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10th Annual Women in the World summit

April 10 – 12, 2019

10th Annual Women in the World Summit

New York City

Thank you for joining us for the 10th annual Women in the World summit — a convening of mighty women leaders, blazing activists and courageous movers and shakers who moved us with their provocative first-person storytelling and shook up our worldview.

See every panel and performance here.

To mark 10 years of shaping opinions, setting agendas and introducing you to the next generation of female leaders, we celebrated and shared the stories of women on the front edge of change who have presided over this great awakening in the global women’s movement and are leading it into the next decade.

This year’s speakers included 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. In her keynote address, Winfrey offered her vision on this year’s imperative question: “Can women save the world?”

The 2019 Summit was generously supported by presenting sponsor Toyota; leadership sponsors AARP, AT&T, Boston Consulting Group, Mastercard, Microsoft, P&G and UBS; supporting sponsors AMC Networks, PepsiCo and Thomson Reuters; and media partner Her Campus.


Agenda

Agenda and participants are subject to change.

Day 1

6:00pm Programming Begins

Performance

Amanda Gorman

Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate of the United States of America


Sherrie Silver

Dance Choreographer and U.N.’s IFAD Advocate for Rural Youth

Tina Brown Welcome

Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

Can women save the planet?

Last year, scientists warned that humanity has only 12 years left before facing cataclysmic consequences for our the planet. Here’s why women can be the saviors of Planet Earth.

Dr. Mae Jemison

Principal, 100 Year Starship; Former NASA Astronaut

Christiana Figueres

Founding Partner, Global Optimism

Cristina Mittermeier

SeaLegacy Co-Founder; National Geographic Photographer

Nina Lakhani

Journalist and Author


MODERATED BY: Juju Chang

Co-Anchor, ABC News Nightline

Saudi's war on women

Facing imprisonment, surveillance and censorship, Saudi Arabia’s women continue to courageously speak out against their homeland’s oppressive regime under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Safa Al-Ahmad

Filmmaker and Journalist

Manal Al-Sharif

Author and Women’s Rights Activist

MODERATED BY: Alex Gibney

Founder and President, Jigsaw Productions

The superhero we deserve

Brie Larson

Actor and Director, Star of Captain Marvel


INTERVIEWED BY: Radhika Jones

Editor-in-Chief, Vanity Fair

Keynote

Oprah Winfrey

Philanthropist and Global Media Leader

9:00PM PROGRAMMING ENDS

Day 2

9:00AM PROGRAMMING BEGINS

WELCOME

Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

Jacquelyn Birdsall

Senior Engineer, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development

FEMINISM: A BATTLEFIELD REPORT

Through the good, the bad, and the shockingly ugly of the past year, women have stood their ground and raised their voices. Some of the bravest offer their accounts of the wins, the losses, and the battles yet to wage.

Ashley Judd

Actress, Author and Humanitarian

Brittney Cooper

Author and Associate Professor, Rutgers University

Rebecca Traister

Author and Writer-at-Large, New York Magazine and The Cut

Sarah McBride

Author and Spokesperson, Human Rights Campaign

MODERATED BY: Katie Couric

Award-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author

WHERE LOVE IS A CRIME: UGANDA

In Uganda, homosexuality is punishable by life in prison and LGBTQ+ people face mob violence and so-called “corrective rape.” Despite the grave danger, two LGBTQ+ women have managed to carve out a life for themselves as activists, artists, and lovers.

Mukisa Fatumah

Co-Founder, Rainbow Riots Organization

Kirabo Ava

Co-Founder, Rainbow Riots Organization

MODERATED BY: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

CEO, SOC Films

A CONVERSATION WITH STACEY ABRAMS

Stacey Abrams

Founder and Chair, Fair Fight

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

11:00AM BREAK

11:20AM JILL AND FAITH SOLOWAY GET TRANSPARENT

Jill and Faith Soloway are the powerhouse siblings behind Amazon’s ground-breaking series Transparent. They’re working together to harness the power of television, art and music to tell stories about gender, family and smashing the patriarchy.

Jill Soloway

Writer, Director, and Creator, Transparent; Artist and Activist, Topple and 5050by2020

Faith Soloway

Composer, Executive Producer, Transparent

MODERATED BY: Alison Stewart

Host, WNYC’s All of It

CHINA’S SHAME

In Northwest China, more than one million Uyghur people have been thrown into detention camps, and tens of thousands more are missing, as Chinese authorities determine to stamp out their culture. One woman in exile, despite the imprisonment of 25 members of her family, refuses to be silent.

