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Inca Sorrell, Independent Volunteer, Help Refugees, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Sister of Murdered or Missing Indigenous Woman and Indigenous Activist, Trishaun Coleman, Singer and Performer, Maria Toorpakai Wazir, Professional Squash Player and Founder, Maria Toorpakai Fund, Masih Alinejad, Journalist and Campaigner Against Forced Hijab, and Becca Heller, Director, International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center, Esther Ibanga, CEO and Founder, Women Without Walls Initiative, Meryl Streep, Actress and Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World at The 2016 Women In The World Summit, NYC, New York; 4/8/2016
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April 6 – 8, 2016

Women in the World Summit

New York City

Women in the World’s 7th Annual Summit gathered women in the headlines and women on the front lines. Activists, artists, entrepreneurs and feminist firebrands — they all took the stage at this annual summit of influential, iconic women of our time and the men who admire them.

This year’s participants included Meryl Streep, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Diane von Furstenberg, University of Cambridge Professor Mary Beard OBE, actor, writer and producer Mindy Kaling, United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, photojournalist and author Lynsey Addario, journalist Tom Friedman, activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Savannah Guthrie, New America Foundation President Anne-Marie Slaughter, Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Executive Director Melanne Verveer, and Fox News anchor and journalist Megyn Kelly.

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This year’s Summit was generously supported by presenting sponsors Toyota and Merck; leadership sponsors Flex, MasterCard, Microsoft, and The Rockefeller Foundation; and supporting sponsors PepsiCo, Ford Foundation and Thomson Reuters.


Agenda

Agenda and participants are subject to change.

Day 1

6:00 PM PROGRAMMING BEGINS

OPENING VIDEO AND PERFORMANCE

Sonita Alizadeh

Artist and Activist

CO-HOSTS: 'THE WOMAN I'M HERE FOR'

Diane von Furstenberg

Chairman and Founder, DVF Studio, LLC

Vuslat Doğan

Chair of Hürriyet Publishing and Deputy Chair of Aydin Dogan Foundation

Dr. Julie Gerberding

Executive Vice President, Population Health, Merck

Lisa Materazzo

Corporate Manager, Media Strategy and Digital Engagement, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

Barkha Dutt

Director, Barkha Dutt Live Media

Nanfu Wang

Filmmaker, Director, Hooligan Sparrow

Alek Wek

South Sudanese born Model, Designer and Humanitarian

AFRICAN JIHAD

Women waging peace outside the system and across the African continent.

Esther Ibanga

CEO and Founder, Women Without Walls Initiative

Iman Elman

Captain, Somali National Army

Obiageli Ezekwesili

Co-Founder, Bring Back Our Girls

MODERATED BY: Margaret Brennan

Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News

AFGHANISTAN AT FLASHPOINT

Afghanistan’s First Lady Rula Ghani in conversation with New York Times Columnist Thomas L. Friedman.

Rula Ghani (Bibi Gul)

First Lady of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

INTERVIEWED BY: Thomas L. Friedman

Foreign Affairs Columnist, The New York Times

REFUGEES: THEY ARE US

Legendary photojournalist Lynsey Addario and Liz Clegg, who has spent months in a Calais camp tending to the pressing needs of children, on what they face every day as they flee Syria’s apocalypse.

Lynsey Addario

Photojournalist

Liz Clegg

Independent Volunteer, Help Refugees

Becca Heller

Director, International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center

Zainab Salbi

Host and Creator of The Nida’a Show and Founder of Nida’a al Nissa Productions

MODERATED BY: Tina Brown

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

THE NEWSMAKER: MEGYN KELLY

Controversial FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly opens up about being a powerful feminine voice in American media, unafraid to take on anyone, including Donald Trump.

Megyn Kelly

Anchor, The Kelly File on FOX News

INTERVIEWED BY: Katie Couric

Award-Winning Journalist, Bestselling Author, Yahoo Global News Anchor

MOTHERS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE

Three brave mothers who have experienced gun violence in their own families, on how they’re fighting back with their own solutions.

