NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 26, Overture will hold its inaugural "STEM + HD" event at the Henry Luce Auditorium in New York City, bringing together leading executives and top minds to discuss solutions on how to advance women's roles in a variety of fields, including STEM, and further their roles in technology to address today's pressing global issues.
Featured speakers include:
Valerie Jarrett, Civic Leader and Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
Jen Crozier, President of IBM citizenship
Malika Saada Saar, Senior counsel on Civil & Human Rights at Google
Roya Mahboob, CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company (the first woman CEO in Afghanistan)
Rochelle King, Global VP of product design and insights at Spotify
Sarah Kauss, CEO and founder of S'Well
Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
Antonia Hylton, correspondent and producer for VICE
Seema Kumar VP, Innovation, Global Health, and Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson
In addition to a full day of panel and individual discussions, select speakers will be recognized by Overture for their devotion and success in leading change. Among them are Valerie Jarett, who will be awarded the Overture Digital Humanitarian Award; and Roya Mahboob and Jen Crozier will be recognized with the Overture Catalyst Award.
"Over the past several years, we have made significant progress empowering women to enter the fields of STEM and humanitarian development, but there's no question that there is a lot of work to be done to prioritize creating inclusive environments that allow women and girls to thrive," said Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama and founder of the White House Council on Women and Girls. "The conversations that Overture is sparking are necessary to this fight. I'm excited to be a part of a community making a constant effort to engage in important conversations around how we can create a better future for women and girls."
"STEM + HD" will kick-off at 10 a.m. ET with a meditation session led by leading Gaiatri Yoga instructor, Ally Bogard, followed by in-depth speakers and panels. After accepting the Overture Digital Humanitarian Award, Jarrett will lead a fireside discussion with attendees around advancing human development through women in STEM.
"Bringing together key leaders and discussing the best way to overcome some of the challenges our world is facing right now is so important," said Donnovan Andrews, CEO of Overture. "But we also want to recognize the leaders that are moving the needle every day and pushing the rest of us to ignite change. Overture's goal is to bring together those that can learn from each other and create the most powerful resolutions, this event is a great example of that."
Overture is two-year old company bringing together major technology, corporate, pharmaceutical and governmental companies and organizations to enact change, advance technological innovation and incite constructive conversations that have the power to benefit mankind across the globe. With a passion to accelerate change through collaboration and technology, Overture has already brought some of the biggest names aboard to help tackle global humanitarian issues, including companies such as Spotify, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, United Nations, T3, DataKind, UN OCHA, USAID, World Policy Institute and S'well, among others.
OVERTURE is headquartered in New York. Our goal is to advance and curate the intersection between technology and humanitarianism: Digital Humanitarianism™. We foster periodic gatherings to establish meaningful dialogues, and to strategically activate the development and support of regional and global tech solutions to help solve issues plaguing humanity. www.overtureglobal.io
Todd Ringler, Edelman