#womenASCOA: Opening Remarks and Facebook's Erin Egan

“Don’t let fear hold you back,” said Facebook’s chief privacy officer in the opening of the 10th anniversary conference of AS/COA's Women's Hemispheric Network.


  • Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, Facebook
  • Susan Segal, President and CEO, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (interviewer)
  • Ragnhild Melzi, Vice President of Public Policy Programs and Corporate Relations, Americas Society/Council of the Americas (welcome)

It’s been 10 years since the Americas Society/Council of the Americas launched its Women’s Hemispheric Network to encourage professional women to stay in the workforce and reach leadership positions. “After 58 events with over 6,000 participants, these conversations lead to inspire and inspire to lead,” said AS/COA Vice President Ragnhild Melzi in her welcoming remarks at the 10th anniversary conference.

“Don’t let fear hold you back,” was Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan’s advice for other women in the workplace and younger women wanting to go into tech. In a keynote interview with AS/COA’s President and CEO Susan Segal, Egan said that women shouldn’t undervalue soft skills like empathy and intuition. “If those are your strengths, people with those skills are the ones I think are going to succeed,” she said. Egan talked about how her mother has been a role model for her, telling her, “If you’re creative, if you’re thoughtful, if you’re hardworking, at the end of the day you’re going to succeed.”