This summit is a huge gathering of women from all different professional fields like business, entertainment, and politics. There are over 20 different industries represented through the duration of the summit. Though this event is invitation only, you can apply to be invited.

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The Goal of the Forbes Women’s Summit

This conference’s goal is to help inspire and encourage women to take a step into the spotlight. This event does this through education, networking, and keynote speakers. The speakers are probably the summit women’s group’s biggest draw.

Highlighted Speakers from the Forbes Women’s Summit 2017

Last year the summit, held at Spring Studios NYC, had an all-star line up of 29 speakers. Some are familiar faces, while others are unknown but their work isn’t.

1. Judge Judy Sheindlin

Judge Judy is a familiar face, star of the show “Judge Judy,” which is celebrating its 21st year on television. Before being on TV she was the supervising judge in New York Family Court. She is credited with pioneering an “open court policy,” which allows the public and media to view the family court process. She is also an author and co-founder of “Her Honor Mentoring,” which combines the power of youth and the wisdom of experience to inspire young women.

2. Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington known for her starring role on “Scandal,” has also performed in film, theater, along with television. She broke barriers by becoming the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network TV drama. She has won a variety of awards for her acting. She’s also a philanthropist and activist, serving on the President’s Committee of the Arts and the Humanities during the Obama Administration. She is a spokesperson for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, which is about speaking against financial abuse.

3. Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She’s a respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights. Since joining Planned Parenthood in 2006, she has expanded their advocacy for access to health care and ensured that Planned Parenthood played a role in shaping health care coverage for women under the Affordable Care Act.

4. Marley Dias

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Maybe one of the most impressive speakers is Marley Dias, founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks and Editor in Residence of her digital ‘zine Marley Mag on At only 12, she created an international movement to collect and donate children’s books that feature black girls as lead characters. Her story caught the attention of media outlets and soon others wanted to participate. Her goal was to collect a 1,000 books, as of now she has over 9,000.

5. Lennon and Maisy Stella

These sisters are actresses, singers, and authors. They played sisters on the hit show “Nashville.” Now Lennon age 18 and Maisy Stella age 13 have garnered a huge fan base due to viral videos of their covers of hit songs. They’ve performed at The White House and Good Morning America. They partnered with HarperCollins to release a children’s book called, In the Waves.

6. Carolyn Everson

You may not know who Carolyn Everson is, but you know the company she works for, Facebook. In fact, she is Vice President of Global Marketing Solutions at Facebook. Before Facebook, she was the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Global Advertising Sales and Trade Marketing Teams. She manages Facebook’s relationships with top marketers and agencies all over the world. She’s also on the Board of Directors at Hertz Global Holdings.

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7. Lydia Polgreen

Lydia Polgreen is Editor in Chief of Huffpost, she had previously spent almost 15 years at The New York Times. There, she leads an initiative to expand its audience outside the United States, with a focus on Latin America. She was also Deputy International Editor, the South Africa bureau chief, a correspondent for the New Delhi bureau, and chief of the West Africa bureau. She has received the 2006 George Pol Award for foreign reporting, the 2008 Livingston Award for international reporting, and in 2007, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

8. Elaine Welteroth

Elaine Welteroth is Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue, she’s responsible for its editorial vision and expanding the brand’s presence through new consumer experiences and products. She’s largely responsible for the expansion of Teen Vogue’s coverage to include a wide range of feminist, social justice, and political topics, alongside fashion, beauty, and entertainment news.

What’s Going to Happen at the Forbes Women’s Summit 2018

With such an amazing line up speakers and the amount of attendees last year, it’s exciting to think about what will happen with this year’s summit. While nothing has been announced, the summit will be from June 12th through the 13th and you can apply to be invited now.

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