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The Great Comeback (Mobilize Women Week Feature)


We’re coming back and we want this new world to not just be good, but be better than what we could have imagined. What will it take to turn around?

Wed, Jun 23, 2021 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EDT

For over a year there has been speculation about the new normal and what the world will look like post-pandemic. Now that the end is in sight, it’s an opportunity to reevaluate the way things have always been, and come back stronger than ever before.

What will it take to turn around the effects of the pandemic? How can you help the thousands of women who left the workforce come back? Have we learned to better value essential workers?

Did the loneliness epidemic and culture of stress reach their peak? Did we finally shatter the division between work and life, and find more authentic versions of ourselves that show our flaws?

Let’s discuss candidly what it means to be in business after 2020 - the ups, downs, the struggles and the innovations - and how to turn the corner on a better way to rebuild.

  • Get a clear perspective on what it will take to turn around the effects of the pandemic on the economy and what this means for your business.
  • Use your social capital to ensure that challenges that became evident in 2020 — the pervasiveness of racism, the loneliness epidemic, the inequity in healthcare, undervaluation of unpaid labor and essential workers — don’t fade away into the background.
  • Know what direction to take in the coming months and prepare for the recovery.

More on our Speakers in The Great Comeback

Aletha Maybank, Chief Health Equity Officer And Group Vice President, American Medical Association, has prioritized equity and access to healthcare for all patients. Her work launching and leading the Center for Health Equity, a division in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, led to transforming the culture of public health in the City by embedding equity in all of the DHMH’s work, capturing the attention of the CDC and the WHO.

COVID-19 has exposed health inequities that have always existed, Maybank said. But when US Government data omitted the disease's impact on Black, Hispanic, and Native American communities, she advocated for a change. “You can't fix something that you don't measure”, she said. Maybank helped organize an appeal to the Trump administration by the AMA and other health organizations to fill “the tremendous gaps” in the data, and now many more states are collecting data on how COVID-19 has hit these marginalized groups especially hard. (

Deborah Borg, Chief Human Resources & Communications Officer, Bunge, has lived and worked on three continents. She was previously President at Dow US and now leads communications and human resources for Bunge — a global agribusiness and food company with a 200-year history and one big purpose: to feed the world.

Shamina Singh, President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and Sustainability, Mastercard, has been on the frontlines of developing and implementing solutions to make the global economy work for everyone, everywhere, for more than 20 years. She leads the Center for Inclusive Growth, the philanthropic hub of Mastercard, to leverage the company’s technology, data, capital, and expertise for social impact. Prior to her work in the private sector, Shamina held senior positions in the White House and the US House of Representatives.

A vocal, out leader, Shamina believes in the importance of bringing yourself to work in order to thrive.

“As out women, we’ve had to overcome challenges that our colleagues may not have had to deal with. We have a level of fearlessness, resilience, and grit as a result. And those are attributes that add a lot of value to our workplaces.”

“I think private sector leaders who believe in and understand social impact have the opportunity to step into some of the spaces where governments are looking for help. To lead with authenticity, and provide some stability. When multinational companies understand the mutually beneficial relationship between profitability and sustainability, they have an opportunity to use important and powerful resources to solve big problems.”

“The only way we’re going to achieve inclusive growth is by building a more connected world where everyone has equal access to a better life,” says Singh.

Caroline Fairchild, Editor at Large, LinkedIn News, LinkedIn, became one of the most respected voices on women in business after founding The Broadsheet, the daily newsletter of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women franchise. In her newsletter, Working Together, Caroline writes write about how the American workplace is transforming in a digital and diverse age.

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Full Agenda

This past year, there’s been a spotlight on the many flaws within our society.

While it’s no secret that the world has never been fair, the pandemic showed how broken our healthcare, economic and justice systems really are.

It’s time to re-evaluate priorities, re-imagine and re-build a new equitable world.

At Mobilize Women Week, your perspectives will be challenged at one of our daily feature sessions. At Roundtables, Mentoring Meetups, and Workshops throughout the week, you’ll find a safe space to process what you heard among your peers in at least one of our five programs.

We deserve a better world, and we can make it a reality - together.

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Kristy Wallace
Kristy Wallace

New York, NY

CEO at Ellevate Network

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Maricella Herrera Avila

VP Operations & Strategy at Ellevate Network

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