Gulchehra Hoja

Uyghur Journalist, Radio Free Asia

INTERVIEWED BY: Zainab Salbi

EP and Host of Through Her Eyes, Yahoo News; Author; Founder of Women for Women International.

AI: ALL TOO HUMAN?

Artificial intelligence is everywhere. It powers the technology that accelerates our lives. But will AI also inherit the same biases we see in society writ large? Meet technologists and ethicists who are asking — can the future of AI can be feminist?

Toni Townes-Whitley

President, U.S. Regulated Industries, Microsoft

Joy Buolamwini

AI Researcher, MIT Media Lab; Founder, Algorithmic Justice League

Laura Gómez

Founder and CEO, Atipica; Founding Member, Project Include

MODERATED BY: Elaine Welteroth

Former Editor-in-Chief, Teen Vogue

A CONVERSATION WITH DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

The legendary designer on the women who inspire her.

Diane von Furstenberg

Founder and Chairman, DVF Studio

INTERVIEWED BY: Kate Bolduan

Anchor, CNN’s At This Hour

WHY FINANCIAL HEALTH IS THE NEXT FRONTIER FOR WOMEN

Women are not “bad with money” — but they often lack the information or don’t know where to start. The obstacles preventing women from financial self-care will surprise you.

Bari Tessler

Financial Therapist, Author of The Art of Money

Tayari Jones

Author

Paula Polito

Global Client Strategy Officer and Group Managing Director, Global Wealth Management, UBS Financial Services Inc.

MODERATED BY: Bianna Golodryga

Journalist and CNN Contributor

1:15PM LUNCH

2:40PM AFTERNOON PROGRAMMING BEGINS

A CONVERSATION WITH PRIYANKA CHOPRA JONAS

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Actress, Producer, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

JOURNALISTS ON THE FRONT LINES

We hear from foreign correspondents whose work has never been more difficult, more dangerous, or more important than it is right now.

Nima Elbagir

Senior International Correspondent, CNN

Alexandra Ulmer

Special Correspondent, Reuters

Lynsey Addario

Photojournalist and Author; Freelance Photographer for the New York Times, National Geographic, and Time

MODERATED BY: John Avlon

Senior Political Analyst and Anchor, CNN

POWER AND PURPOSE: A CONVERSATION WITH SUSAN RICE

Women in the World reunites Former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice and New York Times Best-Selling Author Alyssa Mastromonaco.

MOTHER OF INVENTION

Presented by Toyota. Learn about a program that celebrates the lives of children in a simple but profound ritual.

Paige Chenault

Founder and CEO, The Birthday Party Project

Pamela Brasier

Program Director, Win (Women in Need)

INTERVIEWED BY: Antonia Hylton

Correspondent, Vice News Tonight on HBO

TOPPLING TABOOS

Hear from women whose work is boosting gender equality and women’s health, while tackling taboos across Africa and India.

Edna Adan

Founder and Director, Edna Adan Hospital & University

Elizabeth Nyamayaro

United Nations Senior Advisor

Shalini Unnikrishnan

Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group

Guneet Monga

Executive Producer of Award-Winning documentary Period. End of Sentence

MODERATED BY: Jennifer Ashton

Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News and Good Morning America

SHEFIGHTER

Women in the Middle East are fighting back. Thanks to Lina Khalifeh, Founder of SheFighter Self-Defense School, thousands more women are trained to stand their ground — wherever that may be.

Lina Khalifeh

Founder, SheFighter Self-Defense School

INTERVIEWED BY: Alyse Nelson

President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

PARENTING IN THE SCREEN AGE

In a time when 95 percent of teens own or have access to a cell phone, hear practical tips on how to regain control over tech and raise safe and savvy digital citizens.

Marissa Shorenstein

President, Northern Region, AT&T

Dr. Mimi Ito

Director, Connected Learning Lab, UC Irvine

Dr. Delaney Ruston

Physician and Filmmaker, Screenagers

MODERATED BY: Stephanie Ruhle

Anchor, MSNBC and Correspondent, NBC News

YOU CAN’T TAKE A JOKE

More and more, comedians face public and professional repercussions for crossing the line in the name of a laugh. Four fearless humorists talk comedy after Harvey, facing trial by Twitter, and making light in very dark times.

