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Annual Member Day & Summit

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

About the Event

Women Moving Millions’ Annual Member Day and Summit took place May 1-3, 2024 in Brooklyn, New York.

The Women Moving Millions Annual Summit is an invitation-only event for our members and select guests. It is held every year and is our most important gathering, bringing together members and partners to learn, connect, and inspire bold giving. This year, we convened with members, partners, and friends under the theme of Igniting Bold Collaboration & Leadership.

At Women Moving Millions, we recognize that igniting change requires more than individual efforts; it demands collective action and collaborative leadership. As we face formidable challenges both at home and abroad, it is critical for us to join forces and invest in solutions that address the most urgent issues impacting women and girls. In embracing this year’s theme, we worked to create an environment where innovative ideas flourished, partnerships were forged, and courageous leadership propelled us towards a more equitable and inclusive future for all. We hope that the connections made and discussions held throughout the Summit will catalyze future efforts and initiatives, guiding us closer to our vision of a more equitable future.

View our 2024 Summit Photo Album!

WMM Board Chair Stacey Keare and WMM Chief Executive Officer Sarah Haacke Byrd
Margaret Hoover (Firing Line with Margaret Hoover), Sarah Haacke Byrd (WMM), and Reshma Saujani (Moms First; Girls Code)
"Funding for Scale: Mobilizing Philanthropy for LGBTQ+ Liberation" with Kristin Hayden (WMM), Saida Agostini-Bostic (Funders for LGBTQ Issues), Sarah Kate Ellis (GLAAD), & Jen Rainin (WMM, Curve Foundation)
Member Day 2024
"Collaborating For Our Future" with Alex Jakana (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Amanda Brown Lierman (GoFundMe.org), Latanya Mapp (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors), and Matti Navellou (ICONIQ Capital)
Former WMM Board Chair Mona Sinha (Equality Now), accepts WMM's first-ever Catalyst Award
"Understanding Tipping Points: Catalysts for Climate Action" with Ronda Carnegie (Project Dandelion), Daniela Fernandez (Sustainable Ocean Alliance), Bridgit Antoinette Evans (Pop Culture Collaborative), and Fiona McRaith (Bezos Earth Fund)
 
"The Power of Community & Collaboration" featuring WMM Board Members Holly Fogle, Dana Su Lee, Karen Keating Ansara, and WMM Member Theresa Preston-Werner
Participants break out into topic-based facilitated discussions on Day 1 & 2 of Summit.
Member Day 2024
"Inclusive Peacebuilding: Embracing Women's Leadership" with Elmira Bayrasli (Interruptrr), Ambassador Melanne Verveer (Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security), and Lyric Thompson (Feminist Foreign Policy Collaborative)
Stacey Keare (WMM), Masih Alinejad (World Liberty Congress), Sarah Haacke Byrd (WMM), Mona Sinha (Equality Now), pose after the closing panel.
"Beyond Empowerment to Power: A Call to Step In" with Veronica Dagher (The Wall Street Journal) and Sallie Krawcheck (Ellevest)
 
The WMM Team

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Agenda

Day One

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

*Please note this agenda is in development and is subject to change.

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome

Sarah Haacke Byrd, Chief Executive Officer, WMM

 

Inclusive Peacebuilding: Embracing Women's Leadership

Moderator: Elmira Bayrasli, CEO & Editor, Interruptrr
Lyric Thompson, Founder & CEO, Feminist Foreign Policy Collaborative
Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Building Power for Reproductive Equity & Justice

Moderator: Margaret Hempel, Executive Director, Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity
Val Benavidez, President & Executive Director, Texas Freedom Network
Kwajelyn Jackson, Executive Director, Feminist Women’s Health Center
Lourdes Rivera, President, Pregnancy Justice

Finishing the Fight for Women's Equality

Moderator: Margaret Hoover, Host of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, PBS
Reshma Saujani, CEO & Founder, Moms First; Founder, Girls Who Code

The Power of Community & Collaboration

Moderator: Holly Fogle, Board Member, WMM; Co-Principal, The Monarch Foundation; Co-Founder, The Bridge Project
Karen Keating Ansara, Board Member, WMM; Co-Founder and Board Chair, NEID
Dana Su Lee, Board Member, WMM
Theresa Preston-Werner, Member, WMM; Founder, 128 Collective

