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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Leading Through Adversity

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Session Description

Throughout history, from the statehouse to the boardroom, women have been excluded from leadership roles globally. We have a long way to go toward equal representation in positions of power, but the paradigm is beginning to shift. As women increasingly fill leadership roles, evidence is mounting that female leadership is tied to positive outcomes in profits, business ethics, peace, and the public good. Yet, many stereotypes still hold firm. This session will address those taboos, discuss data both positive and inconclusive, and highlight some of the women moving the needle on gender equity in leadership.

FORMAT: PANEL DISCUSSION

When | Where

9:00 - 10:15 Thursday, April 14 SBS, Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre

Session leaders

  • Pat Mitchell Moderator
    Founder and President, Pat Mitchell Media
    Lifelong advocate for women and girls, known as a journalist, producer, television executive, program curator and advisor to foundations and media organizations on issues relating to women's leadership and empowerment. Advises foundations and corporations on women's leadership and empowerment, serving on the boards of Participant Media and the Skoll Foundation Fund. During her years as a producer and media executive, Pat Mitchell initiated, produced and hosted award winning programs, including the historically significant multi-hour documentary series, Women in War: New Voices from the Frontlines; Cold War and Century of Women, the history of women in America. She was also the first woman to host and produce a national program focused on the stories of women- Woman to Woman. As the first woman president and chief executive of PBS, Mitchell led the public broadcasting service through the digital transition of 349 public television stations, added significant new programs to the PBS schedule and founded the PBS Foundation. Following her tenure, Mitchell became the president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media in New York, an institution focused on documenting media's role in society. Ms. Mitchell serves as Chair of the Women's Media Center and is especially proud to have been recognized with their first annual Lifetime Achievement Award--The Pat Mitchell Lifetime Achievement Award now given annually to outstanding media professionals who have used their work to empower other women through media. Mitchell is also the Chair of the Sundance Institute board, a founding board member of VDAY, a movement to end violence against women, a member of the Acumen Fund board, the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2016, was appointed by Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the Congressional Commission to establish the first American Museum of Women's History. She serves on the Civil Society Advisory Council for UNWOMEN.
  • Change Catalyst, Sisters Capital
    Halla is a Change Catalyst on a quest to inspire and empower leaders to release the value of principle-based and gender balanced leadership. She has passionately pursued this purpose as a business leader in Corporate America with M&M and Pepsi Cola, as the first female CEO of Iceland’s Chamber of commerce and as an executive and non-executive director for diverse businesses. An entrepreneur at heart, she joined the founding team of Reykjavik University where she founded the Executive Education department and led a successful initiative focused on empowering women and girls as entrepreneurs, leaders and investors. In 2007 she co-founded an investment firm with the vision to incorporate feminine values into finance. The company made international headlines when it successfully survived Iceland’s infamous economic meltdown. In 2016, Halla ran for President in Iceland. She was an independent candidate with no prior political experience and surprised everyone as she emerged from an initial 1% in the polls to becoming the runner-up with 28% of the vote. Halla holds an international MBA from Thunderbird and has lived and worked in the US, the UK and across the Nordics. Her work led her to the TED stage twice and she has delivered keynotes and participated in dialogues about leadership and gender for companies and conferences around the world. In 2011, Newsweek named her to a list of 150 women who shake the world and after following Iceland’s Presidential Elections in 2016, the New Yorker called her A Living Emoji of Sincerity.
  • , Reverend Canon
    The Reverend Mpho A. Tutu an ordained Episcopal Priest and founding Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation For five years, Rev. Tutu was Director of the Bishop Desmond Tutu Southern African Refugee Scholarship Fund of the Phelps Stokes Fund. That program provided full four-year scholarships to refugees from South Africa and Namibia. Ms. Tutu has worked as a volunteer teaching in and English as a second language (ESL) ministry in Alexandria, VA. Rev. Tutu holds a Master of Divinity Degree form Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She was awarded a Women Living Religion Fellowship by the MacMillan Center at Yale University in New Haven. The Rev. Mpho Tutu is a trustee of Angola University. Rev. Mpho Tutu is the Executive Director of Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, an organization founded by her father Desmond and mother Leah. Rev. Tutu co-authored Made for Goodness with her father and Tutu: The authorized Portrait with Award winning journalist Allister Sparks. They also wrote the foreword to National Geographic’s book, Geography of Religion. She also authored the foreword of Footprints in the Sand: Caregivers of South Africa and. Recently she co-authored The Book of Forgiving together with her father.
  • Alaa Murabit Speaker
    Founding President, The Voice of Libyan Women
    At the young age of 15 Alaa Murabit completed high school and moved from Saskatoon, Canada to Zawia, Libya. It was there that she enrolled in medical school and driven by her desire to create inclusive processes and institutions founded The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) in 2011 at the age of 21. With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and utilizing traditional and historical role models Murabit champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign” are replicated internationally. Nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart and applauded by Oprah for her innovative approach to security, Murabit acts as advisor to numerous international security boards, think tanks and organizations. Most recently she was nominated to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security) Global Advisory Board, UN Women Global Advisory Board and Harvard University’s “Everywoman, Everywhere” initiative. The first Ashoka Fellow elected from Libya, Murabit is the youngest recipient of the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award by the Italian Government, was named the “International Trust Women Hero 2014” by The New York Times and "One of 25 women under 25 to watch" by Newsweek. Most recently she was selected as a "100 Top Woman" by the BBC and the SAFE Global Hero. In March 2015 Murabit was selected as the inaugural civil society speaker at the official Commission on the Status of Women opening session. Murabit’s TED Talk, released in July 2015, “ What my religions really says about women” was selected as the TED Talk of the Day and one of four moving TED Talks you should watch right now by The New York Times. In October 2015 Murabit addressed the United Nations Security Council during the 15th Anniversary Open Debate on Resolution 1325. In December 2015 Murabit was selected as a Keeping Children Safe Trustee.
  • Mary Robinson Speaker
    President, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice
    Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between March 2013 and August 2014 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa and from August 2014 to end of 2015 she served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012. Mary Robinson serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an honorary member of The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. She serves as Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. Mary’s memoir, Everybody Matters was published in September 2012.