Power Women to Take Stage in San Antonio

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Speakers from the 2014 Women in the World summit gather for a group photo. Courtesy photo.

Speakers from the 2014 Women in the World summit gather for a group photo. Courtesy photo.

What do Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Longoria, Kay Bailey Hutchison and Mayor Ivy Taylor all have in common? These distinguished women will be speaking in San Antonio on Oct. 22 as part of Tina Brown’s Women in the World Texas.

Women in the World is an annual summit organized by Tina Brown Live Media and launched by Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Tatler, Talk and Vanity Fair.

Since the summit began in 2010, prominent women including Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg and Angelina Jolie have been featured speakers.

Christine Lagarde and Hillary Rodham Clinton join hands during an interview moderated by Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times for Women in the World. Courtesy photo.

Christine Lagarde and Hillary Rodham Clinton join hands during an interview moderated by Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times for Women in the World. Courtesy photo.

This year’s event promises to meet up to its impressive reputation.

Filmmaker Deeyah Khan will share footage from her documentary “Banaz: A Love Story,” which won a 2013 Emmy for best international documentary film.

One of Time’s top 100 influential people, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, best known for organizing shelters for orphaned Ugandan girls and helping create the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls after more than 300 Ugandan girls were captured, will be a featured speaker. Nyirumbe will be accompanied by a girl from her orphanage.

Representing San Antonio’s unique Hispanic voice, Latina activist Rosie Castro will speak alongside one of her twin sons, Congressman Joaquín Castro.

Unfortunately, women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali had to cancel her appearance in San Antonio due to a scheduling conflict.

The event was designed to give prominent women the opportunity to tell their stories and offer ways for building a better community for women and girls.

Why hold the event in San Antonio?

According to Women in the World founder and CEO Tina Brown, “San Antonio’s diversity and commitment to education makes it a cutting-edge American city for collaboration. We are thrilled to expand Women in the World to Texas.”

Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ukrainian and European Pop Singer, Leader of Maidan Square Protests concluding the 2014 Women In The World Summit; 4/5/2014

Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ukrainian and European Pop Singer, Leader of Maidan Square Protests concluding the 2014 Women In The World Summit. Courtesy photo.

Other hosts include Ambassador Karen Hughes, Sonya Medina Williams, Marie Brenner, Aaronetta Pierce, Guillermo Nicolas and San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley.

“As a city on the rise, San Antonio is the ideal location for Women in the World Texas – a singular event that will draw (a) national and international spotlight not only on our great city but on critical issues and women change makers,” Sculley said.

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster and the Charline McCombs Empire Theater box office. Prices start at $50 for balcony seating, $75 for the mezzanine and $100 for orchestra seating.

A portion of ticket proceeds will go to the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, a Texas-based organization that prepares young girls for college and leadership roles.

Sponsors for Women in the World Texas include Toyota, the City of San Antonio, Credit Suisse, JCPenney, The CE Group, Mokara Hotels and Spas and Omni La Mansion.

Highlights from previous Women in the World events and this year’s summit schedule can be found at www.tinabrownmedia.com.

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5 thoughts on “Power Women to Take Stage in San Antonio

  1. I would have enjoyed this article for the quality of women included if it added one additional name that is very conspicuous by its absence – Sherry Dowlatshahi, Chief of Protocol, City of San Antonio.

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