8:00 - 8:45 AM

Registration & Breakfast

8:45 - 9:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Michele Barry, Director, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health

Persis Drell, Vice Provost, Stanford University 

9:00 - 9:25 AM

Opening Keynote

Jennifer Leaning, Harvard, Professor and Director of Humanitarian Initiative

9:25 - 9:45 AM


“Setting the Stage”

In Conversation:

  • Laurie Garrett, former Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Agnes Binagwaho, Vice-Chancellor, University of Global Health Equity; former MoH, Rwanda

Moderator: Michele Barry, Director, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health

9:45 - 10:30 AM 

Panel 1: “Why Gender Matters in Health Workforce and Leadership"


  • Veronica Magar, WHO/Team Leader, Gender
  • Glenda Gray, pres, S. African Medical Res. Council
  • Afaf Meleis, Dean of Nursing Emeritus, Penn
  • Geeta Rao Gupta, ICRW, UNICEF

Moderator: Jennifer Kates, Kaiser Family Foundation

This session is followed by a short break from 10:30 - 10:50 AM. The conference livestream will resume after the break at 10:50 AM. 

10:50 - 11:00 AM

Artist Spotlight

Sonita Alizadeh, Afghan child-bride rapper

Interviewer: Kathy Burke

11:00 AM - 11:05 AM

Video Message from Melinda Gates

11:05 - 11:20 AM

Vision Talk: Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Ramphele, South African activist, surgeon, vice-chancellor and World Bank managing director

Interviewer: Susan Chira, New York Times

11:20 - 11:45 AM

Emerging Leader Lightning Talks Round 1

Emcee: Loyce Pace, Executive Director, Council on Global Health

11:45 - 12: 20 PM

Panel 2: “Engaging Men to Advance Change”


  • Steve Davis, CEO PATH
  • Gary Darmstadt, Stanford, Lancet commission
  • Aparna Mehrotra, UN Women
  • Peter Piot, dean, LSHTM
  • Mosoka Fallah, Liberian physician and gender equity advocate

Moderator: Nancy Snyderman, medical correspondent


12:20 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch on Dean's Lawn

1:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Vision Talk: Patty Garcia

Patty Garcia, Minister of Health, Peru

Interviewer: Susan Chira, New York Times

1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

Emerging Leader Lightning Talks Round 2

Emcee: Terrie Taylor, Michigan State/Malawi

2:15 - 3:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

- Global Health, Women and the Changing Political Environment
- This Century's Challenge: Climate Change and Women Leaders
- Global Health Messaging: Building Trust, Engaging Listeners
- Poverty, Health and Organizing for Change
- Barriers: Work/Life Balance, the Tenure Game and More
- Gender Lens in Global Health Research
- Tech in Global Health - Solutions by and for Women
- Designing Solutions that Truly Work: Human-Centered Design in Action
- Building Your Leadership Narrative

The breakout sessions will be followed by a break from 3:30 - 3:50 PM. The livestream will resume after the break at 3:50 PM. 

3:50 - 4:00 PM

Artist Spotlight

Marika Shaw, Arcade Fire and PLUS 1

Interviewer: Cassia van der Hoof Holstein

4:00 - 4:20 PM

Report Back from Breakouts

Point person from each breakout (9 total)

Moderator: Ami Bhatt, Stanford

4:20 - 5:05 PM

Panel 3: “How to become a change agent in global health”


  • Joia Mukherjee, Harvard Medical School, Partners in Health
  • Amb. Debbie Birx, PEPFAR
  • Vanessa Kerry, Seed Global Health
  • Anita Zaidi, BMGF, Pakistan community health

Moderator: Donna Shalala, former HHS Secretary

5:05 - 5:35 PM

Call to Action

Michele Barry, Stanford

Roopa Dhatt, Women in Global Health

Heidi Larson, LSHTM

5:35 - 6:00 PM

Closing Keynote

Hannah Valantine, NIH

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM