Through professional guidance from the UN Women Champions of Innovation, attendees will learn to tell & realize their own innovations & create a tangible path to success.
Innovation starts from within. The first step for women innovators to succeed is to step beyond their own limiting mindset or views they think the public has of them. According to numerous recent studies, the best way to eliminate the gender gap & increase women's performance & self-confidence is to provide them with strong female role models.
The event will be kicked off by a panel of three UN Women Champions of Innovation: Nina Ansary, Wade Davis, & Rachel Roy, moderated by Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate.
Each champion will draw on his/her own expertise to provide guidance & inspiration, & also highlight the importance of gender inclusiveness in eliminating the gender gap. Following the panel, attendees will break up into groups to discuss their inner & outer challenges, then practice telling their innovation story, based on a worksheet with key questions.
The UN Women Champions of Innovation include:
Dr. Nina Ansary - Award-winning Author, Scholar, & Women's Rights Advocate
Nina Ansary is the recipient of the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has been recognized as one of Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know & 6 Women Who Build Bridges Not Walls by The New York Times. Her bestselling book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran garnered multiple awards. She has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, the BBC, & been featured on CNN.com, in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, The UK Daily Telegraph, Teen Vogue & the Yale Journal of International Affairs.
Dr. Ansary is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace & Security, & regularly presents her work at top universities, including Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, New York & Harvard, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies & a PhD in History from Columbia University.
Wade Davis - Former NFL Player & Corporate Inclusion & Culture Advisor
Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, & consultant on gender, race, & orientation equality. Wade is the NFL's first LGBT inclusion consultant & currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection sexism, racism & homophobia. Beyond sports, Wade currently consults for tech giant Google & advises other Fortune 500 companies on creating inclusive cultures.
Wade is a founding member of VICE's Diversity & Inclusion Advisory board with Gloria Steinem, as well as on the advisory board of Sparks & Honey & GMHC. Wade gave a TEDx Talk, The Mask of Masculinity, where he reflects on his upbringing & the impact of toxic masculinity on male identity.
Rachel Roy, Founder & Creative Director of Rachel Roy
Rachel Roy is the founder & creative director of her eponymous brand & a tireless activist for using your voice to encourage change & to design the life you wish to live. Created in 2004, Rachel has built her ready-to-wear & accessories business into a globally recognized brand with product categories including contemporary, curvy, outerwear, jewelry & swim.
A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Rachel founded Kindness Is Always Fashionable, an entrepreneurial philanthropic platform to help women artisans around the world create sustainable income for their families & communities. Rachel nurtures young design talent globally through her work with the Who's Next/Vogue Mexico, WoolMark Prize & CFDA incubator programs. Rachel's work has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, & numerous other publications. In 2015 Rachel wrote, Design Your Life.