The 5th Annual Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2014 brings together a dynamic, influential, and world-changing community of over 500 leaders and innovators from throughout America and across the world, around the theme of The Next Generation of Women Leaders Creating the Future.

Global leaders and innovators, come together with emerging women leaders and innovators, convening to explore, learn, discuss, exchange ideas, and collaborate on actions, solutions, and important initiatives to Create Our Future:

  • The Future of Women's Leadership
  • The Future of Business & Markets
  • The Future of Science, Technology, Invention, Innovation
  • The Future of Media, Culture & The Arts
  • The Future of Sustainability & Development
  • The Future of Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy
  • The Future of Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship

The main Global Summit Day on January 15, 2014 is hosted by Columbia University.  The event will also feature two Industry/Field Immersion & Career Days hosted by corporate partners (such as McGraw-Hill Financial) on January 14 and January 16, 2014, as well as Mentoring Roundtables, a Career Fair, an Innovation and Social Innovation Fair, an Art & Design Exhibition.

 

CONNECT WITH OVER 100 INSPIRING WORLD-CHANGERS & DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS, INCLUDING: 

DEAN MERIT JANOW Dean, School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University

DEAN MERIT JANOW
Dean, School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University

LAURA LEE Head of East Coast Content Partnerships Youtube, Google

LAURA LEE
Head of East Coast Content Partnerships
Youtube, Google

GIB BULLOCH Founder & Executive Director Accenture Development Partnerships

GIB BULLOCH
Founder & Executive Director
Accenture Development Partnerships

CHRISTINE CUOCO Director of Brand & Agency Strategy Twitter

CHRISTINE CUOCO
Director of Brand & Agency Strategy
Twitter

PAT MITCHELL CEO, Paley Center for Media; Former CEO, PBS; Womensphere Global Leadership Award

PAT MITCHELL
CEO, Paley Center for Media; Former CEO, PBS; Womensphere Global Leadership Award

VICTORIA BUDSON Executive Director Women & Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

VICTORIA BUDSON
Executive Director
Women & Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

DR. ALISSA PARK Associate Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Columbia University

DR. ALISSA PARK
Associate Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy, Columbia University

LISA CORTES Award-winning music & film producer; Producer of Precious, Imagine a Future, Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, The Woodsman

LISA CORTES
Award-winning music & film producer;
Producer of Precious, Imagine a Future, Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman, The Woodsman

ANGELA GUY SVP, Diversity L'Oreal USA

ANGELA GUY
SVP, Diversity
L'Oreal USA

DEBORAH JACKSON CEO & Founder Plum Alley

DEBORAH JACKSON
CEO & Founder
Plum Alley

DR. CHRISTINE HENDON Faculty, Electrical Engineering Dept. Columbia University MIT Tech Review's Top 30 Under 30 Innovators

DR. CHRISTINE HENDON
Faculty, Electrical Engineering Dept.
Columbia University
MIT Tech Review's Top 30 Under 30 Innovators

STEPHANIE FIERMAN Global Chief Marketing Officer MediaCom

STEPHANIE FIERMAN
Global Chief Marketing Officer
MediaCom

DAVID TETEN   Partner, ff Venture Capital Founder & Chairman, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York

DAVID TETEN  
Partner, ff Venture Capital
Founder & Chairman, Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York

MARGARET MOLLOY Global Chief Marketing Officer Siegel + Gale Top 10 CMOs on Twitter

MARGARET MOLLOY
Global Chief Marketing Officer
Siegel + Gale
Top 10 CMOs on Twitter

SHERYL TULLIS Chief Veteranista Launch Consulting

SHERYL TULLIS
Chief Veteranista
Launch Consulting

DANAE RINGELMANN    Founder & Chief Customer Officer Indiegogo  (the world's crowdfunding platform)

DANAE RINGELMANN   
Founder & Chief Customer Officer
Indiegogo  (the world's crowdfunding platform)

PATRICIA LOBACARRO CEO & President Brazil Foundation

PATRICIA LOBACARRO
CEO & President
Brazil Foundation

LILI GIL VALETTA  CEO & Co-Founder XL Alliance; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

LILI GIL VALETTA 
CEO & Co-Founder
XL Alliance; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

YK HONG Multi-media visual artist and fashion designer specializing in leather and woodwork

YK HONG
Multi-media visual artist and fashion designer specializing in leather and woodwork

DR. DEBORAH BEREBICHEZ Science TV Show Host and Wall Street risk analyst

DR. DEBORAH BEREBICHEZ
Science TV Show Host and Wall Street risk analyst

RANDY SHAPIRO Global Media Counsel,  Bloomberg L.P.

