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.
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.
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.
- 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