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April 5 – 7, 2017

Women in the World Summit

New York City

The eighth annual Women in the World Summit, in association with The New York Times, took place April 5-7, 2017 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The agenda is available online, and the event was presented and co-hosted by Toyota. Couldn’t make it? Watch videos from the entire 2017 Summit above.

Along with the honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 2017 Women in the World participants included: actress Scarlett Johansson; Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Tony Award-winning performer and writer Sarah Jones; President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cecile Richards; Asst. Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Dr. Annie Sparrow; Ambassador Melanne Verveer; Founder and Co-Chairman of DVF Studio, Diane von Furstenberg; journalist Masha Gessen; CEO & Co-founder of SOHO China, Zhang Xin; actress, writer, and activist Maria Bello; journalist and writer Zineb el Rhazoui; TV journalist and author Barkha Dutt; Chief Creative Officer & Founder of Badger & Winters, Madonna Badger; journalist, author and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington; CEO & Co-Founder of Ellevest, Sallie Krawcheck; New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist and author, Tom Friedman; TV journalist and women’s advocate, Gretchen Carlson; founder of Women for Women International, Zainab Salbi; and Nigerian activist and Founder of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, Hafsat Abiola-Costello.

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The 2017 Summit was generously supported by presenting sponsor Toyota; leadership sponsors AARP, AT&TThe Boston Consulting Group, MastercardP&G, and The Rockefeller Foundation; and supporting sponsors Ford Foundation, PepsiCo, and Thomson Reuters.

ABOUT WOMEN IN THE WORLD

The three-day Women in the World Summit, held at New York City’s Lincoln Center, presents powerful new female role models whose personal stories illuminate the most pressing international issues. They range from CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists, peacemakers, and firebrand dissidents. The Summit’s vivid journalistic narratives, high-impact video, and fast-paced staging have made it the premier platform to showcase women of impact. Increasingly, Women in the World also includes the participation, onstage and in the audience, of men who champion women.

Past participants have included Hillary Clinton, Christine Lagarde, Angelina Jolie, Diane von Furstenberg, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Tom Hanks, Malala Yousafzai, Oprah Winfrey, Barbra Streisand and many more amazing and inspiring women from all over the world! Click here to view the agenda from the 2016 Women in the World Summit, and click here for full coverage of the event.


Agenda

Agenda and participants are subject to change.

Day 1

6:00PM PROGRAMMING BEGINS

QUIET

L.A. based singer and songwriter MILCK performs her original song 'Quiet,' which became the anthem of the Women's March on Washington, D.C.

MILCK

Singer, Songwriter, and Creator of the #icantkeepquiet Project

Columbia University Nonsequitur A Cappella
The Columbia Metrotones

TINA BROWN WELCOME

Tina Brown

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

HOW TO RAISE A FEMINIST

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, and celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discuss how to raise daughters AND sons to challenge traditional gender roles.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Writer

Cecile Richards

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

MODERATED BY: Katie Couric

Award-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author

DOCTORS ON THE FRONT LINES

Two brave doctors who are determined to heal the wounds of war in one of the most dangerous places on earth, Syria.

Dr. Rola Hallam

CEO and Founder, CanDo

Dr. Annie Sparrow

Asst. Professor Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

MODERATED BY: Tina Brown

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

TRUMP’S DIPLOMAT: NIKKI HALEY

A conversation with Nikki Haley, the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, to discuss her high-stakes job as one of President Trump’s top diplomats.

Ambassador Nikki R. Haley

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

Greta Van Susteren

Anchor, For the Record with Greta, MSNBC

POISONED IN PUTIN'S RUSSIA: A WIFE'S STORY

In February, for the second time in two years, Vladimir Kara-Murza, a Russian pro-democracy activist and longtime critic of Putin, was poisoned and nearly died. His wife has decided to speak out.

