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IAOP Chapter: Women Empowerment

Webinar held June 21, 2018

The IAOP Women Empowerment Chapter co-chaired by The Avasant Foundation, HCL, HGS, Newmark Knight Frank, NeoGroup, VXI and Softtek held a webinar on June 21, 2018 at 1:00 EDT on the topic of:
Reaching Our Leadership Potential: Gender Equality in an Interconnected World

This webinar discussed the critical linkage between gender equality and global innovation, security, and prosperity. Common obstacles for women, male allies, and organizations to achieve gender equality goals and the transformative role of networks for women’s empowerment and leadership.


Jolynn Shoemaker

Jolynn Shoemaker has focused on international gender equality and women's leadership for almost two decades, and currently is a consultant and writer on these issues. She is a Fellow at the Our Secure Future: Women Make the Difference program of the One Earth Future, where she promotes women in decision-making and gender analysis in global peace and security and recently co-authored a report on engaging male allies in gender equality efforts. She is Director of Global Engagements at UC Davis and an adjunct professor in Political Science at California State University Sacramento.  In Washington DC, Ms. Shoemaker was the Executive Director of Women in International Security (WIIS), where she supported women's leadership opportunities in international peace and security careers. In this role, she developed and completed a series of ground-breaking reports on women's career experiences and leadership opportunities as policymakers in the US Government. Prior to WIIS, she led research and advocacy initiatives for the Institute for Inclusive Security, including efforts to integrate gender equality into the work of the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Ms. Shoemaker has served in the General Counsel’s Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a country director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She also served as a regional advisor for Sub-Saharan Africa in the U.S. Department of State. She is on the board of directors of International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL), a network of attorneys that supports pro bono international women's rights research and advocacy. Ms. Shoemaker is also a contributing writer for Ms. Magazine. She holds a J.D. and an M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from University of California, San Diego. After many years in Washington DC, she and her family now reside in Northern California.


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Professional Members
May attend an unlimited number of chapter meetings. 

 May attend TWO (2) meetings as IAOP's guest.  Use the code "CHGUEST" to bypass the registration fee. 

Earn 1 CEH Credit




Chitra Rajeshwari, Lead Co-Chair
Executive Director,
Avasant Foundation

Dana Corbett, Co-Chair

Maura Hudson, Co-Chair
Senior Managing Director, Marketing & Business Development
Newmark Knight Frank

Wendy Shlensky, Co-Chair
Vice President, Analyst & Advisor Relations

Joe Hogan, Co-chair
Vice President
HCL Technologies

Casey Alexis, Co-Chair
Diector, Customer Experience
Neo Group

Shimona Chadha
Sr. Director of Marketing

Heidi Solomon-Orlick
Vice President of Global Sales
VXI Global Solutions, LLC

Rodrigo Marti Ascencio
Senior Manager (Engineer) Advisor Relations US & Canada


The Women Empowerment Chapter is chartered with promoting discussion among IAOP members on how outsourcing can be used as a powerful tool for women empowerment on a global basis. The Chapter examines policies and practices for outsourcing that support women empowerment and creates opportunities for members to work together in addition to showcasing best practice examples for our members to adopt within their companies. The Women Empowerment Chapter will include members from the buyer, provider, advisor  and academic communities.


The chapter shall meet as frequently as necessary to fulfill its duties and responsibilities, but not less than three times per year.




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A webinar was held January 24, 
2018 on the topic of Diversity and Respect Equals Better Business Outcomes and Better Business Results. Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO, led our inaugural Women Empowerment chapter webinar. She was joined by special guest panelists, Eileen Scully, Founder, The Rising Tides, and Amrita Tahiliani Joshi, CMO, Xoriant, as they discussed diversity in the workforce, regardless of gender or ethnicity. We believe diversity creates strength, creates power, creates value - not just internally but for your clients. Play Back the Webinar!

Meeting held July 20, 2017

IAOP and the Texas chapter held a joint meeting on July 20, 2017 with the Women's Empowerment chapter (launch).

Keynote speaker was the University of Tennessee's Kate Vitasek, international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly collaborative and strategic relationships.

Kate's session was followed by a panel discussion on women's empowerment issues and impacts, led by IAOP's CEO, Debi Hamill and featuring:

  • Sarah Wiseman, EVP, JLL
  • Michael Nacarato, COP, Freedom Mortgage
  • and Kate Vitasek

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