Catalyst Award Presentation

Presenter: Stacey Keare, Board Chair, WMM; Founder, Girls Rights Project
Remarks: Mona Sinha, Former Board Chair, WMM; Global Executive Director, Equality Now

Lunch

Musical Performance: Suffs

From the Edge of the World & Back: A Journey of Self-Compassion, Survival, and Peace

Moderator: Xanthe Scharff, PhD, Co-Founder, The Fuller Project; Advisor, PhilanthPro
Silvia Vasquez-Lavado
, Author, Explorer, Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneur

Beyond Empowerment to Power: A Call to Step In

Moderator: Veronica Dagher, Personal Finance Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Sallie Krawcheck, CEO & Co-Founder, Ellevest

Community Conversations

  • Confronting the Climate Crisis
  • Women Moving Capital
  • Building a World Free of Gender-Based Violence
  • Empowering the Next Generation

Cocktail Reception

Community Dinner

Day Two

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

*Please note this agenda is in development and is subject to change.

Registration & Breakfast

Welcome Back

Stacey Keare, Board Chair, WMM; Founder, Girls Rights Project

 

Collaborating For Our Future

Moderator: Alex Jakana, Senior Program Officer, Philanthropic Partnerships, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Amanda Brown Lierman, Executive Director, GoFundMe.org
Latanya Mapp, President & CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Matti Navellou, Head of ICONIQ Impact, ICONIQ Capital

 

Funding for Scale: Mobilizing Philanthropy for LGBTQ+ Liberation

Moderator: Kristin Hayden, Senior Advisor, WMM
Saida Agostini-Bostic
, President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD
Jen Rainin, Board Member, WMM; CEO, Rainin Foundation; Principal, Frankly Speaking Films; Co-Founder, The Curve Foundation

Community Workshops

  • Charting for Impact
  • Investing in Girls’ Opportunity
  • Digital Violence and its Threat to Gender Equality

Forging A New Future For News

Moderator: Marcia Parker, Vice President, Philanthropic Partnerships, New York Times
Dale R. Anglin, Director, Press Forward
Karen Rundlet, CEO, Institute for Nonprofit News

Understanding Tipping Points: Catalysts for Climate Action

Moderator: Ronda Carnegie, Co-Founder of Connected Women Leaders & Project Dandelion
Bridgit Antoinette Evans, CEO, Pop Culture Collaborative
Daniela Fernandez
, Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance
Fiona McRaith, Senior Manager and Advisor to the President & CEO, Bezos Earth Fund

Closing

Lunch

Speakers

Saida Agostini-Bostic

President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Saida is a longtime cultural organizer, activist, and seasoned nonprofit leader. She has guided statewide advocacy efforts promoting the rights of LGBTQ youth in foster care, education, and juvenile justice, winning critical new protections, and directed national art actions uplifting the visibility of Black girls, women, and LGBTQ communities. Founder of the Rooted Collective, a gathering of Black LGBTQ healing justice activists in Baltimore, Saida is dedicated to building radical healing spaces that move us towards freedom. Learn more.

Dale R. Anglin

Director, Press Forward

Dale R. Anglin serves as the inaugural director of Press Forward, the growing coalition of 50+ local and national funders committed to investing more than $500 million to strengthen communities, democracy, and local news. Most recently, Anglin served as Vice President for Grantmaking at the Cleveland Foundation, managing a $60 million budget. Learn more.

Karen Keating Ansara

Board Member, WMM; Co-founder and Chair of the Board, NEID Global

Karen makes grants to end global poverty and provide health care for women (primarily in Haiti). She founded and chairs Network of Engaged International Donors (NEID), a network of 350 active philanthropic members. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Karen cofounded the Haiti Fund at the Boston Foundation, now the Haiti Development Institute (HDI). Learn more.

Elmira Bayrasli

CEO & Editor, Interruptrr

Elmira Bayrasli is the founder and editor-in-chief of Interruptrr, a weekly newsletter that highlights female expertise. She is the author of From the Other Side of the World: Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, Unlikely Places, a book that looks at the rise of entrepreneurship globally. She is also the director of Bard College’s Global and International Affairs program.

