Join us on International Women’s Day with a panel of female executives working in traditionally male-dominated industries to discuss their leadership experiences during the pandemic this past year.


"A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. So let's all choose to challenge."

#IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

On this special day, the FACC Women in Business (WIB) Committee is delighted to host a discussion featuring a panel of female leaders working in traditionally male-dominated industries to speak on female involvement in decision-making during the pandemic and its recovery efforts.

Panelists will engage in discussions about the importance of resilience and leadership in dramatically changing times and share their strategies, concerns and experiences of leading in the pandemic, highlighting the critical roles of women at the front lines of the crisis.


International Women's Day 2018: What you should know ...

 Meet the Panel:


Moderator: Fabienne Jacquet, Founder & CEO of INNOVEVE. While she was by no means predestined for the sciences, Fabienne Jacquet, a natural born rebel, graduated as Docteur d'Etat (PhD) in Organic Chemistry from Institut National Polytechnique in Toulouse, France. Fabienne has a successful career as a scientist and innovator who has worked with prestigious companies including Colgate-Palmolive. She brings her fearlessness and resilience to all that she sets her mind to, including her own company, INNOVEVE®, dedicated to bringing feminine DNA to the progression of innovation. She is always dreaming up fresh, fun and dynamic ideas in the name of celebrating female empowerment and the evolution of innovative thought.  Fabienne recently published: Venus Genius - The Female Prescription for Innovation. The book explores the role that innovation plays in feminine leadership. It addresses the shortage of women in innovation and in some industries. Venus Genius is about celebrating the duality of the feminine and the masculine in all human beings and dares us to activate both energies to create innovation that brings true value to our world.    




Ariane Daguin was born into a world of great food in Gascony, in the Southwest of France. Her father, André Daguin, chef-owner of the Hotel de France in Auch, Gascony, is famous throughout France for his artistry with foie gras and other Gascon specialties. Ariane was an expert at deboning ducks, rendering duck fat, preparing terrines and cooking the game birds her grandfather hunted by the time she was ten. A career in food might have seemed natural, but Ariane decided to pursue an academic degree at Columbia University. While working part-time for a New York pâté producer, Ariane was in the right place when the opportunity to market the first domestically-produced foie gras presented itself. In 1985 she gathered her financial resources and launched D’Artagnan with a co-worker, the only purveyor of game and foie gras in the U.S. at the time. Today, Ariane and D’Artagnan are devoted advocates for natural, sustainable and humane production. D’Artagnan has been at the forefront of the organic movement in America, pioneering organic, free-range chicken (years before the FDA allowed the word “organic” on the label), and humanely raised veal.  In 2005, D’Artagnan celebrated its twentieth anniversary and after two decades of collaboration, Ariane acquired her partner’s share of the company to become sole owner in August of that year. Ariane wrote a French-language memoir D’Artagnan à New York which was published by Grasset in 2010 and tells how she created her business in the United States.  



Mahlet Woldemariam is a Research and Development professional with over 20 years of experience spanning across academic institutions, device, and biopharmaceutical industries.   Mahlet is a Global Project Manager within the Immunology and Inflammation therapeutic area at Sanofi, responsible for  one of Sanofi’s flagship products. Her achievements include multiple drug indication approvals. Mahlet joined Sanofi in 2012 as a Clinical Sciences and Operations Project Leader and worked as the Pre-Approval Inspection Expert for various Sanofi/Genzyme projects.   Mahlet brings with her years of project leadership and management experience. Prior to joining Sanofi, Mahlet worked at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics as Associate Director of Project Management. Mahlet has been recognized for effectively and efficiently leading large scale, complex international drug development programs.  In addition to her professional work, Mahlet serves as a board member for The Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey and as a VP of Finance for Watch her Win (a non-profit organization based out of NYC with a focus on educating and empowering  women).   Mahlet holds a BS in Biology and Studio Art from Simmons College, MS in Drug Regulatory affairs and Health Policy from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and MBA from Simmons College, School of Management.  



Carolyn Rogers has spent the past 8+ years as an enterprise product and marketing leader at IBM, with a focus on go-to-market, partnerships, strategy and emerging tech. Currently a product manager for IBM's Business Automation portfolio, she previously worked on Enterprise Blockchain, Hybrid Cloud, and AI. A French-American dual citizen, Carolyn's other interests include international relations, economics, tech policy, fitness, and music. She became a member of the FACC in November 2020, and is co-chair for the Tech, Start-Ups, and Entrepreneurs committee.





March 8th, 2021 1:00 PM through  2:00 PM
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