Summit Details

The first summit on The United State of Women took place on June 14th, 2016. Below is more information on the speakers that participated in Washington, D.C. and the topics of the Solutions Seminars focused on specific gender issues.


President Barack Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama

Vice President Joseph Biden

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls

Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls


Joyce Adolwa, Senior Director, CARE USA

Miki Agrawal, CEO, THINX

Luvvie Ajayi, Writer and Digital Strategist, Awesomely Luvvie

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Muslim Girl

Sue Ellen Allen, Author, Speaker, Activist and Ex-inmate, Global REINVENTION

Orubba Almansouri, Girls Education Activist

Sana Amanat, Director of Content & Character Development, Marvel Entertainment

Patricia Arquette

Nazanin Ash, Vice President, Policy and Advocacy, International Rescue Committee

Kristin Avery, Director, It’s On Us

Lindsay Avner, Founder & CEO, Bright Pink

Chernor Bah, Associate, Population Council

Erica Baker, Senior Engineer, Slack Technologies, Inc.

Nicole Baldwin, Founder, Biao Skincare

Elizabeth Barajas-Roman, CEO, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts

Katarina Berg, CHRO, Spotify

Sayu Bhojwani, Founder & President, The New American Leaders Project

Cherno Biko, Co-Chair of YWAC NYC and Co-Founder of Black Trans Lives Matter

Ambassador Deborah Birx, U.S. Department of State

Sharon Block, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Beverly Bond, CEO, Black Girls Rock!

Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Victor Boutros, Founding Director, Human Trafficking Institute

Keshia Bradford, Health Center Association of Nebraska

Bonnie Brandl, Director, National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

Ruby Bright, Executive Director and CAO, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

Connie Britton

Dr. Carol Brown, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Jenn Brown, Executive Director, Civic Nation

Kimberly Bryant, Founder & Executive Director, Black Girls CODE

Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Maria Burns Ortiz, Co-Founder and CEO, 7 Generation Games

Kevin Burton, Assistant Director, NECA/IBEW Local Union #26 Joint Apprenticeship & Training

Sophia Bush

Rhonesha Byng, Founder & CEO, Her Agenda

Ambar Calvillo-Rivera, National Director of Partner Engagement and Outreach, Enroll America

Kelly Case, Program Manager for Sudan and South Sudan, Inclusive Security

Kathleen Causey, Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Neena Chaudhry, Director of Education, National Women’s Law Center

Anna Maria Chávez, CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Catherine Chen, Director of Investments, Humanity United

Tara Chklovski, Founder & CEO, Iridescent

Juliana Chugg, EVP Chief Brand Officer, Mattel, Inc.

Evelyn Chumbow, National Survivor Network

Annie Clark, Author and Executive Director of End Rape on Campus

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration

Sharon Cooper, Consultant, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Ambassador-at-Large Susan Coppedge, United States Department of State

Trish Costello, CEO, Portfolia

Ann Cotton, Founder & President, Camfed International

Shantavia Craigg, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington

Meredith Dank, Urban Institute

Jessica Davidson, It’s On Us Activist

Ariana Davis, United Food and Commercial Workers

Charmaine Davis, Chapter Director, 9 to 5

Puja Dhawan, Director, NoVo Foundation

Dazon Dixon Diallo, President & CEO, SisterLove, Inc.

Marley Dias, Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks

Cheryl Dorsey, President, Echoing Green

Jaha Dukureh, Founder and CEO, Safe Hands for Girls

Maggie Dunne, Founder & CEO, Lakota Children’s Enrichment

General Ann Dunwoody, First 2 Four, LLC

Wanda Durant, Inspirational Speaker

Mark Edwards, Co-Founder, Upstream USA

Ginny Ehrlich, CEO, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

Kweilin Ellingrud, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Lisette Engel, Advocate, National Crittenton Foundation

Rebecca Epstein, Executive Director, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

Charlene Espinoza, Founder & CEO, Bosh Bosh

Laurie Fabiano, President, Tory Burch Foundation

Ana Flores, Founder & CEO, Latina Bloggers Connect, Inc

Sarah Friar, CFO, Square, Inc.

