The International Women’s Forum Convenes Global Leaders in Chicago for 2016 World Leadership Conference

Leaders from Around the World Will Assemble to Discuss Current Trends
and Future Landscape of Global Business, Terrorism, Media and More

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The 2016 International
Women’s Forum
(IWF) World Leadership Conference in Chicago (Sept.
28-30) will bring together a diverse network of global leaders from 40
nations to examine pressing world matters, including terrorism, the
technology divide, the future of the economy and gender equality.

IWF’s annual leadership conferences aim to educate and inspire its
members on topics impacting international progress, economic growth and
business development. This year’s conference theme, “Crossroads of
Change,” simultaneously celebrates the city of Chicago as a ‘crossroads’
where cultures constantly meet and prosper, while continuing to build
upon IWF’s mission to inspire and connect women leaders of significant
and diverse achievement.

“Known as The City that Works, Chicago has a unique legacy
as a catalyst for new ideas in health care, technology, manufacturing,
transportation, and architecture,” said Ana Dutra, IWF Chicago
President, Conference Co-Chair and CEO of the Executives’ Club. “IWF
Chicago is proud to welcome the largest IWF Global conference ever with
a program designed to be a crossroads of thought-provoking speakers,
panel discussions and shared adventures that reflect the spirit of our
magnificent city.”

Select speakers include:

  • Susana Malcorra, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Argentina;
    and former United Nations Under-Secretary General – to be inducted
    into the
    Hall of Fame
    on Friday, September 30th
  • Phumzile MlamboNgcuka, Under-Secretary of the United
    Nations and Executive Director, UN Women – to be inducted into the IWF
    Hall of Fame
    on Friday, September 30th
  • Kah Walla, Cameroonian politician and candidate for President
    in 2011; entrepreneur and social activist
  • Elizabeth Lund, Vice President and General Manager, 777/747/767
    Program & Everett Site, Boeing
  • Stephen Attenborough, Director of Virgin Galactic
  • Candace Rondeaux, Senior Program Officer at the US Institute of
    Peace and Director of the RESOLVE Network
  • Michael Ortiz, Deputy Coordinator for Countering Violent
    Extremism, Ambassador with the U.S. Department of State
  • Evelyn Diaz, President, Heartland Alliance; and former
    Commissioner of Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services

“The IWF World Leadership Conference in Chicago will bring together 1000
women leaders from 40 nations to provide connection and in-depth insight
for today’s toughest issues,” said IWF President & Merrill Lynch
Managing Director, Teresa Weintraub. “Through leadership, influence and
a concerted effort, IWF can harness the collective power of our global
leaders. This is a critical point in time to ensure equity, access and
opportunity for women. It is the great imperative regardless of
industry, income, society or geography.”

About International Women’s Forum (IWF)

IWF is a singularly unique organization comprised of more than 6,400 of
the world’s most dynamic, accomplished and visionary women who are
dedicated to advancing better leadership around the world. These women
of significant and diverse achievement span 34 nations, six continents,
many careers and cultures, and yet are aligned in a commitment to change
the face of global leadership. The IWF, a 365-day-a-year membership
organization, shapes global conferences and training programs around the
mission to build better leadership through training, mentoring and
connectivity. Visit
and follow on Twitter @IWFGlobal
for more information.


Maria Esposito, 404-460-1487