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Join us on a series of summits and festival events celebrating and empowering women and girls to create the future.

Connect and exchange ideas with pioneering women who are blazing trails to create a better future for their communities, institutions, and the world.
Learn and gain wisdom on leadership, entrepreneurship, invention, innovation, creativity, design thinking, and sustainability.
Gain insights on invention and innovation through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics).
How are women participating in achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, and in shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
What can individuals – men and women – and institutions - do to accelerate our society towards gender equality and go full steam ahead?

Explore these and more at the 9th Annual Womensphere Global Summit Series & 3rd Womensphere Festival on Creating the Future.

The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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global summit series

The 9th Annual Womensphere Global Summit Series will share inspiring stories of women creating the future, and innovative approaches to advance women and foster gender equality in the workplace and in society. Get inspired by stories, learn leadership lessons, and gain new insights on advancing women and girls to create the future, in:

  • ENTREPRENEURSHIP
  • LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION
  • MEDIA & CULTURE
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, Mathematics)
  • TALENT, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

JOIN US AT THE SUMMIT SERIES & AWARDS!
(Space each day is limited. Admission is rolling.)

festival

The 3rd Womensphere Festival celebrates women and girls creating the future, and the men and women who champion this. Explore the innovative ways that women and girls around the world are actively creating the future, in a range of fields:

  • Art, Film, Music & Literature
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Food, Beverages & Restaurants
  • Health & Wellness
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Social Innovation
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, Mathematics)
  • Sports & Adventure

Secure Discounted Super-Early Bird Festival Passes through December 31.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT

During the Womensphere Festival & Global Summit, we invite everyone to join global movements for gender equality and empowering women & girls!

Global social media campaigns include:

  • The UN’s #HeForShe and #Planet5050 Campaigns
  • Social media campaigns across the women’s movement, such as the White House’s #LetGirlsLearn
  • Womensphere’s social media campaign

During the Festival, Womensphere invites women and girls in school to help achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, through joining these:

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CELEBRATING GREAT WOMEN LEADERS & CHANGEMAKERS

During this week, we will celebrate great women leaders and changemakers from diverse fields. What makes for a great leader? How does one create transformational change? What are the best practices of successful entrepreneurs and investors? Meet great role models who are blazing trails, from business to global leadership.

CELEBRATING TRAILBLAZING WOMEN IN STEAM

We will celebrate women who are pioneering and creating the future through STEAM: science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics, medicine. What are the lessons on leadership, creation, invention, and innovation from STEAM? How does one grow to become a better inventor, innovator, creator?

CELEBRATING TRANSFORMATIONAL WOMEN IN MEDIA

Media has the power to transform societies by influencing public discourse and reshaping culture. We will celebrate women who have caused waves of change and who are creating the future through media. Meet and learn from inspiring women in media.

CELEBRATING BRAVE WOMEN IN PUBLIC SERVICE

Public service is one of life’s highest callings, whether service through the government, or through NGOs and social enterprises. What does it take to lead and create impact through public service and public policy? Learn from exceptional leaders.

Learn and be inspired by the insights and stories of women creating the future. Create positive impact in your organization and community!
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ADVANCING WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP

There has been glacial progress in gender parity at the executive levels of companies, academic institutions, and governments. Explore solutions and exchange ideas on how to advance women in leadership across fields and industries.

EMPOWERING WOMEN & GIRLS TO ACHIEVE GLOBAL GOALS

In 2015, the 193 member states of the United Nations agreed to accomplish 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030. Understand these goals, where we are, and how women and girls can participate in achieving these global goals.

HOW TO ACCELERATE GENDER EQUALITY

The World Economic Forum projects the world will not achieve gender parity for another 117 years. What can governments, companies, NGOs, academic institutions, media, and individuals do to accelerate gender equality and create a more inclusive future?

ADVANCING WOMEN IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The “Fourth Industrial Revolution” or “The Third Wave” is underway, with advances in science and technology reshaping the world. Explore how we advance women’s leadership, invention, and innovation in the fields of science, technology, and STEM education in universities.

THE LEADERS, ENTREPRENEURS, INNOVATORS OF THE FUTURE

The world is rapidly evolving, with globally distributed workforces, upheavals across industries, and evolving demand for skills. What are the types of leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators needed by the world today and in the future? Explore new models of leadership.

CREATING THE WORKPLACES OF THE FUTURE

Globalization and technological change have created major changes in the way we work – how we organize work globally or environmentally, where work, and how workplaces are organized. How do we create the workplaces of the future to unleash women’s potential?

