Devry Boughner Vorwerk is the Chief Executive Officer of DevryBV Sustainable Strategies, LLC, a company that offers support to corporate leaders in four key areas – geopolitical and stakeholder strategies; organizational courage; strategic communications; and inspirational mentorship for women in international careers.
Vorwerk supports trade and open markets as important tools for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and creating economic opportunities for all. Her business assists clients in their efforts to liberalize trade in goods, services, capital, technology and data.
Vorwerk believes that in a world where geopolitical volatility, climate change, population growth and societal expectations are placing immense pressure on traditional business models, companies can succeed in balancing shareholder and stakeholder expectations. Vorwerk offers informed judgment and insightful advice to support business leaders across the globe in their quest to harmonize purpose with profit.
Before starting her company, Vorwerk had a nearly 15-year career at Cargill, most recently serving as Corporate Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs. Additionally, she supported Akin Gump as a Senior Policy Advisor, the Chairwoman of the U.S. International Trade Commission as a Chief Economist, and the U.S. Trade Representative as a Senior Economist in Agricultural Affairs.
A passionate advocate for change, Vorwerk serves on the board of Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, the Caux Roundtable, the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., the Latin American Advisor and is actively involved in the social gastronomy movement. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and named to the Holmes Report’s “Influence 100” list in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is also a member of the Arthur Page Society.
Vorwerk holds a dual degree in Agricultural Economics and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, with a specialization in Public Policy and International Trade, from Cornell University.