November 07, 2019 (7:30 am - 10:30 am)

Join us for the 5th Breakfast of Corporate Champions, celebrating and promoting gender parity on corporate boards.

Cipriani 42nd Street®, East 42nd Street, New York, NY, USA
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Raising the bar. Shining a light.

On November 7, 2019, the Women’s Forum of New York will once again honor CEOs and companies that exceed the national average of Board seats held by women and are leading the way to parity by 2025. Please join us as we give special recognition and honor S&P 500 and F1000 companies with at least 30% of Board seats held by women.

Leading CEOs and Directors will share their views on why gender balance in the boardroom is a strategic business imperative and how to make it happen.

A reception will also take place the evening prior, November 6, 2019 at 6:00pm at ’21’ Club, exclusively for CEOs, Directors, Speakers and Silver Level and above Sponsors.

Additional questions, comments or concerns about the 2019 Breakfast, reception, etc. can be directed to the Women’s Forum of NY office by phone at 212-447-9107 or email us at 2019BCC@womensforumny.org.

Honorary 2019 BCC Co-Chairs

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President & CEO, TIAA

Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical, and cultural fields and a Fortune 100 financial services organization.

Mr. Ferguson is the former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He represented the Federal Reserve on several international policy groups and served on key Federal Reserve System committees, including Payment System Oversight, Reserve Bank Operations, and Supervision and Regulation. As the only Governor in Washington, D.C. on 9/11, he led the Fed’s initial response to the terrorist attacks, taking actions that kept the U.S. financial system functioning while reassuring the global financial community that the U.S. economy would not be paralyzed.

Prior to joining TIAA in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. From 1984 to 1997, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell.

Mr. Ferguson is a member of the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents and serves on the New York State Insurance Advisory Board. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and co-chairs its Commission on the Future of Undergraduate Education. He serves on the boards of Alphabet, Inc.; General Mills, Inc.; and International Flavors & Fragrances, Inc.

He is Chairman of The Conference Board and serves on the boards of the American Council of Life Insurers, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society and a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Group of Thirty.

Mr. Ferguson served on President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness as well as its predecessor, the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, and he co-chaired the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Long-Run Macro-Economic Effects of the Aging U.S. Population.

Mr. Ferguson holds a B.A., J.D., and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.


Maggie Wilderotter, former Executive Chair and CEO of Frontier Communications

Maggie Wilderotter is a seasoned executive who, as CEO, has led both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups in her career. In addition, she has extensive Board leadership serving on over 35 public company and 14 private company Boards of Directors.

Today, Mrs. Wilderotter serves on the public boards of Costco Wholesale Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Cadence Design Systems, and is Board Chair at DocuSign.  She serves on the private boards of Lyft, Tanium and Ardent Health as well as a number of non-profit organizations.  Mrs. Wilderotter is also a Senior Advisor to the Blackstone Group, Okta, and Atairos Private Equity.

Mrs. Wilderotter was Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Communications from November, 2004 to April, 2015, and then Executive Chairman of the company until April, 2016.  During her tenure with Frontier, the company grew from a regional telephone company with customer revenues of less than $1 billion to a national broadband, voice and video provider with operations in 29 states and annualized revenues in excess of $10 billion.

Previously, Mrs. Wilderotter was Senior Vice President of Global Business Strategy and ran the Worldwide Public Sector at Microsoft.  Before this, she was President and CEO of Wink Communications Inc., Executive Vice President of National Operations for AT&T Wireless Services Inc., Chief Executive Officer of AT&T’s Aviation Communications Division, and a Senior Vice President of McCaw Cellular Communications Inc.

Mrs. Wilderotter previously served on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC) as both Vice Chairman and Chairman during her 4-year tenure ending in 2014.  Mrs. Wilderotter also served until January, 2017 on the President’s special Commission responsible for a recommendation report to the new President of the United States on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

Mrs. Wilderotter holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. She has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the Stevens Institute of Technology and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Rochester.

Panelists & Speakers

Michele Buck, President & CEO, The Hershey Company

Michele G. Buck is President and Chief Executive Officer for The Hershey Company, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and sugar confectionary. She is a proven leader with 30 years of consumer packaged goods experience and a demonstrated track record of building brands consumers love, developing high performing teams and creating sustainable businesses in a rapidly evolving economic and social marketplace.

As its first female CEO, Buck is responsible for Hershey’s global operations and commercial activities. She joined Hershey in April 2005 as Senior Vice President, Global Chief Marketing Officer and has held a number of roles with increasing responsibility including Senior Vice President; Global Chief Growth Officer; President, North America; and most recently, EVP and Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to Hershey, Buck was an officer of Kraft Foods and, during her 17-year tenure at Kraft/Nabisco, she held senior positions in marketing and general management, working on numerous categories including yogurt, desserts and snacks, and various brands including Altoids, LifeSavers, Planters and Snackwell’s. She started her career at the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo.

Buck serves on the Board of Directors at The Hershey Company; and New York Life, a Fortune 100 financial services company. She resides in Hershey, Pa. with her husband and three children.

Michael Corbat, CEO, Citigroup

Michael L. Corbat is Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup, the world’s global bank, with approximately 200 million customer accounts and activities in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions.

Since becoming CEO in 2012, he has focused on leveraging Citi’s unique global network to serve its institutional and consumer banking clients with an emphasis on strong execution and the highest ethical standards. In the process, Mr. Corbat has made Citi a simpler, smaller, safer and stronger institution. Citi has improved the quality and consistency of earnings, and Mr. Corbat is committed to creating shareholder value by serving Citi’s stakeholders and fulfilling Citi’s mission of enabling economic growth and progress.

Mr. Corbat has been at Citi and its predecessor companies since his graduation from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1983. Prior to his current role, Mr. Corbat was CEO of Europe, Middle East and Africa where he oversaw all of Citi’s business operations in the region, including consumer banking, corporate and investment banking, securities and trading and private banking services. Previously, Mr. Corbat served as the CEO of Citi Holdings, Citi’s portfolio of non-core businesses and assets. In this role, he oversaw the divestiture of more than 40 businesses and divested more than $500 billion assets, reducing risk on the Company’s balance sheet and freeing up capital to invest in Citi’s core banking business.

Mr. Corbat has also served as the CEO of Citi’s Global Wealth Management unit and was Head of the Global Corporate and Global Commercial Bank at Citi, a role in which he led the firm’s efforts to provide best-in-class financial services to top-tier multi-national corporations and financial institutions around the world.

Mr. Corbat has been honored by several civic and cultural organizations. He serves as Chairman of The Clearing House Association Supervisory Board and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Forum. He is also an executive committee member of the Partnership for New York City, a permanent board member of the Bank Policy Institute, and sits on the Board of Trustees of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

Mary N. Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty, Inc.

Mary Dillon joined Ulta Beauty as Chief Executive Officer in July 2013, bringing extensive experience leading consumer-driven brands to the role, as well as a passion for leveraging consumer insights and customer-focused strategies to build brand engagement.

With Dillon’s strategic direction, Ulta Beauty has achieved record sales and earnings and excellent momentum in its e-commerce business. Dillon leads an associate base of more than 40,000, 92% of whom are women, and, under her leadership, the Board of Directors has become the most gender diverse of any Fortune 500 company in Illinois. She believes strongly in leading through the lens of culture and driving associate engagement through valuing the perspectives of her diverse team. Fortune Magazine named her #9 on its 2018 Business Person of the Year list and Institutional Investor named her to the 2018 All-American Executive Team – the only woman ranked #1 in her industry. Dillon serves on the Board of Directors for Starbucks Corporation and KKR, Inc. and is the Vice Chairman for the Retail Industry Leaders Association. She is also a member of The Business Council.

Dillon championed the establishment of the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation in 2016 and serves on the board of directors for Save the Children, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and World Business Chicago. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and Asian studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Hubert Joly, Executive Chairman & former CEO, Best Buy Co. Inc.

Hubert Joly is chairman and CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading provider of consumer technology products and services, with approximately 125,000 employees in North America and approximately $40 billion in annual revenue.

