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Since 2016, IWF Ideas Remaking the World has been the most highly anticipated session of the annual World Leadership Conference. The program features IWF members telling the stories of their work to solve unaddressed challenges with outside the box solutions. Highlighting the innovators, instigators and disruptors within the IWF community, Ideas Remaking the World showcases our members' most transformative ideas and actions. Three IWF members are competitively selected based on the following criteria: idea impact, originality, and presentation style. Applications are officially open and IWF members are invited to submit a proposal for consideration to present at the 2021 Virtual World Leadership Conference, taking place November 4-5, 2021.  

Applicant Criteria

  • Applicants must be an IWF member
  • Ideas must be linked with demonstrated action, currently making an impact within the community it serves. 
  • Ideas must be original 

Submission Details & Deadlines

In order to be considered for the opportunity to present, please complete the below:

The deadline to submit your application for consideration is June 9, 2021. 

Meet the 2020 Ideas Remaking the World Presenters


Idea: Raising Smart, Happy, Strong Future-Ready Kids

Member: IWF British Columbia

Shimi Kang, M.D. is an award-winning, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, researcher, media expert and TEDx speaker with millions of views. Kang is passionate about providing science-based tools that optimize the power of the human brain. She is the founder of Dolphin Kids: Future-Ready Leaders, CEO of Spark Mindset and host of the YouTube show Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang.



Idea: Roots of Peace—Turning MINES TO VINES

Member: IWF Northern California

Heidi Kuhn is Founder and CEO of Roots of Peace, a humanitarian-nonprofit organization founded in September 1997 with a vision to transform MINES TO VINES – replacing the scourge of landmines with sustainable agricultural farmland. Her pioneering work empowers families living in war-torn regions with hope leading to the economics of peace through export and trade.



Idea: The Importance of Women Leading the Way in Science

Member: IWF Oregon

Geraldine (Geri) Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon. She is the founding and current director of a grass-roots organization called COACh that has helped over 22,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and in dozens of developing countries around the world. 


Throughout the process should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact IWF Director of Global Programs and point-person for the session, Elizabeth Robinson. She can be reached at [email protected].

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