RANDY SHAPIRO
Global Media Counsel
Bloomberg L.P.

JOHN OSBORN CEO, BBDO; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

JOHN OSBORN
CEO, BBDO; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

BRENDA DENNIS Senior Director, Cisco

BRENDA DENNIS
Senior Director, Cisco

KERRI DAMM Director, Corporate Development, Yahoo!

KERRI DAMM
Director, Corporate Development, Yahoo!

DR. CEREN BUDAK Research Scientist, Microsoft Research

DR. CEREN BUDAK
Research Scientist, Microsoft Research

TERRI AUSTIN Chief Diversity Officer, McGraw Hill Financial

TERRI AUSTIN
Chief Diversity Officer, McGraw Hill Financial

KAORI FUJII  Award-winning Flutist

KAORI FUJII
 Award-winning Flutist

SARAN KABA JONES CEO & Founder, FACE Africa; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

SARAN KABA JONES
CEO & Founder, FACE Africa; World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

The Summit features world-changing leaders as Co-Hosts:

ANALISA LEONOR BALARES CEO & Founder, Womensphere Chair, Womensphere Foundation World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

ANALISA LEONOR BALARES
CEO & Founder, Womensphere
Chair, Womensphere Foundation
World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

HELENA VERELLEN Executive Producer The Womensphere Nuclei Media Project Vice President, International Marketing & Communications, WWE

HELENA VERELLEN
Executive Producer
The Womensphere Nuclei Media Project
Vice President, International Marketing & Communications, WWE

ANGELA LEANEY EVP, Brand Marketing & Communications Harlem Globetrotters

ANGELA LEANEY
EVP, Brand Marketing & Communications
Harlem Globetrotters

MICHELE WUCKER President World Policy Institute World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

MICHELE WUCKER
President
World Policy Institute
World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

ALICIA STEWART Senior Producer, CNN

ALICIA STEWART
Senior Producer, CNN

KACEY RONALDSON President, Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE), Columbia University

KACEY RONALDSON
President, Graduate Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE)Columbia University

YANNE DOUCET Co-President, Women in Science, Columbia University

YANNE DOUCET
Co-President, Women in Science, Columbia University

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EXPLORE THESE PHOTO GALLERIES from the 4th Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2013:
Please explore some of the photos taken during the 2013 Summit.

Photos from Main Summit Day, Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2013 at Columbia University

Photos from Main Summit Day, Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2013 at Columbia University

Photos of the Emerging Leaders Community from Main Summit Day, Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit 2013 at Columbia University

Photos of the Emerging Leaders Community from Main Summit Day, Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit 2013 at Columbia University

Photos from Field Immersion & Career Day at JPMorgan and Hudson Hotel (focused on Business & Finance) at Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit 2013

Photos from Field Immersion & Career Day at JPMorgan and Hudson Hotel (focused on Business & Finance) at Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit 2013

Photos from Field Immersion & Career Exploration Day (focused on Science & Technology) at the New York Times and American Airlines

Photos from Field Immersion & Career Exploration Day (focused on Science & Technology) at the New York Times and American Airlines

In the fifth year of hosting this Summit, the Womensphere Foundation brings together emerging women leaders, innovators, scientists, creators, academic leaders, lawyers, policy analysts, entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs to expand opportunities, create community, build connections, and inspire collaborations that create the future.

The main purpose of this Womensphere Foundation Summit is to convene next generation of women leaders and innovators, to invest in advancing their leadership and innovation capabilities, and to enable them to build connections with resources, experts, potential mentors, and with each other.  

At the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit, global leaders and innovators, come together with emerging women leaders and innovators, convening to explore, learn, discuss, exchange ideas, and collaborate on actions, solutions, and important initiatives to Create Our Future:

  • The Future of Women's Leadership & Innovation
  • Women & Creating The Future of Business & Markets
  • Women & Creating The Future of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Women & Creating The Future of Media, Culture & the Arts
  • Women & Creating The Future of Sustainability & Development
  • Women & Creating The Future of Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy
  • Women & Creating The Future of Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship

Highlights of the Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2014

Over 100 distinguished speakers & Womensphere Award honorees across disciplines and industries

