Skip to main site content.


Which icons and trailblazers will be at this year’s Women in the World Summit?

By on April 9, 2019


The 10th annual Women in the World Summit takes the stage at New York City’s Lincoln Center on Wednesday night with a keynote address from none other than Oprah Winfrey. The philanthropist and global media leader is guaranteed to bring the audience to its feet with her powerful response to the compelling question: Can women save the world?

It’s a proposition that nearly 100 of the world’s most trailblazing and change-making women — from business to entertainment, politics to science — will engage with over three days.

Before we share some agenda highlights, here’s what you need to know:

We’re livestreaming the entire summit on our website. That means if you can’t be there in person, you can still watch all the hard-hitting panels and dazzling performances from your office, bedroom, or boardroom.

If it happens onstage, we’re covering it online with blog posts, photography, video and a steady stream of social media. New reports will being going live constantly, so bookmark our homepage and check back often.

And now, with just hours to go until the participants step onto the red carpet, here’s a preview of what to expect…


The women who lift up your world will bring down the house. Women in the World Founder Tina Brown will get real talk from Stacey Abrams, whose electrifying campaign for Georgia governor redefined Democratic politics. Actor and Director Brie Larson, fresh from smashing box-office records as Captain Marvel, will talk with Vanity Fair’s Editor-in-Chief Radhika Jones about soaring as a woman in Hollywood. And Priyanka Chopra Jonas will take a breather from her UNICEF, film and philanthropic endeavors to tell you how she manages to do it all.


Now this is kick-ass: Lina Khalifeh founded the first women’s self-defense school in the Middle East — she’ll talk about training women to stand their ground, wherever they may be. Meanwhile, foreign correspondents Nima Elbagir, Alexandra Ulmer, Nina Lakhani and Lynsey Addario explain what it’s like to risk their lives covering conflict zones across the globe. And Ashley Judd, Rebecca Traister, Katie Couric and others will deliver a late-breaking battle report of their own — from the very front lines of the feminist movement.

That’s not all: World-famous model Adwoa Aboah will offer a lesson in how to build resilience in young women during her conversation with The Wing founder Audrey Gelman. And one of the world’s most successful corporate leaders, former PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, will break down what it’s like to fight to the top of the boys’ club ladder.


The sharpest minds on the planet will discuss how to save it. From a former NASA astronaut to a swashbuckling National Geographic photographer to an internationally recognized climate change leader, you’ll hear from the best and brightest how women can rescue Planet Earth.


After her latest close call with President Rodrigo Duterte, fearless Philippine journalist Maria Ressa will join celebrated British writer Carole Cadwalladr and prominent Indian TV journalist Barkha Dutt to talk with moderator Kara Swisher, Co-Founder of Vox Media and Recode. They’ll tell you how they fight hate-spreading fake news and stare powerful men in the eye — and never blink — just to bring you the truth.

Plus, two women who risk imprisonment every time they speak out, Safa Al-Ahmad and Manal Al-Sharif, describe what it takes to stand up to the repressive Saudi regime.


As artificial intelligence becomes ever more embedded in society, will it inherit our biases, or can the future of A.I. be feminist? The most accomplished women in tech reveal what’s on the horizon.

Plus, physicians and tech experts weigh in on what all this screen time is doing to kids’ brains — and how it’s possible to raise digitally savvy citizens regardless.


Actor and Producer Bryan Cranston discusses the cutting-edge treatments that could turn the tide on Alzheimer’s, a disease that affects women uniquely. CNN’s John Avlon moderates the conversation between our courageous foreign correspondents on the panel ‘Journalists on the Front Lines.’ And acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney joins us to moderate the panel ‘Saudi’s War on Women,’ a topic that’s more urgent than ever.


Two publishing icons together at last: Legendary Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour will go toe to Manolo Blahnik-sheathed toe with Women in the World’s own Tina Brown.

And if you thought you knew about diversity in fashion, think again. Model Jillian Mercado is breaking down barriers in ways you’ve never seen — she’ll be interviewed by Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, host of HuffPost’s Between You and Me.


Oh, and before the whole thing wraps up, you’ll hear a one-on-one conversation with one of the most recognizable leaders on the planet. You won’t want to miss the surprise summit closer, interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.


Sherrie Silver, the mastermind who choreographed Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America,’ and Amanda Gorman, Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States (Michelle Obama is a fan) will open the summit with an uplifting dual performance.

Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice will talk power and purpose with best-selling author Alyssa Mastromonaca.

Jill and Faith Soloway will get Transparent.

And much, much, much more…

It all starts at 6:00 PM EST on Wednesday night. See you there.