Past Event

2014 Panel Discussion
Insights for Men & Women: Male Champions for Women's Leadership

Moderated by Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D. and Katina Sawyer, Ph.D.*

Men have a critical role to play as agents of change in women’s leadership. Many organizations now have “male champions,” that is, men who are informally known throughout the organization for their skill in developing women leaders.

In this 75-minute panel discussion and Q&A from the audience, hear “male champions” from leading organizations answer questions about their roles in women’s leadership development. Both men and women are encouraged to attend so please bring any male bosses, mentors or other colleagues who are interested in:

  • Strategies and tips to become a male champion for women’s leadership
  • How to transform their teams and organizations to achieve better overall result
  • How to influence other stakeholders to create more equitable workplaces


November 11, 2014
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EST


Morgan Stanley
31 West 52nd Street
24th Floor
New York, NY 10019


$40.00 USD


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Anna Marie Valerio;

Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D.
Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D. is a consultant specializing in executive coaching and leadership development. Dr. Valerio is the author of two books on leadership, published by Wiley: Developing Women Leaders: A Guide for Men and Women in Organizations and Executive Coaching: A Guide for the HR Professional (co-authored with Robert J. Lee).

Katina Sawyer

Katina Sawyer, Ph.D.
Katina Sawyer, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Villanova University in the Graduate Program in Human Resource Development, within the Psychology department. Her work on diversity and leadership has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and she has presented extensively at conferences throughout the country.

Nicolas Donofrio

Nicholas M. Donofrio
Nicholas Donofrio is an IBM veteran who held the coveted positions of Executive Vice President Innovation and Technology, and was also selected as an IBM fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. Most recently, he was a member of the Prime Minister of Taiwan’s Science and Technology Advisory Board, a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and co-chair for the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board.

Gerald Ferrante

Gerald J. Ferrante
Gerald has been with Morgan Stanley for approximately 29 years and is currently running one of the most well-respected stand-alone Complexes in the industry as its Complex Manager. Gerry has served on the Branch Manager Council, National Recruiting Council, Fixed Income Advisory Board, the firm’s Legal Advisory Board, and as a FINRA arbitrator. He was named one of the top 100 Wall Street Managers by On Wall Street Magazine in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Gregory Fleming

Gregory J. Fleming
Gregory J. Fleming is the President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and President of Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He also serves as a member of the Morgan Stanley Operating Committee. Mr. Fleming is a governor of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a director of Colgate University, a member of the Board of Advisors for the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, a Director on Turn 2 Foundation Board, a Trustee for the Rippowam-Cisqua School in Bedford, NY, and a Trustee at Deerfield Academy.

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