Women Leaders Summit: Empowering Women Forward

Women Leaders Summit: Empowering Women Forward
Event on 2013-06-26 18:00:00

Women Leaders Summit:


Three incredible women leaders speak about how they have led the way through their vast experiences for other women to become leaders. We are inspired by their journey and want to share it with a community of women interested in changing the ratio. A keynote conversation with: Francis Hesselbein, Christine Comaford, and Carole Hyatt. The panel will be moderated by Gabriella Stern, Managing Editor of the WSJ.com, and will include the launch of an initiative in collaboration with the United Nations called The Happiness Assembly, powered by five inspiring, courageous, and entrepreneurial women seeking to spread Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's goals of Gross Global Happiness to the world through a beautiful global art narrative.

Brought to you by The Hatchery, empowering women forward by creating more women leaders with support from a community of women leadership organizations, Yao Huang, Colette K. Young, and Tonya Yuki.


6:00- 6:30: Garden reception

6:30- 8:00: Keynotes

8:00- 8:30: Wise words engagement with panel

8:30- 9:00: Networking + Happiness

Get to know our Keynote speakers:

Francis Hesselbein

One of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein’s legacy and ongoing contributions. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.

In May, 2011, Mrs. Hesselbein was duly honored with two Lifetime Achievement Awards from ATHENA International and Best Practice Institute in New York. From 2009–2011, Mrs. Hesselbein served as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. She is the first woman, and the first non-graduate to serve in this chair.

Also in 2009, the University of Pittsburgh introduced The Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. The Academy’s aim is to produce experienced and ethical leaders who will address critical national and international issues and advance positive social and economic initiatives throughout the world.

She serves on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, the Bright China Social Fund, and U.C.S.D. Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Alliance Advisory Council. She served as the Chairman of the National Board of Directors for Volunteers of America from 2002–2006.

For her exceptional work and her continued commitment to developing leaders of all ages, as demonstrated in her work with the Institute, in 2009 Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Tribute Dinner of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. Mrs. Hesselbein was also inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame and is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.

In 2008, Mrs. Hesselbein was presented with the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles, and the Tempo International Leadership Award in New York City. She was named a Senior Leader at the United States Military Academy, 2008 National Conference on Ethics in America. In 2007, Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship by Fulbright New Zealand and was the first recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Award in 2003.

Mrs. Hesselbein is the recipient of twenty-one honorary doctoral degrees. She is editor-in-chief of the award-winning quarterly journal Leader to Leader and is the coeditor of twenty-seven books in twenty-nine languages and has traveled to sixty-eight countries representing the United States. She is the author of Hesselbein on Leadership and My Life in Leadership, and in August 2012, her third book, More Hesselbein on Leadership was published.


Christine Comaford

New York Times bestselling author and specialist in Corporate Strategy, Inflection Point Navigation and Effective Implementation, Execution and Behavioral Alignment among top executives, teams and emerging leaders. Her Coaching, Consulting and Strategies have guided over 153 businesses to tens of millions of dollars in new value and revenue. Although she has been sought after for providing proven strategies to massively increase sales, product offerings, and company value, Christine is fast becoming known for her unique ability to work personally with key executives and leaders to align their behavior with the company strategy and cause peak performance. Her clients grow their businesses at massive speeds and greatly outperform their competitors.

As an Entrepreneur, Christine has built and sold 5 of her own businesses with an average 700% return on investment, served as a board director or in-the-trenches advisor to 36 startups, and has invested in over 200 startups (including Google) as a venture capitalist or angel investor. Christine has consulted to the White House (Clinton and Bush), 700 of the Fortune 1000, and over 300 small businesses. She has repeatedly identified and championed key trends and technologies years before market acceptance.

Christine has also led many unconventional lives, adding to her 360 Degree ability to understand business not as just a set of strategies, but also as a complex web of human interaction. She has been a: Buddhist monk, Microsoft engineer, geisha trainee, entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Her triumphs and disasters are revealed in her New York Times (and USA Today, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and Amazon.com ) bestselling business book: Rules for Renegades: How to Make More Money, Rock Your Career, and Revel in Your Individuality. She has neither a high school diploma nor college degree.

