Past Event

The 2011 New York Census The State of Women Business Leaders in New York State


Thursday, November 3, 2011


7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.


7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
Registration, Networking, and Breakfast

8:00 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.
Presentation of the New York Census Results

8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.
Panelist Discussion


Central Park Room
Bank of America Tower

One Bryant Park, 42nd Street and 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10036




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Gwenn Car

Gwenn Carr
Executive Vice President
Office of the Chairman MetLife, Inc.

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Sonia Dulá

Sonia Dulá, GCIB
Vice Chairman for Latin America GCIB

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Joyce Roche

Joyce Roché
Board member of AT&T Inc., Macy's Inc., Tupperware Brands, and the Association of Governing Boards.

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Speakers' Bios


Gwenn Carr
Executive Vice President, Office of the Chairman MetLife, Inc.

Gwenn L. Carr is executive vice president, Office of the Chairman, for MetLife, Inc. In addition to serving as chief of staff for MetLife's chairman of the Board, C. Robert Henrikson, Carr is responsible for the Company's shareholder services, corporate communications, executive services and corporate contributions organizations. She also is chairman of the board of MetLife Foundation.

In addition to providing counsel to MetLife's Chairman, Carr also has worked closely with MetLife's board of directors over the course of her more than 12 year tenure at MetLife to provide counsel and direction regarding strategic, communications and corporate governance initiatives, including CEO succession and executive management transition. She also is the executive sponsor of MetLife's issues management council, a cross-functional team of senior-level MetLife managers that identifies potential reputation risks and the effectiveness of controls to mitigate their impact on the company. Carr joined MetLife as corporate secretary in 1999, a position she held until 2009 when she became a member of MetLife's executive group and assumed additional responsibilities. She was named chief of staff in 2007.

Prior to joining MetLife, Carr served as vice president, secretary and associate general counsel of ITT Corporation. She joined ITT in 1988 as senior counsel, corporate development, providing legal advice with respect to ITT's corporate acquisitions, divestures and mergers before being elected vice president and secretary of ITT in 1990.

Carr also has been a member of the law departments of AT&T and American Natural Resources Company. At both companies, in addition to providing legal advice with respect to corporate governance matters, Carr was responsible for providing counsel on corporate finance transactions, acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances, as well as compliance with federal securities laws. She also served as vice president and secretary of American Natural. Earlier in her career, she served as an assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Carr is a member of the board of directors of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, The New School for Public Engagement, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Corporate Governance Institute at the University of Delaware. She is a former director of the Lawyers Alliance for New York, a former member of the IRRC Advisory Board and a former chairman of the Investor Responsibility Research Center. Carr also is a former chairman of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries and a former president of the Stockholder Relations Society of New York. She previously was a director of the YWCA of the City of New York and the United Way of New York City. Carr is a graduate of Michigan State University and the MSU College of Law.

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Sonia Dulá, GCIB
Vice Chairman for Latin America GCIB

Sonia Dulá is the recently appointed Head of Global Wealth Management for Latin America and Canada.

Ms. Dulá began her career at Goldman Sachs, where she held a number of senior positions,covering Southern European corporate and government clients, Latin America Equity Capital Markets and Latin America Private Equity. She led several large-scale privatizations such as Telefonica, Endesa and Repsol of Spain, Credito Italiano and San Paolo di Torino of Italy, and Telmex of Mexico. Other landmark IPOs include Televisa, GEO and Genomma of Mexico, Anhanguera, Hypermarcas and Santander of Brazil.

After 10 years at Goldman Sachs, and before joining Merrill Lynch, Ms. Dulá was the CEO of Grupo Latino de Radio. Prior to that, she ran Telemundo Studios Mexico. She was also founder of one of Brazil's top Internet Service Providers, Internet Group of Brazil (IG).

Ms. Dulá graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Harvard University and received an MBA degree from Stanford. She was born in Mexico and raised in Brazil.

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Joyce Roché
Boardmember of AT&T Inc., Macy's Inc., Tupperware Brands, and the Association of Governing Boards.

As a trailblazer in the corporate world for 25 years, Joyce Roché mentored women by encouraging them to find their voices and take bold career risks to excel. Her vision for empowered businesswomen carried over into her work on behalf of girls when in 2000, she assumed the role of President and CEO of Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Before joining Girls Inc., Joyce served as president and chief operating officer of Carson Products Company, and vice president of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc. During her tenure at Carson, an African American personal care company, sales increased over 130 percent. While at Avon, Joyce broke new ground by becoming Avon's first African American female vice president, the first African American vice president of marketing, and the company's first vice president of global marketing.

Joyce has received widespread acclaim for her achievements in the business world: In 1998, Business Week selected her as one of the Top Managers to Watch, and in 1997 she was featured on the cover of Fortune. In 1991 and 1994 respectively, Black Enterprise named Roché one of the 21 Women of Power and Influence in Corporate America and one of the 40 Most Powerful Black Executives. In 2006, she received the Legacy Award during Black Enterprise magazine's Women of Power Summit, and in 2007, she received the Distinguished Alumna Award from Columbia University Women in Business.

Joyce is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She has successfully completed Stanford University's Senior Executive Program and holds honorary doctorate degrees from Dillard University and North Adams State College. She currently sits on the board of directors of AT&T Inc., Macy's Inc., Tupperware Brands, and the Association of Governing Boards. She is the chair of the board of trustees for Dillard University and has served on the boards of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Girls Inc., and The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

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