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About the Event

The Women's Leadership Forum is AppNexus' annual invite-only conference for current and aspiring leaders in the global digital community.

The 2017 event brought together over 260 guests and 26 world-class speakers for a day of action-oriented talks, interactive sessions and networking, anchored around a singular purpose: to increase diversity in leadership.

Read a recap on our blog to learn more.

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2017 Highlights

Tiffany Dufu

Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less

Wade Davis

Game Plan: Men and Our Role in Workplace Inclusion

Alicia Glen

How Diversity Drives the Economy


Janet Balis

Partner, Global Advisory Leader for Media & Entertainment, EY

Denise Colella

Senior Vice President, Advanced Advertising Products & Strategy, NBCUniversal

Nithya Das

Chief People and Legal Officer, AppNexus

Wade Davis

Feminist, Former NFL Player, Inclusion Consultant, Public Speaker and Writer

Tiffany Dufu

Chief Leadership Officer, Levo and author, Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less

Kai Falkenberg

First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

Moira Forbes

Executive Vice President, Forbes Media, President and Publisher, ForbesWoman

Alicia Glen

Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City

Jess Greenwood

SVP, Head of Strategy, R/GA

Christina M Greer, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University

Desiree Gruber

CEO, Full Picture and Executive Producer of Project Runway

Maysaloun Hamoud


Doina Harris

VP, Analytics, AppNexus

Xian Horn

Writer, Mentor, Teacher, and Positivity Activist

Liz Krueger

New York State Senator

Emily May

Co-Founder, Hollaback!, and The People’s Supper

Brian O'Kelley

CEO and Co-Founder, AppNexus

Dawn Ostroff

President, Condé Nast Entertainment

Adam Rihacek

Head Storyteller, AppNexus

Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code

Susan Schiekofer

Chief Digital Investment Officer, GroupM U.S.

Eleanor Scott

Radical Candor Coach

Lucy Spain

Senior Client Operations Analyst, AppNexus

Erin Vilardi

Founder and Director, VoteRunLead

Maysoon Zayid

Actress, Comedian, Disability advocate, and Writer

Joshua Zeitz

SVP, Marketing and Communications, AppNexus


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
BREAKFAST and registration

11:10 AM
Opening Remarks

11:10 AM
Morning Keynote: How Diversity Drives the Economy

11:25 AM
Smashing Harmful Stereotypes in Advertising

11:45 AM
Living In Between: Challenging and Changing Perceptions through Film

12:05 PM
Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less

12:25 PM
Interactive Sessions Preview

12:30 PM
Lunch and Interactive Sessions

1:30 PM
Welcome Back

1:35 PM
AppNexus’ Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

1:40 PM
Game time: men and our role in workplace inclusion

1:55 PM
Finding Common Ground: How to Come Together When We Don’t Agree on a Damned Thing

2:15 PM
Beyond the Echo Chamber

2:35 PM
Laughing Matters: Using Comedy in the Fight for Equality

2:55 PM

3:10 PM
Welcome Back

3:15 PM
You Cannot be What You Cannot See: The Future of Women in Tech

3:35 PM
Radical Candor: How to Be a Great Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

3:50 PM
Word of Mouth: Inspiring Action through Storytelling

4:10 PM
Don’t Run from Opportunity, Run for Office

4:30 PM
Cocktail Hour

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