Press Release: International Women’s Forum Convenes Members, Experts for Virtual World Leadership Conference

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“Leading in a Disrupted World” Features Discussions on Critical Global Issues Including the COVID-19 Pandemic, Racial Justice and Climate Change

October 6, 2020

WASHINGTON – From October 20-23, 2020 the International Women’s Forum (IWF) will convene nearly 1,000 women experts from more than 32 nations virtually for the World Leadership Conference and Gala. Centered around the theme “Leading in a Disrupted World,” the three-day conference will provide a global platform for thought leaders across sectors to discuss topics ranging from racial justice to the importance of women’s leadership in a crisis.

“IWF is thrilled to convene its World Leadership Conference and Gala in a virtual format for the first time. In the midst of a year unlike any that’s come before, there is no better time to learn from those who are leading through disruption, confusion, turbulence and conflict across a myriad of different spheres – ultimately, improving our world. We gather to energize, accelerate and demand the imperative of change,” said IWF President and Trudeau Corporation Vice President, Deborah Shannon Trudeau.

The program explores complex and timely issues from how to halt and even reverse climate change to the legacy of IWF member Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women to building a racially just society.

The conference will culminate with the annual gala, during which three transformative figures will be inducted into the IWF Hall of Fame for their contributions to industry, diplomacy and society: Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO of GM; Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman of IBM; and Fatma Samoura, Secretary General of FIFA. The event will also recognize six Women Who Make A Difference honorees for their impact on their communities and the world.

The conference will feature more than 20 speakers and moderators, including:

  • Isabel Wilkerson, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste
  • Ben Hasan, Chief Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Walmart
  • Linda Greenhouse, Senior Research Scholar in Law at Yale Law School and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter
  • Betsy Fischer-Martin, Emmy-Winning Journalist and Former TV News Executive
  • E. Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados
  • Jeanne Meserve, Award-Winning Journalist and Former CNNCorrespondent
  • Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders, Former President of Ireland
  • Naina Bajekal, Editorial Director, Newsroom Development and Deputy International Editor of TIME
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of United Nations
  • Sandy McIntosh, Executive Vice President, People & Culture and Chief Human Resources Officer of TELUS
  • Adriane M. Brown, Strategic Director; Independent Board Director of Flying Fish Partners
  • Rosalind Kainyah, MBE, Managing Director of Kina Advisory Limited
  • Alison Maitland, International Writer,Speaker, Adviser, Facilitator and Coach
  • Shimi Kang, M.D., Psychiatrist, Best-selling Author and Founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future-ready Leaders
  • Heidi Kuhn, Founder and CEO of Root of Peace
  • Geraldine Richmond, Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at University of Oregon
  • Priscilla Douglas, Founder and Principal of PHDouglas & Associates
  • Edie Weiner, CEO and President of The Future Hunters

IWF hosts World Leadership Conferences on an annual basis, convening the leading architects, advocates, catalysts, and pioneers of change – women who are re-drawing the map for how we will live, work, produce and maintain healthy communities in the coming years.

To register for the conference and view the full agenda and speaker lineup click here. To join the conversation on social media, follow @IWFGlobal on TwitterInstagram and Facebook and use the hashtags #IWFLeadsChange, #WomenWhoLead and #IWFVirtualConference2020.


About IWF & the Leadership Foundation

At IWF, we are committed to advancing women’s leadership globally and locally. We champion equality worldwide. IWF has more than 7,000 diverse and accomplished women from 32 nations on six continents as members. We answer high-achieving women leaders’ need for a community of diverse thinkers. We are shaping a future in which leadership has no gender and the next generation is inspired and equipped to transform the world. And we won’t stop until we get there. 

For more information on IWF, visit and follow @IWFGlobal on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


International Women’s Forum (IWF)
Lauren Williams  
Manager, Communications
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