Christine has appeared on Good Morning America, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX Business Network, PBS, CNET and is frequently quoted in the business, technology and general press at large. Stanford Graduate School of Business has done two case studies on her and PBS has featured her in three specials (Triumph of the Nerds, Nerds 2.0.1, and Nerd TV). CNET has broadcast two specials covering her unconventional rise to success as a woman with neither a high school diploma nor college degree. Christine believes we can do well and do good, using business as a path for personal development, wealth creation, and philanthropy.

…. Bill Gates calls her “super high bandwidth.”

…. Bill Clinton has thanked her for “fostering American entrepreneurship."

Carole Hyatt

Carole Hyatt is a bestselling author, international motivational speaker, and an expert on career development and women’s corporate consulting programs. Carole Hyatt is an acknowledged leader in the work field who specializes in speaking to individuals and corporations and designing programs for executive women who desire senior leadership roles. Carole Hyatt’s Leadership Forum has helped over 2,200 women worldwide accelerate their careers filled with change.

Carole Hyatt has been addressing career subjects in her best-selling books, lecture tours, and television appearances for the past 35 years. She is an acknowledged leader in the work field. Her books, The New Woman’s Selling Game, Shifting Gears, When Smart People Fail, and Lifetime Employability have helped millions of people throughout the world effectively identify and accomplish their goals. Her works have been reviewed as seminal and she is frequently quoted in the media. Carole’s Leadership Forum seminars are attended worldwide by top executive women from diverse fields who are interested in assessing and advancing their careers. Her workshop attendees have benefited from the support and skill she provides though an analysis of their needs and examination of alternative means of meeting them. Ms. Hyatt is a powerful facilitator and conducts focus and ideation groups for Fortune 500 companies.

Carole is a member of the board of directors and advisory of numerous organizations and start-up corporations. She has served on the International Women’s Forum where she was Vice President in charge of Global Development. She served on the Women’s Leadership Board of the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and the Avon Women of Enterprise Board. She has also served of the faculties of The New School for Social Research, Hunter Graduate School, New York University and The Woman’s School, and lectures in colleges and universities worldwide.  She currently serves on the executive committee of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., Aston Magna Baroque Music Festival in Great Barrington, Mass, and on the boards of scores of women-owned start-up business corporations.

With her late partner, June Esserman, in association with Dan Yankelovich, she founded the first market and social behavior research company in America to specialize in the youth area. The firm later expanded and pioneered documenting the affects of women moving into the workforce. Their innovative methodologies were pivotal in the research arena and are still being utilized today. The company was acquired by McCollum Spielman Research in 1986.

Carole was the co-founder and artistic director of The Peppermint Players, one of the first children’s theaters in New York City. The company performed in four off-Broadway theaters, Town Hall, and toured the eastern seaboard. She was a founding member of the Children’s Theatre Association. The Peppermint Players’ repertoire sold over one million records on the Peter Pan label. McGraw Hill distributed the repertoire on film worldwide. Carole was also one of the first women to produce for television and won an Emmy for her children’s one-hour specials on CBS TV where she introduced Jim Henson, along with other luminaries, to TV.

Carole Hyatt has had a lifelong interest in mentoring women and has served as a model for women aspiring to leadership roles throughout the world. She works with high-powered executives and has been called “the guru’s guru”. She travels worldwide leading workshops that inspire and motivate both women and men to lead fulfilling work lives. The Carole Hyatt Success Center in Tokyo existed for fourteen years during the Japanese bubble. 

Garbriella Stern

Gabriella Stern is the deputy managing editor for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, a position she has held since October 2012. Ms. Stern oversees the CFO and CIO Journal premium online news and information services for corporate executives in finance and technology. Her remit also includes the Journal's Small Business and Startup team, which is responsible for the Accelerators blog, and she is involved in such digital initiatives as the WSJ Startup of the Year episodic documentary on entrepreneurship.

