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Panel: Leading from the C-Suite

04may8:00 am8:45 amPanel: Leading from the C-SuiteShanna Marzilli (USA), Melizsa Mugyenyi (Kenya), Sylvia Megret (USA)8:00 am - 8:45 am(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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What skills and experiences are needed to be an effective CEOs in our sector today? The pathway to the C-Suite is more diverse than ever before, and that is changing who can access this leadership position. This panel will explore how to build your credibility; harness “nontraditional” educational and career journeys; and what skills are most essential to lead organizations today for a more impactful tomorrow.


May 4(Thursday) 8:00am - 8:45am(GMT-04:00)

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Speakers for this event

  • Melizsa Mugyenyi

    Melizsa Mugyenyi

    CEO, Graça Machel Trust (Kenya)

    CEO, Graça Machel Trust (Kenya)

  • Shanna Marzilli

    Shanna Marzilli

    President & Chief Executive Officer, Plan International USA (USA)

    Plan International USA

      Mission-driven senior executive with a passion for top line growth, strategic transformation and social impact. Standout skills in people management, strategic planning, customer and donor experience and innovative advocacy and media campaigns. I’ve successfully managed the P&Ls for B2C and B2B lines of business, creating double-digit topline growth and executing several turnarounds. I believe that profit and mission can peacefully co-exist. Currently living my dream helping girls around the worlds realize their rights.

      President & Chief Executive Officer, Plan International USA (USA)

    • Sylvia Megret

      Sylvia Megret

      President and CEO, ACDI/VOCA (USA)

        Sylvia J. Megret serves as president and CEO
        of ACDI/VOCA. As a global development
        executive with 30 years of experience, she
        promotes the organization’s mission and lives
        its values in support of inclusive, sustainable
        development worldwide. Sylvia joined
        ACDI/VOCA in December 2016, first serving
        as chief operating officer (COO) and later as
        president and COO from February 2021 to
        April of 2022. She also served as interim CEO
        from December 2017 to June 2018.
        Sylvia has proven expertise convening diverse
        teams that bridge functions, cultures, and
        international borders. She is also skilled at
        identifying and institutionalizing effective
        teams and systems for maximum efficiency
        and success.
        Sylvia is currently board chair of the Fundación
        ACDI/VOCA Latin America (FAVLA). She also serves as a board member of the Society
        of International Development’s U.S. Chapter (SID-US) and as the 2022 SID-US
        conference chair. Sylvia led ACDI/VOCA’s role as a founding member of the Coalition
        for Racial and Ethnic Equity in International Development (CREED) and is also a
        founding member of Chief (Washington).
        She holds a master’s degree in international development from American University and
        a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from the University of Michigan. She
        is fluent in English and French, and her work has taken her from Africa to Asia, Latin
        America, and the Caribbean

        President and CEO, ACDI/VOCA (USA)

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