Join us as we celebrate the rise of women executives and explore the role of women in today's global economy. 

Hosted by Time Warner, the evening will feature research findings, an executive panel and much more!

See below to find out more about the speakers and emcee.


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About the speakers


Claire Babineaux-Fontenot is Executive Vice President and Treasurer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. with responsibility for investor relations, capital markets, treasury operations and tax. Claire has been recognized throughout her career for her strong commitment to diversity. In addition to winning the Dave Jackson Trailblazer Award, in recent years she has been named a Diversity Champion by Diversity Edge magazine and was added to the “Women Worth Watching” list by Diversity Journal. Claire began her career as a tax attorney for the Louisiana Department of Revenue and subsequently received a gubernatorial appointment to serve as assistant secretary of the office of legal affairs, where she had responsibility for all tax litigation at the state level. A native of Opelousas, La., Claire is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and earned her law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She also holds a master of laws degree in taxation from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas.

Abby C. Fiorella is General Auditor of MasterCard. Ms. Fiorella is responsible for providing independent and objective assurance on the design and effectiveness of the Company’s risk management, internal controls, and governance processes.  She is accountable to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and works closely with the Company’s independent auditor.  Ms. Fiorella also sits on the Company’s Risk Management Committee and is a member of its Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.  Prior to her current role, Ms. Fiorella was responsible for MasterCard’s global compliance programs, including ethics, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, trade sanctions, and privacy & data protection. Before joining MasterCard, she conducted financial fraud investigations and helped organizations develop ethics and compliance programs with KPMG.  She also served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department.  Ms. Fiorella currently sits on the boards of Marymount Manhattan College and the Citizen’s Crime Commission of New York City.


Pamela Carlton is Co-founder of The Everest Project and Lead Researcher.  She has over 20 years of investment banking experience as a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase, and prior to that, Morgan Stanley. More recently, Pamela has worked for over 10 years in the area of executive leadership and diversity, as founder and President of Springboard – Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership.  She has conducted culture assessments for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including assessing leadership opportunities and obstacles for women and women of color. Springboard was commissioned by The Executive Leadership Council to conduct research on the opportunities and challenges for black women in corporate America, which culminated in the report, Black Women Executives Research Initiative. A graduate of Williams College, Pamela holds JD and MBA degrees from Yale University. She is on the Boards of Yale School of Management, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia Mutual Funds Complex of Ameriprise.

Lisa Garcia Quiroz is President of the Time Warner Foundation and Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer of Time Warner Inc. Lisa ensures that Time Warner’s investments in people, community and content reflect a leading media company where the best talent thrives and advances, and its content resonates with increasingly diverse global audiences.  Lisa tied Time Warner’s diversity and philanthropic efforts to the company’s business goals and invested in the discovery and cultivation of the next generation of storytellers. This portfolio has evolved into a company-wide talent incubator called One Fifty that develops fresh stories that strategically place Time Warner at the front of emerging media and demographics trends. Lisa previously launched two businesses at Time Inc.: People en Español grew to become the best-selling Hispanic magazine in the United States and Time for Kids won numerous awards for its journalism and storytelling. Lisa is also active in civic issues and was appointed by the President in 2014 as Chairperson of the Corporation for National and Community Service board.


Sofia Chang is executive vice president, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment of Home Box Office, Inc.  With offices in New York, London and Toronto, the company’s titles – ranging from current series Game of Thrones and True Detective to classic series like The Sopranos, Sex and the City and True Blood to the epic HBO original miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific are distributed in more than 60 countries around the globe.  Adding to her current Home Entertainment responsibilities, Sofia is now charged with overseeing digital distribution, including HBO NOW, on digital platforms such as Apple, Amazon and Google. During her tenure at HBO, she has overseen the marketing of an extensive array of DVDs and led the development of several award-winning DVD advertising campaigns.  As head of the Licensing & Retail area, Sofia was central to the expansion of HBO’s licensed products worldwide into Europe, South America and Asia as well as new product categories including digital gaming across multiple franchises including Game of Thrones.

