Stacy Donohue, director, investments, Omidyar Network
John Hendra, UN assistant secretary-general, deputy executive director for policy and programme, UN Women
Susan Markham, director, women's political participation, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
Erin Vilardi, founder, Women's Leadership Works
Stacy leads Omidyar Network's government transparency initiative in the United States. In this role, Stacy works to encourage accountability and effectiveness in government by increasing people's access to credible information about government activities and money in politics.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Stacy spent nine years at Hewlett-Packard in senior roles spanning strategy, corporate development, and merger and acquisition transactions. Previously, Stacy was a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where she provided analysis and consulting for clients across multiple industries from healthcare to financial services. Stacy is a board member for Code for America, Global Integrity, and the Sunlight Foundation.
John Hendra is Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme at UN Women, where he leads the agency's global policy work and its programmes in over 70 countries and manages the Bureau supporting policy analysis, research and programme management. Since 2012 he has served as Co-Chair of the UN Development Group (UNDG) MDG Taskforce and also as a member of the Senior Coordination Group of four UN Assistant Secretary-Generals tasked by the UN Secretary-General to coordinate UN System support to Member States to formulate the post-2015 development agenda. His 28 year career in the UN spans roles in four different regions including 13 years as UN Resident Coordinator in Latvia (1993-1997), Tanzania (2002-2006) and Vietnam (2006-2011), where he lead a very successful UN reform effort at country level – the 'Delivering as One' Initiative. Mr. Hendra has also served at UN headquarters as Director of Resource Mobilization (1998-2002) and Deputy Director of UNDP's Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships (2000-2002). He has a Masters in International Development Studies from the University of Toronto and an Honors BA in Political Studies from Queen's University, and in 2009 was selected to serve as a Yale World Fellow.
Susan Markham serves as NDI's director of women's political participation supporting the aspirations of women around the world to be equal and active partners in shaping and leading democratic societies.
Previously, Markham worked at EMILY's List where she managed its Campaign Corps program and later the Political Opportunity Program (POP) supporting women candidates running for state and local office. Ms. Markham started her political career as a fundraiser. Since that time she has served as the finance director for the Ohio Democratic Party, executive director of Participation 2000 and campaign manager for four statewide campaigns. She also acted as director of Senate services at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
She has a B.A. in political science and international studies from the Ohio State University and a master's degree in public policy and women's studies from George Washington University.
Erin Vilardi is the founder of Women's Leadership Works. She also directs leadership development for The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her work focuses on developing Athena's CORE10 – a innovate set of leadership competencies for 21st century women leaders – as well as professional education programs and strategic partnerships.
She spent the last 18 months traveling to a dozen international cities teaching leadership, from Cairo to Dublin to Mexico City. Formerly Vice President of Program and Communications at The White House Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance U.S. women's leadership, she created Vote, Run, Lead – the largest national political training program readying women for public office and civic life – training over 14,000 women since 2004.