Regional Chief Kluane Adamek (whose traditional name is "Aagé") is a proud citizen of the Kluane First Nation and belongs to the Dakl'aweidi (Killerwhale) Clan. She comes from a diverse background with Tlingit, Southern Tutchone, German and Irish origins. After completing her bachelors in Canadian studies from Carleton University in 2009, she returned home to work with Yukon First Nations and local communities in the areas of education, economic development and governance. She has held various roles in the corporate and private sectors and in government, including serving as an advisor to former AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. While pursuing her Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation, she led and founded Our Voices, a collective of northern Indigenous emerging leaders.
Adamek is passionate about supporting youth and emerging leaders in the North and beyond. She advocates for changes in the ways young people and the next generation are included in decision-making forums, and she's committed to advancing solutions and approaching leadership from a place of values.
In 2019, Adamek completed her masters of business administration at Simon Fraser University. Throughout her career, she has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Yukon College Board of Governors, Kluane Dana Shaw Development Corporation, Actua, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the Aboriginal Sport Circle.
After graduating from Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, Tomi Adeyemi studied West African mythology, religion and culture in Salvador, Brazil. Her first novel, Children of Blood and Bone, debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list and is being developed into a movie by Disney's Fox and Lucasfilm. Its highly anticipated sequel, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, also debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list.
When she's not working or playing with puppies, Adeyemi can be found teaching creative writing at thewritersroadmap.net. She is passionate about Thai food, animation and finding ways to make the most out of the life we've all been given.
As an attorney, Kylar W. Broadus, Esq. focused on LGBTQ law, particularly transgender rights, at a time when other lawyers would not take sex discrimination cases. He received referrals from the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Transgender Law Center, Lambda Legal and the ACLU. He's worked as operations officer at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, was director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project and senior counsel at the National LGBTQ Task Force.
Broadus is also the founder and director of the Trans People of Color Coalition, the only national organization dedicated to the civil rights of transgender people of color. He is on the board of the National Black Justice Coalition, where for three years he was board chair, and currently serves on the Freedom For All Americans board of directors.
In 2012, Broadus was one of thirteen transgender delegates and the first Black transgender delegate to the Democratic National Convention and was appointed to the Rules Committee. He has also served on the DC Mayor's LGBT Advisory Task Force Committee and was also a founding member of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute, the first think tank of its kind.
Broadus served as vice chair on the Human Rights Commission in Columbia, Missouri. He has had the opportunity to craft legislation and provide testimony at the local, state and federal levels, including making major contributions to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He is working on the military trans ban implemented by the current administration with partners from GLAD and the National Center for Lesbian Rights.
Dr. Kemi DaSilva-Ibru is a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist with a master's in public health from Johns Hopkins University and is currently obtaining her PhD in gender-based violence from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK. Her unmitigated passion for women's rights led her to found Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) in Nigeria. The foundation addresses the prevalence of rape and gender-based violence through intervention and treatment for girls and women and by providing effective preventive measures.
DaSilva-Ibru has been recognized with several awards, including Leading ladies Africa "100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria" in 2018, recognition by the British Council in Nigeria and Her Network's 2019 "Woman of the Year in Advocacy." In 2020, she was recognised as a CNN COVID Heroes and Newsmakers (African Edition).
Discovering a love of heights at an early age, Adie Delaney immersed herself in the circus arts. She directs a community circus program, teaches consent with a sexual harm prevention perspective and is a multidisciplinary artist. She's traveled the world as a circus artist since 2006 and has been based in Tasmania since 2015. There she founded the Circus Studio as a platform to engage and empower young people to initiate long-term, dramatic cultural changes and help others tap into their potential to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Delaney is also a primary prevention educator at the Sexual Assault Support Service where she applies her creative process to the intersection of socio-cultural issues. With this work, she inspires young people in schools and circus classes to reshape their understanding of consent and positive intimacy. She identifies as a "multipotentialite" and has not ruled out any possibilities of what she might do when she grows up.
Elizabeth Diller is a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, an interdisciplinary design studio based in New York. The practice established its identity through self-generated conceptual art and architecture installations before reaching international prominence with large-scale cultural and civic projects, including the High Line and the transformation of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. The studio's work continues to address the changing role of institutions and the future of cities.
Alongside partner Ricardo Scofidio, Diller has been recognized with the first MacArthur Foundation fellowship awarded in the field of architecture. She's the only architect to have been twice featured on TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" list, having been included in both 2009 and 2018. She is currently designing the London Centre for Music, a new permanent home for the London Symphony Orchestra; a Collection and Research Centre for the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Hungary Museum of Transport in Budapest.
