Women and Men in Global Leadership: Next Steps

Posted by: Doug Bruhnke on Monday, January 1, 2018

At this special event, Global Chamber rolled out an initiative to help leaders identify and capture more new opportunities more effectively in 2018 in our fast-changing world. Companies with a global mindset that are more diverse and gender balanced are more successful - and we shared information on that. Women and men everywhere benefit when companies are more successful., and so we support members to be 'enlightened' in their leadership. That requires nurturing, mentoring, education and continuous adaptation.

Watch the event HERE.

Contact us for more information and to get involved.

It seems only natural that you'd build both a professional and executive team that represent the markets your organization serves. All the better to understand their needs, right? So as your target market becomes more diverse, a talented and diverse team will allow your organization to better keep up with the needs of the market. That works in business, at non-profits and in government.

Implementation requires change, and change can be hard.

Global Chamber® "Enlightened Leaders" offers events, mentorship peer-to-peer advisory support to enable member success in today's dynamic world. And having women and men working together on these issues will accelerate progress.


  • Why Gender Balance and Diversity? - Susan Shultz, The Board Institute
  • Global Best Practices & Inspiration - Melissa Sanderson, Freeport McMoRan
  • Perspectives on the Future of Leadership - Leila Aridi Afas, Toyota
  • Mentoring, Peer-to-Peer Advisory and Events - Doug Bruhnke, Global Chamber 


Leila Aridi Afas, Director of International Public Policy at Toyota Motor, N.A.. In her leadership role at Toyota Motor, Leila collaborates with Toyota's external affairs and corporate strategy teams to help develop and advocate positions on global issues, as well as monitor and report on geopolitical trends impacting the mobility industry by working with Toyota's global consulting firms, think tanks and other organizations. Leila also augments Toyota's government affairs operations in emerging markets, such as Southeast Asia and Latin America, where the company has business operations. She has more than 15 years' experience in international trade and investment, projectdevelopment and finance, government relations and strategic communications. Leila is frequently invited to speak at global business conferences and author articles and other thought pieces. Prior to joining Toyota, she served as an appointee for President Obama at the U.S. Trade and Development (USTDA).

Susan Shultz, President & Founder of SSA Executive Search and The Board Institute. Susan founded SSA Executive Search International, Ltd. in 1981, and has conducted senior level searches nationally and internationally, specializing in building and structuring corporate boards. She is recognized as a leading expert in corporate governance. She authored the highly acclaimed The Board Book, Making Your Corporate Board a Strategic Force in your Company’s Success (AMACOM) and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, USA Today, Strategic Finance, the Economist, CFO Magazine and numerous other media. She also leads the Global Board Practice for INAC Executive Search Worldwide (43 countries), helping public and private companies build better boards of directors. 

Melissa Sanderson, Vice President of International Affairs at Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold. Melissa was previously a political counselor at the United States’ Department of State, where she was a Political Officer and Charge d'Affairs at the US Embassy in the Congo. She also worked as a corporate investment advisor at Fifth Third Bank. Melissa has a B.A. in Economics, a B.A. in English Literature and an MBA degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


"Gender inequality is a pressing moral and social issue. There's an incredible opportunity ahead of us if we empower women, promote inclusion across all industries and remove barriers for female entrepreneurs."

~ John T. Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco


"The best companies have more gender balance, diversity and global mindset, and so we're helping members get 'there' faster and be more successful."

~ Doug Bruhnke, CEO/founder of Global Chamber®


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