The Future IS Female: Grooming the Next Generation for the C-Suite

Currently, women only hold 4% of the Fortune 500 CEO jobs and less than 20% of board seats of the S&P 500. Recent reports show that these percentages are in danger of declining, as the pipeline of rising stars behind them is thin. With more than 25 million millennial women in the workforce today, how do we actively groom and nurture the next generation of leaders?

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Maggie Lake

Maggie Lake

Anchor and Correspondent, CNNMoney

Maggie Lake is a CNNMoney anchor and correspondent based at CNN’s New York headquarters. She anchors CNNMoney with Maggie Lake live from the New York Stock Exchange weekdays at 9a ET/3p CET on CNN International, and provides daily in-depth market coverage for Quest Means Business, Quest Express and other CNN International programs.

Lake has covered a number of international business stories including the collapse of Lehman Brothers and seismic changes across the world of investment banking, the global financial crisis and subsequent U.S. economic recovery, European debt crisis, climate change as well as the latest technology trends impacting consumers and investors in Silicon Valley and beyond.

From Microsoft’s Satya Nadella to Intel’s Brian Krzanich, Lake has interviewed many CEOs from a wide range of professions. She spoke to Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis the day he was elected to his position, and also sat down with Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

In addition to her daily business reporting, Lake has interviewed notable figures across the auto, entertainment, technology and fashion industries including Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, actors Neil Patrick Harris and Hugh Jackman, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and fashion designers Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Jason Wu and Rebecca Minkoff.

Before joining CNN in 2001, Lake worked for eight years at the news agency Reuters. In various reporting roles for Reuters Television in New York she provided coverage of U-S bond, stock and currency markets; interviewed Fortune 500 CEO’s and reported on the 1998 global financial crisis. Moving to London in 1999, Lake anchored programs covering top business stories from around the world, including interviews with finance ministers and leading policy officials. Lastly, she served a senior reporter on the print side for Reuters in New York.

Lake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University.

Follow Maggie on Twitter: @maggielake.


Bernadette Aulestia

Bernadette Aulestia

Executive Vice President, Global Distribution

Bernadette Aulestia is Executive Vice President, Global Distribution, for Home Box Office, Inc., overseeing $5 billion in annual revenue and all distribution operations of the company’s services and platforms worldwide. Internationally, she is responsible for the operations of HBO branded networks in 67 countries. Domestically, she leads distribution efforts for the premium networks HBO and Cinemax, whether it be through cable, satellite, and telco companies or in the critical lodging business. Aulestia oversees HBO’s Affiliate Marketing group, which is responsible for the acquisition and retention of subscribers across all distributor partners. Aulestia also heads digital distribution efforts, including the streaming products HBO GO, MAX GO and the newly launched HBO NOW; and HBO Home Entertainment. She was named to this position in June 2015.

Aulestia joined HBO in 1997. Responsible for developing strategic marketing plans to increase HBO’s presence in Hispanic markets, she successfully designed and oversaw the execution of the network’s first national Hispanic brand campaign and the creation of HBO Latino.

Prior to joining HBO, Aulestia worked at Univision Communications, Inc., Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc., and Kidder, Peabody Inc. Aulestia holds a BA in Economics from Brown University.

Aulestia sits on the board and is Vice Chair of The T. Howard Foundation, an industry consortium and non-profit designed to foster and increase diversity in the media industry. She is actively involved in a number of industry organizations including Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) and has served as a TechStars mentor for the past two years. In addition, she is also a Trustee of Brown University. Aulestia was honored in 2017 Fast Company’s Top 100 Creative People in Business and 2016 Fortune’s Top 50 Latina Women in Business.

She resides in South Orange, NJ with her husband and 3 daughters.

