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UN Women She Innovates Lab: Tell Your Innovation Story

New York, NY • February 26, 2019

Through professional guidance from the UN Women Champions of Innovation, attendees will learn to tell and realize their own innovations and create a tangible path to success.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM EST

PepsiCo, Inc. Design & Innovation Center
350 Hudson St.
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10014

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Innovation starts from within. The first step for women innovators to succeed is to step beyond their own limiting mindset or views they think the public has of them. According to numerous recent studies, the best way to eliminate the gender gap and increase women’s performance and self-confidence is to provide them with strong female role models.


The event will be kicked off by a discussion between two UN Women Champions of Innovation: Nina Ansary and Wade Davis, moderated by Kristy Wallace, CEO of Ellevate.

Each champion will draw on his/her own expertise to provide guidance and inspiration, and also highlight the importance of gender inclusiveness in eliminating the gender gap. Following the panel, attendees will break up into groups to discuss their inner and outer challenges, then practice telling their innovation story, based on a worksheet with key questions.

The UN Women Champions of Innovation include:

Dr. Nina Ansary – Award-winning Author, Scholar, and Women’s Rights Advocate

Nina Ansary is the recipient of the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has been recognized as one of “Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know” and “6 Women Who Build Bridges Not Walls” by The New York Times. Her bestselling book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran garnered multiple awards. She has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, the BBC, and been featured on, in Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, The UK Daily Telegraph, Teen Vogue and the Yale Journal of International Affairs.

Dr. Ansary is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and regularly presents her work at top universities, including Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, New York and Harvard, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University.

Wade Davis - Former NFL Player and Corporate Inclusion and Culture Advisor

Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and consultant on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection sexism, racism and homophobia. Beyond sports, Wade currently consults for tech giant Google and advises other Fortune 500 companies on creating inclusive cultures.

Wade is a founding member of VICE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory board with Gloria Steinem, as well as on the advisory board of Sparks and Honey and GMHC. Wade gave a TEDx Talk, The Mask of Masculinity, where he reflects on his upbringing and the impact of toxic masculinity on male identity.

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CEO at Ellevate Network

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