Meg Goldthwaite, chief marketing officer at NPR, and Sherika Ekpo, global diversity and inclusion lead for Google AI, will be the honored guests at this year’s Women Inspire event March 5, hosted by the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Now in its ninth year, this is a new iteration of the annual event, previously known as Women Leading Women.
Goldthwaite and Ekpo, both graduates of the school’s MBA program, will each draw on lessons learned from their personal career journeys.
Goldthwaite, who earned her MBA in 1996, joined NPR in December 2016. She previously served as chief marketing officer for Conservation International. Her portfolio of mission-focused work also includes leadership positions at the World Wildlife Fund, Women for Women International and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. Goldthwaite’s corporate background includes 15 years in the telecom industry, where she led teams in marketing, operations and strategic partnerships.
Ekpo, a 2009 MBA grad, joined Google as the global diversity, equity and inclusion lead for the Artificial Intelligence, Research and Health product areas. Prior to Google, Ekpo served as head of people operations at the United States Digital Service and as director of talent acquisition at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.