Dorothy Johnson-Speight

Founder and National Executive Director, Mothers in Charge, Inc.

Kim Odom

Pastor and Founding Field Director, Operation LIPSTICK

Sandy Phillips

Founder, Jessi’s Message

Kim Foxx

Democratic nominee for Cook County States's Attorney

MODERATED BY: Juju Chang

Nightline Co-Anchor, ABC News

PERFORMANCE

Trishaun Coleman

Singer and Performer

9:00 PM PROGRAMMING ENDS

Day 2

9:00 AM PROGRAMMING BEGINS

CHRISTINE LAGARDE: MADAME CHAIRMAN

The IMF Chief offers her unique insights on the economic impact of the refugee crisis, the future of Europe, and the outlook for the global economy.

Christine Lagarde

Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

INTERVIEWED BY: Niall Ferguson

Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University

THE FEARLESS WOMEN OF TURKEY

How escalating violence against women and a culture of impunity should be seen as harbingers of the end of democracy in Turkey.

Amberin Zaman

Public Policy Scholar, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Al-Monitor columnist.

Ipek Bozkurt

Lawyer, We Will Stop Women Homicides Platform

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Director, Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Selin Sayek Böke

Party Spokesperson and Deputy Chair of Republican People's Party of Turkey, Member of Parliament

MODERATED BY: Zainab Salbi

Host and Creator of The Nida’a Show and Founder of Nida’a al Nissa Productions

SEX AND TROLLS IN ANCIENT ROME: MARY BEARD

Legendary Cambridge classics professor Mary Beard connects misogyny 2000 years ago with cyberstalking today.

Mary Beard

Professor, University of Cambridge

INTERVIEWED BY: William Dalrymple

Writer and Historian

MOTHER OF INVENTION

Presented by Toyota. How one young entrepreneur is paying it forward.

Komal Ahmad

Founder and CEO, Copia

Margarette Purvis

President and CEO, Food Bank For New York City

MODERATED BY: Zain Verjee

Co-founder and CEO, aKoma Media

DANGEROUS DOCUMENTARIANS

How two brave filmmakers from China and Saudi Arabia have risked their lives to expose secrets about those countries, in defiance of their governments.

Nanfu Wang

Filmmaker, Director, Hooligan Sparrow

Safa al Ahmad

Journalist and Filmmaker

MODERATED BY: Deborah Roberts

Correspondent, ABC News

ENVIRONMENTAL WARRIORS

Fearless women who have risked their lives to stop criminals engaged in illegal poaching rings and the ruthless corporate interests that threaten to destroy precious ecosystems.

Dr. Paula Kahumbu

CEO, WildlifeDirect

Kate Brooks

Director, The Last Animals

Mélanie Gouby

Journalist

MODERATED BY: Katty Kay

Anchor, BBC World News America

MINDY KALING: WHY NOT ME?

The first woman of color to create, executive produce and star in her own TV sitcom discusses breaking barriers, being a female boss and the new direction of her hit show The Mindy Project.

Mindy Kaling

Actor, Writer, Producer

INTERVIEWED BY: Alicia Menendez

Anchor and Correspondent, Fusion

CANADA’S SHAME: THE MURDERED AND MISSING

As many as 4,000 Canadian indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing since 1980. Why do these tragic cases continue to be overlooked? Victims’ families share stories of frustration and grief.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Sister of Murdered or Missing Indigenous Woman and Indigenous Activist

Lori (aka Lorimer) Shenher

Author, Speaker, and Former Detective, Vancouver Police

Michele Pineault

Mother of a Murdered or Missing Indigenous Woman

Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MD

Canadian Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

MODERATED BY: John Hockenberry

Host, The Takeaway

12:45PM LUNCH

2:15PM AFTERNOON PROGRAMMING BEGINS

PERFORMANCE

Daymé Arocena

Singer-songwriter and Musician

MOTHER/DAUGHTER DYNASTY: TWO GENERATIONS OF THE BUSH FAMILY

We’ve heard a lot about the men in the Bush family lately, but not enough about the vibrant women who are surging ahead, each in her own different way.

