Summit Agenda

Women building the future

Day One | Wednesday, November 6

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM | REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

Welcome to The Riveter Summit, with breakfast hosted by Vanguard

9:00 AM | WELCOME REMARKS WITH AMY NELSON

Remarks from Amy Nelson, Founder and CEO of The Riveter

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM | MORNING KEYNOTE

A conversation on driving forward gender pay equity with Cindy Robbins, former President and Chief People Officer at Salesforce & Abby Wambach, Soccer Legend and Founder, WOLFPACK Endeavor, moderated by Jessica Bennett, Gender Editor at The New York Times.

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM | POWER HALF HOUR

Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner, Backstage Capital, in conversation with Stacy London, Style Expert and New York Times Best-Selling Author

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM | QUICK BRAIN BREAK 

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION: MAKING GAINS

Power and money are inextricably linked. The gender pay gap and paucity of funding for female-helmed businesses are well-documented in America. And yet, women make most consumer purchase decisions. These realities affect everyone, not just women. In the Making Gains track, we’ll explore power and money from a few angles.

Choose one from the following:

OPTION ONE | Negotiating to Lead

No matter what side of the negotiating table you occupy, chances are you could hone your skills. Whether you’re a manager, an executive or a business owner, your career is made up of negotiations, big and small. How do you identify where you need to be, and then work to get there? For a better understanding of negotiation dynamics and tactical suggestions for how to get you closer to where you should be, please join:

Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group
Lauren McGoodwin, Founder and CEO of Career Contessa, Host of The Femails Podcast, and Author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Power Moves: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose”
Marty McDonald, Founder of Boss Women Media
Rachel Sklar, Founder, TheLi.st

OPTION TWO | Money is Power. Make More. 

Women control the majority of purchase decisions and nearly 33% of wealth in the U.S. and yet, female-helmed businesses get only 2% of VC funding, and just double that in small business loans. Not exactly inspiring, but we continue starting businesses at a rate five times that of men, and we continue to generate wealth. Are you considering funding for your business, and want to understand VC versus bank loans? Are you interested in a mindful investment strategy? Are you wanting to retire early? Explore funding and investment realities and options with:

Karen Cahn, Moderator; Founder and CEO of iFundWomen
Hitha Palepu, CEO of Rhoshan Pharmaceuticals, Investor, Author
Lindsay Taylor Wood, Founder and CEO of The Helm
Sarah Feingold, Co-Founder, The Fourth Floor

OPTION THREE | Vote With Your Wallet: Companies That Live Your Values Sponsored by REI

Gone are the days of issues being “too hot” for brands to take a stance. There are reams of studies and statistics showing that consumers — and let’s be clear: everyone is a consumer — increasingly expect the brands they shop to align with their values. Join this amazing panel to  to talk about businesses built on — and navigating — strong values systems and declarations.

Susan McPherson, Moderator; Founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies
Emma McIlroy, Founder and CEO of Wildfang
Karen Wilkins-Mickey, Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Alaska Airlines
Alexis Gallivan, Head of Global Impact, eBay
Ty Stiklorius, Founder and CEO of Friends At Work
Jennifer Lindenauer, Director of Local Brand Engagement & Impact, REI

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM | LUNCH & LEARN PRESENTED BY MICROSOFT 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

An hour with the inimitable Lindy West, Author, Activist and Writer of Hulu’s “Shrill”

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | QUICK BRAIN BREAK

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM | BREAKOUT SESSION: THE POWER OF WOMEN

When women share their stories, change follows, whether it impacts one person or yields societal shifts. The panels in this track feature women sharing the bold moves they’ve made in the name of building the future. 

Choose one from the following:

OPTION ONE | The Importance and Power of Women Telling Their Stories

The power of stories to stoke change has never been so clear. We’ve seen countless examples in recent years of the bravery, the consequences and the progress those stories can elicit. Explore the power of women telling their stories with:

Glynnis MacNicol, Moderator; Writer and Author of “No One Tells You This: A Memoir”
Alicia Menendez, Author, “The Likeability Trap”
Jenn Romolini, Author and Editor
Ashley C. Ford, Writer and Host
Kibi Anderson, President, Red Table Talk  

OPTION TWO | How to Pivot: Our Careers, Our Messages, Our Lives 

Sometimes we work to get to a place that turns out to be different than what we expected, or we find that our destination wasn’t built for us. Enter “The Pivot,” a natural part of many of our careers and businesses. Pivoting can be intimidating, painful and cathartic. Hear about how to know when you’ve reached the must-pivot point and how to make it happen.

