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Be Bold for Change: How Women Are Changing Society and the World

  • 1717 H Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20006 United States (map)

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women around the world. It commends the acts of courage by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. It is a day to reflect on the progress made, and for calls to action for accelerating gender parity. Despite some significant gains, women around the world face enormous political, economic, and social barriers to achieving equality in politics, economy, health, and education. 


The road to equality is long and hard fought but thanks to female activists around the world, we are moving closer toward a more just, prosperous, and equal society. They are challenging the status quo, pushing boundaries, changing norms, saving lives, speaking up, and changing society and the world. 


Please join us for an interactive panel discussion with distinguished female leaders who are trail blazers in the women’s rights movement. They will discuss how to forge a more inclusive and gender-equal world, and how activism for women’s rights can bring change. 


Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. and light refreshments will be served.



Jordan Brooks is the managing director and chief operating officer of The United State of Women, an initiative dedicated to being the megaphone for the women’s equality movement. She served as the deputy executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls until this January and as the special assistant to the chief of staff to the first lady from 2012 to 2015. Jordan graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science.


Clare Bresnahan is the executive director of She Should Run. She has dedicated her career to increasing women and girls’ representation through advocacy, political engagement, and social change efforts. Clare previously led the Girl Scouts of the USA’s legislative and public affairs strategies for advancing the girl perspective in youth policy issues. She graduated magna cum laude with a master’s in public management at Johns Hopkins University and from American University with a B.A. in communications, law, economics, and government. 


Leila Milani is the senior international policy advocate for Futures Without Violence, where she leads their work on global violence prevention with a focus on women and children. In this capacity, she is instrumental in developing innovative policy solutions, driving advocacy efforts, and influencing the agendas of national coalitions. Leila is a lawyer and human rights advocate with special expertise on women’s rights, religious freedom, and conditions in Iran. She has B.S. from Auburn University, J.D. from Wake Forest University and an M.A. from University of Virginia.



Kelly Cronen is currently the director of the Chemonics Gender Equality and Social Inclusion technical practice, where she supports the company’s business development and project implementation activities related to gender and inclusion. In her previous work she has implemented projects to combat human trafficking, protect vulnerable populations, and work with local communities at the grassroots level on civil society development initiatives. She has been working in development for the past 16 years and has extensive field work experience in Eastern Europe, Central and South East Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.