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In April, the 2019 Cornerstone Conference welcomed over 700 attendees to Barcelona, Spain. This year’s event programming addressed subjects with profound economic, social and political implications. More than 50 expert speakers and moderators touched on topics including innovation in architecture, barriers for women in sports, sustainable fashion, the future of the European Union and girls’ access to education.

With such high-profile speakers and topics, we wanted to make sure those who were unable to attend the conference can still witness some of the illuminating conversations. For this reason, we filmed select sessions and have made them available on the IWF website for members to view at their leisure. Read each session description and then click on the YouTube link to watch the session in full.


APRIL 11, 2019


APRIL 12, 2019





Form and Function: The Built Environment of the Future

No person is more deeply associated with Barcelona than Antoni Gaudi. His fantastical Sagrada Familia is the city's most recognizable landmark, notable for its boundary-breaking use of color and space, and its innovative engineering. Almost 140 years after the building began, it continues to amaze.

Gaudi was one of architecture’s bold innovators, along with Walter Gropius, Zaha Hadid, and Frank Gehry.

Who is breaking boundaries today? Who is working with new materials and new engineering techniques to find new solutions and create a modern aesthetic? Are they liberated from the work of their predecessors, or does it inspire them?

We meet some of the individuals injecting fresh life and ideas into architecture, look at their work, and discuss its objectives and impact.





Eva Franch i Gilabert, architect, and Director of the London Architectural Association


Benedetta Tagliabue, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT and Founder and CEO of Enric Miralles Foundation



Martha Thorne, Dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid, Spain, and Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize


Jeanne Meserve, award-winning journalist and former anchor and correspondent for CNN and ABC News

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Creative Cauldron

What is creativity? What sparks it? Is it innate, or can it be taught? How does it spread? Barcelona is the perfect place to explore these questions, with an astonishing 11 percent of the city’s current workforce employed in the creative sector.

We’ll sit down with two “creatives” to discuss the current role of women in film, the new generation of female directors and the future of women in cinematic leadership.




Gale Anne Hurd, Chief Executive Officer of Valhalla Entertainment, Producer and member of IWF Southern California, IWF Georgia and the IWF Hall of Fame

Carla Simón, award-winning Film Director



Pascale Harter, Presenter and Reporter for BBC World Service 17

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APRIL 12, 2019

Euro Vision - The Future of the Union

The uncertainty over the terms and date of Britain’s departure, along with political upheaval in several other countries, is fanning concerns about whether Europe’s economic and political partnerships can endure. If they do not, what are the implications for trade, travel and security? We examine the state of play with key players on both sides of the British Channel and discuss their visions for the Europe of the future.




Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Executive Director of The Future of Diplomacy Project and The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Harvard Kennedy School

Grégoire Gathem, Associate Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona, Senior Legal Counsel at Fusion for Energy and Co-host of Europeans In on Barcelona City FM

Anand Menon, Director of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative and Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London


Ainhoa Paredes, UK News Correspondent

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Spain is a growing force in fashion, home to Zara, MANGO and Desigual. We look at the phenomenal growth of the fashion industry and explore some of the innovative ways designers and manufacturers are making fashion more sustainable.





Beatriz Bayo, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at MANGO



Jenny Fleiss, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Jetblack and Co-founder of Rent the Runway


Misha Nonoo, Designer and Creative Director of Misha Nonoo


Maria Eugenia Girón, Executive Director of IE Premium and Prestige Business Observatory, board director, angel investor and member of IWF Spain

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Town Hall - Girls and Education: Equal Access

Education is transformational. It can break the cycle of poverty and improve outcomes for economies and individuals. Research shows its effects are particularly powerful for girls. Education makes girls healthier and creates more economic opportunities, and it extends those benefits to families and communities more than when only boys are educated. This phenomenon is known as the “Girl Effect.” But 130 million girls around the world are not in school because of poverty, custom or conflict. In places like Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, girls’ schools are under attack.

IWF members on the stage and in the room discuss what approaches, strategies and resources can help change ideas, cultures and policies to ensure girls have equal access to education.




Shamim Jawad, Founder and President of the Ayenda Foundation, member of IWF United Kingdom and an IWF Leadership Foundation Fellows Program alumna


Totsie BJ Memela, strategist and education activist, member of IWF South Africa, IWF Leadership Foundation Board Director and a Fellows Program alumna


Melek El Nimer, Founder of the Unite Lebanon Youth Project and President of IWF Lebanon


Lisa Sepulveda, Global Chief Client Officer at Edelman

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