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Scarlett Johansson and Arianna Huffington speak during the Eighth Annual Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

#WITW 10th Anniversary

Oprah, Abrams and more: Women in the World Summit’s initial participants announced!

February 28, 2019

From the halls of Congress and the backlots of Hollywood, to the frontlines of battles being waged by women globally, the initial participants in the 10th Annual Women in the World Summit were announced today. The dynamic lineup of speakers, moderators, and panelists includes Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stacey Abrams, Anna Wintour, Bryan Cranston, Brie Larson, Cindy McCain, Adwoa Aboah, Maria Ressa, Christiana Figueres, Jill and Faith Soloway, and many others.

The Summit, to be held at Lincoln Center in New York City, will feature a keynote address from Winfrey offering her vision on this year’s imperative question: “Can women save the world?”

And in a rare convening, Wanda Sykes, Judy Gold and Amber Ruffin will discuss what it is like to be women who are edgy comedians in the current cultural climate.

See the full agenda here.

This year’s Summit is such a milestone event with our 10th anniversary; it is clearer than ever that the mission has met its moment,” said Tina Brown, founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World. “The seeds we’ve planted as far back as 2009 in a small midtown theater have exploded into a global community of women of power and purpose.”

Founded in 2010, Women in the World has since grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for women to share their stories and discuss the issues that matter most. Past on-stage participants have included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Kamala Harris, Viola Davis, and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Additionally, this year’s Summit — presented and co-hosted by Toyota — will spotlight the inspiring initiatives of the Toyota Mothers of Invention. Since 2012, Toyota has granted over $160 million in funds to women who contribute to their community and the world through innovation, entrepreneurship, and invention. 

The list of 2019 participants includes:

  • Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World
  • Adwoa Aboah, Founder, Gurls Talk
  • Amanda Gorman, Youth Poet Laureate
  • Amber Ruffin, Comedian and Writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers
  • Amanat Anand, Co-Founder of SoaPen
  • Anna Wintour, Editor of Vogue and Artistic Director at Condé Nast
  • Ashley Judd, Activist, Author, and Actress
  • Bari Tessler, Financial Therapist, Author of The Art of Money
  • Bianna Vitalievna Golodryga, Co-Host, CBS This Morning, CBS News
  • Brie Larson, Actor (Captain Marvel)
  • Bryan Cranston, Actor
  • Carole Cadwalladr, Guardian & Observer writer & reporter
  • Carolyn Tastad, P&G
  • Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010-2016)
  • Cindy McCain, The McCain Institute
  • Delaney Ruston, Doctor and Filmmaker
  • Diane von Fürstenberg, Founder and Chairman DVF Studio
  • Edna Adan Ismail, Former Foreign Minister of Somaliland
  • Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UN Women and Global Head of #HeForShe
  • Faith Soloway, Musician and Writer on Transparent
  • Gulchehra Hoja, Journalist, Radio Free Asia
  • Ibtihaj Muhammad, US Olympic Medalist, Entrepreneur and Activist
  • Indra Nooyi, Former CEO of PepsiCo
  • Jacquelyn Birdsall, Senior Engineer, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development
  • Jeanny Yao, Co-Founder of BioCellection
  • Jill Soloway, Writer, Director, and Creator of Transparent
  • Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP
  • Judy Gold, Comedian
  • Juju Chang, Co-Anchor, ABC News Nightline
  • Kara Swisher, Editor-at-Large and Co-Founder, Recode
  • Lina Khalifeh, Founder of SheFighter Self-Defense School
  • Lynsey Addario, Photojournalist
  • Mae Jemison, Former Astronaut and Principal, 100 Year Starship
  • Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler
  • Marissa Shorenstein, President, Northern Region, AT&T
  • Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University
  • Mimi Ito, Director, Connected Learning Lab
  • Miranda Wang, Co-Founder of BioCellection
  • Nighat Dad, Founder, Digital Rights Foundation
  • Nikki Bell, Founder of LIFT
  • Nima Elbagir, Senior International Correspondent, CNN
  • Nina Lakhani, Journalist, The Guardian
  • Oprah Winfrey, Philanthropist, Global Media Leader
  • Paige Chenault, Founder of The Birthday Party Project
  • Paula Polito, Client Strategy Officer and Group Managing Director, UBS Global Wealth Management
  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Actress and Producer
  • Roberta Diaz Brinton, Neuroscientist
  • Safa Al Ahmad, Saudi Filmmaker
  • Shalini Unnikrishnan, Partner and Managing Director, BCG
  • Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Filmmaker
  • Shubham Issar, Co-Founder of SoaPen
  • Stacey Abrams, Founder and Chair of Fair Fight Action
  • Suman Ali Lashari, Pakistani Women’s Rights Activist
  • Susan Rice, Former U.S. National Security Advisor and UN Ambassador
  • Wanda Sykes, Comedian
  • Zainab Salbi, Host and Executive Editor of #MeToo, Now What, Founder of Women for Women International & Author

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

Learn more about this year’s Summit and buy your tickets here.