Women leaders from more than 30 nations will come together with experts and innovators to explore topics including changing energy economics, global health in our interconnected world, what’s next in space exploration, women in sports, and the future of philanthropy. Once again, IWF will feature three members presenting their own cutting edge concepts in the Ideas Remaking the World session, and IWF is proud to introduce “IWF: Part of the Solution.” Members are invited to participate in a town hall discussion on human trafficking; and IWF’s leaders in STEM are invited to “speed mentor” 8th grade girls from Houston area schools. Houston has been experiencing dramatic demographic change. Its astounding cultural, ethnic, and political diversity is spurring so much creativity in art, food, and fashion, that Forbes has called it “the coolest city in America.” Join us as we discuss global issues in the local context of Houston through a women’s lens.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26
8:15 AM — OPENING REMARKS
• Teresa Weintraub, President of the International Women’s Forum and member of IWF Florida
• Gracie Cavnar, 2017 Conference Co-Chair and President and member of IWF Texas-Houston
8:30 AM — OPENING KEYNOTE – GLOBAL CITY FOR TOMORROW
Many of the challenges facing our world are not contained by borders. Neither are the solutions. The entire world can be changed with a medical breakthrough, an environmentally friendly technology, or expanding economic opportunity, no matter where it originates.
We take a look at the role and responsibilities we each have as global citizens, and take a close look at Houston.
Houston is the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the United States. The city has drawn immigrants from all over the world, with more than 100 spoken languages. Demographers say it is a bellwether. In 25 years the rest of America will look very much like Houston does now.
What unites the city, and what divides it? What are the implications for society and business? What can we learn from Houston about helping each other, and helping the rest of the world?
• Annise Parker, former two-time Mayor of Houston and one of only two women to hold the city’s highest elected office; member of IWF Texas-Houston and 2017 Conference Co-Chair
8:45 AM — GLOBAL STORMS: EXTREME WEATHER
Hurricane Harvey is just the latest in a series of severe weather events – from superstorms and floods, to droughts, heatwaves and fires. Around the globe, these natural disasters have damaged infrastructure, destroyed property, devastated economies and taken far too many lives. In some instances, extreme weather has created famine, fueled conflict and triggered mass migrations of refugees.
Are world weather patterns permanently changing? Is human activity contributing? What can be done to better predict the weather, reduce its impact, and make population centers more resilient? A global panel of experts makes a forecast.
• Suzana Camargo, PhD, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate, and Lamont Research Professor in the Division of Ocean and Climate Physics at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
• Mary Glackin, Director of Science & Forecasting Operations, Watson Content and Internet of Things Platform at IBM
• Stéphane Hallegatte, PhD, Lead Economist at the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery
• Zoe Daniel, Washington Bureau Chief for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and member of IWF Australia
9:50 AM — COFFEE BREAK
10:10 AM — POWERING THE WORLD: ENERGY ECONOMICS
Houston is the epicenter of the global energy industry, with an estimated 5 thousand energy related firms doing business here. Although oil and gas have been the backbone of the Texas energy sector, today the state leads the U.S. in the use of renewable energy.
We draw from the global community of experts to discuss the economics and geopolitics of energy production, taking a look at supply and demand, and the impact of emerging technologies.
• Melanie Kenderdine, Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council and former Energy Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy
• Jayshree Desai, Chief Operating Officer of Clean Line Energy
• Jill Scotcher, PhD, Energy Economist and member of the Strategy Group at Chevron
• Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy and Diversity & Inclusiveness Sponsor at EY; member of the Women’s Forum of New York
11:15 AM — BREAK / NASA BEHIND THE SCENES LAUNCH
12:30 PM — LUNCHEON – SHOOT FOR THE MOON: SPACE
We sit down for a conversation on space exploration and science, STEM education, and women’s leadership with the first Hispanic woman in space and Director of NASA Johnson Space Center, Ellen Ochoa.
• Ellen Ochoa, Director of the Johnson Space Center, former U.S. astronaut and member of IWF Texas-Houston
• Jeanne Meserve, former Anchor and Homeland Security Correspondent at CNN, and former State Department correspondent for ABC
1:40 PM PROGRAM ENDS | BEHIND THE SCENES SESSIONS
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
8:30 AM — GLOBAL HEALTH: PRIORITIES AND POSSIBILITIES
As Zika and Ebola have showed us, disease knows no boundaries. In our interconnected world, a health threat in another part of the world is often, quickly, menacing our own neighborhood.
