Attendees Convene to Address Imminent Solutions for Today’s Most Pressing Global Challenges
The International Women’s Forum (IWF), a global organization comprised of the world’s most dynamic women at the highest levels of professional achievement, will convene in Boston for the 2015 World Leadership Conference, October 28-30, 2015. Hosted by the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, the local IWF affiliate, the event — Transforming Tomorrow Today – will explore top issues in technology, science, agriculture, business and medicine that will be changing the ways in which global citizens work, live and lead.
“This conference will highlight the best of Boston – world class medical institutions, research universities, thriving science and technology industries, and a rich culture of the arts,” said Priscilla Douglas, member and conference co-chair, IWF. “We are bringing executive women leaders to the epicenter of innovation to drive discussion and debate around today’s important societal, economic and business challenges, and to uncover new possibilities and solutions.”
More than 800 women from more than 40 countries come together for IWF’s annual global conference. Attendees are thought leaders, champions of women’s leadership and pioneers of change in their fields, including current and former heads of state, C-suite executives from private industry, leaders of NGOs and non-profits, members of boards of directors, and many others.
“IWF’s annual World Leadership Conference is an incredibly important gathering that harnesses the power and energy of the world’s highest-achieving women leaders,” said Sein Chew, president, IWF. “It provides a platform to inform our members about the most crucial global issues and arms them with essential knowledge. These women are already powerful; our goal is inspire them to be catalysts for transformational positive change.
The agenda will showcase more than 65 global expert speakers (full program here), such as:
• Sangeeta Bhatia, MIT Professor of Health Science & Technology & Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
• Ruka Yaro De-Liman, Entreprenuer, President of Camfed Alumni
• Susan Hockfield, former President of MIT
• Dr. Paula Johnson, Executive Director, Connors Center for Women’s Health & Gender Biology Chief, Women’s Health Brigham; Professor, Harvard Medical School & Harvard School of Public Health
• Steven Johnson, Innovation Expert, Futurist and New York Times Best-selling author
• Kathleen McLaughlin, President, Walmart Foundation & Chief Sustainability Officer
• Kristin Pothier, Head of Life Sciences, Parthenon-EY
• Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
“Globalization and technology have provided an unprecedented level of opportunity for women across industries. The health care sector is no exception. Medical science is evolving rapidly, driven by an urgent need for innovative solutions in diagnostics, treatments, and precision medicine,” said Kristen Pothier, Head of Life Sciences, Parthenon-EY. “EY is proud of its relationship with IWF which helps to ensure that women access opportunities to lead global innovation in health care and beyond.”
Sample agenda topics include:
• Energy accessibility, reliability and affordability
• The rise and importance of data-driven healthcare and precision medicine
• The role of online education programs in the democratization of higher education
• Pace of change and innovation driven by global corporations compared to governments
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About The International Women’s Forum (IWF) – The International Women’s Forum is a singularly unique organization comprised of more than 6,000 of the world’s most dynamic, accomplished and visionary women who are dedicated to advancing better leadership around the world. These women of significant and diverse achievement span 33 nations, six continents, many careers and many cultures, and yet are aligned in a commitment to change the face of global leadership. The IWF, a 365-day-a-year membership organization, shapes global conferences and programs around the mission to build better leadership through training, mentoring and connectivity. Programs include the Executive Development Roundtable, the Leadership Foundation Fellows program, and the EY Women Athletes Business Network.
About The Massachusetts Women’s Forum (MWF) is a group of 170 leaders from all aspects of society—including education, industry, government, the arts, civic institutions, philanthropy, hospitals, finance and the not for profit sector—dedicated to advancing women’s leadership globally. The group provides a warm, enriching community and mentors emerging leaders. Founded in 1991, the MWF is a chapter of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), an organization of over 6,000 of the world’s most dynamic, accomplished and visionary women in 33 countries.