Barbara Bush Jr.

CEO & Co-Founder, Global Health Corps

Laura W. Bush

Former First Lady of the United States

Jenna Bush Hager

Correspondent, NBC News’s TODAY

MODERATED BY: Savannah Guthrie

Co-Anchor of Today and NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent

MY STEALTHY FREEDOM

The founder of a social movement that's inspiring women of Iran to perform acts of personal rebellion.

Masih Alinejad

Journalist and Campaigner Against Forced Hijab

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

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

MOTHER OF INVENTION

Presented by Toyota. Meet a visionary who has a mission to help people with special needs.

Maria Dellapina

Founder and President, Specs4Us

Erin Suzanne Farragher

Inspiration for Erin’s World Frame Line by Specs4Us

Anthony J. Spooner

Special Education Teacher and VP, Specs4Us

Dr. Cynthia Peacock, MD, FAAP, FACP

Associate Professor and Medical Director, Baylor College of Medicine

MODERATED BY: Alex Witt

Anchor, MSNBC’s 'Weekends with Alex Witt'

WHY TV IS HOTTER THAN MOVIES

From Black-ish to WGN America’s Underground, America's hit TV shows are outpacing Hollywood when it comes to offering black women starring roles - both in front of the camera and behind it.

Nina Shaw

Partner, Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano

Misha Green

WGN America’s 'Underground' Creator, Writer and Executive Producer

Jurnee Smollet-Bell

Actress and Activist, Star of WGN America’s 'Underground'

Yara Shahidi

Philanthropist, Scholar and Actress on ABC's Black-ish

MODERATED BY: Juju Chang

Nightline Co-Anchor, ABC News

BIRTHING NEW SOLUTIONS TO END MATERNAL MORTALITY

Presented by Merck for Mothers. Local solutions to the complex and age-old problem of maternal mortality.

Liya Kebede

Supermodel, Designer and Founder of The Liya Kebede Foundation

Ivy Prosper

Ivy Prosper, Reporter and Television Host, Maternal Health Channel

Zubaida Bai

President and Chief Executive, ayzh

Mary Gorett Musoke

Founder of the Maria Maternity Ward and President of the Uganda Private Midwives Association

MODERATED BY: Alyse Nelson

President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

DAUGHTERS FOR SALE

A teenage Afghan rapper shares how music helped her escape from becoming a child bride, and fuels her mission to fight against child marriage around the world.

Sonita Alizadeh

Artist and Activist

INTERVIEWED BY: Katty Kay

Anchor, BBC World News America

WHAT IS THE FUTURE FOR WOMEN IN ISLAM?

Women raised as Muslim debate whether there's a place for them in Islam.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Founder, AHA Foundation and Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Farah Pandith

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations

Zahra' Langhi

Co-Founder & Director, Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace

Hibaaq Osman

Founder and CEO, Karama

MODERATED BY: Barkha Dutt

Director, Barkha Dutt Live Media

STANDING HER GROUND

As the Supreme Court considers its first abortion case in a decade, and presidential candidates call for the closing of women’s health clinics, the head of Planned Parenthood is the voice for women who say, 'We won't go back.'

Cecile Richards

President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund

INTERVIEWED BY: Alicia Menendez

Anchor and Correspondent, Fusion

PADMA LAKSHMI: SECOND ACT

The award-winning author and Top Chef host talks about her beginnings as a fashion model, how food relates to feminism and overcoming her own health crisis.

Padma Lakshmi

Author, TV Presenter and Chef

INTERVIEWED BY: André Leon Talley

Author and Curator, Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective (deYoung Museum)

6:30 PM THURSDAY PROGRAMMING ENDS

Day 3

9:00 AM MORNING PROGRAMMING BEGINS

A WRAP-UP WITH DVF

The legendary designer on the women who inspire her.

