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10th Annual AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network Conference

Join us as we feature women leaders and male allies from across the Western Hemisphere for a timely discussion on gender parity in the Americas.

3:00–5:30 pm ET

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Overview

It’s been ten years since the Americas Society/Council of the Americas launched the Women’s Hemispheric Network to encourage professional women to stay in the workforce and reach leadership positions. Now more than ever, addressing barriers to gender parity in the workforce is key to the region’s socioeconomic development as Latin America responds to the COVID-19 crisis. Looking to the next ten years, what are the necessary goals to help close the gender gap? What lessons learned during the pandemic can lead to greater female leadership across the hemisphere?

The 10th Annual Women’s Hemispheric Conference will include a high-level keynote presentation and two panel discussions. The first panel, “Building Better Tables,” will focus on strategies to encourage and support women working in fields and roles traditionally dominated by men. Our second panel, “The Next Ten Years,” will look at the work yet to be done in the next decade to achieve greater female leadership in the region.

Speakers: 

  • Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, Consul General of Brazil in New York
  • Gaby Gallardo, General Manager Public Sector, Microsoft Latin America @MicrosoftLatam
  • Richard Lui, Anchor and Journalist, MSNBC/NBC News @RichardLui
  • Ricardo Mora, Co-Head of Latin America and Head of Americas Global Currencies and Emerging Markets Sales, Goldman Sachs
  • Maria Moret, Vice President Southern Latin America, Medtronic
  • Patricia Pomies, Chief Operating Officer, Globant @patpomies
  • Laura Zelenko, Senior Executive Editor for Talent, Diversity, Training and Standards, Bloomberg @lszelenko
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @s_segal

For more event information: women@as-coa.org
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon at acalderon@as-coa.org
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org

Agenda

Download a PDF of the agenda.

3:00 p.m. Welcoming Remarks

  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

3:05 p.m. Keynote Interview

3:30 p.m. Panel: Building Better Tables – How to Include More Women in Traditionally Male Spaces

This panel discussion brings together inspiring women and male allies to discuss strategies to encourage and support women working in fields and roles traditionally dominated by men. While we see more female executives and decision makers than ever before, barriers to gender parity still exist in STEM, finance, and healthcare industries. Why is it important to invest in female talent? How has supporting your female colleagues impacted your business? What strategies do you use to retain top female talent? How can we create more inclusive and equitable work environments as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis? Are there any opportunities that you see for women today that were not there 2 years ago? What advice would you give a young woman working in a male-dominated workplace? What advice would you give to managers looking to better support the women on their team?

  • Gaby Gallardo, General Manager Public Sector, Microsoft Latin America
  • Ricardo Mora, Co-Head of Latin America and Head of Americas Global Currencies and Emerging Markets Sales, Goldman Sachs
  • Maria Moret, Vice President Southern Latin America, Medtronic
  • Laura Zelenko, Senior Executive Editor for Talent, Diversity, Training and Standards, Bloomberg (moderator)

4:30 p.m. Panel: The Next Ten Years

As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Women’s Hemispheric Network, panelists will discuss the work yet to be done. What are the right goals to set as we work towards gender parity in the next decade? What makes you optimistic? Where do you think we may fall short? Has the pandemic set us back or stalled hard earned progress? What is one step we can take today to help close the gender gap? Panelists will share personal stories and insights on the gains we have made and their hopes for the state of professional women in the future. What lessons have we learned during the pandemic which will lead to greater female leadership 10 years from today?
 

  • Ted Acosta, Americas Vice Chair, Regional Managing Partner Latam South, EY
  • Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, Consul General of Brazil in New York
  • Patricia Pomies, Chief Operating Officer, Globant
  • Richard Lui, Anchor and Journalist, MSNBC/NBC News (moderator)

5:30 p.m. End of program

Speakers

Ted Acosta
Americas Vice Chair, Regional Managing Partner Latam South, EY

Ted Acosta is the EY regional managing partner of the Latin America South Region and in charge of supporting the region’s activities and integrating efforts to increase EY’s growth within Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Prior to leading EY Americas Latin America...

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Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo
Consul General of Brazil in New York

Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo is the consul general of Brazil in New York. From 2008 to 2013, and again from 2017 to 2021, she was the ambassador and permanent representative of Brazil to the United Nations in Geneva. Previously, Ambassador Farani Azevêdo was posted to...

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Gaby Gallardo
General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft Latin America

Gaby Gallardo is general manager for Latin America at Microsoft. In this role, she works with governments and partners to build a more inclusive world through digital transformation. She joined Microsoft in 2017 as general manager for Southern Latin America, a post she held until...

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Richard Lui
Anchor and Journalist, MSNBC/NBC News

Richard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC and NBC News, with more than 30 years’ experience in television, film, technology, and business. Lui joined MSNBC in 2010, where he anchors Early Today for NBC News and covers sports for both NBC News and MSNBC morning shows...

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Ricardo Mora
Co-Head of Latin America and Head of Americas Global Currencies and Emerging Markets Sales, Goldman Sachs

Ricardo Mora is co-head of Latin America and Head of Americas Global Currencies and Emerging Markets Sales at Goldman Sachs. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2008 and was named partner in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Mora was a managing director at Deutsche...

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María Moret
Vice President Southern Latin America, Medtronic

María Moret is vice president for Southern Latin America at Medtronic, overseeing Argentina, Chile, Peru, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Paraguay. Moret joined Medtronic over 12 years ago as business manager for Southern Latin America. From 2015 to 2019, she was business director for...

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Patricia Pomies
Chief Operating Officer, Globant

Patricia Pomies is chief operating officer at Globant. In this role, Pomies transforms corporate strategy into actionable goals and deliverables, and oversees the revenue and margin for company-wide operations. From 2017 to 2021, she was Globant’s chief delivery and people...

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Laura Zelenko
Senior Executive Editor for Talent, Diversity, Training and Standards, Bloomberg

Laura Zelenko is senior executive editor for Talent, Diversity, Training and Standards at Bloomberg. Zelenko has spent over two decades overseeing business, finance, and markets coverage across the globe for Bloomberg News. She joined Bloomberg in 1993 in Prague after stints at...

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Susan Segal
President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Susan Segal was elected president and CEO of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas in August 2003 after working in the private sector with Latin America and other emerging markets for over 30 years. A passionate supporter of Latin America, she joined the organizations...

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