2019 SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference

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Kenney-Herter Auditorium, Johns Hopkins SAIS

1740 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20036

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Engage. Claim. Change

The 7th annual SAIS Global Women in Leadership conference will bring together a diverse group of voices to share lessons about how to claim and exercise power to effect social change. Participants will engage with leaders from diverse backgrounds, learn strategies to claim their own power, and leave with a deeper understanding of how they can change existing inequalities.

Conference Day Schedule

8:45am-9:30am: Registration

9:30am-9:45am: Opening Remarks

9:45am-10:45am: Panel #1: Overcoming Barriers to Action

Confirmed Speakers:
  • April Goggans, Black Lives Matter DC
  • Nikki Pitre, Center for Native American Youth
  • Greisa Martinez, United We Dream
  • Rafif Jouejati, Free Syria Foundation

11:00am-12pm: Breakout Sessions (2 Options)

  1. Women in the Private Sector with Dr. Bettina Boekle
  2. SAIS Alumnae Panel

12pm-1pm: Networking Lunch

1:00pm-1:45pm: Keynote

  • Sharyn Tejani, Director of the TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund

2:00pm-3:00pm: Breakout Sessions (2 Options)

  1. Addressing the Gender Wage Gap: Salary Negotiation and Asking for a Promotion with American Association of University Women
  2. Turning Your Ideas into Action with Professor Cinnamon Dornsife

3:00pm-3:15pm: Coffee Break

3:15pm-4:15pm: Panel #2: Engaging Men as Allies

Confirmed Speakers
  • Gary Barker, Promundo
  • Ron LeGrand, Promundo
  • Manuel Contreras-Urbina, Global Women's Institute
  • Laxman Belbase, MenEngage Alliance

4:15pm-4:30pm: Closing Remarks

4:30pm-5:30pm: SAIS Women Lead Practicum Presentations

  • SAIS Women Lead is a global women’s leadership development program that partners the school's faculty, students, alumni, and public and private organizations to raise the political and economic status of communities through the empowerment of women. By fostering scholarship and cross-cultural exchange, SAIS Women Lead raises awareness of gap areas in research and advocacy to create more inclusive, compassionate, and service-oriented societies. In the SAIS Women Lead Practicum, students collaborate with partner organizations on research that advances women. They participate in a series of leadership and professional development master classes curated by alumni and associates.

5:30pm-7:30pm: Networking Reception at the Australian Embassy

*Conference Schedule will continue to be updated with further details and announcements*

About the Panels

Panel #1: Ovecoming Barriers to Action

Women have been at the forefront of grassroots movements fighting for their rights and that of others. In recent in years, we have seen a rise in women-led movements, both in the United States and abroad. This panel will examine how women have overcome barriers to action in order to create a more just and equal society.

Panel #2: Engaging Men as Allies

This panel will bring together a group of men who are key allies in the efforts to achieve gender equality. It will expand the conversation on how gender norms affect women and men and empower everyone to be agents of positive change by challenging these norms.

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Important Information:

This event is FREE to all guests.

All guests MUST register for the event in order to attend the networking reception at the Australian Embassy.

Attendance at all sessions is NOT required by registered guests.

Event information will continue to be updated with details on speakers, sessions, and more!

For more information on the schedules and speakers, please visit our website:

+300 attendees expected. Past attendees include students/faculty from universities like Georgetown, George Washington, Columbia and Yale and working professionals in DC from the World Bank, IMF, USAID, McKinsey, Bain & Company, Chemonics International, Department of State, Department of Defense etc.

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