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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

White House United State of Women Summit

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC


Please see below for an agenda and speakers for the upcoming United State of Women Summit. A full list of speakers is available HERE.

Visit more information and a livestream of the day’s events.

8:30AM        FIRST PLENARY - Violence Against Women and Health and Wellness

Opening Remarks

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls
Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Carol Gstalder, SVP Consumer Insights North America, Nielsen
U.S. Secretary Thomas Perez, U.S. Department of Labor with Kakenya Ntaiya
Heather Anne Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State with Ginny Quillen
Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, The Aspen Institute


9:10AM         THE VICE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on Violence Against Women
                    Introducer: Meghan Yap, It’s On Us Champion of Change

Pillar: Violence Against Women
Speakers include:
Mariska Hargitay, Founder & President, Joyful Heart Foundation

Ideas for Action Presentations: Violence Against Women
Quentin Walcott, Co-Executive Director, CONNECT NYC
Matt McGorry, Actor
Joanne Smith, Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity and Co-Chair New York Young Women’s Initiative
Kristin Avery, Director, It's On Us
Shaquil Keels, It’s On Us Activist
Jessica Davidson, It’s On Us Activist
Jaha Dukureh, Founder and CEO, Safe Hands for Girls
Bamby Salcedo, President  & CEO, The TransLatin@ Coalition

Pillar: Health and Wellness
Speakers include:
Connie Britton, Actress
Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Grecia Magdaleno, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Ideas for Action Presentations: Health and Wellness
Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP
Carolyn Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children
Dr. Carol Brown, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Sonia Vallabh and Dr. Eric Minikel, Co-Founders, Prion Alliance
Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation



  • Education: Investing in Early Childhood Education
  • Economic Opportunity: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: Economic Empowerment for Women and Families
  • Economic Opportunity: Solutions to Increasing Women’s Workplace Participation
  • Civic Engagement, Leadership and Visibility: Building Inclusive Movements and Engaged Citizens
  • Entrepreneurship: Ideas with Us in Mind: Innovations that Create Social Impact
  • Entrepreneurship: Getting Credit: Expanding Women’s Access to Capital
  • Health: Healthy and Mighty: Empowering Women and Girls to Connect to Healthcare
  • Health: Addressing HIV/AIDS in Women and Girls: Lessons Learned at Home and Abroad
  • Violence Against Women: From Grassroots to Global: Breaking Cycles of Violence
  • Violence Against Women: From the Margins to the Center: Solutions to Stopping Violence in All Communities
  • Crosscutting: From Surviving to Thriving: Tools to Empowering ALL Girls
  • Crosscutting: Revolutionizing Gender Norms


12:30PM       SECOND PLENARY - Economic Opportunity and Entrepreneurship & Innovation 

Pillar: Economic Opportunity
Speakers include:
Patricia Arquette, Actress
Heather Boushey, Executive Director and Chief Economist, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
Mary Kay Henry, President, SEIU
Lilly Ledbetter, Equal Pay Champion
Charmaine Davis, Chapter Director, 9 to 5
Betzaida Ventura, Personal Care Attendant, SEIU
Kevin Burton, Assistant Director, NECA/IBEW Local Union #26 Joint Apprenticeship & Training

Pillar: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Speakers include:
Laurie Fabiano, President, Tory Burch Foundation
Warren Buffett, Chairman & CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
Ayo Megbope, CEO, No Left Overs
Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, LLC
Dina Habib Powell, Head of Goldman Sachs' Impact Investing Business and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs
Kerry Washington, Actress

Ideas for Action Presentations: Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva
Alex Gorsky, CEO & Chairman, Johnson & Johnson
Seina Lee, Johnson & Johnson

Ideas for Action Presentations: Economic Opportunity
Angela Glover Blackwell, President and CEO, PolicyLink
Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
Prosperity Together Coalition
Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
Ariana Davis, United Food and Commercial Workers
U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader


2:30PM           THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks
                      Introducer: Mikaila Ulmer, Founder and CEO, Me & the Bees Lemonade



  • Education: Cracking the Code: Access to STEM for all Women and Girls
  • Education: Transcending Barriers to Girls’ Education Globally
  • Economic Opportunity: Get Fair Pay: How to Achieve Pay Equity
  • Economic Opportunity: Valuing Caregiving in the 21st Century
  • Civic Engagement, Leadership and Visibility: A Conversation with Trailblazers: Making the Case for Gender Diversity Across Industries and Sectors
  • Civic Engagement, Leadership and Visibility: "Reel" Change: Advancing Equity and Opportunity in Media
  • Entrepreneurship: How to One up the Start Up: Successes in Growing Women-Owned Businesses
  • Health: What Works: Strategies to Address Unplanned Pregnancy
  • Violence Against Women: Changing the Culture to End Violence Against Women
  • Violence Against Women: Away from Slavery and Towards Human Rights: Ending Trafficking of Women and Girls
  • Crosscutting: Creating Pathways towards Equity: Advancing Opportunity for Women and Girls of Color
  • Crosscutting: Second Chances for Success: Women, Girls and the Justice System 


4:10PM           THIRD PLENARY - Civic Engagement, Leadership and Visibility

Pillar: Civic Engagement, Leadership and Visibility
Speakers include:
Sophia Bush, Actress
Marley Dias, Founder, #1000BlackGirlBooks
Billie Jean King, Founder, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative & the Women’s Sports Foundation
Jennifer Welter, First Female NFL Coach
Video from DR. JILL BIDEN
General Lori Robinson, NORAD and USNORTHCOM
Jenn Brown, Executive Director, Civic Nation
Shonda Rhimes, Content Creator, ShondaLand
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder & Editor-In-Chief, Muslim Girl
Amy Poehler, Co-Founder & President, Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

Ideas for Action Presentations: Civic Engagement, Leadership and Visibility
Kemba Smith Pradia, Author, Public Speaker, Criminal Justice Advocate, Kemba Smith Foundation
Girls at the Margin Alliance

Ideas for Action Presentations: Education
Reshma Saujani, Founder & CEO, Girls Who Code
Angélique Kidjo, Founder, Batonga Foundation and Ambassador, UNICEF
Charlene Espinoza, Founder & CEO, Bosh Bosh
Marillyn Hewson, Chairman, President and CEO, Lockheed Martin


5:20PM           Armchair Coversation on Trailblazing the Path for the Next Generation of Women with THE FIRST LADY and Ms. Oprah Winfrey
Introducers: Dorothee Mulumba, High School Student and Mpumi Nobiva, Graduate Student


6:10PM           Closing Remarks

Speakers include:
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair, White House Council on Women and Girls
Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady and Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls