On 22–23 November 2019 World Woman Foundation will bring together the doers and the dreamers who turn ambition into reality, know their purpose, reimagine their communities, and rise to their highest potential while lifting others along the way. The World Woman Summit 2019 will focus on #RedefiningRules by women, for women and of women to build the new chapter for change.
The summit is built on a Sustainable Development Goals 2030 reporting on issues from Food Insecurity, Climate Change, Sustainability, Health Equity, Social Entrepreneurship, Emerging Technology and Global Economy. The two-day summit will be featuring keynote conversations, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews and interstitial spotlights, fireside chats and workshops.
World Woman Summit 2019 aims to identify and redefine new rules of leadership for a new era — and help decision-makers of all kinds of organizations create inclusive, equitable cultures that empower women to succeed and also spotlight women who are leading new rules.
Born in 2017, the Forum claimed a record by gathering of delegates from around the globe and becoming the most massive event in heart of America. For the first time, internationally recognized women leaders came together on one global stage, providing a unique learning experience for accelerating women's leadership in a bold new way.
Our mission is to provide one of its kind of platform for women worldwide. This platform gives a collectivized voice for Women Leadership in our region and aims to inform, inspire and impact themselves, their community and the world at large and inspire women’s leadership.
Gloria Feldt is an acclaimed expert on women, power, and leadership with decades of frontline leadership experience, a bestselling author, and in-demand keynote speaker. She is cofounder and president of Take The Lead, whose mission reflects her life’s passion: to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025 by providing breakthrough training, mentoring and coaching role modeling, and thought leadership. Its signature 50 Women Can Change the World program is an immersive version of her 9 Leadership Power Tools to Advance Your Career customized by industries for women in early career, midcareer, and executive levels. She is the bestselling author of four books; the latest is No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, the research for which plus her own real world knowledge forms the core of Take The Lead’s programs.
She is formerly president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, capping a 30-year career that included serving as CEO of affiliates in West Texas and Arizona as well as the national CEO. She was named by Vanity Fair one of “America’s Top 200 Women Leaders, Legends, and Trailblazers,” Glamour’s “Woman of the Year,” She Knows Media Inspiring Woman, Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, Women Economic Forum Circle of Light award, Texas Monthly’s Texas 20, Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award, and Forbes 40 Over 40.
She teaches “Women, Power, and Leadership” at Arizona State University. Feldt has been widely quoted and published, including by the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Daily Beast, Forbes, Fast Company, Time, Huffington Post, Glamour, Elle and Ms. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Daily Show. She recently served on the board of the Women’s Media Center, the Jewish Women’s Archive, and Emerge America and remains on their honorary boards. She currently serves on the board of Women Connect 4 Good Foundation. She is a member of the New York Women’s Forum, the International Women’s Forum, and the World Academy of Art and Science and is an advisor to the ERA Coalition.
Gloria is an awesome chili maker. She and her husband Alex Barbanell live in New York City and Scottsdale, Arizona; they share a combined family of six children and 15 grandchildren, so there is never a dull moment in their lives. She spends too much time on social media and invites you to connect with her there.
Pat Mitchell is a lifelong advocate for women and girls. At every step of her career, Mitchell has broken new ground for women, leveraging the power of media as a journalist, an Emmy award-winning and Oscar-nominated producer to tell women’s stories and increase the representation of women onscreen and off. Transitioning to an executive role, she became the president of CNN Productions, and the first woman president and CEO of PBS and the Paley Center for Media. Today, her commitment to connect and strengthen a global community of women leaders continues as a conference curator, advisor and mentor.
In partnership with TED, Mitchell launched TEDWomen in 2010 and is its editorial director, curator and host. She is also a speaker and curator for the annual Women Working for the World forum in Bogota, Colombia, the Her Village conference in Beijing, and the Women of the World (WOW) festival in London. In 2017, she launched the Transformational Change Leadership Initiative with the Rockefeller Foundation focused on women leaders in government and civil society.
In 2014, the Women’s Media Center honored Mitchell with its first-annual Lifetime Achievement Award, now named in her honor to commend other women whose media careers advance the representation of women. Recognized by Hollywood Reporter as one of the most powerful women in media, Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” and Huffington Post’s list of “Powerful Women Over 50,” Mitchell also received the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Leadership. She is a contributor to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership, and wrote the introduction to the recently published book and museum exhibition, 130 Women of Impact in 30 Countries. In 2016, she served as a congressional appointment to The American Museum of Women’s History Advisory Council. She is writing a memoir, Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing a Life of Power and Purpose, that will be published in 2019.
Mitchell is active with many nonprofit organizations, serving as the chair of the boards of the Sundance Institute and the Women’s Media Center. She is a founding member of the VDAY movement and on the boards of the Skoll Foundation and the Acumen Fund. She is also an advisor to Participant Media and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mitchell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a master's degree in English literature and several honorary doctorate degrees. She and her husband, Scott Seydel, live in Atlanta and have six children and 13 grandchildren.
