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American Express Advocates Women Leaders at 2012 Global Women’s Conference


Event Connects Influential Women in Business with American Express’ Senior Women to Promote Career Advancement and Business Growth

NEW YORK - The second American Express Women’s Conference kicks off today with the company’s 200 most senior female executives from across the globe coming together to gain practical guidance for career progression, leverage new technologies and share strategies to grow the business. The conference is being held at The Westin Jersey City Newport in Jersey City on October 16 and 17. It will feature a variety of workshops and panel discussions, as well as several networking events and an awards dinner that recognizes female leaders within the company.

This invitation-only, two-day event starts with a Q&A session with Tina Brown (editor-in-chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast and founder of the annual Women in the World summit) followed by a panel discussion featuring Carolyn Everson (vice president, Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook), Maria Contreras-Sweet (founder and executive chairwoman of ProAmerica Bank) and Marissa Campise (vice president at Venrock). The conference is part of American Express’ “Women in the Pipeline and at the Top,” a diversity and inclusion initiative devoted to developing and advancing women to the top levels of American Express by strengthening their networks, fostering sponsor relationships and creating a gender inclusive culture across the organization.

Building on the success of the first conference in 2010, American Express is giving its social communities (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter) the opportunity to hear from speakers directly through videos, pictures and live-posting throughout and following the conference. Just follow @AmericanExpress and use the hashtag #amexwomen to follow the conversations taking place at the conference and beyond.

“We are so pleased to bring back our Women’s Conference this year to reinforce our focus and commitment to developing and advancing women at American Express,” said Jennifer Christie, chief diversity officer at American Express. “Since our 2010 conference, more than 50 percent of our senior women have been promoted and 40 percent of them have new roles. It’s incredible to see that kind of progress as a result of our company’s commitment to diversity and the effort from our senior leaders to mentor and sponsor talented women.”

American Express leadership and an impressive list of guest speakers will facilitate conversations around topics crucial to women’s career development including:

• Sponsorship 2.0 will feature a discussion led by Sylvia Ann Hewlett (president of the Center for Talent Innovation) to better understand how female and multicultural employees can develop a road map and win sponsorship.
• Gender Intelligence will feature inclusive leadership, cultural and gender expertise from Barbara Annis, Ph.D., and will highlight American Express’ journey to creating a gender-intelligent workplace. In this session, men and women executives will discuss how a gender-balanced culture is a strong value in both the workplace and the marketplace.
• Overwhelmed, Overcommitted, Over It will feature a discussion led by motivational speaker Juliet Funt, offering tools to support work/life integration, creativity, focus, innovation and performance.
• Digital Experience will explore the future of digital, showcase the company’s digital footprint and illustrate how women can harness the power of social media to assert their own digital identity.

American Express recognizes the benefits that having a gender-balanced culture can bring, and it leads the industry with women representing 65 percent of its workforce, and one-third of its senior management. Through its diversity efforts, American Express is focused on promoting an atmosphere of opportunity for women by creating customized development, sponsorship and leadership initiatives for women.

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