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Annual Summit 2017

The Power of Community

New York, NY

About the Event

Our theme for the 2017 Annual Summit, the “Power of Community”, was inspired by Women Moving Millions own community-powered beginning. It was also this year we that we celebrated 10 years since the Women Moving Millions Campaign was launched by Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ambassador Swanee Hunt and the Women’s Funding Network.


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Member Day

7 World Trade Center | New York, NY


9:00-10:00 am

Join us for coffee and tea.

Welcome to Your Place in History

10:00-10:15 am

We’re so glad you’re here. This is our day – the first ever Community Day for members only. WMM Vice Chair, Mona Sinha will share a warm welcome, followed by an introduction to our facilitator for the day, Lisa Witter. Deep breath, settle in, here we go.

The Science of Connection: Interactive Introductions

10:15-10:45 am

Atoms come together to form molecules because of their electrons. Electrons can join (or bond) atoms together in two main ways. When two atoms share electrons between them, they are locked together – bonded – by that sharing. This round of introductions is playful and creative. Reminder: Brevity is the key to communication. You have 20 seconds. (No pressure).


10:45-11:45 am

What is community and why does it matter? More importantly, what makes an impactful community, and what is your role and unique contribution? What’s your wildest dream for the impact of this community could make? Lisa Witter will facilitate a dynamic discussion amongst us.


11:45 am-12:30 pm

Writer, lecturer, political activist, feminist organizer, legend, and friend of WMM Gloria Steinem will join Chantal Bonitto, WMM Director of Community Engagement for a conversation about activating powerful communities – lessons, words of wisdom and a call to action. Introduction by WMM Board Member Susan Morrison.


12:30-1:30 pm

Where We Are Now: An Update on Women Moving Millions

1:30-1:45 pm

WMM Executive Director Courtney Harvey shares more about our work to inspire bold giving, connect changemakers and learn in community.WMM Executive Director Courtney Harvey shares more about our work to inspire bold giving, connect changemakers and learn in community.

Data Talk: Latest Research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute

1:45-2:10 pm

WMM partner, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, shares their latest findings after talking with WMM members. Fun fact – many members don’t identify with the word philanthropist.


2:10-2:40 pm

This is a story you won’t want to miss. WMM Board Treasurer, Maria Nunez will share her journey to Women Moving Millions – what inspired her, and what she’s doing now to inspire others.


2:40-3:10 pm

Cristina Ljungberg and Wendy Anderson met, and the rest is history. Here they’ll share how and why they made the decision to collaborate as funders – and how their partnership is having exponential impact.


3:10-3:40 pm

Barbara Dobkin is a life-long learner herself…but chances are if you’ve met her she’s taught you something important. In conversation with Strategist and Leadership Expert, Shifra Bronznick, Barbara will share her personal philanthropic journey as both student and teacher.


3:40-4:00 pm

Discover what it means to take a long view in philanthropy – and amplify women’s leadership. In 17 years of fieldwork, collaboration, investment, and analysis, Catalyst of WMM, Swanee Hunt has documented the ways Rwandan women came together to rebuild their country after genocide, creating a model for sustainable peace worldwide.


4:00-4:15 pm

Ruth Ann Harnisch has many gifts, not the least of which is her extraordinary capacity to listen. Luckily for us, she’ll share this gift with us in a beautiful wrap-up of our day.

The Dinner Party

5:50-7:00 pm

During this casual dinner, we’ll celebrate our new members with a Welcome Ceremony before joining others at the Regal Cinema for popcorn and a program to discuss I AM EVIDENCE, a film produced by Mariska Hargitay.

Good Evening & Warm Welcome!

7:30-7:35 pm

At our first get together of the Summit, hear from Elizabeth Sheehan, Board of Directors, WMM, for a special greeting.

Film for Social Change: Fighting the Backlog

7:35-9:00 pm

Emmy and Golden Globe winning actress, Mariska Hargitay, Founder & President of the Joyful Heart Foundation plays Lieutenant Olivia Benson on the long-running NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2004, in response to the thousands of letters she had been receiving from survivors of sexual assault, Mariska was inspired to found the Joyful Heart Foundation, whose mission is to transform society’s response to sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse, support survivors’ healing, and end this violence forever. At the heart of their advocacy work is their campaign to end the backlog of hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits sitting in storage facilities across the United States. In May, Mariska released her first documentary film, I AM EVIDENCE, which highlights the reasons behind the alarming national rape kit backlog. The film explores how the justice system serves survivors, by providing firsthand accounts from four women about their assaults and the hours, weeks, months, and years following their evidence collection. Moderated by Media Pioneer and Curator of TED Women Pat Mitchell, Mariska will join in a conversation with Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, Maile Zambuto, CEO, Joyful Heart Foundation and Regina Scully, Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, Executive Producer, I AM EVIDENCE and WMM Member to discuss what is being done to end the backlog and what this film will mean for survivors across the United States as they continue to seek healing and justice. Introduction by Marcia Cardamore, WMM Member & Chair of the Violence Against
Women & Girls Circle.

