Media Advisory: Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum


Media Contacts:           

Oisika Chakrabarti, Ph: +1 646 781-4522; Email: oisika.chakrabarti[at]
Sharon Grobeisen, Ph: +1 646 781-4753; Email: sharon.grobeisen[at]

What:  UN Women, the UN entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software, are partnering to host the first UN Women Global Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum, a one-day global conference, which will bring together CEO’s, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to share how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can be used to advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment around the world. This leading Industry Forum will address the key barriers to women’s and girls’ advancement, and showcase leading strategies and innovative solutions for overcoming these challenges.

Why: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—adopted by all UN Member States in 2015—provide a roadmap to change the course of the 21st century for a new, fairer, more sustainable world, including a central drive to achieve full equality of men and women by 2030. Current trajectories towards gender equality will not create the world we want. The achievement of this ambitious agenda will require transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions. Partnerships are key to accelerate progress and to remove the barriers.

When: Thursday, 14 September, from 10.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: SAP New York, 10 Hudson Yards, New York City, New York

Who: Speakers will include Amina Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director; Alicia Tillman, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP; Nate Hurst, HP Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer; Meredith Walker, Founder, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls; Christyl Johnson, NASA Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments; Rachel Roy, Founder of the fashion brand Rachel Roy; Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chief Brand Officer & Co-founder Foodstirs; and Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, among others.

See agenda of the event here.

Media are welcome to attend the event as press and will also have access to a press room, where following their presentations, the speakers will hold a Q&A session. Media are also welcome to request one-on-one interviews with speakers on the day.

To confirm attendance, please RSVP to gender.innovation [at]; seats are limited.

Follow the online conversation on Twitter @UN_Women using the hashtag #sheinnovates.

The event will also be livestreamed on 

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