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    WILD’s Global Development
    C-Suite Leaders Convening

    In-person in Washington DC
    May 7 | 8.30am – 11am ET

    Followed by Aiming High Symposium: 11am – 4.30pm ET

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    Global Development C-Suite Leaders Convening:

    In-person in Washington DC | May 7 | 8.30am – 11am ET

    Followed by Aiming High Symposium: 11am – 4.30pm ET (attendance is optional)

    Be part of the Global Development C-Suite Leaders Convening for an exclusive event where executives (of all genders) come together with their chosen senior female leader “plus 1”. 

    Immerse yourself in candid conversations with C-suite peers, tackle critical workforce trends in the global development industry, and tap into world-class curated content for actionable insights to elevate your leadership.

    C-suite Leaders and their ‘plus 1’ must each purchase a ticket. Ticket cost is USD 350pp (price will increase to USD 400pp after April 15).

    Complimentary tickets provided to sponsors of, and those purchasing 10+ tickets to send a delegation to, the virtual 2024 Women’s Global Leadership Forum.

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    Key highlights:

    • Exclusive networking opportunity with executive leaders
    • Expert-led discussions on industry trends and best practices
    • Valuable insights for career growth and leadership development
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    Executives confirmed to participate

    As of 03/20/2024

    Abt Global

    • Kathleen Flanagan (President & CEO)
    • Lisa Simeon (Chief Operations Officer)
    • Mariandrea Chamorro (VP Global Development Deliver)
    • Jessen Carroll (VP Human Resources)


    • Sylvia Megret (President & CEO)

    ADRA International

    • Sonya Funna (Vice President, Sustainable Development)

    American Institute for Research (AIR)

    • Makini Nyanteh (Chief Communications Officer & Senior Vice President)
    • Lauren Focarazzo (Vice President, Business Development)

    Building Markets

    • Radha Rajkotia (Chief Executive Officer)

    Cloudburst Group

    • Michelle Hayes (President)

    Counterpart International

    • Ann Hudock (President & CEO)
    • Camille Richardson (Vice President, Women’s Empowerment)

    Conservation International

    • Daniela Raik (Executive Vice President, Field Programs)
    • Janet Edmond (Senior Director, Inclusive Partnerships for Sustainable Conservation)


    • Sarah Helmstadter (Senior Vice President, US Government Business)
    • Tine Knott (Executive Vice President, Strategy & Global Operations)
    • Lucy Volz (Vice President, Global Workforce)

    DT Insitute

    • Pia Wanek (CEO)


    • Roula Attar (President)

    Encompass LLC

    • Beeta Tahmassebi (Vice President of Strategic Initiatives)
    • Carrie Conway (Vice President, Technical Assistance and Evaluation)

    FHI 360

    • Tessie San Martin (CEO)
    • Useetha Rhodes (Chief People Officer)

    Food for the Hungry

    • Kate Musimwa (Chief Programs and Public Resources Officer)

    JA Worldwide

    • Asheesh Advani (CEO)
    • Adnan Bokhari (Chief Finance Officer)

    LG Consulting

    • Tom Dente (Chief of Strategy & Growth)

    MSI, A Tetra Tech Company

    • Ellen Yount (Vice President)


    • Jennifer Trainor (Chief Marketing Officer)
    • Vila-Sheree Watson (Senior Director, Donor Marketing)

    Purdue Applied Research Institute

    • John Glover (Executive Director)
    • Diana Harbison (Senior Director for Strategy & Operations)
    • Maggie McDonough (Director, Technology & Innovation)

    RTI International

    • Paul Weisenfeld (Executive Vice President)
    • Nicole Barnes (Senior Vice President, International Development)

    Tetra Tech

    • Thomas Reilly (Division President, Global Development Services)
    • Thais Bessa (Director of Gender Equality & Social Inclusion)

    World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU)

    • Elissa LaBorde (President & CEO)
    • Angelina Tray (Vice President, Strategic Growth & Partnerships)

    Global Development C-Suite Leaders Convening program

    8:15 am


    8:30 am – 9:00 am

    Continental breakfast & networking

    9:10 am – 9:25 am

    C-Suite Leadership Forum kick-off

    SpeakersFiona Macaulay (Founder-CEO, The WILD Network)

    9:25 am – 10:00 am

    Panel: Navigating changing workforce dynamics for the C-Suite

    Session description

    In an era defined by unprecedented changes in workforce dynamics, C-Suite executives find themselves at the helm of organizations undergoing transformative shifts.

