The Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit will convene and empower institutional and corporate leaders, and the next generation of women leaders and innovators, to accelerate gender parity, to advance women in leadership and innovation, to envision solutions to humanity's greatest challenges, and to collaborate in creating the future.  

We invite the participation of leaders and emerging innovators from companies, academic institutions and organizations; women currently enrolled in universities and colleges around the world, across all fields and disciplines; and emerging leaders currently working on the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development, to join this global convening, awards, and celebration.   This Summit is a global initiative of the Womensphere Foundation. 


OVERVIEW

To effectively lead in an increasingly uncertain, complex, and hyper-connected world, and to play an active role in creating the future – companies, academic institutions, organizations, new ventures, NGOs, social enterprises, and their leaders – need to rise to what the world needs.

We need women to become equal architects, designers, and inventors in creating the future. We need half the world’s population to fuel new vision, new approaches, new voices, and new partnerships to achieve global goals and transform the world. 

The next generation of women leaders and innovators must be empowered and equipped to contribute as architects and equal partners to global leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, and the achievement of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 

Thus, at this Womensphere Summit, we are convening a global community of business and technology leaders, academic leaders, emerging leaders, innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs. To advance women's leadership and innovation. To accelerate gender parity. And to empower women to create the future in the context of three very important global trends shaping our societies.

At this Summit, we will also recognize and celebrate the most inspiring and impactful next generation women leaders and innovators – the Nominees of the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Awards.

We will foster partnerships and collaborations, and expand and launch new global initiatives,that help create the future, such as the Womensphere Innovation Lab and Global Venture Incubator Network.


OUR AGENDA

Each day of the Summit will discuss accelerating gender parity and advancing women in leadership and innovation in the workplace and society.

In addition, the Womensphere Summit covers specific themes each day.

  • Thursday, March 3 (Day 1) – Advancing Women’s Leadership & Innovation in Technology & The Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • Friday, March 4 (Day 2) – Advancing Women in Global Leadership & Global Goals for Sustainable Development

  • Saturday, March 5 (Day 3) – Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

Participants choose which day/s of the Summit to join.


INVITED TO PARTICIPATE

  • From companies, organizations, and new ventures:  Leaders and emerging leaders responsible for business, technology, innovation, R&D, diversity, inclusion, corporate citizenship, women’s networks, and women’s markets.

  • From academic institutions: Faculty, staff, and student leaders who share our commitment to advancing women in leadership and innovation in the workplace, in society, and in achieving the new Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

  • All Nominees for the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Awards - from companies, academic institutions, organizations, the government, new ventures, social enterprises, and artist communities.
  • Entrepreneurs, social innovators, artists, scientists, inventors, change-makers, and everyone interested in actively participating in these Agenda

WOMENSPHERE EMERGING LEADERS GLOBAL AWARDS

The Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Awards will be given to outstanding women (ages 45 and below) across a number of fields: Arts, Design & Literature; Business & Finance; Education & Academia; Entrepreneurship; Government & Public Service; Law &  Policy; Media & Culture; Social Entrepreneurship & Social Innovation; Science, Engineering, Invention, Innovation & Exploration; Sustainability & the Environment.

OVERVIEW

  • There are three categories for the Awards: Professional, Academic, and Student.
  • The Awards Nomination takes place online on March 5-31, 2016.
  • The Awards Nomination is open to all outstanding and promising women across these fields (ages 45 and below at the time of nomination). 
  • We welcome self-nominations. We also welcome nominations by companies, academic institutions, and organizations.
  • All Nominees will be recognized during the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit on March 3-5, 2016 in New York City (www.womenspheresummit.com).
  • In addition to Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Awards and recognizing Nominees at the Summit, we are also recognizing and creating media around the Womensphere Global 100 Emerging Leaders  and the Womensphere USA 100 Emerging Leaders – at the Professional, Academic Faculty/Staff, and Student Categories.
  • The Final Awards ceremonies for Global100, USA100, and Global Awardees will take place on September 2016 during the week of the UN General Assembly.
  • In addition to being recognized for their Nomination, Nominees will also have the opportunity to connect with their peers, and learn from world-changing global leaders and innovators. Getting connected with the Womensphere community and understanding our values, as well as connecting with fellow leaders, will enable participating Nominees to provide a stronger Nomination for consideration for the Awards.

Please note that while our Awards are for women only, our Summits are co-ed, as we welcome men to Womensphere Summits, and we have an active community of great male leaders who champion gender parity and the advancement of women.


A MESSAGE FROM WOMENSPHERE CEO

Nobel laureate Dennis Gabor, physicist and electrical engineer, once said, “The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented.”

