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Rewatch the 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit

Rewatch the 2018 #MobilizeWomen Summit

This June, the Ellevate community came together for our second Annual Summit: Mobilizing the Power of Women. From disability advocates to NASA scientists, the women on stage(and off!) were such an inspiration; the quality of the conversation was incredible.

That didn’t happen by chance; our team set out to intentionally curate a fresh, diverse, inclusive, action-oriented experience. That’s our approach year-round. If you left the Summit feeling a little less alone and a little more inspired, know that  our community is here for you!

If you missed the Summit, we recorded the whole thing so that it's accessible to anyone, anywhere. (Don't forget to turn on the closed captions if you find them helpful!) You can also  download our Action Guide; we hope it helps you create the change you want to see in your career, in your company, and in the world.

Female Role Models

Margaret Keane, CEO and President of Synchrony and Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor of Fortune Magazine and voice behind RaceAhead

Only 6% of Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs (and men named John make up almost that same percentage), so it’s not a surprise that we are excited to hear from Margaret Keane, CEO of Synchrony, and one of the few women who make the list.



Advancing Women is a Team Sport

Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network and CEO & Co-Founder of Ellevest


Sponsors, Allies, and Partners

Mike Steib, CEO of XO Group Inc., Kemp Steib, CFO of The Second Shift, Maureen Sullivan, COO of Rent the Runway, and Alina Cho, Contributor of CBS Sunday Morning

If work and life are always in flux, don’t we need to rely on our partners, whatever their gender, to help us balance and move forward?



Dream, Drive, Do: Unleashing the Power Within 

Anjali Forber-Pratt, Paralympic Medalist and Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University


Technology and Accessibility

Julie Kearney, VP of Regulatory Affairs and CTA & President of FCBA, and KR Liu, US Congressional Awarded Hearing Loss Advocate

Design for accessibility has driven innovation for a long time - another reason why diversity can be such a powerful force. KR Liu has had an amazing career in technology, and now dedicates her time to advocacy.



Change of Focus: From Diversity to Inclusion and Equality

Joy Fitzgerald, CDO of Eli Lilly and Company, Commissioner Charlotte A. Burrows, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Allison Green, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion and Employee Engagement of Lincoln Financial Group, and Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network

If a diverse team is built, how do you make sure that it keeps growing, evolving and that those diverse voices actually have a say in the future of your company? The answer is a change of focus from diversity to inclusion.



Courageous Conversations 2.0.

Catt Sadler, Activist and Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, and Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network

Catt Sadler, a renowned journalist, and Sallie Krawcheck, once the most powerful woman on Wall Street and now successful entrepreneur, come from different backgrounds. Yet, their industries have one major thing in common — they aren’t the friendliest towards women.



Championship Lessons

Carly Patterson, American Olympic Gold Medalist, Gymnastics


Perfectly Imperfect

Jennifer Romolini, Chief Content Officer of, and Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer of Levo

Girls, experts say, are taught from a very young age to be perfect. If you define success on your own terms, embrace your true self and learn from your failures you’ll be well on your way to finding happiness.


Leading, Changing, Innovating

Sarah LaFleur, Founder and CEO of MM LaFleur, Amber Baldet, Co-founder and CEO of Clovyr, Steph Korey, Co-Founder and CEO of Away, and Neha Gandhi, Editor-in-Chief and COO of Girlboss

Female leaders come from different industries, different sized businesses, different ages and different backgrounds, all with one thing in common: they want to change the culture of business and make this an equitable playing field.



Making the Impossible Possible

Dr. Madhulika Guhathakurta, Astrophysicist and Scientist at NASA's Heliophysics Science Division, Kellie Gerardi, Aerospace and Defense Professional; STEM Communicator; Defense Council Member, Truman National Security Project, and Miriam Kramer, Space Reporter at Mashable

As we continue to search for ways to make our world more equitable, to have more women in STEM fields, more diversity in thought leadership, more ways of changing the world for the better, we couldn’t help but look for people outside the space who we can learn from. After all, these women know a thing or two about making the impossible, possible.



International Women of Change Award

Debra Messing, Activist and Actress, International Woman of Change Awardee



Advocating for the Bigger Picture

Jimmie Briggs, American Journalist, Chelsea VonChaz, Founder of HappyPeriod, Whitney Bell, Writer, Activist and Event Producer, and Malika Saada Saar, Public Policy and Government Relations Senior Counsel-Civil and Human Rights at Google

In the last couple of years we’ve seen a raise in the number of women involved in activism and advocacy -- more women running for office, more women raising their voices, more change being driven by the voices that were once quiet. If we want to see the world change we all have to be advocates, even if in small ways.



The New Workforce

Asha Castleberry, U.S. National Security Expert, Military Veteran, Bernadette Aulestia, President of Global Distribution at HBO, Ruthie Ackerman, Deputy Editor at Women@Forbes

It’s no secret that the world has changed, and businesses need to adapt to make way for a workforce that spans all demographics, demanding change from within to adapt to an increasingly innovative and mobile world.


Finding Courage to Endure the Beauty of Adversity

Adrianne Haslet, Boston Marathon Survivor, Ballroom Dancer, Blade Runner, Global Advocate for Amputee Rights

Bringing incredible women together like this - to actually drive personal and societal change - is what we do every single day. Don't miss the next incredible Ellevate event by signing up for The Morning Boost.