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8th Annual AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network Conference

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

October 17, 2019
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Join AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network as we celebrate our eighth annual conference in New York City. This year’s conference will include conversations on asking for what you really want in your career and how to manage stress in the age of the hustle. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to network and join in the conversation during lunch with table leaders.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Katia Bouazza, Head of Global Banking, Latin America, HSBC @HSBC
  • Professor Maja, Sociologist, Confidence-Researcher, McMaster University @professormaja
  • Taisa Markus, Partner, White & Case LLP @WhiteCase
  • Samar Maziad, Vice President, Senior Analyst, Moody’s @MoodysInvSvc
  • Arpita Mazumdar, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for US Regional Sales, Goldman Sachs @GoldmanSachs
  • Chris Michel, Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the Americas, Bloomberg @business
  • Michael C. Pergine, Policy and Government Lead for Human Health Commercial, Merck @Merck
  • Marian Salzman, Senior Vice President of Global Communications, PMI @mariansalzman @InsidePMI
  • Gabriela Skouloudi, Partner and Co-head of the Corporate Investment Banking Practice, McKinsey & Company, Inc. @McKinsey
  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Director, Policy; Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly @ctornaghi 

To register, please contact Yvette Garza at women@as-coa.org or 1-212-277-8370. Registration is free for COA and YPA members and $75 for nonmembers.

Become a YPA member today and receive complimentary registration to this event.

For more event information: women@as-coa.org
Table Sponsorship Opportunities: Natalia Novak-Williamson | nwilliamson@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8374
COA Corporate Membership Information: Mila Fontana | mfontana@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8331
Note: View a list of COA corporate members.
Individual Membership Information: Lee Evans | levans@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384
Press Inquiries: mediarelations@as-coa.org
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at jserrano@counciloftheamericas.org before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16.

Katia Bouazza

Head of Latin America, Global Banking, HSBC

Katia Bouazza is the head of global banking for latin america, leading HSBC’s client coverage across all sectors, as well as the origination and execution of financing solutions for the region. Based in New York City, she is responsible for HSBC’s coverage and product teams in the U.S and Latin America, including Corporate, Financials and Multinationals Banking, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Leveraged & Acquisition Finance, Syndicate Loans, Infrastructure and Real Estate Group, and Advisory.

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Professor Maja

Professor, Sociologist, Confidence-Researcher, McMaster University

Professor Maja is a sociologist, professor, author and confidence-researcher. Her TEDx Talk “How Apologies Kill our Confidence” was featured by TED IDEAS in their 2019 article “Do you say ‘Sorry’ too Much?” She is also a regular guest expert on television. Maja authored two books (“Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and other career mistakes women make” and “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK”.) Professor Maja runs a leadership organization that trains women to improve their confidence, communication, and mindset.

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Taisa Markus

Partner, White & Case LLP

Taisa Markus is a partner at White & Case LLP capital markets practice in New York. Her practice focuses on cross-border securities offerings, cross-border bank finance and M&A, restructurings and general securities law matters. Markus has significant experience representing both financial institutions and issuers particularly in the Latin American and European capital markets and has been recognized as a leading lawyer for capital markets involving Latin American issuers and one of the top 100 lawyers specializing in Latin America by Latinvex.

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Samar Maziad

Vice President & Senior Analyst, Moody’s Investors Service

Samar Maziad is vice president and senior analyst at Moody’s Sovereign Risk Group in New York. She is the lead credit analyst for a portfolio of Latin American sovereigns, including Brazil and Colombia, among others. Prior to joining Moody’s, Maziad was a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund, where she covered a wide range of macroeconomic and financial stability issues in emerging markets.

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Arpita Mazumdar

COO, U.S. Regional Sales, Franchise Strategy Group, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs

Arpita Mazumdar is the chief operating officer for U.S. Regional Sales within the Franchise Strategy Group in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs. In addition, she serves as chief operating officer of the Americas Securities Division Women’s Network. Mazumbdar joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 and was named vice president in 2010.

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Chris Michel

Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the Americas, Bloomberg

Chris Michel is the head of diversity & inclusion for the Americas at Bloomberg in New York.  Most recently, Michel served as the first Chief Diversity Officer in the 200-year history of Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., one of the United States’ oldest and largest private banks.

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Michael C. Pergine

Policy and Government Lead for Human Health Commercial, Merck

Michael Pergine is the policy and government lead for human health commercial at Merck. As such, he is responsible for industrial and healthcare policy and government relations efforts (IP protection, Trade, biopharmaceutical sector attractiveness, access and reimbursement systems) as well as communications and patient engagement and advocacy across the entire human health portfolio of pharmaceuticals and vaccines in more than 130 countries.

