HerPower: Women’s Voices. Global Impact.

October 15, 2019 | Washington, DC

Foreign Policy’s inaugural global women’s summit brought together leading voices, unsung heroines and innovative trailblazers in international policy and business. Stay tuned for updates on HerPower 2020!

Highlight Reel

Highlighting female change agents, the program explored gender equity as a catalyzing force for stronger democracies, economies and communities. Our sessions featured inspiring stories by high-powered female leaders and provided tangible guideposts for combating the structural barriers that constrain the potential of women and girls around the world.

Full Livestream

The summit was co-hosted in partnership with the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) as well as the Inter American Task Force on Women’s Leadership and the International Monetary Fund, bringing together a diverse network of agencies and organizations to advance decisive action and meaningful change for gender parity and women’s leadership. View our photo gallery here.

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Sponsor

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Vice President of Strategic Development or Susan Sadigova, Director of Strategic Development.

Event Details
October 15, 2019
8:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Hall of the Americas, Organization of American States Main Building
200 17th St NW,
Washington, DC, 20006
Speakers
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator (D-NY)
Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Kristalina Georgieva is the Managing Director of the IMF. Before joining the Fund, Ms. Georgieva was CEO of the World Bank from January 2017 to September 2019, during whi...
Nadia Murad
Yazidi Human Rights Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2018 and UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking
Nadia Murad is a 26-year-old Yazidi woman who advocates on behalf of her community and survivors of genocide. She was among the thousands of Yazidi women who were abducted...
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
Congresswoman, 18th District of Texas
Alejandra Mora Mora
Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM)
Mora Mora is a lawyer, jurist, researcher, politician and women's human rights activist. In her 30 years of outstanding professional career, we can find the following highlights...
Ravi Agrawal
Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
Ravi Agrawal is the managing editor of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as...
Tarina Ahuja
Activist and advocate
Tarina cares deeply about social justice issues spanning from criminal justice reform to gun control, to environmental issues. She is the head of her school’s GirlUp chapter a...
Anita Bhatia
Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, UN System Coordination, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women
Anita Bhatia is the Assistant Secretary-General for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships and Deputy Executive Director of the Unit...
Swati Bhise
Writer, Director and Producer of THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI and CEO of Cayenne Pepper Productions
Swati Bhise has had a career over the last 30 years in the creative arts spanning Indian classical arts, media talk shows, arts in education, choreography and film production. S...
Allison Carlson
Managing Director, FP Analytics
Allison overseas all global research and analysis. She counsels clients on current and prospective market, policy, and security developments with a focus on emerging trends, sce...
Karen Clark Cole
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Blink
Karen is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Blink, and is primarily focused on growth, strategic planning and culture. Blink is a User Experience (UX) research ...
Era Dabla-Norris
Division Chief, Asia Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund
Era Dabla-Norris is a Division Chief in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department. She is currently working on issues pertaining to structural reforms and productivity, income inequ...
Stacey Dion
Managing Director and Head of Global Government Affairs, The Carlyle Group
Stacey Dion serves as a Managing Director and Head of Global Government Affairs. She is based in Washington, DC. Ms. Dion leads Carlyle’s global government relations a...
Laura Julia Fleischmann
Activist and Teen Advisor, Girl Up
Laura Julia Fleischmann is a 15-year-old student activist and organizer living in the DC area. In 2017, she joined Girl Up, which is a United Nations Foundation Initiative that ...
Nicole Gaouette
National Security Reporter, CNN
Nicole Gaouette is a national security reporter for CNN Politics. She comes to CNN after spending seven years at Bloomberg News as a State Depar...
Kathryn Kaufman
Managing Director, Global Women's Issues, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Kathryn C. Kaufman has built a career serving both the public and private sectors, with a focus on pursuing how governments can support private industry to spur economic growth ...
Suzan Kereere
Global Head of Merchant Sales & Acquiring, Visa Inc.
Suzan heads the Global Merchant Sales & Acquiring organization at Visa. She is responsible for helping Visa’s merchant and acquiring clients grow by being their preferred ...
Unami Jeremiah
Blogger, Afroversations
Unami Jeremiah is highly motivated to deliver for women and girls’ empowerment as a writer, speaker, convenor and has been a grassroots advocate for Gender equality for the pa...