Nely Galan, Author & Founder, SELF MADE

Helene Gayle, CEO, McKinsey Social Initiative

Deborah Gillis, President & CEO, Catalyst

Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, PolicyLink

State Senator Gayle Goldin, Rhode Island State Senate

Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, Executive Director, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Alison Gopnik, Professor, University of California at Berkeley

Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell, Inc

Lela Goren, Founder, Goren Group

Alex Gorsky, CEO & Chairman, Johnson & Johnson

Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program, National Women’s Law Center

Grissel Granados, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Carol Gstalder, SVP Consumer Insights North America, Nielsen

Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, Jobs with Justice

Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva

Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women

Mariska Hargitay, Founder & President, Joyful Heart Foundation

Gina Harman, CEO, Accion U.S. Network

Carla Harris, Chair, National Women’s Business Council

Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor, Wake Forest University, Anna Julia Cooper Center

Sandra Henriquez, Executive Director, CALCASA

Mary Kay Henry, President, SEIU

Saanii Hernandez, Vice President, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Carolyn Hessler-Radelet, Director, Peace Corps

Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin

Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State

Neil Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape

Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute

Jeanne Jackson, President & CEO, The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham

Reverend Traci Jackson Antoine, Urban League of Eastern MA

Andrea James, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United

Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP

Sandra Johnson, CEO, SKJ Visioneering, LLC

Alexis Jones, Founder & CEO, ProtectHer & I AM THAT GIRL

Lara Kaufmann, Director of Public Policy, Girls Inc.

Kellie Keaton, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Shaquil Keels, It’s On Us Activist

Piper Kerman, Author, Orange Is the New Black

Khaliya, The Khaliya and Thomas Ermacora Family Falkora Mental Health and Neurotech Initiative

Angélique Kidjo, Founder, Batonga Foundation and Ambassador, UNICEF

Billie Jean King, Founder, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative & the Women’s Sports Foundation

Christina Koch, Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Henriette Kolb, Head Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation

Sallie Krawcheck, Chair, Ellevate Network

Maria Teresa Kumar, President & CEO, Voto Latino

Amy Lansky, Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, The White House

Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay Champion

Seina Lee, Johnson & Johnson

Robert Liodice, President and CEO, Association of National Advertisers (ANA)

Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Founder, Chairwoman and CEO,

Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat, President and CEO, Washington Area Women’s Foundation

Nitzia Logothetis, Co-Founder, Seleni Institute

Erin Loos Cutraro, Co-Founder & CEO, She Should Run

Rafael López, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Christina Lowery, CEO, Girl Rising

Latifa Lyles, Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau

Grecia Magdaleno, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Nancy Mahon, Senior Vice President for Global Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Nia Malone, Girls Inc.

Rose Marcario, President & CEO, Patagonia

Governor Jack Markell, Delaware

Mary Marx, President & CEO, PACE Center for Girls, Inc

Nicole Mason, Executive Director of the Center for Research and Policy in the Public Interest, New York Women’s Foundation

Lauren May, Poet

Glen Mazzara, Co-Chair Diversity Advisory Group, Writers Guild of America West.

Shantia McCarthur, Girls Inc.

Raegan McDonald-Mosley, Chief Medical Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Matt McGorry

Tonia McMillian, Childcare Worker, SEIU

Ayodeji Megbope, CEO, No Left Overs

Debra Messing, Global Ambassador, Population Services International (PSI)

Carolyn Miles, CEO & President, Save the Children

Cathy Minehan, Co-Chair, Boston Women’s Workforce Council and Dean, Simmons College School of Management

Dr. Eric Minikel, Broad Institute

Mary Molina, Founder, Lola Granola

Michelle Monasterios Ramirez, Girls Inc.

Lana “MC Lyte” Moorer, Founder, Hip Hop Sisters Foundation

Monique Morris, Co-Founder & President, National Black Women’s Justice Institute

Jewel Mullen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dorothee Mulumba, High School Student

Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, The White House

Evelyn Murphy, Co-Chair, Boston Women’s Workforce Council and President, The WAGE Project Inc.,

Molly Moon Neitzel, CEO, Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream

Romy Newman, President & Co-Founder, Fairygodboss

Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship

Mpumi Nobiva, Graduate Student

Michele Norris, Founding Director, the Race Card Project

Kakenya Ntaiya, Founder Kakenya Center for Excellence

Soledad O’Brien, CEO, Starfish Media Group

Ana Oliveira, President & CEO, The New York Women’s Foundation

Brittany Packnett, Executive Director, Teach For America-St. Louis

Zaa’Raa Padgett, Girls Inc.

Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, President, The National Crittenton Foundation

Deborah Parker, Native American Activist

Cindy Pedraza, Business Manager, CocoAndre Chocolatier

Andrea Pedraza, Owner, CocoAndre Chocolatier

U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

Sandra Pepera, Director, National Democratic Institute

Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Department of Labor

Monica Phromsavanh, CEO & Co-Founder, ModaBox

Andrea Pino, Author and Co-Founder, End Rape on Campus

Amy Poehler, Co-Founder & President, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-Director, Caring Across Generations

Dina Habib Powell, Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing Business and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs

Kemba Smith Pradia, Author, Public Speaker, Criminal Justice Advocate, Kemba Smith Foundation

Catherine Pratt, Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court STAR Court

Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor At-Large, City of Boston

Lisa Price, Founder, Carol’s Daughter

Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Department of Commerce

Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Ginny Quillen, Systems Engineer, Rockwell Collins

Kavita Ramdas, Senior Advisor, Ford Foundation

Matthew Randazzo, CEO, National Math and Science Initiative

Vasu Reddy, Policy Counsel, National Partnership for Women & Families

Shonda Rhimes, Content Creator, ShondaLand

Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Elena Rios, President & CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association

Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow

Shadarria Robinson, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

General Lori Robinson, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

Estefany Rodriguez, Poet

Lee Roper-Batker, President and CEO, Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Deborah Rosado Shaw, SVP Chief Global Diversity & Engagement Officer, PepsiCo

Angela Rose, Founder & CEO, PAVE: Promoting Awareness | Victim Empowerment

Lynn Rosenthal, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, National Domestic Violence Hotline

Christina Ross, Teacher, City Neighbors High School

Cecilia Rouse, Dean, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, CEO, MomsRising

Jessica Sager, Executive Director, All Our Kin, Inc.

Bamby Salcedo, President & CEO, The TransLatin@ Coalition

Alicia Santiago, Science Advisor &Latino Engagement Specialist, Twin Cities Public TV

Kwadwo Sarpong, Founder, African Research Academies for Women

Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code

Catherine Schreiber Rouhani, Chief Operating Officer, Women’s Foundation of California

Steve Schwab, Executive Director, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Kimberly Scott, Executive Director of COMPUGIRLS, Arizona State University

Allison Scuriatti, Executive Director, FINCA International

Meena Seshamani, Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ritu Sharma, Senior Gender Advisor, International Youth Foundation

Pamela Shifman, Executive Director, NoVo Foundation

Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Anar Simpson, Special Advisor for the Office of the Chair, Women, Girls and Technology, Mozilla

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Founder, theBoardlist

Shivani Siroya, CEO & Founder, InVenture

Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America

Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation

Megan Smith, U.S. Chief Technology Officer, the White House

Megan Smith, Professor, Yale School of Medicine

Stacy Smith, Founder & Director, Media Diversity, & Social Change Initiative and Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Brenda Smith, Professor, American University, Washington College of Law

Joanne Smith, Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity and Co-Chair, New York Young Women’s Initiative

Anaya Spencer, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Jaye Spiro, Grandmaster, Mejishi Martial Arts, Inc.

Gloria Steinem, Feminist Activist

Debbie Sterling, Founder & CEO, GoldieBlox

Caryl Stern, President & CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Mayor Marilyn Strickland, City of Tacoma

Michele Sullivan, President, Caterpillar Foundation

Neera Tanden, President & CEO, Center for American Progress

Gina Tesla, Director of Corporate Citizenship, IBM

Kimberly Thomas, Home Care Worker, SEIU

Fulani Thrasher, Access Living

Anne Toth, Vice President of Policy, Security & Compliance, Slack Technologies, Inc.

