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Women in the World Summit

April 12 – 14, 2018

Women in the World Summit

New York City

The ninth annual Women in the World Summit took place April 12-14, 2018 at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City. The event was presented and co-hosted by Toyota.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton appeared at the Summit along with Academy Award-winner Viola Davis, who was interviewed by MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid, contributing writer at The New Yorker Ronan Farrow moderated a panel with Italian actress Asia Argento and Italian model Ambra B. Gutierrez, two women who stood up to disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Parkland gun control activist Delaney Tarr, Liberian Nobel laureate Leymah Gbowee, restaurant workers’ activist Saru Jayaraman, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi were some of the other big highlights.

Numerous other luminaries and inspiring women and men joined us onstage, including U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski, best-selling author and principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre Misty Copeland, award-winning actress and star of DietlandJulianna Margulies, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Dr. Fozia Alvi, a volunteer in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Watch video highlights from the entire 2018 Summit here and watch all three days of the Summit in their entirety are the top of this page. For complete news coverage of the event, click here.

The 2018 Summit is generously supported by presenting sponsor Toyota; leadership sponsors AT&T, The Boston Consulting Group, Mastercard, P&G and UBS; supporting sponsors The Rockefeller Foundation and Thomson Reuters; and media sponsor The New York Times.

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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.


Agenda

Agenda and participants are subject to change.

Day 1

6:15 PROGRAMMING BEGINS

A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

Women Rising — the drum beats of activism captured in video and tap. Syncopated Ladies join the women’s revolution, stamping out patriarchy and redefining the social order.

TINA BROWN WELCOME

Tina Brown

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

HOW TO LAUNCH A REVOLUTION

Liberian activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee spearheaded a women’s uprising that toppled a bloodstained dictator from power. In today’s global climate of conflict and crisis, Gbowee tells what today’s activists need to do to make a movement into a revolution.

Leymah Gbowee

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate & Liberian Peace Activist

MODERATED BY: Norah O’Donnell

Co-Anchor CBS This Morning, CBS News

#METOO: OUTRAGE FROM EUROPE

Ronan Farrow interviews Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the first to publicly charge Harvey Weinstein with assault, Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, who faced down Weinstein and Berlusconi, and Italian MP Laura Boldrini about the retro disgrace of post-Berlusconi Italy.

Asia Argento

Director, Actress, Singer, Screenwriter and Activist

Laura Boldrini

Former President, Chamber of Deputies of Italy and Current Member of Parliament

Ambra Battilana Gutierrez

Model

MODERATED BY: Ronan Farrow

Contributing Writer, The New Yorker; author of War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

REFORMING THE BRO CHAOS

Can Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi change the culture of the ride-sharing behemoth that was rocked by the win-at-any–cost business ethos of the previous leadership? A conversation with a new corporate leader, brought in to fix not the valuation of his multi-billion dollar company but its values — most notably its treatment of female employees and customers.

Dara Khosrowshahi

CEO, Uber Technologies

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

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

WITNESS TO GENOCIDE

Since August, nearly 700,000 Rohingya people have fled their homes in Myanmar across the border to Bangladesh as the regime’s Buddhist militias try to exterminate the Muslim minority. Crusading columnist Nick Kristof just reported from Rohingya villages inside Myanmar. And a brave and compassionate Canadian doctor, who sought to alleviate the suffering by going to the refugee camps herself, returns with firsthand testimony that will shake you.

Dr. Fozia Alvi

Family Physician, Canada and Volunteer ICNA relief

Nicholas Kristof

Columnist, The New York Times, and Author

MODERATED BY: Juju Chang

Co-Anchor, ABC News Nightline

THE MIGHTY VOICE OF VIOLA DAVIS

Viola Davis talks about a life journey that’s taken her from the depths of privation to the heights of Hollywood, defeating the discrimination of race, gender and poverty all the way.

Viola Davis

Award-Winning Actress and Activist

INTERVIEWED BY: Joy-Ann Reid

MSNBC Host, Author

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

PAY ME WHAT I’M WORTH

We are all tired of hearing it: From doctors to restaurant workers, Hollywood to political office; women are paid less across all industries — 80 cents on the dollar. Wait no more! Hear from three women who are fighting to change the status quo and stand up to the establishment to demand fair wages.