Diana Marrero
Vice President, Strategic Development, Foreign Policy Magazine
Diana Marrero is Vice President of Strategic Development at Foreign Policy Magazine, where she works with a wide range of global partners on events, analytics projects, podcas...
Ann McDaniel
CEO, Foreign Policy
Ann McDaniel is a longtime journalist and media business executive. She began her career as a reporter at the Dallas Times Herald in 1977 and move...
Aditi Mohapatra
Director, Women's Empowerment, Business for Social Responsibility
Aditi works with BSR members across sectors to help them improve and advance their sustainability strategies. She leads BSR’s global portfolio o...
Susanna Mudge
CEO, Chemonics International
President and Chief Executive Officer Susanna Mudge came to Chemonics in 1992 and has served the company in many key leadership roles, including a...
Sarah O'Hagan
Chair of the Board of Directors, Fuller Project for International Reporting
Sarah O’Hagan is an independent journalist and non-profit board leader, advising leading organizations in the sectors of international humanitarian relief, education and the m...
Morgan Ortagus
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE SPOKESPERSON
Morgan Ortagus was sworn in as U.S. State Department Spokesperson on April 3, 2019. Ms. Ortagus, a seasoned foreign policy professional and an active U.S. Naval Reserve Officer,...
Tania Pariona
Former Congresswoman, Peru
Tania Pariona is a former Peruvian congresswoman, founder of the International Alliance of Indigenous Women Parliamentarians. She is a social worker, Quechua leader and human ri...
Mónica Ramírez
Founder and President of Justice for Migrant Women
Mónica Ramírez is a long-time advocate, organizer, and attorney fighting to eliminate gender-based violence and promote gender equity. In 2003, Món...
Liz Schrayer
President & CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)
Liz Schrayer serves as President & CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a broad based coalition of over 500 businesses and NGOs that advocates for strong U.S...
Rita Claverie de Sciolli
Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the Organization of American States
Lawyer and Notary of the Republic of Guatemala, graduated from Francisco Marroquín University in 1983. Ambassador Claverie de Sciolli completed p...
Esther Pan Sloane
Head of Partnerships, Policy and Communications, UNCDF
Esther Pan Sloane, a U.S. national, joined UNCDF as the Head of the Partnerships, Policy and Communications in October 2016. Prior to joining UNCDF, Esther was a U.S. dip...
Alexandra Solomon
Senior Research Analyst for Ethics and Human Rights, Foundation for a Smoke-Free World
As the Senior Research Analyst for Ethics and Human Rights, Alexandra (Allie) Solomon is responsible for shaping and managing the Foundation’s research on the ethical and huma...
Flavia Tello
Coordinator, Inter-American Task Force on Women's Leadership
Jonathan Tepperman
Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
Jonathan Tepperman is the editor in chief of Foreign Policy and the author of The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems. Befor...
Stephanie von Friedeburg
Chief Operating Officer, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
As the Chief Operating Officer for IFC, Ms. Stephanie von Friedeburg leads all IFC investment operations and advisory services, delivering private sector capital and solutions t...
Mentors
Paloma Adams-Allen
President and CEO, Inter-American Foundation
Cristina Antelo
Founding Principal, Ferox Strategies
Jenna Ben-Yehuda
President and CEO, Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project
Edith Chapin
Vice President and Executive Editor, NPR News
Joie Chen
Award-Winning Reporter and Director of Medill Programs, Northwestern University
Caroline Codsi
Founder, Women in Governance
Stephanie Oueda Cruz
Head of Gender and Diversity and Inclusion at IDB Invest
Mieke Eoyang
Vice President, National Security Program, Third Way
Sampriti Ganguli
CEO, Arabella Advisors
Ximena Hartsock
Co-Founder and President, Phone2Action
H.E. Mathilde Mukantabana
Ambassador to the U.S., Republic of Rwanda
Rachel McCaffrey
Vice President for Membership and Chapters, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and Executive Director, Women in Defense (WID)
H.E. Roya Rahmani
Ambassador from Afghanistan
Nicole Sawran
Program Strategy Lead, Pivotal Ventures
Lora Shiao
Executive Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Sita Sonty
Vice President for International Business, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
Zuraya Tapia-Hadley
Manager of Public Policy, Facebook
Alisha Todd
Director General of ParlAmericas
Susannah Wellford
President and Founder, Running Start
Erica Clayton Wright
Acting Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Gwen Young
Managing Director, Global Emergency Response Coalition and Distinguished Fellow in Women's Leadership, Wilson Center
Agenda
8:00 AM
Arrivals, Breakfast & Networking
8:45 AM
Welcome & Framing the Day
Ann McDaniel, CEO, Foreign Policy
Alejandra Mora Mora, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM)
8:50 AM
Get Local - Leading Transformational Change from the Ground to the World Stage
Mónica Ramírez, Founder and President of Justice for Migrant Women
9:05 AM
Fireside Chat with Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, U.S Department of State
Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, U.S Department of State
Moderator: Ann McDaniel, CEO, Foreign Policy
9:20 AM
Her Power: FP Report Launch