Val Benavidez

President and Executive Director, Texas Freedom Network

Val Benavidez is the President and Executive Director for the Texas Freedom Network. She is the chief spokesperson for the organization in all public matters. She is responsible for the development, planning, staffing and implementation of all programs. Val became president in November 2020 and was previously the Texas Freedom Network’s chief program officer. Learn more.

Amanda Brown Lierman

Executive Director, GoFundMe.org

Amanda is the Senior Director for Policy and Engagement for GoFundMe and the Executive Director of GoFundMe.org, which mobilizes for crisis relief and other philanthropic causes. Amanda most recently served as the Executive Director of Supermajority, an organization focused on training and organizing women across age, race and background to build women’s political power. 

Ronda Carnegie

Co-Founder, Connected Women Leaders & Project Dandelion

As the Co-Founder of Connected Women Leaders and the Chief Innovation Officer at the Female Quotient, Ronda has dedicated herself to both the climate and gender movements. She recognizes the collective power of women working together to break down barriers, shatter glass ceilings, and build a climate-safe world. At the heart of her efforts in Climate is leading Project Dandelion, the first global, women-led campaign for climate justice.

Lydia Charles

Founder & Executive Director, Her Initiative

Lydia Charles Moyo, a 30-year-old Tanzanian feminist, is a dedicated leader and innovator committed to fostering social change. As the founder and executive director of Her Initiative, a non-governmental organization in Tanzania, Lydia passionately empowers girls and young women, aiming to break the cycle of poverty and cultivate financial resilience. Additionally, she is the driving force behind Panda Digital, the first Swahili hybrid e-learning platform for women in Tanzania, utilizing the website and AI SMS technology to provide essential skills, resources, and social justice to girls and young women business owners. Learn more.

Vikki Crouse

Senior Manager, Philanthropic Research, Fidelity Charitable

Vikki Crouse is a Senior Manager of Philanthropic Research for the Private Donor Group at Fidelity Charitable®, an independent public charity that has helped donors support 382,000 nonprofit organizations with nearly $73 billion in grants. The mission of Fidelity Charitable® is to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple, and effective. Learn more.

Veronica Dagher

Personal Finance Reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Veronica Dagher is an award-winning Wall Street Journal personal finance reporter and the author of the WSJ ebook “Resilience: How 20 Ambitious Women Used Obstacles to Fuel Their Success.” Veronica hosts videos for WSJ’s TikTok account and is a regular guest on CBS, Fox Business Network, Yahoo Finance, Cheddar and other national media, where she speaks about personal finance, the housing market, and women and money. Learn more.

Sarah Kate Ellis

President & CEO, GLAAD

Sarah Kate Ellis is the President and CEO of LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD. During her eight years of leading GLAAD, she has run winning campaigns for marriage equality, representation of LGBTQ people in media, education on transgender people, and more. She has moderated and participated in official panels about global LGBTQ issues at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She works directly with CEOs, elected officials, and the most recognizable journalists and celebrities to advance LGBTQ acceptance. Learn more.

Bridgit Antoinette Evans

Chief Executive Officer, Pop Culture Collaborative

Bridgit Antoinette Evans is an award-winning artist, philanthropy executive, and thought leader in the narrative change field, pioneering the use of pop culture strategies and narrative systems methodology to advance social justice. She has dedicated her career to the relentless investigation of the potential of artists and stories to drive change in society. Learn more.

Daniela Fernandez

Founder & CEO, Sustainable Ocean Alliance

Daniela is an award-winning social entrepreneur, thought leader, and internationally sought-after speaker on the entrepreneurial mindset, ocean innovation, technology, youth empowerment, and sustainability. At the age of 19, Daniela founded Sustainable Ocean Alliance as a college-room idea at Georgetown University. Five years later, SOA has created the world’s largest network of young Ocean Leaders in over 150 countries and launched the world’s first Ocean Solutions Accelerator to support developing technological solutions to address the greatest threats facing our planet. Learn more.

Gabrielle Fitzgerald

Founder and CEO, Panorama

Gabrielle Fitzgerald is the founder and CEO of Panorama, a platform for social change with a mission is to maximize social impact by partnering with visionary leaders to co-develop solutions with audacious thinking and bold action. With decades of experience in politics, policy, and philanthropy, Gabrielle has become a recognized voice and thought leader on catalytic philanthropy, women’s leadership, and pandemic preparedness and response. Learn more.

