CEO of Acumen
Developing women's work is about more than economics and traditional aid. Acumen's novel venture philanthropy approach guides entrepreneurs and potential business people toward starting their own businesses, giving indigenous communities tools for sustainable economic improvement.
In recent years we've explored topics ranging from Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter's article "Why Women Still Can't Have it All"; to Dr. Gail Dines' exploration of the link between pornography and violence against women; to the human-trafficking of women happening right here in Los Angeles.
Our aim is always to tackle the many complex issues impacting women and girls around the world and to shine a light on the powerful women doing remarkable work in these arenas. They impress and inspire us, as do you: the curious, smart, accomplished, fearless women who join our conversations.
SPEAKERS & TOPICS
Los Angeles' First Lady, Amy Elaine Wakeland,
together with Beth Friedman and the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women hosted a panel discussion with women working on the front lines of human trafficking—the globe's fastest growing crime—and its alarming presence here in Los Angeles.
Dr. Martine Rothblatt
Former CNN Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin sat down with Dr. Rothblatt—Chairman & Co-CEO of United Therapeutics Corporation—to get a glimpse into her history of innovation, vision for organ growth and transplantation, artificial intelligence and so much more.
WOMEN'S & MEN'S EQUALITY
Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter
Hailed as one of the best books of 2015 by THE WASHINGTON POST and NPR, Dr. Slaughter's Unfinished Business challenges long-standing assumptions about work, life and family, and discusses her vision for true equality between men and women—and how we can achieve it. Her landmark article in The Atlantic, "Why Women Still Can't Have it All" earned 2.7M+ views, making it one of the most popular in The Atlantic's history.
GROWING UP IN A PORN CULTURE
Dr. Gail Dines
Using examples from internet pornography, mainstream magazines, rap and hip-hop lyrics, television shows and movies, Dr. Dines explored how pornography is a gateway, which can lead to violence against women. Likewise, it can inhibit the development of healthy sexuality among young women and men. Dr. Dines presented ways parents and caregivers can help youth navigate this toxic terrain.
VITALITY & LONGEVITY
What Every Woman Should Know About Health in your 40s, 50s & 60s
Comedian Sandra Tsing Loh, Drs. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz (UCLA), Deborah Krakow (UCLA) and Anne L. Peters (USC) informed, empowered and entertained on this topic that touches every woman but is so very rarely discussed. No subject was taboo in this frank and fact-filled conversation.
RAPE & SEXUAL ASSAULT ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES
Powerhouse Panel of Experts & Authors
Susan Estrich (Real Rape), Hanna Rosin (The End of Men), Liz Seccuro (Crash Into Me), Amy Ziering (filmmaker) and moderator Caitlin Flanagan (“The Dark Power of Fraternities”), discussed the chilling reality on college campuses. Factors like a party and hook-up culture, binge drinking, Greek life, the macho athlete mentality all contribute to what is becoming a rape culture. Panelists offered resources to help young women navigate their college experience.
SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY
Film producer Amy Ziering's interview with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Senator Gillibrand shared insights into the startling presence of rape and sexual assault in the military. Further, she discussed the military system's failure both to prevent it and to prosecute it, and her legislative efforts to combat it.
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, in conversation with author & journalist Kathryn Bowers
President and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), Dr. Yacoobi shared her challenges as a Muslim woman fighting for the education and welfare of women in Afghanistan. Despite the daily threat of violence, her work is giving women the tools to thrive.
WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT IN AFGHANISTAN
Learn. Think. Act.
WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
CYBER-SECURITY & THE DARK WEB
Technology has profoundly impacted our everyday lives -- from social relationships to finances, to shopping and healthcare. Jessica Yellin, former CNN Chief White House correspondent, will lead a panel discussion about navigating the digital world.
Fadi Chehadé, Chairman and CEO of Chehadé & Company, former CEO of ICANN, the global authority managing the world's Internet, advisor to Chairman of the World Economic Forum
Hilary Schneider, CEO of Lifelock, Inc., former EVP of Yahoo! Americas, and former CEO of Knight Ridder Digital, Red Herring Communications and Times Mirror Interactive
Kristen Eichensehr, Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, with research interests focused on national security law issues, including cyber security
what you need to know
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Diane von Furstenberg
In this intimate conversation with journalist Jessica Yellin, Diane von Furstenberg discussed her continuing journey to become "the woman I wanted be," which is also the title of her fascinating autobiography. With frank humor and insight, she talked about what has shaped her life and what she's learned along the way about a woman's power, the role of motherhood, confidence and love.
BECOMING THE WOMAN WE WANT TO BE
A CONVERSATION WITH AYAAN HIRSI ALI
Ms. Hirsi Ali is is the best selling author of Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (2015) and Infidel (2007), her memoir that documents her journey from Somalia to escape a forced marriage to Holland, where she ultimately become a member of parliament and activist for women's rights. She is the Founder of the AHA Foundation, a Fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at The Harvard Kennedy School, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.