Erica Keswin, Moderator; Best-selling Author, Founder of the Spaghetti Project
John Lippman, CEO, Book of the Month
Tiffany Dufu, CEO & Founder of The Cru
Jen Hatmaker, New York Times Best-selling Author and Host of the “For the Love” Podcast.
Vanessa Liu, Vice President SAP.iO Foundries North America
Amy Jo Martin, NY Times Best-selling Author, Entrepreneur & Mother

OPTION THREE | Re-Branding Motherhood at Work 

Nearly 3/4 of American mothers work, and mothers make up almost half of all primary breadwinners in America. Yet for too long, motherhood has been seen as a distressed asset in the workplace — and not a strength. Discuss how to re-frame the narrative and re-brand motherhood with:

Ann Shoket, Moderator; Author of “The Big Life”
Rebecca Minkoff, Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur
Katya Libin, Co-Founder and CEO of HeyMama
Meena Harris, Head of Strategy & Leadership, Uber
Chelsea Hirschhorn, Founder and CEO, Frida

4:15 PM – 4:45 PM | BREAK & TRANSITION

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM | TO BE ANNOUNCED

5:30 – 6:15 PM | FOR THE LOVE OF MEN 

A conversation with Liz Plank, Author, Award-Winning Journalist and Executive Producer

6:15 PM | CHEERS TO DAY ONE 

Remarks from Amy Nelson, Founder and CEO of The Riveter





Day Two: Thursday, November 7

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM | BREAKFAST

Welcome to The Riveter Summit, with breakfast hosted by Vanguard

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | MORNING KEYNOTE

A conversation with Stacey Abrams, Political Leader, Nonprofit CEO, Author and Serial Entrepreneur

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM | BREAK & TRANSITION

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM | BREAKOUT SESSION: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

We’re here to stoke change for ourselves, for our communities and for the future. The coming year will demand intentional action, and we need to be prepared. The panels in this track will explore ways to plan and activate for change.

Choose one from the following:

OPTION ONE | Advocating for Yourself

Celebrating two years since the #MeToo Movement began, women are continuing to inspire us by standing up, speaking up and surfacing issues. Join the following women for a panel that brings together women who are advocating for themselves and others in the workplace:

Karen Appleton Page, Moderator; General Partner at B Capital Group
Ally Coll, President and Co-Founder of the Purple Campaign
Rozy Boswell, Head of Partnerships at AllVoices
Rosette Pambakian, Investor and Advisor
Latham Thomas, Best-Selling Author, Founder of Mama Glow
Rakeen Mabud, Director of Research and Strategy, TIME’S UP

OPTION TWO | Voting Rights

Democracy is only as good as its guarantee of equal access to vote. Voting rights is one of the key issues of our lifetime, and demands action of us all. Join the following women for a panel that is working to ensure equal access to all:

Heather Barmore, Moderator; Senior Advisor to VoteRunLead
Glynda Carr, President and CEO, Higher Heights for America
Jennifer Lim, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Republican Women for Progress
Katherine Grainger, Co-Founder of Supermajority

OPTION THREE | Organizing and Giving Strategy

We hear it all the time: “What can I do?” The year ahead will be full of worthy asks and demands for your time and your money — how to manage them all? These illuminating women will provide insight about how to go about planning your impact for the year ahead.   

Malika Saada Saar, Moderator; Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, Google
Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America
Monica Ramirez, Founder, Justice for Migrant Women
Gloria Feldt, Co-Founder and President, Take The Lead
Amber Czonstka, Principal, Head of Institutional Direct Sales at Vanguard
Laura Mayes, Emmy-winning Writer, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Mom 2.0

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM | BREAK & TRANSITION

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM | AFTERNOON KEYNOTE 

A conversation with Robin Roberts, Co-Anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America

12:45 PM | CLOSING REMARKS

Remarks from Amy Nelson, Founder and CEO of The Riveter