At Womensphere, three global themes are shaping conversations, actions, and commitments that will impact the state of women and gender equality in the future, and which are influencing our own investments and global initiatives at Womensphere:

The new Global Goals for Sustainable Development set an ambitious global agenda for 2030.

On September 2015, at the UN General Assembly, 193 nations agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development that nations around the world will attempt to achieve over the next 15 years. Gender equality is Global Goal #5, and the success of all of the Global Goals are partially contingent on achieving this goal.

However, it may take 118 years to achieve economic Gender Parity.

When the World Economic Forum released its 2015 Global Gender Gap Report, the WEF projected that the world will not achieve economic gender parity for another 118 years. It also highlighted the glacial pace of change in gender parity over the past decade, despite efforts and interventions from government and the private sector.

In the meantime, we are entering the 4th Industrial Revolution.

At Davos this January 2016, the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting Agenda centered on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Technology megatrends, and their social and economic consequences, are exponentially altering the fabric of markets, economies, societies - and the destinies of billions of people on this planet.

At Womensphere, we ask:

  • Given these trends, how do we empower women – half the world’s population - to be equal architects and active participants in leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution and in achieving the Global Goals?

  • What are the models of leadership and innovation needed for women to help architect and drive these trends?

  • How do we collectively advance women’s leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurial leadership?

  • How do we create a future with gender parity?

  • Given glacial change, how do we successfully accelerate gender parity? 

  • How do we empower women to help create inclusive and sustainable growth?

  • What investments and collaborations are needed from corporations, academia, and civil society?

  • What investments and initiatives are working now?

  • What can we learn from successes and failures?

Given the importance of these questions, we are convening the 2016 Womensphere Global Summits and Womensphere Regional Summits around these themes. We are also contribution solutions through a number of global initiatives and global partnerships that we are launching and expanding at our Summits.

OUR SUMMIT OBJECTIVES

  • Discuss and determine how we advance women’s leadership and innovation, including necessary investments from companies, academic institutions, and the investor community

  • Provide unique learning experiences in leadership development and innovation development to all participants

  • Recognize and showcase emerging women leaders and innovators across academia, business, technology, science, entrepreneurship, the arts, media, social innovation, and civil society, by celebrating Nominees of the Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Awards

  • Gain insights and exchange ideas with global leaders, technology leaders, innovators, and experts on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution – technology megatrends, global challenges, and novel approaches from STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics)

  • Celebrate successful as well as emerging women leaders at academic institutions (both faculty and students) and companies, through the Womensphere Global Awards and Womensphere Emerging Leader Global Awards

  • Launch and expand upon several global initiatives and working groups designed to advance women in leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship, such as the Womensphere Innovation Lab and Womensphere Global Councils

  • Foster ongoing cross-sectoral collaborations around advancing women’s leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship

We believe it is vital for us to build global and regional communities of like-minded leaders, transcending the usual boundaries of geography, nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and religion, and across sectors – across companies, industries, and academic disciplines, so that we can learn from each other, support effective initiatives, enable the diffusion of great ideas, encourage effective innovation, and scale positive transformations.

We invite like-minded leaders to join us.  We look forward to getting to know you, to collaborating, and to creating and inventing better futures together.

Sincerely,

Analisa Leonor Balares  | CEO & Founder, Chief Innovation Officer | Womensphere Foundation | Young Global Leader & Co-Chair, YGL5050 | World Economic Forum

2016 March 3, 4, 5. New York City.      

DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS INCLUDE

    ATEFEH RIAZI  CHIEF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL  UNITED NATIONS  

 
ATEFEH RIAZI

CHIEF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL
UNITED NATIONS 

    ALEC ROSS  AUTHOR,  “THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE”  FORMER SENIOR ADVISOR FOR INNOVATION TO  US SECRETARY OF STATE 

 
ALEC ROSS

AUTHOR, “THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE”
FORMER SENIOR ADVISOR FOR INNOVATION TO
US SECRETARY OF STATE 

    ANNA EWING   FORMER CIO & EVP, GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS   NASDAQ OMX

 
ANNA EWING

FORMER CIO & EVP, GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
NASDAQ OMX

    DR. BROOKE ELLISON   DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND ETHICS   SUNY STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY  STEM CELL RESEARCH FACILITY CENTER   YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

 
DR. BROOKE ELLISON

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND ETHICS
SUNY STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
STEM CELL RESEARCH FACILITY CENTER

YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

    ELENA KVOCHKO    HEAD OF CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY   BARCLAYS

 
ELENA KVOCHKO

HEAD OF CYBERSECURITY STRATEGY
BARCLAYS

    IMANI DUNCAN   SENATOR   JAMAICAN PARLIAMENT   YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

 
IMANI DUNCAN

SENATOR
JAMAICAN PARLIAMENT
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

    KIMBERLY ANSTETT   CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER   NIELSEN

 
KIMBERLY ANSTETT

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
NIELSEN

    KIMBERLY BRYANT   CEO & FOUNDER   BLACK GIRLS CODE

 
KIMBERLY BRYANT

CEO & FOUNDER
BLACK GIRLS CODE

    LAURA LEE   CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER,   MARGARITAVILLE   PRESIDENT,   MARGARITAVILLE MEDIA

 
LAURA LEE

CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, MARGARITAVILLE
PRESIDENT, MARGARITAVILLE MEDIA

    LORD DR. MICHAEL HASTINGS   GLOBAL HEAD OF CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP   KPMG INTERNATIONAL

 
LORD DR. MICHAEL HASTINGS

GLOBAL HEAD OF CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP
KPMG INTERNATIONAL

    Alvaro Fernandez   CEO & Founder    SHARPBRAINS     Young Global Leader

 
Alvaro Fernandez

CEO & Founder
SHARPBRAINS
Young Global Leader

      BETSY TEUTSCH  AUTHOR  100 UNDER $100: 100 TOOLS FOR EMPOWERING GLOBAL WOMEN

 
BETSY TEUTSCH
AUTHOR
100 UNDER $100: 100 TOOLS FOR EMPOWERING GLOBAL WOMEN

      JESSICA LONG  NORTH AMERICA LEAD, SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY  ACCENTURE

 
JESSICA LONG
NORTH AMERICA LEAD, SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY
ACCENTURE

      RAJIV PANT  CHIEF PRODUCT, TECHNOLOGY & USER EXPERIENCE OFFICER  TRIBUNE PUBLISHING      Young Global Leader

 
RAJIV PANT
CHIEF PRODUCT, TECHNOLOGY & USER EXPERIENCE OFFICER
TRIBUNE PUBLISHING 
Young Global Leader

       DR. Rachel Schutt  CHIEF Data Scientist  NEWS CORP.      Young Global Leader

 
DR. Rachel Schutt
CHIEF Data Scientist
NEWS CORP.
Young Global Leader

       ADDA BIRNIR   Ceo & FOUNDER   SKILLCRUSH

  
ADDA BIRNIR
Ceo & FOUNDER
SKILLCRUSH

      daniella ballou-aares   senior advisor for development to  us secretary of state     YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

 
daniella ballou-aares
senior advisor for development to
us secretary of state 
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

      earl valencia   technology leader   BRIDGEWATER   YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

 
earl valencia
technology leader
BRIDGEWATER
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

      kaori fujiI  international award-winning music artist

 
kaori fujiI
international award-winning music artist

      YOBIE BENJAMIN   CTO, ENTREPRENEUR, ANGEL INVESTOR   WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TECHNOLOGY PIONEER

 
YOBIE BENJAMIN
CTO, ENTREPRENEUR, ANGEL INVESTOR
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TECHNOLOGY PIONEER

      LILI GIL VALLETTA   CEO & FOUNDER   XL ALLIANCE   YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

 
LILI GIL VALLETTA
CEO & FOUNDER
XL ALLIANCE
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

      LOREEN ARBUS   PHILANTHROPIST; PRESIDENT,   LOREEN ARBUS FOUNDATION   BOARD MEMBER,   WOMEN MOVING MILLIONS

 
LOREEN ARBUS
PHILANTHROPIST; PRESIDENT, LOREEN ARBUS FOUNDATION
BOARD MEMBER, WOMEN MOVING MILLIONS

      RINA KUPFERSCHMID ROJAS   CEO & FOUNDER   LEAD THE IMPACT   YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

 
RINA KUPFERSCHMID ROJAS
CEO & FOUNDER
LEAD THE IMPACT
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

      JACQUES PHILIPPE PIVERGER   CEO & FOUNDER   THE SOLEIL GROUP   YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

 
JACQUES PHILIPPE PIVERGER
CEO & FOUNDER
THE SOLEIL GROUP
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

      LAUREN KOOPMAN   DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS   PWC CONSULTING   YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER

 
LAUREN KOOPMAN
DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
PWC CONSULTING
YOUNG GLOBAL LEADER