Womensphere empowers women and girls to boldly envision, create brighter futures, and transform our world, through innovative initiatives, impact-driven collaborations, and inspiring communities. 

Womensphere Summits and Forums convene key stakeholders and help build a cross-industry, interdisciplinary, and inter-generational community and ecosystem dedicated to advancing women in business, finance, entrepreneurship, social innovation, education, media, public leadership, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics), and sustainability leadership - empowering women to create the future, to co-architect the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and to help achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. 

Below are the upcoming summits and events being produced by Womensphere and Womensphere initiatives and partnerships.





While still a land of opportunity, America faces many difficult challenges.

More than 45 million Americans are stuck below the poverty line. 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 16 million children. Black and Latino children experience hunger at 2 times the rate of white children. The US maternal mortality rate is the highest in the developed world, and increasing. More than 125 million Americans live in counties with dangerous [CP1]  air pollution. 63 million Americans have been exposed to unsafe drinking water in the last decade. 47% of American jobs are at risk of automation. Racial inequalities persist: Black Americans are 2 times as likely to be unemployed as white Americans. Black Americans are more likely to be wrongfully convicted of a crime; over 50% of exonerees are Black. The overall number of hate groups have risen, with racist crimes and anti-Islamic groups rising fast in the past year. And despite being the world’s largest economy, America is NOT in the Top 10 of any of the basic pillars of competitiveness: institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education. 


At the same time, the world must contend with increasingly complex global crises.

Millions of people are in hardship:

750 million people are still living in extreme poverty. More than 1 billion people live without electricity. 263 million children are still not in school. 155 million children worldwide are malnourished. 168 million children worldwide are engaged in child labor, with 85 million working in hazardous jobs. Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes, becoming refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people. 45.8 million people are in some form of modern slavery across 167 countries.

Environmental issues and climate change are creating much damage now and in the future:

90% of the world’s city dwellers do not breathe clean air. 93% of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef died in 2016 due to warmer, more acidic oceans. The Arctic Ocean is expected to become ice-free in the summer in 2049Low-lying island chains will disappear: Islands chains like the Maldives and the Marshall Islands will vanish completely as ocean levels rise 1 meter or more by 2100.

Massive populations of other species are being wiped out:

Global populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles have declined 58% since 1970. The world is on track to lose 2/3 of wild animals by 2020.


The Fourth Industrial Revolution is creating disruptions all over the world, both good and bad:

3D printing will have the potential to save lives, creating not only cars, houses and other objects, but also human tissue, bones and custom prosthetics. Within 10 years, more than 1 trillion sensors will be connected to the internet, transforming how we do business, and enabling better management. Robotic surgery, genomics, and advances in medical technology hold the promise of better treatment for cancer and diseases.

However: There’s a chance your job could be done by computers in the coming decades, thanks to supercomputers and machine learning. In less than 10 years, computer processors are expected to reach the processing power of the human brain. 7.1 million jobs will be lost in the next five years, with the greatest losses in white-collar office and administrative roles. Skills instability—the rapid change in the skills requirements of existing jobs—will affect many fields. Women will be hit especially hard, losing 5 jobs for every job gained, compared to the three jobs lost for every job gained by men. 


Amidst all these, gender equality remains an unresolved issue. And women must contend with additional complex challenges: 

In America, women earn only 80 cents for every $1.00 a white man makes. The pay gap is greater for women of color: Black women earn only 63 cents, Hispanic women 54 cents.  

Women are especially underrepresented in leadership positions:

Women are 45% of the overall S&P labor force, but only 25% of the executive- and senior-level officers, and only 4.6% of CEOs. In science and engineering, women are only 28% of the labor force. In engineering, only 12.7% are women. Women earn more than half of all advanced degrees, but make up only 30% of full professors and 26% of college presidents. In America, only 8% of state governors, 19.1% of Congressional representatives, and 24.8% of state legislators are women. Women are 45% of legal associates but only 17% of equity partners in law. In 2016, only 5% of all venture capital deals were with a woman-led company. These companies received only 2.2% of all funding raised that year. The percentage of women partners in venture capital firms has decreased to 6% in 2016 from 10% in 1999. Women are 48% of medical school graduates, but only 35.5.% of physicians and surgeons, and only 16.6% of permanent medical school deans. In journalism and media, women get only 38% of byline credits, and perform 25% of evening news broadcasts. In Hollywood, women comprise just 17% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films. In 2016, women comprised only 29% of all protagonists, and just 37% of all major characters. Black female characters were 14%, Asian female characters were 6%, and Hispanic female characters were just 3%. Women earn half the MFAs granted in the US, but women are only 30% of the artists represented by commercial galleries. Only 30% of large (>$15M) museum directors are women. Work by women artists makes up only 3–5% of major permanent collections in the U.S. and Europe,


Beyond professional discrimination, women must also contend with the threats of violence:

35% of women worldwide have experienced violence in their lifetime. In America, it starts young: among undergraduate students in the US, 23.1% of females experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation. Over 25% of all American women have been sexually harassed in the workplace. More than 34 million American women have been victims of rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Each day, 3 American women are killed by their intimate partners.


 [CP1]Ozone is a form of air pollution

Global Academy on Leadership, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, Media, Mathematics) and the Sustainable Development Goals

Programming exclusively for registered participants of this special leadership and educational initiative of the Womensphere Innovation Lab and the New Champions Womensphere Incubator Network:

Womensphere Global Artfest:   www.globalartfest.org

Womensphere Global Codefest:   www.globalcodefest.net

Womensphere Global Videofest:   www.globalvideofest.org

Womensphere Global Leadership & Innovation Academy



Schedule & Timeline:

Online Virtual Education Sessions: August - October 2017

Interscholastic Global Competition: October 11-17, 2017

Announcement of Global Winners: December 2017

Global Award Ceremonies: March 2018

Exhibit & Media on Global & Regional Finalists & Awardees: January - June 2018