Women in the World (@WomenintheWorld, #witw) got its start in 2009 as an offshoot of The Daily Beast, an IAC digital news site created by Tina Brown in 2008. Inspired by the heroic women leaders she met through the Vital Voices Global Partnership, Brown resolved to give a platform to global women on the front lines—activists, artists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, and firebrand dissidents who have saved or enriched lives and shattered glass ceilings in every sector. Women in the World invited them to convene and tell their compelling stories. Over the past six years, the Summit, executive-produced by Kyle Gibson, has become the premier showcase for women of impact—and for the men who champion them—by presenting vivid journalistic narratives, stirring videos, and provocative discussions.
The first Women in the World Summit was held in 2010 at New York’s Hudson Theater; in 2012, the now-annual event moved to the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Participants have included Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Christine Lagarde, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine K. Albright, President Bill Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Sheryl Sandberg, Sunitha Krishnan, Diane Von Furstenberg, Melinda Gates, Robi Damelin, Nobel Peace Prize laureates Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman, Dalia Ziada, HRH Queen Rania of Jordan, Nancy Pelosi, Alaa Murabit, Gloria Steinem, Zainab Salbi, Christiane Amanpour, Tzipi Livni, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, and Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe.
Women in the World expanded outside of the US for the first time in 2012, with a forum held in São Paulo, Brazil; 2014 inaugurated salons and forums in other US cities, including Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, and San Antonio.
In 2015, Women in the World formed a joint venture with The New York Times to partner on further expansion, including events in Dubai, London, and New Delhi—as well as creation of a new digital home for the brand on nytimes.com. While Women in the World retains editorial control of its content, The New York Times is a partner in the business.
Tina Brown is founder and CEO of Women in the World Media, LLC, as well as of Tina Brown Live Media, established in 2014 to produce summits, salons, flash forums, and debates. The first of these events was the American Justice Summit, presented November 10, 2014, in partnership with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Brown is an award-winning journalist, editor, and author. Prior to her work at The Daily Beast (then incorporating Newsweek), she served as editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk. She was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to journalism by Queen Elizabeth in 2000. She authored the 2007 best-selling biography of the Princess of Wales, The Diana Chronicles. @TinaBrownLM
A note on the Women in the World Foundation
In 2011, a separately funded, nonprofit Women in the World Foundation was created to shine a light on the work of its honorees and other worthwhile nonprofits. Over the next two years, the foundation donated $1.1 million, including ten Women of Impact grants of $25,000 each. In 2013, the foundation gave a $650,000 grant to Vital Voices, thereby turning its nonprofit initiatives over to the organization. Vital Voices continues to administer the Women of Impact awards, and also receives a portion of the proceeds from the Women in the World Summit each year.
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