Evgenia Kara-Murza

Wife of Russian Opposition Leader Vladimir Kara-Murza

INTERVIEWED BY: Bianna Golodryga

Yahoo News and Finance Anchor

ALTERNATIVE FACTS: JOURNALISTS UNDER SIEGE

Four fearless journalists from India, Russia, Turkey and the U.S. reveal the mounting challenges to reporting, in an era when the consequences for speaking truth to power range from digital harassment to corporate intervention to -- in some countries -- more dire punishment.

Barkha Dutt

TV Journalist, Author and Founding Editor, Mojo Media

Masha Gessen

Journalist

Maggie Haberman

White House Correspondent, The New York Times

Ece Temelkuran

Author

MODERATED BY: David Remnick

Editor, The New Yorker

9:00PM PROGRAMMING ENDS

Day 2

9:00AM PROGRAMMING BEGINS

WELCOME

Tina Brown

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

Lisa Materazzo

Vice President, Vehicle Marketing and Communications, Toyota

CROSSING LINES

Former Fox News Anchor Gretchen Carlson on how her triumph in fighting sexual harassment at Fox News is the exception to the rule, unless you have the means to fight back. She’s joined by her lawyer, and a firefighter who’s endured systemic workplace sexual harassment.

Gretchen Carlson

TV Journalist and Female Empowerment Advocate

Nancy Erika Smith

President and Founder, Smith Mullin

Patricia Tomasello

Management Analyst, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

MODERATED BY: Lesley Stahl

Correspondent, 60 Minutes

PAKISTAN'S HONOR

In Pakistan, perpetrators of honor killings can no longer walk free. How a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker helped change social norms by telling the stories of the Pakistani women who are fighting back.

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Academy Award-Winning Filmmaker, and CEO, SOC Films

INTERVIEWED BY: Cynthia McFadden

Senior Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

THE WOMAN WHO BUILT BEIJING

China’s billionaire building mogul, on her rise from extreme poverty to fame and fortune.

Zhang Xin

Co-Founder and CEO, SOHO China

INTERVIEWED BY: Maria Bartiromo

Anchor and Global Markets Editor, FOX Business Network and FOX News Channel

THE SURVIVOR

She was kidnapped by a cult leader, held captive for four years and almost starved to death. A young woman tells her story of how writing poetry was the key to her survival.

Iasia Sweeting

Poet, Activist and Survivor

INTERVIEWED BY: Mary Jordan

National Correspondent, The Washington Post

SHE-SUITE

What does it take to break the corporate glass ceiling and stay there? And after all these years why are there still so few women at the top?

Arianna Huffington

Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

Sallie Krawcheck

CEO and Co-Founder, Ellevest, and Chair, Ellevate Network

Miki Tsusaka

CMO, Senior Partner and Managing Director, BCG

Susan Wojcicki

CEO, YouTube

MODERATED BY: Stephanie Ruhle

Anchor, MSNBC and Correspondent, NBC News

11:20AM BREAK

MOTHER OF INVENTION, Presented by Toyota

Meet a young entrepreneur who is ensuring even the poorest of villages in Africa have clean drinking water.

Sarah Evans

CEO and Founder, Well Aware

INTERVIEWED BY: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Author and Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

A CONVERSATION WITH CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau--feminist, teacher, and father--sheds light on how all of these roles inform his priorities for Canada: gender equity, strengthening the middle class, and promoting diversity and inclusion.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

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

PARIS ON THE BRINK

Zineb El Rhazoui, a journalist whose colleagues were killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack, and Samia Hathroubi, a French Muslim activist, on the fight against Islamic extremism and how to stem the anti-Muslim tide dominating the French election.

Zineb El Rhazoui

Journalist and Writer

Samia Hathroubi

European Director, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

MODERATED BY: Zainab Salbi

Author, Media Commentator, and Founder of Women for Women International

FLIPPING THE SCRIPT

The ceaseless objectification of women is passé. Four cultural leaders share startling facts and effective approaches to ending gender bias and exploitation in advertising which, they reveal in stark stats, is bad for business.

