Knowledge Center: Event
2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women SummitOctober 2, 2017
Heidrick & Struggles was once again a proud Gold Sponsor of the 2017 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit Oct. 9-11, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
With the theme of Finding Your New Power, the 19th annual summit brough together women leaders across business, government, academia, philanthropy and the arts for inspiring conversations, one-on-one interviews, panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions.
"The summit was a gathering of exceptional leaders - all of whom are leading the way in their respective fields, as well as paving the way for next-generation women executives. The topics that are top of mind to them are center to our business - leadership, board room effectiveness, diversity in thinking, innovation. It was thrilling to be a part of such an important gathering of the minds."
- Alyse Bodine (Philadelphia / Co-Managing Partner, Global Financial Officers Practice).
Heidrick-hosted Panel Focuses on Improving Performance
Heidrick & Struggles hosted a breakfast panel session on Wednesday, Oct. 11 entitled Boards and Culture: How to improve your company's workplace – and performance. Panelists included: Jan Fields (Director, Chico's; Monsanto), Neelie Kroes (Advisor, Bank of America, Uber; Director, Salesforce), Tracey Travis (EVP and CFO, Estee Lauder; Director, Campbell Soup, Lincoln Center) and Bonnie Gwin. The panel was moderated by Maithreyi Seetharaman, a broadcaster for more than 15 years with EuroNews, CNBC, and Bloomberg.
Several themes emerged from the panel exchange, including an emphasis on women supporting other women in the boardroom, considerations for joining a board, each board having a unique culture, the definition of the board's role within the organization and the idea of strong, transparent culture as a business asset. Panelists discussed facts in context of the Heidrick & Struggles 2017 Board Monitor highlights, shown below.
"When boards meet with their management teams, they get a better sense of business and fairly good sense of their company's culture," said Tracey Travis, EVP and CFO at Estee Lauder. "Some of the biggest insights into culture are via opportunities spending time over dinner with the management team, off-site board gatherings to look at the business outside of your boardroom."
Heidrick also continued its sponsorship and participation in the Fortune Notebook Mentoring program, which provides underserved high school students with career advice from some of the most powerful women in business.
This year, our firm provided 39 laptops to high school girls from D.C. taking part in the Girls, Inc. program. The girls also spent the day with several women executives at the summit, taking part in a session similar to "speed dating" that paired them with mentors across all industries and organizations.