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Hogan Lovells Brings Together Global Business and Political Leaders at Inaugural Women’s Executive Summit

25 October 2011

Secretary Madeleine Albright Joins on Stage Conversation at Robust Event; Panelists Launch Women’s Executive Blog to Continue the Dialogue

WASHINGTON, D.C., 25 October 2011 – Hogan Lovells’ Global Client Forum today held its inaugural Women’s Executive Summit, connecting senior women executives from diverse industry sectors and geographic regions to explore topics that are critical for success in today’s global economy.

"Our vision for the Women’s Executive Summit is to provide a meaningful starting point for a vibrant, ongoing discussion about the interplay and influence of business and politics on the global economy," said Claudette Christian, Co-Chair of the Global Board of Hogan Lovells. "We gathered to gain new perspectives on the issues facing businesses across the globe, and I look forward to continued debate about these complex and fast-changing issues through our conversations, future Summits, and our new blog."

Hogan Lovells brought together top women leaders in the fields of business, politics, and philanthropy for the two-day event which began with former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joining a dynamic on stage conversation.

Speakers for the panel presentations included: Bloomberg Television journalist Margaret Brennan; MSNBC journalist Mika Brzezinski; Tammy Haddad, President and Founder, Haddad Media; Susan Z. Haller, Vice President, Legal, Sprint Nextel Corporation; Christina Lamb, U.S. Editor, The Sunday Times; Carol A. Melton, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, Time Warner Inc.; Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman, Carlson; Ekaterina V. Petelina, Member of VTB Bank Management Board, VTB Group; Vicky Pryce, Senior Managing Director, Economics, FTI Consulting Inc.; New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn; Marina Salamon, Chairman, Altana S.p.A.; Julia Solovieva, President, Prof-Media; Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF; and Cynthia L. Zollinger, President and CEO, Cornerstone Research.

Panel discussion topics included:

  • Women on the World Stage: This panel centered on the perceptions and realties surrounding the role of women in high-level executive and leadership positions around the globe. Drawing from their varied backgrounds and leadership roles, the group addressed potential barriers to success, gender politics, and the public’s role in influencing the standards for success. Looking to the next generation of women leaders, the panel also discussed the role of mentors and the long-term view of making a meaningful impact, and they offered their advice and observations concerning navigating a rewarding career path.
  • The Impact of Economic and Political Shifts: With globalization comes interlacing (and sometimes conflicting) corporate, regional, national, and political interests that seem to grow exponentially complex with each days’ news headlines. Panelists discussed which ones deserve immediate attention from Western governments and the associated challenges of making those difficult decisions in the near term. Looking across the Atlantic, the panelists also offered their perspectives on risks associated with the Eurozone and its potential impact around the world.  On a world-wide scale, the concept of what it means to be a global corporation and the definition of success was examined, along with a discussion of how differing regulatory environments create both business and ethical challenges.
  • Controlling Your Reputation in a World That Holds No Secrets: Global enterprises conduct business before a tuned-in, hyper-connected global population empowered with tools that turbo charge the rumor mill. As it was with rumors around the wellhead in the days of the village economy, gossip is powerful. It can make or break reputations; it can cause the value of corporations to evaporate; it can thwart ambition; it can create a mega-market hit over night; and it can be harnessed to effect impactful change. It is a force to be reckoned with by corporations and individuals alike. This panel explored building and protecting reputations in this age of citizen journalists and always-on media. 
  • Leadership for Growth in Challenging Times: Leading a growing company and keeping it on a strategic path means leaders must prepare for change, including the unpredictable. This panel explored the role of leaders in an environment where many employees fear for their jobs and investors are wary of risk. Panelists shared their views on how leaders can help their organizations overcome challenges and meet their strategic goals in tumultuous economic times.

Additionally, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and current Hogan Lovells partner and Appellate Practice co-head Neal Katyal spoke to the group about the U.S. Supreme Court’s impact on business and the economy.

For more information about the event and an ongoing discussion of related issues, please visit the Hogan Lovells’ Women’s Executive Summit blog at http://www.hoganlovellswes.com/.

 
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