Women in International Business:
Why Organizations Need to Invest in Women

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012 6:00 - 8:00pm
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20052

Please RSVP at ciber@gwu.edu

The George Washington University School of Business and GW-CIBER present a discussion on the topic of women in international business - as leaders, employees, consumers, market builders, and contributors to economic growth. The panel of successful female professionals will:

  • Explain the direct career benefits and showcase the depth and variety of international careers across sectors and geographic regions.
  • Talk about the various ways in which women make a difference in lives around the world.
  • Examine issues relevant to women internationalists, both personal and professional.
  • Offer perspectives on how and why public, private, and government organizations should invest more in women.
  • Share their own personal stories, professional tips, and practical advice.

The event will include a book sale and signing of "Go Global! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad" by Stacie Berdan, and "Get ahead By Going Abroad" by Perry Yeatman and Stacie Berdan.

The first 50 participants to arrive will receive a free copy of "Go Global! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad!"

Introduction by:

Dr. Doug Guthrie
Dean, Professor of International Business and Professor of Management
The George Washington School of Business

Keynote Speaker & Moderator:

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan
International Careers Expert & Award Winning Author


Tami Overby
Vice President for Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Maria Pena
Senior Director, Entrepreneurship & Economic Development, Vital Voices Global Partnership

Penny Tham
Head of Compliance,International Finance Corporation

Dabie H. Tsai
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Mary T. Walsh
Division Manager, Airports, NE Region, Federal Aviation Administration

Perry Yeatman
Senior Vice President - Corporate Affairs, Kraft Foods Inc.
President, Kraft Foods Foundation

Stacie Berdan is a marketing and communications consultant, an expert on international careers and an award-winning author. Focusing on the elements of globalization, she provides practical and relevant advice to succeed in the global marketplace, including the value of understanding cross-cultural environments, the benefits of feminine leadership, and the changing role of managers within the context of an increasingly global and virtual workplace. Stacie has served as coach, counselor, strategist and adviser to CEOs, politicians and senior executives around the world. Her cross-cultural consulting experiences enable her to work well with a diverse mixture of professionals across industry, seniority level, nationality and gender. She brings a unique perspective to the table as a female leader with international experience in these dynamic times. Stacie spent the majority of her career at Burson-Marsteller and Unilever. She has lived and worked in Miami, Washington, D.C., New York and Hong Kong, and her professional responsibilities have spanned more than 50 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and South America. Stacie's numerous broadcast appearances include NBC "Weekend Today", NPR's "Marketplace," ABC News "Money Matters" and "America This Morning", CNN International, several FOX appearances, including International and "Money for Breakfast", and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, Time and many others. Stacie blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and on her site stacieberdan.com. Her first book, Get Ahead By Going Abroad, won two business and career books, while her most recent book, GO GLOBAL! Launching an International Career Here or Abroad has received rave reviews.

Tami Overby became vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in July 2009. Overby is responsible for developing, promoting, and executing programs and policies relating to U.S. trade and investment in Asia. She works closely with Chamber member companies, business coalitions, AmChams, government leaders, and business executives to achieve their business objectives in this very important part of the world. Overby and her team led the efforts for the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement ratification. Jeremie Waterman, executive director for China and senior policy adviser for Asia, and John Goyer, senior director for Asia, help Overby lead the Chamber's Asia program. Overby lived and worked in South Korea for 21 years. There, she worked with AIG and William M. Mercer Ltd. and spent the last 14 years leading AmCham Korea, working to improve the business environment for member companies in Korea. During this time, she was actively engaged in ensuring that Korea entered America's Visa Waiver Program. Overby raised the profile of AmCham Korea to make it the largest, most influential foreign business group in Korea. In recognition of her efforts for promoting mutually cooperative economic relations between South Korea and the United States, Overby was awarded the Korean Order of Industrial Service Merit, Silver Tower by President Lee Myung-Bak in June 2009. She was previously recognized with a Letter of Citation (Bronze Tower) from both President Roh Moo-Hyun and President Kim Dae-Jung. In April 2007, Overby was awarded an Honorary Citizenship of Seoul from Mayor Oh Se-Hoon. In Korea, Overby was active in charitable programs like the Pearl S. Buck Foundation, the Seoul Children's Welfare Committee, and AmCham's Partnership for the Future Foundation, which raised more than $8 million and helped more than 1,400 Korean university students obtain full scholarships.

