WLE Thought Leadership Summit - Atlanta : Press Release



Media Contacts:
Andrea March                                                                Jennifer Spann
Women's Leadership Exchange                                        Metro Atlanta Chamber
212.209.1571                                                                 404.586.8459                            
amarch@womensleadershipexchange.com                        jspann@macoc.com



ATLANTA (October 18, 2016) - The Women's Leadership Exchange® (WLE) is honored to announce its inaugural Thought Leadership Summit convening on October 20, 2016, at UPS Headquarters, 55 Glenlake Parkway NE in Atlanta. The event will run from 2-5:30 p.m. with a networking reception to follow.

UPS, McKinsey, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce (MAC) are proud to be founding partners of the WLE Summit, which positions Atlanta as a progressive city committed to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The impetus of this signature event is the 10-year celebration of UPS’s first Business Resource Group, Women’s Leadership Development (WLD). The summit will help to commemorate this milestone, recognize the achievements of all of UPS’s Business Resource Groups, and identify goals and pathways for the next ten years.

Andrea March, co-founder of the Women's Leadership Exchange®, explained, "The mission of this unique first-time summit is to empower the advancement of women in business through collaboration, sharing of best practices, and educating thought leaders on the most effective methods to achieve equality and produce more women leaders in the corner offices of America's businesses."

"We are honored to celebrate 10 years of Women's Leadership Development with our business and community partners," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. "We are inspired to accelerate our advancement into the future through collaborative partnerships and community engagement."

“Supporting diversity and empowering tomorrow’s leaders is an important part of our work at the Metro Atlanta Chamber as we strive to grow our economic ecosystem,” noted Hala Moddelmog, MAC’s president and CEO. “Our region is setting the pace for the rest of the nation in the advancement of women in business leadership positions, and we’re pleased to be a part of that movement.”

This collaboration among Atlanta-based businesses is committed to the advancement of women not only in Atlanta, but nationwide. UPS, McKinsey, MAC, and WLE firmly believe that by creating a sustainable and scalable model for the promotion and retention of women in business leadership positions economic value will follow. Further, this effort will help establish Atlanta as a compelling environment that will become known for impeccable leaders, while setting the example for the nation.

Participants from the metro Atlanta area include: Home Depot, Kimberly-Clark, Morgan Stanley, PNC, AT&T, AIG, Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, Anthem, WestRock, SunTrust, KPMG, Accenture, NCR, and IBM. The conference will feature a powerful lineup of speakers who embody the idea that diversity leads to success. Among the many presenters are David Abney, chairman and CEO, UPS; Sara Prince, partner, McKinsey; Hala Moddelmog, president and CEO, Metro Atlanta Chamber; Carol Tome, CFO and executive vice president, The Home Depot; Carla Harris, vice chairman, Global Wealth Management and Senior Advisor, Morgan Stanley; Elane Stock, president, Kimberly-Clark International; Jim Barber, president, UPS International; Deborah Gillis, president and CEO, Catalyst; and Carlos Torres, deputy director, Peace Corps. The gender-diverse lineup is a celebration of those companies who are committed to the advancement of women, and provides a model for creating sustainable promotion and retention of women in business leadership positions.

This program will also launch a research and data gathering initiative to investigate existing barriers to women’s leadership success. Forward thinking-companies are being encouraged to become part of the summit on an ongoing basis as they close the gender gap in their own companies. Since 2007, McKinsey’s “Women Matter” research has explored the role women play in the global workplace. The firm’s latest report, “Women in the Workplace,” published in September, in partnership with www.leanin.org, found that women continue to fall behind early and face ever-greater challenges the more senior they become.

“We know from our research that many companies are highly committed to gender diversity,” said McKinsey’s Sara Prince. “But they struggle to make this a reality. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ solution, but there are steps companies can take to advance equality for women in the workplace. We have a continued commitment to lead research on the business and economic case for diversity and to help companies address the challenges they face around diversity.”

Those in attendance at the WLE Thought Leadership Summit will gain valuable insight and support. The attendees include heads of the HR, diversity and inclusion segments of their respective companies, as well as those directing their corporation’s women’s initiative programs.

March added, "We believe this will be an important and unusual opportunity for company leaders who want to expand their diversity programs to connect with like-minded business leaders, and in the process reinforce the idea that, in the workplace, top women executives are not only capable but necessary. If we are to move forward, we must do so together.”


About WLE
Women's Leadership Exchange® (WLE) is a social entrepreneurship organization founded by and for successful businesswomen. Recognizing the unique challenges facing women in business – whether they are leading their own companies or are leaders in the corporate, government or not-for-profit sectors, WLE offers a program that helps them fill the information gap and provides a venue for building connections that will facilitate their success in business and in life.

About the Metro Atlanta Chamber 
The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) serves as a catalyst for a more prosperous and vibrant region.  To advance economic growth and improve metro Atlanta's quality of place, MAC is focused on starting, growing and recruiting companies to the 29-county metro Atlanta region.  The Chamber is also focused on growing the region's innovation economy by promoting and strengthening connections to drive Atlanta's innovation and entrepreneurial culture. MAC is committed to being an active voice for the business community, serving as an advocate for a competitive business climate and telling Atlanta's story. For more information, visit www.metroatlantachamber.com


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