Patti Tototzintle, CEO, Casa de Esperanza

Mikaila Ulmer, Founder & CEO, Me & the Bees Lemonade

Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder, EDGE Certified Foundation

Nina Vaca, Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group

Yasmin Vafa, Executive Director, Rights4Girls

Mary Valadez, Senior Grants Director, Dallas Women’s Foundation

Dr. Sonia Vallabh, Broad Institute

Jayla VanHorn, Student, Horizon Science Academy Cleveland Middle School

Betzaida Ventura, Personal Care Attendant, SEIU

Alexa von Tobel, CEO & Founder, LearnVest

Judy Vredenburgh, President & CEO, Girls Inc.

Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT NYC

Meredith Walker, Co-Founder & Executive Director, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls

Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC

Kerry Washington

Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman & CEO, EY

Jess Weiner, CEO, Talk to Jess

Liz Weintraub, Advocacy Specialist, Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Kim Wells, Executive Director, Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

Jennifer Welter, First Female NFL Coach, Jenny Football

Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

Melanie Whelan, CEO, SoulCycle

Chris White, Principal Researcher, Microsoft

Marcy Whitebook, Director, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment

Judith Williams, Global Head of Diversity, Dropbox, Inc.

Kelly Williams, Senior Advisor, GCM Grosvenor

Dr. Lori Wilson, Associate Professor of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine

Jamia Wilson, Executive Director, Women, Action, & The Media

Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Rebecca Winthrop, Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution

Kym Worthy, Prosecutor, Wayne County

Natasha Yakanda, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington

Meghan Yap, It’s On Us Activist

Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

ReShonda Young, Owner, Popcorn Heaven LLC

Teresa Younger, President & CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women



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Christen Lien

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Sarah Jones


Solution Seminars

In between the plenary sessions of the United State of Women Summit, attendees will shift from the main convention hall to their chosen Solutions Seminars. As the name suggests, the Solutions Seminars are focused on a variety of issue areas based on our 6 Pillars and will be highlighting some of the best practices presently used to address the specified issues. More information on live streaming a portion of these breakouts will be available soon.

Education Solution Seminars

  • Cracking the Code: Access to STEM for all Women and Girls
  • The Promise of Our Youngest Girls: Investing in Early Childhood Education
  • Learning without Limits: Transcending Barriers to Girls’ Education Globally

Economic Opportunity Solution Seminars

  • Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Economic Empowerment for Women and Families
  • Get Fair Pay: How to Achieve Pay Equity
  • Valuing Caregiving in the 21st Century
  • Leading on Leave: Solutions to Increasing Women’s Workplace Participation

Civic Engagement Solution Seminars

  • A Conversation with Trailblazers: Making the Case for Gender Diversity across Industries and Sectors
  • “Reel” Change: Advancing Equity and Opportunity in Media
  • All in: Building Inclusive Movements and Engaged Citizens

Entrepreneurship Solution Seminars

  • Ideas with Us in Mind: Innovations that Create Social Impact
  • How to One up the Start Up: Successes in Growing Women-Owned Businesses
  • Getting Credit: Expanding Women’s Access to Capital

Health Solution Seminars

  • What Works: Strategies to Address Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Healthy and Mighty: Empowering Women and Girls to Connect to Healthcare
  • Addressing HIV/AIDs in Women and Girls: Lessons Learned at Home and Abroad

Violence against Women Solution Seminars

  • From Grassroots to Global: Breaking Cycles of Violence
  • Changing the Culture to End Violence against Women
  • From the Margins to the Center: Solutions to Stopping Violence in All Communities
  • Away from Slavery and Towards Human Rights: Ending Trafficking of Women and Girls

Cross-Cutting Solution Seminars

  • Revolutionizing Gender Norms
  • From Surviving to Thriving: Tools to Empowering All Girls
  • Creating Pathways towards Equity: Advancing Opportunity for Women and Girls of Color
  • Second Chances for Success: Women, Girls and the Justice System

Day 2 Events

Agencies and organizations are hosting Day 2 events across Washington, D.C. for summit participants. Questions about these specific events below should be directed to the point of contact at each unique event.

