Her Power – Digital Summit

October 14 & 15, 2020

Women's Voices. Global Impact.

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FP’s flagship global women’s summit returned in 2020 in a digital format. We continued the momentum set in motion at last fall’s inaugural event, amplifying the voices and untapped leadership contribution of women in foreign policy and throughout the global arena. Expanding in scope and reach, this year’s two-day virtual program convened global thought leaders to examine women’s transformative potential across policy, business, and civil society as well as on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle.

2020 has been a momentous year, marking milestones in global governance as the coronavirus crisis demands renewed urgency around commitments to key development targets. As we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and are faced with the health, social and economic impacts of the global pandemic, this is a pivotal time to push for women’s rights and inclusion at decision-making levels. The need to intensify efforts to reach gender equality – across global civil society as well as in positions of global leadership and power – is not simply a moral imperative but a critical factor in enabling more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions to urgent problems humanity is facing.

Our dynamic and energizing program featured high-achieving women across policy, industry and civil society who shared practical insights into how organizations and policy makers can support gender strategies and help catalyze the transformative impact of women in global politics, business, tech and across local communities.

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Event Details

October 14 & 15, 2020

Speakers
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 the network’s N...
H.E. Dr. Joyce Banda
Former President, Republic of Malawi
An entrepreneur, activist, politician and philanthropist, Her Excellency Joyce Banda served as the President of the Republic of Malawi from 2012-2014. She was Malawi’s<b...
Martha Bárcena
Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
Ambassador Bárcena joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., she was posted as Permanent Representative to the United Natio...
Congresswomen Karen Bass
California 37th District
Chairwoman Bass is currently serving in Congress representing California’s 37th Congressional District and has served as the top Democrat on the House...
Wafa Bugaighis
Ambassador, Libya
Wafa Bughaighis was appointed Ambassador of the State of Libya to the United States in November 2017. She served as Chargé d'Affaires from 2015 to 2017. Prior ...
Allison Carlson
MANAGING DIRECTOR, FP ANALYTICS
Allison oversees all global research and analysis. She counsels clients on current and prospective market, policy, and security developments with a focus on emerging trends, sce...
Alejandra Y. Castillo, Esq.
CEO, YWCA USA
Alejandra Y. Castillo is the CEO of YWCA USA which serves 2.3 million women and girls around the country with a network of over 200 associations. YWCA plays a dual role as both ...
Marsha Collier
Author, Columnist, Radio and Podcast Host
Before her online career began, Collier owned and operated her own marketing and advertising firm, The Collier Company, and won numerous awards including “Small Businessperson...
Carmen Correa
COO, Pro Mujer
Carmen Correa is Chief Operating Officer at Pro Mujer. Pro Mujer is one of Latin America’s leading women’s development organizations with an integrated approach that offers ...
Kelley Currie
Ambassador-at-Large, Global Women's Issues, U.S. State Department
Ambassador Currie was appointed Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues by President Trump in December 2019. She serves simultaneously as the U.S. Representative at the ...
Johanna Derlega
Chief Revenue Officer, The 19th
Johanna Derlega is The 19th's chief revenue officer. She previously oversaw revenue efforts, events and marketing as publisher of The Hill and senior vice president at National...
Lakshimi Duraivenkatesh
Vice President of Buyer Experience Engineering, Ebay
Lakshimi Duraivenkatesh is the Vice President of Buyer Experience Engineering at eBay, where she oversees the teams that build platforms and experiences  for eBay buyers. With ...
Floreta Faber
Ambassador, Albania
Floreta Faber is a graduate of Tirana University, Faculty of Economics. From 1993 to 1995 she had been studying the two-year Master of Science Program for International Market...
Maggie Feldman-Piltch
CEO and Founder, #NatSecGirlSquad
Maggie Feldman-Piltch is the Founder and CEO of Unicorn Strategies, an innovative human capital management widely known for its ...
Henrietta Fore
Executive Director, UNICEF
Henrietta Fore became UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director on 1 January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and di...
Heather Gamble
CEO, Women on the Move, The Artemis Project
Less than 1% of female founders achieve over a million dollars in annual revenue. Heather founded her first entrepreneurial venture and in less than 18 months, reached a million...
Debbi Gibbs
Vice Chair, Atlas Network
Debbi Gibbs managed New Zealand’s finest indie rock export, the Straitjacket Fits, throughout their entire career and was also the longtime US representative for the 140db ros...
Lisa Graves
Executive Director, True North Research
Lisa Graves is Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of True North Research. She has spearheaded several major breakthrough investigations into those distorting American democr...
Jennifer Griffin
National Security Correspondent, Fox News
Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel and is based out of the Washington D.C. bureau. She joined the network in 1999 as a J...
U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan
PENNSYLVANIA 6TH DISTRICT
