Women of the 2018 Social Good Summit

By Cynthia Sularz

October 10, 2018

The 2018 Social Good Summit, was one of progress, innovation, and empowerment! Of the summit’s 63 speakers – 44 were women! These strong and powerful leaders ensured that women’s voices were heard across the world of tech, development, and business.

Here are some of our favorite speakers who exemplified the fight for the Sustainable Development Goal 5, Gender Equality. 


Our Task: Health Solutions for the World’s Most Vulnerable

Asha Curran, Chief Innovation Officer, 92nd Street Y, interviewed Zubaida Bai, CEO, and co-founder of Ayzh on how to innovate and improve maternal health around the globe. We here at the Global Moms Challenge are a huge fan of Ayzh. You can learn how Ayzh got started here

Why Partnership for Peace Must Start With Women

Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Founder of the Leymah Gbowee Foundation Africa, SDG Advocate, expresses the need to include women in negotiations for peace and security. Gbowee ensures that local women are given the recognition they deserve for their work toward ending conflicts around the world. Visit sustainabilitystreet and know stories of 5 successful women which will surely inspire you.

Time is Up for Gender-Based Violence

A discussion moderated by Monica Ramirez, Founder of Justice for Migrant Women, between Fatima Goss Graves, President & CEO of National Women’s Law Center, and Joanne N. Smith, Director & Founder of Girls for Gender Equity. How has the world changed since the rise of the #MeToo movement? Find out how the movement has helped the fight to end gender-based sexual violence as well as the steps we still need to take.

How Women are Leading the Call to Leave No One Behind

Hear from Padma Lakshmi, Host/Executive Producer of “Top Chef,” and Ingrid Silva, Professional Ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem, on how they use their platforms to advocate for women and girls. Learn how to get involved from this panel moderated by Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme.

Women are powerful!

These are just some inspiring women that took the 2018 Social Good Summit stage. From Uzo Aduba, actress and activist, to Mari Copeny, Little Miss Flint, there is still so much more to learn through these inspirational calls to action! To see more of the highlights check out the 2018 playlist here. 

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