Carrie Gracie

BBC Journalist

Saru Jayaraman

President and Co-Founder, ROC United

Chirlane McCray

First Lady of New York City

MODERATED BY: Cynthia McFadden

Senior Legal and Investigative Correspondent, NBC News

THE CRUSADER

For nearly two years, police and vigilante forces under despot Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have been entering slum neighborhoods in the middle of the night and executing men suspected of drug possession, for his so-called war on drugs. An award-winning, Manila-based journalist exposes what’s happening for the online news network Rappler.

Patricia Evangelista

Journalist, Rappler

John Avlon

Editor in Chief, The Daily Beast and CNN Analyst

REINVENT THE RULES

Success is not just about creativity and tenacity, it’s also about reinvention — changing the culture of business and being open to change yourself. A conversation with top female leaders.

Diane von Furstenberg

Founder and Chairman, DVF Studio

Leila Hoteit

Partner and Managing Director, The Boston Consulting Group

Mindy Grossman

President and CEO, Weight Watchers International, Inc

Christa Quarles

CEO, OpenTable

MODERATED BY: Katie Couric

Award-winning Journalist and Best-Selling Author

MOTHER OF INVENTION, PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

Meet the innovator who is making it possible for parents and loved ones who are away from home to read bedtime stories to children.

Maxeme Tuchman

CEO & Co-Founder, Caribu

INTERVIEWED BY: Sade Baderinwa

WABC-TV Anchor, Eyewitness News

BREAK

EMOTIONAL MONEY

Research reveals that, even now, women all too often leave the finances to men. And yet 80 percent of women will be single or solely responsible for their finances by the end of their lives — and will find themselves at a loss when it happens. A savvy wealth manager, a high-powered divorce lawyer and a former professor of behavioral economics reveal how to change that paradigm.

Paula Polito

Global Client Strategy Officer, UBS Global Wealth Management

Laura Wasser

Family Law Attorney, CEO & Founder, Wasser Cooperman & Mandles, P.C. and Author, “It’s Over Easy”

Carmen Rita Wong

CEO & Founder, Malecon Productions, LLC

MODERATED BY: Gillian Tett

U.S. Managing Editor, The Financial Times

THE GREAT PROTECTOR

Sunitha Krishnan, herself a victim of sexual violence, founded the largest sanctuary in India where the trafficked women and girls she rescues can feel safe. Threats and violence are not new to Krishnan but in February this year she confronted the worst attack yet.

Sunitha Krishnan

Anti-Trafficking Crusader and Co-Founder of Prajwala

INTERVIEWED BY: Alyse Nelson

President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

THE WOMAN WHO DIDN’T BACK DOWN

A conversation with Sally Yates, the first person to stand up to President Trump in the White House — and the first person to be fired by him.

Sally Yates

Distinguished Visitor from Government, Georgetown University Law School; Former Deputy Attorney General

INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown

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

THE FORGOTTEN

Little attention is paid to the fact that civil war rages on across Yemen, with Saudi bombing of Iranian-funded rebels killing at least 1,665 women and over 50,000 children just last year. Learn from an intrepid aid worker and a committed journalist what it’s like living amid the single worst humanitarian catastrophe since the founding of the United Nations.

Bushra Aldukhainah

Area Manager, CARE Yemen

Afrah Nasser

Journalist & Editor in Chief, Sana’a Review

MODERATED BY: Rula Jebreal

Award-Winning Author, Journalist and Foreign Policy Expert

THE HEAT IN THE KITCHEN

Today’s superstar chefs believe that food is more than a meal — it’s a movement. A conversation with two top chefs moderated by the former chef in the Obama White House.

Dominique Crenn

Chef-Proprietor, Atelier Crenn, Petit Crenn, Bar Crenn

Barbara Lynch

Chef/Owner, Barbara Lynch Gruppo

MODERATED BY: Sam Kass

Food Entrepreneur, Former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition, Founder of Trove Worldwide, Acre Venture Partners

1:15 LUNCH

2:30 AFTERNOON PROGRAMMING BEGINS

PERFORMANCE BY RESISTANCE REVIVAL CHORUS

Formed in the wake of Trump’s inauguration, The Resistance Revival Chorus are bringing protest songs to the women’s revolution.

