Susan O'Malley, Sheila Brooks, Juliet Gilliam to Headline Nov 4 Executive Symposium in Washington, DC

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The Employee ROI Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders co-hosted by Boardroom Bound and Diversity Pipeline Alliance announces that Susan O'Malley, President Washington Sport & Entertainment, and Sheila Brooks, President and CEO of SRB Productions, and Juliet Gilliam, Senior Director at ESPN will headline the November 4 leadership breakfast in Washington D.C.

The Employee ROI Executive Symposium for Women Business Leaders co-hosted by Boardroom Bound and Diversity Pipeline Alliance announces that Susan O'Malley, President Washington Sport & Entertainment, and Sheila Brooks, President and CEO of SRB Productions, and Juliet Gilliam, Senior Director at ESPN will headline the November 4 leadership breakfast in Washington D.C.

The symposium, now in its third year, is holding this conference in Washington D.C. for the first time, at the City Center Hotel (formerly Wyndham City Center), 1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington D.C. 20037, from 7:35- 11:30 a.m. Two optional lunch briefings will immediately follow, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Opening Keynote Speaker: Susan O'Malley, President, Washington Sports & Entertainment: If there is any way to personify success through perseverance then Susan O'Malley is a model example. Named President of Washington Sports and Entertainment on May 9, 1991, O'Malley became the first female president of an NBA franchise ( the Washington Wizards) as well as president of a multi-faceted sports and entertainment company responsible for overseeing operations in the Abe Pollin owned MCI Center, Entertainment and New Business Development, Finance, Human Resources/Payroll Services, Marketing, Team Operations, and Ticketmaster.

Closing Keynote Speaker: Sheila Brooks, President and CEO of SRB Productions Inc.: Sheila Brooks is an award-winning journalist, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for minority and women's issues. Ms. Brooks is founder, president and CEO of SRB Productions Inc., a Washington, DC-based full service communications firm with an in-house post-production facility. Ms. Brooks is a member of The Presidents' Roundtable, a CEO membership organization dedicated to "Accelerating Business Growth". She is Vice Chair/Communications for the Center for Women's Business Research Board of Directors and Chair of the Women's Advisory Board for MassMutual Financial Group. She serves on the Board of Directors for the MD/DC MSDC and the Advisory Board for Women in Film and Video.

Featured Speaker: Juliet Gilliam, Senior Director, ESPN: Juliet Gilliam established ESPN's cause-related marketing arm, responsible for production of the network's corporate public service initiative, Team ESPN, and she directs community relations and philanthropic initiatives for ESPN. Ms. Gilliam, who worked with NBC and MSNBC prior to joining ESPN in 1998, is known in Washington DC for her work with the DC Committee to Promote Washington and DC Office of Tourism and Promotions from 1994-1997. Ms. Gilliam managed corporate sponsorship programs, coordinated public relations campaigns and developed grassroots promotions for Worldfest and Taste of DC International Food and Music Festivals. She created and produced event promotions for the DC Olympic Torch Relay Celebration, Disney’s 25th Anniversary Celebration and developed promotional programs for the DC Office of Motion Pictures and TV Development.

Washington D.C. Conference Partners inviting their members and employees to participate include: AXA Financial (Founding Charter Sponsor), Boardroom Bound, Diversity Pipeline Alliance, EmployeeROI, Gail Blanke’s Lifedesigns, Madrinas – A Latina Leaders Network, National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Women in Technology International (WITI), and media sponsors Black mba Magazine, Black IT Professional Magazine, Women’s Radio, Women’s Calendar, and Minority Professional Network.

Two Briefings Immediately Follow:

Briefing/Panel Discussion - Preparing for Corporate Board Service, 11:30 am - 12 Noon At Same Location, Presented by Boardroom Bound, and featuring: Elizabeth Gray, senior counsel in Foley & Lardner's Washington, D.C. office, Worth D. MacMurray, Co-Chair, Open Compliance & Ethics Group (OCEG), Cheryl Bedard, Senior Consultant with The McCormick Group, one of the top executive search firms in the area.

Lunch/Workshop - Financial Strategies for Woman Executives, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, At Same Location, Presented by AXA Advisors, and featuring Katherine Hurley, Financial Consultant, AXA Advisors.

“These events have provided AXA with a platform to invest in our most senior women executives and other aspiring AXA leaders - through peer networking and workshops - and at the same time helping us brand AXA as an employer of choice for women by showcasing our people” says Heide Sacher, Assistant Vice President of the Women’s Markets Program at founding conference sponsor AXA Financial.

"Partnering with EmployeeROI, a progressive New York-based, management consulting firm, we are co-hosting this symposium, which embodies a dramatic shift in how women advance to executive management and into the corporate boardroom - where they can influence and accelerate corporate commitment to diversity from above," said Linda K. Bolliger, Founder and CEO of conference partner Boardroom Bound (R). "Instead of having to wait for doors to open, we are creating our own pathways to the top. This is an ideal venue to showcase developing women leaders alongside prospective mentors who are currently serving on corporate boards and other notables who are in a position to help them attain the visibility, access and support they might not otherwise have as easily."

Please visit for full speaker biographies, event schedule, and online registration.

About AXA Financial (Founding Charter Sponsor): AXA Financial is one of the premier U.S. organizations providing financial protection and wealth management through its strong brands: AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, AXA Advisors, LLC, Alliance Capital Management, L.P., Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., LLC, AXA Distributors, LLC, and the MONY family of companies, including MONY Life Insurance Company, U.S. Financial Life Insurance Company, Advest, Inc., and Lebenthal, a division of Advest, Inc. (Member: NYSE, NASD, SIPC.) AXA Financial had approximately $598 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2004. AXA Financial is a member of the global AXA Group, a worldwide leader in financial production and wealth management. AXA Group's operations are diverse geographically, with major operations in Western Europe, North America and the Asia/Pacific region. AXA has nearly $1.2 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2004. GE-30034 (c) (rev.1/05)

About Boardroom Bound: Boardroom Bound is a 501c(3) public service that supports the nation’s interest and works to restore public trust in corporate America by pre-qualifying a new generation of director candidates AND by creating the pipeline network that delivers them to the corporate board room. Post-Enron, corporate board service requires more independence in board members. Companies need directors who bring a fresh perspective and specialty skills to the table and who are willing to be more actively engaged. Boardroom Bound identifies seasoned professional talent through alliances with leading national membership advocacy organizations. Boardroom Bound prospects, prepares, pre-qualifies and promotes this identified talent for corporate board service in Fortune 1000 and emerging and rapid growth companies.

About Diversity Pipeline Alliance: The Diversity Pipeline Alliance is a network of the nation’s leading organizations who share a mission of preparing people of color for leadership and management positions in the 21st century workforce. Founding members of the Alliance include American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), INROADS, Inc., Leadership Education and Development Program in Business, Inc.(LEAD), Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA). The PhD Project, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) and The Robert Toigo Foundation.

About Employee ROI Inc. (EmployeeROI):

Since 1991, EmployeeROI provided leadership consulting services, including leadership coaching, team effectiveness learning and development, mentoring programs for women, minorities, and members of other diverse groups - helping our clients attract, develop and retain the ethical leaders they can depend on to inspire confidence, lead innovation and drive productivity. In 2001, EmployeeROI launched this executive symposium for women business leaders as one way for us to demonstrate our commitment to diversity.

For all inquiries, please contact William Shulman, Employee ROI Inc., 212-937-8413.


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