  • Over 50 leaders, managers, and successful professionals as Mentors (both women and men)
  • Over 400 emerging women leaders –  inspired young professionals and emerging managers, together with inspired female graduate and undergraduate students
  • Main day of the Summit features forums, talks, roundtable exchanges, and Career Fair, Academic Fair, NGO Fair, and Social Innovation Fair
  • One full day of immersion/forum on Science, Technology & Media (January 16)
  • One full day of immersion/ forum on Business, Finance & Capital Markets (January 14)
  • Cross-industry & interdisciplinary networking
  • Membership in the new Womensphere EMERGING LEADERS GLOBAL NETWORK
  • Academic Fair
  • Non-Profits & NGO Fair
  • Social Innovation Fair
  • CAREER FAIR and exposure to companies and institutions that are potential employers or internship destinations for participating Delegates

 

The 2014 Womensphere Emerging Leaders Summit continues to build upon the success of the 2013 Summit:

Expansion of the Industry/Field Immersions and Career Forums – The Industry/Field Immersions enable Delegates to visit, have greater exposure to, and be immersed in in the actual workplace environments of industry leaders and organization leaders in these fields, while also offering deeper conversations and more networking with leaders from these fields.

Professional Mentors – We have a network of influential and successful leaders across all fields, in addition to leaders that actively sign up to participate as Mentors.

More Networking Sessions – Based on feedback from last year’s Summit, we have introduced many more networking opportunities throughout the Summit.

Please find enclosed additional information on the Agenda and Schedule below.  

Throughout the three days, of the Main Summit (January 15) and the Field/Industry Immersion Days (January 14 and January 16), participants will take part in presentations, forums, roundtable exchanges, panels, and discussions on these themes and topics:

 

WOMENSPHERE EMERGING LEADERS - SUMMIT THEMES & ROUNDTABLE EXCHANGE TOPICS

  • The Future of Women's Leadership & Innovation
  • Women & Creating The Future of Business & Markets
  • Women & Creating The Future of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Women & Creating The Future of Media, Culture & the Arts
  • Women & Creating The Future of Sustainability & Development
  • Women & Creating The Future of Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy
  • Women & Creating The Future of Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship

 

The Future of Women’s Leadership & Innovation

  • From Vision to Execution: Qualities of Successful Global Leaders & Innovators
  • Invention & Innovation: Strategies & Tactics
  • How to Lead & Manage Effectively
  • Working in Global Teams & Across Cultures
  • Harnessing Creativity in Problem-solving
  • Leading Oneself & Becoming the Change
  • Creating Impact: From Self to Workplace to Society

The Future of Business & Markets

  • Insights & Wisdom from Global Leaders in Business, Markets & Finance
  • How to Enable Business to Transform the World
  • Corporate Citizenship & Investing in Communities
  • The Future of Business & Sustainability
  • How to Navigate the Evolving Capital Markets Landscape

The Future of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

  • Insights & Wisdom from Global Leaders in Science, Technology, Invention, Innovation
  • The Next Frontiers in Science & Medicine: Opportunities for Women
  • The Next Frontiers in Technology, Media & Digital Revolution: Opportunities for Women: Resources & Opportunities that Support Women’s Invention and Innovation

The Future of Media, Culture & the Arts

  • Insights & Wisdom from Global Leaders in Media, Culture & the Arts
  • The Next Frontiers in Media: Opportunities for Women
  • Creating the Future & Transforming the World Through Media, Culture & the Arts
  • Resources & Opportunities that Support Women in Media, Culture & the Arts

The Future of Sustainability & Development

  • Insights & Wisdom from Global Leaders in Sustainability & Development
  • The Greatest Global Challenges in Sustainability & Development: Opportunities for Women
  • Creating the Future & Transforming the World Through Sustainability & Development
  • Resources & Opportunities that Support Women in Sustainability & Development

The Future of Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy

  • Insights & Wisdom from Global Leaders in Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy
  • The Greatest Challenges in Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy: Opportunities for Women
  • Creating the Future & Transforming the World Through Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy
  • Resources & Opportunities that Support Women in Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy

The Future of Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship

  • Insights & Wisdom from Women Leaders in Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship
  • The Makings of an Entrepreneurial Leader
  • Funding Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Creating the Future & Transforming the World Through Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Resources & Opportunities that Support Women in Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship

 

SUMMIT OBJECTIVES & SCHEDULE

The 5th Annual Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit will convene emerging women leaders (graduate students, undergraduate students, young professionals, and emerging managers), together with global leaders, innovators, and mentors, coming from across a wide range of disciplines, academic institutions, and industries, who are focused on investing in their personal development as leaders and innovators, and who are actively engaged in creating inspiring positive impact in the world.

