Vision 2020 Speaking Out
For a provocative discussion on women’s equality, contact us for Vision 2020 speakers who can describe the significance of our national initiative and our progress.
- Advance women’s economic security and achieve pay equity
- Advocate to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions
- Promote family-friendly workplace policies
- Educate young people to value gender equality, shared leadership, and civic engagement
- Engage and educate women voters and increase women’s participation in the political process
Vision 2020 speakers are innovative leaders, women and men who bring expertise, passion and commitment to their presentations and panel discussions. From conferences to workshops to meetings, Vision 2020 speakers can adapt to any format. Vision 2020 works with corporations, universities, schools, associations and other professional organizations around the country.
Vision 2020 speakers have been featured at the Environmental Protection Agency, McDonald's Women Owners Network, Association for Women in Science, Association of Junior Leagues International conference and many others.
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Meet the Speakers
Vision 2020 Founder and Co-Chair Lynn Yeakel
Yeakel is a recognized civic and community leader who has been a tireless advocate for women’s issues throughout her career. She is currently the Director of Drexel University College of Medicine’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership™ and holds the Betty A. Cohen Chair in Women’s Health. Yeakel is also the creator and Co-Chair of Vision 2020, a campaign to make equality a national priority through shared leadership among women and men.
Yeakel was a founder of Women’s Way, the first and largest women’s fundraising coalition in the nation, and served as its CEO from 1980 until 1992, when she entered politics. She drew national attention in what was called the “Year of the Woman” when she won the primary in a U.S. Senate race and nearly unseated the incumbent. She later was appointed by the Clinton
administration to the position of Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Yeakel.
Vision 2020 Co-Chair Rosemarie B. Greco
Greco is an accomplished business, government and civic leader. Until December 2009, she was Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell’s director of the Office of Health Care Reform — the first appointee to this newly created Cabinet-level position. Before joining the Rendell administration, Greco counseled CEOs and businesses as the founding principal of GRECOventures Ltd.
Greco spent 23 years in the banking industry, rising from secretary to become one of the top-ranking women in the industry. During her tenure as president of CoreStates Financial Corp. the $45 billion institution was ranked one of America's most profitable and efficient banks.
As Co-Chair of Vision 2020, she brings a unique set of experiences in the private, public and nonprofit sectors as well as a track record of commitment to women’s issues. Learn more about Greco.
Vision 2020 Director Catherine Ormerod
Ormerod has over 25 years’ experience in the academic, nonprofit and public policy arenas. She is the founding director of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College; served in senior leadership positions at Women’s Way and Living Beyond Breast Cancer; ran her own nonprofit consulting firm; and lectured on social policy at the University of Pennsylvania. Ormerod began her career as a communications professional — first as a reporter and later as press secretary for Lynn Yeakel’s 1992 senatorial campaign. She holds an M.S. in both social services and law and social policy from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. Learn more about Ormerod.
Vision 2020 Director of Administrative Operations Melinda Johnson
Johnson’s career and training in higher education include a myriad of experiences which envelope almost every aspect of university life. As Director of Administrative Operations, her daily regime is focused on the practical applications of sound business management. Johnson is also focused on analysis and recommendations for human and organizational performance improvement related to a sustainable future. Learn more about Johnson.
Visionary Delegate Deborah Brittain
Brittain has over 40 years of community involvement spanning the fields of public and special education, child welfare, social justice, women’s issues and the arts. Brittain is currently the Executive Vice President of Preod Corporation, an executive search firm that places seasoned business executives on demand. Her accomplishments have included local, regional and national leadership positions in various organizations, including The National Council of Negro Women, The Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, The Legal Defense and Education Fund, The Urban League, The Princeton Symphony Orchestra and Jack and Jill of America. Learn more about Brittain.