POWERS OF THE SENATE

Two senators, a Republican and a Democrat, discuss seeking compromise and voting their conscience during a time when partisanship reigns supreme in Washington.

Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senator (D-New York)

Lisa Murkowski

U.S. Senator (R-Alaska)

MODERATED BY: Andrea Mitchell

NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and Host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports

MOTHER OF INVENTION, PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

Meet the brains behind the innovative technology that helps law enforcement hunt down sex traffickers and rescue trafficking victims.

Emily Kennedy

CEO & Founder, Marinus Analytics

Harris Faulkner

Co-Host, Outnumbered and Host, Outnumbered Overtime, Fox News

THE FUTURE OF WORK

Where and how we work is undergoing a tectonic shift. The majority of the workforce will be freelance within 10 years and a rapid digital transformation will make some jobs more flexible while making others obsolete. How to get smart about what’s coming.

Melissa Arnoldi

President, Technology & Operations, AT&T

Leah Busque

Founder TaskRabbit, General Partner, Fuel Capital; Shine Together

Dambisa Moyo

Global Economist & Author

Jennifer Rademaker

Executive Vice President – Global Customer Delivery, Mastercard

MODERATED BY: Bianna Golodryga

Correspondent, CBS News; Contributor, CNN

IN CONVERSATION WITH MARGARET ATWOOD

We live in a country where male politicians want to regulate our reproductive rights, our president brags about sexual assault, and the vice president refuses to meet alone with women. Can The Handmaid’s Tale become our reality? Celebrated author, Margaret Atwood discusses this and more.

Margaret Atwood

Writer, O.W. Toad Ltd.

INTERVIEWED BY: Michelle Goldberg

Columnist, The New York Times

UNSHACKLED

America incarcerates more women than any other country in the world. And more than half have not been convicted of a crime but are awaiting trial behind bars because they can’t pay bail. Meet two reformers with bold ideas for ending the criminalization and victimization of women in America’s justice system.

Holly Harris

Executive Director, Justice Action Network

Topeka Sam

The Ladies of Hope Ministries, Co-Founder Hope House NYC, Director #Dignity Campaign for #cut50

MODERATED BY: Tina Brown

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

KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: THE GATHERING THREAT

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton leads a discussion with four remarkable international journalists who have faced brutal trolling, threats of bureau closure and the necessity of exile because they have spoken truth to power. Amid the rising ​threat to western democracy ​ they explain why the strong-man tactics of the regimes of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and Turkey’s Tayipp Erdogan have such relevance to us here at home.

Yevgenia Albats

Editor in Chief, The New Times, Russia

Tamara Chergoleishvili

Founder Tabula Media, Georgia

Carrie Gracie

Former China Editor, BBC

Ece Temelkuran

Author & Journalist, Turkey

MODERATED BY: Hillary Rodham Clinton

Former Secretary of State

6:00PM PROGRAMMING ENDS

Day 3

9:00AM PROGRAMMING BEGINS

WELCOME

Tina Brown

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

WOMAN EN POINTE

One of the most celebrated ballerinas in the world, she was the first African-American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history.

MISTY COPELAND

Best-selling Author & Principal Dancer, American Ballet Theatre

INTERVIEWED BY: Robin Roberts

Co-Anchor, Good Morning America

DOCTORS WHO WORK IN PERIL

Venezuela’s collapse of democracy and its ravaged economy has transformed this former Latin American powerhouse into a country where citizens are starving. Two determined doctors share stories from the heart of chaos.

Dr. Astrid Cantor

Medical Doctor and Columnist, Caracas Chronicles

Federica Dávila

Medical Student and Founder & Director, Primeros Auxilios UCV (Green Cross)

MODERATED BY: Juju Chang

Co-Anchor, ABC News Nightline

IN CONVERSATION WITH SOPHIE GRÉGOIRE TRUDEAU

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is a fearless advocate for engaging men and boys in conversation about gender equity and feminism. She’s also a champion for increased awareness around eating disorders, mental health and domestic violence.

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

Gender Equality Advocate and spouse of the Prime Minister of Canada

INTERVIEWED BY: Stephanie Mehta

Editor in Chief, Fast Company

SEX: NEW RULES OF ENGAGEMENT

The digital revolution of #MeToo has forced men and women to redefine their stance on sex, dating – even masculinity. As the relationship between the sexes undergoes vast redefinition, new rules of engagement are emerging in our digital world, in our bedrooms and in the workplace. Some leading voices weigh in.

