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The 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum Is Fast Approaching - Here’s What to Expect

This coming Thursday, 250 current and aspiring leaders will gather at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum for a day centered on movements for equality that intersect business, tech, political, and social spheres.

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The AppNexus Team

Following a week which focused the country’s lens on the #MeToo movement, many of our guests will arrive more determined than ever to push these movements onward and build more inclusive, equitable leadership structures across our society. At the Women’s Leadership Forum, a series of diverse, inspiring leaders will share with attendees valuable insight into channeling dissatisfaction and determination into lasting, meaningful change in their own lives and organizations.

As WLF 2018 speaker Jamia Wilson told The Guardian, “It’s the beginning of a new wave of organizing, a new surge of righteous indignation and activism. I believe our actions in the face of this adversity will set the stage for the next 100 years.”

Wilson, the executive director of the Feminist Press at City University of New York, will participate on a panel with Freedom to Marry founder Evan Wolfson and Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers her Superpower author Brittney Cooper that explores the factors that make social movements successful and how to apply them in the workplace.

Other highlights include:

  • A keynote address from American Civil Liberties Union president Susan N. Herman
  • A conversation on advertising’s role in promoting gender equality with SheKnows Media CEO Samantha Skey
  • Lunchtime career development workshops featuring Out in Tech co-founder Marc Dickstein, Ellevate Network CEO Kristy Wallace, Turner SVP of content partnerships Beth Superfin, Univision SVP, Branded Content Revenue, Liz Blacker, Google head of co-marketing, strategic partnerships Joanna Chick, Senior Director at Diversity Best Practices Carol Watson, and representatives from The Muse.
  • Actionable strategies for building real inclusiveness from Pinterest head of diversity and inclusion Candice Morgan, BlackRock managing director Ila Eckhoff and AppNexus VP of diversity and inclusion Antoinette Hamilton
  • An address from New York State secretary Melissa DeRosa on her groundbreaking work on the New York State Council of Women and Girls
  • Ending the day with a performance by the Resistance Revival Chorus
  • All that, plus live captioning, an on-site mothers’ room, gender inclusive restrooms, a closing cocktail reception

The livestream begins at 11 a.m. eastern time – register for it here.

Full agenda:

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Breakfast and Registration

11:00 AM – 12:30 AM


12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Lunch and Interactive Sessions (running concurrently)

Leveraging Inclusion for Business Performance in the Advertising Industry

Carol Watson, Senior Director, Diversity Best Practices

Navigating Change: How to Shift from Awareness to Action

Marc Dickstein, Coach and Founder, Plus Marc, and Co-Founder, Out in Tech
Farsai Chaikulngamdee, Manager, Solutions Consulting, AppNexus

Strategies for Corporate Board Success

Jennifer DaSilva, President, Berlin Cameron
Kristy Wallace, Chief Executive Officer, Ellevate Network

Build your Tribe while Competing in an Evolving Industry

Liz Blacker, SVP, Branded Content Revenue, Univision Communications Inc.
Beth Superfin, SVP, Content Partnerships, Turner

How to Amplify Your Own Talent Brand and Be in the Driver's Seat of Your Career

Hosted by The Muse

#IAmRemarkable: Celebrate Your Achievements

Joanna Chick, Head of Co-Marketing, Strategic Partnerships, Google
Cori Retblatt Fernandez, Account Executive, Google
Akansha Boaz, Programmatic Account Manager, Google

2:00 PM – 3:20 PM


3:20 PM – 3:40 PM


3:40 PM – 4:45 PM


4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception