Steering Committee



Stewart J. Schwab, Executive Director of the Institute

Stewart J. Schwab is the Jonathan and Ruby Zhu Professor of Law at Cornell Law School and was its Allan R. Tessler Dean from 2004 to 2014. He has been a member of the Cornell Law School Faculty since 1983.

Deborah Streeter, Faculty Director of the Institute

Dr. Deborah Streeter is the Bruce F. Failing, Sr. Professor of Personal Enterprise and Small Business Management in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, which is part of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. Dr. Streeter is also author of several Certificate Programs on Women in Leadership offered through Cornell.

Rena De Sisto, Global Executive for Arts and Culture and Women’s Programs, Bank of America

Rena M. De Sisto is the Global Executive for Arts and Culture and Women’s Programs at Bank of America, overseeing partnerships with hundreds of nonprofit arts institutions worldwide, as well as the Bank’s programs that provide women with training and capital to develop small to medium-sized businesses. She created the Bank of America Art Conservation Project, and the Art in Our Communities Program.

Pam Seagle, CSR Executive, Manager Global Women’s Programs, Bank of America

As the Manager of Bank of America’s Global Women’s Programs, Pam Seagle is responsible for the strategic development and implementation of women’s programs including the Global Ambassador Program, a partnership with Vital Voices; The Cherie Blair Foundation partnership; and the Bank’s partnership with the Tory Burch Foundation Capital Program.

Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Co-Founder, Seneca Women

Ambassador Melanne Verveer serves as the Co-Founder of Seneca Women and Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. In 2009, President Obama appointed her to be the first-ever Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issue. She is co-author with Kim Azzarelli of the book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.

Kim Azzarelli, Co-Founder, Seneca Women

Kim Azzarelli is a business, philanthropic and legal adviser focused on advancing women and girls. A Co-Founder of Seneca Women, she is co-author with Melanne Verveer of the book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose. Kim is also Chair and Co-Founder of the Cornell Center for Women, Justice, Economy and Technology (JET).