Mr. Joly joined Best Buy in 2012 and led the company through its much publicized Renew Blue transformation. The customer-focused strategy entailed: taking price off the table by ensuring Best Buy’s price competitiveness and matching online prices; investing in the online shopping experience; reinvigorating the customer experience in the stores by investing in the engagement and proficiency of the sales associates; partnering with the world’s foremost tech companies to help them showcase their technology; and taking $1.5 billion of costs out to fund the required investments. The transformation has resulted in improvements in customer satisfaction, market share gains, revenue growth and improved margins.

Now, Mr. Joly is leading Best Buy into its next phase, Best Buy 2020: Building the New Blue. In this next phase, Best Buy is driven by a clear purpose: to help customers pursue their passions and enrich their lives with the help of technology. It aims to address their needs around entertainment, communication, productivity, security, health, etc. in a more holistic fashion. It seeks to evolve from selling products through transactions to providing solutions and building relationships.

Under Mr. Joly’s leadership, Best Buy has committed to preparing youth from underserved communities for the tech-reliant jobs of the future. Additionally, Best Buy is on a path to reduce its carbon footprint by 60 percent.

Prior to joining Best Buy, Mr. Joly was CEO of Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company. Before that, he led Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Vivendi Universal Games, and Electronic Data Systems’ business in France.

He serves on the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corp., the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Orchestra. In August 2017, Mr. Joly was awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction.

Margaret Keane, President & CEO, Synchrony Financial

Margaret Keane is President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony, one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies. A member of its Board of Directors, she led the company’s successful initial public offering in July 2014 and split-off from GE in November 2015.

Her passion for emerging technology and employee development has solidified Margaret’s reputation as a leader in the field. She has been recognized as one of American Banker’s “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” for 11 consecutive years (#4 in 2017) and one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women” for the past three years (#25 in 2017). Fortune also named Margaret to their “Businessperson of the Year” list (#33 in 2016).

During an 18-year career with GE Capital, Margaret led the Retail Card platform as President and CEO beginning in 2004. She expanded her responsibilities in 2011 to become President and CEO of their North American Retail Finance business. Earlier, she held leadership roles that spanned consumer finance, vendor financial services, operations and quality. Margaret also held various leadership roles during 16 years with Citibank, where she began her career.

Margaret serves on the Allstate Corporation Board of Directors. Margaret is also dedicated to giving back to the community and serves on the National Board of Directors and chairs the Development Committee for buildOn, serves as a member of the St. John’s University Board of Trustees, serves on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Connecticut Chapter Board of Trustees and is a Member of the Board of Overseers and a Member of the Patient Care Committee at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Margaret is also the President of the Synchrony Foundation that funds Synchrony’s citizenship platform, Families that Work.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree and an MBA from St. John’s University. Margaret is married with two children and currently resides in Connecticut.

Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health

Larry Merlo is President and Chief Executive Officer of CVS Health, the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. The company, with $194.6 billion in net revenues for 2018, touches more than 100 million people each year through its unique combination of assets, including more than 9,900 retail pharmacies, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 92 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 38 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering.

Under Merlo’s leadership, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. As part of this deep commitment to public health, in 2014 the company announced the landmark decision to be the first major retail pharmacy to eliminate tobacco sales in all of its stores. To reflect this broader health care commitment, the company subsequently changed its corporate name to CVS Health.

Merlo, a pharmacist by education, joined CVS Pharmacy in 1990 through the company’s acquisition of Peoples Drug. Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO in 2011, Merlo held positions of increasing responsibility, most recently President of CVS Pharmacy. Under his leadership, the company completed some of the most successful acquisitions in the history of retail pharmacy and delivered significant organic growth in major markets across the country.

Merlo currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees. He also serves on the Business Roundtable Executive Committee.

He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

Brian Moynihan, Chairman & CEO, Bank of America

Brian Moynihan leads a team of more than 200,000 employees dedicated to making financial lives better for people, companies of every size, and institutional investors across the United States and around the world.

