EXCLUSIVE: Journalist Tina Brown has never had trouble attracting A-listers to her projects, whether for cover stories in Vanity Fair and Newsweek magazines, top journalists to the publications she has edited or, more recently, women at the forefront of global issuers affecting them for her annual confabs. The Women In The World conference, taking place next month at New York’s Lincoln Center, is a passion project for Brown, founded under the umbrella of her latest reinvention of self as Tina Brown Live Media. Its seventh iteration will again include change-makers from the worlds of Hollywood, business and politics, including regulars Meryl Streep and Diane von Furstenberg, as well as activists from around the world.
I’ve learned that this year’s participants in the event, set to take place April 6-8, also will include Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the Pakistani filmmaker whose A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness this week earned her her second Oscar, for best documentary short, on the subject of so-called honor killings. Brown executive produced the film.
“As Women in the World has made more of a global foot print, expanding to India and London, it is exciting to see how activism and prominent names rally behind the cause of women and girls,” Brown told Deadline. “This year we have a fantastic lineup, which includes First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, Christine Lagarde, photojournalist Lynsey Addario and many more extraordinary voices from India, Pakistan, Africa and the Middle East. ” Brown noted that A Girl In The River “is having such a galvanic political impact on laws surrounding honour killings in Pakistan.”
Also signing on for the summit, which Brown has been expanding into a global brand to promote women’s issues around the world, are America Ferrera, Kerry Washington and Mindy Kaling from the Hollywood corps, as well as Fox News’s Trump trumper Megyn Kelly, NBC Today Show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and former CBS Evening News, current Yahoo! News anchor Katie Couric and Top Chef star and author Padma Lakshmi additionally have agreed to participate.
The Women in the World Summit brings together per Tina Brown Live Media, women leaders, activists, artists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, trailblazers, and firebrand dissidents from around the world who have saved or enriched lives and shattered glass ceilings in every sector. The first Summit was launched in New York City in 2010 and has since expanded to London and New Delhi, with smaller salons across the United States in Chicago, Los Angeles, Texas, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
2016 Summit participants include: Meryl Streep, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Diane von Furstenberg, President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, University of Cambridge Professor Mary Beard OBE, United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, photojournalist and author Lynsey Addario, journalist Tom Friedman, activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, New America Foundation President Anne-Marie Slaughter, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University Executive Director Melanne Verveer, Fox News anchor and journalist Megyn Kelly, Mexican politician Lilia Aguilar, University of Houston Assistant Professor Ipek Bozhurt, journalist Amberin Zaman, Dr. Cynthia Peacock, Specs4Us founder Maria Dellapina, Copia Founder and CEO Komal Ahmad, DreamWakers Co-Founder and CEO Monica Gray and DreamWakers Co-Founder Annie Medaglia.
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