We have assembled in Houston, home of the nation’s largest medical center, the foremost names in global health to discuss emerging issues, frontiers in research, and barriers to success.
• Maria Elena Bottazzi, Ph.D., FASTMH, Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor, Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Tropical Medicine, Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital; Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology, Baylor University; Deputy Director Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development; and Editor in Chief, Current Tropical Medicine Reports
• Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Panorama Global, and former Director of the Ebola Program at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
• Rebecca Richards-Kortum, MD, Director of Rice 360o: Institute for Global Health and Founder of Beyond Traditional Borders at Rice University
• Donna Shalala PhD, Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami and former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; member of IWF Florida
9:35 AM — COFFEE BREAK
9:55 AM — IDEAS REMAKING THE WORLD
IWF members from around the world will present their leading-edge ideas and inventions for building a better world—and better lives. IWF’s own innovators, instigators, and disruptors will take the stage to make lightning-round presentations about their compelling concepts, breathtaking business propositions, and transformational technologies.
• Carole Feuerman, hyper-realist sculptor, President and Board Member of the Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation; member of the Women’s Forum of New York
• Lia Grimanis, Chief Executive Officer of Up with Women, an organization rebuilding formerly homeless women’s lives through career and business development; member of IWF Canada
• Ilya Marotta, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Program Management at the Panama Canal Authority; member of IWF Panama
• Priscilla Douglas, PhD, Chair of the Ideas Remaking the World Selection Committee, Founder & Principal of PHDouglas & Associates and member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum
11:00 AM — BREAK
11:15 AM — THE INFORMATION HIGHWAY
The internet has become the global marketplace for ideas, goods and entertainment. With skyrocketing demand, how do we keep the information highway from becoming a parking lot? How does today’s infrastructure and bandwidth impact the exchange of ideas, global competition and consumer choice? And, what does the future hold?
• Janet Ang, Vice President of IBM Asia Pacific and Board Member of Singapore’s InfoComm Media Development Authority; member of IWF Singapore
• Sumaiya Balbale, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Jet.com
• Matt Harrington, Global Chief Operating Officer at Edelman
• Leisa Holland-Nelson, Co-Founder, President and Chief Marketing Officer of ContentActive, Houston’s leading web and mobile technology company, and Host of The BusinessMakers; member of IWF Texas-Houston
11:15 AM — FEEDING FRENZY
Over the last 30 years, human weight has spiraled out of control. According to a recent Gates Foundation funded study, 10% of adults globally and 40% of American adults are now clinically obese, which contributed to four million deaths in 2015 from heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and other factors. All data points to the growing consumption of inexpensive, nutrient poor, calorie dense packaged foods as the leading cause. The study’s authors observed that “to date, no country has been able to control the food environment, which seems to be the main driver of obesity.” In other words—the food we eat, and the way we eat it is now killing us. How can we, as consumers, parents and business people, change the picture? Join our panel to explore your role in driving regulation, education and innovation to combat what has become the #1 global pandemic.
• Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank
• Katherine Miller, Founder of Chef Action Network, Senior Director of Food Policy Advocacy at The James Beard Foundation
• Corinna Hawkes, PhD, Director of the Centre for Food Policy and Professor of Food Policy at the City University of London
• Scott Neal*, Senior Vice President of Produce, Meat & Seafood and Quality Control at Walmart US and member of the Board of Directors for Feeding America
• Gracie Cavnar, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Recipe for Success Foundation; 2017 Conference Co-Chair, President and member of IWF Texas-Houston
11:15 AM — SHOOT FOR THE MOON – A DEEPER DIVE
Competition between the U.S. and USSR fueled the space race, but today the U.S. and Russia are partners, along with Japan and the European Space Agency, in the International Space Station. It demonstrates the benefits of cooperation, and fosters a sense of global community.
The space station has been a test-bed for research into human health, biology and materials science that has benefited us all. But in a time of increased international tensions, and tight budgets, what is the future of space exploration? Should it be a private enterprise rather than a governmental one?