Madonna Badger

Chief Creative Officer and Founder, Badger & Winters

Fiona Carter

Chief Brand Officer, AT&T

Queen Latifah

Musician, Critically Acclaimed Television and Film Actress, Label President, Author and Entrepreneur

Marc Pritchard

Chief Brand Officer, P&G

MODERATED BY: Katie Couric

Award-Winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author

1:15PM LUNCH

2:30PM AFTERNOON PROGRAMMING BEGINS

PERFORMANCE: 'TO ALL THE LITTLE GIRLS'

When Hillary Clinton conceded the presidential election, she had a special message for young girls. One of those listening turned that message into a song.

Isolde Fair

Singer and Songwriter

String Students from Mannes Prep, The New School
Renaissance Youth Center Choir

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: BREAKING UP THE BOYS CLUB

An intimate conversation with Scarlett Johansson about her work, her activism and motherhood.

Scarlett Johansson

Actress

Arianna Huffington

Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

MOTHER OF INVENTION, Presented by Toyota

Meet a young inventor who is turning footsteps into power.

Hahna Alexander

CEO and Co-Founder, SolePower

INTERVIEWED BY: Alex Witt

Anchor, MSNBC and Correspondent, NBC News

LIFE AFTER HATE: DEFEATING WHITE SUPREMACY

There has been a dramatic uptick in incidents of racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic and xenophobic attacks. How do we counter violent extremism and reverse the tide of hate?

Heidi Beirich

Director, Intelligence Project, Southern Poverty Law Center

Brendan Cox

Campaigner and Activist, and Widower of slain U.K. Labour M.P. Jo Cox

Joy-Ann Reid

Host, MSNBC, and Author

Felicia Sanders

Survivor of the Emanuel AME Church Shooting in Charleston

MODERATED BY: Juju Chang

Co-Anchor, Nightline

THE QUEEN OF SCOTS

The first woman to hold the title of First Minister of Scotland, the first woman to serve as leader of the Scottish National Party, and a fierce advocate for Scottish independence. In the wake of Brexit, she’s caught in a historic fight to keep Scotland tied to the European Union.

The Rt. Hon. Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister of Scotland

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

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

AUSTRALIA’S SHAME

In Australia’s remote offshore detention centers, refugees fleeing violence and persecution in their homelands have been subjected to harsh living conditions, assault by guards and, in some cases, sexual abuse. Hear from the brave whistleblowers who risked everything to shine a light on Australia’s refugee crisis.

Alanna Maycock

Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Consultant, Paediatric Refugee Service, Children’s Hospital Sydney

Jennifer Robinson

Doughty Street Chambers, and Co-Founder, Hakawati Project

Viktoria Vibhakar, L.C.S.W.

Ph.D. Scholar, School of Medicine, University of Queensland

MODERATED BY: Bianna Golodryga

Yahoo News and Finance Anchor

THE HONORABLE HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York

INTRODUCED BY: Samantha Bee

Host and Executive Producer, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

INTERVIEWED BY: Nicholas Kristof

Columnist, The New York Times, and Author

5:45PM PROGRAMMING ENDS

Day 3

9:00AM PROGRAMMING BEGINS

TINA BROWN WELCOME

Tina Brown

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

RISING FROM THE ASHES: HOW YAZIDI WOMEN ARE FIGHTING BACK

Shireen Ibrahim, a young Yazidi woman, reveals the nightmare of her capture and enslavement by ISIS, followed by award-winning journalist Janine di Giovanni and filmmaker Maria Bello on the story of 'The Sun Ladies,' Yazidi women who have taken up arms against ISIS.

Shireen Ibrahim

Yazidi Surivor of ISIS Enslavement

Feryal Pirali

Yazidi Activist and Interpreter

Maria Bello

Actress, Producer and Activist

Janine di Giovanni

Middle East Editor, Newsweek, Winner 2016 Courage in Journalism

MODERATED BY: Zainab Salbi

Author, Media Commentator and Founder of Women for Women International

DAUGHTER OF DESTINY

A fearless Nigerian activist talks about the political assassination of her parents and how she's picked up the torch of her martyred mother.

