Global Conference 2015

Better opportunities for women will lead to greater economic development and improved global security. Efforts to realize this still untapped potential are advancing in projects that range from educating girls and breaking the cycle of poverty to preventing gender-based violence and eliminating health-care disparities. Whether originating from NGOs and government institutions or startups, cross-border investment and philanthropy, sustainable opportunity, access to capital and skills development are crucial. They not only help liberate women but can transform social structures and stabilize societies. Tech-savvy entrepreneurs are lending their know-how in the developing world and corporations are stepping up to serve as partners in these efforts. The time for pay equity is now and the business community is making the economic argument for more diversity in C-suites and on boards. Our special guests will explore the numerous ways we can create a better world for women and girls and, in the process, build a better world for all.


Willow Bay

Director and Professor, USC Annenberg School of Journalism


Folorunso Alakija

Group Managing Director, The Rose of Sharon Group; Executive Vice Chairman, Famfa Oil Ltd.

Patricia Arquette

Actress and Equal Pay Advocate

Deborah Birx

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Department of State

Cherie Blair

Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Barbara Bush

CEO and Co-Founder, Global Health Corps

Holly Gordon

Co-Founder and CEO, Girl Rising

H.E. Paul Kagame

President, Republic of Rwanda

Susan McCaw

President, COM Investments; Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria; Founding Board Member, Malala Fund

Michael Milken

Chairman, Milken Institute

Precious Moloi-Motsepe

Founder and Executive Chairperson, African Fashion International; Co-Founder and Vice Chairperson, Motsepe Foundation

Helena Morrissey

CEO, Newton; Founder, 30% Club

Freida Pinto

Actress; Producer, "Girl Rising India"

Suna Said

Founder and CEO, Nima Capital LLC

Shiza Shahid

Co-Founder, Malala Fund

Diana Taylor

Vice Chairman, Solera

Howard Taylor

Vice President & Managing Director, Nike Foundation

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