Based in Washington, DC, Donna Leinwand Leger is the president and founder of DC Media Strategies LLC and a senior advisor to Stanton Communications.
Donna is also Chair of the National Press Foundation, which recognizes and encourages excellence in journalism and serves to increase journalists’ knowledge of complex issues to improve public understanding.
She previously served as managing editor of USA TODAY, the nation’s largest circulation daily newspaper and a top distributor of digital news. Leinwand Leger previously served as managing editor for breaking news.
Before becoming an editor, she worked as a reporter covering breaking news, national and international crime, terrorism and disasters. Her reporting assignments have taken her to Europe in the path of the 9/11 terrorists, Jerusalem in the wake of suicide bombings, Iraq to cover the war, Indonesia and Thailand after the tsunami, and Haiti after the massive earthquake that struck Port-au-Prince. She has covered more than 20 hurricanes. Leinwand Leger is a past president of the National Press Club and has previously served as chairman of the Board of Governors. She is also a proud graduate of the National Press Foundation and a Paul Miller Fellowship. She also serves on the Board of Advisers for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism. She has completed Journalist Law School at Loyola University Los Angeles, the Senior Journalist Seminar at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii and the Casey Fellowship at University of Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Vicki Saunders is Founder of SheEO and #radical generosity a global initiative to radically transform how we support finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs.
Vicki is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world.
Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Vicki was recently named as 1 of 30 “World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” by Conscious Company Magazine and one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”, In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
Frances Fitzgerald is an Irish MEP from Dublin. A parliamentarian for over 20 years, she served as Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) from 2016-17, one of only four women to have ever held this position. She has also served as Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation (2017); Minister for Justice & Equality (2014-17) and was the State’s first Minister for Children & Youth Affairs (2011-14). Prior to her election to the Dáil (Irish Parliament), Frances served as Chair of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (1988-92) and Vice President of the European Women’s Lobby.
Frances was elected to the European Parliament in 2019. She is a full member of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) and a substitute member of the Development Committee (DEVE) and the Committee on Foreign Interference in all Democratic Processes in the European Union, including Disinformation (INGE). Frances was elected Vice Chair of the EPP Group in March 2021, and EPP Coordinator of the FEMM Committee in July 2019.
German and French national
Hanni Rosenbaum is the Executive Director of Business at OECD (BIAC). In this role, she leads our business diplomacy efforts with the OECD and its members, and guides the Secretariat’s policy strategy. She acts as liaison to the Executive Board, and oversees human resources and finance. She also leads Business at OECD activities in the areas of investment, responsible business conduct, corporate governance and anti-corruption.
Prior to joining, she worked at the Nürburgring GmbH/Circuits International in Germany, the European Parliament in Brussels/Strasbourg, and the Brussels-based global recycling industry association, BIR. She holds advanced degrees in French and English, in applied economic sciences from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Brussels and in international relations from the Centre for Diplomatic and Strategic Studies in Paris.
She joined Business at OECD in 1997 and was previously Deputy Secretary General and COO. She is fully fluent in English, French and German, with knowledge of Russian. She also has a second dan black belt in karate and teaches French for foreigners in her free time.
Ongoing OECD work on gender:
Mairéad Nayager was appointed Chief HR Officer in October 2015.
Previous Diageo roles:
• HR Director – Diageo Europe
• HR Director – Brandhouse, South Africa
• HR Director – Diageo Africa Regional Markets (ARM)
• Talent & Organisational Effectiveness Director – Diageo Africa
• Employee Relations Manager – Diageo Ireland
Janice McDonald BA, MA, ICD.D, MFA is an award-winning entrepreneur, best-selling author, independent director and sought-after speaker.
She knows that small hinges swing big doors. As a global champion for women, she’s been pushing for equity since 1992, when she completed her first graduate degree and wrote her thesis on women on board in Canada.
Janice has leadership training from Harvard and INSEAD and is in the first global cohort of The Power MBA. Inspired by creating change from the ground up, she was appointed to the Women’s Leadership Board at the Harvard Kennedy School. She was chosen as a Mentor in 2020 with the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.
McDonald is an award-winning entrepreneur, a four-time WXN Top 100 winner and in 2016 was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame. She has a BA in communications, MA in Canadian Studies, certification in conflict resolution from CICR, her ICD.D designation and an MFA. She has co-authored three important national studies on women entrepreneurs in Canada - on risk - released in 2016, on innovation in 2018 and on Export in 2020.
Women in Trade - Los Angeles awarded her Global Trade Ambassador for Canada in 2017 and in 2018, she received an Inspiring Fifty Women in Tech award. She was Chair of International Women’s Forum Canada - Ottawa Chapter, and on the IWF global Leadership Foundation board. Was a director with Futurpreneur, Ashbury College, and the Ottawa Senators Foundation as well as is currently an independent director with Vista Radio.
Her 2020 book, Fearless - Girls with Dreams, Women with Vision is a Canadian bestseller. Her popular and influential Fearless Women Podcast is currently in its third season.
Annemarie Muntz is the Netherlands-based managing director of global public affairs for Randstad N.V. – the global leader in the HR services industry – and a labor market specialist. She serves as honorary President and past Chair of the World Employment Confederation. Annemarie co-chaired the 2018 B20 Employment and Education Taskforce and coordinates the Global Employment Institute (GEI) of the International Bar Association (IBA).
A professional speaker whose interests and specialties lie in the field of international labour market policies, regulation, sustainability, industrial relations and the future of work and an influential lobbyist vis à vis international policymakers as ILO, OECD, G20, UN and EU.
Annemarie obtained a Masters of Law in Social and Economic Law at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands.