IWF Georgia International Women's Day Speakers:
WELCOME REMARKS BY:
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.
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.
STATUS OF WOMEN UPDATE:
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.
Deborah J. Richardson, Executive Director, International Human Trafficking Institute
Deborah J. Richardson is a nationally recognized expert on social justice for women and girls and advocate to end human trafficking. Twenty years ago, she pioneered the first programming for sexually exploited girls in the southeast, then led a national campaign to eradicate the facilitation of trafficking on online platforms; testified before Congress, and advised more than 20 communities throughout the United States on organizing and implementing their efforts to address child sexual exploitation.
She is the Executive Director of the International Human Trafficking Institute of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, leading a three-year strategic plan to reduce human trafficking in Metro-Atlanta. Deborah founded IHTI in 2014 in her former role as Executive Vice President of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. In addition to also serving as the Center’s Interim CEO, her impactful career includes: Chief Program Officer at the 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. In 2018 Deborah was appointed the Alonzo F. and Norris B. Herndon Human Rights Expert in Residence in the Honors College of Georgia State University.
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WOMEN, WORK & TECHNOLOGY PANEL
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. During her tenure Southern Company was named one of the most innovative companies in applied technology and one of the best places to work in IT. Becky was recognized as CIO of the year and given the honorary lifetime achievement award from the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. She was also awarded the legacy award from Women in Technology and the Shining Star award from the Atlanta Women’s foundation for her work on behalf of women and children.
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. She is a past chair and board member of Leadership Atlanta. In 2000 Becky was named a fellow of the IWF.
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
Senior Vice President
Transportation Strategy, Growth & Key Accounts - Americas, AECOM
Jannet Walker Ford is an executive for AECOM, the world’s largest integrated design and construction firm. She was recently appointed as the Senior Vice President for Transportation Strategy, Growth & Key Accounts for the Transportation business across North and South America. Prior to this role, Walker-Ford served as Cubic Corporation’s Vice President of Government Affairs and as the Vice President and General Manager for the Eastern Region of the Americas. During her time in the public sector, Walker Ford served as Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority as a senior executive.
Just this year, Walker Ford was recognized as the National Women of Color’s STEM Conference as a Technology All Star, the 2019 Transportation Diversity Council (TDC) – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Honoree for Services to the Transportation Industry, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials’ Women Who Move the Nation Honorees and by the Miami Women Who Rock for National Business Achievement. She has also received past recognitions from the Technology Association of Georgia Women in Technology’s Woman of the Year, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) for Outstanding MBA of the Year, National Women of Color’s STEM Conference for the Professional Achievement Technology Award for the Industry Category and Philadelphia's Women of Substance and Style.
Walker Ford serves on numerous boards including the Jacksonville University Board of Trustees, Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International Board, WTS Foundation as Vice Chair, American Public Transportation Association (APTA), American Public Transportation Foundation as Chair, Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville as Chair and ENO Transportation Advisory Board.
Walker Ford received her bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Memphis and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, and has completed significant coursework toward her doctorate in Information Systems at Nova Southeastern University.
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.
Russell-McCloud is a “visual speaking experience.” With more than 20 years on the lecture circuit, she is categorized as being one of the nation’s best. Her speaking style is engaging, highly substantive, well-researched, pertinent to her audiences, and entertaining, whether for the public or private sector. She is distinguished and distinct. Her style is classified as "big, broad and animated", which leaves her audiences anxious for more.
With each presentation she demonstrates, yet again, that she is a master at her craft as she artfully seeks to master the spoken word. In sum, this is a “speaker’s speaker” who specializes ascertaining the organization’s culture, interests and challenges The client, in turn, receives the value-add of the experience and exposure to this qualitatively measurable speaker who is, in a word, unforgettable.
Each year she speaks to more than 100,000 people in private and public organizations, in the United States and internationally. She encourages her listeners to surmount every obstacle that stands between them and... the possible. Her client list includes, but is not limited to, AARP, National Association of Women’s Business Owners; AT&T, Women’s Food Service Forum, eWomen’s Network, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, General Motors, American Honda, Cox Enterprises, McDonald’s, Northrop Grumman, General Electric, McGraw Hill Publishing, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Xerox, Procter & Gamble, and The United States Postal Service. Each company has benefited from having Russell-McCloud share her informed, inspirational wisdom and wit.
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Date / Location:
March 4, 2020
133 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
Jennifer Langley, IWF Georgia Forum Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-314-3941