WIIS New York and The International Crisis Group

Wednesday, December 10, 6-7:30 pm

International Crisis Group
708 3rd Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10017

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There has been growing recognition in recent years of the positive impact corporations can have on global affairs, with businesses becoming more and more engaged in promoting human rights, poverty reduction, women's empowerment and more. Yet business can also create or exacerbate conflict, particularly in areas that need stability and economic development the most. How can the resources and expertise of business be leveraged toward global security and conflict prevention? What are the risks in engaging private actors, and how can those risks be mitigated?

Join us on Human Rights Day for an interactive conversation on the role of corporations in promoting global security. WIIS-NY will be joined by Christine Bader and Jessica Robinson who will discuss their expertise on the topic as well as their experience with career transitions, authoring books and more.

Light refreshments will be served.


Christine BaderChristine Bader is the author of The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil (Bibliomotion, March 2014). She is a visiting scholar at Columbia University, where she co-teaches a course on human rights and business, and a human rights advisor to BSR. After earning her MBA from Yale in 2000, Christine joined BP and proceeded to work in Indonesia, China and the U.K., managing the social impacts of some of the company’s largest projects in the developing world. In 2006 she created a part-time pro bono role as Advisor to the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for business and human rights, a role she took up full-time in 2008 until the U.N. mandate ended in 2011. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre; The OpEd Project; and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Christine's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and numerous other outlets, and she has given talks to conferences, companies and universities around the world, including a TEDx talk entitled "Manifesto for the Corporate Idealist." She lives in her native New York City with her husband, son and daughter.

Jessica RobinsonJessica Robinson is a gender-focused Safety and Security Consultant and certified coach. She promotes global consciousness of violence against women and girls at the intersection of humanism, security, women and leadership. As a safety and security advisor, Jessica provides trainings and solutions for individuals and businesses on how to protect themselves and employees against data and physical security threats. Jessica spent eight years in the private sector, where she was responsible for leading and supporting a $600 million business in the area of Assets Protection and has also worked in the area of public-private partnerships with an emphasis on training and development. Jessica currently serves on the board of the international non-profit World Pulse, the Emerging Global Leader Circle with IMPACT Leadership 21, and on the UN Women Committee on Public-Private Partnerships. Jessica was a 2014 Fellow with IMPACT Leadership 21, completed an Executive Education certificate at Columbia University Business School in 2013 and was a Fellow with the Impact Center in 2012. She received her Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and earned an East Asian Studies Certificate. She received a B.S. from Western Illinois University where she graduated with honors. Her co-authored book, Mission Unstoppable, with George Fraser and Les Brown is a #1 Amazon Best Seller in 7 categories.


International Crisis GroupThe International Crisis Group is widely recognised as the world’s leading independent, non-partisan source of analysis and advice on the prevention and resolution of deadly conflict. Crisis Group uses expert field-based research to create practical policy solutions paired with advocacy at the highest levels to advance the cause of peace and security in over 70 conflicts worldwide.