International Women's Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. According to program officials, BGCS emphasizes leadership skills, self-confidence, and a sense of self. They sought exceptional women in leadership not only to celebrate International Women’s Day but to demonstrate to their young girls how they can define their futures.
BGCS CEO, Rowena Track, will moderate conversations with distinguished women leaders including Indra Nooyi, Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo; Margaret Keane, CEO of Synchrony; Kathleen Silard, President and CEO of Stamford Health; Juanita James, President and CEO of Fairfield County Community Foundation.
"International Women's Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the globe. I'm honored to moderate this extraordinarily accomplished group of women who have come together to share the obstacles they have overcome in their professional and personal lives," said Track. "The powerful stories of their achievements, commitments to raising awareness about women's equality, and their efforts to accelerate gender parity will inspire others to join the theme of this year's International Women's Day - #ChooseToChallenge."
The BGCS event will explore the historical lack of empowerment of women and girls through this legendary panel's experiences and will challenge how best to drive change for our girls' future. Collectively, the women raise awareness of the significant role mentorship played in achieving their full potential. Each panelist will also share how they overcame their lives' challenges and how they believe women and girls can shape a gender-equal world post-COVID-19.
Indra Nooyi, who has been a trailblazer in challenging the status quo, will reveal why she sees the next decade as the decade for women and why addressing the childcare and equality crises in our country needs to be this country's priority.
While noting that hearing different perspectives is essential, Margaret Keane believes that empathy is the most critical attribute our nation currently needs to move forward after the pandemic and why women, who possess this quality, must have a seat at the table. Keane also reveals why being willing to take a step backward to move forward was a career-changer for her.
Having successfully created a "Say Yes Culture" as she leads 3600 frontline workers every day at Stamford Health, Kathleen Silard discusses the importance of how she and her organization are focusing on the growing food insecurity issue as well as the need for self-care.
For Juanita James, it is about always operating in a learning mode and having the emotional fortitude to meet new challenges. Her focus is on equity for women and people of color while understanding and recognizing that each person and each group have unique challenges and needs.
There is no cost for event registration, but donations are encouraged to help over 700 BGCS girls k-12 get the resources they need. Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all donors will be recognized.