Cameron Esposito

Comedian and Co-Creator, Take My Wife

Judy Gold

Comedian, Writer and Podcast Host, Kill Me Now

Jenny Hagel

Writer, Late Night with Seth Meyers

Wanda Sykes

Comedian, Writer, Actress and Producer

MODERATED BY: Juju Chang

Co-Anchor, ABC News Nightline

5:55PM PROGRAMMING ENDS

Day 3

9:00AM PROGRAMMING BEGINS

TINA BROWN WELCOME

Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

PERFORMANCE

Pilar Hill

Violinist

A LIFE IN VOGUE

Anna Wintour

Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and Artistic Director at Condé Nast

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

THE EXILES

Two women, each in exile from her homeland, discuss being forced to give up family, life and culture.

Moudi Aljohani

Saudi Activist

Masih Alinejad

Iranian women’s rights activist; Campaigner against compulsory hijab

MODERATED BY: Lydia Polgreen

Editor-in-Chief, HuffPost

MYTHBUSTING

There isn’t a pipeline problem. Women don’t lose ambition after having kids. There isn’t a confidence gap. There actually are enough qualified female candidates. We bust the biggest myths wide open to provide real solutions to the barriers holding women back.

Carolyn Tastad

Group President, North America, P&G

Ibtihaj Muhammad

U.S. Olympic Medalist, Entrepreneur and Activist; Founder, Louella

Melissa Bradley

Managing Partner, 1863 Ventures

Bozoma Saint John

CMO, Endeavor

MODERATED BY: Brooke Baldwin

Anchor, CNN Newsroom

THE NEW MODEL FOR DIVERSITY

Hear from a model working to break down barriers and change the industry from the inside.

Jillian Mercado

Model and Disabilities Activist

INTERVIEWED BY: Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani

Host, Between You and Me, HuffPost

TRUTHS FROM THE TOP

Lessons learned from one of the world’s most successful female CEOs.

Indra Nooyi

Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

INTERVIEWED BY: Margaret Brennan

CBS News Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Moderator of Face the Nation

HUMANS FOR SALE

Trafficking women and children for sex is an American epidemic that remains largely invisible. Meet the women disrupting the pipeline of sex enslavement, from prisons to sporting events to classrooms.

Cindy McCain

Chairman of the Board, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Nicole Bell

CEO and Founder, Living in Freedom Together-LIFT

Sharon Cooper

CEO and Founder, Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, P.A.

MODERATED BY: Cynthia McFadden

Senior Investigative and Legal Correspondent, NBC News

NEW FRONTIERS IN BRAIN HEALTH

Women are twice as likely as men to get Alzheimer’s — yet for decades, research flat-out ignored this disparity. Now a new generation of neuroscientists and advocates is upending misconceptions, offering critical prevention tips, and developing cutting-edge treatments on the path toward a cure.

Roberta Diaz Brinton

Director, Center for Innovation in Brain Science

Bryan Cranston

Actor, Producer, and Author

With an introduction by Jo Ann Jenkins

CEO, AARP

MODERATED BY: Deborah Roberts

ABC News Correspondent

12:10 BREAK

12:25 PROGRAMMING RESUMES

A CONVERSATION WITH ADWOA ABOAH

A world-famous activist and model on her mission to build resilience in young women.

Adwoa Aboah

Founder, Gurls Talk

INTERVIEWED BY: Audrey Gelman

Co-Founder and CEO of The Wing

MOTHER OF INVENTION

Presented by Toyota. Meet the women with groundbreaking technology that can solve the global plastic crisis.

Miranda Wang

Co-Founder and CEO, BioCellection Inc.

Jeanny Yao

Co-Founder and COO, BioCellection Inc.

INTERVIEWED BY: Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani

Host, Between You and Me, HuffPost

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Jacquelyn Birdsall

Senior Engineer, Toyota Motor North America Research and Development

A CONVERSATION WITH GLENDA JACKSON

The legendary actor talks about a life on stage, on screen and in politics.

Glenda Jackson

Actor and Former Member of the British Parliament

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World

A CONVERSATION WITH HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State

INTERVIEWED BY: Fareed Zakaria

Host, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS; Columnist, Washington Post

TINA BROWN FAREWELL

FINAL PERFORMANCE

Resistance Revival Chorus

2:15PM PROGRAMMING ENDS


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