2018 International Women's Day Forum
March 6, 2018
Registration Opens – Networking & Breakfast
Kick-Off Remarks by Co-Hosts
The Power of Earning an Income - Women in the Global Economy
When women earn, everyone benefits. Yet women are still underrepresented in workforces around the world. What programs and initiatives can support more integration of women in the global economy?
Men as Gender Equality Advocates
Transition Break to Deep Dive Working Sessions
Deep Dive Working Session - Inclusion Where it Matters Most: Finance
Access to and control over economic and financial resources are critical to reducing women᾿s vulnerability in the face of economic risk. This is especially true for women entrepreneurs and the success of their businesses. This session will explore how we can expand women᾿s access to and use of financial services so that they and their communities can reach their full economic potential.
Deep Dive Working Session - Transforming Health for Women and Girls
Despite technical advances and access to medical care, gender inequality continues to pose a large threat to positive health outcomes and behaviors. This session will explore global alliances and best practices that improve health outcomes for women and girls.
Deep Dive Working Session - Empowerment in the Supply Chain
As producers, workers, distributors, managers, and more—women are an essential part of the global value chain. This session will explore business strategies for increasing gender diversity in supply chains. It will also explore how these programs have expanded to include women’s personal and professional well-being in different economies.
Transition Break to Hall of Flags
Luncheon with Issue Discussions at Tables
Join us for a networking luncheon. Attendees will have the option of participating in small group discussions on organized topics, led by plenary speakers and other experts.
Connecting the Dots Between STEM Learning and Societal Impact
While women represent 48% of the total US workforce, they currently hold just 24% of STEM jobs nationwide. For many years, attempts to explain the discrepancy have emphasized social and personal obstacles, such as discrimination and isolation, that women face when they enter or try to advance in male-dominated fields. But the Journal of Psychological Science published research suggesting that it isn't just that young women give up or are excluded from studying science, but instead many opt out because they see STEM careers as 'inhibiting communal goals'.
Drawing on Discovery Education's insights as the leading provider of digital content in K-12 classrooms nationwide, this conversation will explore how connecting STEM learning to societal impact can engage, inspire and empower our next generation of women leaders.
Elizabeth Lipscomb , Vice President Strategic Alliances, Discovery Education
The Correlation of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Women’s Political Empowerment
CIPE's Director for Women's Economic Empowerment will explore the cycle of women's economic and political empowerment. How can women who have had economic success achieve positions of political influence? How can we support women with political influence to enact measures to empower more women economically? Participants will identify at least three main action items during the discussion that could be worked on jointly.
- Barbara Broomell, CIPE Director for the Center for Women's Economic Empowerment
Is Your Company Driving Gender Equality in Your Own Advertising?
Companies invest significantly in marketing and advertising and can also advance gender equality in this part of their supply chain. A number of recent initiatives across several industries are accelerating and you're invited to learn more about what P&G and others are doing to create better marketing communications and drive progress toward economic equality for women.
- Allison Tummon Kamphuis, Gender Equality & Children's Safe Drinking Water Program Leader, Procter & Gamble
Closing the Gender Digital Divide
What does it mean when close to a billion women in the world aren't “connected"? It means that their opportunities for socioeconomic growth are stunted, while others learn to leverage the power of the internet to learn, get critical health information, participate in e-government initiatives, and grow their networks for diversity and resilience. Several studies have correlated higher internet penetration with higher GDP – but women's lack of access to the internet only creates additional gaps – digital, economic, and societal. Thousands of efforts worldwide have done little to move the needle. Find out why they haven't worked, and how we need to approach this issue with a more comprehensive approach. Your ideas, experiences, and feedback are most welcome as we finalize program details.
- Revi Sterling, Director, USAID
Gender Lens and Measuring Impact
Measuring impact is the first step in improving impact. We will explore how to help build more gender inclusive and impactful businesses by talking to customers and staff directly and providing data on social performance, feedback, and behavior in a dynamic, fast, and efficient way.
- Esha Mufti, Insights Lead, Acumen
The Ripple Effect: Water and Women's Empowerment
In this discussion, members from the Ipsos and GETF teams will lead a conversation on measuring women's empowerment, including an analysis of the ripple effect between water access and women's empowerment. Drawing from their experience working with USAID and Coca-Cola through the Water and Development Alliance (WADA), Mondelez International, Vital Voices, and others, Ipsos and GETF will highlight their own findings and facilitate a discussion around best practices for cross-sectoral measurement of women's empowerment.
- Tori Phillips, Director, Women's Empowerment, Global Environment & Technology Foundation
Demystifying Women’s Business Certification and Its Value
Discuss the various business certifications available, the value of business certification and how to leverage the certification network to increase contracting opportunities in Corporate and Government entity supply chains.
- Candace Waterman , Vice President & Chief of Staff, WBENC
In hopes of a forward-looking dialogue, Plan and the PIMCO Foundation propose to engage the group to solicit ideas, approaches and best practices for interventions that build women's confidence and leadership skills drawing from discussants' experiences with corporate and donor investments in these areas—what works. These include internal leadership programs targeting female employees with the goal of growing the number of women in middle and senior management, and programs for women beneficiaries and partners of corporate-sponsored programs in developing countries and the U.S.
