Global Health and Development Symposium 2017

Global Health and Development Symposium 2017

Empowerment for
Global Good

Global Health and Development Symposium

September 22, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This fall, the Global Health Symposium will return as the Global Health and Development Symposium, and will build upon the momentum of ongoing global conversations hosted by the G7, G20, and the United Nations, discussing how women’s empowerment can spur inclusive, sustainable global growth.

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Empowerment for Global Good

September 22, 2017


This fall, the Global Health Symposium will return as the Global Health and Development Symposium, and will build upon the momentum of ongoing global conversations hosted by the G7, G20, and the United Nations, discussing how women’s empowerment can spur inclusive, sustainable global growth.
 

Learn More

AGENDA

Gender equality and economic empowerment are at the forefront of the global agenda. Investing in women and girls spurs universal gains, yet today women still earn less, hold fewer leadership positions, and do twice as much unpaid work as men. How are global networks paving the off-ramp, cracking the concrete ceiling and battling gender stereotypes? What solutions are expanding opportunity, creating impactful change and galvanizing action?

Here are some of the major themes we will be discussing at this year's symposium.

Beyond the Concrete Ceiling

Women make up 49.7% of the world’s population, yet only 22% hold public office. Recognized as drivers of sustainable development and noted for their community investment, their advancement towards prominent decision-making positions remains slow. Global leaders have set forth a gender roadmap, but what can be done to effectively implement responsive policies? How effective are regulatory measures like quotas and benchmarks in stimulating change?

Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

From France’s nearly universal preschool program to Quebec’s affordable childcare efforts, countries across the globe recognize the importance of early childhood care to a child’s social development. What if there was an economic benefit as well? According to recent research, every dollar spent on early childhood education could result in an ROI of up to 13%. How can investing in early childhood care and development ensure a healthier and more prosperous life?

The Off-Ramp: Women, Motherhood, and Redefining Work

‘Leaning in’ and ‘work-life balance’ have generated quite a buzz, yet the path for women to reach C-suite positions is still marred by obstacles. From unequal pay and unpaid work at home, to limited family leave and soaring childcare costs, 43% of women leave their careers—or take the off-ramp—during peak earning years. How can companies and governments help women to meet both professional and personal goals? What formal policies can help equalize pay and ensure women remain in the workforce?

Stories of Resilience: Women in Fragile States

Escalating conflicts throughout the Middle East and North Africa over the past decade have resulted in a breakdown of family structures and livelihoods. From Baghdad, to Damascus and beyond, resilient and fearless women will share their unique journeys, and how they are persevering and inspiring many along the way.

From Sidekick to Headliner: Shattering Stereotypes in the Media

Wonder Woman broke box office records in 2017 and a recent report demonstrated the economic power of female social media influencers. Yet women still get half the screen and voice time men do and direct less than 7% of the 250 top-grossing films. Despite the out-of-date gender stereotypes present across all media platforms—film and TV, advertising, and print—entrepreneurs, artists, and social advocates are changing the game. What are the social, and economic, benefits to stopping the objectification of women by the media? How can significant changes be adopted?

INFORMATION

  • Registration

  • Location

Registration will open August 2017.

Interested in learning more or becoming a sponsor for this event? Please contact Tria Raimundo, director of global development programs.  

The Standard Club
320 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

Business attire is required. 

SPONSORS

Lead Sponsor

Supporting Sponsor

Patron Sponsors

The Frankel Family Foundation
Holthues Trust
Ashley F.T. McCall & Avery McCall

PARTNERS

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