Gender Diversity Conference

When women thrive, businesses thrive

Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speaker

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Ann Compton40+ Years Career as Journalist and White House Correspondent with ABC News

Guest Speakers

Rohini AnandChief Diversity Officer, Sodexo

Dr. Marleece BarberChief Medical Officer, Lockheed Martin

Lisa BerkmanDirector, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

Liz DavidsonCEO and Founder, Financial Finesse

Sue DodsworthChief Diversity Officer, Kimberly Clark

Liz GottungChief HR Officer, Kimberly Clark

Angela GuySenior Vice President Diversity and Inclusion, L'Oreal USA

Anula JayasuriyaMD, PhD, MBA Life Sciences Venture Capitalist

Susan KudzmanSenior Vice-President Human Resources, Banque Laurentienne du Canada

Laura LiswoodSecretary General Council of Women World Leaders and Senior Advisor to Goldman Sachs

Leslie MaysChief Diversity Officer, Avon

Katie NedlGlobal Head of Benefits, BlackRock, Inc.

Anna RappaportPresident of Anna Rappaport Consulting – Strategies for a Secure Retirement

Maria Sanchez-SmithSenior Associate, Leadership and Diversity Programs, Women's World Banking Organization

Leah SparksCo-Founder and CEO, Wildflower Health

Aniela UnguresanCo-Founder, EDGE Certified Foundation

Steve VernonResearch Leader, The Stanford Center on Longevity

Mercer Speakers

Martine FerlandEurope Pacific Retirement Business Leader, Mercer

Lorna Friedman, Ph.D.Global Health Management Leader, Mercer

Cindy GentrySenior Partner and Client Manager, Mercer

Christopher JohnsonSenior Partner and Talent Consulting Leader, Mercer

Brian Levine, PhDPartner and Workforce Sciences Institute, Mercer

Neil LloydPartner and Investment Consulting Leader, Mercer

Pat MilliganRegional President – North America and Executive Sponsor for Women@Mercer

Marcelo ModicaSenior Partner and Chief People Officer, Mercer

Haig NalbantianCo-leader/Founder of Mercer's Workforce Sciences Institute, Mercer

Jaqui ParchmentPartner and Canadian Investments Business Leader, Mercer

Julio PortalatinChief Executive Officer, Mercer

Gillian PrintonSenior Partner and Health & Benefits Consulting Leader, Mercer

Jill ZimmermanPartner and Global Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer, Mercer

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Program Highlights


  • Exclusively for executives representing chief talent and diversity officers, senior HR leaders, chief medical officers, and academics, with $0 registration fee.
  • Welcome keynote with Ann Compton, 40+ year journalist and White House Correspondent
  • Release of Mercer's seminal global gender research findings.
  • Presentations and solutions featuring leaders from Sodexo, Avon, Kimberly Clark, Harvard School of Public Health, Financial Finesse, Council of Women World Leaders, and many others.
  • Dynamic facilitation and interaction among featured speakers, panelists, and conference attendees.
  • Premier venue locations in Washington, DC - including private museum access, cocktails, and dinner at the dynamic Newseum, followed by conference proceedings at the stylish Dupont Circle Hotel.

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