updated 11/23/2010 5:45:51 AM ET 2010-11-23T10:45:51

NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Wall Street Journal announced today plans to bring together 150 influential women and men, including CEOs, policy-makers and subject-matter experts, for a unique, interactive working session focused on a vital topic: Women in the Economy. The invitation-only conference will take place April 4-6, 2011, at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

Together, the group will form an Executive Task Force with the mission to address key issues that affect not only women and their potential, but also companies and their ability to harness the opportunities offered by this essential segment of the workforce. 

The Journal's inaugural Executive Task Force on Women in the Economy will take a fresh, data-driven approach to the host of issues surrounding the topic. McKinsey & Company, the Journal's official research partner for the conference, will release new research at the event that will serve as a springboard for the task force's deliberations. Through rigorous discussions led by top Journal editors, participants will collaborate in working groups to develop concrete, actionable solutions that will be published in a special report in the Journal and on WSJ.com. 

"There is no doubt that more women will rightly be taking more influential positions in many more companies," said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. "The attrition rate of women in some industries is definitely disproportionate and there are sectors in which the potential of women has hardly been tapped in the first place. We are bringing some serious research to a serious subject that is of compelling interest to all our readers, men and women."

Founding members of the Journal's Task Force on Women in the Economy include:

  • Wei Christianson, chief executive officer, Morgan Stanley China
  • Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court Justice (retired)
  • Linda Fairstein, author, former head of Manhattan district attorney's sex crimes unit
  • Julie Gerberding, president, Merck Vaccines
  • Amy Gutmann, president, University of Pennsylvania
  • Sallie Krawcheck, president, Global Wealth and Investment Management, Bank of America
  • Debra Lee, chairman and chief executive officer, BET Networks
  • Marissa Mayer, vice president, Google
  • Diana Taylor, managing director, Wolfensohn Fund Management L.P.
  • Robert Zoellick, president, World Bank

The Task Force on Women in the Economy is the newest conference in the Journal's portfolio of interactive sessions for leaders. Last week, The Wall Street Journal concluded its annual CEO Council meeting – with more than 100 CEOs, leading policy makers and members of the U.S. Congress participating – with the release of specific priorities that the CEO Council members believe both government and business must address to restore global growth and increase public confidence in business. The results of the meeting are available in a special report in today's Wall Street Journal, available in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and on WSJ.com ( http://online.wsj.com/public/page/ceo-council-11222010.html?mod=quicklinks_ceocouncil ).

For more information on the Journal's upcoming Task Force on Women in the Economy, please visit: www.womeninecon.wsj.com .

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