    This panel curated for executives, dissects the challenges and opportunities that come with the changing nature of the workforce amidst evolving workforce and industry expectations.

    Following the plenary, exchange experiences with peers in a roundtable discussion.


    • Sarah Helmstadter, President, DAI
    • Lisa Simeon, Chief Operating Officer, Abt Global
    • Stephanie LeBlanc-Godfrey, Global Head of Inclusion for Women of Color, Google
    • Moderator: Stephanie Oueda Cruz, Fmr. Advisor to the President – Gender, Diversity and Inclusion, Inter-American Development Bank

    10:00 am – 10:20 am

    Panel: Leading with vision & adaptability


    • Paul Weisenfeld, Executive Vice President, RTI International
    • Michelle Bekkering, National Engagement Director, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)

    10:20 am – 10:50 am

    Breakouts: Roundtable discussions

    10:50 am – 11:10 am

    Networking break

    C-Suite programming ends

    While the C-Suite-specific programming concludes at 11am, we warmly invite you to join the Aiming High Symposium, which runs until 4:30 PM. We have a compelling lineup planned, featuring speakers and panels that promise to be as enriching as they are inspiring.

    Aiming High Symposium program

    11:15 am – 12:30 pm

    Keynote – In your power: React less, regain control, raise others

    Speakers: Dr. Sharon Melnick PhD (Women’s Leadership Expert)

    12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

    Lunch & Networking

    1:40 pm – 2:55 pm

    Keynote: Overcoming hurdles to change the face of leadership

    Session description

    Join us for a thought-provoking session led by renowned keynote speaker Jennifer McCollum, drawing from over 25 years of in-depth research into the unique challenges women encounter in the US workforce. Jennifer’s expertise offers invaluable guidance and empowerment for women aiming to propel their careers forward, while also providing actionable insights for organizations committed to fostering gender equity across all levels.

    This session serves as a platform for global development industry leaders to build upon research findings, sharing personal anecdotes and lessons from their own leadership journeys. Together, we’ll explore the intricate dynamics of gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace, shedding light on the barriers that women commonly face and the strategies required to overcome them.

    Through engaging discussions and practical examples, attendees will gain:

    • Insights into the specific hurdles and biases that can hinder women’s advancement
    • Strategies for navigating challenges and leveraging opportunities to achieve professional success
    • Practical advice for organizations seeking to create inclusive environments and promote gender equity
    • Inspiration from real-world leadership stories, illustrating the transformative impact of diverse perspectives and inclusive leadership practices


    • Jennifer McCollum, CEO, Catalyst
    • Chisom Ilogu, Strategy & Analytics, Deloitte
    • Damiana Astudillo, Senior Director, Human and Community Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

    3:10 pm – 4:10 pm

    Simultaneous breakout sessions

    Interactive Workshop: Maximizing impact – Strategies for effective employee resource groups (ERGs)

    Session description

    Are you ready to unlock the full potential of employee resource groups (ERGs) in shaping an inclusive workplace culture?

    Recent studies show that organizations with active ERGs witness higher levels of employee engagement, retention, and innovation.

    Whether you’re a seasoned ERG leader or just embarking on your journey with these groups, this workshop is designed to provide actionable insights and strategies for maximizing the impact of ERGs within your organization.

    All participants will be encouraged to actively contribute, pose questions, and share their ERG experiences throughout our interactive session. Together, we’ll explore vital topics including:

    • Strategize innovative ways to leverage ERGs for driving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives across your organization.
    • Discover best practices for nurturing effective ERG leadership and fostering member engagement.
    • Explore creative approaches to harnessing the collective power of ERGs to drive innovation and propel organizational growth.

    Equipped with practical insights and strategies, attendees will be empowered to champion ERGs as catalysts for positive change within their workplaces.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with fellow HR professionals, ERG leaders, and DEI advocates.


