Industry Leaders Roundtable Retreat – October 2010

Beverly Willis thanks speakers to her immediate right, respectively, Anne Weisberg, SVP Talent at Deloitte, who spoke about the “Architecture of a Women’s Initiative,” and Carol Frohlinger, co-founder, Negotiating Women, Inc., who spoke on “Negotiating Change”. Both speakers articulated various aspects of making a business case that can create a comprehensive program for a women’s initiative as well as tackling the political strategies needed to change organizational culture.

The inaugural meeting of the Industry Leaders Roundtable took place in October 2010 at the Pocantico Conference Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, located on the grounds of the Rockefeller Estates overlooking the Hudson River near Tarrytown, NY.

The two-day retreat included speaker presentations and group discussions. Smaller breakout groups gathered in quiet corners of the conference center to further discuss business cases and firm-wide plans. To read more about the Roundtable, click here.

Networking and conversation continued during meals. Pocantico Conference Center endeavors to serve locally grown food, including from its own vegetable gardens, and fair trade products. In keeping with the sustainable values of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Center incorporates responsible environmental practices in all aspects of its operation.

BWAF Trustee Claire Weisz and retreat facilitator Nancy Alexander (see image below) walk through the gardens of Kykuit, formerly the country home to four generations of Rockefellers, but now a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Surrounding the house are dramatic hilltop terraces and formal gardens with pavilions, grottos, fountains, and classical sculpture, all designed by noted landscape architect William Welles Bosworth. The Conference Center is a recent adaptive re-use of the estate’s former Carriage Barn.  In addition to accommodating conference guests, the Carriage Barn still houses impressive collections of antique riding equipment and automobiles.

Books pictured to the right are Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success by Carol Frohlinger, JD, Deborah M. Kolb, Ph.D., and Judith Williams, Ph.D.; and Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace With Today’s Nontraditional Workforce by Cathleen Benko and Anne Weisberg.

Photo Credits: BWAFArchive

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