International Women's Day

Global Health Symposium 2017

Innovation for Healthy Futures

International Women's Day
Global Health Symposium

March 10, 2017

The 2017 Global Health Symposium brought together leaders, the next generation, and stakeholders from across sectors to explore how innovation, storytelling, and immersive technologies are improving the lives of women and children globally.

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EVENT VIDEO

View the video from our International Women's Day Global Health Symposium that took place Friday, March 10, 2017. 

Morning Sessions 8:30 a.m. - 10:52 a.m. 
Cracking the Glass Ceiling 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
The Most Powerful Global Investment 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Lunch Sessions 12:35 p.m. - 1:25 p.m. 

SPEAKERS

Alice Albright

CEO, Global Partnership for Education
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Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, MuslimGirl.com
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Gabo Arora

Creative Director and Senior Advisor, United Nations; Founder and President, LightShed
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Gary Barker

President and CEO, Promundo
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Catherine Bertini

Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global  Affairs
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Pam Bolton

Vice President, Innovation and Strategy, Concern Worldwide
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Ivo Daalder

President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Mary Davis

CEO, Special Olympics International
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Elizabeth Dozier

Managing Director, Chicago Beyond; Former Principal, Christian Fenger High School, Chicago
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Anna Fälth

Manager, Empower Women, UN Women
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Brian T. Hanson

Vice President, Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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George Hampton

Executive Vice President, Rheumatology and Primary Care Business Units, Horizon Pharma
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Niamh King

Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
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Genevieve Liu

Founder, Surving Life After a Parent Dies (SLAP'D); Student, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
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Dorri McWhorter

CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
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Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Olopade

Walter L. Palmer Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean, Global Health, University of Chicago
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Sheila Roche

Creative and Communications Consultant, (RED)
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Maryam Saleh

Vice President, Programs, MATTER
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Lyric Thompson

Director, Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women
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Rachel Vogelstein

Senior Fellow and Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
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AGENDA

Innovation takes many forms: biotechnology to treat rare diseases, financing for global education, and digital platforms and networks to combat stigma. Harnessing new ideas, solutions, and partnerships is critical for human development and sustainable healthy futures. We all have a part to play: governments, the private sector, civil society, and you. By sharing innovation through storytelling, we can find creative solutions to current and emerging challenges.

8:00 a.m. Registration opens

Registrants arrive at The Standard Club.

8:30 a.m. Welcome

Ivo Daalder, President, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

8:40 a.m. Equitable Access and Improved Health Outcomes

Globally 400 million people—often the poor, women and children, and vulnerable populations—lack access to basic health services. What innovations are improving these outcomes? And how can the private sector help ensure equitable access while facing rising costs? 
 

Pam Bolton, Vice President, Innovation and Strategy, Concern Worldwide
Mary Davis, CEO, Special Olympics International
George Hampton, Executive Vice President, Rheumatology and Primary Care, Horizon Pharma
Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Olopade, Walter L. Palmer Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean, Global Health, University of Chicago
Dr. Maryam Saleh, Vice President, Programs, MATTER (moderator)

 

9:40 a.m. Flash Talk

Gabo Arora, Creative Director and Senior Advisor, United Nations; Founder and President, LightShed 

9:50 a.m. Mobilizing Ideas and Creating Impact

The next generation of entrepreneurs and change-makers are using technology and innovative ideas—often stemming from personal experiences—to offer advice, connect vulnerable minorities, and shatter stereotypes. How are new digital platforms and social media improving the livelihoods of women and children across the globe? 

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Muslim Girl
Gabo Arora, Creative Director and Senior Advisor, United Nations; Founder and President, LightShed 
Genevieve Liu, Founder, Surviving Life After a Parent Dies (SLAP’D)
Sheila Roche, Chief Creative and Communications Officer, RED
Niamh King, Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (moderator)

 

11:00 a.m. Cracking the Glass Ceiling: Earning More and Achieving Equality

Although progress has been made, women globally are still earning less and doing more unpaid work than men. Research shows that investing in women pays off, but we still lack gender specific data and equity. What are the new realities and priorities? And how can we engage men and boys in the conversation?

Gary Barker, President and CEO, Promundo
Anna Fälth, Manager, Empower Women, UN Women
Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Lyric Thompson, Director, Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women
Brian T. Hanson, Vice President, Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (moderator)

 

11:00 a.m. Education: The Most Powerful Global Investment

Can the app store and Wikipedia take the place of a teacher? Investments in education are critical, and technology is quickly becoming an essential learning tool. Can we incentivize solving global education challenges through innovative competitions? How can we deliver solutions that improve access to quality education for the millions lacking it globally? 

Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education
Rachel B. Vogelstein, Senior Fellow and Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (moderator)

 

12:20 p.m. Chicago: A Tale of Two Cities

Elizabeth Dozier, Managing Director, Chicago Beyond; Former Principal, Christian Fenger High School, Chicago
In conversation with: 

Niamh King, Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content, Chicago Council on Global Affairs  

1:20 p.m. Closing Remarks

Catherine Bertini, Distinguished Fellow, Global Food and Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs 

1:30 p.m. Adjournment

Program adjournment.

INFORMATION

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Members: $75
Nonmembers: $95
Student and YP members: $35

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The Standard Club
320 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

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SPONSORS

Lead Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors

Patron Sponsors

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

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