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Marian Salzman

Senior Vice President of Global Communications, PMI

Marian Salzman is a senior vice president, global communications at Philip Morris International (PMI) since 2018, where she directly oversees a staff of almost 100 communications professionals based on three continents who are responsible for media relations, scientific engagement, content development, crisis management, internal communications, sponsorships and more. Before joining PMI, Marian was CEO of Havas PR North America for nearly a decade and chaired its global PR assets known as its PR Collective.

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Gabriela Skouloudi

Partner and Co-head of the Corporate Investment Banking Practice, McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Gabriela Skouloudi is a partner and co-head of the Corporate Investment Banking Practice at McKinsey & Company, Inc.’s New York office. As a member of McKinsey’s Global Corporate & Investment Banking practice, Skouloudi focuses on serving global banks, market infrastructure and other capital markets players. With extensive experience working with sales and trading leadership on topics related to strategy, organization, operations and regulatory matters/compliance.

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Cecilia Tornaghi

Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly

Cecilia Tornaghi is the managing editor of Americas Quarterly. A Brazilian-American journalist, she has been covering Latin America for the last 20 years with a focus on policy, business and economics. She spent 13 years at Bloomberg, starting as a Nasdaq reporter, then as an anchor, news editor, deputy managing editor for Bloomberg Brasil TV and lastly as Latin America correspondent for Bloomberg TV interviewing heads of state, cabinet members, and C-suite executives from across the region.

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#womenASCOA: Opening Remarks and Marian Salzman

October 17, 2019

“In every way, drive change,” said Marian Salzman of Philip Morris International in her keynote address....

#womenASCOA: Making the Ask, Closing the Gender Gap

October 17, 2019

The panel, which featured a sociologist and executives from McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, Moody’s, and Bloomberg, talked about asking for what you want and closing the gender gap....

#womenASCOA: Managing Stress in the Age of the Hustle

October 17, 2019

The panel, which featured leaders from HSBC, Merck, and White & Case LLP, focused on how to manage stress in the age of the hustle. ...

#womenASCOA: Professor Maja on the Importance of Persistence

October 17, 2019

Professor Maja focused her remarks on the importance of persistence, perfectionism, owning your mistakes, having self-compassion, and tracking progress....

Download a pdf of the agenda.

8:30 to 9:00 a.m.           Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 to 9:10 a.m.           Opening Remarks

  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly 

9:10 to 9:35 a.m.           Keynote Remarks

  • Marian Salzman, Senior Vice President of Global Communications, PMI        

9:35 to 10:25 a.m.         Panel: Making the Ask, Closing the Gender Gap

How can you ask for what you want and have the desired result? What happens when you’re told no? What’s the most important thing you have asked for? What’s something that professional women should ask for that most are not?

  • Professor Maja, Sociologist, Confidence-Researcher, McMaster University 
  • Samar Maziad,  Vice President, Senior Analyst, Moody’s
  • Arpita Mazumdar, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, US Regional Sales, Goldman Sachs
  • Gabriela Skouloudi, Partner and Co-head of the Corporate Investment Banking Practice, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
  • Chris Michel, Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the Americas, Bloomberg LP (moderator)

10:25 to 11:10 a.m.       Coffee and Networking Break

11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.       Panel: Managing Stress in the Age of the Hustle                                

Research shows that women are more than twice as likely than men to suffer from severe stress and anxiety. How can high achievers develop sustainable healthy habits and avoid burnout? Which stress management techniques have worked well for you? Is there a way to leverage stress to benefit your career?

  • Katia Bouazza, Head of Global Banking, Latin America, HSBC
  • Taisa Markus, Partner, White & Case LLP
  • Michael C. Pergine, Policy and Government Lead for Human Health Commercial, Merck
  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly (moderator)

12:00 to 12:10 p.m.         Introduction to Table Leader Conversations

  • Professor Maja, Sociologist, Confidence-Researcher, McMaster University

12:10 to 1:00 p.m.         Lunch Conversation with Table Leaders The webcast will end at this time.

Leaders from a variety of sectors will facilitate an informal conversation with conference participants during lunch.

  • Claudia Caffuzzi, Vice Chair, Asset & Wealth Management, JP Morgan
  • Jacqueline Endriss Ricciani, Managing Director, Head of Debt Advisory Americas, Santander Bank N.A.
  • Bilal Ezzeddine, Legal Counsel and Director of External Affairs, Braskem America
  • Stacy Gee, Senior Vice President, HSBC
  • Cristina Gil, Vice President of Sustainability, Orbia
  • Professor Maja, Sociologist, Confidence-Researcher, McMaster University
  • Taisa Markus, Partner, White & Case LLP
  • Samar Maziad,  Vice President, Senior Analyst, Moody’s
  • Cindy Shimoide, Head of Multi-Asset Portfolio and Investment Consulting Group for Latin America, BlackRock

1:00 to 1:10 p.m.           Closing Remarks

  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly

1:10 to 2:00 p.m.           Networking Dessert Reception