The Womensphere Emerging Leaders USA Summit on Creating the Future is a unique leadership development and innovation-acceleration event, forming a powerful community and forging inspiring connections among impactful and successful leaders and innovators throughout America, together with the next generation of women and male allies across academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, public service, social enterprise, sustainability, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics).

At this Womensphere USA Summit which is divided into the Womensphere Emerging Leaders New York Summit on January 17, 2018 and Womensphere Emerging Leaders USA Summit on January 18-19, 2018, meet the visionaries and changemakers reshaping the future of America. Explore leadership development, career advancement, and new career opportunities designed for emerging women leaders in America. Join discussions and collaboration sessions on how to enable and promote gender equality across academic institutions, workplaces, and society. Exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and explore answers to some of the most challenging issues facing America and the world today.

Given the complex issues facing America and the world, how does the next generation of women leaders and innovators create the future? How can the next generation of women in America help achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and help drive the Fourth Industrial Revolution? What are the emerging opportunities where the next generation of women can lead, drive innovation, participate in entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship, and create transformational impact in America and the world?




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

In New York alone, there are challenges that need to be addressed. 

Income inequality and racial injustice continues:

  • More than 3 million New York State residents, including almost a million children, live in poverty. 
  • Black and Hispanic New Yorkers are twice as likely to be poor as white residents.
  • More than 3 million New York residents rely on emergency food programs, a 30% increase since 2007. Hit hardest are veterans, seniors, and working families. 
  • Homelessness in New York City is the highest since the Great Depression, and it is also racially biased: 58% of homeless shelter residents are Black, 31% are Hispanic, and just 7% are white.
  • Rising rent prices are pushing low income households out of the city, as almost two-thirds of available units are unaffordable.
  • New York City is a major hub for human trafficking:
  • Hate crimes in NYC increased 30% in 2016, mostly against Muslim or LGBTQ victims. 

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

Millions of people are in hardship:

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

Massive populations of other species are being wiped out:


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


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:


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


  • Learn from & connect with over 100 speakers, community leaders & Global Expert Mentors (GEMs) through keynotes, panels, workshops, collaboration sessions, immersions
  • Belong to an inspiring & powerful community of renowned & emerging impact-driven leaders & innovators across academia, business, entrepreneurship, government, public service, social enterprise, sustainability & STEAM
  • Build your network of leaders, innovators & changemakers across companies, academic institutions, government, NGOs & some of the most innovative startups in America
  • Explore leadership opportunities & career opportunities with over 50 companies, government organizations, outstanding non-profit organizations, and startups at the Impact & Career Fair


The Womensphere Emerging Leaders USA Summit takes place on January 17-19, 2018 at NYU.

The following is the overview of the schedule:

Womensphere Emerging Leaders New York Summit

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM       Industry Immersions & Opening Ceremonies & Reception

Womensphere Emerging Leaders USA Summit

Thursday, January 18, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 AM       Registration

9:00 – 12:00 NN     Plenary, Keynotes, Panels & Discussions

12:00 – 1:00 PM     Community & Networking Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 PM       Plenary, Keynotes, Panels & Discussions

5:30 – 7:00 PM       Community Reception, Conversations & Connections

7:00 – 8:30 PM        Organized dinners across the City (optional, not included in                                          registration fee)

Friday, January 19, 2018

8:00 – 9:00 AM          Registration

9:00 – 12:30 PM        Impact & Career Fair, Workshops on Visioning, Leadership &                                          Creating Impact

12:30 – 2:00 PM        Community & Networking Lunch

2:00 – 2:30 PM          Check-in & Group Assignments

2:30 – 5:30 PM       Leadership Circles, Collaboration Sessions, Individual Impact                                       & Action Planning

5:30 – 7:00 PM          Closing Reception, Conversations & Connections


The Womensphere Emerging Leaders USA Summit will bring together participants who are:

  • Executives, leaders & innovators in their field who want to mentor the next generation of women leaders, innovators, and changemakers
  • Emerging women leaders across business & companies, academia, government, NGOs, startups
  • Women students who are student organization leaders, scientists, artists, creators, journalists
  • Participants in the Womensphere Global Codefest, Global Artfest, Global Videofest
  • Male allies across business & companies, academia, government, NGOs, startups who are working on diversity, inclusion, gender equality
  • Student male allies across organizations who are working on diversity, inclusion, gender equality


Participation at this Womensphere Summit is by invitation and by application

We have a rolling admission for applications, so apply sooner if you would like to secure a place sooner.

We are a curating a special and powerful community of emerging women leaders and male allies, so we are focused on inviting and selecting like-minded leaders, changemakers, innovators, entrepreneurs, educators, artists, scientists, and creators across all fields.

Registration and application open this November 7, 2017, and close January 7, 2018 or as soon as all places are filled.  Only those invited and only accepted applicants may register.  Invitations and accepted applications are non-transferable. 

To confirm and secure registration to this Summit, the participant or participating delegation must fill out a Special Registration Link and submit Registration Fees.


$199    Registration Fee for Students & Post-Doc Fellows (Undergraduate, Graduate & Post-Doc)

$249    Registration Fee for Entrepreneurs, Artists, Non-Profit & Government Participants

$349    Registration Fee for Corporate Employees & Business Participants


On scholarships to participate:

With the exception of the scholarship places reserved for our Advisory Board, Academic Partners, NGO Partners, Government Partners, and Corporate Partners, all participants must submit a registration fee to confirm participation. Should you need a financial scholarship to confirm your attendance, we encourage you to approach your academic institution, company, or employer to provide you with financial assistance to participate.