WASHINGTON, Oct 22, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- On Friday, October 23, The Committee of 200 (C200) will pay tribute to four women credited with changing the face of business: Margery Kraus, Founder & Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide; Sandra E. Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson; Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code; and Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy. Each honoree will receive a C200 Luminary Award at a private ceremony at The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC.
C200 is a financially vetted, invitation-only, global organization composed of the world's most successful female entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. The organization's primary mission is to foster, celebrate and advance women's leadership in business. C200 and its programming supports women at every point of their education and career development, from high school to the board room, helping to cultivate a pipeline of powerful future female business leaders to ensure that women will continue to play increasingly significant and visible leadership roles. Collectively, C200 member companies generate more than $1.4 trillion in annual revenues.
“The Luminary Awards are so important to our organization, because they give us the chance to honor amazing women who are taking the business world by storm,” said Gay Gaddis, Chair of C200 and founder and CEO of T3, the largest woman-owned advertising agency in the nation. “By recognizing the accomplishments of these remarkable women, C200 is furthering its mission to provide inspiration for current and future generations of women in business.”
“The C200 Foundation is privileged to present this year’s awards to four women who have achieved outstanding success and extraordinary accomplishments in their fields,” said Roz Alford, chair of The Committee of 200 Foundation and Principal and Owner of ASAP Solutions Group. “Each woman represents a different area of importance to C200, its members and our sponsors including entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, education and skills training and the promotion of women's achievement in STEM fields.”
Entrepreneurial Champion, Presented by EY Winner: C200 member, Margery Kraus, Founder & Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide
Margery Kraus is the founder and executive chairman of APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. that specializes in public affairs, communication and business consulting for major multinationals. Margery founded APCO in 1984 and transformed it from a company with one small Washington office to an international consulting firm in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. In September 2004, Margery led a management buy-out of her firm, making APCO one of the largest privately owned communication and public affairs firms in the world.
Prior to starting APCO, Margery assisted in the creation and development of the Close Up Foundation, a multi-million dollar educational foundation sponsored in part by the United States Congress. In addition to serving on the organization’s board of directors, Margery is chairman of the board of the Women Presidents’ Organization and a trustee of Northwestern Mutual Life, the Arthur W. Page Society, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, the Institute for Public Relations and American University. She also sits on the advisory board of Enterprising Women magazine and the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as the steering committee of the school’s Center for Executive Women.
Margery holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in political science and public law from the American University.
EY is proud to sponsor the C200 Entrepreneurial Champion Award. The growth in women-owned businesses reflects a new breed of dynamism, confidence and diversity that is changing the face of the US economy. The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, which helps high-potential women entrepreneurs scale rapidly, is one way EY demonstrates its commitment to the growth and success of this market. Additionally, awards such as EY Entrepreneur Of The Year recognize the impact these role models have on our communities and the economy at large. EY seeks to advance women across all spectrums through our Women. Fast forward platform, an accelerator which employs our collective knowledge, experiences and convening power to push ourselves further and to help accelerate global gender parity.
Corporate Innovator, presented by U.S. Trust Winner: C200 member, Sandra E. Peterson, Group Worldwide Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
Sandra (Sandi) E. Peterson is Group Worldwide Chairman for Johnson & Johnson, the world’s largest healthcare company, where she is playing a leading role in transforming the company. Sandi’s portfolio includes the company’s global operating infrastructure, multiple consumer-facing businesses, which generate revenues of approximately $20 billion, and key enterprise initiatives designed to spur innovation and accelerate growth. Sandi leads organizations that include over two thirds of Johnson & Johnson’s workforce and is at the forefront of Johnson & Johnson’s efforts to transform healthcare using technology and design-thinking to create breakthrough solutions for patients, consumers and providers.
Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Sandi had an extensive global career in healthcare, life sciences, consumer goods and consulting. Most recently, she was Chairman and CEO of Bayer CropScience AG in Germany and has held a number of leadership roles at Medco Health Solutions (previously Merck-Medco), Nabisco, Whirlpool Corporation and McKinsey and Company, Inc.
