Women Ascending, From Base Camp To Summit: Tools For The Climb
2016-03-01  - New York

A CKGSB Knowledge Series Event in Partnership with Hong Kong Association of New York

Just ahead of International Women’s Day (March 8), a panel of highly-placed women executives will offer their best insights on the skills women need to succeed in environments where men still predominate in making decisions about career advancement. Panelists will discuss obstacles they faced at every phase of their careers and how they overcame the most obstinate challenges. Men are especially encouraged to attend to learn about how to rectify gender biases in promotion ladders at their institutions. CKGSB Senior Director Mary Wadsworth Darby will preside at this breakfast session. Please join with us for an informative and exciting discussion!

When: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Where: CKGSB New York Office
601 Lexington Ave., Floor 26
New York, NY 10022


8:00AM – 8:15AM Registration
8:15AM – 8:20AM Welcome Remarks by Mary Wadsworth Darby, Senior Director of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) Americas
8:20AM – 9:10AM Panel Discussion led by Mary Wadsworth Darby

  • Professor Sun Baohong, Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Marketing, Associate Dean of Global Programs and Director of the Customer Information Management Center at CKGSB
  • Sharda Cherwoo, Ernst & Young, LLP Partner, Transaction Advisory Services NY
  • Julie Hembrock Daum, who leads the North American Board Practice and previously served on the board of directors of Spencer Stuart
  • KT McFarland, FOX News’ National Security Analyst, TV anchor of DEFCON3, weekly national security commentator for several national radio shows
9:10AM – 9:15AM Closing Remarks by Alan Chen, Director of CKGSB Americas
9:15AM – 9:30AM Networking


Individual event is at a $30 fee with breakfast included – or, enroll first as a 2016 Knowledge Series Member to receive a tremendous value on admission to all 2016 Knowledge Series events. Attendees will be permitted to deduct the $30 individual event fee from a future Membership purchase. Event is free to credentialed media.


Sun Baohong 
Dean’s Distinguished Chair Professor of Marketing, Associate Dean of Global Programs and Director of the Customer Information Management Center at CKGSB
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Her research focuses on rational and strategic consumer choices and dynamic structural models; dynamic and interactive marketing mix and customer information management; and, most recently, on modeling dynamic and inter-dependent consumer decisions on e-commerce and social media platforms.
Professor Sun is the recipient of numerous awards for research and teaching, including the 2009 Finalist for John D.C. Little Best Paper Award at INFORMS, the 2006 MBA George Leland Bach Teaching Award, and the 2005 CART Research Frontier Award for Innovative Research at Carnegie Mellon University.
She also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and Journal of Marketing. Her extensive consulting experience includes work with major corporations including Bosch, Boy Scouts of America, Highmark Insurance, John Deer and IBM. An active contributor to media discussions on current business issues, Professor Sun’s research has been cited in The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and Bloomberg, among others.

Sharda Cherwoo
Ernst & Young, LLP Partner, Transaction Advisory Services NY 

Description: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/06b35d81313d84ede248b6b8f/images/178dbb3d-e8cb-4499-b52f-67be2927095f.jpgSharda Cherwoo serves as the Global Client Service Partner leading the service delivery to major global clients of Ernst & Young LLP. She joined the firm in 1982 and was promoted to partner in 1991. At that time, she was the first female partner of Indian origin at any of the Big Eight firms in the US and the first female Asian partner in the firm. She was the first female partner promoted in the firm’s Stamford, Connecticut, office.
In her more than 33 years with the global EY organization, Sharda has held a variety of leadership roles, focusing on global entrepreneurial initiatives and strategic, operational and client-serving roles. Sharda was the first CEO of the EY Global Talent Hub in India and was the EY Americas Director of Tax Operations, where she was responsible for the strategy, growth and innovation leadership of the tax practices in member firms across the US, Canada and Latin America. 
Sharda has significant experience as a client-serving professional and an advisor, leading accounts in the insurance, reinsurance, professional services, private equity and other industries. She has led global teams on many public company clients, providing assistance with domestic and international tax planning and operations, and coordinating major transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Sharda has also served as the leader of Ernst & Young LLP’s New York area Insurance Tax Consulting practice, providing tax and advisory services to some of the firm’s largest insurance and reinsurance clients.

As CEO of the award-winning EY Global Talent Hub on the ground in India and in her subsequent EY Americas Tax Operations leadership role, Sharda was instrumental in the development and implementation of the EY organization’s India strategy, vision and its evolving service offerings. Her involvement included leading the initial set-up activities; the creation of innovative people strategies and recognition awards, learning and development programs; and community service programs that focused on increasing the quality of education and empowering communities to become economically self-sustaining.
Sharda’s career and professional activities reflect her interest and support of a diverse and global workplace and her focus on empowering and developing leaders and communities of tomorrow. She is an active mentor and sponsor of people and is connected with several business leadership organizations.
Sharda was one of the firm’s women partners who established Issues On My Mind®, a very successful networking dinner series for C-suite women leaders in New York City.