At this Summit, the Womensphere Foundation brings together emerging women leaders, innovators, young professionals, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs to expand opportunities, create community, build connections, and inspire collaborations.  

This Summit aims to create inspiration, education, and connections for emerging women leaders, in line with Womensphere’s purpose of unleashing potential, creating opportunity, inspiring impact, and transforming the world.  

This year’s additional goals are around community, collaboration, impact, and creating a platform that enables participants to collaborate on working together on an actionable agenda for the evolution of our global society, and the evolution of women’s leadership and innovation globally. This Summit will be about building a community of emerging women leaders across sectors and disciplines, including emerging women leaders across the premier academic institutions (both graduate and undergraduate) around the world, as well as young women professionals and emerging women leaders across international organizations, companies, entrepreneurial ventures, social enterprises, BCorps, non-profits, NGOs, and the public sector.

DELEGATE PARTICIPATION

Delegates will have the opportunity to participate through speaker Q&A, discussion circles, collaboration circles, Creating Impact discussions, and multiple Fairs (Career Fair, Academic Fair, NGO Fair, Social Innovation Fair) taking place throughout the Main Summit Day and Immersion Days.  

The program also offers ample opportunities to network and build connections with speakers, fellow delegates, NGO representatives, academic representatives, and company representatives across disciplines and industries.

IMMERSION DAYS

In addition to the Main Day of the Summit, the Summit’s two Immersion Days enable Delegates to “be in the real world where the action takes place” – as the Immersions are hosted in corporate and institutional venues throughout New York City.  The Immersion Days enable Delegates to participate in forums focused on specific disciplines and industries, providing interested Delegates with opportunities to do more focused networking and have greater exposure to areas of interest.

SCHEDULE OF THE MAIN DAY OF THE SUMMIT (January 15, 2012)

8:00AM – 9:00AM – Community Breakfast * Roundtable Networking Conversations * Registration

9:00AM – 9:20AM – Opening Ceremonies, Welcome Remarks, and Introductions of Co-Hosts

9:20AM – 10:20AM – Women & The Future of Leadership

10:20AM – 10:40AM – Networking & Coffee Break

10:40AM – 11:40AM – Women & Creating The Future of Business & Markets

11:40AM – 12:30PM – Women & Creating The Future of Sustainability & Development

12:30PM – 1:20PM – Lunch & Roundtable Exchange

1:20PM – 2:20PM – Women & Creating The Future of Science, Technology, Invention, Innovation

2:20PM – 2:40PM – Networking & Coffee Break

2:40PM – 3:30PM – Women & Creating The Future of Social Change, Policy & Philanthropy

3:30PM – 4:20PM – Women & Creating The Future of Entrepreneurship & Social Entrepreneurship

4:20PM – 4:40PM – Networking & Coffee Break

4:40PM – 5:40PM – Women & Creating The Future of Media, Culture & the Arts

5:40PM – 7:30PM - Closing Ceremonies * Networking Reception * Fairs
Career Fair
Academic Fair
Non-Profits & NGO Fair
Social Innovation Fair
Social Impact Collaboration Meetings

IMMERSION DAY 1: BUSINESS, FINANCE, STRATEGY & BRANDS (January 14, 2014)

This Womensphere Emerging Leaders Field & Industry Immersion Day offers a day-long forum and networking focused on deeper conversations with industry leaders and professionals in the fields of business, marketing, finance, and capital markets, followed by the optional opportunity to participate in cross-industry networking receptions throughout New York City.  (This module is only open to Delegates participating on the Main Day of the Summit.)

FORUM & IMMERSION:  BUSINESS, FINANCE, STRATEGY & BRANDS
8:00AM – 9:00AM      Breakfast & Networking: Welcome to the Company/Institution
9:00AM – 10:10AM     Forum 1: Panel & Discussion
10:10AM – 10:30AM   Break & Networking
10:30AM – 11:40AM    Forum 2: Panel & Discussion
11:40AM – 12:20PM    Closing & Networking

12:20PM – 1:00PM      Break / Commute to next venue

FORUM & IMMERSION: BUSINESS, FINANCE, STRATEGY & BRANDS

1:00 – 2:00PM   Lunch & Networking; Welcome to the Company/Institution
2:00 – 3:10PM   Forum 3 & Discussion
3:10 – 3:30PM   Break & Networking
3:30 – 4:40PM   Forum 4 & Discussion
4:40 – 5:30PM   Closing & Networking

5:30 – 6:15PM   Break / Commute to next venue

6:15 – 8:00PM   RECEPTION & NETWORKING
Cross-Industry & Interdisciplinary Networking Receptions in Business, Marketing, Finance & Capital Markets  (Open only to Delegates and Professional Mentors participating in this Immersion, to Summit Speakers, and to the Womensphere Global Advisory Board)

IMMERSION DAY 2:  TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA (January 16, 2014)

This Womensphere Emerging Leaders Field & Industry Immersion Day offers a day-long forum and networking focused on deeper conversations with industry leaders and professionals in the fields of technology and digital media, followed by the optional opportunity to participate in cross-industry networking receptions throughout New York City.  (This module is only open to Delegates participating on the Main Day of the Summit.)

