NEW YORK – Women today account for only 5.2 percent of the CEOs of S&P 500 companies and slightly more than 21 percent of their board seats – and it’s not due to a lack of desire according to recent studies. The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit aims to move the needle and forge paths for the next generation of women leaders to move into the C-suite through high-impact leadership development content, networking, and access to today’s top leaders.

KPMG today announced that the 66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie, and retired 4-star U.S. Navy Admiral Michelle Howard will share their career experiences as leaders at this year’s Summit on June 27.

The event will be live streamed in its entirety at beginning at 10:30 a.m. EST / 9:30 a.m. CST. In its fourth year, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit convenes highly accomplished leaders in the worlds of business, politics, sports, and the media to share strategies, insights and lessons learned from their personal journeys with the next generation of women leaders nominated by their CEOs to attend, which includes representation from more than 80 of the world’s leading brands.

“The KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit aims to advance and empower women, across multiple industries, by connecting today’s luminaries with the next generation of talent,” said KPMG U.S. Chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie. “Through this initiative and many others, KPMG remains deeply committed to helping close the women’s leadership gap.”

Hosted on-site during the week of the 2018 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit will feature distinguished speakers and panelists including:

Keynote speakers:

  • Condoleezza Rice – 66th U.S. Secretary of State;
  • Admiral Michelle Howard – U.S. Navy (Retired); and
  • Lynne Doughtie – U.S. Chairman and CEO, KPMG

Olympian panelists:

  • Nancy Kerrigan – Two-time Olympic Medalist & U.S. National Champion, Figure Skating;
  • Hilary Knight – Olympic Medalist, Team USA Hockey; and
  • Maia Shibutani – Olympic Medalist, U.S. Figure Skating.

Business speakers:

  • Eric Foss – Chairman, President and CEO, Aramark;
  • Alex Gorsky – Chairman of the Board and CEO, Johnson & Johnson;
  • Jennifer Morgan – President, Americas & Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) & Member of the Executive Board, SAP;
  • Dan Pink – Best-selling author and motivational speaker; and
  • Julie Sweet – CEO, Accenture North America.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football Sideline Reporter Michele Tafoya will serve as the master of ceremonies. Sessions will be moderated by NBC on-air talent including Dan Hicks, Host of NBC Sports’ golf coverage and play-by-play announcer for Swimming and Downhill Skiing for NBC Olympics.

The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, a collaboration between KPMG, PGA of America and LPGA, combines a world-class, annual major golf championship with the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and KPMG Future Leaders Program — all focused on the development, advancement, and empowerment of women on and off the golf course. The events will take place June 26 – July 1, 2018 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Kildeer, Illinois. The Championship offers a $3.65 million purse, among the highest in women’s golf, and will be broadcast on NBC and Golf Channel.

Net proceeds from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit fund the KPMG Future Leaders Program, a charitable initiative that affords top female high school seniors across the country the opportunity to enhance their personal growth through college scholarships, a leadership development retreat at Stanford University, a mentoring relationship with a woman business leader, and an introduction to golf. Condoleezza Rice serves as the program’s ambassador.

An advisory council comprised of exemplary leaders from across business, sports, and the media is helping to guide the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. Founding sponsors of the 2018 Summit are Constellation, an Exelon Company, and National Car Rental. For more information about the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, visit:



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