Sandi is a member of the board of directors of The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, belongs to Women’s Forum and C200 and serves on the Rutberg & Company Wireless Influencers 2015 Board of Advisors. She also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania as well as the Institute of Advanced Study, and has served as Chairman of the Board of EcoHealth Alliance. Sandi has been nominated to serve on the board of Directors of Microsoft Corporation.
Sandi holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.P.A. from Princeton University.
U.S. Trust is honored to partner with the C200 and present its 2015 Corporate Innovator Luminary Award. Recognizing that lasting legacies come from imagination, insight, and careful consideration, U.S. Trust shares your vision and empowers women to inspire future generations. Outstanding trailblazer, Sandra Peterson, exemplifies excellence in strategic innovation and corporate leadership, we and the members of C200 salute you.
Skills to Succeed Champion, presented by Accenture Winner: Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and prepare young women for jobs of the future. In her groundbreaking new book, Women Who Don't Wait in Line, Reshma advocates for a new model of female leadership focused on embracing risk and failure, promoting mentorship and sponsorship and boldly charting your own course both personally and professionally.
After years of working as an attorney and supporting the Democratic party as an activist and fundraiser, Reshma left her private sector career behind and surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman in the country to run for Congress, seeking a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in New York's 14th congressional district. Following the highly publicized race, Reshma stayed true to her passion for public service, becoming Deputy Public Advocate of New York City and most recently running a spirited campaign for Public Advocate on a platform of creating educational and economic opportunities for women and girls, immigrants and those who have been sidelined in the political process. A true political entrepreneur, Reshma has been fearless in her efforts to disrupt both politics and technology to create positive change.
Reshma is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Yale Law School.
Accenture’s partnership with Girls Who Code reflects the company’s commitment to supporting the professional goals and aspirations of its more than 130,000 women worldwide, providing an environment and culture that empowers them to create their own paths for professional and personal success. In the U.S., women represent half of the country’s workforce, but hold just 25 percent of the jobs in technical or computing fields. To help close this gap, Accenture teams with Girls Who Code to inspire, educate and equip young women with computing and professional skills that enable them to pursue technology careers. The company recently signed Girls Who Code’s Hire Me pledge, which aims to place graduates of its coding programs in jobs at top tech companies, including Accenture. Accenture’s support for Girls Who Code is part of its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, which is equipping more than 3 million people around the world with the skills to get a job or build a business. Accenture is honored to present the C200 Skills to Succeed Champion Luminary Award to Reshma Saujani.
STEM Innovator, presented by a coalition of C200 Members and their Companies Winner: Megan Smith, United States Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President focusing on how technology policy, data and innovation can advance the future of our nation.
Megan is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer and tech evangelist. She most recently served as a Vice President at Google, first leading New Business Development and later serving as a VP in the leadership team at Google[x]. During her tenure she led the company’s acquisitions of major platforms and served as GM of Google.org during its engineering transition.
Megan previously served as CEO of PlanetOut, a leading LGBT online community in the early days of the web and was part of designing early smartphone technologies at General Magic. She also worked on multimedia products at Apple Japan and has served on the boards of MIT, MIT Media Lab, MIT Technology Review, and Vital Voices; as a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid; and as an advisor to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the Malala Fund, which she co-founded.
Megan holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, where she completed her master's thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.
The C200 STEM Innovator Award is sponsored by a coalition of C200 members and their companies who are dedicated to promoting and supporting women's achievement in STEM fields. Collectively, we are honored to recognize and shine a light on trailblazers, like our 2015 recipient Megan Smith, who have fearlessly changed the face of business and set a shining example for young women everywhere.
The Committee of 200 (C200) is a not-for-profit, invitation-only membership organization including more than 450 of the world's most successful female corporate executives and entrepreneurs. C200 member companies generate more than $1.4 trillion in annual revenues. By sharing their success, C200 members are supporting and advancing future generations of women leaders worldwide.
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