2018 Women’s


Jun 18–19, 2018


New York, NY



About The Event

The Way Forward

Forbes Women’s Summit celebrates the doers and the doing; a source of inspiration and support that connects and empowers women around the world, helping them to realize their potential and reach new heights. Featuring keynote conversations, panel discussions, one-on-one interviews and interstitial spotlights, the Forbes Women’s Summit brings together the voices and insights of a diverse range of female luminaries from the worlds of business, entertainment and politics. 


Powerful Women






U.S. States Represented

How To Attend

The Forbes Women’s Summit is by invitation only. Attendance is limited in order to maintain an intimate dialogue among all participants.

If you're interested in being a speaker, applications are open between January 1 - May 1. Please submit only once for this event. We receive hundreds of submissions a week. and will respond if we determine a fit within our program.

A few tips: When submitting a potential speaker, it's best to call out what could be newsy, what their biggest focus is on, if their company is a start-up, their seed funding rounds, and other notable facts!


  • Secretary Elaine L. Chao

    Secretary Elaine L. Chao

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation

  • Victoria Beckham

    Victoria Beckham

    Creative Director

    Victoria Beckham

  • Indra Nooyi

    Indra Nooyi

    Chairman & Chief Executive Officer


  • Arianna Huffington

    Arianna Huffington

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Thrive Global

  • Priyanka Chopra

    Priyanka Chopra

    Actress, Producer & Activist

  • Kirsten Green

    Kirsten Green

    Founder & Managing Director

    Forerunner Ventures

  • Mindy Grossman

    Mindy Grossman

    President & Chief Executive Officer

    Weight Watchers

  • Martine Rothblatt

    Martine Rothblatt

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    United Therapeutics Corporation

  • Anjula Acharia

    Anjula Acharia


    Trinity Ventures

  • Franchesca Ramsey

    Franchesca Ramsey

    Advocate, Actress, Writer & Video Blogger

  • Julie Wainwright

    Julie Wainwright

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    The RealReal

  • Second Lieutenant Simone Askew

    Second Lieutenant Simone Askew

  • Victoria Arlen

    Victoria Arlen

    Television Personality


  • Hyeonseo Lee

    Hyeonseo Lee

    North Korean Defector, Activist & Author

  • Sharon French

    Sharon French

    Executive Vice President - Head of Beta Solutions


  • Yoky Matsuoka

    Yoky Matsuoka

    Chief Technology Officer


  • Caroline Roan

    Caroline Roan

    President, Pfizer Foundation & Vice President, Corporate Responsibility

    Pfizer Inc

  • Rebecca Jarvis

    Rebecca Jarvis

    Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent

    ABC News

  • Jeri Ward

    Jeri Ward

    Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer

    Audi of America

  • Karissa Bodnar

    Karissa Bodnar

    Founder & CEO

    Thrive Causemetics

  • Dr. Terri Cooper

    Dr. Terri Cooper

    Chief Inclusion Officer

    Deloitte Consulting LLP

  • Alicia Tillman

    Alicia Tillman

    Global CMO


  • Shivani Siroya

    Shivani Siroya

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer


  • Mindy Scheier

    Mindy Scheier

    Founder & President

    Runway of Dreams Foundation

  • Desiree Gruber

    Desiree Gruber

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Full Picture

  • Heidi Heikenfeld, CFA

    Heidi Heikenfeld, CFA

    Portfolio Manager


  • Natalia Oberti Noguera

    Natalia Oberti Noguera

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

    Pipeline Angels

  • Elaine Welteroth

    Elaine Welteroth


  • Lori Wright

    Lori Wright

    General Manager, Microsoft Teams & Skype Marketing


  • Lydia Polgreen

    Lydia Polgreen



  • Laura Weidman Powers

    Laura Weidman Powers

    Co-Founder & Former Chief Executive Officer

    Code 2040

  • Caryn Seidman-Becker

    Caryn Seidman-Becker

    Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer


  • Moira Forbes

    Moira Forbes

    Executive Vice President, Forbes and President & Publisher


  • Christina Vuleta

    Christina Vuleta

    Vice President, Women’s Digital Network

    Forbes Media

  • Alisyn Camerota

    Alisyn Camerota


    CNN's New Day


In the wake of what’s been a defining moment for women in this country, leaders are resetting conversations and rewriting  the rules for future generations with a renewed sense of urgency. Across industries and generations, women are addressing today’s most pressing issues through the lens of opportunity, breaking barriers to drive progress within their respective arenas. This invitation-only event is expected to bring together visionaries, builders, innovators and connectors who are shaping the new way forward.


  • Presented By

    Audi Exclusive Automobile Sponsor
    Oppenheimer Official Financial Sponsor
  • Partners

    Deloitte Digital
    The Glenlivet
  • Education Partner

    Ashford University

Across All Platforms

Self-Made Women

Forbes’ annual iconic and highly-anticipated Self-Made Women list—released across print, digital, mobile, and video—features the definitive ranking of America’s most successful women and their inspirational and multi-generational stories.

Check It Out
Kimberly Bryant

[email protected]

In June 2016, Forbes launched a brand new multi-platform channel dedicated to providing actionable, real world advice from doers and leading edge thinkers to help women advance their careers and take their next steps forward through business-first content, podcasts, live mentoring and more.


Podcast Network

Launched in April 2016, the Forbes Podcast Network offers a wealth of content for millennial-minded women. Featuring a variety of talented story-tellers and interesting guests, Forbes podcasts can be found within relevant content streams on Forbes.com; accessed through a dedicated landing page on the site; and available on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher.

Listen Now

Live Mentoring

Forbes hosts intimate salon dinners and mentorship discussions throughout the year, to pair experienced and leading businesswomen with young professionals—offering a unique two-way dialogue filled with candid stories and shared insights.


Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers
23rd Street and West Side Highway, New York, NY 10011


For General Inquiries:

Please email:
[email protected]