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Driving Equity and Inclusion for Women in a Post-Covid World

Thursday, March 24, 2021

9-11am ET | 1pm GMT | 3pm SAST | 9pm SGT

Free with registration

Covid-19 has caused significant pain and suffering across the globe, but has disproportionately impacted women — and specifically women of color. Many have lost their jobs and businesses or left the workforce entirely, erasing years of progress towards gender equality. It is in this environment that we ask: Why are women bearing the brunt of the pandemic and how can we change this? 

We believe the Covid-19 crisis presents an opportunity to accelerate positive change for women in the workplace and society at large. On March 24, we will convene a global dialogue of business leaders and changemakers to examine the fundamentals of the crisis facing women and to seek answers to improve outcomes for women in the wake of Covid-19. 

This two-hour high impact virtual event will feature insights from global thought leaders and executives from top companies, including mother-daughter duo Deborah Grayson Riegel and Sophie Riegel on overcoming anxiety in the workplace and Chief Diversity Officer at GM Telva McGruder on how we can improve diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations.


Deborah Grayson Riegel


Sophie Riegel


Co-authors of Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life

Hear from a panel of human capital leaders on how and why women have been impacted by Covid-19 and the long-term implications for business

Discover why empowering women makes business sense and how we can create space for women leaders in business

Gather new insights from female leaders and women on the frontlines of change on their visions for the future

Gain perspectives from male and female leaders on allyship and the role men must play in collaborating with, sponsoring and supporting women in the workplace

Learn from keynote speakers Deborah and Sophie Riegel on overcoming anxiety and empowering ourselves with tools and communication to uplift women in the workplace 

Don’t miss your chance to attend this impactful event!

More about the speakers

Deborah Grayson Riegel

Deborah is a keynote speaker, executive coach, and consultant who teaches leadership communication for Duke Corporate Education, Wharton Business School, Columbia Business School’s Women in Leadership Program, and the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University.

She writes for Harvard Business Review, Inc., Psychology Today, Forbes, and Fast Company, and has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, Oprah Magazine, and The New York Times. She is the author of “Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life” and consults and speaks for clients including Amazon, BlackRock, KraftHeinz, PepsiCo, and The United States Army.

Sophie Riegel

Sophie Riegel is a sophomore at Duke University who first discovered she had a mental illness in 7th grade. She is now a professional author and speaker. She is the author of “Don’t Tell Me To Relax: One Teen’s Journey to Survive Anxiety (And How You Can Too),” and “Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life”.

Sophie is a mental health advocate who also has four different mental illnesses. She speaks openly about her experiences and has been featured on the Tamron Hall Show, Thrive Global, the Times of Israel, PsychCentral, and more. She recently recorded her first TED Talk about mental health stigma and looks forward to writing her third book in the near future.