Corporations and NGOs: Empowering Women Globally


Presented by:

Marissa Wesely, global fellow, Wilson Center Global Women’s Leadership Initiative; coordinator, Win-Win Coalition

Dina Dublon, member of board of directors of Accenture and PepsiCo, and member of the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank; former CFO of JPMorgan Chase

Daniel Jae-Won Lee, executive director, Levi Strauss Foundation

Muadi Mukenge, program director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Fund for Women


Moderated by:

Eric Nee, managing editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PDT, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT



With growing data on the powerful impacts of increased gender equality in various spheres, many global corporations are creating programs designed to empower women economically to improve the quality of their supply chains, enhance their access to talent and increase the productivity of their workforce. Yet, for economic empowerment programs to create sustainable and transformative change in women’s lives—and have lasting effect for business—they need to address other underlying issues that prevent women from realizing their full potential as economic agents, including control over reproductive health, access to childcare, voice in family and community, enforceable property rights, and protection from violence. One effective way to do this is to work with a group of NGOs that corporations often overlook: grassroots women’s organizations (GWOs) that have been working for many years in complex local contexts to empower women and advance women’s rights.

Drawing on a number of examples of corporate-GWO partnerships in different parts of the world—many based on a shared value model—Dina Dublon, Daniel Lee, Muadi Mukenge and Marissa Wesely will explore strategies for, and challenges in:

  • Finding the right partner, including the role of women’s funds and others as “connectors” to the grassroots
  • Building effective partnerships, including issues of common language, alignment of goals, and fee-for-service models for engagement
  • Evaluating the social and business impacts of these programs

This webinar is for corporate leaders seeking innovative ways to make their women’s empowerment programs more impactful, GWO leaders exploring paths to engage with the corporate sector, and others interested in effective models of cross-sector collaboration and/or women’s rights and empowerment issues globally.

Price: $49, which includes access to the live webinar; unlimited access to the webinar as many times as you’d like for twelve months; and downloadable slides. Purchase this webinar with "The Rise of Gender Capitalism" for the discounted price of $69.



Speaker Bios


Marissa Wesely, global fellow, Wilson Center Global Women’s Leadership Initiative; coordinator, Win-Win Coalition
Twitter: @marissacwesely

Marissa Wesely is a global fellow at the Wilson Center, affiliated with the Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, and is a long-standing advocate for gender equality and women’s rights in diverse settings. In 2014, she was a fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative where her work focused on cross-sector collaboration—particularly between the corporate sector and local women’s organizations—to empower women globally. She was recently hired as the coordinator of the Win-Win Coalition, a new cross sector coalition to empower women and advance women’s rights. Wesely is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an active member of a number of nonprofit boards, including the Global Fund for Women. Prior to 2014, Wesely was a corporate partner at the global law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and was regularly recognized as a leading lawyer in banking and finance, including as the 2013 Finance Lawyer of the Year at the Chambers’ Women in Law Awards. Wesely speaks and writes regularly on issues of women’s leadership and women’s rights, including as the author, with Dina Dublon, of the cover story in Stanford Social Innovation Review’s spring 2015 issue, “Empowering Women at the Grassroots.”

Dina Dublon, member of board of directors of Accenture and PepsiCo; member of the supervisory board of Deutsche Bank; former CFO of JPMorgan Chase

Dina Dublon is a board member of PepsiCo and Accenture and of Deutsche Bank's supervisory board. She was on the board of Microsoft until December 2014 and the faculty of Harvard Business School in 2011-12. She is a trustee of Carnegie Mellon University and on the Advisory Council of Columbia Medical Cancer Research. She was co-chair of the Women’s Refugee Commission and on the board of Global Fund for Women. Dublon was until the end of 2004 EVP and CFO of JPMorgan Chase. She was on the Fortune list of the 50 most powerful women in business for several years. Born in Brazil, she holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a master’s degree from the Business School at Carnegie Mellon University.

Daniel Jae-Won Lee, executive director, Levi Strauss Foundation

Daniel Jae-Won Lee is the executive director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, which supports pioneering social change in the areas of HIV/AIDS, worker rights and well-being, asset building and social justice in communities touched by Levi Strauss & Co.’s business. During his tenure, the Foundation’s signature initiatives have included Pioneers in Justice (equipping next-generation civil rights leaders in San Francisco to amplify impact through the power of technology and networks) and Improving Worker Well-being (spurring and sustaining partnerships between the company, factories and local partners for social impact). He serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, and Funders Concerned about AIDS, and advisory councils of Astraea Foundation, Global Fund for Women's and Horizons Foundation. Previously, he was senior program officer for Asia Pacific at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. He received his bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton University and master’s degree in divinity from Harvard University.

Muadi Mukenge, program director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Fund for Women

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Muadi Mukenge brings a background in women's health, African politics and economic development and frequently advises donors on their Africa programs. She presents often, including at international conferences and media outlets, and is a recent board member of the African Studies Association and New Field Foundation. She has authored articles and book chapters on women's rights and African development and is active in Congolese and Africa-focused advocacy groups. Since joining the Global Fund in 2004, Mukenge has increased grants in the areas of conflict-prevention, empowerment of rural women, and expansion of grants to French-speaking countries. She has led the deepening of support to the women's movement in the Great Lakes Region (DRC, Burundi, CAR), and facilitated GFW grantee convenings in DRC and throughout Africa. Prior to joining the Global Fund in 2004, she worked at the Pacific Institute for Women's Health, Coro Southern California, and the African Studies Center at UCLA. Mukenge holds a master's degree in African Studies from University of California, Los Angeles and is a member of the UNWomen Civil Society Advisory Group for West and Central Africa.

Eric Nee, managing editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Twitter: @SSIReview

Eric Nee is the managing editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review, published by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, and co-host of the Social Innovation Conversations podcast channel. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry, most of it covering the high-tech industry. Before joining Stanford, Nee was a senior writer for Fortune magazine in the Palo Alto, Calif., bureau. He also helped Time Inc. launch eCompany Now (where he was executive editor), which later merged with Business 2.0. Before joining Fortune, Nee launched Forbes magazine’s Silicon Valley bureau, where he was bureau manager. He also served as editor-in-chief of Upside magazine for close to five years.