Reimagining, Reinvigorating and Moving Forward to End Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking

  • Hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice
  • George Washington University, the Marvin Center & Auditorium: 800 21st Street NW Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 8:30 AM – 5:15 PM
  • “Reimagining, Reinvigorating, and Moving Forward To End Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking”: This event, co-hosted by the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Department of Health & Human Services’ Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, will offer participants an opportunity for further dialogue on topics addressed at the Summit on violence against women and girls. Leaders from national, state, tribal and local domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking organizations will facilitate discussions on a wide range of issues, with a focus on promising practices, innovative approaches, and addressing the needs of survivors in marginalized or underserved communities. Topics will include: criminal justice responses to violence against women; survivor health; shelter and housing; economic justice; Native and Tribal community responses to violence against women; youth and children; and technology, among other topics to be discussed. The event is a call to action, reflecting on progress made and goals moving forward.

Reroute: Thank you for your interest in this event. In order to register for “Reimagining, Reinvigorating and Moving Forward to End Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking”, please go to

United State of Women: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Summit

  • Hosted by the Small Business Administration
  • The Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington D.C.
  • June 13th 1:30 PM – 5:15 PM
  • The U.S. Small Business Administration along with other federal agencies will host a United State of Women Entrepreneurship Summit on June 13th at 1:30pm. The discussion will include opportunities for women entrepreneurs and experiences from experts in the field. The topics will include access to capital, access to private, international and public sector markets, innovation, intellectual property and investing. There will be keynote addresses from members of the Obama Cabinet, plenary panels and breakout sessions.

“Sliver of a Full Moon”– a play about domestic violence, Native Americans and the 2013 Reauthorization of VAWA

  • Hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Interior: Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Location: National Museum of the American Indian: 4th St & Independence Ave. SW, Washington D.C.
  • June 14th  7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Join us for this performance of “Sliver of a Full Moon”, a powerful reenactment of the historic congressional reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 2013 – a movement that restored the authority of tribal governments to prosecute non-Native abusers who assault and abuse Native women on tribal lands. Written by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma), the play is presented for the Summit in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Crafting the Big Picture: Empowering Women and Girls in STEM  

  • Hosted by the S. Department of Energy
  • The Gallup Building: 901 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Join the Department of Energy as we tackle empowering women and girls through access to resources and inclusive practices. This action-focused follow-on event will address the needs of our future workforce through STEM education and center on interactive stakeholder engagement with our five dynamic gateways led by facilitators in each setting. The five STEM gateways are: P-12 Education (Formal and Informal), Undergraduate, Graduate level, Professional/Career, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Engaging Adolescent Girls and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality and Combating Gender-based Violence

  • Co-hosted by FHI360 and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of State, Peace Corps, and Millennium Challenge Corporation, in collaboration with Plan International USA, Social Development Direct, MenEngage Alliance, and George Washington University Global Women’s Institute.
  • Marriott Marquis: 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th and June 16th 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • This event will feature speakers from around the world who fund and implement programs, conduct research, develop policies, and advocate on behalf of and in partnership with adolescent girls and boys.  Adolescent girls and boys from the U.S. and the global south will also be key participants, presenters and facilitators throughout the Summit. The format of the Summit will include panels, keynote addresses, lightning talks, small working groups, plenaries, and goal-setting activities.  The goal of the two-day Summit is to facilitate needed conversations and outcomes in the field of advancing the gender equitable empowerment of adolescent girls and boys, in ways that also align with advancing the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Lunch Time Discussion and Panel on June 15 on the U.S. Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls: This event will feature keynote remarks from the Honorable Cathy Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, about how the newly released Adolescent Girls Strategy intersects with and builds upon the objectives and activities outlined in the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally and the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
  • Other confirmed speakers include Tessie San Martin, PLAN International USA; Susan Markham, USAID; Aldijana Sisic, UN Women; Sarah Hendriks, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; adolescent girl and boy ambassadors; young human rights advocates; and implementers from the global south.

Reroute: Thank you for your interest in this event. In order to register for “Engaging Adolescent Girls and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality and Combating Gender-based Violence”, please go to Questions can be directed to 

Shattering Stereotypes – Creating Opportunities for Women and Girls in Non-Traditional Career and Technical Education Fields

  • Hosted by the S. Department of Education
  • S. Department of Education, LBJ Headquarters: 400 Maryland SW, First Floor, Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Ensuring equitable access to career and technical education (CTE) programs by eliminating practices that discriminate based on sex can increase overall participation in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand jobs for all students, including women and girls. This event is intended highlight that although some progress has been made to increase enrollment of students in career and technical education (CTE) fields that are non-traditional for their sex, disparities still persist. This event will showcase CTE programs that are improving outcomes for non-traditional students and give students the opportunity to share how participation in CTE has impacted their educational and career trajectories.

