2020 Virtual Global Institute and Visionary Awards Celebration

With special thanks to:

Global Lead Sponsor

Platinum Global Institute Sponsor

For the first time in WCD history, the 2020 Global Institute and Visionary Awards Celebration are going virtual – in a live and reimagined way – September 9-11, 2020!

Over the course of three interactive days, you will be immersed in a virtual setting unlike any other. During this truly global experience, speakers - who include industry experts and world-renowned leaders, will cover a variety of topics under the theme "Leading Today and Transforming Tomorrow."

2020 Global Institute Recap

Over the course of three days, we heard from world-renowned keynote speakers, knowledgeable panelists, and participated in insightful discussions with members from around the world.

Day 1 Recap

Day 2 Recap

Day 3 Recap

Speakers included:

Madeleine K. Albright
(United States)
64th Secretary of State of the United States and Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group

Visionary Awards Keynote Speaker

The Hon. Julia Gillard
Former Prime Minister, Australia

Dr. Dambisa Moyo
(United States)
Global Economist and Author; Director, 3M Corporation, Chevron, and Condé Nast

Global Institute Keynote Speaker

Paul Knopp
(United States)
Chair and CEO, KPMG

David M. Solomon
(United States)
Chairman and CEO, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

General Lester L. Lyles
(United States)
Managing Partner, Four Seasons Ventures LLC, Former U.S. Air Force General, Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force and Director, KBR, Inc.

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
(United States)
President Emerita, Spelman College; Director, Georgia Power

Anne Sempowski Ward
(United States)
CEO and Director, CURiO Brands; Director, Vanda Pharmaceuticals; WCD Member, Minnesota

Maggie Wilderotter
(United States)
Director, Cadence Design Systems, Costco Wholesale Corporation, DocuSign, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lyft, and Tanium

Rear Admiral Mary Landry
(United States)
Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired), Director, The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.

Michael Marquardt
(United States)
CEO, Global Kompass Strategies Chairman, PT AAI Indonesia Director, Commonwealth Trust Company, American Cancer Society

Patricia McKay
United States
Director, Holy Cross Health and Florida Atlantic University Foundation; Former Director, Office Depot, Inc.

Henrietta H. Fore
(United States)
Executive Director, UNICEF; Former Director, WCD, Exxon, and General Mills

See the speakers tab  for even more terrific panelists!

"The Global Institute is more than just an event - it's a global community."

Susan C. Keating, CEO, WomenCorporateDirectors

Reasons To Attend

  • Convenient virtual experience from your desktop, tablet, or mobile device
  • Participate in live discussions covering what’s new and what’s next
  • Enjoy the benefit of intimate breakout sessions segmented by industry and board committee
  • Challenge conventional thinking, share your ideas, and connect with peers from around the world
  • Celebrate the value of board diversity and the companies that support our mission
  • Share your experience with your followers and engage with WCD on social media #WCDGlobal2020, #WCDBoards
  • Visit with our sponsors and learn how their services can help you

More ways to engage

Download the WCD Connect mobile app to:

  • Connect with speakers and attendees via direct message
  • Read speaker’s bios and download thought leadership
  • Share your feedback using the Global Institute Forum

On Social Media:

  • Promote your participation at the event to your followers
  • Share your insights on topics being discussed
  • Retweet posts from WCD
  • Use #WCDGlobal2020, #WCDBoards and tag us @womencorpdirs on Twitter!

Global Institute Sponsors

Visionary Awards Celebration

On September 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Time), WCD will host virtual red carpet arrivals and regional watch parties! This is an ideal way to network with your peers and interact in a unique way.

From 3:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., corporations and individuals which exhibit an exceptional commitment to diversity, inclusion, and female leadership in the C-suite and on the board, will take the stage to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments as we celebrate the 2020 Visionary Award recipients. The evening will commence with a champagne toast to celebrate their achievement!

  • Award for Innovation in Shared Value: Starbucks
  • Award for Leadership and Governance of a Public Company: Shiseido
  • Award for Leadership and Governance of a Private Company: Elkay
  • Award for Strategic Leadership: Ana Paula Pessoa


The price to attend the Virtual Global Institute and Visionary Awards Celebration is $275 for members and $375 for invited guests. There is a 15% early-bird discount for all registrations received by Friday, August 14, 2020.

Because of the virtual nature of the event, and the fact that on demand replays will be available, there will be no refunds issued.

Photos From Our Last Event