Women in the World Texas Forum

Women in the World Texas Forum

Live from San Antonio: Women in the World Texas!

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on issues as vast as the Lone Star State: Ebola, honor killings, reproductive rights, the strains of military life, and peace through reconciliation in the Middle East.

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wits are sharp,” Tina Brown told the crowd at day’s end. The event, with Toyota as presenting sponsor, was co-hosted by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Marie Brenner, Aaronetta Hamilton Pierce, Ambassador Karen Hughes, Sonya Medina Williams, Guillermo Nicolas, Toyota’s Sandra Phillips, City Manager Sheryl Sculley, Gloria Steinem, San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor and Diane von Furstenberg.

The event, hashtagged #WomeninWorldTX, became a trending topic on Twitter just moments after the day began.

Women in the World launched in 2009 in New York. Since then, thousands of people have attended summits to hear from international voices including Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Rodham Clinton and actors Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie. Corporate sponsors have played a critical role in bringing the events to life. In Texas, in addition to Toyota, these included: leadership sponsors the City of San Antonio and Credit Suisse, and supporting sponsors Liz Claiborne, the CE Group, Mokara Hotels and Spas, and Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Here’s how some of the local media covered the event:

The Rivard Report
San Antonio Magazine
San Antonio Express-News

And in case you missed it, here’s the full program:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2014

EMPIRE THEATRE

9:00AM – 2:50PM

OPENING PERFORMANCE

Omnia Hegazy, Singer, Songwriter, Activist
Natalia Perlaza, Percussionist
Learn more: Watch the full performance.

MAYOR TAYLOR INTRO

Ivy R. Taylor, Mayor of San Antonio
Learn more: Watch the full introduction.

CALL TO ARMS VIDEO & TINA WELCOME

Tina Brown, Founder, Women in the World and CEO, Tina Brown Live Media
Learn more: Watch the full welcome.

CO-HOSTS PROGRAM: THE WOMAN I AM HERE FOR

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani; former US Senator
Marie Brenner, Author and Writer at Large, Vanity Fair
Sonya Medina Williams, Former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush and Director of Projects for First Lady Laura Bush
Guillermo Nicolas, President, 3N Group, LLC
Aaronetta Pierce, Arts Patron, Community Volunteer, Activist
Sandra Phillips, VP and Deputy General Counsel of Toyota Motor Sales, USA
Sheryl Sculley, City Manager, City of San Antonio
Gloria Steinem, Author, Feminist Activist
Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Co-Chairman, DVF Studio LLC
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

THE FACE OF FEMINISM

Activist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem continues to rewrite the rules for women, after four decades on the barricades.

INTERVIEWED BY: Eva Longoria, Actor, Producer, Director, Philanthropist
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

THE DISHONOR OF HONOR KILLINGS

Imagine a young woman killed by her own relatives for failing to obey. It’s happening in faraway places, yes, but also right here in the US and in Europe. What can be done when violence against a woman comes from the heart of her own family?

Deeyah Khan, Filmmaker, Founder and CEO, Fuuse
Xoel PamosCEO, Smart Lips Productions; Executive Producer, The Price of Honor
MODERATED BY: Marie Brenner, Author and Writer at Large, Vanity Fair
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

REMARKS

Dr. Jill Biden, Wife of Vice President Joe Biden
INTRODUCTION BY: Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Women in the World and Tina Brown Live Media

Learn more: Watch the full panel.

CHALLENGES ON THE HOME FRONT

Hear from women who are on the front lines every day—as military wives, mothers, caregivers, and breadwinners.

Betty Easley, Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow
Janet Sanchez, Founder and President, Esposas Militares Hispanas USA
MODERATED BY: Alicia Menendez, Anchor, Alicia Menendez Tonight, Fusion TV
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

WITNESS TO EBOLA

As the international community races to contain the ebola outbreak in West Africa and beyond, here is eyewitness testimony from a UN official just back from ground zero of the crisis.

Sarah Crowe, Chief, Crisis Communications, UNICEF New York
Bishop Nathan S. Kortu, Pastor, New Life Fellowship Church
MODERATED BY: Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Women in the World and Tina Brown Live Media
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

LATINO POWER ON THE RISE

Four political dynamos discuss how the growing number of Hispanics in the United States is setting up a dramatic shift in power.

Rosie Castro, Community Activist
Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX)
Dolores Huerta, President, Dolores Huerta Foundation; Cofounder, United Farm Workers; Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom
Eva Longoria, Actor, Producer, Director, Philanthropist
MODERATED BY: Jan Jarboe Russell, Journalist, Author, Texas Monthly Contributing Editor
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

BREAKING THE CYCLE OF REVENGE

How an extraordinary Israeli mother is transforming profound personal tragedy into reconciliation and forgiveness.

Robi Damelin, Spokesperson, Parents Circle – Families Forum
INTERVIEWED BY: Tina Brown, Founder and CEO, Women in the World and Tina Brown Live Media
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

“THE WOMAN I WANTED TO BE”

Diane von Furstenberg, the designer and philanthropist, reveals lessons of a remarkable life and career.

Diane von Furstenberg, Founder and Co-Chairman, DVF Studio LLC; Author,The Woman I Wanted to Be
INTERVIEWED BY: Alicia Menendez, Anchor, Alicia Menendez Tonight, Fusion TV
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

SEWING HOPE: RESCUING AFRICA’S GIRLS

Long before #bringbackourgirls swept the Internet, a Ugandan nun was working to save thousands of young women who survived unfathomable cruelty at the hands of Ugandan rebels.

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Director, St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Centre, Gulu, Uganda
Florence Modo Arukude, Student, St. Monica’s Girls Tailoring Centre
INTERVIEWED BY: Alyse Nelson, President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

Learn more: Watch the full panel.

TOYOTA MOTHER OF INVENTION

Meet the woman who is giving the gift of language and opportunity to immigrants in search of the American Dream.

Maile Molin, Deputy Director, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas; Founder, ENGLISH @ WORK
INTERVIEWED BY: Sarah Lucero, News Anchor, KENS 5-TV
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

POLITICS: HOW TEXAS WOMEN CHANGE THE GAME

Four women from the Lone Star State who have shaped politics at home and on the national stage compare notes on strides made—and the work yet to be done.

Ambassador Karen Hughes, Worldwide Vice Chair, Burston-Marsteller
Jehmu Greene, Fox News Analyst and Founding Board Member, VoteRunLead
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani; former US Senator
Liz ChadderdonPresident, The Chadderdon Group Political Consulting
MODERATED BY: Mark McKinnon, President, Media Guy Media
Learn more: Watch the full panel.

CLOSING PROGRAM: CALL TO ACTION

Learn more: Watch the full panel.