Worker Voice Summit: The Power of Women’s Voices

  • Hosted by the S. Department of Labor
  • S. Department of Labor: 200 Constitution Ave. Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • In October of 2015, the White House and Department of Labor held the first Worker Voice Summit to highlight the relationship between workers having a voice in their workplaces and a thriving middle class. Building on the momentum generated from this Summit, administration officials have been traveling around the country for a series of regional events. These local summits focus on the unique stories of how workers, organizers, employers, and local officials are flexing their collective muscles to create positive change in workplaces and communities throughout the country.  The United State of Women Summit provides an opportunity to hold a regional Worker Voice Summit in Washington, D.C. to focus on women’s experiences coming together to lead change in their workplaces.  We look forward to lifting up the voices of women who are inspiring and driving innovation in worker voice through organizing, policy making and messaging.

“Washington Circle,” An Interactive, Virtual Discussion on Empowering Women and Girls through Education and Exchange Programs 

  • Hosted by the U.S. Department of State
  • S. Department of State: 2200 C Street NW, Washington DC
  • June 15th, 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM
  • Join Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan for the launch of “Washington Circle,” an interactive live-streamed panel discussion on how international education empowers women and girls. Alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs from around the world will participate virtually, while the live audience interacts with panelists, including senior government officials and special guests.  To date, over the past 75 years, approximately 1 million people have participated in U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs. A number of these programs, like TechGirls and TechWomen, are designed to empower women and promote gender equality.

Engaging Women and Girls in STEM through Data Science

  • Hosted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • NASA Headquarters: 300 E St. SW, Washington DC
  • June 15th 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Did you know you can learn binary code in 10 minutes? Did you know that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer science jobs available in the US, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics? Come hear from NASA leaders and women who are working at the community level to find out how they are empowering women and girls to use data science to tackle real-world (and out-of-this-world) problems through international data challenges and other data science initiatives. You’ll be blown away by their stories, and leave with practical ideas that you can apply in your community.

Healthy Women, Healthy Families

  • Hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • HHS Great Hall: 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC
  • June 15th Time TBD
  •  HHS will host an event for approximately 180 participants. This event will feature panel discussion sessions from speakers, followed by moderated Q&A after each session. It will focus on building on the expansion of coverage and benefits for women by the Affordable Care Act.

United State of Women- Spotlighting Promising Practices to Support the Women who Teach and Care for Our Youngest Learners 

  • Hosted by the White House Domestic Policy Council in partnership with National Association for the Education of Young Children, Service Employees International Union, National Women’s Law Center and National Head Start Association
  • Headquarters of National Association of the Education of Young Children: 1313 L St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Today, more than ever, research helps us understand the critical role of early educators in children’s learning and development. Cutting edge science tells us that 700 new neural connections are formed every second in the young child’s brain. In fact, the brain reaches 80% of its adult size by the time a child is 3, and 90% by the time a child is five. The experiences children have with their families and early educators strongly influence brain development and later educational outcomes. Unfortunately, early childhood teachers often have fewer professional development opportunities, and greater difficulty accessing training and higher education than other teaching professionals. They also earn significantly lower wages and compensation than their peers. In fact, the more than 2 million adults working in child care programs today, earn a median wage under $20,000 annually – barely enough to get by and provide for their own families- and they have experienced no increase in real earnings since 1997. These challenges not only hurt our early educators and their families, they also undermine the quality of care they can provide to millions of America’s youngest learners. This convening will focus on identifying solutions that will enable us to better support the individuals who have the critical job of teaching and caring for our youngest children while their parents work- child care providers, Head Start teachers, and preschool teachers. We will focus on spotlighting existing promising practices implemented around the country, as well as brainstorm and organize around new solutions to fix this critical issue.

