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WomenCorporateDirectors (WCD) invites you to join directors and corporate leaders from around the world for the Global Institute, to be held May 19-22, 2019. The first time in a West Coast venue, the Institute will be on site at the headquarters of Hewlett Packard Enterprise in the heart of Silicon Valley, California.

This year, attendees can expect an entirely new experience from the Institute: Deeper conversations with executives shaking up their industries and greater focus on innovation and technology tapping the Silicon Valley locale. 

There is truly something for everyone, whether you are a public company director, a private or family company director, or an aspiring director.

Due to the unique Institute venue on the campus of HPE and the intimate group size for the Silicon Valley Live experiences, we encourage you to register today, as space is limited.

On May 19th a Pre-Institute networking dinner at the Tech Museum of Innovation will set the stage for the exciting three days ahead. The next morning, on May 20th, your Institute program journey begins with four optional Pre-Institute sessions providing in-depth discussions on topics including the latest advances in consumer technology, private and family company governance, executive and board compensation trends, and preparing for one’s first public company board, followed by lunch and the first day of Global Institute programming.

The evening of May 20th, at the Visionary Awards dinner, WCD will recognize companies and individuals who are setting an example globally for their commitment to diversity.

Programming on May 21st features multiple panels and conversations with leading executives.

Finally, as an exclusive opportunity for Institute attendees, join us on May 22nd for Silicon Valley Live! For the first time ever, WCD is offering unique experiences that allow attendees to meet  the companies developing technology and applications that are changing our lives.

Featured Speakers and Panelists

  • Jim Coulter

    Partner and Co-CEO, TPG Capital LP; Director, Philz Coffee, Rodan + Fields LLC, and J. Crew Group

  • Nelda Connors

    Director, Delphi Technologies, Enersys, Echo Global Logistics, and Boston Scientific Corp; WCD Member

  • Claudio Del Vecchio

    Chairman and CEO, Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.; Director, National Retail Federation

  • Valerie Jarrett

    Director, Ariel Investments, LLC, 2U and Lyft; former Senior Advisor to President Obama

  • Antonio Neri

    President & CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Welcome Dinner at the Tech Museum of Innovation

The welcome dinner will set the stage for a groundbreaking Institute dedicated to fresh thinking and building strong connections with attendees coming in from around the world. Held at the Tech Museum of Innovation in the heart of San Jose in Silicon Valley, you will experience a truly memorable evening!

The Tech is no ordinary museum: in the exploration gallery you can experience an earthquake simulation, or navigate weightlessness like an astronaut, or create your own artistic masterpiece using the latest digital creation tools. As you enjoy these sensory experiences, you will be able to connect with fellow directors, executives, and speakers for the Institute’s program sessions.

For this kick-off dinner, we departed from a plated dinner with a seating chart and instead will enjoy multiple food stations and tables dispersed throughout the room – allowing us to connect with peers in a casual and vibrant setting.

The price to attend the dinner is $250 for members and $275 for non-members (early-bird discounts do not apply to this event).

201 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113


Sunday, May 19, 2019

  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Advisory Board Meeting (for Advisory Board Members only)
  • 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Chapter Chair Meeting (for Chapter Chairs only)
  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner at the Tech Museum of Innovation

Monday, May 20, 2019

  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pre-Institute sessions (times and locations vary)
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Global Institute Day 1 Programming
  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 2019 Visionary Awards Reception and Dinner (at the Marriott)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

  • 7:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:20 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Global Institute Day 2 Programming
  • 5:40 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Group Networking Reception and Dinner

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast with Keynote
  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Silicon Valley Live! Tech Company Experiences


Meeting Locations:
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), 6280 America Center Drive in San Jose, CA
Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Boulevard in Santa Clara, CA

Recommended Lodging and Location for Portions of the Institute Including the Visionary Awards:
Santa Clara Marriott, 2700 Mission College Boulevard in Santa Clara, CA

WCD has reserved a block of rooms at the Marriott Santa Clara at the conference rate of $299/night. 
Please make your reservation no later than April 22nd to receive this rate. Book your group rate for WCD Global Institute May 2019 or call the hotel at 800-228-9290.

If you plan to arrive in Silicon Valley on Saturday, May 18, you should consider booking a hotel in San Francisco for the one night. Due to a concert taking place on Saturday, May 18, hotel rooms in Silicon Valley are sold-out.
There are still rooms available at the Marriott Santa Clara Hotel for Sunday, May 19-Wednesday, May 22, but attendees of the Institute should make reservations as soon as possible.

If you require a room on dates before May 19th or after the 23rd, please visit or call Worldwide Reservations to make a reservation. The hotel can link your reservations at that time that will reflect the different hotel rates.


  WCD Members Non-members
Welcome Dinner $250 $275
Global Institute (includes Visionary Awards Dinner) $2,450 $2,820

There will be a 15% early-bird discount provided for Global Institute registrations prior to April 8, 2019. (No discount will be applied to the welcome dinner.)

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