Holly Fogle

Board Member, WMM; Co-Principal, The Monarch Foundation; Co-Founder, The Bridge Project

Holly Fogle grew up on a farm in Appalachia where she witnessed the power of a community of women. Currently, Holly is the co-Founder and President of Nido de Esperanza (Nest of Hope) in New York City where she spends her time working with immigrant families and their young children living in poverty. Holly is also the co-founder of The Bridge Project, New York City’s first direct cash program, designed to support babies living in poverty with unconditional cash during the first 1,000 days of their lives. Learn more.

Breea Govenar

WMM Member; Executive Director, Every Page Foundation

Breea is an engaged and dedicated member of her community, who contributes her efforts through her career and volunteerism to help individuals actualize their potential and achieve their goals. In 2020, Breea changed career paths from Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Research and Creative Activity (CRCA) at Rhode Island College (RIC) to take the helm of The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation (KADF), as its first Executive Director. Recently, KADF recalibrated its funding priorities and changed its name to Every Page Foundation, for which Breea has remained as the Executive Director.

Sarah Haacke Byrd

CEO, Women Moving Millions

Sarah Haacke Byrd is a philanthropy and social impact leader, currently serving as the CEO of Women Moving Millions where she has mobilized more than $160 million in new funding to date. With over two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, Sarah has a deep understanding of the complex issues facing women and girls globally and a strong commitment to driving large-scale social change. Learn more.

Kristin Hayden

Senior Advisor, Women Moving Millions

Kristin Hayden is the lead coach, consultant and connector-extraordinaire at Vision Powered Ventures LLC. With over 20+ years’ experience in leadership for various organizations, she first founded OneWorld Now! and was recognized as a leading social entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow. Learn more.

Margaret Hempel

Executive Director, Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity, Gender Equity Action Fund

Margaret has the privilege of being the first Executive Director for the Collaborative for Gender + Reproductive Equity (CGRE) and the aligned, independent 501(c)(4), the Gender Equity Action Fund (GEAF). Both collaborative funds are learning communities of individual, family and institutional donors who pool resources to advance and protect gender, reproductive, and racial equity in the United States, centering grantee partners led by and for those most impacted by this trifecta of inequities. Learn more.

Margaret Hoover

Host of Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, PBS

Margaret Hoover is an American political commentator. In addition, she is also an author, feminist, and gay rights activist. Currently, she works as a political commentator for CNN and PBS. Learn more.

Kwajelyn J. Jackson

Executive Director, Feminist Women’s Health Center

Kwajelyn Jackson currently serves as Executive Director at Feminist Women’s Health Center (FWHC) in Atlanta, GA. She has the optimistic vision and pragmatism needed to lead an independent, non-profit, Feminist, multi-generational, multi-racial reproductive health, rights, and justice organization, providing compassionate abortion care in the South. Learn more.

Alex Jakana

Senior Program Officer Philanthropic Partnerships, Gates Foundation

An Unwavering Believer in the Power of Partnership, Alex is a Senior Program Officer on the Philanthropic Partnerships Team at the Gates Foundation with eight years of experience in partnership development, advanced negotiation, networking, stakeholder management, and fundraising. Over this time, He has managed a portfolio of grants and contracts in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the USA (including funding the first-ever gender desk in an African newsroom).

Nina Jankowicz

Co-Founder and CEO, American Sunlight Project

Nina Jankowicz, the co-founder and CEO of The American Sunlight Project, is an internationally-recognized expert on disinformation and democratization, one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in AI, and the author of two books: How to Lose the Information War (2020), which The New Yorker called “a persuasive new book on disinformation as a geopolitical strategy,” and How to Be A Woman Online (2022), an examination of online abuse and disinformation and tips for fighting back, which Publishers Weekly named “essential.” Learn more.

Stacey Keare

Board Chair, Women Moving Millions & Founder, Girls Rights Project

Stacey Keare is the current Board Chair at Women Moving Millions. She is an attorney, philanthropist, and public policy analyst who, along with her husband, is the Founder of the Girls Rights Project, an organization dedicated to advancing the rights of girls throughout the world using a combination of research, advocacy and philanthropy. Learn more.

