New York City | May 8, 2018

Bloomberg Equality Summit

Equality is the single most important ethical issue businesses today need to face head-on. Creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce – to serve an increasingly diverse consumer base – is also vital to the success of virtually every business operating today.

The future of equality

Complementing Bloomberg LP’s investment in creating the Gender Equality Index (GEI) – a tool that tracks key elements of gender and equality balance, allowing companies to drive accountability around diversity initiatives – we present the Bloomberg Equality Summit, a cross-platform editorial initiative that will bring together business, academic and political leaders as well as nonprofits and activists to discuss the future of equality, how we get there and what is at stake for the economy and society at-large.

Anchored in a full-day conference, Bloomberg Equality will foster forward-looking conversations and spotlight influential business leaders who are paving the way.

May 8 - Tuesday

7:45 am

Breakfast Session - Stereotyping Generations: Easy and Accurate, or Bad Business Practice?

The media shorthand for generational stereotyping is something all of us are familiar with: “Baby Boomers lack creativity and don’t understand tech;” “Gen X-ers are cynical, apathetic and entitled;” “Millennials are compulsive job-hoppers and deluded narcissists.” These statements, while easy clickbait, are really vast generalizations not founded on deep research. Consider that the Bureau of Labor and Statistics data say job tenure for people in their 20s is the same today as it was in 1980, or that data from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation say the median age for an innovator in the US is 47. This discussion will seek to help business leaders understand what motivates employees regardless of age; how to appeal to the commonalities and best integrate and facilitate communication within a multi-generational workforce.

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Space is limited. Pre-registration is required to join.



8:00 am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

We welcome you to join us for refreshments and networking with other participants in advance of the program.

9:00 am


9:10 am

Solutions-Driven CEOs

The business case for diversity was established long ago: an increasingly diverse consumer base and an impassioned younger workforce requires it. But how do you actually advance diversity and inclusion in meaningful ways within a company? We bring together CEOs of companies who are members of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index for a frank discussion on creating the right corporate culture, the progress being made and the challenges that remain.



9:35 am

MGM: A Case Study on Inclusion

MGM Resorts International has been a leader in the gaming industry on diversity and inclusion. In 2000, it was first among its competitors to voluntarily declare formal diversity initiatives and has utilized unique approaches ever since to advance equality in the workplace, its suppliers and in society at large. Most recently the company released Universal Love: Wedding Songs Reimagined, a collection of six iconic love songs reimagined for the LGBTQ community. We’ll discuss why inclusiveness is critical for MGM’s business strategy.



9:55 am

Change Agents in Tech

The tech sector stands out among key industries for pervasive sexual harassment and the lack of diversity regarding women, African-Americans and Latinx from entry-level positions to the C-suite and ultimately the boardroom. This critical industry that affects how we work, live and play, is not reflective of the overall population. But there are some within tech including key investors in Silicon Valley and beyond who are leveraging their platforms to call out disparities, fund start-ups and ensure a more diverse tech-talent pipeline.



10:15 am

HeForShe: The Importance of Male Allies

The United Nations launched the HeForShe movement in 2014 to highlight the role of male allies in achieving gender equality in education, health, politics and in the workplace globally. We’ll discuss the strides made, barriers that remain and the role of male corporate leaders in advancing equality.



  • Bob Moritz

    Global Chairman, PwC

  • Elizabeth Nyamayaro

    Senior Advisor to Under Secretary-General, Executive Director and Global Head of the HeForShe Initiative, UN Women

10:35 am

Networking Break

11:00 am

How She Became the Woman She Wanted to Be: In Conversation with Diane von Furstenberg

When she was a child, Diane von Furstenberg didn’t know what she wanted to do when she grew up, “but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be — a woman who’s in charge of her life, who’s independent.” Von Furstenberg became that woman, bursting onto the fashion scene at age 22 in 1974 with her iconic wrap dress. Always an ardent feminist and champion of equality, von Furstenberg has raised her voice more recently in support of the #MeToo Movement and Time’s Up Initiatives.



11:20 am

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

That a gender pay gap exists has long been known. Today, greater transparency on salaries is revealing just how severe the disparities are across many professions. Which industries are leading the charge for equity? How can we empower women to raise their individual voices to demand parity on wages and opportunity? What must companies do to monitor and fix inequities in pay and the long-term ramifications of the pay gap on wealth accumulation for women, their families and society at large.



  • Anil Dash

    CEO, Glitch

  • Natasha Lamb

    Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement, Arjuna Capital

  • Doniel Sutton

    Senior Vice President, Global Head of People, PayPal

11:40 am

Equality Spotlight: How the "Inclusion Rider" Became the Hottest Idea in Hollywood

When Frances McDormand ended her Oscar acceptance speech as best actress with two words — “Inclusion. Rider.” — most people had no idea what she was talking about. The brainchild of Stacy L. Smith and her colleagues at the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, “inclusion riders” are intended to correct decades of under representation of women, minorities, the LGBTQ community and others in film. So how do they work?


11:55 am

Will Hollywood Really Change?

After months of shocking revelations of systemic sexual harassment, coercion and even sexual assault, the silencing of victims, gross pay inequities and sexist behavior in general, many of Hollywood’s most powerful leaders have rushed to say they are committed to broad change. Initiatives such as the Time’s Up campaign have formed to ensure that change actually happens. But will it? And how will we know if it has?



  • Chelsea Handler

    New York Times best-selling Author, Comedian and Activist

  • Ashley Judd

    Actress, Author and Humanitarian

  • Nina Shaw

    Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano Founding Partner, TIME'S UP Founding Member

12:20 pm

Lunch - The Importance of Persistence: In Conversation with Chelsea Clinton

When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell censured Sen. Elizabeth Warren last year — “She was warned. Nevertheless, she persisted” — his words struck a nerve in Chelsea Clinton and activists everywhere. “Persistence is power,” Clinton thought. To illustrate that point she wrote the children’s book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World. This year she and illustrator Alexandra Boiger have followed up that best seller with a sequel telling the stories of women outside America: She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History.



1:30 pm

Speaking Out in Silicon Valley: In Conversation with Chamath Palihapitiya

Prominent venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya does not mince his words when speaking out about the lack of diversity and inclusion in the VC and tech communities. A former Facebook executive, Palihapitiya is marshaling data to push the tech sector to be inclusive. In 2015, he joined forces with The Information to track — and publish — the racial and gender makeup of the investment leadership in Silicon Valley firms. Is he seeing any substantial change in the makeup of the industry?



1:50 pm



1:55 pm

The New Myths That Are Holding Women Back

How long until women achieve parity with men? A stunning 217 years, according to the World Economic Forum. And the solution—putting more women into leadership positions—seems an elusive goal. So what’s keeping women from equal representation in upper-echelon jobs? This conversation will explore the new myths impeding women’s progress, and how companies can dispel them so women can move forward and upward.



2:10 pm

A Global Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion

Drivers of diversity and inclusion vary by industry, region and country. Managing these efforts has become increasingly more complex as one size does not fit all. We’ll discuss the nuances of diversity and inclusion across the world and the challenges of responding locally within a global corporate context.



2:30 pm

Criminal Justice Reform

The United States has the world’s largest prison population with more than 2 million Americans incarcerated, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The White House is signaling interest in legislation designed to rehabilitate prisoners. But real reform of the criminal justice system that would address wrongful conviction and mass incarceration in general remains elusive. We look at this system of inequity through the lens of wrongful convictions.


  • Jason Flom

    CEO and Founder, Lava Records, Innocence Project

2:50 pm

Supporting Second-Chance Employment Policies

Individuals involved in the justice system have a difficult time securing employment. A lack of technical skills and dearth of job opportunities for workers with a criminal record often contributes to recidivism. Today, as societal sentiment shifts, corporations are becoming more open to hiring these individuals. We’ll address the skills, job training and support networks required to reduce the recidivism rate, boost employment and encourage more employers to engage with this group.



