May 7, 2015
Vancouver, Canada

Organizers

Lisa Wolverton, Chair
The Next Billion: Women and the Economy of the Future

Lisa Wolverton is a co-owner of Wolverton Securities Ltd, a family-owned brokerage firm in Vancouver, Canada. Congruently, she is also involved in the operations of the Pacific Investment Corporation, a family-owned, private real estate holdings and investment company.

Lisa is an active philanthropist and advocate of women and children. She is the Founder and President of the small, Canadian non-profit, Generation i. Generation i provides funding to small community-based organizations geared to facilitating projects that directly improve the lives of women and children in critical states of need.

Lisa has recently formed a new initiative—Women in the Economy Ltd.—to create a platform for global C-Suite-level business leaders to engage in a candid, results-oriented set of discussions that will focus not only on the challenges they face in today’s economy, but also on the sharing of pragmatic approaches to these problems, many of which involve rethinking the role of women in the global economy. This iniative will be formally launched at the The Next Billion: Women and the Economy of the Future conference in May, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.

Lisa serves on the board of UNICEF Canada. She is also acting as the Managing Director of the Wolverton Foundation, a small private family foundation dedicated to elevating exposure to the arts and facilitating artistic programs for those children who would otherwise be excluded from these opportunities.

She also sits on the Presidents Council of the International Crisis Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing and resolving deadly conflict and is a member of the Institute of Philanthrophy in London, England.


 

Eric S. Nonacs, Senior Advisor
The Next Billion: Women and the Economy of the Future

Eric Nonacs is an independent consultant who focuses on building results-oriented collaborations among and between the private sector, governments, philanthropic actors, and NGOs to address global challenges such as climate change, pandemic disease, poverty, and economic inequality. Until recently, Eric was the Vice President for Alliances and Partnerships at the Skoll Global Threats Fund.

Previously, Eric was the Managing Director for Global Affairs at Endeavour Financial, a merchant bank based in Vancouver, Canada. Concurrently, he served as a Senior Advisor to the William J. Clinton Foundation (a position he still holds). From June 2002 until August 2007, he was the Foreign Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Throughout his career, Eric has developed organizations and programs supporting sustainable economic and social development, conflict resolution, increased access to health services, food security, and climate change mitigation across Africa, Europe, North America, and Latin America.

Eric holds an AB from the University of Chicago, an MA from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from New York University. He is the Chairman of Building Markets, the President of the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (Canada), and an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative. Eric is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


 

Sue Bauman, Committee Member
The Next Billion: Women and the Economy of the Future

Sue Bauman has close to forty years’ service both as a professional and volunteer in the non-profit sector. In June of 2012, her passion for the advancement of the rights of women and children in legal and social systems was recognized and a fund was established in her name to support prevention and intervention services for women and children who are victims of violence. Sue continues to champion increasing evidence that demonstrates the economic empowerment of women leads to a reduction in domestic violence.

Sue’s past achievements in British Columbia include six years as the Executive Director of Family Services of the North Shore, the implementation of the first transition house in Kelowna, the development of the Court watch Program, the implementation of the Domestic Violence Project, the implementation of the award winning I hope family centre, and the development of Jessie’s Legacy, a provincial program for the prevention of eating disorders.

Sue is an active volunteer. She served six years as a BC Government appointment to the Vancouver Police Board and is currently a Board member of the Wolverton Family Foundation, which is dedicated to elevating the exposure of children across British Columbia to the arts and facilitating artistic programs for those who would otherwise be excluded from these opportunities. She also serves on the Board of Generation i Foundation, which provides global funding to small community-based organizations to facilitate projects that directly improve the lives of vulnerable children.

Why This Issue?

Societies and companies, in particular, can—and must—integrate women economically if they are to remain competitive in the longer term. Why? It pays dividends, and some of the most influential companies in the world are paying attention. Unilever has opened markets and increased sales in India through female sales forces. Walmart has understood the benefits of including women in their supply chains. Coca Cola will be engaging over 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020 to increase market share. Over the next decade, the economic impact of women will be at least as significant as that of China and India’s respective 1 billion plus populations. Simply put investing in women—in the work force, supply chains, and as consumers—is good business, and those firms that learn how to operationalize this understanding will be poised to thrive in the coming years. Learn more

Why should you attend?

This unique gathering will bring together senior-level corporate leaders from throughout Canada, United States, Europe and Asia to discuss practical ways in which women-- as consumers and employees, entrepreneurs and executives--are critical to the continuing success of companies in today’s competitive, international economy. Learn more

Why is this conference unique?

There is no shortage of evidence to suggest that focusing on innovative ways to address the challenges faced by women and girls will lead to better health and education systems, and safer, stronger communities for all people living in the developing and developed world. This conference will devote its primary focus to the economic potential of the next billion women on the planet.

While most discussions of women and girls understandably focus on the social and health benefits of greater inclusiveness, relatively less time has been dedicated to the important question of the critical role that women—as customers and employees, executives and entrepreneurs—are currently playing in transforming the global economy. A number of the world’s largest companies are moving beyond rhetoric and recognizing the link between the economic engagement of women and the bottom line. We believe that this issue will only be taken seriously by the private sector when it informs day-to-day business operations and is grounded in the unsentimental realities of the balance sheet. Learn more