Women in the World Summit 2012

This week inspiring leaders and activists from around the globe—including Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee, Angelina Jolie, Madeleine K. Albright, IMF chief Christine Lagarde, and many more—will gather in New York City to kick off Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s third annual Women in the World Summit.


Hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, Tina Brown will join with co-hosts Leymah Gbowee, Sheryl Sandberg, Meryl Streep, Diane von Furstenberg, Jane Harman, Lauren Bush Lauren, Nizan Guanaes, Maya L. Harris, Mellody Hobson, and Judith Rodin for the three-day event. IMF chief Christine Lagarde will share her insight into the global economy’s next act. Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni will talk to historian Simon Schama about Israel on the brink. Mexican congresswoman Rosi Orozco will recount her battle against sex trafficking. We’ll also welcome as moderators Barbara Walters, Christiane Amanpour, Andrea Mitchell, Lesley Stahl, Robin Roberts, Cynthia McFadden, Martha Raddatz, Charlie Rose and Juju Chang.

While not yet household names, many of this year’s participants will again be making headlines as we reveal their role in today’s most riveting news stories:

  • The joint head of the U.K.'s Forced Marriage Unit will describe the dramatic rescue of a British bride from Islamabad, where she was forced by her family to marry against her will—illuminating a disturbing trend in which Western parents abduct their daughters and send them abroad to wed.
  • As Africa undergoes enormous political, economic, and social changes, women are poised to become powerful leaders. Cameroon’s former presidential candidate Kah Walla will offer insight into female politicians’ meteoric rise.
  • Domestic workers make up a global economy worth billions of dollars—yet tens of thousands are trapped in appalling conditions. We’ll hear from one woman who escaped oppressive employers and now fights for “the help.”
  • Valerie Jarrett, chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, will discuss what the latest research reveals about the role and promise of women in the economic recovery.
  • With Burma’s elections weeks away, we may soon see a dramatic turning point for women in the homeland of Nobel winner and pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Tina Brown will interview Melanne Verveer, U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, about what’s at stake.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012  •  Purchase Tickets
Topics include:Forced Marriage: Are Mothers to Blame?; The Price of War featuring Madeleine K. Albright and Angelina Jolie moderated by Charlie Rose; Exclusive Solo Performance from the Highly Anticipated New Broadway Production of Evita; and Special Dinner Presentation: A Conversation with Christine Lagarde and remarks by Brian Moynihan, Bank of America**

Friday, March 9, 2012  •  Purchase Tickets
Topics include: Women in Combat: Where are the Women at the Top?; Holland Taylor as Governor Ann Richards: Ladies, You Must Participate!; A Conversation with Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee; One Year Later: The Women of Egypt; Security is Women's Work!; Cracking the Code: Gender Parity, Growth and Jobs; Murder and Machismo: Women in Peril in Central America; Hi-Tech Health for Women; Delegate Lunch Event: China's New Tiger Women**; Women in Combat: Fighting on Two Fronts; A Conversation with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Changing the Minds of Men; Views from the Crisis Zone: An Interview with Tzipi Livni; Jobs: Good News for Women?; The Women's Economy; Hidden Scandal: The Invisible World of Domestic Workers: Mothers of Invention: The Soccket Rockets; and How Television Could Save the World.

Saturday, March 10, 2012  •  Purchase Tickets
Topics include: The Responsibility Gene; Africa: A New Dawn; Africa: Bagging Hunger; Africa: A Few Good Men; Fighting for Justice; Women World Leaders: Force Multipliers; Girls in the World; Mother of Invention: Asenath Andrews; Women in the World on Campus; Mother of Invention: Talia Leman and Randomkid.org; The Digital Lives of Girls; Girls Can Change the World; Suma's Song; Burma: A Door Opens; A Special Tribute to Meryl Streep; and a Surprise Finale.

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*Schedule and speakers subject to change
**Open to delegate pass holders only