Significance As The New Success

Leaders today recognize that lasting success comes when you align passion and power with a higher purpose. How do organizations infuse their work with a sense of mission and what are the new ways to leverage influence and forge transformative partnerships? How are women, across industries and generations, redefining pathways to power to drive meaningful change in their businesses, in their personal lives and within the communities around them?



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Wednesday, May 11, 2016


Cocktail Reception


Salon Dinners


Salon Dinners Conclude

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Breakfast / Registration


Opening Performance


Welcome Remarks


Diplomacy in a Dangerous World: Samantha Power

As America’s ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Power not only has a front-row seat to the seemingly grim theater of world politics; she’s an actor on its stage. A human rights champion and Pulitzer Prize-winning author on modern genocide, Power has a unique vantage point on America’s role in the world and what challenges lie ahead.

  • Ambassador Samantha Power | U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • Moderator: Moira Forbes | Publisher, ForbesWoman; Executive Vice President , Forbes Media

Power Redefined Spotlight

  • Clemantine Wamariya | Human Rights Activist

Significance As The New Success

Leaders today are realizing that lasting success comes when you align passion and power with a higher purpose. How do organizations infuse their work with greater meaning and how can leaders combine their unique talents and resources with a sense of personal mission? What are the ways to put that deeper purpose into action and achieve our most ambitious goals in business and in life.

  • Lynsey Addario | Photojournalist
  • Jane Chen | Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Embrace
  • Bodil Eriksson | Vice President, Product, Marketing & Communication , Volvo Car USA
  • Christy Turlington Burns | Founder , Every Mother Counts
  • Moderator: Greta Van Susteren | Host , On the Record with Greta Van Susteren

Power Redefined Spotlight

  • Michelle DePass | Dean , The New School

Morning Break


Power Redefined Spotlight

  • Ashley Graham | Model, Entrepreneur, & Body Activist

The Lives You Impact: The Role of Culture in Educating and Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders

Who will gain a voice because of you? Will your actions open doors for the next generation of women? What are the galvanizing influences beyond the classroom that can inspire future generations of female leaders to seize opportunities and identify ways to be impactful in their own lives?

  • Sana Amanat | Co-Creator, Ms. Marvel; Director of Content & Character Development , Marvel Entertainment
  • Alice Brooks | Co-Founder , Roominate
  • Rosie Rios | Treasurer of the United States
  • Moderator: Denise Restauri | Founder & Chief Executive Officer, GirlQuake; Contributor , Forbes Media

Ivanka Trump on Being the Other Trump

Life in the spotlight. Entrepreneurship as birthright. An eponymous fashion brand. A growing family. Her drive to support women who, like her, want to “have it all,” and how her father’s political aspirations influence her own ambitions.

  • Ivanka Trump | Executive Vice President of Acquisitions & Development, Trump Organization; Founder , The Ivanka Trump Collection
  • Moderator: Gayle King | Anchor , CBS News

Power Redefined Spotlight

  • Kathryn Finney | Founder & Managing Director , digitalundivided

Founders & Funders

In today’s digital age, the dynamics of entrepreneurship are rapidly evolving. How are women navigating this ever-changing landscape? What are the unique challenges and opportunities female entrepreneurs face in launching and scaling a business, and where are these leaders finding the greatest inroads to success?

  • Katrina Lake | Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Stitch Fix
  • Sonja Perkins | Founder, Broadway Angels; Managing Director , The Perkins Fund
  • Sukhinder Singh Cassidy | Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Joyus
  • Moderator: Dina Habib Powell | Head, Goldman Sachs' Impact Investing Business; President , Goldman Sachs Foundation

Lunch & Conversation

The Hard Work of Happiness: Kate Hudson

According to the incomparable Kate Hudson, happiness is a “discipline” that must be persistently pursued. With her exuberant Fabletics activewear brand, she’s building a business on her disciplined commitment to a lifestyle she believes in.

Kate Hudson | Actress, Author & Entrepreneur

Interviewer:  Amy Robach | News Anchor, Good Morning America


Market Maker: Adena Friedman

A look at why so few women have real power on Wall Street and whether the finance world sells women short.

  • Adena Friedman | President & Chief Operating Officer , NASDAQ
  • Moderator: Deirdre Bolton | Anchor, Fox Business Network; Host , Risk & Reward

Power Redefined Spotlight

  • Lilly Ledbetter | Equal Pay Activist

Redefining The World of Work

As generations collide and new technologies emerge, what are the forces that have the potential to reshape the professional landscape in the years ahead? From parental leave to equal pay, how do we create a more equitable future while also aligning workforce culture with a higher purpose?

  • Stephanie Lampkin | Founder & Chief Executive Officer , Blendoor
  • Deanna Mulligan | President & Chief Executive Officer , Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Judith Rodin, PhD | President , The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter | President & Chief Executive Officer , New America
  • Moderator: Alisyn Camerota | Co-Anchor , CNN's New Day

Forbes Impact Award Presentation

Presenter: Dean Shaw | Vice President, Corporate Communications, Volvo Car USA


Influencing The National Character and Conversation: Sarah Jessica Parker

Actor and producer, fashion and beauty entrepreneur, ambassador and advocate for the arts, and political activist, Parker is a tireless worker and voracious student of life and culture.

  • Sarah Jessica Parker | Actor, Producer & Businesswoman
  • Moderator: Steve Forbes | Chairman & Editor-in-Chief , Forbes Media

Afternoon Break


New Frontiers in Healthcare: What Tomorrow Holds

Thanks to technology, consumers are being empowered to access care in radically new ways and with greater quality and transparency. How are new entrants transforming the traditional healthcare ecosystem and what will care look like in decades to come? What are the latest innovations and advances that promise to transform the quality of life and longevity?

  • Dena Bravata MD, MS | Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer , Lyra Health
  • Deborah DiSanzo | General Manager, Watson Health , IBM
  • Deborah J. Rhodes, MD | Associate Professor of Medicine , Mayo Clinic
  • Moderator: Bahija Jallal, PhD | Executive Vice President, AstraZeneca; Head , MedImmune

Power Redefined Spotlight

  • Mae Jemison | Lead 100YSS, Former NASA Astronaut & President , The Jemison Group, Inc.

Laverne Cox: Breaking Barriers, Shattering Stereotypes

After surviving a childhood rife with bullying and stigma around her gender-nonconformity, Emmy-winning actress and producer Laverne Cox now channels her influence to shifting the cultural narrative around what it means to be transgender in America today.

  • Laverne Cox | Actress, Producer & LGBT Advocate
  • Moderator: Moira Forbes | Publisher, ForbesWoman; Executive Vice President , Forbes Media

Closing Comments


Networking Reception


Reception Concludes

2015 Forbes Women's Summit


From top left: Colbie Caillat; Chelsea Handler and Steve Forbes; Sara Blakely and Gayle King;

Ina Garten; Jessica Alba and Moira Forbes



Video Highlights

2016 Forbes Women's Summit Executive Interview - Volvo


2016 Forbes Women's Summit Executive Interview - Rockefeller


2016 Forbes Women's Summit Executive Interview - Mayo Clinic


2016 Forbes Women's Summit Executive Interview - Simulmedia



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