2009 Program Agenda

All sessions take place at the Sheraton Santiago Hotel, unless otherwise indicated.
Translation in all sessions will be provided in English, Spanish and French.

Wednesday, MAY 13 

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Summit Registration



Thursday, MAY 14 

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Summit Registration

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Pre-Summit Ministerial Roundtable (Open to Ministers Only):
“Public/Private Sector Partnerships: Advancing Girls’ and Women’s Economic Opportunities”

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Doing Business with Latin America and Chile

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Opening Ceremony

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Welcoming Reception and Dinner



Friday, MAY 15

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast and Plenary Sessions

9:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Megatrends in the World’s Economy Post-Meltdown
Profile of Latin American/Caribbean Women

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Vice Presidents’ Forum: Defining a New Political Leadership Paradigm

11:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Ministerial Best Practices in Business and Government Partnerships Advancing Women

12:00 p.m.– 1:15 p.m
Luncheon Networking

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Luncheon Program: Dialogue with Women Entrepreneurs

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m.– 4:15 p.m.

Entrepreneurial Track : Second Chance: Overcoming Fear of Failure
Microenterprise Track: Microenterprise Sales and the Internet – Do’s and Don’ts
Leadership Development Track: Taking Risks and Its Role in Career Growth
Issues Track: Engaging Young Women and Girls into the Technology Industry

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurial Track: Is Social Responsibility Separate From Entrepreneurship?
Leadership Development Track: Understanding and Developing an Effective Leadership Style
Issues Track: Media and How it Defines Women in Business

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Special Session: YOUTH FORUM

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Global Women’s Leadership Awards and Gala Dinner



Saturday, MAY 16 

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Networking Breakfast and Plenary Sessions

9:00 a.m.-10:15 p.m.
Best Practices in Corporate Social Responsibility

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Women CEO Forum: Lessons from the Global Corporate Crises for the 21st
Century Economy

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Luncheon Networking

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Luncheon Program: Combating Violence Against Women – Public and Private Sector Initiatives

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Entrepreneurial Track: Gauging Your Business’ Export Readiness
Microenterprise Track : Scaling Up: Moving Micro- Enterprises to Mainstream Business
Leadership Development Track: Effective Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
Issues Track: Women and Wealth Creation: Women’s Investment Funds

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurial Track: Exit Strategies for Business Owners – When is the Right Time to Sell?
Microenterprise Track: Assessing Microentrepreneurship and its Impact on Women
Leadership Development Track: Becoming Comfortable with Negotiating
Issues Track * Business Ethics: Moving Beyond the Bottom Line

6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Closing Ceremony

7:15 p.m. –8:45 p.m.
Closing Reception

Summit President, Irene Natividad
Michelle Bachelet Jeria, President of Chile
Ana Vilma Albanez de Escobar, Vice President of El Salvador
Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President of Vietnam
Gertrude Mongella, President, Pan-African Parliament
Laura Albornoz Pollmann, Minister for Women, Chile
Patricia Espinosa Torres, Undersecretary of Labor, Mexico

Craig Herkert, President and CEO of the Americas, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Zouera Youssoufou, Program Head IFC-GEM, World Bank