Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Building Our Presence at the Top

While the workforce as a whole is now divided evenly by gender, fewer than 4% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women. This year’s conference will focus on the current status of women in the workplace and will provide networking and personal skills workshops to help women secure, and succeed in, top leadership positions.


Special Keynote Address by

Diane von Furstenberg
Co-Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P.

Diane von Furstenberg first entered the fashion world in 1972 with her iconic wrap dress, the seed of what is today a global fashion lifestyle brand. By 1976, von Furstenberg had sold millions of her dresses, introducing female power and freedom to an entire generation. In 1997, she re-emerged on the New York fashion scene and began rebuilding her company. In 2005, von Furstenberg was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and has been president of the CFDA since 2006. Von Furstenberg is also on the board of Vital Voices, and in 2010 established The DVF Awards to honor the courage of female social activists around the world. In 2012, von Furstenberg was named the most powerful woman in fashion by Forbes Magazine, coming in at #33 on their list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.


Seventeenth Annual Distinguished Alumna Award Recipient
Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi
EMBA '00; Owner, Co-Founder, and CEO, Physique 57

Jennifer Maanavi has been involved in dance from early childhood, having performed many different genres throughout college. As skilled at the barre as she is in business, Jennifer left Morgan Stanley in 2005 to combine her passion for dance with her prowess for running a world-class business. Armed with a strong Wall Street finance background and an MBA from Columbia Business School with high honors, she launched Physique 57 in 2006.


Columbia Women In Business
CWIB is a professional and social organization that strives to provide Columbia Business School women with contacts and resources to assist them in their academic and professional careers. CWIB is committed to working with faculty, administrators, alumnae and the greater business community to promote the role of and to create opportunities for women in business.

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Panels and Speakers
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