5th Annual Women in Global Leadership with Mayor Kate Gallego

Posted by: Yvonne Luker - Global Chamber on Saturday, September 26, 2020

Global Chamber® "Women in Global Leadership" events began 5 years ago in the early days of Global Chamber® in San Francisco and Phoenix. For this the 2020 metro Phoenix event, we were pleased 5 years later that the co-developer of the idea, Jaime Daddona of Squire Patton Boggs was one of the illustrious panel of leaders this year in 2020. Thank you, Jaime!

Watch the event HERE.

We were honored to feature Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego at the 5th 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 PHX to assist 12 regional companies to reach new clients around the world. What a great start!

At this year's event we were also honored to welcome a panel of global leaders to share their views on this important topic! And per our approach we always have a man on the panel to address the challenges and opportunities from a male perspective. Thank you Dean Sanjeev Khagram for being that male leader! Thank you Elizabeth Fretheim of Nikola Corporation and Laura Franco French of the City of Phoenix for your 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 you'll find the insights helpful to make more progress in your career, company and circle of influence.

Some of the highlights this year...

  • Mayor Gallego shared what she learned through the process of landing TSMC.
  • Co-moderator Mel Sanderson had enlightening insights on the Mayor's leadership!
  • Women CEO in America's top 3000 firms have doubled in 10 years... up to (only) 6%!
  • Top country in the world with the highest number of women top executives? Thailand! 30%.
  • Women-led businesses in the US would combine to be the 5th largest company in the world.

Special thanks to our sponsors...


00:00 – Multi-Metro Globinar begins


  • Mayor Kate Gallego - City of Phoenix
  • Jamie Daddona - Partner at Squire Patton Boggs
  • Elizabeth Fretheim - Head of Business Development at Nikola Corporation
  • Sanjeev Khagram - Dean & Director General of Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Laura Franco French - Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor at City of Phoenix


  • Mel Sanderson - Melissa Sanderson Consulting
  • Doug Bruhnke - Global Chamber®

00:30 – Q&A Session

01:15 - End


Speaker Bios

Mayor Kate Gallego has spent her career working to find solutions to complex problems. Prior to being elected as Mayor, she served for five years as the City Councilwoman for District 8, a large district covering much of South Phoenix. Her record of proven results includes leading the campaign to pass Phoenix's citywide transportation plan through 2050 and working to ensure equal pay for equal work. 

While on the council, Mayor Gallego helped make Phoenix a leader in job creation and worked with police and firefighters to improve public safety and make neighborhoods more secure.

In March 2019, Mayor Gallego became the second elected female Mayor in Phoenix history and the youngest big-city Mayor in the United States. Mayor Gallego is passionate about building a Phoenix that works for everyone, including her two-year-old son, Michael, and she led the effort to partner with AARP to make Phoenix a city where seniors can thrive. She believes everyone should have access to cutting edge medical care and has led on expanding Phoenix's biomedical campus. Mayor Gallego is working to grow the city's economy, create jobs, and stand up for the city's core values.

Prior to being elected Mayor to the city that she loves, Mayor Gallego worked on Strategic Planning and Economic Development for the utility company, Salt River Project. She worked to attract new companies and jobs to Phoenix. Mayor Gallego graduated from Harvard University and earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Jaime Daddona - Partner at Squire Patton Boggs. Jaime Daddona counsels public and privately held companies and focuses her practice on business and finance transactions, including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investment, corporate governance matters, stockholder relations matters, securities offerings and restructurings.

Jaime has a diverse transactional and corporate counseling practice representing clients in strategic transactions, working closely with boards of directors and senior managers on governance matters, managing debt and equity investments, and drafting and negotiating supply, distribution and other commercial agreements. Jaime's transactions regularly involve cross-border, multi-disciplinary teams that leverage the strengths of our worldwide platform.


Elizabeth Fretheim - Nikola Corporation. Elizabeth is the Head of Business Development for Nikola Motor Company where she develops strategic transition plans to help fleet customers evolve to a zero-emission future with hydrogen fuel-cell and battery-electric vehicles.  