Houston, home to the Johnson Space Center, is the perfect place to explore.
• Catherine “Cady” Coleman, PhD, former U.S. Astronaut and member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum
• Ersilia Vaudo-Scarpetta, Head of the Policy Office in the Strategy Department at the European Space Agency and member of IWF France
• Evelyn Miralles, Principal Engineer and Lead VR Innovator for the Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRLab) at NASA Johnson Space Center
• Dana Born, PhD, retired Brigadier General in the US Air Force, Co-Director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, and member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum
12:30 PM — BREAK
12:45 PM — LUNCHEON – INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
All around the world philanthropists are driving change. Charitable giving is revolutionizing health care and drug development. It is offering educational opportunity and economic empowerment. It is opening new horizons and creating new possibilities.
In a conversation with philanthropic leaders we discuss creating sustainable and scalable change through impact investing, activism and the power of women.
• Julia Stasch, President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and member of IWF Chicago
• Wendy Appelbaum, South African entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Co-Founder of the Women’s Investment Portfolio Limited; member of IWF South Africa
• Laura Arnold, Co-Chair of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation
• Beth Brooke Marciniak, Global Vice Chair of Public Policy and Diversity & Inclusiveness Sponsor at EY; member of the Women’s Forum of New York
1:55 PM — BREAK
IWF: A PART OF THE SOLUTION
2:15 PM — GLOBAL CITIZENS ENGAGED: COMBATTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Worldwide an estimated 21 million people are trafficked every year, the majority of them women and girls. These are the disenfranchised global citizens, who don’t even have a voice in their own lives.
Despite an increased awareness of trafficking, efforts to reduce it have not succeeded. Prosecutions and convictions are still shockingly rare.
We examine the issue, and what can be done about it, with victims of trafficking their advocates, and members of the legal community.
• Vanessa Gilmore, Judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and member of IWF Texas-Houston
• Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney and member of IWF Florida
• Allyson Maynard Gibson, human rights advocate and former Attorney General of The Bahamas; member of IWF Bahamas
• Eva Sobotka, Head of the Awareness Raising Strategy and Programs at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and member of IWF Austria
• Ludy Green PhD, expert on domestic violence and human trafficking, and Founder of Second Chance Employment Services; member of IWF Washington, DC
• Melanie Lawson, award-winning journalist and anchor on Houston’s ABC13; member of IWF Texas-Houston
2:15 PM — FORMULA FOR CHANGE: S.T.E.M. MENTORING
We invite IWF leaders in the S.T.E.M. fields to participate in a mentoring roundtable with 8th grade girls from Houston-area schools. Join us as we discuss exploring new and different opportunities, pivotal moments, and managing the learning curve as women leaders in science, technology, engineering and math.
Mentoring moments provided by attending IWF S.T.E.M. leaders.
2:15 PM — THE NEXT PATTERN: THE GLOBAL IMPACT OF FASHION
Fashion is a $2.4 trillion dollar global business that has impact on all of us. Fueling the industry is the genius and creativity of fashion designers. As baby boomers continue to age and the millennial population continues to grow, the fashion retail business is turning its attention to new ways of attracting shoppers.
Whether it’s shopping through online stores, visiting brick and mortar stores or shopping your closet, we all need to find our way in the new retail marketplace.
• Gary Tinterow, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and former Curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
• Lynn Wyatt, philanthropist and patron of the arts
• Marty Wikstrom*, angel investor and former Chief Executive Officer of Richemont Fashion & Accessories, President of Nordstrom’s Full Line Store Group and Managing Director of Harrods Limited; member of IWF United Kingdom
• Valerie Salembier, former fashion executive and Publisher of Harper’s Bazaar magazine; member of the Women’s Forum of New York
3:30 PM — CONFERENCE ENDS | GALA TO FOLLOW
7:15 PM — IWF HALL OF FAME AWARDS GALA
Featuring the induction of The Honorable Hillary Clinton into the IWF Hall of Fame. As an attorney and advocate, former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and as the first woman to win a major party nomination for President of the United States, Secretary Clinton is a recognized icon across the globe for her support and promotion of women’s leadership.
*Denotes Possible Panelist