70% of companies have a C-suite with 25% or fewer women

The number one reason holding women back from C-suite roles is a lack of succession management for the

leadership pipeline

Only one-third of

companies have

women currently being groomed for executive roles






Dates for 2018 will be announced soon!

Our Mission

A Way Forward: Women in Leadership Summit offers current female corporate leaders a diverse community to enhance skills and share ideas to build more inclusive environments in which they can improve personal and organizational performance. Brandon Hall Group’s research validated the need to offer targeted development opportunities for women to improve capabilities, communication, understanding and sensitivity between genders and cultures. To grow and achieve their potential personally and professionally, women need support for addressing the unique internal and external obstacles they face.

Who Should Participate

The WIL Summit is designed for women in leadership roles -- including mid-level  to senior managers, directors, VPs, and C-level -- in corporations, non-profits, and government agencies.  The WIL Summit is also a great opportunity for men who lead diverse teams and seek greater understanding of how to better recruit, engage, develop, and retain talented women.


Whether you attend to drive your personal development, improve leadership programs in your organization, or both -- this is the summit for you!

The Goals

  • Diagnose the current state of women in leadership at your organization.
  • Share leading practices for driving greater opportunities for women leaders.
  • Share leading practices for creating a higher-impact future state for women leaders.
  • Create and develop new relationships and strengthen your ability to coach and mentor, and serve as a role model and leader inside and outside your organization.

The Experience

  • Create a compelling personal brand that reflects your authentic self and exudes confidence and leadership.
  • Learn conflict resolution techniques that utilize effective communication to bridge diversity gaps.
  • Be able to successfully navigate tough conversations such as asking for equal compensation, seeking a promotion, and giving candid feedback to both subordinates and superiors.
  • Build and leverage networks that help you achieve your goals.
  • Incorporate sustainable practices that will improve your overall wellbeing across your mental, emotional and physical foundations.
  • Create strategies for dealing with stress and work-life balance.
  • Learn new ideas and approaches that you can implement in your organization to help inspire others.



Our 2017 Presenters

Nellie Borrero

Global Inclusion and Diversity Managing Director

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Rachael Bourque

Director, Corporate Employability
Pearson North America

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Lisa Cannata

Director of Organizational Readiness
Adventist Health System

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Mike Cooke

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Brandon Hall Group

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Rachel Cooke

Chief Operating Officer
Brandon Hall Group

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Kate Day

VP, Global Workforce Enablement, Global Technology & Operations

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Jenny Dearborn

Senior VP and Chief Learning Officer

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Jodi Detjen

Co-founder and Principal
Orange Grove Consulting

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Amy Dreher

VP, Learning & Development
CoreNet Global

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Daria Friedman

Principal Analyst
Brandon Hall Group

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Carolina Fonseca

Global Inclusion and Diversity

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Sheila Gatlin

Executive Director
Ernst & Young

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Geeta Gwalani

Head of Talent Integration and Talent Management
Tata Consultancy Services


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Lauren Hood

Diversity and Inclusion Executive
Bank of America


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Kim Jones

Senior Director, Learning and Development
Hunter Douglas, North America

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Julie Knight-Ludvigson

Chief Marketing Officer

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Susan Long

Vice President of Learning Solutions
United Healthcare

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Mia Mends

Chief Executive Officer
Inspirus & Sodexo, Benefits and Rewards Services, USA

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Radhika Paul

Vice President & Principal
Manpower Group - Right Management

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Michael Rochelle

Chief Strategy Officer
Brandon Hall Group

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Rebecca Shoher

Senior Director of Education Services

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Bonnie St. John

F500 Business Consultant
Blue Circle Leadership

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Angela Timberlake

VP, Talent Management

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Susan Van Klink

SVP and General Manager

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Sarah Vita

Head of Sales Support

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Kara Weeden

VP Human Resources
Bloomin' Brands

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Namrata Yadav

SVP, Head of Inclusion & Diversity
Bank of America

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Mike Zimmer

Chief Procurement Officer

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Dates and Location

2017 Pricing

through April 14


General $645


Members* $445

April 15 - June 14


General $895


Members* $695



Thursday, June 15, 2017

8:00AM Registration Opens and Light Breakfast



Keynote and Panel: Leading with Authenticity

In this two-part keynote and panel you will gain actionable strategies about how you can create an effective leadership style that’s authentically yours.

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10:45-11:00AM Refreshment Break



Panel: Best Practices in Leadership Development

A panel of dynamic leaders share their personal experiences, lessons learned and personal best practices in leadership.

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12:15-1:15PM Lunch



Session: Risk-Taking to Supercharge Growth

In this session, participants learn the psychology behind risk taking and how to embrace risk as the means for growth and development. They learn why we like our “comfort zone” and how to move beyond it. Participants practice removing barriers to risk, evaluating opportunities through a new lens, and how to maximize the benefits of failure.

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2:15-2:30PM Refreshment Break



Workshop: Your Personal Brand

Dive deep into how to best show up in initial interactions, as well as our ongoing ability to consistently behave and communicate to achieve specific personal goals.

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4:30-4:45PM Refreshment Break



Panel: Eliminating Tough from the Tough Conversations

Drawing inspiration from proven leadership techniques, we’ll explore some examples that illustrate how to prevent many of the tough conversations and how to turn many more into positive ones - including equal compensation, promotions, and giving honest feedback.

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6:00-7:00PM Free Time Before Welcome Reception


7:00-8:00pm Welcome Cocktail Reception

Dress code: cocktail attire/beach chic.

Friday, June 16, 2017

6:30-7:00AM Morning Walk/Jog

Meet us in the lobby for a jog or walk with Rachel Cooke and Melissa Benavides from Brandon Hall Group. Receive a fact sheet from Bonnie St. John’s Micro-Resilience Research: "How Exercise in the Morning Makes You Smarter for Hours After"


8:00-9:00AM Breakfast



Panel: Multi-Cultural Differences

Do the programs we create to address the advancement of women truly encompass the experiences of Asian, Black, and Hispanic women? Join this session for a lively discussion with women who are taking practical steps at their own companies to ensure that women’s programs advance all women.

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10:15-10:30AM Refreshment Break



Session: Harness Your Power

Focus on building awareness of key leadership qualities, uncovering social bias, and changing the micro-behaviors that inhibit women’s advancement.

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11:30AM-12:30PM Lunch



Session: Increasing your Executive Presence – Get your Gravitas on!

In this interactive session, you will learn some practical ways to increase your executive presence and get your Gravitas on…and keep it on, regardless of the situation.

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1:30-1:45PM Refreshment Break


Panel: Where Are All the Women Mentors?

In this panel session, a group of leaders from various industries will discuss their experiences with mentorship, and what women can do to advance female mentorship in the workplace.

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Download a Complimentary Copy of Our Women in Leadership Research

Women in Leadership and Gender Parity:
Is Change Happening Fast Enough?

This report, based on the survey research and subsequent interviews with seasoned women leaders throughout the world, provides significant insight into the barriers women face and the efforts several organizations are making to improve the situation. It also offers several critical calls to action, along with detailed data.



2017 Sponsors

We currently have sponsorship opportunities available. To request a brochure, please contact us at WIL@brandonhall.com.


Email us with questions: WIL@brandonhall.com

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