U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, engineer, entrepreneur, and educator who is continuing her career of service as the first woman ever to represent P...
Swanee Hunt
Founder, Women and Public Policy Program, HKS
Ambassador Swanee Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, and founder of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Govern...
Thea Lee
President, Economic Policy Institute
Thea Lee is the president of the Economic Policy Institute. Lee has a longstanding relationship with EPI, having begun her career here as an internation...
Amy Mackinnon
Writer, Foreign Policy
Amy Mackinnon is a staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine. Originally from Scotland, she has reported from across Eastern Europe and was based in Moscow and Tbilisi Georgia as...
Dr. Ipshita Mandal-Johnson
Founding Partner and CEO, Global Bio Fund
Dr Ipshita Mandal-Johnson serves at the intersection of bio, innovation and impact, addressing the planet, people, and then profit through the Global Bio Fund. She completed her...
Diana Marrero
Senior VICE PRESIDENT, STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT, FOREIGN POLICY
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, podcasts...
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Under-Secretary-General, United Nations and Executive Director, UN Women
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a ...
Lana Nusseibeh
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations
Ambassador Nusseibeh served as Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform for three sessions of the UN General Assembly from 2018 to 2020. She pre...
Hodan Osman
Leadership Consultant in Africa and Former Banking Advisor, Somalian Central Bank
After a career in commercial banking undertaking enterprise wide change initiatives and at the United Nations focusing on capacity building, Hodan Osman went to Mogadishu in 201...
Dame Karen Pierce
British Ambassador to the United States
Prior to arriving in DC, Karen Pierce was the United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York since March 2018. Prior to this role, Karen served as...
Jennifer Pryce
President and CEO, Calvert Impact Capital
For nearly a quarter of a century, Calvert Impact Capital has strived to make markets work for more people, more often, by investing in communities overlooked by traditional fin...
H.E. María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval
First Lady, Republic of Colombia
H.E. María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval has been married to the President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, for 17 years. They have three children, Luciana, Matías, and Eloísa. She...
Xanthe Scharff, PhD
CEO and Cofounder, The Fuller Project
Dr. Scharff is the CEO and Cofounder of The Fuller Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to groundbreaking reporting on women worldwide that raises awareness, exposes inju...
Andrew Sollinger
PUBLISHER, FOREIGN POLICY
Andrew Sollinger is Foreign Policy’s Publisher. He joined FP in March 2018 to oversee all revenue generating efforts through subscriptions, sponsorships, advertising, events, ...
Alexandra Solomon
Independent Consultant
Alexandra Solomon is an independent consultant specializing in research and advocacy at the intersection of gender, human rights, and international development. She is<br ...
Katherine Tai
Chief Trade Counsel U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
Katherine is Chief Trade Counsel and Trade Subcommittee Staff Director for the Committee on Ways and Means.  She advised the Committee’s Democrats and the Democratic Caucus's...
Joy Tan
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies USA
As the Senior VP of Public Affairs, Ms. Tan is responsible for setting and executing Public Relations and Government Relations strategies for Huawei USA. From 2014 to January 2...
Zenia Tata
Chief Impact Officer, XPRIZE
With over 25 years of experience in business development, program design, and strategic management, Ms. Tata oversees XPRIZE’s global impact strategy ensuring that impact is i...
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. Before joining FP, Tep...
Edward Wageni
Global Head of HeForShe Initiative, United Nations
Edward Wageni is the Global Head of United Nations Global HeForShe Initiative, a global solidarity movement which seeks to engage men and boys as advocates fo...
Charity Wallace
Managing Director, Global Women's Issues, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
Charity Wallace is the Managing Director of Global Women’s Issues at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. DFC’s 2X Women’s Initiative empowers wom...
Matt Warner
President, Atlas Network
Matt Warner is president of Atlas Network, a nonprofit grantmaking organization committed to supporting local NGOs in more than 90 countries. Matt is the editor of Poverty a...
Melonee Wise
CEO, Fetch Robotics
Melonee Wise is the CEO of Fetch Robotics.  Melonee was the second employee at Willow Garage, a rese...
Agenda
DAY 1: Wednesday, Oct. 14
9:00 AM
Day 1: Welcome Remarks
Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
9:05 AM
Day 1: Opening Keynote Conversation
U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan, Pennsylvania 6th District
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
9:25 AM
Day 1: Keynote Conversation
H.E. Joyce Banda, Former President, Malawi
Moderator: Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
9:50 AM
Virtual Fireside Chat: Women, Peace & Security
Martha Bárcena, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States
Kelley Currie, Ambassador-at-Large, Global Women's Issues, U.S. State Department
Lana Nusseibeh, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations
Dame Karen Pierce, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the United States
Moderator: Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
10:30 AM
Women as Levers of Change: Report Update

