Carol Hallett to Address Ninth Annual Women's Leadership Symposium On Leading In Times of Crisis and Uncertainty

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Carol Hallett, former President and CEO of the Air Transport Association and former Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, will address The Arizona Women's Leadership Symposium as the luncheon keynote speaker on October 15, 2008 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

The Arizona Women's Leadership Forum announces that the luncheon keynote speaker for its Ninth Annual Symposium will be Carol Hallett, former President and CEO of the Air Transport Association and former Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service. The Forum is being held on October 15, 2008 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix.

The Symposium's theme and purpose is "Leaders Inspiring Leaders." Each year, the Symposium brings high-profile national leaders, experts and authors together with influential participants from diverse professions and sectors of the Arizona economy, providing a forum to focus on critical leadership competencies, enhance leadership skills and build valuable relationships with peers. The Forum Partner is Ernst & Young; the Lead Partners are Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, The Dial Corporation and Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Carol Hallett is uniquely qualified to address the challenges faced by leaders in these times of crisis and uncertainty. Hallett was at the helm of the Air Transport Association, the trade association representing 23 U.S. passenger and cargo carriers and five international airlines when the events of September 11, 2001 occurred. Her leadership talents and consensus-building capabilities were put to the test as she took a key role in the daunting redesign of airline security policies and practices. Prior to her eight years as CEO of the ATA, Hallett served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service, where she directed a workforce of 20,000 employees. Hallett is widely recognized, nationally and internationally, as an authority on trade, transportation and security issues. She currently serves as a member of the National Security Advisory Panel to the Director of Central Intelligence. She sits on the Board of Directors of Rolls Royce North America, Mutual of Omaha and Pogo Jet, Inc.

Additional keynote speakers will address other issues of critical importance to today's leaders, including:

  • Donna Zajonc: Author of The Politics of Hope: Reviving the Dream of Democracy. In this critical election year, Zajonc will look at the politics of partisanship and polarization so prevalent in America today and will illustrate how women leaders, both private citizens and public servants, can harness their collective power and bring about a new era of collaboration in government.
  • Sara Laschever: Author of the critically-acclaimed Women Don't Ask: Negotiation and the Gender Divide and Ask For It. Drawing on research in psychology, sociology, economics and organizational behavior, Laschever will explore why professional women, even those who negotiate brilliantly on behalf of others, often fail to negotiate effectively on their own behalf.

Laschever will also examine the high price women pay in both lost wages and career advancement as a result of their reluctance to negotiate; and will provide a negotiation action plan for professional women to follow.

  • Gloria Lau: Former CEO of Charles Schwab Tokio Marine and the first woman to serve as the head of a financial services business in Japan. Lau will discuss how individuals and organizations, through innovative approaches to mentoring and peer support and changes in organizational culture, can insure the continued advancement of women in leadership, within and across generations.
  • Megan Johnson: Expert and author on cross-generational leadership. With a deep understanding of the importance of a cohesive, multi-generational workforce, Johnson will show audience members how to tap into each generation's motivational requirements so that the members of each generation can realize their full potential and make maximum contributions to their organizations.
  • Catherine Tinsley: Executive Director of Georgetown University Women's Leadership Initiative. Tinsley will share the results from an extensive series of studies focusing on recognizing and understanding unconscious gender bias in the professional workplace.

The Symposium will take place on October 15, 2008 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The Symposium draws several hundred senior to mid-level executive and professional women from the corporate, professional, business, academic, government and nonprofit sectors. Demographics from the 2007 Symposium are set forth below. The cost to attend the daylong conference is $400 per person, $4,000 for a table of 10 and $2,000 for a half table of five, all based on advance purchase. For individual registration or to purchase a table or half table, please visit

Additional information on speakers and program content is available at For questions about the Symposium or AWLF, please e-mail info @ or call 602-861-9350.

Corporate Executives 51% -- 49% at Full Vice President and above Level
Professionals 23% -- 52% at Partner (or Equivalent) Level
Entrepreneurs 10% -- 75% at President/Owner Level
Gov., Nonprofit, Academic 16%    
38% of all Participants were at level of President, CEO, Owner or Equivalent in Industry.

About Arizona Women's Leadership Forum:
The mission of the Arizona Women's Leadership Forum is to advance women in senior leadership positions through superior educational, peer interaction and networking opportunities and to empower all women leaders to lead with passion, act as mentors to others and make a difference in their businesses, their communities and their lives.


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