Morrison of Campbell Soup, Ginni Rometty of IBM, and Irene Rosenfeld of Mondelez.
Heidrick & Struggles hosted an interactive roundtable discussion on Oct. 13, “What’s Your Leadership Signature?” to examine and assess the eight behavioral patterns that individuals draw on when in leadership positions, and why leadership ‘style’ is important to unlocking the potential of their organization. Joining Bonnie Gwin on the panel were Facebook's Carolyn Everson, vice president, global marketing solutions, and Procter & Gamble's Carolyn Tastad, group president, North America, selling & market operations. The session, attended by more than 75 participants, was moderated by Leena Rao, Fortune.
Facebook panelist Carolyn Everson described how she was inspired to share her performance review with subordinated because of her firm belief in the need to be a transparent, authentic leader. Read the article about the panel discussion on Fortune.
In addition, for the third year Heidrick & Struggles supported the next generation of women leaders during the Fortune Notebook Mentoring Session. The mentoring program featured direct career advice and learnings from some of the most powerful women in business. This year, 32 high school students representing Girls Inc. participated in the program. Heidrick & Struggles donated laptops to all participants in the Let Girls Learn session.