IWD 2020 Program Agenda:
IWD 2020 will feature presentations including:
"Status of Women" update and report provided by Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA from the World Economic Forum Global Gender Report released in December 2019
“Women, Work & Technology - Focus on Artificial Intelligence” - Panel Discussion:
"Women's Call to Action" - Presentation and a Request for time, talent, and treasure on behalf of the Clarkston Community Center
“Power Talk” Group Mentoring Session with college student and early career women employees of our sponsors (this portion of the program is invitation only)
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Robin Bienfait, CEO, Emnovate
Robin Bienfait was the Chief Enterprise Innovation Officer and senior advisor for Samsung. Robin joined Samsung with 30 years of experience in mobility, security, business development, enterprise sales, wireless network operations and engineering. As a global intrapreneur, Robin launched Samsung Business Services and advised on the B2B investment strategy. Now as CEO for Emnovate, Robin is advising and providing leadership to emerging businesses. Prior to Samsung, Robin served as chief information officer for BlackBerry, where she led the enterprise business unit and software development team, end to end product security, tier 3 technical customer service, global network services, corporate security and corporate IT. Robin held senior leadership positions across AT&T including Bell Labs, Global Network Services/GNOC, business continuity and disaster recovery, and compliance. As an officer at AT&T, Robin’s last role was leading of global network services and chief compliance officer, environment, health and safety.
A global influencer holding 15 patents, she is the recipient of several awards and was recently named as one of the top 100 CIO’s in STEM and Inc.’s top 18 women to watch in 2018.
Becky Blalock, Public Company Board Member, IT Thought Leader, Former CIO, Author and Speaker
Author of the bestselling book DARE: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career and a trailblazer to the C-suite, Becky Blalock is a sought after speaker, IT thought leader and champion of skill and relationship building to achieve success in the workplace. She is the Managing Partner at Advisory Capital, a consulting firm providing strategic insight for companies involved in the energy and information technology industries. During her 33-year career with Southern Company, Ms. Blalock held a variety of leadership positions before becoming SVP and CIO.
Ms. Blalock serves on several public boards including Aspen Aerogels and as an advisor in several private equity ventures. She is also active on the Board of Councilors for The Carter Center and is a trustee of the Woodruff Arts Foundation.
Ms. Blalock graduated from State University of West Georgia with a BBA, from Mercer University with an MBA in Finance and is a graduate of the PMD program at Harvard Business School. She has completed certification in Cyber Security with both Georgia Institute of Technology and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).
Jannet Walker Ford, Vice President Government Relations, Cubic Corporation
Walker Ford is an executive for Cubic Corporation, a San Diego based firm that provides diversified technology systems and services to the transportation and defense markets worldwide. She serves as the Vice President of Government Relations where she has responsibility for leading the government relations strategy for Cubic’s transportation authorities and operators, at the local, state and federal levels and executing transportation-related legislative affairs and other strategic initiatives. Prior to this role, Jannet served as Vice President and General Manager for the Eastern Region of the Americas with P/L responsibility for overall operations and performance of Cubic programs in the region.
Walker Ford’s extensive background in the public and private sectors has focused on information technology and transportation industries, specifically aviation, rail, and transit systems with more than 20 years of experience. Prior to joining Cubic, she was vice president and North America director of strategic programs and policy for Parsons Corporation and, previously, was CH2M Hill’s vice president and deputy program director for the Philadelphia International Airport’s multibillion-dollar, multi-year Capacity Enhancement Program – which at the time was the largest such program in the United States. She also previously served as a Principal for Booz Allen Hamilton and both the deputy CEO and the Chief Information Officer for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).
Michelle Nunn, President and CEO, CARE USA
Since July 2015, Michelle Nunn has been president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading humanitarian organization that fights global poverty and provides lifesaving assistance in emergencies. Last year, CARE worked in 93 countries and directly reached 63 million people in FY2017.
Nunn took the helm of CARE in 2015 and has spearheaded an ambitious strategy to reach 200 million of the world’s most vulnerable people by 2020. Under Nunn’s leadership, CARE has invested in innovative new programs and partnerships with private corporations and other nonprofits to increase its impact. Since assuming leadership of CARE, Nunn has set a goal of increasing CARE’s micro-savings program from 7 million participants to 60 million participants by 2028.
Before joining CARE, Nunn had built an illustrious career of civic and public service as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit CEO, and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. She co-founded the volunteer-mobilization organization Hands On Atlanta, and expanded it from a single entity to a national network of more than 50 affiliates. Nunn oversaw that group’s merger with Points of Light, creating the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, with affiliates across the globe engaging more than 70,000 corporations and nonprofit organizations. Nunn served as Points of Light CEO from 2007 to 2013.
