December 10, 2019

12:30-7:00 PM PST

LA Metro Headquarters

One Gateway Plaza 

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Gender Equality



Gender equality is a fundamental human right that is integral to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Yet despite progress, women and girls around the world do not fully experience equal rights and their potential as economic, social and sustainable development change-agents remain untapped. Corporate leadership on gender equality is needed.


Join our regional meetup in Los Angeles to explore the many ways in which business can take action on SDG 5 to promote gender equality in the workplace, marketplace, and community.


UN Global Compact Member Only 

11:00 – 11:30                         Registration

11:30 – 12:45                         Gender Gap Analysis workshop


Public Event

12:30 – 1:00                           Registration and Networking


1:00 – 1:30                             Welcome and Introductions

  • Adam Roy Gordon, Engagement Director, Global Compact Network USA

  • Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Director General and Dean, Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU

  • Sue Allchurch, Chief, Outreach and Engagement, UN Global Compact

1:30 – 1:50                             Opening Keynote

  • Nina Hachigian, Deputy Mayor of International Affairs, City of Los Angeles

1:50 – 2:45                             Panel: Women Transforming the Social Sector

  • Lily Lapenna, Social Entrepreneur and WEF Young Global Leader (moderator)

  • Jaye Connolly-LaBell, Chairman and CEO, RippleNami

  • Anjali Banthia, Director of Insights, Tala

  • Sonya Blake, Director of Community Business, City of Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic Development

2:45 – 3:45                             Panel: Women Transforming the Corporate World

  • Holly Smithson, CEO, Athena (moderator)

  • Kim Williams, Chief Financial Officer, Warner Bros.

  • Rashmi Char, VP, Engineering, Qualcomm

  • Deborah Gibbins, Chief Operating Officer, Mary Kay Inc.

3:45 – 3:55                             Athena Assembly Announcement

3:55 – 4:55                             Panel: Women Transforming Multi-Sector Partnerships

  • Amanda Daflos, Chief Innovation and Gender Equality, City of Los Angeles (moderator)

  • Andrea Marcos, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Latinas in Tech Los Angeles and Senior Credit & Risk Manager, Tala

  • Elizabeth Kilpatrick, VP for Programs, Geena Davis Institute

  • Allison Holmes, Senior Director, Operations and Strategy, Annenberg Foundation


4:55 – 5:15                             Closing Keynote

  • Carmen Palofax, Member, All Raise Steering Committee and Partner, MiLA

5:15 – 5:30                             UN Global Compact Closing Remarks

  • Lauren Gula, Social Sustainability & Women's Empowerment, UN Global Compact

  • Adam Roy Gordon, Engagement Director, Global Compact Network USA

5:30 – 7:00                             Reception

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