Economic Transformation through Bias Mitigation: Solutions Workshop: Debugging Workplaces, Classrooms, Academia, Media, Entrepreneurship, and Public Spaces

  • Hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in collaboration with National Academy of Sciences Science and Entertainment Exchange
  • National Academies of Science (NAS): 2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
  • This session will kick off with lightning-round sharing of best practices in mitigating bias in society’s sectors, then will shift to cross-sector, small-group ideas exchange, and solutions workshopping where participant’s individual viewpoints will be shared. Innovative recommendations will be shared building on the morning’s lightning talks and the United State of Women’s Solutions Seminars. As bias mitigation strategies continue to emerge, collaboration in adoption may accelerate solutions to help advance society and the U.S. economy, which is especially important in the context of a highly competitive world. Additional Context: Experience and cultural history, community norms, and institutionalized structures shape people and their judgments of others. Research demonstrates that while there is less explicit bias in society, most people hold unconscious, implicit assumptions or biases that influence their perceptions of others, and institutions still operate with systems that have inherent, unintended biases. The economic and cultural impact of this less-understood science of unconscious and institutional bias is significant.

Empowering Girls through STEM, the Arts, Mentoring, Academic Enrichment, and Service

  • Hosted by CNCS and the National Endowment of the Arts, and Joined by local Foster Grandparent volunteers and students at Excel Academy
  • Excel Academy: 2501 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE, Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Join us to learn about Excel Academy’s unique public charter school for girls; the role of national service; and, STEM and the arts in their programming. Our nation’s strength comes from our people. America has always been at its best when citizens together are joined in common purpose. Through service, we can help focus our energy on local challenges to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every day.   Research shows that arts education has a direct, beneficial impact on achievement in STEM subjects, including demonstrating the long-term effects of arts integration on memory retention for kids learning science. STEM and the arts are fueled by creativity and innovation. As in the sciences, artists experiment and dream as they generate new ideas. As in math, they search for patterns and try and find a language to make sense of their world. As in engineering and technology, artists use their tools to build new ways of engaging with and advancing their communities.
  • Participants will help prepare summer enrichment packages for the students as they complete their school year. You also will have the opportunity for informal mentoring opportunities with the students so they have a chance to learn about your work and you learn about their ambitions. We will work with the girls to develop vision boards central to the themes of the summit.

Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Advances, Accomplishments, and Future Actions for Women

  • Hosted by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation
  • George Washington University School of Public Health: 950 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
  • The Office of National AIDS Policy is hosting an event on June 15, 2016 to highlight the HIV epidemic among women in America, Administration efforts to address HIV among women through our National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and federal and community actions to implement the Strategy. This event will highlight the four pillars of the updated Strategy (testing and linkage to care, retention in care, viral suppression, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)), the integration of the work on violence against women, efforts to support transgender women, and the Administration’s ongoing commitment to supporting all women and girls. In addition, the Kaiser Family Foundation will launch a new media campaign, which, consistent with the Strategy, will focus on HIV among transgender women.

Girls at the Center: Understanding Obstacles and Exploring Solutions

  • Hosted by the White House Council on Women and Girls
  • The Eisenhower Executive Office Building: 1650 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
  • June 15th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • This interactive session will provide an opportunity to better understand how to support marginalized girls, young women and their families. During the session, priority will be placed on listening to young women define what they need in order to move beyond surviving to thriving. Discussion will focus on the identification of solutions and action steps.

STEAM Power Film Screening and Panel Discussion

  • Hosted by the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, and Intel Corporation
  • United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
  • June 14th 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
  • In 2015, the first Women in Science (WiSci) STEAM camp in Rwanda brought together 120 high school girls from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States for an unique experiential learning opportunity. Through a public-private partnership in support of Let Girls Learn, the camp offered hands-on activities on coding and robotics, advocacy and leadership skills training, mentorship, and cultural exchange. The film STEAM Power documents the life-changing experience of the WiSci campers over the three weeks, as they explore the intersection of technology and social impact and discover their ability to drive change in the world around them. A panel discussion following the film screening will focus on collaborative efforts to promote girls’ participation in STEAM education and careers globally.

Driving Gender Parity — What Does That Mean?

  • Hosted by the U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Treasury Department Cash Room: 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington D.C.
  • June 15th 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • McKinsey & Company issued “The Power of Parity: Advancing Women’s Equality in the U.S.” in April 2016. The data builds an economic case for what we can do to tear down the barriers that still remain to achieving parity across gender. McKinsey & Company will share this presentation and challenge all of you to use the data to make positive change.