Day One

Conrad Hotel | New York, NY


8:00-9:00 am

Nice to Meet You!

9:00-9:40 am

Welcome to the Sixth Annual Women Moving Millions Summit! Opening moments and participant introductions led by Lisa Witter, Summit Facilitator and Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Apolitical.

The Power of Our Community

9:40-10:00 am

A warm welcome by Courtney Harvey, Executive Director, Women Moving Millions.

Challenging the Boundaries: Building Intersectional Movements

10:00-10:45 am

To achieve greater gender, racial, economic, political and social justice, it will take many communities and many movements, working together. Led by Kavita N. Ramdas, Strategy Advisor, MADRE and Principal, KNR Sisters in conversation with Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers’ Alliance & Board of Directors, Ford Foundation and Kimberly Peeler-Allen, Founder of Higher Heights and Leah Hunt-Hendrix, Founder of Solidaire, some of the world’s most celebrated activists working in the world today will explore the power of moving together.

Our Brains on Race & Gender

10:45-11:15 am

Recent research in social psychology and neuroscience has made huge strides in understanding how automatic processes in the brain shape our perceptions, our actions and our decision-making. Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director, Perception Institute will take us deep into the concepts around bias, give us insight into how we can override our biases and disrupt commonly held assumptions about race and gender that limit us. Introduction by Neesha Hathi, Executive Vice President, Investor Services Client Experience and Platforms, Charles Schwab & Co.

Polling & Group Think

11:15-11:30 am


11:30 am-12:00 pm

The journey is long. (Stay hydrated.)

Embodied Leadership: Advancing Women’s Rights On & Off the Field

12:00-12:45 pm

Participation in sports has a profound effect on the confidence of girls in the classroom to the success of women in the boardroom. In fact, Ernst & Young found that 94% of women in the C-Suite had played sports at a collegiate level. Globally, however, women and girls face major barriers to participation in sport. These barriers reflect the status and role of women in different societies. Moderated by Minky Worden, Director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch this conversation with Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, Athletic Director, Pleasant View School, Motivational Speaker & Basketball Trainer, Julie Foudy, Two-time Olympian Gold Medalist & Former US Women’s Soccer Team Captain and Liz Wolfson, Founder, Girls Athletic Leadership School examines the powerful role sports are playing to develop strong female leaders, build resilient communities, and advance women’s rights globally. Introduction by Jo-Anne Ryan, Vice President, Philanthropic Advisory Services, TD Wealth.

Climate Change: It’s Every Woman’s Issue

12:45-1:30 pm

Believe it: Women and girls across the globe suffer disproportionately from the effects of climate change and lack of access to sustainable clean energy. Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Vien Truong, CEO of the Dream Corps, will share powerful stories of the very real risks women face from climate change, why natural disasters are more likely to threaten women than men, and how access to sustainable energy is essential to the liberation of women and girls. Introduction by Nicole Systrom, Director, Philanthropic Partnerships, PRIME Coalition & Board Member, Energy Foundation.


1:30-2:30 pm

Eat + Meet

Performance by Peace Industry Music Group

2:30-2:40 pm

You’ve probably heard them singing in the subway around NYC or under the famous arch in Central Park. Peace Industry Music Group’s acoustic division called Infinity’s Song was formed by three of the Boyd children; Abraham, Victory and Angel. Their dynamic powerful voices are rich and colorful, their music is authentic and full of compassion. Their repertoire contains both original pieces and covers. You can hear their gospel background in their music and they have an ability to bring music alive that draws crowds to listen.