An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was also the President of the Republic of Malawi (2012-2014). She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groups.
Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Dr. Banda championed the enactment of the Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.
A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including the “Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997, President Banda is a strong advocate for women and girls’ emancipation and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner. She founded the Joyce Banda Foundation International, which guides projects that range from empowering women to providing for orphans’ education.
On the international scene, President Dr. Banda was instrumental in the formation of such organizations as the African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (AFWE), currently running in 41 countries in Africa; the Council for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA); and the American & African Business Women’s Alliance (AABWA), of which she served as First President.
President Banda sits on a number international organization bodies. These include the Executive Advisory Committee of UNIFEM, the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health, and the Scientific Advisory Board for the program in Global Health and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Honorary Chair, World Woman Summit 2019
Sherece is a leading 21st century voice on the eradication of global poverty. From her early beginnings as a housing advocate in New York City to leading programs at some of the most prestigious foundations in the Southeastern United States, Sherece has been relentless in her quest to increase prosperity for families striving to move out of poverty. Sherece uses every opportunity to speak life into leaders and organizations. She challenges them to use their talents to solve our country’s most urgent challenges. Her expertise in public policy, funding strategies, and program development make her one of our nation’s top transformational leaders. Before the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, she was the founding CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana( FLL). Prior to FFL she was with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Sherece earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland, and a master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Community Change, ForwARd Arkansas, and the Mission Investors Exchange.
When she is not working, you will find Sherece traveling the world with her husband Joe, hanging out with their pups Peaches and Herb, or chilling with them at home reading, eating grapes or popcorn (sometimes both) while listening to music. She loves to dance.
Ben Hasan joined the Global People team as Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer in 2015. In this global role Ben and his team are responsible for the continued development of the healthy evolution of the company’s culture, the development of behaviors that embrace diversity and inclusion at all levels of the company and the promotion of the company’s external reputation as a great place to work.
Ben Hasan joined Walmart in 2008, and previously served as senior vice president Strategic Services in Walmart Technology. In this role, he and his team were responsible for ISD (Information Systems Division) Strategy, Communication, Innovation, ISD Vendor Management, Project Management Office, Business Analysis, GTS – India & Mexico and Quality Assurance.
Prior to his current role at Walmart, Ben worked 11 years at Dell Inc. He progressed through several leadership positions before serving as vice president of Corporate and Product Group I/T. In this position, he directed teams in Texas, Shanghai, Taipei, and Singapore. He also served as general manager of Dell’s I/T development centers in Brazil and India. Before joining Dell, he gained broad experience in I/T, Human Resources, Rates and Regulatory Affairs, and Customer Service during his 14-year career with ENSERCH Corporation, an oil and gas company based in Dallas, Texas. In 2006, Ben received the Temple University Fox School I/T Award for Distinguished Alumni. Ben holds an M.B.A. from Amber University in Dallas, Texas, a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in computer science from Temple University in Philadelphia and completed Harvard’s Advanced Management Program.
Ben serves on the boards of several national and local organizations, including the Walmart Foundation; Catalyst Board of Advisors; Ron Clark Academy (Atlanta); United Negro College Fund; Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce; and Thaden School (2016-2019) (Bentonville, Arkansas).
Carmen is the CEO & Chocolatier of Cocoa Belle Chocolates. Located in Central Arkansas, Cocoa Belle Chocolates specializes in handmade artisan chocolate truffles, barks, sauces and butters. Cocoa Belle Chocolates client list for custom work ranges from Fortune 500 companies, boutique hotels, and government officials. In 2017, Cocoa Belle Chocolate landed on the pages of Vogue’s Culinary Collection featuring the new line of decadent chocolate sauces and chocolate butters. Cocoa Belle Chocolates was featured at the International Chocolate Festival 2018 in San Mateo, California with over 10,000 people in attendance. Retail locations are in downtown Little Rock inside Bella Vita Jewelry and in Fort Smith inside The Shoppes at BrickCity. Most recently, Carmen is the Founder of CB-Dulce, a line of cannabidiol infused chocolates launching late Spring 2019. She will also be featured on a new baking competition on Food Network called Bake You Rich, airing Spring 2019.
Executive director of The Nutrition Coalition, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Sarah Hallberg is the Medical Director at Virta Health, the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery. Before Virta, Dr. Hallberg founded Indiana University Arnett's Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program where she still serves as Medical Director. She is also an adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and the executive director of The Nutrition Coalition. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology and exercise science from Illinois State University and her degree in medicine from Des Moines University.