Previously, Ms. Stern served as managing editor of DJ FX Trader, an information application that provides exclusive news, analysis and real-time opportunities for forex traders. Ms. Stern was also a senior editor with Dow Jones Newswires, responsible for global news coverage. Ms. Stern was Dow Jones Newswires' senior editor for Asia-Pacific, where she had overall responsibility for editorial operations in the region. Ms. Stern was Dow Jones Newswires' senior editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where she had overall responsibility for editorial operations in the region. She joined Dow Jones in 1991 as a reporter in the Pittsburgh bureau of The Wall Street Journal.

Get to know The Happiness Assembly:


The Happiness Assembly (HA) was formed by five incredible women that believe that everyone has the right to be happy: Alicia Henry, Bethany Halbreich, Colette K. Young, Jess Tetonico, and Pallavi Sekhri. HA has one main mission: to inspire and drive action for a happier world. HA does this through promoting happiness, and providing a right to happiness. By bringing happiness into the global narrative, both on a citizen and a governmental level and by ensuring that all humans are provided with their fundamental right to happiness. HA supports the United Nations Millenium Development Goals and is proud to help support the 3rd goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women.


HA is supported by the United Nations and generated by some of the founding members of the International Day of Happiness (IDH), spearheaded by former Iraqi United Nations Ambassador Dr. Hamid Al Bayati. Our team helped pass both United Nation Resolution 65/309 and 66/281 at the high-level meetings in July 2011, and July 2012, agreeing to place “happiness” on the global agenda, and decreeing the International Day of Happiness (IDH) to be observed every year on the 20th of March. All 193 United Nations member states adopted the resolution affirming that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal. IDH recognizes that the constructs of governments, economic success and measurements of national progress are shifting towards a focus on human happiness and wellbeing. The Happiness Assembly is set up to uphold and drive forward the mission and vision of the United Nations Resolution on Happiness.


The Happiness Assembly’s first initiative is creating a global art narrative called, “A World of Happiness campaign”. It is an open source public art project that bridges together every corner of the world to form a collective narrative about happiness. Creatively brought to life to inspire, engage and explore what happiness means. Every culture and country is invited to submit their idea of something that makes them happy and share it with the world. Submissions can be made via HA’s website, as well as campaigns sent out to schools and institutions globally. HA will utilize the growth of social media so that submissions can also be made via existing social media platforms that are used daily by the majority of the world’s population. Donated public spaces around the world from billboards, to white walls, to bus sides, to bricks, to signs hanging on donkeys will display these sentiments of happiness. They will be brought to life by digital signs, artists, graffiti, collages and various creative forms of mixed media. Each statement submitted will grant each participant a membership, example: Member Citizen GB142 (Great Britain), Member Citizen IRQ267 (Iraq), Member Citizen USA823 (United States) to The Happiness Assembly, mirroring Member States’ membership to the United Nations Assembly. Each member will have a way of branding their own submission, and can track the life of their statement on where in the world their happiness has landed. We aspire to create a happiness database, connecting people together around the globe. The public global art show will officially launch on the second International Day of Happiness on March 20th 2014, and submissions to The Happiness Assembly will start at the end of 2013.


“Conscious that the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and “recognizing that the gross domestic product […] does not adequately reflect the happiness and well-being of people,” Resolution 65/309


“…needs a new economic paradigm that recognizes the parity between the three pillars of sustainable development. Social, economic and environmental well-being are indivisible. Together they define gross global happiness.” –Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon speaking at the High Level Meeting on “Happiness and Well-Being: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”.

Get to know The Hatchery:


The Hatchery is a venture collaborationforum, building a community of entrepreneurs, emerging companies, and investors, via its events, advisory services, and incubator.

The Hatchery is one of the driving links to the New York City tech scene, organizing events to educate and bring together the tech community in cities throughout the globe.  Events include: Friday Investor Series, The Gauntlet, Are You Serious?, Hatch Match, Hackathons, Conversations, Wonder Women Dinner Series, and a range of Skillshare classes. 

Get to know Nielsen:


Nielsen is a leading global information and measurement company that enables companies to understand consumers and consumer behavior. Nielsen measures and monitors what consumers watch (programming, advertising) and what consumers buy (categories, brands, products) on a global and local basis. 

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