Joanna Coles

Chief Content Officer, Hearst Magazines and Author Love Rules

Terry Crews

Actor & Activist

MODERATED BY: Zainab Salbi

Host and Executive Editor of #MeToo, Now What; Founder, Women for Women International & Author

BEAT THE CLOCK

Women already battling sexism are often hit hardest by ageism. But now more women are pushing back and showing that age is just a number.

Maye Musk

Model, Dietitian & Face of CoverGirl, Maye Musk, Inc.

Sheila Nevins

Executive Producer; Former President, HBO Documentary Films; Author, You Don’t Look Your Age and Other Fairy Tales

Markus Strobel

President, Global Skin and Personal Care, P&G

Michaela Angela Davis

Writer, Image Activist, MADFree

MODERATED BY: Lesley Stahl

Correspondent, 60 Minutes; CBS News

THEY KILLED MY DAUGHTER

One remarkable mother is leading the charge against pharmaceutical companies for knowingly marketing highly addictive prescription opioids that helped create one of the largest public health crises in modern history.

Janis McGrory

Mother who lost her daughter to an opioid overdose; Learn to Cope, FedUp Rally, Team Sharing

INTERVIEWED BY: Perri Peltz

Documentary Filmmaker and Journalist

BREAK

DIETLAND

This television series unveils one woman’s journey to self-awakening while exploring a multitude of issues faced by women today – including patriarchy, misogyny, rape culture and unrealistic beauty standards.

Julianna Margulies

Actress, AMC’S Dietland

Joy Nash

Actress, AMC’S Dietland

Marti Noxon

Executive Producer, Writer and Director AMC’S Dietland

MODERATED BY: Cindi Leive

Journalist

MOTHER OF INVENTION, PRESENTED BY TOYOTA

Hear from a young inventor who came up with an innovative way to protect against attackers who slip drugs into their victim’s drink.

Danya Sherman

Founder, KnoNap

Jacquelyn Birdsall

Senior Engineer, Toyota Motor North America

MODERATED BY: Athena Jones

National Correspondent, CNN

THE RESCUER

Australian Madeleine Habib ran away to sea in her early 20s, following her love for the ocean and a passion for environmental and social activism. She now captains her own cargo ships and rescues refugees in the Mediterranean Sea.

Madeleine Habib

Ship’s Captain and Humanitarian Worker, SOS Mediterranee and Medecins Sans Frontieres

INTERVIEWED BY: Rula Jebreal

Award-Winning Author, Journalist and Foreign Policy Expert

LET LOVE PREVAIL

On February 10, 2015, Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan, were shot and killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Suzanne Barakat — Deah’s sister — is on a mission is to counter Islamophobia and fight hate with love.

Dr. Suzanne Barakat

Board Chair, Our Three Winners Foundation

INTERVIEWED BY: Katy Tur

NBC News Correspondent and MSNBC Anchor

YOUTHQUAKE

Can Generation Z save the world from itself? Expected to be more politically active and socially conscious, this new generation of young people are fired up about changing laws, ending violence and prejudice, and screaming loudly in the name of social justice.

Eva Maria Lewis

Founder, The I Project and Co-Founder Youth for Black Lives

Delaney Tarr

Student Activist, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Naomi Wadler

11, Year-Old Student Activist, George Mason Elementary School

MODERATED BY: Tina Brown

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

CALL TO ACTION

Hebh Jamal

Muslim Palestinian-American Youth Activist

Nupol Kiazolu

President, Youth Coalition for Black Lives Matter, Greater NY

Hunter Schafer

Transgender Artist, Designer and Model

Monica Sibri

Co-Founder, New York DREAMers

Jamie Tyberg

Climate Activist, New York Communities for Change

PERFORMANCE BY THE RENAISSANCE YOUTH CENTER CHOIR

Their mission is to empower underserved, inner-city youth through music and the arts. This choir from the Bronx is being the change they want to see in their community and using their voice to say ‘rise up!’.

TINA BROWN FAREWELL

2:00PM PROGRAMMING ENDS


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