Global Women’s Initiative Convenes Leaders on Trends Now Impacting the Marketplace and Workplace

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GWI set to bring together high-ranking executive leaders with women in various career stages across a range of industries.

Among the most significant trends within the U.S. marketplace today is a rapidly evolving business environment in which women professionals are moving into the forefront via key executive and staff leadership roles.

Following on the first generation of female business executives is an entirely new generation of emerging talent, bringing a new dynamic to the workplace. Exploring and expanding on these trends as well as the changes clearly occurring now in the marketplace are key aspects of the Global Women’s Initiative (GWI).

Over the next two months, GWI is set to bring together high-ranking executive leaders with women in various career stages across a range of industries, from technology to financial services. A means of making connections via direct engagement, the half-day conference is geared toward companies seeking ways to maximize the potential of their workforce by creating a work environment where women can thrive and succeed.

“It’s unmistakably clear now that a company’s ability to create a dynamic, enriching and positive workplace where women can succeed is going to be more critical than ever to a company’s ultimate success,” said Elisabeth Marchant, founder and CEO of Womenetics, which created GWI. “What’s more, women increasingly control much of the wealth in the economy. To appeal to them, a company simply must be able to attract them. Building a workplace that favors a healthy work-life balance is going to attract the best people.”

To address and expand on these surging trends, the GWI event will feature some of the top thought leaders in the business world today, engaged in a discussion of best practices, thoughtful research and solutions that can help companies maximize their talent and build a sustainable competitive edge.

Among the key questions GWI is set to address:

  •     What does the future of the business workplace look like?
  •     How to build a workplace where people want to work?
  •     How are the most successful leaders creating business solutions that attract and retain top talent?

The first of the pair of upcoming GWI events, set for Atlanta on Oct. 6, features an all-star panel of speakers. Among them:

  •     Glenn Lurie, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility

As the business world continues to innovate, so too must companies’ practices. At the center of this discussion is talent management and how businesses can cultivate their best workforce. As keynote speaker, Lurie will address his vision for the future and how AT&T intends to lead the way.

  •     Jane Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Gallup

Miller is a thought leader in performance management, leadership and organizational identity. She has helped revolutionize the workplace through a groundbreaking philosophy that emphasizes strengths as the lens through which organizations can select, manage, motivate, develop and engage employees. As the COO at Gallup, she is responsible for all operational and client service aspects of the organization. It is no surprise that she is particularly committed to mentoring and advancing women in business.

  •     Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America

A foreign policy expert, legal and international relations scholar, and public commentator, Anne-Marie Slaughter famously wrote The Atlantic article “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” which became the most-read article in the history of the magazine. Among other accomplishments, in 2009 she was appointed director of policy planning for the U.S. State Department, the first woman to hold that job. Her book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, has just been published by Random House.

In addition to these speakers, the Atlanta forum will feature a panel addressing strategies for building and retaining the best talent. The panel will showcase an impressive group of businesswomen and men who’ve each successfully implemented policies that enable women to serve in leadership roles.

  •     Sharon Hall, Partner, Spencer Stuart

Hall has been with Spencer Stuart for 18 years where she is a partner and member of three of the firm's global practice specialties – Human Resources, Consumer and Diversity. Prior to executive search, Hall spent more than 13 years developing effective teams and worked in marketing, strategic planning, new business development and general management. Hall graduated magna cum laude from Morris Brown College and received an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

  •     Paula S. Larson, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Newell Rubbermaid

As a global executive known for building high-performing organizations, Larson has led change as an HR business partner and strategic consultant. At Newell Rubbermaid, Larson helped transform the Company’s HR function through installation of best practices and service delivery innovations. Larson has a B.A. in Psychology from Michigan State, an MBA from the University of New Haven and an M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from New York University, ABD.

  •     Reggie Walker, PwC Atlanta Market Managing Partner

Walker is the Managing Partner of PwC’s Greater Atlanta market. Walker oversees three PwC offices and more than 1,800 professionals. He has more than 23 years of experience serving global clients, advising them on strategic and operational issues. Walker received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Alabama.

  •     Ceree T. Eberly, Chief People Officer and Senior Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company

Eberly has been at Coca-Cola since 1990 where she’s served in a variety of leadership roles, including HR Director of Central America & Caribbean Division, Vice President of Corporate Business Unit, and Group HR Director for Europe. As Chief People Officer, Eberly leads an organization overseeing 150,000 Coca-Cola employees across more than 200 countries. She has a BA from the University of Tennessee where she graduated with high honors.

About GWI: Womenetics will be hosting the Global Women’s Initiative for the sixth time in Atlanta on Oct. 6, and in Chicago on Nov. 13. For more information and tickets, please visit

About Womenetics: Womenetics is in the business of helping women succeed in the workplace. The company’s mission is to help women achieve their business potential and to provide solutions for businesses to excel by creating more dynamic, enriching, and positive workplaces for women. Womenetics does this in a variety of ways: by hosting provocative events, tapping into the best thinking on issues affecting businesswomen, and providing real-world, practical content.

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