Hon Julia Gillard is the inaugural chair of the Global Insitute for Women's Leadership at Kings College London, which addresses women's under-representation in leadership through research, practice and advocacy. She is coauthor of Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons with Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She is the patron of CAMFED, the Campaign for Female Education, and serves as the chair of the global funding body for education in developing countries, the Global Partnership for Education. Gillard is also the chair of Beyond Blue, Australia's leading mental health awareness body.
Jamila Gordon was born in a tiny village in the hinterland of Somalia, where drought and hunger were ever-present threats. Civil war brought her to Australia, where she learned English and fell in love with technology. She went on to become a global executive with IBM and group chief information officer of Qantas Airways and CIMIC, before deciding to launch Lumachain, a technology platform that uses artificial intelligence to connect the broken links in global food supply chains, while also helping keep workers safe.
Gordon was Microsoft's global Awardee in the 2018 International Women's Entrepreneurship Challenge (IWEC), the first Australian to receive this honour, and Microsoft's global CEO Satya Nadella featured Lumachain in his 2019 keynote address in Sydney Australia. She sits on the board of Questacon, Australia's national science and technology centre.
Activist and social entrepreneur María Teresa Kumar is dedicated to helping educate and empower a new generation of Latinx voters, and passionate about creating a more robust and inclusive democracy within the United States. She is the founding president of Voto Latino, the country's leading Latinx voter registration and advocacy organization, which reaches an audience of 20 million people on social media, has registered one million voters since its inception (including 550,000 this cycle), and will mobilize 3.7 million voters this year.
Named by Fast Company as among the 100 Creative Minds, Kumar was featured as among the 10 most influential women in DC in Elle Magazine, while Hispanic Executive named her among the 10 most influential Latinos. She is a graduate of Harvard's Kennedy School and UC Davis.
Kumar serves on the boards of EMILY's List and the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Council on Foreign Relations Life Member. She also served as a legislative staffer for the Democratic Caucus Chairman.
Having spent decades in the corporate and business world, JayaShri Maathaa came to a profound realization that caused her to leave that life behind. Now she devotes her life to helping people to apply Buddhist teachings to their own lives, to quieten their minds and create positive personal transformations.
In the spring of 2021, Megan McArthur will pilot the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour spacecraft on its second mission to the International Space Station. Previously, she served as flight engineer and robotic arm operator during the final upgrade and repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, which continues to unlock mysteries of the universe.
McArthur is inspired by the opportunities she has to represent humanity at the frontier of discovery and exploration in space. She earned her bachelor of science in aerospace engineering at UCLA and a PhD from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to her recent flight assignment, she served as deputy chief of the Astronaut Office.
As a scuba diver, backpacker and pilot, McArthur's passion for exploration has no limits. Married to fellow astronaut Bob Behnken, they balance the complexities of human space exploration with the joys of raising their son, Theo.
Madison McFerrin quietly introduced her soulful take on a cappella to the world when she self-released Finding Foundations: Vol. I in late 2016. Soon after it dropped, tastemaking DJ Gilles Peterson snatched up her standout track, "No Time to Lose," for his Brownswood Bubblers compilation. In 2018, she self-released Finding Foundations: Vol. II.
McFerrin's South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018 debut led legendary KCRW DJ Anne Litt to remark, "there's some sort of joy and beauty in the way that she performs." Pitchfork Magazine declared, "Madison McFerrin is making a cappella cool again." She subsequently performed at Pitchfork's Rising Artist showcase at Northside Fest, OctFest, Paris Avant Garde showcase and the inaugural Midwinter Event at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Beyond the stage, McFerrin's one-of-a-kind vocals can be heard in episodes of Comedy Central's Broad City and HBO's Random Acts of Flyness. Her latest project, You + I, is produced with her brother Taylor McFerrin. The lead single "TRY" premiered in her debut COLORS session, which has already racked up more than one million views and landed on Spotify's "New Music Friday" playlist. On Bandcamp she has released timely new music such as "Stay TF Inside," which was featured on VICE News, and most recently debuted her first foray into beatmaking with the "We'll Be Okay Beatpack."
Renee Montgomery, a native West Virginian, completed her 11th season in the WNBA in 2019. She was drafted fourth overall by the Minnesota Lynx in 2009. She won National Championships with the UCONN Huskies in 2009 and professionally with the Minnesota Lynx in 2015 and 2017. She also won three state basketball championships during her high school career. She was named WNBA "All-Star" in 2012 as well as WNBA "6th Woman of the Year" in 2013. In the 2018 WNBA season, she broke a WNBA League record for most 3- pointers (seven) made in a half. During the 2019 WNBA season, she reached the 500 mark for 3-pointers made, making her 12th on the all-time list.
