Women in Global Leadership – Mayor Kate Gallego

by Doug Bruhnke

Global Chamber® “Women in Global Leadership” events began five years ago in our early days. Last month, we were pleased to include the co-developer of the idea, Jaime Daddona of Squire Patton Boggs, as one of the illustrious panel of leaders in 2020. Thank you, Jaime!

We were also honored to feature Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego at the fifth annual event. Mayor Gallego is the youngest of all big city mayors in the United States, and in her first term she has already successfully led a multi-billion-dollar investment by Taiwan semiconductor TSMC in the city. Phoenix has also pioneered Export League to assist 12 regional companies reach new clients around the world. What a great start!

At this year’s globinar, we welcomed a panel of global leaders to share their views on the topic of gender balance and workplace fairness and equity. We now always have a man on this annual panel to address the challenges and opportunities from a male perspective, and this year it was Dean Sanjeev Khagram of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dean Khagram spoke eloquently on the need for progress and things he’s doing to create change. Thank you as well to Elizabeth Fretheim of Nikola Corporation and Laura Franco French of the City of Phoenix for their time and talent!

The objective of the program is to hear from leaders who have been fostering diverse working environments in order to achieve more business success. We hope that attendees found the insights helpful to make more progress in their career, company and circle of influence. If you missed it, contact us to get a link to watch the discussion. The following are some of the highlights from this year’s event: 

  • Mayor Gallego shared what she learned through the process of landing TSMC.
  • Co-moderator Mel Sanderson had insights on the Mayor’s leadership.
  • Women CEO in America’s top 3000 firms have doubled in 10 years, up to 6%.
  • Top country in the world with most women top executives? Thailand, at 30%.
  • Woman-led businesses in the U.S. would combine to be the fifth-largest company.

Special thanks to our sponsors City of Phoenix, Thunderbird School of Global Management, Sunflower Bank, Lee & Associates and Squire Patton Boggs.

Doug Bruhnke is founder and CEO of Global Chamber®.

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