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JOIN AN INSPIRING COMMUNITY

Be part of a powerful community of changemakers. It takes a community standing strong together, and celebrating together, to move the world to progress. Join an inspiring community of like-minded leaders, innovators, creators, educators, and entrepreneurs.

BE MOVED BY GREAT STORIES, CONNECT WITH GREAT LEADERS

Be inspired and be uplifted. Connect with and learn from the stories and insights of great leaders across fields as diverse as Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Government, Media & Entertainment, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Design, Math).

LEARN NEW INSIGHTS & INNOVATIVE APPROACHES

Learn what works, how to innovate, new approaches issues. Be inspired by new ideas. Learn best practices from experienced and innovative professionals and academics. Share your solutions. Enjoy richer ideas exchange with leaders from diverse fields, industries, and professions.

BE THE CHANGE, TAKE ACTION & CREATE THE FUTURE

We are the change we are waiting for – become the change. What causes inspire you? What changes do you want to see in your organization and community. How does one inspire, mobilize, and implement positive change? Explore how you can take action and create the future.

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JOIN US IN LAUNCHING A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT GLOBAL INITIATIVES

NEWCHAMPIONS5050

NewChampions5050 is the global initiative for gender equality and women’s empowerment, bringing together members of the New Champions communities of the World Economic Forum (Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers, Tech Pioneers, Schwab Social Entrepreneurs, and Global Growth Companies).

WOMENSPHERE GLOBAL INCUBATOR NETWORK

The Womensphere Global Incubator Network is the operating initiative of NewChampions5050, building both on-the-ground and digital platforms to inspire, train, educate, and develop leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation skills among women and girls around the world.

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BECOME PART OF AN INSPIRING GLOBAL COMMUNITY OF LEADERS, INNOVATORS & CHANGEMAKERS

Become part of something greater than you: a global movement for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Connect with, be inspired by, collaborate with, learn from, and exchange ideas with the many inspiring leaders, innovators, educators, creators, and change-makers you will meet in our community during the Festival and Summit.

Join us in realizing a vision of a world where women and girls can full their full potential and create the future.

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Join us in new york city

New York City is the fastest growing tech hub in America, with Silicon Alley, its entrepreneurship ecosystem, birthing new companies in internet, new/digital media, telecommunications, software development, biotechnology, game design, financial technology ("fintech"), and other fields. The New York City government has fueled investments in strengthening the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem of the City, aiming to transform NYC into the “world’s premier technology capital.”

Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, and a global hub of international business, New York City is a “global power city” significantly influencing global innovation, growth, and development in global commerce, finance, science, technology, art, fashion, education, media, and entertainment. As many as 800 languages are spoken in NYC, making it “the most linguistically diverse city in the world.”

Join us globally

If you cannot join us in person, you can still join the global movement and our global digital initiatives. There are several options for joining:

  1. You can join our global social media campaign starting September.
  2. You can livestream some of the Womensphere Festival events.
  3. You can also host Partner Events discussing topics related to the Womensphere Summit’s themes within your company, organization, or academic institution, during/after the Festival Week and promote the outcomes and photos to our global community.
  4. Women and girls currently enrolled in school are invited to take part in global initiatives around solutions to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, through the Womensphere Global Codefest, Global Artfest, and Global Videofest. This is a global virtual interscholastic competition and awards program, open from elementary school thru graduate school.

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about womensphere

Womensphere is a New York-based international NGO dedicated to incubating and accelerating the advancement of women and girls in leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, media, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, and mathematics) around the world. Since its launch, Womensphere has produced over 50 conferences, forums, and events, and has built an active leadership and innovation community of women and men passionate about its mission. Net proceeds to the 2016 Womensphere Festival & Global Summit will go to the Womensphere Foundation which also operates the NewChampions5050 Womensphere Global Incubator Network and Global Digital Academy.

Conceived and planned while at Harvard Business School, Womensphere was founded in 2007 by social entrepreneur and global innovator Analisa Leonor Balares, CEO & Chief Innovation Officer of Womensphere. Analisa is a Young Global Leader representing both USA and the Philippines at the World Economic Forum, where she is co-chair and founder of the NewChampions5050 global initiative. She was recognized with the Madam C.J. Walker Award by the US National Minority Business Council, and is one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World. Analisa also serves as Commissioner at the Women’s Refugee Commission, Member of the Women’s Forum of New York, Advisory Board Member at Music Beyond, and recently selected as a NASA Datanaut.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars.
- Harriet Tubman