Montgomery founded the nonprofit organization Renee Montgomery Foundation (RMF), with the mission to serve the youth and families of Atlanta through principles learned in sports such as leadership, self-discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and confidence. Recently, she filled a full-time hosting position on TMZ Sports and makes multiple weekly appearances on TMZ Live as a contributor offering her take on sports and social justice causes.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was the Finance Minister of Nigeria, Africa's largest economy, from 2003 to 2006, and then the country's Foreign Affairs Minister, the first woman to hold either position. From 2011 to 2015, she was again named Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy of Nigeria. She worked to free her country from 30 billion dollars of debt owed to the Paris Club, modernized the financial management systems by introducing transparency and publishing government accounts and used technology to help block leakage of revenues and fight corruption.
Between 2007 to 2011, Okonjo-Iweala was one of the managing directors at the World Bank and a candidate for the organization's presidency, where she worked for change in Africa and assistance for low-income countries. She is now a senior advisor at financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard, and she chairs the Board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. She is proud and thankful for her biggest accomplishments: her four beautiful children, who, she says, are now adults and good human beings giving service to others.
Angélique Parisot-Potter creates business integrity programs to protect companies and their brands. She serves as general counsel of Massy Group, overseeing all global legal affairs, including regulatory and compliance matters, and leads Massy's Business Integrity program, where she works with the board, executives and senior management to create a safe, inclusive culture.
Parisot-Potter's father taught her that love goes hand-in-hand with integrity. She was born in Hamburg, Germany and grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, where she gained ability to view things through the lens of its melting pot of cultures. She has worked in Trinidad and Tobago as well as Barbados, the UK, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Egypt. She believes deeply in diversity of thought, real equality for women, fairness, justice and speaking truth to power.
Sophie Rose is an infectious disease epidemiology fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She analyzes global biological risk in the context of public health priority setting and pandemic preparedness, all in the hope of building a world where pandemics are a thing of the past. Alongside cofounder Josh Morrison, she established 1Day Sooner, an organization that advocates for human challenge trial volunteers.
Living in Ghana, where oral literary traditions are intertwined with culture and history, Apiorkor Seyiram Ashong-Abbey performs within West Africa's most sophisticated spaces. The author of The Matriarch's Verse, her work is noted for its rare prosaic nature and sharp, vivid imagery.
Ashong-Abbey's performances are varied and animated as she reads her pieces in performance, rather than deliver them from memory. She injects life into poetry with classical, Afro-pop, reggae and rock music, contemporary dance and alternative art. Her poetry concert, "The Matriarch's Verse," remains Ghana's largest poetry event hosted by an individual artist, featuring more than 12 supporting acts and attracting an audience of more than 1,000 people.
Ashong-Abbey is a production executive at Accra-based Citi FM/Citi TV and the host of Diplomatic License on Citi TV, which features diplomats who work in Ghana and focuses on the nonofficial aspects of their lives and the culture of their home nations. She is also an editorial advisor for The InfluencHER Project, an editorial program and global community seeking to empower and amplify female voices. At Africa6 News, she leads a team of young Africans towards reclaiming the African narrative from Western media.
Gloria Steinem was a founder of New York and Ms. magazines. In 1993, her concern with child abuse led her to coproduce an Emmy Award-winning TV documentary for HBO, Multiple Personalities: The Search for Deadly Memories. In 2016, she and Amy Richards coproduced a series of eight documentaries on violence against women around the world for VICELAND.
Steinem has cofounded several organizations, including the National Women's Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Free to Be Foundation, the Women's Media Center and Equality Now. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, and received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in 2019. She is the subject of Julie Taymor's upcoming biopic, The Glorias.
Steinem is the author of many books, including The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off, Revolution from Within, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions and As If Women Matter. For her writing, she received the Front Page and Clarion awards, the National Magazine Award, the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Writers Award from the United Nations.
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya is a former presidential candidate and leader of a national democratic movement in Belarus. By popular consensus, she received the most votes in the presidential election of Belarus on August 9, 2020. However, the official results were falsified in favor of the incumbent, and she was forced out of her country. She leads the democratic movement out of the neighbouring Lithuania. She fights for human rights, democracy and freedom everywhere.
After witnessing the inefficient ways technology was used (or not) in construction, Tracy Young cofounded PlanGrid, a company focused on developing productivity software for the construction industry. Created in 2011 with Ralph Gootee, Antoine Hersen, Kenny Stone and Ryan Sutton-Gee, PlanGrid quickly grew to 450 employees. The software helped build more than one million construction projects around the globe before it was acquired by Autodesk in 2018 for $875 million. Before developing PlanGrid, Young helped build hospitals in the Bay Area.