Melissa Kilby

Chief Executive Officer, Girl Up

Melissa Kilby is the head of Girl Up and a global thought leader on girls’ leadership, youth activism and non-profit management. Girl Up, a global leadership development organization transforming a generation of girls to be a force for gender justice and social change, has grown exponentially since Kilby’s arrival in 2010. Under her leadership, the organization has developed 195,000 girl leaders in 152 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and has generated more than $37 million for girls’ leadership programs and impact partners at the United Nations. Learn more.

Sallie Krawcheck

CEO & Co-Founder, Ellevest

One of the most senior women to have worked on Wall Street, with more than 25 years in the financial services industry, Sallie has led Merrill Lynch, Smith Barney, and Citi Private as CEO. Sallie believes that only good things happen when women have more money — not just for women themselves, but also for their families and our society as well. Learn more.

Dana Su Lee

Board Member, Women Moving Millions

Dana Su Lee has been a devoted and long-time communitarian in Las Vegas, where she has served on numerous boards in the arts, policy, and education. She is a founder and past president of the Nevada Women’s Philanthropy, a women’s giving circle that studies critical unmet needs in Southern Nevada and makes large annual impact gifts to address those problems. In 2010 she was appointed by the governor to a blue ribbon panel that guided Nevada’s K-16 education reform framework for the state’s Race to the Top application. In 2018 she served on the Las Vegas Victim’s Fund Committee, which equitably distributed funding to the victims of the October 1 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

Latanya Mapp

President & CEO, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Latanya Mapp is the President and CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a global nonprofit that remains at the forefront of philanthropic growth and innovation with a mission to accelerate philanthropy in pursuit of a just world. RPA currently advises on and manages more than $500 million in annual giving by individuals, families, foundations, and corporations while serving as a fiscal sponsor for over 100 projects. Learn more.

Fiona McRaith

Senior Manager and Advisor to the President & CEO, Bezos Earth Fund

Fiona McRaith is the Senior Manager and Advisor to the President & CEO at the Bezos Earth Fund. In this role, she works across internal and external teams to weave together narratives and advance strategic objectives and initiatives. Before joining the Earth Fund, she spent four years at the World Resources Institute, first in the cities team and then with the office of the President & CEO. Learn more.

Matti Navellou

Head of ICONIQ Impact, ICONIQ Capital

Matti Navellou is the Head of ICONIQ Impact, ICONIQ Capital’s platform for collaborative philanthropy, which convenes ICONIQ’s extraordinary community of families, founders, and organizations to catalyze collaborative philanthropy for giving at scale. Learn more.

Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya

Founder & President, Kakenya’s Dream

Kakenya founded Kakenya’s Dream, an international nonprofit organization, to educate girls, end harmful traditional practices including FGM and child marriage, and uplift her community. In 2009, the Kakenya Center for Excellence boarding school opened its doors, serving 30 students. Today, Kakenya reaches thousands of young girls, boys, and community members each year through three holistic and girl-centered programs she pioneered at Kakenya’s Dream. Learn more.

Marcia Parker

Vice President, Philanthropic Partnerships, The New York Times

Marcia Parker is vice president, philanthropic partnerships at the New York Times. She leads a team that develops newsroom initiatives funded by foundations and in partnership with nonprofits. Before joining The Times, she spent more than five years as the publisher and chief operating officer of CalMatters, a nonpartisan and nonprofit news organization that covers California and its state government.

Theresa Preston-Werner

Member, Women Moving Millions & Founder, 128 Collective

Theresa (she/her) wears many hats. Anthropologist. Entrepreneur. Investor. Philanthropist. She has spent the past two decades working to understand global poverty and injustice and to support efforts on the ground aimed at transforming political, economic, and social systems in order to better the lives of individuals. She currently leads 128 Collective, a foundation supporting a climate-safe world for everyone. Learn more.

Jen Rainin

WMM Board Member; CEO, Rainin Foundation; Principal, Frankly Speaking Films; Co-Founder, The Curve Foundation

As CEO of the Rainin Foundation, Jen has developed several major initiatives in the Arts, Education and Health. With her wife, Jen co-founded The Curve Foundation to champion LGBTQ+ women’s culture and spark a renaissance of queer journalists to tell LGBTQ+ women’s stories across generations. Jen founded Frankly Speaking Films with Rivkah Beth Medow in 2020 to produce media that centers strong queer women. Learn more.

