International Women's Day Forum 2014

Mar 4, 2014 - 8:00am - 6:00pm
New York, NY
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Turning Inspiration into Action: Next Steps for the Private Sector to Empower Women Globally

On March 4, 2014 the U.S. Chamber Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center, Business Call to Action, and United Nations Office for Partnerships will celebrate International Women’s Day at the United Nations. This annual forum brings together leaders committed to the economic empowerment of women.


Keynote Speakers

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation

Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University

Soledad O'Brien,
Award Winning Journalist

Executive Director,
UN Women

Shiza Shahid, Co-founder and CEO, The Malala Fund


Vishakha Desai, Ph.D., President Emerita,
Asia Society

The data points have been given, the business case is there - now how do we collectively empower women and girls around the world? A vision, a commitment to action, and a will to build partnerships are all vital to reaching our desired results. In 2014, our annual International Women’s Day forum will expand upon 2013 and explore the catalytic role women play in the global economy. We will apply our inspiration and knowledge, discuss best practices, and examine actionable initiatives. The event will dive deep into the many challenges that women and girls still face in attaining economic independence with a strong focus on the solutions. The forum will also highlight the private sector’s role in these efforts and how companies and their partners are working to build a supportive ecosystem for women and girls all over the world. View the agenda here.

Notable Speakers

Angela Baker, Senior Manager, Wireless Reach & Government Affairs, Qualcomm



Carolyn Buck-Luce, Managing Partner, Imaginal Labs & Former Global Life Sciences Sector Leader, EY


Charlotte Oades, Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, The Coca-Cola Company

Dotti Hatcher
Executive Director, P.A.C.E. Global Initiatives, Gap, Inc.

Elizabeth Vazquez, President, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International


Erika Karp,
Founder and CEO, Cornerstone Capital Group


Jane Nelson, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School


Michelle Greene, Head of Corporate Responsibility, NYSE EuroNext, New York Stock Exchange


Priya Agrawal,
Executive Director, Merck for Mothers, Merck & Co., Inc.


Simon Winter, Senior Vice President of Development, TechnoServe


Suzanne Fallendar, Director, Global Girls & Women Initiative, Intel Corporation


Willy Foote, Founder and CEO, Root Capital

Past Forums:

Past Participating Organizations

Learn more about the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center's work in Women's Economic Empowerment Issue Network.

For more information, please contact Kara Valikai.