Hillary Rodham Clinton to Address Philanthropists on Women and Girls Issues

Monday, May 5, 2014

New York City – Philanthropy New York, the regional association of grantmakers with global impact, will present an in-depth conversation between former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and “Good Morning America” Co-Anchor Robin Roberts focusing on issues central to women and girls. The discussion is the culminating event of Philanthropy New York’s 35th Annual Meeting, a half-day public policy conference on Wednesday, May 7, featuring leaders from the fields of philanthropy, government, advocacy and other NGOs, hosted by The Ford Foundation.

Robin Roberts will sit down with Sec. Clinton to talk about “No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project.” Twenty years after Secretary Clinton’s pivotal role in the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, she is advancing new work to identify just how much progress we’ve made on issues central to women and girls at home and abroad.  The No Ceilings initiative will work with leading technology partners to create a comprehensive and accessible global review that will bring together and widely distribute the best data on the status of women and girls and develop a 21st century agenda to advance full participation.

The conversation will focus on the role of philanthropy, government and international bodies working together or to challenge one another to achieve full participation of women and girls everywhere.

Secretary Clinton’s conversation with Robin Roberts will cap a half-day program focusing on issues central to the empowerment of women and girls locally and around the world.  The previous hour’s programming – a series of rapid-fire talks featuring three compelling women with instructive personal histories – will also be available for viewing by live-feed broadcast and will be open to the media. Those three women are:

Anu Bhagwati, Executive Director, Service Women’s Action Network

Farhana Khera, President & Executive Director, Muslim Advocates

Janet Mock, Trustee, Arcus Foundation; author of “Redefining Realness”

***Journalists covering any portion of the program must RSVP and arrive by 2:45 p.m. EST***

Journalists not able to attend in-person can view a live-feed broadcast of the event at: http://www.philanthropynewyork.org/s_nyrag/doc_wide.asp?CID=139&DID=48224

Attendees will also be documenting the proceedings using the hashtag #PNYevent

Additional Details:

Event:   Philanthropy New York’s 35th Annual Meeting focusing on “Full Participation: A half-day conference exploring the connections between all types of philanthropy and the progress of women and girls locally and around the world”

Location:   Ford Foundation, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY

To attend:  RSVP to Michael Hamill Remaley at mremaley@philanthropynewyork.org or call 212.714.0699 x222 or (mobile) 917-753-4890


Full Program and Schedule of Events:

12:45-1:00 p.m.                Registration

1:00-1:30 p.m.                   Philanthropy New York Business meeting

1:30-2:30 p.m.                   Concurrent Breakout Sessions

                                  Option 1:  Women’s Economic Security in the United States: 

                                  What can philanthropy do to help make work pay for all women? What national strategies from around the nation can be  employed in New York?


              Heather McGhee, President, Demos


               Ana L. Oliveira, President & CEO, New York Women’s Foundation

Julia Jean-Francois,Co-Director, Center for Family Life

Sherry Leiwant, Co-President, A Better Balance

Option 2: Language and Cultural Understanding: Does Philanthropy Understand the Complexities of Gender?                             


Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO/Executive Director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies


Julie F. Kay, Senior Strategist, Advocacy and Policy, Ms. Foundation for Women

Riki Wilchins, Executive Director, TrueChild

J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Option 3: Women and Power Worldwide: What are the best opportunities for philanthropy to support full inclusion of women and girls in a wide array of nations across many program strategies?

Moderator:      Deanna Arsenian, Vice President, International Program and Program Director, Russia and Eurasia, Carnegie Corporation of New York


                                               Lourdes A. Rivera, Program Officer, Promoting Reproductive Rights and the Right to Sexual Health, Ford Foundation

Pamela Shifman, Executive Director, Initiatives for Girls and Women, NoVo Foundation

Liesl Gerntholtz, Director, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch


2:45-3:00 p.m.                   Break


3:00:-4:00 p.m.               Rapid Fire Talks***


Richard M. Smith, President, Pinkerton Foundation, former Editor-in-Chief, Newsweek


Janet Mock, Trustee, Arcus Foundation; author “Redefining Realness”

Farhana Khera, President and Executive Director, Muslim Advocates

Anu Bhagwati, Executive Director, Service Women’s Action Network


4:00:-5:15 p.m.                  Hillary Rodham Clinton Conversation with  Robin Roberts***                                            

           Welcome: Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

                      Hillary Rodham Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State

           Robin Roberts, Co-Anchor, “Good Morning America”


5:15-6:15 p.m.                   Reception

*** Open to Media Coverage