Julie Hembrock Daum

Leads the North American Board Practice and previously served on the board of directors of Spencer Stuart

Description: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/06b35d81313d84ede248b6b8f/images/21e9f10b-c495-44e7-93a4-12612585f133.jpgJulie Hembrock Daum leads the North American Board Practice and previously served on the board of directors of Spencer Stuart. She consults with corporate boards, working with companies of all sizes from the Fortune 10 to pre-IPO companies. She has conducted more than 1,000 board director assignments, recently recruiting outside directors for Johnson & Johnson, General Electric, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Bank of Montreal, numerous IPOs and spin off boards.

A recognized expert on governance topics, Julie is regularly quoted in The New York Times, Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She is also the co-author of the recent business book You Need a Leader—Now What? How to Choose the Best Person for Your Organization.

Julie has been selected as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Governance by NACD/Directorship Magazine every year since its inception.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Julie was the executive director of the corporate board resource at Catalyst, where she managed all board of directors’ activities and worked with companies to identify qualified women for their boards. Julie began her career as a consultant with McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles.

Julie is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A. in corporate finance. She serves on the board of directors of Citymeals on Wheels and as a commissioner for the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland
FOX News’ National Security Analyst, TV anchor of DEFCON3, weekly national security commentator for several national radio shows

Description: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/06b35d81313d84ede248b6b8f/images/f3069afa-be9d-4274-86a0-c76b3f28321a.jpgKathleen Troia “KT” McFarland is FOX News’ National Security Analyst. She appears regularly on FOX News and FOX Business News.  Ms. McFarland anchors DEFCON3 and writes a regular column for FOXnews.com. She is also the weekly national security commentator for several national radio shows. 

Ms. McFarland held national security posts in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan Administrations: as an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger on the NSC Staff (1970-76); member of the Senate Armed Services Committee Staff (1981); Senior Speechwriter to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and later the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (PA) and Pentagon Spokesman (1981-84). Ms. McFarland received the Defense Department’s highest civilian award for her work in the Reagan Administration (Distinguished Service Award, 1985). She ran as a Republican candidate for the US Senate from New York (2006). 

Ms. McFarland is a graduate of George Washington University (BA), Oxford University (BA, MA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD program, all but dissertation) with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China and the Soviet Union. She received Graduate Fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Institute for the Study of World Politics, and the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (Hubert Humphrey Fellowship). 

Ms. McFarland is a Senior Fellow of the American Conservative Union. She is also a board member of The Jamestown Foundation, a Distinguished Advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

She is married to Alan Roberts McFarland, founding member of McFarland Dewey & Co.  They have five grown children and five grandchildren.  The McFarlands reside in Long Island.   

Mary Wadsworth Darby
Senior Director of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) Americas

Description: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/06b35d81313d84ede248b6b8f/images/79e3a8e5-4681-4032-9aff-2f3bc168562d.jpgAs Senior Director of CKGSB Americas, Mary builds programs, initiatives and businesses in both North and South America. In addition to expanding the CKGSB Americas brand through conferences and events, she strives to build strong relationships and programs with partnering schools.

Previously, Mary worked for Morgan Stanley in firm management and headed the Asia and China Desks. She moved to HK and headed Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) in Hong Kong and developed the first institutional sales initiative with Chinese financial entities.

Mary has worked extensively in China and Asia for more than 25 years. She founded Peridot Asia Advisors, a strategic transactions advisory firm. She has substantial experience negotiating market entry strategies over a broad range of industries, as well as with Chinese financial institutions, state-owned enterprises, regulatory authorities and other government entities responsible for regulating and supervising the insurance and banking industries. Her background also includes serving as Executive Director of the America-China Society, a non-profit organization devoted to the promotion of US-China relations chaired by former US Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and the late Cyrus Vance.

Mary earned a B.A. degree from Princeton University. A fluent Mandarin speaker, she also holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and an M.P.A. from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is currently a Senior Research Scholar at the Jerome A. Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School; Chair of the Hong Kong Association of New York; and also serves as Independent Director of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC, USA).

Disseminating deep ideas for China success
Ideas are the currency of our age. And in an age when China’s global significance is growing, CKGSB Americas’ Knowledge Series is the US and Americas executive’s go-to source for a stream of provocative notions that can beneficially affect the way he or she thinks about building and expanding a China business.
Held in our state-of-the-art New York learning center in the heart of one of the world’s great financial hubs, our Knowledge Series lectures and discussions are an opportunity to learn from the world’s brightest minds as they focus on the topics and trends that are most pertinent to your specific China business goals.
Among other themes, Knowledge Series events have examined China’s financial turbulence and what it means for investors; business to business buying: how it has changed, and how we need to change with it; solar power’s future in the U.S. and China; new consumption trends in China and their implication for companies in China’s global supplier network; doing business with a changing China; and where China is and where it is headed. 
Regardless of your China interest, Knowledge Series events are your gateway to acquiring critical insight on macro trends, emerging opportunities, collaboration and competition with Chinese companies, cross-cultural competencies and how to best position China within your own organization.
In an era when ideas matter, the CKGSB Americas Knowledge Series is the authoritative generator of China ideas.


Julie Zhu
Program Manager
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
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Tel: 646-627-7729
Email: juliezhu@ckgsb.edu.cn

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