Diane von Furstenberg

Chairman and Founder, DVF Studio, LLC

INTERVIEWED BY: Meredith Kopit Levien

Chief Revenue Officer, The New York Times

HER BRAND IS CRISIS

Ertharin Cousin reports on what she sees while confronting pressing global needs, ranging from devastating earthquakes to needy refugees, as she manages the UN World Food Programme’s response.

Ertharin Cousin

Executive Director, World Food Programme

INTERVIEWED BY: Lesley Stahl

Correspondent, 60 Minutes

AJAY BANGA: THE RIGHT TO IDENTITY

Nearly 2.5 billion people live without a legal form of identification, and most of them are women. MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga discusses why the right to identification remains the crucial link in a global conversation about financial inclusion, gender parity and income inequality.

Ajay Banga

President & CEO, MasterCard

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

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

WOMEN ON THE RUN

Why the women and girls of Central America are fleeing to the United States.

America Ferrera

Actress, Producer and Founder, Take Fountain Productions

Lilia Aguilar

Former member of Mexican Congress; Founder, Moving Mexico Forward; Researcher in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Astrid Ellis

Kidnapping Survivor

MODERATED BY: Maria Hinojosa

Executive Producer and Host of NPR’s Latino USA and President of Futuro Media Group

INDRA NOOYI IN CONVERSATION WITH ANNE-MARIE SLAUGHTER

One of the few women to run a Fortune 500 company and the bestselling author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family explore trends, policies, and approaches — from multigenerational households to corporate “family campuses” — that can help women pursue their careers while meeting their family responsibilities.

Indra Nooyi

Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo

Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO, New America

MODERATED BY: Norah O’Donnell

Co-Anchor, CBS This Morning

THE WINNER

How a determined Pakistani girl became a squash champion by disguising her gender.

Maria Toorpakai Wazir

Professional Pakistani Squash Player and Founder, Maria Toorpakai Fund

INTERVIEWED BY: Gillian Tett

U.S. Managing Editor, The Financial Times

THE FOURTH REVOLUTION

Can technology solve the world’s most pressing problems? Brilliant female futurists weigh in.

Yoky Matsuoka

Technology Leader in Healthcare, Smart Homes, and Robotics; Former VP of Technology at Nest; Co-Founder of Google X

Caroline Dowling

President, Communications and Enterprise Compute, Flex

Martine Rothblatt

Chairman & Co-CEO, United Therapeutics Corporation

MODERATED BY: Bianna Golodryga

Anchor, Yahoo News & Finance

THE LASTING IMPACT OF ANITA HILL

25 years later, what you didn’t know about America’s most infamous sexual-harassment case.

Kerry Washington

Actor, Producer, and Activist, star of Confirmation

Susannah Grant

Executive Producer/Writer, Confirmation

Sally Quinn

Reporter, The Washington Post

MODERATED BY: Cynthia McFadden

Senior Legal and Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

MOTHER OF INVENTION

Presented by Toyota. Two entrepreneurs who are using technology to bring advice and inspiration to students who need them most.

Monica Gray

CEO & Co-Founder, DreamWakers

Annie Medaglia

Co-Founder, DreamWakers

Ganiat Rufai

Principal, Dr. E. Alma Flagg School, Newark, NJ

MODERATED BY: Isha Sesay

Anchor and Correspondent, CNN

SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Jacquelyn Birdsall

Senior Engineer, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America

THE DRAMA OF INDIA'S FAULT LINES

Are gender and caste violence endemic in modern India-- and is rule of law failing the majority of its billion-plus citizens, especially its women and girls?

Dr. Menaka Guruswamy

Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Barkha Dutt

Director, Barkha Dutt Live Media

MODERATED BY: Tina Brown

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

MERYL STREEP AND LEADERS OF TOMORROW: CALL TO ACTION

Meryl Streep introduces young firebrands who are already changing the world, each of whom has a message and mission of urgency for the audience.

2:00 PM SUMMIT FAREWELL


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