Tsehaitu "Tubi" Retta

Director of International Program, Girls Opportunity Alliance, The Obama Foundation

Tsehaitu “Tubi” Retta is currently the Director of International Programs for the Girls Opportunity Alliance (GOA), a program of the Obama Foundation founded by Michelle Obama to increase investments in adolescent girls globally. She has led the development and implementation of the GOA Fund, which has invested millions of dollars in grassroots organizations serving 100K+ girls across 25 countries. Tubi also leads the GOA Network, a community to connect 4K+ leaders to resources to scale their impact.

Jennifer Risher

WMM Member; Author; Co-Founder, #HalfMyDAF

Jennifer Risher is an author, speaker, philanthropist, and investor on a mission to move money out of the taboo category and help us have much-needed conversations. Her book, “We Need to Talk: A Memoir About Wealth,” explores the impact of wealth on identity and relationships. In 2020, Jennifer and her husband, David, launched #HalfMyDAF to inspire more charitable giving. Over the last four years, they’ve contributed millions in matching funds, rallied donors and nonprofits, and created a community that has moved over $50 million to nonprofits. Learn more.

Lourdes Rivera

President, Pregnancy Justice

Lourdes A. Rivera (she/her/ella) joined Pregnancy Justice as its first President in 2023, bringing more than 30 years of experience as a respected leader in reproductive rights and justice, health law and policy, and philanthropy. She recently served as a senior vice president of U.S. Programs at the Center for Reproductive Rights, overseeing comprehensive litigation, policy advocacy, and partnership strategies.

Karen Rundlet

Executive Director & CEO, Institute for Nonprofit News

Karen Rundlet is the CEO/Executive Director of the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN). The Institute supports 450 independent news organizations that make up the INN Network, setting standards and best practices for philanthropy in news and advancing the innovation, business reinvention and equitable approaches reshaping the news field. Learn more.

Reshma Saujani

CEO and Founder, Moms First; Founder, Girls Who Code

Reshma Saujani is a leading activist and the founder of Girls Who Code and Moms First. She has spent more than a decade building movements to fight for women and girls’ economic empowerment, working to close the gender gap in the tech sector, and most recently advocating for policies to support moms impacted by the pandemic. Learn more.

Xanthe Scharff, PhD

Cofounder, The Fuller Project; Advisor, PhilanthPro

Dr. Xanthe Scharff is a member of PhilanthPro’s Board of Advisors, with a focus on research and thought leadership. Xanthe co-founded The Fuller Project, the global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking journalism about women. Learn more.

Mona Sinha

Former Board Chair, WMM; Global Executive Director, Equality Now

S. Mona Sinha is the Global Executive Director of Equality Now, an organization that campaigns for legal and systemic change around the world to address violence and discrimination against women and girls. For 25 years, Mona has leveraged her corporate experience to launch, lead or advise over 90 mission-aligned organizations to create a gender-equal world. She is the former Board Chair of Women Moving Millions and serves on the Executive Council of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum, as well as the Advisory Board of Gucci CHIME. Learn more.

Lyric Thompson

Founder and CEO, Feminist Foreign Policy Collaborative

Lyric Thompson (she/her) is the Founder and CEO of the Feminist Foreign Policy Collaborative, where she publishes and advises governments and thought leaders on feminist foreign policy. In her 2-decade career, she has advocated on women’s rights issues at the United Nations, G7/G20, White House, the U.S. State Department, USAID and the Department of Defense. Learn more.

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

Author, Explorer, Humanitarian and Social Entrepreneur

Silvia is a humanitarian and compassionate social entrepreneur driven to rouse vulnerable populations by providing alternative solutions & methods for empowerment, education and advancement. Her book, In The Shadow of the Mountain, is her remarkable story of heroism and community, one which awakens in all of us a lust for adventure, gratitude for the strong women in our lives, and faith in our own resilience. Learn more.

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Ambassador Verveer served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries and developing the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. Learn more.

Sarah Weissberg

Director, Philanthropic Research, Fidelity Charitable

Sarah Weissberg is a Director of Philanthropic Research for the Private Donor Group at Fidelity Charitable®, an independent 501(c)(3) public charity that has helped donors support 382,000 nonprofit organizations with nearly $73 billion in grants. The mission of Fidelity Charitable® is to grow the American tradition of philanthropy by providing programs that make charitable giving accessible, simple, and effective. Learn more.

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