WOMENSPHERE EMERGING LEADERS USA SUMMIT 2017
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 Summit, 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?
WHAT TO EXPECT
RATIONALE AND CONTEXT FOR SUMMIT
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 2049.
- Low-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.
- 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:
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
1:00 - 6:00 PM Industry Immersions & Opening Ceremonies & Reception
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
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
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
HOW TO ATTEND
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.