Securing Sustainable Future-Women as Leaders in Changing Climate @ Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS, Washington [21 April]

Securing Sustainable Future-Women as Leaders in Changing Climate


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21
April
08:00 - 16:30

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Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20036
The 2017 SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference, Securing Sustainable Growth: Women as Leaders in a Changing Climate, will provide a forum to examine the critical intersection between gender and climate change. The full-day conference at Johns Hopkins University seeks to amplify women’s voices to advance sustainable growth amidst a backdrop of ecological change.

Women remain disproportionately vulnerable to the diverse economic, ecological, and political consequences of our changing climate. Across the globe, new environmental realities exacerbate agricultural, energy, health, and financial inequities that limit opportunities for women. Despite the emergence of resilient women leaders spearheading the search for sustainable growth, women remain underrepresented in critical decision-making arenas.

The 2017 Global Women in Leadership Conference will establish a platform for leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to propose adaptive solutions that will diminish the devastating causes and effects of climate change. Together, prominent practitioners and scholars will highlight the pioneering women who are blending technological, financial, and political strategies to prove that economic development need not come at the expense of our planet.

— 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Conference and Luncheon
Kenney-Herter Auditorium, Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Reception
Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
— >> Featured Keynote Speakers:
Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Eleanor Blomstrom, Co-Founder of the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)

>> Panel 1: Facing the Elements: Confronting the Uneven Impacts of Climate Change
As people who are disproportionally impacted by climate change, women have spearheaded the development of innovative solutions to meet the demands of a rapidly shifting world. Panelists will discuss how to combat the gendered effects of environmental changes, incorporate new technologies into solutions, and develop innovative methods of delivery.

Lorena Aguilar, Global Senior Gender Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature
Moushumi Chaudhury, Ph.D., Associate II, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute
Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Program at NAACP
Kathryn Farley, Program Associate, The International Center for Research on Women
Moderator: Deborah Rubin, Ph.D., Co-Director, Cultural Practice, LLC

>> Panel 2: Mindsets
A panel of women from a variety of sectors will offer professional advice based on their own experiences. Panelists will discuss subjects ranging from building effective networks to charting a career path.

Melody McCoy, Vice President of Global Engagement and Communications, Jhpiego
Virginia Gorsevski (M.A. ’96), Ph.D., Program Officer, Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility
Sasha Gottlieb (M.A.’99), Senior Program Specialist, International Programs Office,
United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
Sachi Shah, Communications & Programs Associate, Global Health Corps
Moderator: Virginia Volpe (M.A. ’96), Managing Director, SS&C Technologies

>> Panel 3: Risk, Reward, Resilience: Financing Gender-Inclusive Climate Solutions
As people who are disproportionally impacted by climate change, women have spearheaded the development of innovative solutions to meet the demands of a rapidly shifting world. Panelists will discuss how to combat the gendered effects of environmental changes, incorporate new technologies into solutions, and develop innovative methods of delivery.

Chizuru Aoki, Ph.D., Lead Environmental Specialist, GEF Programming Unit
Lauren Burnhill, Managing Director, One Planet Ventures
Anne Kuriakose, Ph.D., Senior Social Development Specialist, The World Bank
Stacy Swann, Founding Partner and CEO, Climate Finance Advisors
Moderator: Irving Mintzer, Ph.D., Managing Director and Chief Strategist, Potomac Energy Fund and Professorial Lecturer and Visiting Research Scholar at Johns Hopkins-SAIS

>> Spark: Women Entrepreneurs Expo
The Expo will provide a platform for women-led start-ups working in sustainable development to highlight their innovative ventures. Participating organizations work across borders to implement groundbreaking solutions intended to slow the encroaching effects of climate change, namely through fostering education and promoting clean energy.

Esther Ngumbi, Ph.D., Founder, Oyeska Greens and Spring Break Kenya
Mansi Prakash, Founder, Brighter Today
Samantha Wang, Co-Founder and Director of Strategic Development, Bright Energy Africa

— For more information, check out the SAIS GWL webpage: saiswomenlead.org/
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