A virtual talk highlighting the value of FP Analytics' research on women’s transformative impact on male-dominated industries, and the initiatives and campaigns the report has helped inform since its release earlier this year.

Allison Carlson, Managing Director, FP Analytics
Alexandra Solomon, Independent Consultant
10:50 AM
Panel: Women as Levers of Change
Alejandra Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA
Carmen Correa, COO, Pro Mujer
Heather Gamble, CEO, Women on the Move, The Artemis Project
Jennifer Pryce, President and CEO, Calvert Impact Capital
Moderator: Allison Carlson, Managing Director, FP Analytics
11:35 AM
Panel: The Tech Industry’s Next Disruption - Women in STEM
Lakshimi Duraivenkatesh, Vice President of Buyer Experience Engineering, Ebay
Joy Tan, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Huawei Technologies USA
Zenia Tata, Chief Impact Officer, XPrize
Melonee Wise, CEO, Fetch Robotics
Moderator: Andrew Sollinger, Publisher, Foreign Policy
12:15 PM
Day 1 Wrap-Up: HeForShe
Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
Edward Wageni, United Nations Global Head for HeForShe Initiative
DAY 2: Thursday, Oct. 15
12:30
End Day 1
Video: UN Women
9:00 AM
Day 2: Welcome Remarks
Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
9:05 AM
Day 2 Opening Keynote Conversation
H.E. María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval, First Lady, Republic of Colombia
Moderator: Ravi Agrawal, Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
9:30 AM
The Next Generation: Empowered Female Leadership
Hodan Osman, Leadership Consultant in Africa and Former Banking Advisor, Somalian Central Bank
Moderator: Amy Mackinnon, Writer, Foreign Policy
10:00 AM
View from the UN
Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations and Executive Director, UN Women
Moderator: Jonathan Tepperman, Editor in Chief, Foreign Policy
10:30 AM
View from Congress
Congresswomen Karen Bass, California 37th District
Xanthe Scharff, PhD, CEO and Cofounder, The Fuller Project
10:45 AM
Day 2 Closing Keynote
Jennifer Griffin, National Security Correspondent, Fox News
Xanthe Scharff, PhD, CEO and Cofounder, The Fuller Project
11:10 AM
Day 2 Wrap-Up
Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Foreign Policy
11:15 AM
Break
11:30 AM
Breakout Sessions

Concurrent sessions presented by high-achieving women leaders, which will allow for more intimate dialogue and deeper-dive conversations about a range of issues related to female leadership, professional development, and political and economic inclusion and equity, among other themes:


Expanding Economic Rights for Women: The Power of MicroenterpriseLead by:
- Debbi Gibbs, Vice Chair, Atlas Network
- Matt Warner, President, Atlas Network


Her Business: Empowering Female Entrepreneurs
Lead by:
Marsha Collier, Author, Columnist, Radio and Podcast Host


Inclusive Security
Lead by:

- Maggie Feldman-Piltch, CEO and Founder, #NatSecGirlSquad
- Swanee Hunt, Founder of the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS and Founder and Chair, Inclusive Security


Telling Her Side of the Story (Women in Media)
Lead by:
- Lisa Graves, Director and Founder, Documented
- Johanna Derlega, Chief Revenue Officer, The 19th


Shaping More Inclusive Economies
Lead by:
- Katherine Tai, Lead Advisor to the Chairman and Democratic Members of the Committee on Ways and Means on Matters of International Trade
- Thea Lee, President, Economic Policy Institute; Commissioner, U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission


Solving Development and Sustainability Challenges
Lead by:
- Dr. Ipshita Mandal Johnson, Founder, Global Bio Fund
- Charity Wallace, Managing Director of Global Women's Issues, U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)


Women in Diplomacy
Lead by:
- Wafa Bugaighis, Ambassador, Libya
- Floreta Faber, Ambassador, Albania

12:15 PM
Summit Concludes

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