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Speakers 2011


Shahira Amin

CNN, Freelance Journalist

Shahira Amin is a freelance Egyptian journalist who contributes mainly to CNN’s Inside Africa and CNN.com. She also writes for Index on Censorship, a portal for free expression. Amin was formerly Deputy Head of Egyptian state television’s English Language Channel … Continue reading


Mary Catherine Bateson

Center on Aging and Work at Boston College, Visiting Scholar

Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. She taught at Harvard, Amherst College, George Mason University, Northeastern University and Spelman College. She has lived in the Philippines and Iran.  Bateson’s original research interest was in the Middle East. … Continue reading


Katie Wreed Bell

Katie Wreed Bell is Partner, Global Well-Being, for Gallup. Katie leads Gallup’s well-being initiatives, including the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Gallup has committed to continuing this groundbreaking initiative, which interviews more than 1,000 Americans every day, for the next 25 years. … Continue reading


Marilyn & Alan Bergman

Award winning lyricists, Marilyn and Alan Bergman have been nominated for sixteen Academy Awards and have won three Oscars, four Emmys, two Grammys, and a Cable Ace Award. Their many songs include “The Way We Were,” “The Windmills of Your Mind,” … Continue reading


Shree Bose

Google Science Fair Winner (17-18 yrs. category)

For Shree, there is no end to learning. As a kid playing in sprinklers, each droplet of water held a fascination for her and every bug she ran shrieking away from had a story. She has been participating in science … Continue reading


Laura Carstensen

Stanford University, Professor of Psychology

Dr. Carstensen is Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University, where she is the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, which explores innovative ways to solve the problems of … Continue reading


Julia Easterlin


Julia Easterlin is a sophisticated musical mind who wields composition, production and performance in one fell swoop. One part siren and one part techy, she uses looping hardware to build a one-woman chorus live on stage.  Trained as a classical … Continue reading


Jane Fonda

(Host: ReBirth Session) Jane Fonda is an actress, author, producer, activist, and exercise guru. Outspoken and committed, she supports environmental issues, peace, and female empowerment. She founded the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and established the Jane Fonda Center … Continue reading


Lauren Hodge

Google Science Fair Winner (13-14 yrs. category)

Lauren enjoys a variety of activities, but has a special passion for science. Every year since third grade year (at age 7), she has completed science fair projects since mainly for her own educational benefit. She was named grand champion … Continue reading


Jill Iscol

IF Hummingbird Foundation, President

Educator and activist, Jill Iscol, EdD, is President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it.  For … Continue reading


Shamila Kohestani

Women’s Afghan National Soccer Team, Captain and Founder

Shamila is entering her senior year at Drew University and will graduate in June 2012 with a major in political science and a minor in women’s studies. Ten years ago Shamila was beaten by the Taliban, deprived of any education … Continue reading


Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for the New York Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week. Mr. Kristof grew up on a sheep and cherry farm near Yamhill, Oregon. … Continue reading


Tan Le

Emotiv Lifesciences, Founder & CEO

Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur, business executive and sought-after speaker. She is founder and CEO of Emotiv Lifesciences, a bioinformatics company that advances understanding of the human brain and identifies biomarkers for mental and other neurological conditions using electroencephalography … Continue reading


Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Journalist and Author

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon never set out to write about women entrepreneurs. She was simply looking for a great—and underreported—economics story after leaving ABC News for MBA study at Harvard to pursue her interest in economic development. What she found was … Continue reading


Suzanne Braun Levine

Writer and Blogger

Suzanne Braun Levine is a nationally recognized authority on women and family issues and media. She was the first editor of Ms. magazine and the only woman to edit the Columbia Journalism Review. She produced the Peabody Award-winning documentary She’s Nobody’s … Continue reading


Noel Bairey Merz

Women's Heart Center, Director

C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, holds the Women’s Guild Endowed Chair in Women’s Health, and is Director of the Women’s HeartCenteras well as the Preventive and Rehabilitative Cardiac Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She is Professor of Medicine at Cedars-Sinai … Continue reading


Pat Mitchell

The Paley Center for Media, President and CEO

Pat Mitchell’s diverse background in media includes work as a journalist, producer, and executive. She has worked in front of the camera and behind, anchoring the news and reporting for broadcast networks, producing award-winning documentaries as president of CNN Productions, … Continue reading


Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi

V-Girls, V-Girls Action Team Member

Busisiwe is a seventeen-year-old eleventh grade student at Rand Girls’ High School in Johannesburg, South Africa, who is majoring in accounting, history and physical sciences. She hopes to pursue actuarial science or politics in her future career. In her studies, … Continue reading