Hafsat Abiola-Costello

Founder and President, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy

INTERVIEWED BY: Perri Peltz

Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist

DESIGNING DISRUPTION

Across the age spectrum, women leaders are disrupting outdated stereotypes of gender and age by driving innovation in business, technology and entertainment.

Diane von Furstenberg

Founder and Co-Chairman, DVF Studio

Jo Ann Jenkins

CEO, AARP

Tracee Ellis Ross

Award-Winning Actress and Activist

Jeannine Sargent

President of Innovation and New Ventures, Flex

Elaine Welteroth

Editor, Teen Vogue

MODERATED BY: Kathy Lette

Best-Selling author

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: IN PLAIN SIGHT

When she was a young mother, Donna Hubbard was trafficked by a murderous gang. She's now a flight attendant and training others how to recognize trafficking victims, having herself recently saved a boy who was being trafficked. Ambassador Melanne Verveer brings a global perspective to the surge in trafficking since the refugee crisis.

Donna Hubbard

Founder and Executive Director, Woman at the Well Transition Center

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

MODERATED BY: Juju Chang

Co-Anchor, Nightline

THE POWER OF WE

How government institutions and private companies can and must work together to tackle the world's problems. A conversation about finding innovative ways to include and empower people on the margins in a fast-changing world.

Ajay Banga

President and CEO, Mastercard

Kristalina Georgieva

CEO, World Bank

MODERATED BY: Gillian Tett

U.S. Managing Editor, Financial Times

11:40AM BREAK

12:00PM AFTERNOON PROGRAMMING BEGINS

WHEN SARAH MET JOHN...

Which Sarah Jones -- creator and star of the hit one-woman-show 'Sell/Buy/Date' -- will interview which John Leguizamo -- the madcap talent behind the new hit play 'Latin History for Morons'

Sarah Jones

Tony Award-Winning Performer and Writer

John Leguizamo

Playwright and Actor

SAUDI WOMEN ATHLETES: SHAKING UP THE KINGDOM

Saudi laws and traditions prohibiting sports for women and girls are beginning to fall away, as the country's pioneering female athletes become new icons of strength and health.

Minky Worden

Director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch

Raha Moharrak

Adventurer

MODERATED BY: Gianna Toboni

Correspondent and Producer, VICE, HBO

MOTHER OF INVENTION, Presented by Toyota

A young entrepreneur on a mission to put a lab in every student’s pocket by turning mobile phones into scientific instruments.

Komal Dadlani

CEO and Co-Founder, Lab4U

INTERVIEWED BY: Alyse Nelson

President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Lisa Materazzo

Vice President, Vehicle Marketing and Communications, Toyota

INDIA'S THIRD GENDER

India is one of just 12 countries that recognize the third gender. Meet the gender warrior who convinced India's Supreme Court to think beyond male and female.

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi

Chair and Founder, Astitva Trust, Asia's First Transgender Organization

INTERVIEWED BY: Barkha Dutt

TV Journalist, Author and Founding Editor, Mojo Media

THE RESISTERS

Three powerhouse women who are galvanizing a movement of resistance across the country by organizing protests, and by using the law and social media to resist injustice.

Becca Heller

Director, International Refugee Assistance Project

Tamika D. Mallory

National Co-Chair, Women's March

Linda Sarsour

National Co-Chair, Women's March

MODERATED BY: Rashida Jones

Actor, Writer, Producer and Activist

PERFORMANCE: 'QUIET'

L.A. based singer and songwriter MILCK reprises her original song 'Quiet,' which became the anthem of the Women's March on Washington, D.C.

MILCK

Singer, Songwriter, and Creator of the #icantkeepquiet Project

Columbia University Nonsequitur A Cappella
The Columbia Metrotones

TINA BROWN FAREWELL

Tina Brown

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

2:00PM PROGRAMMING ENDS


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