Yvette Donado oversees human resources, facilities, and corporate quality and process management — leading a staff of over 400 employees in an organization that employs more than 3,000 people. She earned a B.A. in sociology from Queens College in New York, a certificate in labor/employment law and human resources from New York University, a certificate in strategic human resources management and an executive MBA from Harvard University. She completed the Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School and a labor relations/conflict resolution program sponsored by Cornell and Boston universities. She authored a chapter in The Successful HR Executive: Top Human Resources Professionals on Strategies for Managing Costs, Promoting Profitability, and Knowing the Business (Aspatore Books, 2005). Donado also completed a Harvard Business School course, “Making Corporate Boards More Effective,” in 2009. In 2010, she attended The Teleos Leadership Institute’s program, Executive Coaching and Resonant Leadership.


Anne H. Chow is President of Integrator Solutions. Anne leads a team of over 6000 industry professionals around the globe who are responsible for developing and delivering integrated solutions for AT&T’s largest multinational business customers as a direct channel as well as through strategic partnerships. Anne has been recognized for her diverse contributions to business and the community including the YWCA-NYC Academy of Women Leaders, Chinese Institute of Engineers’ Distinguished Service Award, Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business, Outstanding Service Award by the American Cancer Society, Who’s Who in Asian American Communities Leaders and Legends Award as well as Multicultural Power 100 by the National Diversity Council. She is a member of the Committee of 100 as well as Cornell University’s President’s Council of Cornell Women. Recently she was awarded Corporate Woman of the Year by the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation and ranked "Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leaders" in DiversityMBA Magazine.

Lily Tang is President and Co-founder of The Everest Project. She has 15 years of executive experience in the areas of diversity and executive leadership. A former CEO of an international holding company, associate professor, business journalist, and corporate strategy consultant, she has led global employee engagement assessments for Fortune 500 companies, including engagements specifically addressing development and retention challenges of women in high-potential and executive positions. She created a signature framework for coaching teams to execute on change and innovation. Lily was an advisor to the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Roundtable. She holds a doctorate in developmental psychology, an MBA in organizational development and is a certified executive leadership and systems coach.  Lily is active in professional development efforts for women and people of color and serves on the national board of Ascend.


Ceree Eberly is Chief People Officer and leads an organization responsible for developing and transforming approximately 150,000 Coca-Cola employees across more than 200 countries into a competitive advantage, and transforming the quality of the Company’s workplace into a global differentiator. She is a member of the senior operating leadership of the Company, responsible for directing the Company’s long term vision and strategy and operational initiatives, as well as working closely with Coca-Cola’s Board of Directors in the area of executive compensation, talent management, leadership succession, diversity and human/workplace rights. She serves as chair of the Board of Trustees for Oglethorpe University; serves on the AACSB International Business Practices Council, part of the global accrediting body for business schools worldwide; past board member of various nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Ceree is a member of Women Corporate Directors global organization; International Women’s Forum; Human Resources Global Leadership organizations such as HR Policy Association, Corporate Leadership Council and Personnel Roundtable.

Cyma Zarghami is the President of Viacom, Inc.’s Kids and Family Group, a portfolio of content brands that includes all of the linear, digital, mobile and consumer products divisions of Nickelodeon, TV Land and CMT. Based in New York, she reports to Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom. Ms. Zarghami is a 30-year veteran of Viacom. She began her career at Nickelodeon in 1985, and over the years rose through the company ranks. She was named President of the Nickelodeon Group in 2006, assuming oversight for all of the company’s creative and business operations. Now in its 36th year, Nickelodeon is the world’s most widely distributed kids' channel, with 50 channels reaching more than 350 million viewers in 25 languages. In February 2015, Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman expanded Ms. Zarghami’s responsibilities to include oversight of TV Land and CMT, naming her President of the newly formed Viacom Kids’ and Family Group.