Zubaida Bai is a thought leader and innovator of health and livelihood solutions for under-served women and girls globally. Building on her expertise as an engineer, a product designer, and empathetic communicator, Zubaida’s built a brand and a growing product line though ayzh(pronounced “eyes”). She has set in motion a movement that addresses market failures and gives voice to the oft-ignored matter that is women’s health. She is also the founder of Happy Woman Foundation and Fund, aimed at catalyzing the next wave of changes that enable women to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams while wielding public influence at a grand scale.
Cam Kashani is known as the “Godmother of Silicon Beach”. She is a 3x founder, a highly sought after transformational and mindset coach, an Expert Speaker with US State Department, and a single mom of twin boys. She’s worked with 4000+ Entrepreneurs and 700+ startups. She has also been named by Inc. Magazine as one of thirty “Inspirational Women in Tech”. She previously cofounded the first coworking space in Los Angeles for technology startups and entrepreneurs in 2010, Coloft. During her four years there, Coloft had over 1800 alumni, including Uber LA, Instacart, Fullscreen and others. Cam is on a mission is to humanize business, and her vision is a global economy that thrives on “WE” as opposed to “ME”. While Cam works with men and women, she has a deeply rooted passion for working specifically with women as she believes that women that embrace their deeply rooted power can collectively shift the energy in business, and ultimately create a more harmonious environment for us all.
Sheila Colclasure spearheads LiveRamp’s comprehensive, industry-leading Global Data Ethics Program, which includes: providing consumers with transparency, notice, and control; designing ethical practices into LiveRamp products and services; conducting hundreds of Data Protection Impact Assessments each year; performing regular privacy, security, and risk assessments; and working closely with organizations around the world focused on policy, law and enforcement. Simultaneously, she provides support and consult to LiveRamp’s more than 1,000 clients, including brands, agencies, technology vendors, data providers and publishers. Sheila is recognized as a global authority on applied data ethics, consumer advocacy and information policy. She participates in numerous domestic and international efforts to help develop effective data policy, establish industry best practices and achieve maximum harmonization of information policy across the world.
Sheila is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar and was recognized by CSO as one of “12 amazing women in security.” She serves on the advisory boards of the Information Accountability Foundation (IAF) and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and is corporate liaison to several industry standards-setting groups. Prior to joining LiveRamp, She was the Global Chief Data Ethics Officer at Acxiom, LiveRamp’s former parent company, after holding the title of Acxiom’s Americas Privacy and Public Policy Officer for nearly 20 years. Before Acxiom, she worked for the US Senate and then managed congressional and political affairs for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in its Washington DC office. Sheila has a master’s degree in communications, specializing in business and political communication.
Alex is the founder and CEO for W2O, a food technology firm for the past ten years. He specializes in creating Good Food with niche expertise in taste & smell neuroscience and clean label plant-based sweeteners and flavors.Prior to that, Alex had held various R&D leadership positions in companies including Pepsi, Starbucks, and Wrigley. He led technical teams to achieve business results. Alex holds a PhD in Food Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ms Andrea Phua currently serves as the Economic Counsellor at the Embassy of Singapore in Washington, DC. She took up this appointment in January 2018. Prior to this assignment, Andrea was the Deputy Chief Negotiator of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), where she led the Singapore team and oversaw the various chapters of the agreement. She also managed the US-Singapore economic relationship and concurrently staffed Singapore’s Committee on the Future Economy, which was a public-private sector led effort in 2016 to identify the key policy shifts for the Singapore economy to prepare industries and the workforce for the future. Before her stint in the trade and economic sector, Andrea was an A-Levels English Literature teacher from 2008 to 2011. Andrea received a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in English Literature from University College London (2007), and graduated with Distinction from Oxford University (2008), where she completed a Masters in English Literature. She also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (Singapore) (2009).
Rupa Dash is an entertainment entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, and co-founder & Partner of Dash Global Media, a leading entertainment company specializing in film packaging for world cinema. As CEO of World Woman Foundation, Dash leads a global mentorship program for women in film and their influence on global issues. Dash has implemented global brand strategies for Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. for theatrical releases in India, including Avengers, In Her Shoes, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She is also associated with Brillstein Entertainment Partners, a television production company and premier entertainment management group in Hollywood. With a focus on accelerating women’s leadership in the film industry, Dash has facilitated all aspects of seeking, securing, and managing film funds. In 2016, Dash Global Media was named the emerging film packaging startup company in Los Angeles for contributions to and support of social impact features. Dash received the Women Making Difference Award from Los Angeles Business Journal in 2018. She is actively involved with UN Women, Harvard Business School, Davos Forum, and Hollywood Film Festival, advocating for gender equality in film and entertainment. Dash has worked with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India’s prominent investor meeting: Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on a collaboration with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development to bring useful resources to the most underdeveloped states in India. Dash was the first woman to receive the UN’s International Telecom Union Award for her work to bring mobile entertainment content to Indian farmers across 40,000 villages. Dash studied entrepreneurship at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She currently serves on the boards of International Indian Film Market, Russian Women's Federation, Arkansas Cinema Society and World Cinema Society.