Prior to Nikola, Fretheim served as Senior Director of Sustainability for Walmart and was responsible for the sustainability efforts of the supply chain division, which represented over 200 distribution centers and was the third largest private trucking fleet in the United States. Before joining Walmart, Fretheim lived in Calgary, Canada, and oversaw all business development efforts for technology, facility management, and power generation companies. Her experience spans the spectrum of operational sustainability including alternative energy, efficiency, autonomous vehicles, building design and technologies, packaging, water, waste and recycling, and supplier engagement. Under Fretheim’s leadership, Walmart doubled their fleet efficiency from 2005-2015, saving the company $1 billion annually, earning the company the Green Fleet of the Year award in 2017. In 2016, Fleet Owner added Fretheim to the Dozen Outstanding Women in Trucking and she was also one of three finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Women in Logistics award. 

Fretheim has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and gained an interest and appreciation for sustainability through her work in the remote Northern regions of Canada with the Aboriginal people.


Sanjeev Khagram - Dean and Director General of Thunderbird School of Global Management. Sanjeev is a world-renowned scholar and practitioner in the areas of globalization, transnationalism, leadership, strategic management, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, cross-sector innovation, public-private partnerships, inter-organizational networks, good governance, transparency, the global political economy, sustainable development, human security, and the data revolution. He holds a bachelor's in development studies and engineering, a master's degree and doctoral degree minor in economics and doctorate in political economy, all from Stanford.

Dean Khagram most recently led the establishment of the cross-sectoral Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and International Open Data Charter. He also previously founded and was the architect of the multi-stakeholder Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT). Khagram was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and authored UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s Report on the Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis in 2009. He was dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Foundation and Trust from 2003-2005, and he was Senior Policy and Strategy Director at the World Commission on Dams where he was the lead writer of the Commission’s widely acclaimed Final Report from 1998-2000. Khagram also founded and led Innovations for Scaling Impact – a global enterprise from 2007-2012.

Dean Khagram was the John Parke Young Professor of Global Political Economy, Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College from 2012–18. He was previously a Professor and the Founding Director of the Center for International Development at the University of Washington. From 2008–10, he held the Wyss Visiting Professorship at the Harvard Business School. Khagram was an Associate (and Assistant) Professor at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government and Visiting Professor at Stanford University’s Institute of International Studies between 1998–2005. He has also taught in numerous universities around the world including the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Central European University (Hungary). 

Dean Khagram has published widely including: "Dams and Development," (Cornell University Press); "Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks and Norms" (University of Minnesota Press); "The Transnational Studies Reader" (Routledge Press); "Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability" (Brookings Press). In addition, he's authored "Inequality and Corruption" in the American Journal of Sociology; "Future Architectures of Global Governance" in Global Governance, "Environment and Security" in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, “Social Balance Sheets” in Harvard Business Review, “Evidence for Development Effectiveness” in the Journal of Development Effectiveness, and “Towards a Platinum Standard for Evidence-Based Assessment,” in Public Administration Review.

Dean Khagram has worked extensively with global start-ups, corporations, governments, civil society groups, multilateral organizations, cross-sectoral action networks, public-private partnerships, foundations, professional associations and universities all over the world from the local to the international levels. He has lived and worked for extended periods in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Germany and the United Kingdom. Khagram is of Asian Indian heritage, a Hindu, and a refugee from Idi Amin’s Uganda, which brought him to the United States in 1973 via refugee camps in Italy.  He is the proud father of two sons.

Laura Franco French - Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Mayor at City of Phoenix.
Laura is senior policy advisor to Mayor Kate Gallego at City of Phoenix. She is skilled in International Relations, Communications, Policy Analysis and Legislative Relations. She is an experienced business development professional with a MS in Journalism from Columbia University and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Full biography to follow.





Moderator 1: Melissa (Mel) Sanderson - President at Mel Sanderson Consulting. Mel is founder and President at Mel Sanderson Consulting, leading Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, Government and Public Relations and Effective Management in a Global Context. She has a 20-year diplomatic career and deep and wide international business experience. She speaks 7 languages, fluent in 3. Previously Mel was Vice President of International Affairs at Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold. Before that she was 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.


Moderator 2: Doug Bruhnke - Founder/CEO of Global Chamber®. Doug is a global entrepreneur dedicated to helping members of Global Chamber® successfully reach new markets across 525 metros - everywhere! He is a two-time expat with Dupont in Tokyo and Singapore with over 30 years of global business experience in nearly all countries and segments. Doug is also regional advisor for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and a member of Arizona District Export Council, British American Business Council of Northern California and more. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Utah and an EMBA from Michigan State University, and is co-inventor on 5 patents. Doug was born in Mt. Kisco, New York and now is based in Scottsdale, Arizona and Palo Alto, California. Hear the Global Chamber® story here.


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