Maria Pena joined Vital Voices in 2010 as the Senior Director of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. In that role, Maria leads Vital Voices' economic empowerment work globally, focusing on the growth of women-led small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the development of networks of businesswomen's organizations in the Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia-Pacific. Maria previously served as the Americas Leader of Entrepreneurship within the corporate responsibility function at Ernst & Young, one of the world's largest professional services organizations, where she was responsible for developing strategies and directing initiatives to support entrepreneurship across the Americas. Prior to that role, Maria was responsible for designing and managing the firm's signature corporate responsibility programs, with a special focus on emerging market entrepreneurship. Maria began her career as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and IBM Business Consulting Services, specializing in large-scale technology transformations of major multinational corporations. She also served as a risk advisor to Fortune 500 companies while at Ernst & Young, managing a specialty group focused on enterprise resource planning investments. She has contributed to multiple thought leadership pieces, including the Groundbreakers series of reports on women's economic empowerment, and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of women's entrepreneurship. Maria holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Penny Tham is a lawyer and a senior compliance officer. Before joining IFC in February 2012, she was the Global Head of Regulatory Risk and Compliance for the Global Banking Markets Division of Royal Bank of Scotland in London. From 2004 to 2009 she was Asia Head of Compliance for ABN Amro Bank NV in Hong Kong. Prior to that she was Head of Global Equities Compliance for the UK and Europe at Deutsche Bank AG in London, Head of Legal and Compliance for Asia Pacific at Barclays Capital Asia Ltd., in Hong Kong, and South East Asia Head of Compliance at Barclay's Bank Plc. and Banker's Trust Company, both in Singapore. Ms. Tham is a Canadian who prior to her compliance career was a corporate securities lawyer in Vancouver, BC and Washington, DC. She holds a Master of Laws in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dabie Tsai has served in a variety of client service roles over her 17 year career with KPMG. She started in KPMG's Vancouver, Canada office, and undertook an international rotation to KPMG Santiago, Chile. Dabie joined KPMG U.S. in 2001 and served clients in the San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Kansas City offices prior to relocating to Washington, D.C. Dabie was admitted to the KPMG U.S. partnership in 2007 and is currently an audit partner on the World Bank Group. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Chinese. Dabie has significant experience serving large, complex, multinational companies, in particular engagements with substantial international coordination. She brings considerable practice in auditing Fortune 100 companies with global presence, and responsibilities in leading large, multidisciplinary teams. She has provided audit and accounting services to both public and privately-held clients, and is well versed in all aspects of SEC reporting and filing, including both U.S. domestic and foreign private issuer filings. Dabie is also experienced in IFRS engagements. She has performed cross-border due diligence assistance engagements and has significant experience working with other Big Four audit firms on auditor transition matters for new KPMG audit engagements. In her current role on the World Bank Group, she is directly involved with all aspects of the organization, including financial statement audits and the internal control over financial reporting attestations of entities within the organization, and the audits of its thousand-plus trust funds and the Bank Group's employee benefit plans. During her tenure on Sprint Nextel, she garnered experience auditing all areas of a telecommunication company's operations, including revenues, stock compensations, business combination/purchase accounting, derivatives and accounting for discontinued operations, among others. Dabie led the successful auditor transition of Sprint Nextel from two competitor Big Four firms to KPMG. Dabie undertook a special rotation supporting a KPMG U.S. Vice Chair in the management of the firm's global Information, Communications and Entertainment practice. Dabie has considerable experience and is well versed in the wide range of issues faced by multilateral development banks and telecommunications companies. Dabie is also a team leader and reviewer of KPMG's internal Quality Performance and Compliance Program for the U.S. and Latin American firms in both English and Spanish. Dabie assisted in the research for the book Risk, from the CEO and Board Perspectives, co-authored by Tim Flynn, retired KPMG International Chairman, and Mary Pat McCarthy, retired KPMG U.S. Vice Chair. Dabie is also an active national and local office instructor in the firm, and has spoken to a wide variety of audiences, both KPMG and external, including at industry forums and colleges.

Mary Walsh has served as the Airports Division Manager for New England since November 2011. The mission of the FAA Airports organization is to provide leadership in planning and developing a safe and efficient national airport system. She recently started her 33rd year of public service. Prior to her current assignment Mary served from 2006 - 2011 as the Senior FAA Representative to Southeast Asia based in Singapore. She was responsible for the agency's efforts to strengthen safety and promote procedural and system harmonization in a geographical area that ranged from Thailand through to Australia and New Zealand. Mary is a highly experienced civil aviation professional with a comprehensive understanding of civil aviation procedures, current objectives and future challenges. This was Mary's second assignment in Singapore. From 1994 - 1999, Mary was the first female Manager of the FAA International Security Office where she was responsible for working on classified and sensitive security issues with numerous foreign governments and U.S. agencies. Prior to working for the FAA, Mary served with the U.S. Justice Department, the Executive Office of the White House and the General Services Administration. Mary has her Bachelor's degree from Northeastern University in Criminal Justice.

Perry Yeatman is an SVP in Corporate and Legal Affairs at Kraft Foods. She is also President of the Kraft Foods Foundation and an award-winning author. For the past 5 years, Perry has been a key advisor to Chairman and CEO, Irene Rosenfeld, leading Kraft's corporate communications, community involvement and global public policy. From multi-billion dollar deals (including the Cadbury acquisition) to spearheading Kraft Foods' first ever global week of service, Perry has successfully used the disciplines of Corporate Affairs to help drive the company's agenda, internally and externally, around the world. Today, she spends most of her time fighting hunger, promoting healthy lifestyles and advocating for investment in sustainable agriculture. Perry started her career on the agency side, spending nearly 15 years with leading communications firms including Burson-Marsteller. In 2000, Perry moved "in-house" as a Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Unilever in North America. In this role, she was not only responsible for Corporate Affairs but she also served on the HPC-NA Board and the Board of the Unilever US Foundation. Perry's Corporate Affairs expertise is further enhanced by her broad understanding of international business. From 1990-2000, Perry lived and worked overseas - based first in Singapore, then Russia and finally the UK. In her various roles, she has served not only as a senior corporate affairs and marketing communications counselor but also as a General Manager. In 2005, Perry was an adjunct professor at the Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. There she taught courses on globalization, ethics and diversity. Outside of work, Perry co-authored the award winning book Get Ahead by Going Abroad; blogs for The Huffington Post and is an active advocate for women and girls. Perry resides in the DC area with her family.