Originally from the UK, and after a stint at The Times of London, Laura was offered the opportunity to work for a London-based charity, the National Advertising Benevolent Society (Nabs), where she helped research and launch their first national helpline, as well as run several key fundraising events. After three years at Nabs, Laura and her husband decided to take time out to travel the world and ended up backpacking and working their way around the globe – something Laura describes as receiving a Master’s Degree in Life! While raising their family, Laura worked as a freelance writer and editor before taking on a role at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-UK), where she ran nationwide educational, community-building and fundraising programs. Laura and her family relocated to Washington, DC in 2002 and, as well as continuing to work as a freelance writer, she was able to use her successful record in fundraising, corporate partnerships and community building, to marry her skills to her passion – helping underserved and under-represented communities. Laura is currently volunteering in the following areas: children and youth in the foster care system (Adoptions Together), those experiencing chronic homelessness (Miriam’s Kitchen), those in hospice care (Montgomery Hospice in-home volunteer/Comfort Touch practitioner), families, adults & children living with autism, Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities and differences (Open Door Sports.) Laura also has an interest in refugees and migration and, in 2007, she organized an event that resulted in $1,000,000 of antibiotics and deworming meds being sent to Darfuri refuges who had fled to camps in Chad. Having been asked to take on the role of President of the Women’s Diplomatic Series in August 2017, Laura has expanded the mission of the organization to help shine a light on Women in Diplomacy. Laura’s motivation for partnering with female diplomats is to, not only highlight the incredible work of women in the diplomatic arena, but to also encourage more young women to enter the field. Laura’s future projects include a wish to start a program that teaches young women how to become more confident public speakers.
Karama Neal, PhD is President of Southern Bancorp Community Partners, a CDFI loan fund and financial development organization. Dr. Neal joined Southern in 2009 as a grantwriter after a career in the biosciences. In 2013, she started a statewide grassroots organization which successfully promoted passage of the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act. Her 2015 TedX talk focused on this work.A Little Rock native, she completed her bachelor’s in biology at Swarthmore College, her doctorate in genetics from Emory University, and her master’s in bioethics from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Neal also completed executive education in impact investing at the University of Oxford Said School of Business.
Sanjiv Goyal is the CEO of Droisys, he is considered a thought leader in innovation and has a keen passion for the future of AI and user engagement. Sanjiv is a successful serial entrepreneur and pioneer of emerging technology applications in business. He brings 25+ years of business acumen from several Fortune 500 companies, most notably from IBM, Autonation, Mastech, GMS, and RMS. He grew with progressive leadership roles in corporate strategy, business development, and management. Fortune 1000 organizations; Kelloggs, Heinz, Caesars and many more trust Droisys for Innovation. It's not enough to just have a good idea. Only when you act, when you implement, then it matters. Under his leadership, Droisys has developed solutions by leveraging AI, beacons, Augmented Reality, NFC, brain sensors, Virtual Reality and more. He advises CPG, retail, and casinos on digital engagement and innovation. Sanjiv is an active angel investor with a successful high-tech portfolio. Sanjiv has been pivotal in mentoring promising new entrepreneurs and has won awards for several of his innovations; most noteworthy, is the location-based contesting platform. He has architected first automatic vehicle location system of Singapore in 1996, since then he is focused on Innovation. He invests in Digital Marketing, Retail, Healthcare, Gaming, Hospitality tech. He has invested in Vriti, Fanminder, Admaxim, Appgravity, Gameloot, Raffity, Ebsavvy, Pregame, Mobifusion, Edseva, Demars Group, Mobiglue, Pyxa, SampleUP, iShopthrifty, Mobiglue, Direct401K, Equityzen and more. He believes in supporting our youth and focuses his philanthropic duties on children’s charities. He is on the board of Pratham. Sanjiv holds Master’s degree in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi, India. He has spoken at several conferences including Advertising week, Startup Weekend, Wolter Kluwer conference Poland, Gitpro, PMI, IIT 2015 and more.
Prepare to be inspired by an unprecedented lineup of leaders, on and off the stage. They’ll share their stories—and lessons learned along the way—about defying the odds and reinventing business their own way.
Surround yourself with savvy leaders with diverse backgrounds, passions, and pursuits for a day of dynamic exchanges and innovative business ideas. They’ll have you energized and empowered to build a thriving business and life.
Have your most-pressing world challenges, concerns, and questions addressed in this open forum. You will receive practical advice, feasible solutions, and innovative ideas on how to fund, launch and solve humanity’s grand challenges.
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