Hogan Lovells Explores Global Business Perspectives in Second Women’s Executive Summit

NEW YORK, 21 June 2013 – Hogan Lovells’ Global Client Forum held its second Global Women’s Executive Summit this week, bringing together a diverse audience of women executives and general counsel to explore their most pressing global business and legal issues. Consisting of prominent business executives, educators and diplomats, the group engaged in intimate discussions of the challenges these leaders and their organizations face in a dynamic global environment.

In the Summit’s opening night keynote address, noted business executive and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn provided a thought-provoking perspective on developments in China. Turning to another topic of interest to the audience, WuDunn joined Patricia de Stacy Harrison, President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in a discussion of the challenges and importance of addressing the oppression of women across the globe.  WuDunn emphasized that she sees this as the most critical moral challenge in society today, a message echoed in the book she co-wrote with husband Nicholas Kristof, Half the Sky. De Stacy Harrison added that the global gains in power made by female executives bring the added capacity and responsibility to improve these oppressive conditions for women worldwide.
The opening panel, Women on the World Stage, featured three global executives with markedly different backgrounds to discuss the changing dynamics for individual countries and large corporations on the world stage. The panelists touched on the importance of being an adaptable leader when faced with obstacles such as emerging technologies and communication to numerous stakeholders, as well as the necessity of balancing a dialogue among public, private and social sectors in the midst of a crisis. The high-profile panel included: Vice President María Antonieta Guillén de Bográn in the Republic of Honduras; Sara Mathew, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.; and Katharine Weymouth, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Washington Post.

Neal Katyal and Cate Stetson, Co-Directors of Hogan Lovells’ Appellate Practice Group, touched on the evolution of the Supreme Court and its most recent case decisions with critical impacts for global business in a joint presentation.

"The data confirms that the Roberts Court has moved the Court's jurisprudence in a way that is, on the whole, generally more favorable for business interests," said Katyal.

“In addition to deciding cases that influence business and the economy, the Supreme Court has also addressed issues that define who we are as citizens, and how we relate to each other and to our government -- including issues such as immigration, voting rights and discrimination," said Stetson.

In delivering closing remarks, Hogan Lovells partner Helen Trilling emphasized the importance of continuing to discuss shared challenges and responsive strategies, and to build relationships in an ever-changing global business environment.

“We hope that you have learned something of interest, had an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with others, and heard something that inspired you today,” said Trilling, who served as Summit Chairperson and also is a member of the Hogan Lovells Global Board. “This has been a meaningful event for us, and sets a benchmark for a dialogue that we hope will continue in the future.”

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

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