One of the most encouraging global trends is the growing economic role of women. Two leading women investors and one asset owner discussed how to invest in and accelerate this trend. Do companies that empower women perform better? Should investors demand more women on boards?

Erika Karp Founder and chief executive, Cornerstone Capital Inc.

Ron D. Cordes Co-founder, Cordes Foundation

Jackie VanderBrug, managing director and investment strategist, U.S. Trust Moderator: Andrew Palmer, business affairs editor, The Economist