- Sue Richiedei, Senior Director, WomenLead Institute at Plan International USA
- Sarah Middleton, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Citizenship, PIMCO; Executive Director of the PIMCO Foundation
- Deborah Goldschmied, AVP Human Resources Business Partner, DIRECTV Latin America
- Maggie O'Neill, Principal & Chief Creative, SWATCHROOM
- Dominique Fierro, Superfierce Artist. Photographer. Activist.
Women and the Art of Negotiation
The jobs or promotions in which women want are increasingly attainable, however, how women approach these pivots in life will determine our rise in the workforce and furthermore how we are compensated for it. The art of negotiation means that you know your value and your not afraid to ask for it, you have something they want and we need to be strategic when we try to go for it. Come and join this group for a robust discussion around how to pivot your career and how not to be afraid to shoot for the stars when asking for what you want.
- Anastasia Dellaccio, Director, Community and Career Engagement, Creator Awards, WeWork
How Public-Private Partnerships Can Create Value for Women Entrepreneurs?
Thunderbird School of Global Management's Kellie Kreiser leads a conversation about how cross-sector collaboration can create valuable tools and resources for women entrepreneurs. Partnerships between corporations, non-profits and governments have led to the development of training, investing, and mentoring programs that have changed the lives of women small business owners around the world. We'll discuss how these partnerships begin and what factors make them successful.
- Kellie Kreiser, Executive Director of Thunderbird for Good, Thunderbird School of Global Management
What are Governments Around the Globe Doing to Create an Enabling Environment for Women and Integrating Gender?
MCC invests in some of the world's poorest countries and recognizes that gender and social inclusion is essential to succeed in its mission of achieving poverty reduction through economic growth. Since its inception, MCC has provided more than $12 billion in assistance to 29 countries with an expected benefit to 175 million people.
Join MCC's Deputy Vice President for a discussion on how MCC supports governments around the globe to create an enabling environment for women and integrating gender. We are actively seeking your ideas on how we can maximize our impact through partnerships with organizations with a shared vision.
- Lona Stoll, Deputy Vice President for Sector Operations, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Engaging Women in the Growing Indian Economy
The U.S.-India Business Council's Vice President and Legal Policy Counsel will discuss efforts to empower women within the dynamic and rapidly expanding India economy. How can efforts to prioritize women's inclusion contribute to economic growth? What role should Government of India initiatives play in supporting women's entrepreneurship? Join this group for a robust discussion on how U.S. and multinational companies can engage on issues of women's economic and financial inclusion in India.
- Sumona Guha, Senior Director, U.S.-India Business Council
Gender and Power in the Age of #metoo
Women in the Workforce - Breaking Down Barriers for the Jobs of Tomorrow
Automation is rapidly transforming the jobs of tomorrow and employment opportunities for women. If current gender ratios remain constant, it is predicted that for every 20 jobs lost to automation, 5 men and just 1 woman would be hired to fill the open STEM job. How do we ensure that women and girls do not miss out on the jobs of the future?
Narrowing Gender Gaps Through Data and Technology
Digital technology can be a powerful tool to empower women and improve socioeconomic and health outcomes. Approximately 200 million fewer women than men own a mobile phone—the most prevalent means of access to the internet in developing countries. This session will explore why barriers to technology penetration and adoption disproportionately impact women, examine solutions such as digital skills and literacy, and discuss new ways of delivering technical services to women.
A Global Mindset to Gender Partnerships
This panel will address what᾿s working and what᾿s not as companies apply a gender lens to their businesses. Speakers will explore how diversity and inclusion influence business outcomes both across different markets and around the world.
Private Sector Engagement with Women’s Economic Empowerment
A Life of Empowerment: Capacity Building for Female Refugees
The world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in history—with more than 66 million refugees in the world, half of which are women and girls. This interview will focus on how businesses and communities can empower those fleeing their homes in search of a better future—with a specific focus on moving beyond humanitarian.
Reaching Your Leadership Potential
Meet your peers and potential partners during our networking reception on March 6. The reception will also showcase work from local women-owned businesses, such as Republic Restoratives and Denizens Brewing Co., and artists featured in SUPERFIERCE.
March 7, 2018
Registration Opens – Networking & Breakfast
Welcome Remarks and a Video Message from United States Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan
Gender Innovations in Education and Training
Women and girls still do not have an equal opportunity to access education and training opportunities. This hinders the growth, competitiveness, and future readiness of economies and businesses worldwide. This panel will discuss how businesses can ally with like-minded organizations and impact locally and scale globally to promote education for women and girls.
Women, Wealth and Capital
Access to capital remains the biggest obstacle to the growth of women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises. Women entrepreneurs only receive about 3% of venture capital funding. What will it take to level the playing field? How can we ensure that women investors are able to build wealth and capital?
Cracking the Code to Engaging Women and Girls in STEM
The number of women in science and engineering is growing—and in some scientific disciplines, reaching parity. However, as technical STEM professions grow in increasing importance to the changing workplace, it is imperative that women receive equal opportunities to pursue and succeed in STEM careers. During this discussion, we will hear from companies accelerated the participation of women and girls in science, technology and innovation fields by changing narrative around what it means to have a STEM careers and be a woman in STEM.