As millions around the world raise their voices to celebrate women’s achievements on International Women’s Day March 8th, Vital Voices will pay tribute to co-founder the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, honor Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan for her work on women, girls and refugees, and recognize four visionary women who are engaged in the most urgent issues of our time.

Since 2002, Vital Voices has shined a spotlight on women who innovate, taking the road less traveled. Their voices are resounding and clear. In the face of adversity, they don’t step down, look away or watch from the sidelines. They innovate, they cross lines that divide. They lead. They create the world they imagine and drive transformation in their communities and beyond, improving the world for us all.

What: 16th Annual Global Leadership Awards

Who: Speakers and Special Guests

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton;
Kay Bailey Hutchison, Former U.S. Senator from Texas
Beth Brooke-Marciniak, EY Global Vice Chair of Public Policy;
Donna Langley, Chairwoman, Universal Pictures
Gary Muto, President & CEO of ANN brands;
Alyse Nelson, President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland;
Deborah Rutter, President of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Amb. Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Diane von Furstenberg, Fashion designer;

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan (Global Trailblazer Award);
Ariela Suster (Economic Empowerment Award);
ElsaMarie D’Silva (Light of Freedom Award);
Nadia Bushnaq (Human Rights Award);
Senior Chief Theresa Kachindamoto (Leadership in Public Life Award)

When: March 8, 2017 (International Women’s Day) at 8:00 PM

Where: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Eisenhower Theater

RSVP: For more information, or for credentialed members of the media who would like to RSVP, contact Katherine O’Hearn: 917.885.4489 or

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