General Sessions


Joan Toth, President & CEO, Network of Executive Women

Join NEW President & CEO Joan Toth — and more than 1,000 industry peers — to kick off two days of learning and networking.

Thursday, October 1  |   8:30 am - 8:45 am   |  Dallas Ballroom

Opening Keynote

Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection

Debora Spar, President, Barnard College

Can women "have it all" — and should they? If we have power at work, can we also have an outside-of-work life? What does "having it all" look like? Debora Spar, author of Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection, has a vision of a world where it's expected and commonplace for women to obtain and exercise power. She wants women to be ambitious — to own their power, expertise and value. And she wants to dispel the myths that require women to be perfect mothers, wives, friends, caretakers, community leaders and managers simultaneously. Leave this session with a sane and simple game plan to destroy the myth of "having it all."

Thursday, October 1  |   9:15 am - 10:00 am   |  Dallas Ballroom

Featured Keynote

Chasing Happiness: Where Purpose, Passion and Leadership Intersect

Denice Torres, Co-Chair, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, NA

Most of us deeply and profoundly look for the "Big H" – Happiness. We want career success. We want to make an impact. We want to be assertive, yet sensitive. Out in front, yet humble. In this session, industry leader Denice Torres, the 2015 Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Woman of the Year, shares her personal story of seeking and finding happiness.

Thursday, October 1  |   12:45 pm - 1:30 pm   |  Dallas Ballroom

Morning Remarks

Joan Toth, President and CEO, Network of Executive Women

Friday, October 2  |   8:00 am - 8:15 am   |  Dallas Ballroom

Executive Leadership Panel

View from the C-Suite: Living a Powerful Life

Ellen Junger, Senior Vice President, Consumer Solutions, Hallmark Cards
Kathy Russello, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Ahold USA
Suzan Kereere, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Merchant Services, American Express

Senior executives from some of the industry's most progressive companies will share their personal career journeys and divulge the tough choices they made as their responsibilities — and power — grew in the workplace. Hear how these leaders moved from individual contributors to managers and how they grew their ability to influence others. Learn how growing responsibilities at work affected their lives outside the office.

Friday, October 2  |   8:15 am - 9:00 am   |  Dallas Ballroom

Closing Keynote

Using Personal Power to Transform Your Leadership

Carla Moore, Vice President, Talent Acquisition, Home Box Office Inc.

Leadership is more than demonstrating how good you can be. The most influential leaders help others become as good as they can be. Change leaders have a clear sense of self, purpose and courage. In her keynote address, Carla Moore will offer insights from her new book CRASH! Leading through the Wreckage and share her personal story of how she transformed herself and her leadership style to inspire team members, drive business and fuel her rise through HBO's corporate ranks.

Friday, October 2  |   9:00 am - 10:00 am   |  Dallas Ballroom

Grand Sponsors


Summit Sponsors


Summit Partners