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Investing in Women’s Leadership: The Promise of the Private Sector

Celebrate International Women’s Day!

Event Overview

Leadership skills, and the confidence that supports those abilities, are not innate. Both can be acquired through experience and training; supported with shifts in cultural and gender norms; and sustained with the help of networks and mentors.

There is no shortage of data on the positive impact of women in leadership positions:

  • McKinsey reported that companies with three or more women in senior management demonstrate better organizational and financial performance.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation found that when women are in leadership roles, they help reduce the pay gap, attract a diverse workforce, and positively change workplace policies for women and men.


The clear benefit to companies and economies in having more women in leadership positions has led many corporations to invest in global initiatives that enhance women’s leadership competencies. These initiatives are designed to increase the number of women in senior roles within their workforces, expand the number and size of women-owned businesses in their supply chains, and reach women in the communities where they operate with empowerment programs.

Plan and the PIMCO Foundation will co-host “Investing in Women’s Leadership: The Promise of the Private Sector,” a panel discussion exploring the value of private sector investment in women’s leadership— both within the corporate workforce and for women globally through corporate partners and beneficiaries.

Join us to learn more about what the private sector is doing to promote women’s empowerment and create opportunities for more women to assume leadership roles and positions.

Introduction and Welcome

Dr. Tessie San Martin, President and CEO, Plan International USA


Brit Rocourt, Director, Corporate Partnerships, Plan International USA


  • Sarah Middleton, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, PIMCO; Executive Director, The PIMCO Foundation
  • Pam Darwin, Vice President, Africa, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
  • Thilma Komaling, Global Women in Management Alumna (Indonesia), Plan International USA’s WomenLead Institute
  • Kate Maloney, Senior Manager, Development and Exempt Organizations Practice, KPMG
  • Additional panelists to be announced

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