Visionary Delegate Susan Bulkeley Butler
Recognized globally as a business leader, author, executive coach and mentor, Butler was the first woman professional at a major accounting firm and the first woman partner at Andersen Consulting/Accenture. During her 30 plus-year career, she was at the forefront of dramatic changes in the corporate world. She served on Accenture's Executive Committee, which set the
company's strategy, and as president of the Accenture Foundation. which provides education grants. She retired from Accenture in 2002 after serving as managing partner of Accenture's Office of the CEO. Butler is a frequent speaker in women's leadership programs on the subject of: Become the CEO of You, Inc. and Equality for Women by 2020: How to make it happen. Learn more about Butler.
Visionary Delegate Patricia Diaz Dennis
Dennis was responsible for AT&T Corporate Litigation, Procurement, Corporate Real Estate, Environmental, Corporate Compliance, IT, Trademark and Copyright legal matters until she retired in November 2008.
Dennis was appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to three federal government positions. President Reagan appointed her, and she served from 1986 until 1989, as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. Before President Reagan appointed her to the FCC, he named her a member of the National Labor Relations Board and President Bush appointed her assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs in 1992. Before joining AT&T (formerly SBC) in 1995, Dennis was special counsel to Sullivan & Cromwell for communications matters in the international law firm's Washington, D.C. office. Learn more about Dennis.
Visionary Delegate Ruth Ann M. Gillis
As chief administrative officer and president, Exelon Business Services Company (BSC), Gillis is responsible for providing oversight for transactional and corporate services to the Exelon operating companies. As chief diversity officer, Gillis oversees all Exelon diversity initiatives including the company’s employee-focused Diversity & Inclusion strategy and the supplier-focused Diverse Business Empowerment initiative. Gillis is also a member of Exelon’s executive, pension investment, and corporate risk management committees as well as a member of the Exelon Foundation board of directors. Learn more about Gillis.
Leadership Circle Member William Glick
Glick has served as dean of the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business since July 2005. He has supported significant curriculum revisions in existing programs and launched four new programs. As a prolific scholar in top management journals, Glick was inducted as one of 33 charter members of the Academy of Management’s Journals Hall of Fame. While at Rice University, Glick has increased admissions standards, increased support for the school, and made all three MBA programs leaders in terms of percentages of women and underrepresented minorities. He plans on continuing this process in upcoming years. Learn more about Glick.
Visionary Delegate Roberta D. Liebenberg
Liebenberg is a senior partner at Fine Kaplan and Black in Philadelphia, where she concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, including anti-trust and class actions, and white collar criminal defense. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Catholic University Columbus School of Law, magna cum laude. Thereafter, she served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She is consistently listed as one of America’s top lawyers.
Previously, Liebenberg served as Chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, as well as Chair of both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar As-sociations’ respective Commissions on Women in the Profession. She also was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, where she was Co-Chair of the Gender Bias Committee. Learn more about Liebenberg.
Vision 2020 Idaho Delegate Cynthia Lee A. Pemberton, Ed.D
serves as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Educational Leadership at Idaho State University. Dr. Pemberton has published and presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on Title IX and gender equity in school sport. Her book, More Than a Game: One Woman’s Fight for Gender Equity in Sport, addresses Title IX from both personal and professional perspectives, through a lived experience pursuing gender equity in sport at a small liberal arts college in Oregon. The book received the Phi Kappa Phi Bookshelf Award in October 2002, and received strong reviews in a number of publications (Journal of Legal Aspects of Sport, Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, Booklist and Choice).Learn more about Pemberton.
Leadership Circle Member Dr. Bill Schaninger
At McKinsey, Dr. Schaninger has provided targeted expertise to clients in the areas of transformation, change management, performance leadership, culture, and strategic human resources. He has served clients in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Schaninger has extensive experience with large-scale transformations of a variety of corporations and
organizations, increasing reliability and management effectiveness. He also has led major culture changes in global organizations, including conducting a top-team effectiveness workshop for a European mobile telecommunications provider and leading a cultural diagnostic for a Middle Eastern petroleum organization. Learn more about Dr. Schaninger.