Debra Lam, Managing Director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology
Debra Lam is the Managing Director of Smart Cities and Inclusive innovation for Georgia Tech, and has a mandate to drive smart communities and urban innovation work across the university and beyond. She founded the Georgia Smart Community Challenge, the first state-wide effort in the nation that empowers communities of all sizes to become smarter. Prior to this, she served as Pittsburgh's first ever Chief of Innovation & Performance where she oversaw all technology, sustainability, performance and innovation functions of city government. She crafted the city's first strategic plan for innovation, Inclusive Innovation Roadmap. Prior to that, she was a management consultant at a global engineering and design firm, Arup. She has been the recipient of various awards, including one of the top 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitcal. She has worked and lived in the United Kingdom, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the boards of the MetroLab Network and Neighborhood Nexus. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and Leadership Atlanta.
Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe, CEO, International Women’s Forum
Stephanie Mathews O’Keefe was appointed CEO of the International Women’s Forum in September, 2016. Her career has spanned the private sector, government and non-profit organizations where she has held senior leadership positions for over two decades. Most recently, she served as the Chief Communications Officer for CTIA, the telecom trade association and as Executive Vice President for Communications at the American Bankers Association.
She began her career in finance as an investment banker at Credit Suisse. Her government service includes positions at both the state and federal level as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Task Force on Children, Youth and Families in her home state of West Virginia and as the Executive Vice President for Communications at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. For over a decade, she was the Executive Vice President for External Affairs for Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a US community development intermediary. She has led change in every organization she has served, successfully creating new programs, executing new strategies and strengthening communications and brand visibility.
O’Keefe holds an AB in economics and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She serves on the Smithsonian Institution’s American Enterprise Finance Sector Committee and the West Virginia University Reed College of Media Visiting Committee.
Deborah J. Richardson, Executive Director, International Human Trafficking Institute
Deborah J. Richardson is the Executive Director of the International Human Trafficking Institute. She was Chief Program Officer at Women’s Funding Network in San Francisco, CEO of The Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Director of Program Development for Fulton County Juvenile Court, founding Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Fund (now Youth Spark) and Managing Director of the National Black Arts Festival.
Deborah has been honored by many organizations for her community service. Most recently she received the "Lives of Commitment Award" from Auburn Theological Seminary and "The Pathbreaker Award" from Shared Hope International. She is a nationally recognized leader on social justice for women and girls and an advocate to end child sex trafficking. She has designed leading programs for girls victimized by sexual trafficking and testified before Congress.
Belinda Stubblefield, President of IWF Georgia, Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, Year Up
Belinda Stubblefield joined Year Up, a national non-profit serving urban young adults, in July 2013 as Executive Director of the Atlanta site. In 2015, she was promoted to National Site Director and added the role of Chief Diversity Officer to her responsibilities in 2016. Earlier this year she was named Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, responsible for cultivating long-term strategic partnerships that drive support for the Year Up Mission.
Prior to Year Up, Stubblefield was an entrepreneur and partnered with Paradies to operate retail stores in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. She also owned and managed WineStyles Cascade, a retail wine store in Southwest Atlanta.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Stubblefield was an officer at Delta Air Lines. At Delta, she held leadership roles in Marketing, Sales, Customer Service and Global Diversity. Marketing and Sales were the foundation of her career, starting at IBM and continuing on to Procter & Gamble and Nestlé.
Stubblefield serves as President of International Women’s Forum - Georgia. Previously, she served as Vice President of International Women’s Forum – Georgia, Board Chair for CredAbility and Vice Chair of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has also served on the Boards of Leadership Atlanta, The Herndon Foundation and the Piedmont Park Conservancy. She was named “Woman of the Year” by the Atlanta Business League and “Executive of the Year” by the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council. She was also a foster mom to 3- and 5-year old siblings.
Stubblefield holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics Applied Science from UCLA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Member ticket available for $100 that includes 1 ticket for IWF member and an additional ticket for her *Guest.
*Guest ticket can be provided back to IWF Georgia to support a college student or early career woman to attend.
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133 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer Langley, IWF Georgia Forum Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-314-3941
4:00 – 4:30 p.m.
4:30 – 4:40 p.m.
4:40– 4:50 p.m.
Welcome, Guests and Sponsors, Agenda Mistress of Ceremonies and Presenting sponsor
4:50 – 5:00 p.m.
Status of Women, World Economic Forum by Michele Nunn and CEO – IWF Global. Human Trafficking Update by Deborah Richardson
5:00 – 5:05 p.m.
Introduce Facilitator and Panel Mistress of Ceremonies
5:05 – 5:10 p.m.
Panel Facilitator sets the foundation for the discussion of “Women, Work & Technology”
5:10– 5:55 p.m.
5:55 – 6:10 p.m.
Q & A Mistress of Ceremonies
6:10 – 6:20 p.m.
Call to Action President – IWF Georgia
6:25 – 6:55 p.m.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Power Talk: Speed Mentoring (Invitation only)