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Annual Summit 2016

The Power of Innovation

San Francisco, CA

About the Event

Our theme for the 2016 Annual Summit was the “Power of Innovation”. Throughout the three days that we convened we discussed how innovative ideas and approaches can help to propel the movement to advance women and girls.


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All In For Her Cocktail Reception

The St. Regis Hotel | San Francisco, CA

Cocktail Reception

6:30-7:45 pm

Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as we celebrate the power of women’s philanthropic leadership and big + bold giving to women and girls around the world.

Welcome & CEO Remarks

7:45-7:55 pm

Jacki Zehner, Chief Engagement Officer of Women Moving Millions (WMM), will give a warm welcome and kick off our evening celebration.

Women, Film, Activism and Launching a Global Conversation in the 21st Century

7:55-8:10 pm

Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-Nominated Filmmaker and Founder of The Webby Awards, will share her thought leadership on the past, present, and future of women and power.

Fireside Chat with Rosie Rios: Time, Talent & the Treasury

8:10-8:30 pm

Rosie Rios, Former Treasurer of the United States of America, in conversation with Lisa Witter, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Apolitical, on advancing women’s leadership.

New Member Welcome Ceremony

8:30-8:45 pm

An official welcome and celebration of Women Moving Millions’ newest members led by Ann Lovell, Board President of WMM and WMM Board of Directors, Carol Andreae and Elizabeth Sheehan.

Special Musical Performance

8:45-8:50 pm

We are honored to welcome the Grammy award winning San Francisco Girls Chorus, under the direction of composer-performer Lisa Bielawa and conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe, to perform 7 Partsongs, Op. 44: No. 5. Sorrow and joy and Panda Chant by Meredith Monk.

Dessert Reception

8:50-9:30 pm

Join us for coffee, wine and dessert before we bid farewell!

Day One

The St. Regis Hotel | San Francisco, CA


8:00-9:00 am

Good Morning & Nice To Meet You!

9:00-9:30 am

Our Fifth Annual Summit begins with an introduction by Lisa Witter, our Facilitator, followed by a warm welcome from Courtney Harvey, the Executive Director of Women Moving Millions.

Transformational Philanthropy

9:30-10:00 am

How should we give our time, talent and treasure in a way that truly moves the needle for gender lens philanthropy? How can we use innovation, design thinking and a market-based approach to give in a way that matters more? Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Founder of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2) and Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS). As an academic, social entrepreneur and foundation executive, she leads a movement to improve the quality and accessibility of philanthropy education globally. Today she will frame the day by sharing innovative strategies on how to invest time, money and expertise to catalyze resources that empower women and girls.

Stories of Innovation #1 - From Empathy to Innovation: Learning By Design

10:00-10:30 am

Human Centered Design (HCD) is a research and design methodology that puts the people we serve at the very center of the problem-solving process. For The Curious Company Founder, Pam Scott, she and her colleagues at PSI/Tanzania are using HCD to address the issue of unintended teen pregnancy. Her experience there (as well as in business) has demonstrated time and time again that empathy is one of the most powerful tools we have to design solutions that inspire behavior change. Hear what Pam has learned by design and how each of us can be more human-centered in our approach to philanthropy

Innovation + Entrepreneurship

10:30-11:15 am

According to Sally Osberg and Roger Martin, a social entrepreneur is someone who explicitly aims to permanently and systematically transform a miserable or unfair societal condition. They act directly, creating a product, service or methodology that spurs the transformation of the status quo. Joining us are leading social entrepreneurs, Zubaida Bai, Founder of ayzh, Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green and Leila Janah, CEO of Sama, who will share their game-changing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Moderated by Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell.

Spotlight: The Refugee Crisis

11:15 am-12:15 pm

Today, over 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes, making this the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. As the global refugee crisis rages on, girls and women continue to suffer disproportionately…but are also often part of the solution, trailblazing pathways to safety. What does it mean to act boldly in times of conflict, and what role can innovation play? Speakers include Barrie Landry, Trustee, Landry Family Foundation and WMM Member; Caryl Stern President & CEO of U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Kuoth Wiel, Actor, Activist, Co-Founder of the NyaEden Foundation, and former refugee. Moderated by Jessica Houssian, Chief Philanthropy Officer of WMM.

Polling & Group Think

12:15-12:25 pm

Time for a quick temperature check facilitated by Lisa Witter using polling technology.


12:25-1:45 pm

Stories of Innovation #2 - Trans Narratives: An Intimate Unpacking

1:45-2:15 pm

Since coming out through her TED Talk and launching Gender Proud, Geena Rocero, Model, Producer & Trans Rights Advocate, has been working with her community and beyond to develop a dialogue about the trans experience through various perspectives. The trans community has garnered significant media visibility in recent years; from Laverne Cox on the cover of TIME to Caitlyn Jenner’s 20/20 reveal. For this very intimate conversation, you will hear stories about a very brave vanguard of activists and advocates. You will learn more about gender non-conformity and fluidity as well as leave with an understanding of how you can be an effective advocate for the trans community.

Innovation + Story

2:15-3:00 pm

What do you get when you combine great narratives with innovative technologies? Is story telling itself a technology? The answers are to be found within this panel. You will be hearing from Jess Tomlin, Executive Director of The MATCH International Women’s Fund, Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Global Impact & Philanthropy at the Sesame Workshop and Kamal Sinclair, Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program, who will share their insights for how narrative, in its many forms, and delivered in diverse ways, can positively impact our culture and create social change. Moderated by Cara Mertes, Director of the JustFilms Initiative at the Ford Foundation.

