Join WICT NY for lunch and a powerhouse panel of business leaders as they share best practices on hiring, promoting, and retaining women. This panel will focus on the actions and solutions that can help close the gender gap.

According to McKinsey’s 2015 Diversity Matters Report “Organizations in the top 25% of gender equality are 15% more likely to have above average financial returns.” Gender equality makes a difference to the bottom line. While we know the impact, it is still a challenge to put this practice into action.

Learn about our esteemed panel below!

Deepali Bagati, PhD, is the Executive Director for Catalyst’s United States region. Catalyst is the leading non-profit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion, including raising awareness of how inclusion benefits today’s global businesses and providing guidance and solutions on how to enact real change. Dr. Bagati frequently speaks on women in leadership, organizational change, inclusive leadership, and global diversity and inclusion.

David L. Cohen is Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and is the Company’s Chief Diversity Officer. David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration, and community investment.  He also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. Before joining Comcast, David served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.

Christine Driessen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for ESPN, is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s financial operations worldwide and serving as financial advisor on strategic planning for all acquisitions, new business ventures and programming initiatives.  She is based at the company’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

Wanda Bryant Hope is an accomplished business executive with significant experience in general management, marketing, sales, commercial operations, and human resources. Wanda is currently the Chief Diversity Officer for Johnson & Johnson worldwide. In this role, Wanda is responsible for globally advancing J&J’s diversity and inclusion (D&I) outcomes, strengthening D&I capabilities, improving reputation, and driving innovation and growth for future success.

Josie Thomas, is Executive Vice President, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, CBS Corporation. She reports to Leslie Moonves, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation. In this role, Thomas oversees the company’s commitment to diversity across all of its businesses. She leads multidimensional diversity and inclusion strategies working with senior executives throughout the corporation to develop talent, diverse suppliers, outreach, advocacy group engagement and national industry impact. In addition, she continues to be the executive sponsor of CBS’s employee resource groups, while spearheading the CBS Corporation Diversity Council which serves to strengthen diversity and inclusion dialogue and enhance initiatives across the corporation.


Fredricka Whitfield is an anchor for CNN/U.S. and is based in the network’s world headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia where she anchors the weekend edition of CNN Newsroom. Whitfield is an award winning journalist whose resume spans more than 30 years and includes covering some of the most compelling and provocative world and local issues including the Cuban-Haitian refugee crisis in the 90s, the Kosovo War refugee crisis, the Afghanistan War and the start of second Iraq War, the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential race and recount, the 2008 Inauguration of President Barack Obama, the Atlanta, Beijing and London Olympic Games, the 50th anniversary of Voting Rights Act in Selma Alabama, and the 2016 Presidential primary races and the Democratic National Convention. Whitfield is a great benefactor of early life exposure to global living and awareness. Born in Nairobi, Kenya thanks to her Olympic-medalist dad who became a career U.S. diplomat, Whitfield lived, learned and continues to appreciate diversity in all its many forms and has a keen awareness and compassion for cultural differences.

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