FORUM & IMMERSION:  FRONTIERS IN TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA + OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN
8:00AM – 9:00AM      Breakfast & Networking: Welcome to the Company/Institution
9:00AM – 10:10AM     Forum 1: Panel & Discussion
10:10AM – 10:30AM   Break & Networking
10:30AM – 11:40AM    Forum 2: Panel & Discussion
11:40AM – 12:20PM    Closing & Networking

12:20PM – 1:00PM      Break / Commute to next venue

FORUM & IMMERSION: FRONTIERS IN TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA + OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN

1:00 – 2:00PM   Lunch & Networking; Welcome to the Company/Institution
2:00 – 3:10PM   Forum 3 & Discussion
3:10 – 3:30PM   Break & Networking
3:30 – 4:40PM   Forum 4 & Discussion
4:40 – 5:30PM   Closing & Networking

5:30 – 6:15PM   Break / Commute to next venue

6:15 – 8:00PM   Industry Keynote Speaker, Reception & Networking
Cross-Industry & Interdisciplinary Networking Receptions in Business, Marketing, Finance & Capital Markets  (Open only to Delegates and Professional Mentors participating in this Immersion, to Summit Speakers, and to the Womensphere Global Advisory Board)


REGISTRATION & DELEGATE PARTICIPATION

We invite your academic institution to reserve places for your Delegates and Faculty/Staff Mentors/Roundtable leaders. Registration is by day.
Only those registered for the Main Summit Day (January 15) can additionally register for the Field/Industry Immersion Days on January 14 and January 16.

We encourage all interested Delegates and Professional Mentors to RSVP early to avail of the Discounted Early Registration to the Summit which ends over Thanksgiving.
Please reserve places for your Official Delegates here: http://womensphere2014emergingleaders.eventbrite.com/

Your office can reserve and secure places for your Official Delegates this week to take advantage of the discounted rates if you secure your Delegates’ places by Thanksgiving (November 28).

After you have secured your places for your Official Delegates, you can later confirm their names and contact information, on or before December 15.

In addition, through a partnership with the Hudson Hotel / Morgans Hotel Group in New York, we are able to offer the extremely low rates in New York City for the first 50 registrants. Please let us know if you are interested in using these discounted hotel rates for your Delegates.

 

PARTICIPATING at the 5th Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2014:

There are six types of participants at the Summit:
Distinguished Speakers, Delegates, Mentors/Roundtable Leaders, Corporate Participants/Partners/Recruiters, NGO Participants/Partners/Recruiters, and Academic Participants/Partners/Recruiters.

Delegates participating at the Summit are emerging women leaders and innovators primarily selected and sponsored by their academic institution (graduate and undergraduate), organization, or company, and are typically emerging leaders, innovators, scientists, artists, creators, and high-potential young professionals and emerging managers.

There are also a limited number of places available for open, self-sponsored registration by emerging women leaders/professionals/managers and female graduate/undergraduate students.

Mentors/Roundtable Leaders are either self-sponsored professionals and leaders, or organization/corporate-sponsored professionals and leaders, who participate in the Summit to lead roundtables and discussions, and to invite ideas exchange among Summit Delegates.

Corporations, NGOs, and Academic Institutions participate through a number of ways:
1) Being Official Partners and Supporters of the Summit, sending Delegates, Distinguished Speakers, Mentors/Roundtable Leaders, and participating in the Career Fair and Academic Fair
2) Sending Official Delegates to participate in the Summit as Delegates and/or Mentors/Roundtable Leaders
3) Recruiting at the Summit

 This Summit is typically sold-out with a Wait List. We encourage everyone participating to reserve your place or your Delegates' places. To reserve a place at the Summit, please click on the Registration link above/below.

Kindly note: The Womensphere Foundation does not offer scholarships to participate in this program, except for a select number of scholarships that are extended to our academic partners, and a select number of scholarships to the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders and Young Global Shapers.