Morley, the multi-talented singer-songwriter/producer breathes sensuality into activism with her unabashed love songs, humorous takes on life, and worldly lyrical stance couched in her warm and soulful sound that ranges wide with influences from rock, soul, and world music. Morley sees … Continue reading


Ivy Navarrete

Ivy Navarrete grew up in the Rampart District of Los Angeles and after years of running the streets, she found herself at Homeboy Industries in search of a second chance. She has been working at Homegirl Café since April 2011 … Continue reading


Trevor Neilson

(Host: Relationships Session) Trevor is a cofounder and partner at Global Philanthropy Group. He has worked at the highest levels of business, government, and philanthropy. Neilson has served as an advisor to business, government, and philanthropy leaders including Bill Gates, President … Continue reading


Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Jennifer is a filmmaker, actress, spokesperson and advocate. She wrote, directed and produced the documentary film Miss Representation, which debuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and made its national broadcast premiere on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. She is … Continue reading


Iyeoka Ivie Okoawo

Iyeoka (ee-yo-kah) Ivie Okoawo is a first generation Nigerian-American award-winning poet, recording artist, and TED fellow. As a singer, drummer, activist, and educator, she channels her cultural and ancestral influences to access the power of the moment and deliver an … Continue reading


Dr. Mehmet Oz

Dr. Oz, host of the Emmy Award–winning The Dr. Oz Show, is a renowned cardiac surgeon, vice chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University, and director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. … Continue reading


Matt Petersen

Global Green USA, President, CEO, Boardmember

Matt Petersen has served as president and CEO of Global Green USA since its inception in 1994. Petersen is a social entrepreneur who has been a driving force for sustainable design, solar power, and green communities while improving the lives … Continue reading


Girl Up/Project Girl Performance Collective

Girl Up (Girlup.org) is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation which gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some … Continue reading


Claire Sannini

Claire Sannini is an eighth grade student at an all girls school in Summit, NJ. She is passionate about fashion and sports. She plays field hockey, volleyball, and lacrosse for her school. She does gymnastics for pleasure, and plays the … Continue reading


Laura Turner Seydel

Captain Planet Foundation, Chairperson

Laura Turner Seydel is a national environmental advocate and eco-living expert. She is chairperson of the Captain Planet Foundation and Zero Waste Zone, and cofounder of Mothers and Others for Clean Air and the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Laura serves on … Continue reading


Naomi Shah

Google Science Fair Winner (15-16 yrs. category)

“W-H-Y” was Naomi’s first word. Her countless questions range from flubber and the Internet to organic chemistry and nuclear energy. Her interest in science and technology was sparked at age five when she visited camps at the local science museum … Continue reading


Tiffany Shlain

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is … Continue reading


Rachel Simmons

Girls Leadership Institute, Co-Founder

Rachel Simmons is an internationally acclaimed author and educator. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers, Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. … Continue reading


Piya Sorcar

TeachAIDS, Founder & CEO

Named to MIT Technology Review’s TR35 list of the top 35 innovators in the world under 35 in 2011, Dr. Sorcar is the founder and CEO of TeachAIDS, a nonprofit social venture founded at Stanford, which creates breakthrough software used in … Continue reading


Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, editor, and feminist activist. She travels in this and other countries as an organizer and lecturer and is a frequent media spokeswoman on issues of equality. She is particularly interested in the shared origins … Continue reading


Salamishah Tillet

Dr. Salamishah Tillet is one of the rising feminist activists and academics of her generation. In 2003, Salamishah and her sister, Scheherazade Tillet, cofounded A Long Walk Home, Inc., a 501 (c) nonprofit that uses art therapy and the visual … Continue reading


Michelle Warren

Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women's Health at Columbia University Medical Center, Medical Director

Dr Warren is the founder in 1997 and Medical Director of the Center for Menopause, Hormonal Disorders and Women’s Health at Columbia University Medical Center.  She is professor of obstetrics and gynecology and medicine. A pioneer in the effects of … Continue reading


Shayna Welcher

Shayna Welcher came to Homeboy Industries after being incarcerated. Her mother met Father Greg while she herself was in jail. Once Shayna was released, her mother brought her to Homeboy and Shayna started her journey working at Homegirl Café. Shayna … Continue reading


Jackie Wilson

When you blend the talent of Whitney Houston, the savvy of Joss Stone, the heart of Mary J Blige, and pepper it with the soul of Aretha Franklin, you get the unique voice of Miss Jackie Wilson.


Lamis Zein

Norwegian People's Aid, Site Supervisor

Lamis is the first Lebanese woman who has qualified to conduct demolitions of cluster submunitions. Formerly an English teacher, she found her new calling after the Israeli shelling in the summer of 2006 when four million cluster submunitions were dropped … Continue reading