Universal Access to Contraceptives

2:40-3:30 pm

When women and girls have the tools to plan and space their pregnancies, there is a multiplier effect: women and their babies are healthier; children are better educated; and over time, entire economies become more prosperous. Multiply that across millions of families and access to contraceptives is one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever seen. But currently there is an estimated 225 million women worldwide who are not receiving the information and services they need to plan their families. This conversation with Seema Jalan Ignacio, Executive Director, Universal Access Project & Policy, United Nations Foundation, Dr. Pauline Muchina, Director of Healthy Families, Healthy Planet, United Methodist Church and Ugochi Daniels, Chief Humanitarian Response, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) will explore how access to contraceptives can have a transformative effect on women, their families and the economic development of communities. Introduced by Akruti Desai, Senior Program Officer, Philanthropic Partnerships, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Exploding the Binary: Gender Fluidity in the 21st Century

3:30-3:50 pm

Dr. Caroline Heldman, Associate Professor, Politics, Occidental College examines the history and meaning of the gender binary, and analyzes the rise of fluidity of gender in contemporary U.S. society. She unpacks differences between sex, gender, and sexuality to better understand how they are distinct and how they interact to shape common notions of “gender.” Dr. Heldman also focuses on the ways in which young Americans are expressing their gender to demonstrate how gender roles are socially constructed. Through a critical analysis of how we construct “masculinity” and “femininity,” we’ll see how gender norms are currently harmful and can be improved to enable healthier, happier living for everyone. Introduction by Carol Andreae, Board of Directors, WMM.

Polling & Wrap Up

3:50-4:15 pm

A Little “You” Time

4:15-5:30 pm

Rest, rinse, recharge. Or for the extroverts amongst you, meet your friends in the Atrio bar for a cocktail before you go.

Borough Change

5:30 pm

We will have buses departing The Conrad Hotel beginning at 5:40 pm. Buses will be located in front of the hotel’s entrance on North End Avenue on the street level. The last bus will depart promptly at 6:00 pm.

Here's to Us!

6:30-7:30 pm

The Brooklyn Museum | New York, NY

Let’s celebrate the WMM 10-year anniversary over cocktails with music by FogoAzul NYC – an activist entertainment group that breaks stereotypes and strives to make drumming accessible to all women.

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome

7:30-7:50 pm

We’re glad you’re here. Ever wonder how we got here? WMM Board Chair Ann Lovell takes us through the years.

Seeding a Movement


Founding corporate partner J.P. Morgan Chase believed in our vision for a women-led philanthropic community from the start. Joining us to celebrate how far we’ve come will be chief champion, Diane Whitty, Global Head, Philanthropy Centre Private Bank, J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

From Campaign to Community & Beyond: Celebrating 10 Years of Women Moving Millions

7:55-8:25 pm

Every beautiful new idea starts with a spark and the determination to bring it to life. Join two of WMM’s Co-Founders Helen LaKelly Hunt and Jacki Zehner, along with Founding Executive Director and WMM Senior Advisor Jessica Houssian, for a look back at our beginning as a campaign ten years ago and the unprecedented journey to the global community that is Women Moving Millions today.

Fireside Chat: Being Bold in Community

8:25-8:55 pm

It was never just about a wrap dress. Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Co-Chairman of DVF Studio has always been bold…not only in her philanthropy, but in the way she leverages her business and personal platform to amplify others. Diane gives her time, talent and treasure to many communities – her beloved family, her hugely successful business, and the global community of women she supports and inspires. Balancing her identity across these very diverse communities has allowed Diane to remain nimble in achieving her goals. In this conversation with Lisa Witter, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Apolitical, Diane will share her story of resilience, voice, transition and empowerment. Introduction by Sarah Middleton, Senior Vice President of PIMCO, responsible for global corporate citizenship and the Executive Director of the PIMCO Foundation. The PIMCO Foundation is the first funding partner of the Women Moving Millions, Inc. 2017 Corporate Circle.

The Power of a Song

8:55-9:00 pm

After a decade of quiet independent releases, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and poet MILCK confidently carried a generational anthem in the form of “Quiet.” Originally penned in 2015 with frequent collaborator Adrianne Gonzalez, the song provided a clarion call for people of all races, creeds, and colors who have suffered and survived gallantly in the face of trauma, trials, and tribulations. Introduction by Ann Pasternak, The Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum.

I Wanna Dance with Somebody!

9:00-10:30 pm

WMM’s first ever official dance after-party, complete with champagne, sweets and DJ Mary Mac. See you on the dance floor.

Day Two

Conrad Hotel | New York, NY


8:30-9:30 am

Hello Again!

9:30-9:45 am

Welcome back to your community.

Civil Conversations: Speaking Together Differently in Order to Live Together Differently

9:45-10:25 am

How do we create common life anew for this century? Perhaps it is time to find new ways to get in the same room with others, and create new conversation and relationship with our neighbors who have become strangers. Let’s challenge our personal definition of community, and create more intention around the connection between inner self and outer presence in the world – who we want to be and who we will be to each other. Joining us for this timely conversation is Krista Tippett, Peabody Award-winning Broadcaster & NYT Best-Selling Author in conversation with Dr. Stacy Smith, Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Introduction by Pam Norley, President, Fidelity Charitable.