In 2019, Bank of America was the only financial services company on Fortune magazine’s list of The Best Big Companies to Work For. Euromoney recognized Bank of America in 2018 as the World’s Best Bank and the World’s Best Bank for Diversity and Inclusion, as part of their annual Global Awards for Excellence. Bank of America is recognized as a top employer by Working Mother magazine and Military Times and by JUST Capital as the #1 most JUST company out of “Banks” industry. The company is also listed on Fortune magazine’s list of the Best Workplaces for Diversity and the Best Workplaces for Parents. It was also named one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion by the U.S. Business Leadership Network and the American Association of People with Disabilities. Bank of America was also named the 2019 Catalyst Award winner, honored for supporting the continued development, empowerment and advancement of women in the company and around the world.

Moynihan participates in several organizations that focus on economic and market trends, including as chairman of the World Economic Forum International Business Council, the Financial Services Forum, the Bank Policy Institute (chair), the Business Roundtable, the Clearing House, the American Heart Association CEO Roundtable (co-chair) and the Business Council. He is a member of the Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board.

Moynihan leads the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and is a member of the museum council for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Moynihan is also a member of the Brown University Corporation’s Board of Fellows, the Catalyst Board of Directors, the Council on Competitiveness Board of Directors, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation Board and the Appeal of Conscience Board of Trustees.

Moynihan works with public officials, businesses and civic leaders at the local level through his participation on the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council (chair), the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership and the Partnership for Rhode Island.

Patricia F. Russo, Non-Executive Chairman, Hewlett Packard Enterprises

To follow.

Meg Whitman, former CEO, Hewlett-Packard

To follow.

2019 Breakfast of Corporate Champions Sponsors (In Formation)

  • MARQUIS Sponsor

  • Accenture

  • Bank of America

  • Citi

  • Ellig Group

  • DIAMOND Sponsor

  • Bloomberg L.P.

  • BNY Mellon

  • The Carlyle Group

  • GenWorth

  • The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

  • Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc.

  • Marsh & McLennan Companies

  • Morgan Stanley

  • Sanderson Farms, Inc.

  • Teneo

  • TIAA

  • U.S. Bancorp

  • PLATINUM Sponsor

  • AIG

  • Assurant

  • Brighthouse Financial

  • Torchmark Corporation

  • Viacom

  • GOLD Sponsor

  • Aflac

  • Best Buy Companies Inc.

  • General Mills, Inc.

  • MSCI

  • New Mountain Capital

  • Teneo Holdings

  • SILVER Sponsor

  • AptarGroup

  • The Blackstone Group

  • Con Edison

  • First Republic Bank

  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

  • Wilmington Trust

  • BRONZE Sponsor

  • ArcBest

  • C.H. Robinson

  • Circle Wealth Management

  • DaVita

  • Domtar Corporation

  • FedEx Corporation

  • Hologic, Inc.

  • McKissack & McKissack

  • New York Life

  • Tech Data

  • The TJX Companies

We would like to thank BoardEx for providing the statistics and board data used to determine the awards.

Sponsorship Opportunity Levels

$50,000.00 MARQUIS Appearance – Includes Stage Presence, Premier Seating, Table for 15 to the Breakfast, Red Carpet Photo with CEO Panelists, featured as a Marquis supporter on the Invitation, Program, and Forum Website. All guests invited to prior evening’s reception.

$25,000.00 DIAMOND Sponsor – Includes Premier Seating, Table for 10 to the Breakfast, Red Carpet Photo with CEO Panelists, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website. 5 guests invited to prior evening’s reception.

$20,000.00 PLATINUM Sponsor – Includes Premier Seating for 8 to the Breakfast, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website. 2 guests invited to prior evening’s reception.

$15,000.00 GOLD Sponsor – Includes 6 Preferred Seats to the Breakfast, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website. 2 guests invited to prior evening’s reception.

$10,000.00 SILVER Sponsor – Includes 4 Seats to the Breakfast, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website. 1 guest invited to attend prior evening’s reception.

$5,000.00 BRONZE Sponsor – Includes 2 Seats to the Breakfast, featured as a supporter on Invitation, Program and Forum Website.

$2,000.00 BENEFACTOR Ticket – Includes 1 Seat to the Breakfast and will be featured as a supporter on Program.

$1,000.00 PATRON Ticket – Includes 1 Seat to the Breakfast and will be featured as a supporter on Program.



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