Women Leaders fostering partnership at the 2020 Annual Concordia Summit

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Women Political Leaders (WPL) is bringing the voices, expertise and experiences of accomplished women leaders from around the world to the 2020 Concordia Annual Summit, taking place in a digital format on the 21-25 September 2020.

Leading into a future of great ambiguity, as COVID-19 continues to spread, Concordia’s tenth Annual Summit will digitally convene influential leaders and impact-oriented decision-makers across the public, private and nonprofit sectors and from around the world to discuss innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues at a time when collaboration is imperative. 

Over 5 days, the Concordia Annual Summit will propose insightful and exciting content covering specific themes including COVID Response and Recovery, Environmental Sustainability & Supply Chains and Equality, Equity & Human Rights. In line with the programmatic themes of the Summit, WPL is co-developing and co-hosting discussions on the following topics:


Monday 21st September, 10:45AM-12PM EDT/ 16:45PM-18:00 PM CET

   –  Advancing Inclusion & Representation in Government

As calls for governments to be more representative of their constituents become louder, it has become clear that meaningful dialogue and strategic policy discussions must be utilised to devise an actionable agenda for improving inclusivity and diverse representation in policymaking positions. 

With the overwhelming majority of female heads of the government taking office within the past two decades, it is clear that much progress has been made, but the importance of governments being adequately representative cannot be understated. 

This Strategic Dialogue session will focus on objectives and strategies to increase diversity in national and local representative bodies, further fostering one of society’s most topical conversations.

Welcoming words: Silvana Koch-Mehrin, President & Founder, WPL

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Stefanie Brown James, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, The Collective PAC
  • Sayu Bhojwani, Founder & President, New American Leaders
  • Laura Liswood, Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders. Commissioner of the City of Seattle Women’s Commission.
  • Gabriela Cuevas Barron, President of the IPU and Member of the Senate of Mexico
  • Lois Auta, Founder and Executive Director, Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria
  • Hafsat Abiola, Founder of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, Nigeria President of Women in Africa (WIA


Wednesday 23rd September, 8:00AM-9AM EDT/ 2:00PM-3PM CET (By invitation only)

   –  Re-building healthcare systems in light of the current pandemic

The coronavirus and Covid-19 have threatened the world in ways unseen since the last century ago. They have rocked our collective economic, social and political systems, and inadvertently highlighted the defining issue undermining global health infrastructure: inequality.

While the number of women in global and public health is slowly growing, they still face a lack of representation and visibility in global health leadership positions. 

This WPL-Concordia invite-only Round table will look at what are these barriers, and how we can dismantle them and in doing so elevate and advance women as a force in global health leadership.

Thanks to the continued partnership between Concordia and WPL, at this Summit WPL ensures that women are at the centre of meaningful dialogue, fostering urgent and sustained action and partnerships for women’s equality and leadership in these challenging times.

For more information on how to register for the Concordia Annual Summit, please email us at [email protected] with the subject line: ‘Concordia Annual Summit 2020’

For the full agenda of programming please consult the Concordia website here

About Concordia:

Concordia is a member-based organization dedicated to actively fostering, elevating, and sustaining cross-sector partnerships for social impact. Concordia aims to create a global community where challenges are solved collaboratively and inclusively. Concordia convenes a series of events each year to bring together the leading minds working on partnership building today. 

This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Annual Concordia Summit. Beginning with 100 participants, the Summit has grown to convene over 4,000 of the world’s most prominent leaders in business, government, and civil society in New York City, establishing a dialogue to foster partnerships, share best practices, and identify policy solutions in pursuit of positive social change.

This year’s Summit aims to build on the momentum created from the 2019 Concordia Annual Summit, which hosted over 4,000 participants, 400 speakers, and 9 current heads of state across nearly 100 distinct and engaging sessions. You can read more about that programme in the Concordia 2019 Annual Summit Report here.