3:10 pm

Networking Break

3:35 pm

Women & Politics: The Mid-Term Election

A record number of women are running for office in the U.S. this year. Margaret Talev takes us on a tour of Bloomberg’s comprehensive data visualization of the candidates behind the surge, the reasons they are running, and the state of women in the race today.


3:45 pm

Women in Finance: Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

In the long, hard fight to gain admittance to the powerful world of finance on Wall Street and beyond, women have made some critical strides, now accounting for 56.5 percent of total finance and insurance industry employees, according to Catalyst. But attaining the very top job remains remarkably rare for women, who hold only 6.8 percent of finance CEO roles. We’ll hear from successful female executives about their own journeys, the talent pipeline, progress made and the barriers that remain.


  • Laura Zelenko

    Senior Executive Editor, Diversity, Training, Talent and News Standards, Bloomberg


4:05 pm

Women: The Solution to Wealth Inequality

The wealth gap in the United States continues to widen. The plight of Americans at the lowest financial rungs strains our economic, social and political systems. One solution is to focus a gender lens on the issue: Women make up about 47 percent of the overall U.S. workforce and an even higher percentage of many low-paying jobs. Closing the gender wage gap and boosting the incomes in women at the bottom is a start toward greater economic equality. We discuss the long-term implications of the wealth gap and innovative ways to support disadvantaged entrepreneurs and improve access to capital.



  • Andrea Jung

    President and Chief Executive Officer , Grameen America

4:25 pm

Report From the Front Lines

A new generation of activists have created dialogue and debate on some of the most pressing issues today such as women’s rights, police brutality and immigration reform. We hear from leaders at the forefront of change about activism in the age of social media, from organizing protests to creating sustained pressure for change.



4:45 pm

The Fight for Transgender Equality

The LGBTQ community has made important strides over recent decades; however, the transgender community specifically continues to face discrimination in employment, housing and health, and to endure a higher level of mistreatment such as bullying or even worse. We’ll discuss why the transgender community is at risk and ways we can make the workplace and society more safe and inclusive.



  • Mara Keisling

    Founder and Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

  • Danica Roem

    Delegate, 13th District, Virginia House of Delegates

5:05 pm

Equality Spotlight: Non-binary Defined

Asia Kate Dillon is the first non-binary gender identifying actor to ever be cast in a major television series, playing the role of Taylor, a non-binary gender identifying character in Showtime’s, Billions. Asia will discuss how all of us can be more inclusive and understanding.


5:15 pm

Brand Power: Tackling Bias and Inequality Head-On

As the biggest advertiser in the world, reaching nearly five billion people every day, P&G has an enormous opportunity to not only sell products, but to spark conversations and change minds. The packaged goods giant is using its broad reach to tackle bias in many forms through campaigns such as #LikeAGirl, #WeSeeEqual #LoveOverBias and ‘the Talk,’ part of the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign. We’ll discuss the expectations of consumers today and the role companies and brands can play in changing behaviors and driving action.



5:35 pm

Networking and Cocktails Reception


Rohini Anand, Ph.D.

SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer Sodexo

Kim Azzarelli

Co-Founder Seneca Women

Erika Irish Brown

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion Bloomberg L.P.

Emily Chang

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chairman Clinton Foundation

Joanna Coles

Chief Content Officer Hearst Magazines

David Costanza, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Organizational Sciences and Psychology George Washington University

Katie Couric

Award-winning Journalist and best-selling Author

Mark Crumpton

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Anil Dash

CEO Glitch

Asia Kate Dillon

Actor Billions

James E. Ellis

Assistant Managing Editor Bloomberg Businessweek

Jason Flom

CEO and Founder Lava Records, Innocence Project

Scarlet Fu

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Diane von Furstenberg

Chairman and Founder Diane von Furstenberg Studio

Alicia Garza

Principal Black Futures Lab

Peter T. Grauer

Chairman Bloomberg L.P.

Rebecca Greenfield

Reporter Bloomberg

Arlan Hamilton

Founder & Managing Partner Backstage Capital

Chelsea Handler

New York Times best-selling Author, Comedian and Activist

Jordyn Holman

Reporter Bloomberg News

Ramy Inocencio

Anchor Bloomberg Television

Cristina Jiménez

Executive Director and Co-Founder United We Dream

Christina Johnson

Employee, Fortune Society Participant Butter & Scotch

Ashley Judd

Actress, Author and Humanitarian

Andrea Jung

President and Chief Executive Officer Grameen America

Allison Kave

Co-Owner Butter & Scotch

Mara Keisling

Founder and Executive Director National Center for Transgender Equality

Maria Elena Lagomasino

CEO and Managing Partner WE Family Offices

Natasha Lamb

Managing Partner, Director of Equity Research & Shareholder Engagement Arjuna Capital

Christina Lewis

Founder & CEO All Star Code

Rodney O. Martin, Jr.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Voya Financial

John Micklethwait

Editor-in-Chief Bloomberg

Kathryn Minshew

CEO & Founder The Muse

Bob Moritz

Global Chairman PwC

Eileen K. Murray

Co-CEO Bridgewater Associates, LP

Jim Murren

Chairman & CEO MGM Resorts International

Elizabeth Nyamayaro

Senior Advisor to Under Secretary-General, Executive Director and Global Head of the HeForShe Initiative UN Women

Lola Ogunnaike

Anchor People TV

JoAnne Page

President & CEO The Fortune Society

Chamath Palihapitiya

Founder and CEO Social Capital

Trevor Phillips

Writer, Broadcaster and Chair Center for Talent Innovation

Marc Pritchard

Chief Brand Officer P&G

Danica Roem

Delegate, 13th District Virginia House of Delegates

Susan Salka

CEO, President and Director AMN Healthcare

Dan Schawbel

Partner and Research Director; New York Times bestselling author Future Workplace

Nina Shaw

Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano Founding Partner TIME'S UP Founding Member

Jackie Simmons

Senior Executive Editor, Americas Bloomberg

Justin B. Smith

CEO Bloomberg Media Group

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D.

Founder and Director USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

Doniel Sutton

Senior Vice President, Global Head of People PayPal

Julie Sweet

CEO North America Accenture

Margaret Talev

Senior White House Correspondent Bloomberg

Carolyn Tastad

Group President, North America P&G

Karyn Twaronite

Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Officer EY

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Co-Founder and Chair Seneca Women

Joel Weber

Editor Bloomberg Businessweek

Barbara H. Whye

Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Human Resources Vice President Intel Corporation

Deborah C. Wright

Former Chairman Carver Bancorp

Laura Zelenko

Senior Executive Editor, Diversity, Training, Talent and News Standards Bloomberg


Fulfilling our potential
Diversity and Inclusion is deeply rooted in our Purpose, Values and Principles. It is who we are and who we aspire to be.

Every P&G employee is equally talented in unique ways. Beyond the visible differences, we come from diverse traditions, personal experiences and points of view. That’s why, in our increasingly interconnected world, it is only appropriate that we celebrate everyone’s uniqueness, every day.

Our mission of Diversity and Inclusion is: “Everyone valued. Everyone included. Everyone performing at their peak.”

The practice of diversity
We’re committed to creating a winning culture where colleagues and managers sincerely care for one another. Everyone’s full engagement is expected to ensure we deliver on our mission in every facet of our business. Diversity & Inclusion is implicit in P&G’s Purpose, Values and Principles and explicit in P&G’s business strategies.

  • It enables P&G to be the “employer of choice” that hires, engages and retains the best talent from around the world.
  • It’s at the core of being “in touch” so we create brands and products to improve the lives of the world’s consumers now and in the future.
  • Through our focus on understanding each individual’s skills and passions, as well as our fundamental commonalities, we enable behaviors that lead to a culture of innovation.

We know that fostering a supportive and encouraging environment can inspire every employee to bring his and her personal best. To win, we must value, respect and include the people who make P&G possible. To learn more, visit

At Bank of America, our focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people’s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocate groups, such as community and environmental organizations, in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a key aspect of what makes our company a great place to work. The diversity of our employees —in thought, style, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture and experience—makes us stronger, and is essential to our ability to serve our clients, fulfill our purpose and drive responsible growth. Learn more at, and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.

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