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World Leadership Conferences

World Leadership Conferences, conducted annually by the International Women’s Forum, draw women from more than 50 countries who are the world’s leading architects, advocates, catalysts, and pioneers of change – the women who are re-drawing the map for how we’ll live, work, produce, and maintain healthy communities in the coming years. As our global economies restructure and reshape business, politics, environments, access and opportunity, IWF’s cutting–edge conferences harness those must-have conversations in order to educate, inform and inspire our women leaders and our partners to be out ahead of the change that is needed.


The 2019 IWF World Leadership Conference – Open Minds, welcomed a record 1,100 attendees from more than 30 countries to Toronto, Canada, for an unforgettable week of learning, connection and fun. Members witnessed entertainment from some of Canada’s best, ranging from Indigenous performances to star jazz singer Nikki Yanofsky.

Canada’s identity as a trendsetter was exemplified through our programming. We examined the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence, explored the new frontier in cannabis and laughed our way through a panel on women in comedy. IWF members Carmen Best, Shari Graydon and Patricia Foley Hinnen wowed us with their Ideas Remaking the World presentations. The Town Hall session featured a poignant discussion about the global refugee crisis.

Nobel Laureates and Drs. Frances Arnold and Donna Strickland were inducted into the IWF International Hall of Fame. Seven other IWF women leaders and game-changers were honored with our “Women Who Make a Difference” awards.


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2019 IWF World Leadership Conference Toronto

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With more than 900 members and guests from more than 25 nations – the Conference in Miami was a great success.

Miami is at the vanguard of change. The city sets trends in art, culture, media and entertainment. It is a financial center, a critical path for trade, and a thriving center for technology. It is the American gateway to Latin America both economically and culturally and is a truly global city, with a rich diversity defined by its bold creativity. 

With that in mind, it is easy to see why Miami was the perfect place to examine global issues including the future of political warfare, blockchain technology, trade in flux, sea-level rise, and women who persist to make change happen. We were excited to continue our special Ideas Remaking the World series in which three IWF members were featured on stage sharing their ideas that are disrupting, improving and reimagining our future, and our IWF in Action Town Hall, which will explore the Opioid Crisis.   



2018 IWF World Leadership Conference Miami

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