    • Arielle Berghammer-Ziegler, former ChemValor co-chair, Advisor, Innovation and Partnership, Chemonics International
    • Georgina Addo, ChemONYX ERG Co-Chair, Program Manager, Chemonics International
    • Gwynn Pollard, former ChemABLE Co-Chair, Process Improvement Specialist, Chemonics International
    • Rachel Marquez, Founding member of Chemonics Gender Equity Network (ChemGEN), Senior Specialist, Global Outreach and Engagement, Chemonics International

    Interactive workshop: Leading gender inclusive organizational change

    Session description

    Bringing a gender lens to program and policy implementation leads to more inclusive results. However, embedding a gender lens requires challenging and often painful change processes. This workshop-style session will foster candid conversations drawing on real life experiences to offer participants practical solutions for leading organization change.


    • Mara Bolis, Fellow, Center for International Development, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Alivelu Ramisetty, Chief Gender Justice & Inclusion Officer, Oxfam America

    4:20 pm – 4:45 pm

    Continuing your leadership journey: What’s next?

    Speakers: Fiona Macaulay (Founder-CEO, The WILD Network)

    4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

    Informal networking happy hour

    (Restaurant at walking distance from the Chemonics conference center)

    Draft program subject to change without notice


    What is WILD's C-Suite Leaders Convening: Navigating what's next

    The C-Suite Leadership Forum is for senior executive leaders. Select WILD Forum partnership tiers have been allocated tickets for their CEOs and, depending on the agreement, their plus ones.

    What does my ticket include?

    Your ticket includes access to the in-person, The C-Suite Leadership Forum: Navigating what’s next event on Tuesday, May 7, 8.30-11am ET. Ticket holders are welcome to stay for the Aiming High Symposium which runs until 4:30pm.

    Your ticket also includes access to the virtual 2024 Women’s Global Leadership Forum (May 8-9). Tickets to the virtual WILD Forum include 6 months of leadership development opportunities (learn more).


    Who will attend the WILD's C-Suite Leaders Convening

    The C-Suite Leaders Convening is for senior executive leaders. WILD Forum partners and organizations sending a delegation of 10 or more, have been allocated tickets for their CEOs and, depending on the level of commitment, their plus one(s) senior female leader(s).

    When and where will the C-Suite Leaders Convening take place?

    The C-Suite Leaders Convening will take place on Tuesday, May 7 from 8.30am – 11am ET @1275 New Jersey Ave., SE, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20003.

    On the same day, at the same venue, WILD is hosting the Aiming High Symposium – open to all global development, humanitarian aid professionals, and social changemakers in the DMV. After the C-Suite Leadership Forum, we invite you to join our Aiming High Symposium which will run until 4:30pm.

    I cannot stay for the entirety of the day, will any of the sessions be recorded?

    The content for this event will be delivered live, and will not be broadcast. We hope that you will stay for the duration of the day, including WILD’s Aiming High Symposium (8.30am – 4.30pm ET), but understand if time does not permit.

    Can I give my ticket to someone else?

    Tickets to WILD’s C-Suite Leaders Convening are non-transferable. They are intended for the partner organization’s CEO (or equivalent), and their plus one rising leader. If your circumstances change, and you are unable to attend, please contact Chloe Holmes,

    Is there a cost associated with attending the C-Suite Leaders Convening?

    Attendance is by invitation only. Complimentary tickets to the C-Suite Leadership Forum have been issued to sponsoring organizations. If sponsoring organizations wish to purchase more tickets, the cost is USD 350 (price will increase to USD 400 after April 1).

    All tickets to the C-Suite Leadership Forum have access to the virtual Women’s Global Leadership Forum, May 8-9.

    Can I bring a "plus one"?

    C-Suite Leadership Forum is for CEOs (of all genders) to participate in the breakfast with their senior female rising leader(s). Organization have been allocated guest spaces commensurate with your sponsor/delegation level. Cost to purchase tickets to bring additional female senior leaders: USD 350 (price will increase to USD 400, after April 1).

    Who should I contact if I have more questions or need assistance with my registration?

    For any additional questions or assistance with your registration for WILD’s C-Suite Leadership Forum, please reach out to Chloe (

    Is there limited seating at WILD's C-Suite Leaders Convening?

    Yes. Space is limited and it is recommended to RSVP as early as possible.

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