Polling & Group Think

3:00-3:15 pm

Time for a mid-day debrief! Lisa Witter will guide us through a polling session and group think before we break.


3:15-4:00 pm

Stories of Innovation #3 - The Meaning in the Music

4:00-4:30 pm

Meet Sonita Alizadeh, a 19 year old Afghan Rapper & Activist, who is using rap music to help end child marriage. Sonita will talk about her experience as an almost-child bride, using music to change her destiny, and the power of holding a very big vision.

Polling, Group Think & Wrap-Up

4:30-5:00 pm

Trust us, after a day like today you are going to want to share, connect and give voice to what have been your ‘AHA’ moments. This is YOUR time to express what’s on your mind.

Costume Change

5:00-7:00 pm

A Dine Around San Francisco

7:00-10:00 pm

Enjoy the friendships you’ve forged today and make new connections at an intimate, relaxed dinner

Day Two

The St. Regis Hotel | San Francisco, CA


8:30-9:30 am

Good Morning!

9:30-9:45 am

After a quick welcome and framing by Lisa Witter, we will review yesterday’s polling results and reflect on what we learned, shared and hope to still achieve.

Women Moving Millions: Where We Stand

9:45-10:30 am

As an organization, our focus is on deepening our members’ leadership in order to catalyze greater resources for women and girls. Now’s your chance to get updated on what we’re up to and learn how you can become more engaged with our community throughout the year.

Workshop Pitches

10:30-10:50 am

Philanthropy neither starts nor ends with writing a check. Rather, it is the combined engagement of one’s skills, talents and financial resources that propel social change. As such, this year’s Workshop Sessions are structured around the four pillars of Women Moving Millions’ new Philanthropic Leadership Curriculum: Philanthropic Strategies, Voice & Influence, Financial Engagement and Self-Care & Awareness. These four key pillars constitute what Women Moving Millions considers to be thoughtful, strategic and holistic donor leadership.

Move to Workshops

10:50-11:00 am


11:00 am-12:30 pm

Workshop #1 – Government, Policymakers & You: Partnership Essentials
Presenter: Lisa Witter, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Apolitical
Success in large-scale often depends on working with or around government. Learn how public-private partnerships can achieve greater capacity and impact.

Workshop #2 – Developing Our Personal Brand & Understanding Influence
Presenter: Tuti Scott, President & Founder of Imagine Philanthropy
As we think about our own leadership and voice, what’s in our toolbox for sharing our voices on issues that matter most? How might you leverage your leadership voice with a successful personal brand? What about your leadership style works for you to advocate for your issues and work? These questions and more will be addressed in a dynamic interactive session where we will use practical applications and tools for mobilizing our leadership voice and influence.

Workshop #3 – Being Angels
Presenter: Deborah Jackson, CEO of Plum Alley Investments & Member of WMM
There are amazing women starting successful businesses that create positive change globally. We invite you into the world of Angel Investing. Deborah Jackson will not only frame what it means to be an angel investor but also why it matters. Learn how to invest in companies led by women and meet WMM members who are doing just that.

Workshop #4 – Looking Within: Mastering Challenging Conversations
Presenter: Shannon Peloquin, Associate Principal of McKinsey & Company
The most difficult and challenging times in our lives show us who we truly are. An essential part of self-awareness is knowing yourself and the triggers that may be activated in challenging circumstances. In this interactive session we will work on identifying our own reactivity when faced with difficult situations and we will practice techniques to manage our responses to create more productive and successful outcomes.

Closing Ceremony

12:30-1:00 pm

Together, we will look back and forward with a shared conclusion led by Lisa Witter.

Closing Lunch

1:00-2:30 pm

Women Moving Millions Circles Meetings

2:30-4:00 pm

Film Circle – The WMM Film Circle leverages the expertise and collective passion of our members to support and advance social impact films by, for, or about women. The Circle will provide members opportunities to share, learn, collaborate, and leverage the WMM platform to bring greater resources to these films. After 30 minutes of an update on the work of the Circle and member share time we will be joined by some guest speakers. Susan Sarandon, Alexandra Dean, and Adam Haggiag of Reframed Pictures will be talking about their latest project, Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story. Bombshell is a documentary that will tell the little known story of a 1940’s screen siren whose remarkable invention revolutionized mobile communications.

Violence Against Women & Girls Circle – The Violence Against Women and Girls Circle will consider any gender-based violence topics pertaining to women and girls excluding trafficking and pornography which are addressed in separate and distinctly focused circles. Topics for consideration include (but are not limited to): domestic violence, rape, female genital cutting/mutilation, femicide, child brides, marital rape, imprisonment for non-violent crimes (such as adultery, miscarriage, gender identity and sexual orientation) and violence propagated by cultural norms. We will hear from members who are engaged in work in this area as well as front line workers, experts, and thought leaders focused on gender-based violence.

Anti-Pornography Circle – WMM members have demonstrated a growing interest in contributing to the fight against the explosion of violent online pornography and the resultant hyper-sexualization of the culture. Our Anti-Pornography Circle will develop strategies to fight against the harms of the porn industry and re-build a healthy sexuality that is based on intimacy, connection, and empathy. Activities for this Circle include convening leading academic and activist voices in this field to deepen the understanding of the harmful effects of porn culture, which include gender based violence, addiction, trauma, and compromised brain and social development among youth. Our members will engage with experts in mental health, medicine, sociology, public health, and social activism to develop action plans designed to bring an end to porn culture and the harms it does to women, men, and children.

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