Power does not come in a one-size-fits-all package, and at ForbesWoman we are redefining what power means.
Traditionally, power has been defined as the ability to effect change, but to be truly powerful today,
one has to possess an entrepreneurial mindset, spirit, and approach.

Whether it’s leading a multinational firm focused on innovation, launching a startup solving a decades-old challenge,
or spearheading a social movement that will improve the lives of millions, it’s all entrepreneurship. It defines
every aspect of our lives. Hosted by Moira Forbes, this multi-generational gathering of influencers
will forge partnerships, find solutions and take actions to make the world a better place.

Entrepreneurs don’t just come up with ideas. They make things happen.


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Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Grand Ballroom Foyer



Thursday, May 15, 2014



  • Laura Alber | President, Chief Executive Officer & Director , Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
  • Yvette L. Campbell | President & Chief Executive Officer , Harlem School of the Arts
  • Caryl M. Stern | President & Chief Executive Officer , U.S. Fund for UNICEF
  • Monica Yunus | Co-Founding Director , Sing for Hope


“Dorothy Maynor Singers” from The Harlem School of the Arts



  • Mary Callahan Erdoes | Chief Executive Officer , J.P. Morgan Asset Management
  • Moderator: Moira Forbes | President & Publisher , ForbesWoman


For decades feminists have made their mark in unconventional ways and charted paths that their forebearers could not have imagined. Feminism today is no longer viewed through a singular lens, but rather through the collective efforts to empower women to achieve success, however they define it. How are new generations channeling their power and influence to impact the global dialogue? Meet the women who are shaping the new dynamics of feminism for the next decade and beyond.

  • Khalida Brohi | Founder & Executive Director , Sughar Empowerment Society
  • Felicity Huffman | Actress & Founder , WhatTheFlicka.com
  • Diane von Furstenberg | Founder & Co-Chairman , DVF Studio LLP
  • Maysoon Zayid | Actress, Comedian, and Writer , NYAACF
  • Moderator: Carly Fiorina | Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Carly Fiorina Enterprises



  • Liz Scott | Co-Executive Director , Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation


  • Jason Silva | Creator, Shots of Awe, Digital Discovery; Host , National Geographic's Brain Games


Harnessing the power of the brain—and understanding its greatest threats—is critical to unlocking our highest human potential. As we forge ahead into the 21st Century, what we learn about the mind can heighten our ability to discover, create and innovate. What does the new frontier of the brain look like, what challenges persist, and who are the innovators on the front lines of exploring the mind?

  • Dr. Cori Bargmann | HHMI Investigator & Professor , The Rockefeller University
  • Dr. Paige Cramer | Associate Principal Scientist , Merck, Sharp & Dohme
  • Dr. Faraz Farzin | Research Scientist , Lumosity
  • Goldie Hawn | Founder , The Hawn Foundation
  • Moderator: Deborah Norville | Anchor , Inside Edition


Recipient // Denise Morrison, President & Chief Executive Officer, Campbell Soup Company


From the catwalk to the corner office, the benefits of a STEM education can extend far beyond the traditional fields of science and technology. In fact, many women at the apex of their careers in a variety of industries are increasingly armed with math and science training. Does a STEM education provide a more promising path to advancement for women? And how can this perspective foster the next generation of leaders?

  • Stephanie C. Hill | Vice President & General Manager, Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil Business , Lockheed Martin
  • Lyndsey Scott | App Developer , Standable Inc.
  • Debbie Sterling | Founder , GoldieBlox
  • Padmasree Warrior | Chief Technology & Strategy Officer , Cisco Systems
  • Moderator: Dr. Telle Whitney | President & Chief Executive Officer , Anita Borg Institute


  • Peggy Johnson | Executive Vice President; President, Global Market Development , Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.; Qualcomm, Inc.



  • Lila Ibrahim | Partner, KPCB; Chief Business Officer , Coursera
  • Norma Kamali | Founder & Designer , Norma Kamali Inc.
  • Sydney Morris | Co-Founder & Co-Chief Executive Officer , Educators 4 Excellence
  • Moderator: Topaz Page-Green | Founder , The Lunchbox Fund & Feedie


  • Veronika Scott | Founder & Chief Executive Officer , The Empowerment Plan



Entrepreneurship is the most dynamic catalyst for growth, ultimately with the power to lift communities, cities and entire nations. The question is, how do you scale and amplify the most successful entrepreneurial models for maximum impact? What are the best practices that can transcend traditional borders? And how can the lessons learned from entrepreneurial innovation be a roadmap for all of us?

  • Cherie Blair | Chair, Omnia Strategy, LLP; Founder , Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
  • Tory Burch | Founder, Chief Executive Officer & Designer , Tory Burch LLC
  • Theresia Gouw | Founding Partner , Aspect Ventures
  • Shivani Siroya | Founder & Chief Executive Officer , InVenture
  • Moderator: Denise Restauri | Founder & Chief Executive Officer , GirlQuake™


Award Recipient // Ingrid Vanderveldt, Entrepreneur in Residence, Dell


  • Robin Roberts | Co-Anchor , Good Morning America
  • Moderator: Moira Forbes | President & Publisher , ForbesWoman



Women today are harnessing their power in ways that are uniquely aligned with the entrepreneurial mindset. Whether it’s creating a multimillion dollar business, building a game-changing social platform or tearing down centuries-old barriers, the path is hardly straightforward. What are the qualities that define the entrepreneurial mindset and how can this approach redefine what power looks like today?

  • Bobbi Brown | Founder & Chief Creative Officer , Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
  • Vice Admiral Michelle Howard | Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy , United States Navy
  • Kathy Ireland | Founder, Chair & Chief Executive Officer , Kathy Ireland Worldwide
  • Shiza Shahid | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Malala Fund
  • Moderator: Beth Brooke-Marciniak | Global Vice Chair, Public Policy , EY


Award Recipient // Margo Georgiadis, President, Americas, Google Inc.


  • Jessica Simpson | Philanthropist, Singer, and Actress; Founder & Chief Operating Officer , Jessica Simpson Collection
  • Moderator: Steve Forbes | Chairman & Editor-in-Chief , Forbes Media




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