Finance: Feminism’s New Frontier

10:25-11:10 am

There is over $250 trillion in global wealth today, the majority of which is parked in bank deposits, in funds and in various investment products whose sole mission is to maximize financial return on capital. But times are changing, and increasingly, funds are seeking to have social as well as financial impact. We are the community that could lead the movement to align investment capital with a vision for gender equality. Moderated by former Goldman Sachs partner and WMM Co-founder, Jacki Zehner is joined by Suzanne Biegel, Founder, Catalyst At Large, Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, Executive Director, Phillips Foundation and WMM Board Member and Abigail Noble, CEO, The ImPact.

Women Moving Millions: Who We Are, What We Do, Where We’re Going

11:10 am-12:00 pm

Over 10 incredible years, evolving from a Campaign to a Community, we have built a powerful movement to advance women and girls. Hear from staff and board members about the forward vision for Women Moving Millions and join “team WMM” as we light our fire of commitment and explore what it takes to truly Power our Community.

Decisions, Decisions

12:00-12:15 pm

After lunch, you’ll choose from one of five workshops. Each workshop presenter will share a sneak peek at what’s to come. From there, it’s up to you.


12:15-1:15 pm

Your task: Make one new friend.

Off You Go!

1:15-1:25 pm

We know, decisions are hard. Just follow your ♥.


1:25-3:15 pm

Workshop #1: Community Fundraising
Every organization needs financial resources to do their work, but too many organizations rely on old models of fundraising to sustain themselves. What does it take to build a community where great people come together to fund a great mission? In this workshop you’ll learn how to leverage the power of community to be a more effective donor, fundraiser, and champion for the issues and organizations you care about most.
• Kathy Lemay, Founder, President & CEO, Raising Change
• Kristin Leutz, Communications Strategist, WMM

Workshop #2: Change the World with Confidence: Demystifying Advocacy & Policy Funding
Foundations and individual philanthropists are crucial partners in shaping public policy. Participants in this workshop will learn about the impact of public policy-related giving, and how to navigate legal rules and limitations that apply to public and private foundations engaged in lobbying and other advocacy activities. Key questions will be answered about impact, opportunities, successful funding models, and how to stay focused on the gender lens.
• Ann Shulman, Executive Director, Philanthropy Associates, LLC

• Nan Aron, President, Alliance for Justice
• Lisa Guide, Associate Director, Rockefeller Family Fund
• Erin Rogers, Environment Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
• Kathleen Welch, Principal, Corridor Partners
• Shelley Whelpton, Managing Director, Arabella Advisors

Workshop #3: From Voice to Influence
In this workshop, you will learn about the power of advocacy and the science of storytelling to better serve as a big + bold advocate for the organizations and initiatives you support. Leave with practical skills, tangible resources, and a plan to use your voice for influence.
• Lisa Witter, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Apolitical

Workshop #4: Building a Community of Angel Investors
We are people that go big and act bold when it comes to our philanthropic investments in women and girls. With the power of community behind us we can bring those same qualities to our support for women entrepreneurs. Our goal is to demystify the angel investing process, and give you multiple ways to invest in start-up companies for financial and social impact. We will discuss the “how to’s” during a frank conversation with amazing entrepreneurs and the WMM members that invested in them.
• Sonja Hoel Perkins, Managing Director, The Perkins Fund, Founder, Broadway Angels & Member, WMM

• Wendy Anderson, Founder, Futura Foundations & Member, WMM
• Kristin Hull, Founder, CEO & COO, Nia Global Solutions & Member, WMM
• Deborah Jackson, Founder, Plum Alley Investments & Member, WMM

Workshop #5: Our Brains on Race & Gender: Deep Dive
Gender shapes our experiences in many ways, and it never operates in isolation – our race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, class, and other identity characteristics affect how we navigate the world. In the media, workplaces, communities, schools, and homes, issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and class can be polarizing. We see extraordinary promise in our movement toward gender equity, but with each new “first,” we also see backlash. As we work through the challenges of everyday life, the obstacles created by gender inequity can seem like insurmountable barriers. The Perception Institute inspires people to live their values. Learn about how to look at gender through an intersectional lens and how it can impact philanthropy from an authentic space with context and understanding.
• Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director, Perception Institute

Bring it in...

3:15-3:25 pm

Come back to the Gallery Ballroom for our final opportunity to share and be together.

Closing Ceremony

3:30-4:00 pm

Looking back and forward…until we meet again.

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