Johns Hopkins SAIS to host the 2017 SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference, “Securing A Sustainable Future: Women As Leaders in a Changing Climate,” on Friday, April 21, 2017

The 2017 SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference, “Securing A Sustainable Future: Women As Leaders in a Changing Climate,” will be hosted at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) on Friday, April 21, 2017.
The annual conference will feature keynote addresses from Rachel Kyte, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Eleanor Blomstrom, co-director of the Women’s Environment & Development Organization.
The event also includes panels with experts from the World Bank, U.S. Forest Service, NAACP, World Resources Institute, International Union for the Conservation of Nature, International Center for Research on Women, Global Environment Facility, Global Health Corps, and more.
The experts will discuss a range of issues related to climate change, including:

  • The specific ramifications of climate change on women
  • New technological developments to mitigate the impacts of a changing climate
  • Innovative ventures by women-led start-ups who work in sustainable development
  • Funding opportunities for climate change solutions through entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment
  • Workplace challenges such as establishing partnerships and managing evolving professional priorities

9:30 – 9:50 a.m.
Opening Plenary Session
9:50 – 10:35 a.m.
Morning Keynote Address
Rachel Kyte
Special Representative, the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All
10:35 – 11:50 a.m.
Panel: Facing the Elements: Confronting the Uneven Impacts of Climate Change
11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch: Women Entrepreneurs Expo
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote Address
Eleanor Blomstrom
Co-Director, Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Panel: Mindsets
3:00 – 3:20 p.m.
3:20 – 4:35 p.m.
Panel: Risk, Reward, Resilience: Financing Gender-Inclusive Climate Solutions
4:35 – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Plenary Session
Time and Date
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Kenney Auditorium
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
The event is open to the public and media, with registration. Members of media must RSVP as “Press” through the online registration form. Only pre-authorized camera setup will be permitted to cover the conference. (Camera setup for the morning keynote address is 9:00-9:45 a.m. Camera setup for the afternoon keynote address is 12:00-12:45 p.m.)
Media Contacts
Stacy A. Anderson (for logistic inquiries)
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
202.663.5620 office
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Yoori Kim (for agenda inquiries)
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SAIS Global Women in Leadership
About SAIS Global Women in Leadership
SAIS Global Women in Leadership (GWL) is a student-run career club at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Founded in 2012, GWL has become an integral part of student life at the school and has helped inspire the creation of the SAIS Women’s Leadership Initiative comprising of GWL, the SAIS Women’s Alumni Association (SWAN), and an academic practicum for current students.
GWL equips students with the tools and knowledge to excel in their careers and tackle challenges facing women worldwide by hosting a speaker series, leadership workshops, networking events, and an annual conference to bring together students, alumni, international relations practitioners, policymakers, and business leaders around issues of women’s leadership.
For more information about the 5th annual SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference, visit
About Johns Hopkins SAIS
A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today’s critical issues. For nearly 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school’s interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today.
For more information, visit or @SAISHopkins

Tuesday, April 18, 2017