We’ll share a sneak peek at our flagship Her Power research project: A new FP Analytics Special Report takes an in-depth look at how women are faring in foreign-policy-focused US government agencies. The analysis provides a consolidated review of gender distribution, professional opportunities, and representation in leadership. The data is brought to life and enriched by interviews and focus groups with current and former USG employees shedding light on both remaining challenges and paths forward.  

Allison Carlson, Managing Director, FP Analytics
9:30 AM
Panel 1: More Inclusive Policymaking for More Inclusive Policy

A panel of leading women policy makers and leaders in international relations will address the state of women in government and efforts underway to promote women’s political participation and transformative leadership - from a structural and policy point of view and in terms of grassroots engagement and capacity-building.

Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director for Resource Management, UN System Coordination, Sustainability and Partnerships, UN Women
Stacey Dion, Managing Director of Global Government Affairs, Carlyle Group
Liz Schrayer, President & CEO, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC)
Tania Pariona, Former Congresswoman, Peru
Moderator: Nicole Gaouette, National Security Reporter, CNN
10:05 AM
Coffee Break
10:20 AM
Panel 2: Inclusive Finance & Women's Economic Empowerment

This session will explore inclusive finance and other strategies for women’s economic empowerment as a catalyst for poverty alleviation and key to achieving sustainable development. Globally, economic empowerment is also fundamental to securing women’s political and civil rights and therefore crucial to realizing the benefits of gender equity. Our panel will discuss promising efforts underway to unlock capital for women entrepreneurs and break down other barriers to women’s economic empowerment.

Era Dabla-Norris, Division Chief, Asia Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund
Suzan Kereere, Global Head of Merchant Sales & Acquiring, Visa
Esther Pan Sloane, Head of Partnerships, Policy and Communications, UN Capital Development Fund
Stephanie von Friedeburg, Chief Operating Officer, IFC, World Bank
Moderator: Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
11:00 AM
Taking the Lead: Q&A with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator (D-NY)
Moderator: Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
11:25 AM
Fireside Chat with Nadia Murad

Nadia Murad, Yazidi Human Rights Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in conversation with Sarah O'Hagan, Chair of the Board of Directors, Fuller Project for International Reporting

Nadia Murad, Yazidi Human Rights Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Moderator: Sarah O'Hagan, Chair of the Board of Directors, Fuller Project for International Reporting
11:50 AM
Talent & Career Pipelines: Fostering Mentorship for Women by Women

Spotlight on the Inter-American Taskforce of Women and their efforts to cultivate a mentorship culture and introduction of our “mentors’ luncheon” program.

Diana Marrero, VP, Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
Flavia Tello, Coordinator, Inter-American Task Force on Women's Leadership
11:55 AM
Lunch

Lunch table discussions to share inspirational stories, leadership efforts and lessons learned from the front lines of the fight for gender equity. Each table conversation will be led by a designated mentor representing leading women from a cross section of fields and issue areas.

Paloma Adams-Allen, President and CEO, Inter-American Foundation
Cristina Antelo, Founding Principal, Ferox Strategies
Jenna Ben-Yehuda, President and CEO, Truman Center for National Policy and Truman National Security Project
Edith Chapin, Vice President and Executive Editor, NPR News
Joie Chen, Award-Winning Reporter and Director of Medill Programs, Northwestern University
Caroline Codsi, Founder, Women in Governance
Stephanie Oueda Cruz, Head of Gender and Diversity and Inclusion at IDB Invest
Mieke Eoyang, Vice President, National Security Program, Third Way
Sampriti Ganguli, CEO, Arabella Advisors
Ximena Hartsock, Co-Founder and President, Phone2Action
Rachel McCaffrey, Vice President for Membership and Chapters, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) and Executive Director, Women in Defense (WID)
H.E. Mathilde Mukantabana, Ambassador to the U.S., Republic of Rwanda
H.E. Roya Rahmani, Ambassador from Afghanistan
Nicole Sawran, Program Strategy Lead, Pivotal Ventures
Lora Shiao, Executive Director, National Counterterrorism Center
Sita Sonty, Vice President for International Business, Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)
Zuraya Tapia-Hadley, Manager of Public Policy, Facebook
Alisha Todd, Director General of ParlAmericas
Susannah Wellford, President and Founder, Running Start
Erica Clayton Wright, Acting Director, Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Gwen K. Young, Managing Director, Global Emergency Response Coalition and Distinguished Fellow in Women's Leadership, Wilson Center
1:00 PM
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi

Movie preview and Q&A with Swati Bhise, Writer, Director and Producer of THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI and CEO of Cayenne Pepper Productions

Swati Bhise, Writer, Director and Producer of THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI and CEO of Cayenne Pepper Productions
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
1:15 PM
Remarks by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee
1:20 PM
Panel 3: Women as Change Agents – Building More Inclusive Industries

This session will examine the positive impact of women across traditionally male- dominated industries. What factors facilitate women’s access into those sectors and how does gender parity affect the organizational performance and societal benefits of those businesses?

Kathryn Kaufman, Managing Director for Global Women's Initiatives, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Aditi Mohapatra, Director, Women’s Empowerment, Business for Social Responsibility
Susanna Mudge, CEO, Chemonics
Alexandra Solomon, Senior Research Analyst, Ethics and Human Rights, Foundation for a Smokefree World
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
1:45 PM
Lightning Talks: The Future Will Be Empowered

Three lightning talks presented by young women activists who are making their voices heard in their communities and are driving momentum for change on key global challenges.

Tarina Ahuja, Activist and Co-Founder of Young Khalsa Girls
Karen Clark Cole, CEO, Blink
Laura Julia Fleischmann, Young Activist and Girl Up Teen Advisor
Unami Jeremiah, Blogger, Afroversations
Kathryn Salam, Deputy Editor, Foreign Policy
2:00 PM
Concluding Remarks

The Summit will conclude with a brief review of some of the main takeaways and insights from the day’s discussions, along with a look ahead, pointing at practical strategies and chair’s statement to achieve meaningful progress on gender equity and the promotion of women’s leadership and empowerment in politics, business and civil society.

H.E. Rita Claverie de Sciolli, Chair of the Permanent Council, Permanent Representative of Guatemala to the OAS
2:10 PM
Adjourn
The Following Programming is Per Invitation Only
3:00 PM-3:45 PM
Women, Work, and Leadership

One-on-One Conversation with Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, moderated by Ravi Agrawal, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy Magazine.

 

Venue:

IMF Headquarters

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
4:00 PM-4:45 PM
IMF Inspired

Generation Z - Finding its Voice, Opening Remarks by Kristalina Georgieva, 1:1 with Sabina Bhatia, Deputy Secretary, IMF & Natasha Mwansa, a leading advocate for youth and women in Africa.

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF
Sabina Bhatia, Deputy Secretary, IMF
Natasha Mwansa, Leading advocate for youth and women in Africa. 
4:45 PM-5:30 PM
Networking Reception

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Vice President of Strategic Development or Susan Sadigova, Director of Strategic Development.