San Diego, USA - October 2009
After her selection and successful participation in the Fortune/ US State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership in the USA in May 2009, Palma’s CEO Ms. Tamara Abdel-Jaber was invited to take part and speak at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit that was held in San Diego, USA on September 15th.
The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit is an extraordinary opportunity to spend three days with the most prominent women leaders in business, philanthropy, government, education, and the arts. The premiere gathering of its kind, the Summit is by invitation only and features a unique format: no speeches, all lively panel discussions, on-stage interviews, and interactive breakout sessions. The theme for this year was: Betting on the Future. The Summit discussed ideas about the key challenges—technological, geopolitical, and social—that are reshaping our organizations and our world. The program is built around five pillars: Leadership, Innovation, Finance and the Economy, Global Connections, and The Common Good.
Ms. Abdel-Jaber’s salon was entitled “Global Connections: Extraordinary Mentees Help us Navigate the Developing World”. It addressed some of the key challenges that leaders and entrepreneurs face in developing countries, especially women leaders, and what international investors look for when approaching the markets of the developing countries. Ms. Abdel-Jaber emphasized that investors should do their homework in terms of understanding the local culture, history, customs and religion, to realize successful investment. The session was moderated Pat Mitchell, President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media.
With a record turnout and the lowest cancellation rate ever, in 11 years of convening the Summit (a positive sign for the recovery of the economy), the Summit also have a record number of “list” women; that is, leaders who made the 2009 Most Powerful Women rankings.
Speakers at the Summit included such renowned figures as Carol Bartz – CEO of Yahoo!, Ursula Burns – CEO of XEROX, Warren Buffett – Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Condoleezza Rice – Stanford University, and Sharon Allen – Chairman of the Board at Deloitte.