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Institute for Women’s Policy Research Announces National Power+ Summit

Fondation CHANEL, Pivotal Ventures and Washington D.C. Power Women's Group team up to tackle gender inequality and host Power+ Summit aimed at accelerating women's power and influence in society

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research recently announced it is partnering with Fondation CHANEL and Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda French Gates company, to host the Power+ Summit April 27 – 28, 2022 in San Francisco. The two-day event’s aim is to accelerate women’s power and influence in society. It will bring together women thought leaders, luminaries, philanthropists and champions for gender equity. The summit will include a series of virtual and live events. Events will feature curated panels, fireside chats and other opportunities to interact, network and exchange ideas. The new Summit partnership is part of a multi-year commitment from Fondation CHANEL and Pivotal Ventures to support IWPR in its work to grow women’s power and influence in the U.S. through increased representation, evidence-based research and the elevation of bold ideas in the public square.

Speakers on women’s power

Summit speakers will include:

  • Jennifer Newsom, First Partner of California
  • Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO
  • Dawn Staley, 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist and Head Coach, South Carolina Gamecocks
  • Katherine and Mariel Tyler (The Tyler Twins), Celebrity Portrait Curators and Photographers
  • Jennifer Klein, Executive Director, White House Gender Policy Council
  • Lilly Ledbetter, pay equity pioneer
  • Laphonza Butler, President, EMILY’s List
  • Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • María Teresa Kumar, CEO, Voto Latino
  • Ellen McGirtFortune Magazine, will serve as emcee
  • Aimee Allison, Founder and President, She the People
  • Elizabeth Barajas-Román, President and CEO, Women’s Funding Network
  • Anne Mosle, Vice President and Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
  • Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient
  • Perri Peltz, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, public health advocate
  • Ai-Jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Eve RodskyNew York Times best-selling author of Fair Play
  • Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising
  • Reshma Saujani, Founder, Girls Who Code
  • Subha Barry, CEO, Seramount
  • Amy Errett, Founder and CEO, Madison Reed

Accelerating women’s power is more important than ever

“We know the problems women face—many have existed for generations. It’s time to accelerate our efforts and put forward the boldest ideas and solutions that will bring about real change,” said C. Nicole Mason, President and CEO of IWPR. “That’s why we’re so proud to partner with Fondation CHANEL and Pivotal Ventures, true global leaders in the fight for gender equality, on the Summit and IWPR’s work beyond. I am confident the combination of their reach and IWPR’s deep policy expertise will create a formidable partnership that will make a significant difference in the lives of women in the U.S.”

“The pandemic has placed a spotlight on the unfinished business of gender inequality around the world, including in the United States,” said Kate Wylie, Chief Sustainability Officer at CHANEL and President of Fondation CHANEL. “IWPR’s Power+ Summit will be an important opportunity to raise awareness and galvanize our collective efforts to improve the social and economic conditions of women and girls.”

“The world has learned an important lesson over the past two years: Not only are women often the most affected by a crisis, but they are often better at responding to one,” said Haven Ley, Managing Director of Program Strategy and Investment at Pivotal Ventures. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with IWPR on the Power+ Summit to garner more energy and action for gender equality at this critical moment in time.”

If you’re looking for more upcoming events, read The Ultimate List of International Women’s Day Events.

About Women’s Policy Research

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research strives to win economic equity for all women and eliminate barriers to their full participation in society. As a leading national think tank, IWPR builds evidence to shape policies that grow women’s power and influence, close inequality gaps, and improve the economic well-being of families. Learn more at

About Fondation CHANEL

Fondation CHANEL supports gender equality and the advancement of women and adolescent girls as agents of change in society. The foundation works in partnership with nonprofit organizations, social enterprises and institutions worldwide to address overlapping discriminations against women and adolescent girls, uphold human rights, and build a more inclusive society for all. Learn more at

About Pivotal Ventures

Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda French Gates company, accelerates social progress in the United States. We remove barriers to equality and opportunity through investments, partnerships, and advocacy. Learn more at

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