Amy Emmerich

Amy Emmerich

Chief Content Officer, Refinery29

Amy Emmerich is the Chief Content Officer at Refinery29, the leading digital lifestyle media company for women. She has more than 20 years of experience developing content and programming for brands including Refinery29, MTV Networks, Travel Channel, and Vice Media. An award-winning producer, she has a full spectrum of production and development experience across platforms, including linear television, digital video, and emerging social media. She is committed to creating a dialogue with a powerful generation of women around topics that matter.

Laura Kennedy

Laura Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer, Lionsgate Television Group

Laura Kennedy is COO of the Lionsgate Television Group. She heads up the operations and strategy of one of the largest independent television businesses in the world and directs all M&A activity related to Lionsgate’s television operations. A 10 year veteran of the company, Ms. Kennedy previously served as Lionsgate Executive Vice President of Television Operations & Corporate Development. In her dual role, she was instrumental in the strategic acquisitions and corporate financings that have transformed Lionsgate from a small independent studio into a diversified multibillion-dollar global content platform.

Ms. Kennedy has worked alongside Lionsgate senior management on a broad range of transactions including the acquisitions of syndication business Debmar-Mercury, the television channel Pop, a majority stake in leading reality producer Pilgrim Media and the investments in U.K. production companies Primal Media and Potboiler Television. Ms. Kennedy was also one of the deal-makers spearheading Lionsgate’s $4.4 billion acquisition of Starz.

She helped plan the diversification of a television roster that encompasses nearly 90 shows on 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking series Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the hit drama The Royals, the dramedy Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and the critically-acclaimed Dear White People, as well as upcoming series such as The Rook, White Famous and Step Up.

Additionally, Ms. Kennedy is one of the architects of Lionsgate’s suite of OTT platforms including Tribeca Shortlist, PANTAYA and Laugh Out Loud, the multi-faceted partnership with global superstar Kevin Hart.

Ms. Kennedy graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in English and American literature and received an MBA degree from Harvard Business School. She began her career as a talent manager for the UK-based talent management and production company Avalon.

Evan Shapiro

Evan Shapiro

Owner, eshapTV

Evan Shapiro (independent showrunner/producer, owner eshapTV) has run IFC, Sundance Channel, Pivot and Seeso. He has produced series such as Portlandia (Peabody Award), Take My Wife, Please Like Me, Shrink, Harmonquest, Dinner For Five (Emmy Nomination), Trapped In The Closet, There’s Johnny!, My Brother My Brother and Me, HitRecord (Emmy Award), and Bajillion Dollar Propertie$; as well as Brick City (Peabody Award, Emmy Nomination), and dozens of documentaries such as This Film Is Not Yet Rated (official Sundance Festival selection).

Diane Yu

Diane Yu

CTO & Co-Founder, FreeWheel, a Comcast Company

As FreeWheel’s Co-Founder and CTO, Diane Yu leads the architecture and operation of FreeWheel’s video monetization platform, with oversight of a global engineering team spanning the Americas, Europe and China. As CTO, Diane oversees FreeWheel’s engineering operations, complete lifecycle product development, and leads organizational and high level technical architecture design.

Over the past ten years, she built and evolved the company’s research & development hub in her native Beijing. Today, the organization is comprised of 300 engineers between Beijing and New York, 30% of which are female engineers, reflecting Diane’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

In 2017, Diane assumed greater responsibility as the CTO of Comcast’s Advanced Advertising group, comprised of a collection of individual entities, now unifying its television distribution, sales and advertising technology products and solutions. Looking ahead, Diane’s leadership and commitment to innovation and engineering excellence will amplify a legacy of advertising technology solutions purpose-built to serve the needs of programmers, distributors and advertising agencies across the TV and digital ecosystem.

Formerly with DoubleClick/Google, Diane played a critical role in architecting and managing the development of the Company’s advertising product suite, including DART adserving and big data backend processing, Motif/Rich Media, Advertiser (DFA), and Search Performics, while leading engineering teams across DoubleClick’s global offices.

Diane earned her BS from Peking University and holds an MS in Computer Science from Ohio University.

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