IBC has touched the lives of thousands of rising business leaders, inspiring them with speeches from leading businesswomen including Maureen Chiquet (Chanel), Donna Karan, Marissa Mayer (Yahoo), Julie Greenwald (Atlantic Records), Diane von Furstenberg, Kate White (Cosmopolitan) and Bobbi Brown.

Meet our keynote speakers for IBC 2016.


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Helene D. Gayle

CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative

Helene D. Gayle is CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative, a nonprofit organization that implements programs that bring together varied stakeholders to address complex global social challenges. As the inaugural CEO, Dr. Gayle is setting direction and building the organization. McKinsey Social Initiative’s first program, Generation, addresses the problem of youth unemployment, with programs in five countries—India, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, and the United States—and a goal of connecting one million young people with skills and jobs in five years. 

Previously, Dr. Gayle was president and CEO of CARE USA, a leading international humanitarian organization with approximately 10,000 staff whose poverty fighting programs reached over 97 million people in 87 countries. An expert on global development, humanitarian, and health issues, she also spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), focused primarily on combating HIV/AIDS. She was appointed as the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, and achieved the rank of Rear Admiral and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service. Dr. Gayle also served as the AIDS coordinator and chief of the HIV/AIDS division for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Dr. Gayle then directed the HIV, TB and Reproductive Health Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, directing programs on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues.

Dr. Gayle serves on public company and non-profit boards including The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Rockefeller Foundation, Brookings Institution, Center for Strategic and International Studies, New America, the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, and the ONE Campaign. In addition, she serves on the President's Commission on White House Fellowships. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Public Health Association, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Named one of Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women,” Foreign Policy magazine's "Top 100 Global Thinkers," and Newsweek's top 10 "Women in Leadership," she has been featured by media outlets as diverse as the New York Times, Washington Post, ForbesWoman, Glamour, O Magazine, National Public Radio, CNN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has also authored numerous articles on global and domestic public health issues, poverty alleviation, gender equality, and social justice.

Dr. Gayle was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She earned a B.A. in psychology at Barnard College, an M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.P.H. at Johns Hopkins University. She is board certified in pediatrics.

Her contributions have been honored with awards from Columbia University, Barnard College, Spelman College, Bryn Mawr College, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Public Health Service and AARP, among others. She has received 13 honorary degrees and holds faculty appointments at the University of Washington and Emory University.


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Marne Levine

Coo, Instagram

Marne Levine is Chief Operating Officer of Instagram, a community of more than 400 million who capture and share the world’s moments on the service. She is responsible for helping to scale the company’s business and operations globally.

Marne joined Instagram from Facebook, where she served as Vice President of Global Public Policy from 2010 to 2014. In this role, Marne led the company’s global public policy strategy, working with governments and organizations to foster understanding and support for Facebook’s innovative technology. Marne also led the team responsible for developing Facebook’s global policies and programs.

Prior to Facebook, Marne served in the Obama Administration as Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council (NEC) at the White House and Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.  Previously, Marne was Director of Product Management for Revolution Money and Chief of Staff for Harvard University President Larry Summers.  Marne began her career in 1993 at the United States Department of Treasury under President Bill Clinton where she held a number of leadership positions.

Marne holds a B.A. in political science and communications from Miami University and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.  She serves on the Board of Directors for Chegg along with several not for profits including Lean In.org, the Urban Institute, Women for Women International, LIFT, National Endowment for Democracy, and the American Council on Germany and is a member of the Trilateral Commission.  She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two sons. 


Unfortunately, due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, we’re sorry to announce that Jenna Lyons will no longer be able to attend this event.

Courtesy of Clément Pascal

Courtesy of Clément Pascal

Jenna Lyons

president and executive creative director, J.Crew Group, INC.

Jenna Lyons is the President and Executive Creative Director of J.Crew Group, Inc., overseeing design for all J.Crew apparel and accessories, as well as creative direction for stores, JCrew.com, and the J.Crew catalog. She also oversees design and creative direction for J.Crew factory and Madewell. 

After graduation from the Parsons School of Design in New York City, Jenna began her 26-year career at the company in 1990 as an assistant menswear designer. Since 2002, she has been working in partnership with CEO Millard "Mickey" Drexler to grow and evolve the brand.

Raised in Palos, Verdes, California, Jenna now lives in Manhattan with her family. She currently serves on the CFDA's Board of Directors and as a judge for the annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. She was named one of Glamour's Women of the Year in 2012 and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2013.